Dancers and Instructors at Harvey Zumbathon in Round Rock, TX

The Zumbathon for Harvey

I wrote this Pantoum-mime poem in honor of the many people inside and outside of Texas who have given any aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. by R. L. Copple - 9/4/2017 The call goes...

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Sex Sells

Author R. L. Copple explores the presence of sex scenes in Christian literature.

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What Do Readers Want?

Author R. L. Copple examines the question: what do readers really want? And how do writers give that to them?

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So You Want to be a Writer?

R. L. Copple encourages new writers to think through the realities of making a career out of the work. The bad news? It will take some work and persistence. The good news? It can be done.

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Fishing for God

Back in the early 90s, I was the pastor for a small, country church in Noel, MO. On the same district, I happened to have a good friend who shepherded a congregation not too many miles away, named Tom. Occasionally, we’d get together and go trout fishing at a trout farm in Cassville.

The first thing you need to know is I’m not much of a fisherman.

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Look Ma, No Practice!

In the creative arts, practice is the norm. It’s expected that a pianist will spend hours and years perfecting their playing ability. Rock bands spend days and months practicing a song before releasing it. Actors attend numerous rehearsals for plays, or do a movie scene numerous times before the director is satisfied. And before that goes years of practice in most every profession before an artist ever gets on stage or in front of a camera.

So why do people who want to become published authors expect their first novel to sell? Why do people think authors don’t need to practice before snagging a publishing contract?

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  • Hero Game

    Second book in The Virtual Chronicles. A superhero space adventure!

  • Mind Game

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    First book in The Virtual Chronicles. Virtual reality has never been so real!

  • Reality’s Fire

    Third book in The Reality Chronicles. The exciting finale goes to Hell and back.

  • Reality’s Ascent

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    Second book in The Reality Chronicles. An adventure with consequences.

  • Reality’s Dawn

    First book in The Reality Chronicles. 15 adventures of Sisko to enjoy!

  • Ethereal Worlds Anthology

    25 short stories and flash fictions written over five years by R. L. Copple.

  • Strange Worlds of Lunacy

    Let's go there. It's a silly place. Two flash fictions in this anthology: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," and "Baby Truth."