Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tips for writing good science fiction (faction) for children part one

By Jean E. Lane          Author of the “Lill and Mewe” series
 Tip 1: Find a General Topic

Find a science topic that you are comfortable with and research that topic. All good science fiction begins with fact. Although you are writing beyond what we already know, you must still be believable. 
There are many online sources and magazines where you can gather your tidbits of information. Write down anything you find interesting that you can weave into your story. I like to keep a ‘source’ file. Before long you’ll find a favorite “go to” place for your information, but never use just one source. 
Know your target audience to whom you are writing and gear your information to that level. It’s okay to use those bigger words, sometimes you will need to do just that. Start brainstorming with your ideas, just let the ideas flow, write a paragraph or a page and see which direction your ideas take you. Let your own personality enter into the writing equation. Save your source information, you’ll need to do a bibliography later for your book. 
About Jean E. Lane
Jean grew up in the once active steel town of Youngstown, Ohio. Since then, she has moved to the Orlando,
Florida area and considers this her home. Shortly afterwards, she met and later married her husband Ken; now they have a home just northwest of Orlando.

She studied Journalism at Writers Institute and Finance at Penn State. Most of her life included working in Accounting and Purchasing. Although she liked working with numbers, she knew she had an aptitude for writing at an early age. Jean had poems published in Seacoast Life Magazine, Wide Open Magazine, and was a poetic contributor to The Copy Desk Flash, a school newspaper. Later she signed a contract with Creative Directions as a free-lance writer of verse for greeting cards.

It was her love of science and science fiction that prompted her to write her first children’s novel, “Lill and Mewe and the Secrets of Mars”, the first of her series. Her inspiration came with the birth of her niece Lily and shortly afterwards a nephew, Andrew. As with all children, she wanted them to enjoy reading…and there’s nothing like a good adventure.

About Lill and Mewe and the Secrets of Mars
Book One of the Lill and Mewe Series
The year is 2456MD, (Mars Date) however the story events are happening in present times. The Martians track time a little differently than us Earthlings. To the average eye, the planet Mars seems dead, uninviting, dusty, and void of water. I say life did exist there at one time, and stil does; we just haven’t stratched the surface yet. Maybe there’s a lot more happening than we can imagine, just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist right?

The secrets beneath the surface could tell another story. The story of Lill and Mewe, as told by Lill herself of how she feels about the lost history of Mars, her current life, and the great strides the Martians have made to recapture the advanced intelligence and technology of their past. It’s all about the role they play in our solar system and how they feel about us Earthlings. Are we even worth talking to? What could they possibly learn from us? Maybe we have more to learn from them, but are we willing to open our minds?

Where can you find Science Faction author Jean E. Lane on the web? 

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Bird #Birds #Water #Nature #Outdoor #Blue
This week's photo takes us to Disney's Animal Kingdom 
Janet has titled this photo, "Blue Bird Bath"

Happy Creating!

On Wednesdays we're posting a photo taken by our CEO, author Janet Beasley to help inspire authors, painters, musicians, and other awesome artists. We've titled the new feature, "Spark Your Creativity." How did we come up with this? Read on...

When Janet isn't hard at work in the literary world, you'll find her and her husband kayaking the crystal clear, spring fed rivers of Florida. Janet's second passion next to writing is photographing nature as they glide through the serene settings these rivers have to offer. She and her husband also enjoy traveling the US, so you'll also be seeing some of Janet's
photos taken from hikes and journeys she and her husband have done nationwide. She has used her photos time and again for her own inspiration when it comes to many of her stories, and decided she would like to share the same inspiration with the literary and arts world.

And not to worry if you're not inspired this week, come back each Wednesday to catch a glimpse of what could "spark" your next amazing piece of work. And if you don't want to wait until next Wednesday, we'd like to invite you to visit our JLB Creatives Photo Gallery on Flickr where the photos are always free to download and use as book covers, business cards, wallpaper, etc. All we ask is that you give credit where credit is due - perhaps by something as simple as adding a credit link to the JLB Creatives/Janet Beasley Flickr site in your book or on your presentation. 

We hope you enjoy our new Wednesday feature, "Spark Your Creativity." And we want to let you know, if a photo inspires you to write a story that you would like to have considered for publication by JLB Creatives Publishing, be sure to visit our website at where you'll find our company's history, be introduced to the publishing team, discover our Submission Guidelines, and may submit your work for consideration.


Monday, May 26, 2014

A Tribute to America

Hello fans! Today is Memorial Day here in the US. It is a day where we take pride in honoring our military and other civil service heroes for the protection they provide to us as not only a country, but as individuals. 

JLB Creatives Publishing team members are solid supporters of this American servants who are willing to put their lives on the line for our freedom. 

JLB Creatives CEO Janet Beasley has put together a wonderful video boasting some of her photos from around the USA, from east coast to west coast from north to south. "Behold the Beauty of a Free Nation" will take you on a journey of some of America's best kept secrets. And we are so very thankful to our heroes, for without them we would not be free to enjoy them. 

If you like what you see, please feel free to pass it on and share at will. 

From all of us at JLBCP, Here's wishing those of you who are celebrating such an incredible holiday, a wonderful time spent with family and friends, honoring our free nation and American heroes. 

Thanks for being a fan of the JLB Creatives Blog. Until next time - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for us! .

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JLB Creatives Editor Dar Bagby (L) and JLB Creatives CEO Janet Beasley (R)