Charlie’s Bells

Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler Jackson Smith lived in the pale yellow house with the whitewashed picket fence on Second Street. When he first arrived in town, he had already accepted a new position with the First State Bank. He brought with him a small inheritance from his favorite aunt, so he had not… Continue reading Charlie’s Bells

The Influence of a Writing Mentor

Mentor One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. While writing groups can serve as a mentor, the right personal mentor will help improve your writing by giving you guidance each step of the way. Let me share an example of the influence of a mentor. In… Continue reading The Influence of a Writing Mentor

Charlie’s Bells

Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler Jackson Smith lived in the pale yellow house with the whitewashed picket fence on Second Street. When he first arrived in town, he had already accepted a new position with the First State Bank. He brought with him a small inheritance from his favorite aunt, so he had not… Continue reading Charlie’s Bells

Hold On Tight To Your Dreams

Hello there. Welcome to jimmiekepler.com, the blog of a writer, poet, and polymath named Jimmie Aaron Kepler. This is Jim Kepler. On my blog, I communicate about how I write, my writing process, and how I manage to do it while maintaining a life. From time to time I’ll interview other authors on the same… Continue reading Hold On Tight To Your Dreams

One Great Way to Write a Short Story

I am a “second-rate” short story writer. Why would I say that? “Exhibit A” shows the answer. It is a certificate documenting my second-place finish in the short story writing contest of the East Texas Christian Writer’s Conference. I have never won a short story competition but have finished in second place a number of… Continue reading One Great Way to Write a Short Story

Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler Jackson Smith lived in the pale-yellow house with the whitewashed picket fence on Second Street. When he first arrived in town, he had already accepted a new position with the First State Bank. He brought with him a small inheritance from his favorite aunt, so he had not hesitated… Continue reading Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Miracle at the Gibson Farm: A Christmas Story

Miracle at the Gibson Farm: A Christmas Story By Jimmie Aaron Kepler I had a bad habit of calling my bride Joanne mama. That is what the kids called her. I guess I just copied them. I hadn’t planned on mama dying. Neither had the kids. I remember getting the news that she had cancer.… Continue reading Miracle at the Gibson Farm: A Christmas Story

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

The Naming of Names (2004-05/2035-36) first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. Not to be confused with the short story “The Naming of Names”, first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1949, later published as “Dark They Were, and Golden-eyed”. This story is about later waves of immigrants to Mars, and how the geography of Mars… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

Dandelion Wine – Chapters Eight and Nine

Chapters eight and nine tell of the “Happiness Machine”. After listening to old people’s depressing and defeatist conversations, Leo Auffmann maintains they shouldn’t dwell on such unhappy topics. Douglas and his grandfather, passing by, suggest to Leo that he should make a Happiness Machine. After the talking people laugh at this apparently ridiculous idea, Leo… Continue reading Dandelion Wine – Chapters Eight and Nine