Wednesday, July 27, 2016

From the Nose of Our Kayak: Chapter 9 Back Down Rock Springs We Go...This Time to Check Out the Scenery

Hello and welcome to the JLB Creatives Blog, where you'll find an array of creative features from a hand-picked group of creative geniuses. 

Wednesdays on the JLB Creatives Blog are set aside for our blog book, "From the Nose of Our Kayak." JLB Creatives CEO, Janet Beasley, and her husband, Don, have been kayaking for nearly 10 years. Together they are excited to share with you, their awesome experiences that they have encountered. In this Wednesday feature you'll find kayaking stories, scenic nature photography from their outings, and some helpful tips when it comes to maneuvering your "butt sleds" (aka kayaks) on your journeys.

So if this is a topic that interests you, you'll want to be sure and become a follower of the JLB Creatives Blog, and stop in on Wednesdays each week for the latest chapter in Don & Janet Beasley's adventure blog book, "From the Nose of Our Kayak." 

Previous chapters can be found in our blog archives. We began the series on June 1, 2016.


From the Nose of Our Kayak
Don & Janet Beasley
Chapter 9 Back Down Rock Springs We Go...This Time to Check Out the Scenery

Don at the end of the Rock Springs Run
Wekiva Island pick-up destination
As we mentioned in our last chapter, we would be back to kayak the Rock Springs Run. And here we are, only a few weeks later. This trip happened on November 18, 2010.

You may be surprised that we get the beautiful colors of autumn here in Florida, but depending on your location and how the weather has played out, you could very well find yourself in a wilderness of all of the fall colors you long for...yes, in Florida!

We launched our Wilderness Systems kayak early morning, and decided to take our time now that we knew how long it actually takes to get to the pick-up point (Don and I have done the run in as fast as 2 hours...but that was paddling for exercise, not scenery). 

Before we even exited the canal onto the river, the fall leaves were showing themselves, dancing atop the calm water.

We reached Rock Springs Run and took a left, and entered the waters of the Wekiva Springs State Park. In no time we were thrust into all that nature had to offer on this gorgeous, blue sky, sunny, autumn day.

The water of the Rock Springs Run River is just as crystal clear as Silver Springs, but is much more shallow. The clear waters lure you in on a hot day, to dip your feet, stop and take a quick swim, or just gently glide down the river with your fingertips caressing the top of the water. 

Our first sighting was a Great Blue Heron. I never tire of photographing these majestic creatures on any river. Mother Nature pulled back the veil and allowed us to spot turtles, Phoebes, and a Great Egret. And as we rounded one bend, we accidentally startled a mallard duck. I was quick to rap off some pictures, including one of him taking flight from the water. 

Another amazing experience happened as we approached a large tree laying across the river. The large log came to a "V" in the middle of the river, dipping down to where the hardwood was somewhere around 2-3 feet above our heads. Much to our surprise, sitting in that very "V" was a hawk. The hawk allowed us to glide under him. We turned the kayak back around so we were heading against the current, and Don held the kayak steady while I took some of my most favorite photos to this day.

It wasn't long before we reached the "prairie" portion of the river and were greeted with Florida's fall colors. The foliage was stunning to say the least. The lily pad beds that lined the shoreline were still present, making for a fantastic contrast of colors. 

As we cruised across the shallow, crystal clear, liquid terrain we noticed a fish floating down river with us. The mirror-like water's top produced some of the best reflections we've ever seen. This feature was yet another luring tactic, by this river, tempting us to return in the spring and summer...we did, and we were not disappointed!

We've put together a short video (below) of a compilation of all the wonderful sightings we described above. We invite you to watch and enjoy the scenery just as we saw it on November 18, 2010 From the Nose of Our Kayak...

From the Nose of Our Kayak
Rock Springs Run, Florida November 18, 2010

Video created by: JLB Creatives
copyright 2016


Kayak Tip of the Week: Just because the water is shallow and looks inviting, be careful...the riverbed can be soft (like quick sand) and the river's current can be stronger than it appears. If you want (or need) to exit your kayak to portage on the shoreline, beware of wildlife; in central Florida that can include alligators, snakes, bears, coyotes, and/or stinging insects to name a few. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Have You Downloaded Your Copies Yet?

5 star award winning EBooks make for a great summer!
Shop the JLB Creatives Publishing Ebook Shoppe for our 5 star award winning titles... 


5 stars!
Kick off your next summer read with this historical fiction based on a navy veteran's journal: WWII
J. D. Karns/author
28 Months of Heaven and Hell


5 stars!
Fun - Educational - Adventurous: Children's Book
Rhonda Walker/author
Wesley Out West


5 stars!
Begin your quest through the Hidden Earth Series: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale/Enchanting
Janet Beasley/author
Volume 1: Maycly The Trilogy
Book 1 Two Altered Worlds
Book 2 The Battle of Trust and Treachery
Book 3 The Queen
Volume 2:Planet Land/The Adventures of Cub & Nash


5 stars!
Begin your journey through outer space - starting on Mars!: Science F"a"ction 
Lill and Mewe Series Kids 8-12
Jean E. Lane/author
Book 1 The Secrets of Mars
Book 2 The Ocean of Runa
Book 3 Mission to Zanda


