Radio interview today (2/7/12) at noon

I’ll be talking about A Spent Bullet and Uncle Sam today at noon on Lake Charles FM 100.5   Listen online at    http://www.kelbradio.com/  

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A Spent Bullet Chapter 7: Words and Letters

Author’s Notes: In chapter 6, Elizabeth Reed’s grandmother Ma and her younger brother Ben hatched a scheme to get Elizabeth corresponding with a solider.  The plot thickens in chapter 7.  Enjoy. I’m writing discussion questions for book clubs and Accelerated Readers.  I’d appreciate your help ...

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A Conspiracy is Born ‘A Spent Bullet’ Chapter Six

Chapter 6 In Cahoots     Ben heard the approaching footsteps and shoved the bullet under his pillow and began innocently singing: “Do your ears hang low, do they flop, do they flop?  Can you tie ‘em in a bow, can you tie ‘em in ...

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Calling all children’s authors…

We have lots of fun: is it children’s authors or childrens authors or childrens’ author? Well, children’s means one and we definitely want more than one child reading our books. What’s your call?    

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Six words in my Life Plan

Hunger, Commitment and more. Wednesday, January 25, 2012.                       On Wednesday’s I’m trying to write about my Life Plan.  I’ve discovered that I need this written plan to keep me focused and on task. I ...

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Why do we exist? Thoughts on Life Statements

“To bring glory to God…” “We exist to bring glory to God by making disciples who treasure Christ &carry His name to the ends of the earth.” This is our church (Dry Creek Baptist) Life Statement. A life statement is simply a declaration of what ...

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Life Planning: The 10 Pins Plan

Readers:  If you’d like to receive emails when new blog posts appear, please click on the orange RSS feed below.  This will allow posts to be sent to Google Reader.                 I follow about ten blogs and Google ...

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Having a Life Verse

Your Life Verse Yesterday I shared my Life Statement: “I seek to be a man God can use and be respected by my wife DeDe, our sons and their families.”     A second foundational stone in my life plan is my Life Verse.  This ...

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Having a 2012 Life Statement

  We’re blogging this week about having a Life Plan for 2012. A Life Plan is simply a short written document expressing what matters most in your life.  It serves for a compass on the journey of each day. My life plan is 12 pages ...

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Life Planning 2012

Monday Jan. 16 This week I’ll be blogging about having a Life Plan. I’m a firm believer that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  I also believe that when we write down our dreams, they become achievable goals. Emmit Smith said,  “If ...

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Melted Ice Cream … The August Heat in Louisiana

This is chapter 5 from my latest novel,  A Spent Bullet.  I’ll be adding author notes throughout the week. Curt Iles Chapter 5   Melted Ice Cream   WEATHER ADVISORY CAMP POLK, LOUISIANA 13 AUGUST 1941 EXTREME HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ...

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“A Broken Record” Chap. 4 from A Spent Bullet

Author’s Notes:  This is one of my favorite chapters in A Spent Bullet.  It reveals the tension in the Reed family between a father who has personally experienced battle and an idealistic young son who yearns for war. You cannot understand the weeks leading up ...

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Words to a young writer

Samuel Marshall asked for advice on becoming a writer.  Here are the three main tips I shared: 1. Keep a journal and write in it often. 2. Read, read, read.      Good writers are always avid readers! 3. Find a writing group or club in your ...

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A Christmas gift to you: “Medic”

I wrote the following story for a Christmas compilation a few years ago.  It’s still one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.  Merry Christmas,   Curt MEDIC! By Curt Iles   “Medic. Medic.” Nazi sniper Unerfeldewebel Franz Schmidt didn’t know any English, but in ...

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