Monday, March 26, 2012

Blast from the Past: Is There Such A Thing As Too Old To Enjoy Fantasy Stories?

Hello everyone! So great to see you here...what an amazing week we had last week, huh?
There was tons of FREE stuff to get your hands on, and cool photos, links, and really was a good week here at the blog. 

Due to the enormous success we have had with Maycly - I need to get busy on the next 5 read right...5 more novels! For this reason, every Monday we're going to head to the archives and the postings will be some of the coolest and most helpful blog posts I made throughout 2011 and early 2012. This will allow me the much time needed to let my creativity run wild and write, and write, and write. ;-)

Not to worry, I'm not abandoning my fans - I'll still be at your fingertips through comments here on the blog, email, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and other social media. 

So, without any further ado - welcome to the past!

Original Post Date:
3 / 7 / 11

Glad to see you here!

Welcome back to those of you who joined us last week - and welcome to those of you who are new this week. Just to let you know, new posts will be happening on Mondays...or if you want to look at it this way...actually very late on Sunday nights at 12:01 midnight.


Seven years ago, all I wanted to do wanted to was write an epic fantasy novel. As the years went by and I became more educated in the field of novel writing, I found I was being asked over and over again - who's your target audience? Who will read your book?

One of my toughest tasks has been trying to zero-in on a target audience for my epic fantasy novel, "Maycly." I thought perhaps it was going to be for kids, then I moved on to thinking, nah -  it's for middle grades. Then the next thing you know I was trying to make it a YA (young adult) novel, and finally I tried to make it more adult sounding. After thoroughly confusing myself, I decided to just write the novel in my "style," and stick with my original readers who love epic fantasy - no matter how young or old.

I believe that I have written "Maycly" in such a way it can be enjoyed by a wide range of age groups who like epic fantasy. There are characters of all ages ranging from infants to 317 years old! It may easily be read aloud to children who enjoy a fairytale story at bedtime. Middle grades will find it a good moral story while at the same time challenging them to improve their reading skills. It will also hold the attention of young adults with several conflicts to overcome and hints of romance between a couple in their 20's. And last but not least...adults who are "young at heart" will enjoy "escaping" to the far off world of "Maycly" after a hard day's work.

Week 2: Scenic nature photo and 
original thought from me, Janet

~Don't get too comfortable and complacent where you are. 
You never know when one of those "gust of winds"
 in life may blow you off your roost!~

In the novel Maycly," I refer to certain characters as being part Yooper. Do you know what a Yooper is and where they're from? Check out this week's link to find out.

That's it for Week 2. So, let me know - Is there such a thing as too old to enjoy a good old fashioned fantasy story of good vs. evil? Type the word "SNAP" if you're 50 or over and still love epic fantasy novels. Or type the words "2 SNAPS UP" if you're under 50 and love epic fantasy novels. And if you prefer not to "SNAP" at all - that's fine too. Please feel free to elaborate on your answers. Remember, here at JLB Creatives, we keep it "kid safe." No profanity, nudity, pornography, etc.

Last week I got some great comments and feedback! A few of you asked how to post a comment. Here's how: 

1. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and you'll see a number next to the word comments: i.e. 4 comments  Simply click on the word comments and a comment box will appear below the last comment made for the week. 

2. Others of you on mobile service who couldn't post, I'm checking in to the settings to see if there's anything I can do to "make that happen." 

3. Also, some of you were able to post - but not leave your name. I believe to leave your name, rather than being "anonymous" - you need to become a Follower of the blog. At any rate, you can still leave comments - it will just have to be as anonymous as best I can tell if you don't wish to become a Follower (which is just fine too -  there's no pressure). 

4. And finally - if you can't figure it out and would still like to comment that's cool too - here's what you may do - simply email me the comment you'd like to post, giving me permission in your email to copy and paste it for you here on the blog. Send your emails to:

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  1. This is my favorite Genre, not only do I write in it, but I love several series Narnia, of course, and The Alera Chronicles, and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Hmmm. I almost used the word Chronicles in my series but went with Tales instead. I think the first fantasy book I loved was A wrinkle in Time.

    Love your Blog Janet.

    Dixie Goode (Author Central)

  2. Hey Echo! So good to see your comment. I like "Tales" instead of Chronicles - a good touch to fantasy. Thanks so much for the kind words. I certainly hope to bring you the best epic fantasy I can - still waiting to hear from the publisher as to whether it's an accept or a reject. It's definitely nail biting time for me1 LOL!! Again, thanks for your shared enthusiasm and support. Have a great weekend! ~Janet~


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