NIEA Award Winner!
Discover Queen Voda: Adult Fantasy
Amy I. Long/author
The Untold Legend The Warrior Queen


5 stars!
Feel the heartache and victory of an 11 year old diagnosed with Leukemia: True to life
Lisa Andrews/author
A Life Renewed


5 stars!
Therapy dogs rock! Children's EBook - English and Spanish Versions
Thom Battisto/author
Sydney Finds a Job
Sydney Encuentra un Trabajo


5 stars!
Have fun reading Miss Amy's Rhyme Time to your little ones! Children's EBooks
Amy Sellers/author
Book 1 Snorts Paws Tails and Claws
Book 2 Cats and Mice Twice as Nice
Book 3 Can Angels Do Loop-Dee-Loops
Book 4 Whooo's Coming to Dinner

Friday, July 22, 2016

Front Matter

   The information that appears at the very front of the book--before the text begins--is called front matter. The amount of front matter included in a book is usually chosen by the author and can consist of as little or as much as he/she thinks is necessary. Front matter can include the title pages (half-title page and title page), copyright page, dedication, epigraph, table of contents, list of illustrations or tables, maps, foreword, preface, acknowledgments, prologue or introduction, list of abbreviations, and publisher's, translator's, and editor's notes.
   "What are all of those things, and are they necessary for my book?"
   As you would expect, the answer to that question is: it depends. Different kinds of books require different information for the reader prior to his/her indulgence. Most well-published books begin with a recto half-title page. This contains only the actual title, not any subtitle, not the author's name, and not the publisher or edition. There is also no folio on this page. The verso following the half-title page is usually blank, though it may contain the series title and volume number of the series. It may also show an illustration, called a frontispiece. (NOTE: For explanations of the terms "recto," "verso," and "folio" go to the blog from 7/15/16 titled "An Introduction to Printing Terminology.") 
   Next comes the title page, recto, which includes the full title of the book, the subtitle (if any), the author's name (or authors' names), editor, translator (if any), and the name and location of the publisher (the publisher's logo may also appear here). The verso of the title page is the copyright page, which may include any number of items but nearly always has, in addition to the copyright symbol and year of copyright, copyright dates of previous editions (if any) and indication of copyright renewal or other changes, followed by the phrase "All rights reserved," the country of printing, the ISBN (International Standard Book Number), ISSN if applicable (International Standard Serial Number), original language title (if previously published in a different language), and any CIP (Cataloging-in-Publication) data. A biographical note on the author may also be included, as well as the Publisher's address, publishing history, impression line (indicates number and year of current printing), acknowledgments, permissions, and other credits (including acknowledgment of grants), and a paper durability statement (though this may alternatively be included in the back matter). All of these things can be explained by your publisher, and many of them may not apply to your book. None of the pages up to this point show folios, though they are considered in the page count. NOTE: The front matter is always indicated by using small case Roman numerals; the text begins on recto page 1 and is the first page using an Arabic numeral.
   The next recto page--the first one that shows a folio--is for the dedication and epigraph. The choice of whether to include these is entirely up to the author. The dedication is by you, the author, and dedicates your book to someone who has been influential in your life (not just your neighbor or your Aunt Polly because you couldn't think of anyone else!) An epigraph is a quotation that is pertinent to, but not integral to the text. The source of the epigraph should appear on a line following the quotation.
   The next verso page is usually blank, and the table of contents starts on the next recto page. It lists the title and beginning folio of each section of the book. It should include all preliminary material that comes after it but exclude anything that precedes it. It also includes an entry that guides readers to lists of illustrations, tables, plates, drawings, and/or maps. It is not necessary to include this if there are very few illustrations or tables, or if they are very closely tied to the text where they appear within the body of text.
   A foreword contains remarks written by someone other than the author. The title and affiliation of the person writing the foreword appears under the person's name and is often in smaller type. A statement by the book's author is called a preface and includes reasons for undertaking the work, methods of research, and sometimes permissions granted for the use of previously published material. The author lists acknowledgments in a separate section following the preface and usually appears on a separate page.
   The last section included in the front matter is the publisher's, translator's, and editor's notes. They are usually treated in the same manner as a preface or foreword. They have become less prominent in today's books, but their purpose is to explain something that cannot logically be included anywhere else within the book. They are often necessary, however, in scholarly editions, as they discuss such subjects as variant texts, explanations of an editor's method, brief remarks about modernized spelling and capitalization, etc.
   There are certain portions of a book that appear before the text begins but are not considered front matter. For instance, a prologue, also referred to as an introduction, is actually part of the text. It is pertinent to the story in that it gives an indication of what is to come and what has led up to the action that is about to take place. Its position should be at the beginning of the text and should be paginated with Arabic numerals as opposed to Roman numerals. In this case, the first chapter will not be page 1, though it will appear recto, as does the first page of each of the chapters.
   Whew! That's a lot to take in, isn't it? Never fear, an editor can help you decipher all of this. That's why it's important to work with someone who knows the publishing industry inside and out. But at the same time, it sure doesn't hurt to become familiar with the terminology and have a bit of an understanding of publishing jargon and what needs to happen before you try to publish.

JLB Creatives