Friday, January 22, 2016

Tidbits from JOURNEY TO PUBLICATION: Simile and Metaphor

   A writer needs to express ideas, create moods, develop characters, introduce conflicts, entertain the reader, etc., and the best way of doing this is through the use of some of the tools of language. There are well over 100 tools used by writers to accomplish these feats, but two of the most common are simile and metaphor. A simile compares items or ideas by using the adverbs "like" or "as." A metaphor is a comparison that is implied by using one object as another (without the use of "like" or "as"). 
   Here is an example that demonstrates the difference between the two:
          The truth was like a bad taste on his tongue.   This is a simile--it uses the word "like" to          
               compare truth and bad taste on his tongue.
          Each blade of grass was a tiny bayonet pointed firmly at our bare feet.   This is a metaphor--it 
              implies that the blades of grass hurt their feet by comparing them to tiny bayonets, and it 
              accomplishes this without using the words "like" or "as."
   I think it's pretty clear that saying things with simile or metaphor makes the whole idea much more fun to read. The author could have said, He was upset about telling the truth. Or, The grass was really pointy and hurt our feet. But isn't it more fun to provide the reader with something a little more creative? It's definitely more fun to read because it stimulates the brain by causing the reader to imagine exactly how it feels without being told in a more plain--and boring--manner. 
   OK, so you've heard these two words before, but you can never remember which is which, right? Here's a simple way to keep them straight. Simile has an "l" in it (for "like") and metaphor doesn't. So if the word "like" appears in a comparison, it's a simile. 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Spark Your Creativity!

Every Wednesday we offer you a special photo taken by our CEO Janet Beasley to help spark your creativity. Whether you're an author, a painter, a musician, or clay sculpture artist we think you'll find her photos very inspiring!

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Happy creating!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Steampunk is Back! This Saturday and Sunday Jan 23-24, 2106

Board your sky ships, grab your cosplay props, don your corsets and top's time for the Steampunk Industrial Show taking place at Renninger's Antique and Flea Market in Mount Dora, Florida on Route 441. 

JLB Creatives Publishing will have their authors' books and the popular BeaslePunk artwork and cosplay props for sale at the event! Look for the BeaslePunk Cosplay Armory located under the pavilion in booth 220. Sir Bwana Beasle will be on hand to meet n' greet, as well as the famous automaton, Oswald! Photos welcome. 

We hope to see you at this January's event! For more information visit Steampunk Industrial Show on FB.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The First Three Coming from JLBCP in 2016...

JLB Creatives Publishing is proud to announce the first three "out of the gate" releases for 2016. Each of these authors has received 5 stars from Reader's Favorite on previous books.

Icing, Locusts, and Life will bring a smile to your face, tears to your eyes, and inspiration to your soul. Author Rhonda Walker has an amazing talent to show you just how trying life can be, but when circumstances bring you locusts put some icing on them and enjoy life! Check out Rhonda's Author Page on JLB Creatives Publishing.

Hidden Earth Series Volume 3 Planet Water - Draugar of the Abyss will take readers on the continued journey of Iona and her friends. It's an enchanted epic fantasy adventure suitable for the entire family that takes you above and beneath the waves, and into the icy caves of the Draugar of the Abyss. You'll laugh, cry, and long to sail with Arrowanna on this stunning adventure. To discover more adventures within the Hidden Earth Series visit Janet Beasley's Author Page on JLB Creatives Publishing.

Lill and Mewe Mission to Zanda is the third book in this action packed, and extremely educational series. If you've got kids ages 8-12 who simply love Mars, space, and science you'll want to be sure and add this outstanding series to your child's library. To explore more books in the Lill and Mewe Series visit Jean E. Lane's Author Page on JLB Creatives Publishing.

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