One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success

Below is a little guide I put together. I call it “One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success.” 1. You must master your moods. Proverbs 25:8 – Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. 2. You must watch your words. Proverbs 13: 3 – He who guards his… Continue reading One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success

Good Friday and Easter – My Personal Christian Testimony

Being good doesn’t get you to heaven. Being “saved or born-again” does. Here’s my story of “being saved.” On July 11, 1977, my life changed. If you look up that date in history, you will find nothing historically significant happened on that Sunday. It was a remarkable day for me. Sunday, July 11, 1977, was… Continue reading Good Friday and Easter – My Personal Christian Testimony

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

Buna, Texas and the Polka Dot House

In southeast Texas at the southern end of Jasper county is a community called Buna. I lived in Jasper County from 1984 through 1993 and again in 1996. Buna was my home in 1992 and 1993. I had the blessing of serving a wonderful group of people as associate pastor of the First Baptist Church… Continue reading Buna, Texas and the Polka Dot House

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

Thanksgiving Magic

Thanksgiving Magic Thanksgiving is a magical time With miracles often ignored Families and friends somehow Find a way to meet, mingle and eat Often with more food leftover Than when they began. Now the preparation is the amazing feat Sometimes the magic is passed down From grandmother to daughter to granddaughter And sometimes the spells… Continue reading Thanksgiving Magic

Hello, I’m a Military Brat

What is a military brat? A military brat is the son or daughter of an airman, marine, sailor, or soldier. These children of career military have shared characteristics. They grew up in a community of service. Sacrificing for the greater good is part of their character. They moved on average once every three years to… Continue reading Hello, I’m a Military Brat

Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on today for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy. He is the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. In a 2013 Op-Ed Essay in the… Continue reading Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

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)

Courage

Announcing you are an author and writing a book takes courage. You are putting yourself out there when you tell family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers you are writing a book. People will have different reactions. Some will show support. Others may get excited. A surprising number will be negative. The reactions are all over… Continue reading Courage