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

A Logic Named Joe

I love reading and writing short stories. A few years ago I came up with the idea of writing a nonfiction article on the five most influential pre-1950 computers in science fiction. In researching that list of potential computers, I read a number of books and short stories. E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” topped off… Continue reading A Logic Named Joe

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

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

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. I have written… Continue reading One Great Way to Write a Short Story

A Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

Twenty-seven hours Do you need twenty-seven hours in your day to do everything? Sorry, I can’t give your day extra hours. What I can give are some of the lessons I’ve learned and techniques I use to make the best use of my time. Maybe like a current television commercial’s characters you are stupid rich.… Continue reading A Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

Characters in Fiction Writing (An Outline)

Background A character is the representation of a person. My guess is you knew that. The reader should be able to identify with and care about the characters in the sense  that  the characters seem real to the reader. The characters must do something, and what they do must seem reasonable for them to have… Continue reading Characters in Fiction Writing (An Outline)

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Twelve: The Fire Balloons

Chapter Twelve – The Fire Balloons – This story first appeared as “…In This Sign” in Imagination, April 1951. A missionary expedition of Episcopal priests from the United States anticipates sins unknown to them on Mars. Instead, they meet ethereal creatures glowing with blue flames in crystal spheres, who have left the material world, and… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Twelve: The Fire Balloons

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Chapter Ten – “The Locusts” – This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This vignette concerns the swift colonization of Mars. The title refers to the rockets and settlers that quickly spread across all of Mars. A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years. This story is advanced from… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

“The Green Morning” first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. The next several chapters describe the transformation of Mars into another Earth. Small towns similar to those on Earth begin to grow. In “The Green Morning”, one man, Benjamin Driscoll, makes it his mission to plant thousands of trees on the red plains so oxygen levels… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning