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Building the Future – NaPoWriMo Day 25

Published April 25, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

building the future

I watch my daughter hard at play.

My youngest child, in her own world,

her imagination fired

as she creates a realm out of building bricks.

It’s been this way with children

since children learnt

to stack one brick on top of another,

and another, and another.

This is a recognized stage

in the development of children.

But children grow and become adults,

and adults build societies,

which build nations.

And nations build ages

through the generations.

Each age looks back at the last

and thinks how childish their actions.

Children learn through play.

They develop all areas of their brains,

and cognitive development takes many forms.

They learn physical skills,

how to use hand-eye coordination,

how their muscles and bodies work

in their space.

They learn the rules of society,

how to ‘be social’,

how to play fair,

how to share.

They learn about their emotions,

how to comfort their playmates,

when they are in pain or distress – building relationships.

A simple game of building bricks? You may ask.

Can it do so much for a child?

And what of humanity?

If it doesn’t sit with its playmates

and learn to build together,

how then will the next age look?

But my daughter doesn’t play

with wooden bricks or coloured plastic

that needs to be felt, manipulated, balanced,

fitted together carefully;

judged by touch, shape, weight, space.

She doesn’t have a friend sitting next to her

sharing the bricks in a pile on the floor in front of them,

playfully sharing the space,

knocking down each other’s towers

and laughing about it,

helping each other build it up again,

seeing who can build the highest,

crying when a friend accidentally

pokes the other in the eye with a brick

and being reprimanded by an adult

for not being careful.

Comforting the victim

with soft sorrys and a gentle hug;

as it has always been

with children at play.

But she doesn’t build a tower and see a castle – no!

Her play space is an electronic screen.

The bricks are animated.

Her playmates chat happily enough to her

through cyber space – from the other side of the world,

into her ear-piece.

They laugh together,

tell jokes,

invite each other into each other’s brick-built worlds.

But they aren’t just building towers.

They are mining the minerals.

Crafting the raw elements into substances of real value

and building real cities – with purpose – with vision!

The world she creates is incredibly complex,

her architecture revolutionary!

But what has she lost?

Is she indifferent to her playmates feelings

when she can’t see him

or touch his hand as he reaches for one of her bricks?

Can she empathise with him?

These children when they play together at such a distance

sound so angry!

They make selfish moves,

‘kicking’ each other out of each other’s games

if the other upsets them.

They swear at each other through the headsets,

killing their avatars with computerised swords and axes

and then laugh about it with each other.

When did building become war?

Or has it always been so?

Has their innocent game become corrupted?

How easy it has become to put weapons in the arms of babies!

© Laura Crean 25th April 2015

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Words of Power out of the mouths of babes…

Published March 11, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

How many times have you heard a child say or indeed have said to a child when they have been upset by something another child has said to them: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me”?  I have to admit I think I am guilty of this.  It was something I was taught as a child and it is something I have probably told my own children a few times.  Why do we say it?  Is it because it is true?  We all know that’s not correct.  Of course words hurt us.  We say it to try and convince ourselves not to let it hurt us, after all it’s just words, just sounds – isn’t it?  Nonsense!  Words have power.  They create and they destroy.  They weave an image which becomes a concept, which in turn becomes ingrained in our very being – cultures are born out of words.  Think of some of the most powerful books, poems, songs, speeches.  Laws are created by words aren’t they?  Science and religion are made up of words aren’t they?  Words are power!  Especially the words you can’t even hear.  The ones you think to yourself when you are alone.  Yes, even that still little voice inside of you – that voice uses words – your words – and they have power.

Let us remember that words are our humanity.  Let us teach our children to use words that have the power that will create not destroy, build others up not tear them down, affect positive change not fear and despair, clarity not confusion.  We must mentor our children about the kinds of words that will be healthy for them to use in their lives and then let them build on that.  And sometimes, just sometimes they have words to inspire us too.  In days gone by we were led to believe that children should be seen and not heard.  I believe that sometimes, just sometimes it’s us adults that should shut up and listen to what the children have to say.

Listen…listen to what the children have to say…

You heard the boy: “Let’s work together to change the world not just occupy it.”

Eastbourne book fest – come and feed your imagination

Published May 23, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Eastbourne book fest - come and feed your imagination

It is the start of the Children’s half term holiday, the sun is shining and they are looking forward to some fun in the sun. Maybe a trip to the seaside, picnics, ice-cream, rambling in the countryside? Children should be free to explore the world around them at times like these. They need to get out of those stuffy nurseries and schools, get off of those computers and consoles and stretch their legs and imaginations, play with other children and… be free to have fun!

When I was a kid, I loved nothing more than watching the holiday kids’ TV on a school holiday morning and then escaping out to the park with my bike and possibly a book and a picnic, play with my friends or sit under a tree and read – just let my imagination soar.

What better way this school holiday to combine all of that than to come to Eastbourne, enjoy the sun and the seaside and join in the book fest festivities. Whether you are 3 years old or 93, Eastbourne book fest has it all, poetry readings, fiction readings, workshops and story time in the park for the little ones. Dust off those reading glasses, dig out the sun cream and feed your imagination…

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‘My Writing Process’ Blog Tour

Published May 18, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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It seems I have been invited to join in with a blog tour.  I have never been a part of anything like this, so I want to thank Jean Reinhardt for asking me to participate in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’.  To see Jean’s answers to the blog tour questions and find out more about her work you can visit her blog by clicking on her name in this introduction.  Since I haven’t had the time to organise any Bookish Banter interviews recently I thought I would include this post in the Bookish Banter category.

Jean: What are you currently working on?

Laura: Well Jean, you know I’m always working on a million projects at once, that’s why it takes me so long to finish anything! Procrastination is my middle name.  If you check out my novels in progress section you will see that I have a few different novels in the making.  However, I am trying to concentrate on a Young Adult book called Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge at the moment, as well as a children’s book about aliens landing in the school playground and a book about dreams.  I don’t know when my next book will be published but I’m in no hurry because I enjoy the writing process, it’s my hobby, I really do get lost in the story.  I’m also a bit of a perfectionist so it might be a while – watch this space…

Jean: How does your work differ from others of its genre?

Laura: That’s quite a question.  I think I actually find writing for a particular genre quite difficult.  I have an idea for a story and I just start writing, it may turn into a science-fiction story or a fantasy story or a mix of both.  My stories usually have some kind of spiritual component because I am quite a deep person, I’m on a journey just like any of my characters, like any writer actually and those deep burning questions that are in your heart just tend to come out in your writing.  I find writing for children and young adults easier because I think I’m really quite a simple person myself.  I don’t like to read, write or watch on television any violence or sex or anything too graphic.  I think that’s why my novels are perfect for young adults as well as the older generation.  Also my work with children over the years has naturally given me the love of story telling, and that even includes for toddlers.

Jane: Why do you write what you do?

Laura: I write whatever is in me to write and usually I have a feeling that I have something to share with others.  I might not be as ingenious as some writers, but I think I have a pretty vivid imagination.  I really am there in my story, viewing it unfold as if it were a real place and the characters were real people – like a day-dream I suppose.  I just try and write what I am envisioning.  It’s an addictive thing writing, once you are in the zone.  It is my little bit of escapism from the pressures of every day life, much like reading, only I’m writing down the story as it happens – or drawing it, with the kiddies’ books.  If I can sneak in a little of my own pearls of wisdom about life, the universe and everything – well, that’s an added bonus, I just hope it inspires someone at some point.  I write a lot of poetry too, and the process works just the same for poetry as it does for a short story or a novel – if you have something to say, write it however it needs to come out.  Why does anybody write?  Because we all have something to say!

Jean: How does your writing process work?

I am a really disorganised writer.  Sometimes I try to make a plan and other times I just start writing and then just see where it takes me.  I would say being an organised writer works better, since the only novel I have published so far, my first children’s novel The Realm of the Purple Dragon was meticulously well planned.  It had to be because the story was woven around the Norse runes and each one needed to come out at the right point in the story.  The reason the second book in the series The Fire Giants and the Heart of Ice is taking so long to be written, is because it needs more planning than the first story and I need to be in a very organised place in my life to be really focussed with the planning for the book.  It will be worth the wait, don’t worry about that!  So basically my writing process is all about writing when I am in the zone and really making the most of those moments of inspiration, because I think that is when my best writing happens.  Also not worrying about how other people think I should write, because a writer’s work comes from somewhere deep and personal and only you know where it is going.

I enjoyed that – thank you for the chance to chat about my writing Jean.  Here are some links for my work and of course you can explore my blogs as a lot of my writing comes in blog post form.  I will think very hard about which other authors I will invite to carry on this tour and post their tour posts here on the Bookish Banter when they hop on board the tour bus…

Links:

Laura’s Amazon Page

Lulu Profile

Goodreads

Facebook

Twitter

The Well in the Garden

 

Heaven’s in your Hand

Published October 27, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Heaven's in your Hand

This is the poem that is at the beginning of the Realm of the Purple Dragon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Realm-Purple-Dragon-Laura-Crean/dp/1470974800/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382867586&sr=8-1&keywords=the+realm+of+the+purple+dragon

Captain Ozone – A real live Time-Travelling Super Hero – Ecology Champion for Today

Published August 15, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ElAaNp5FZk

How can we save the planet?

Let’s ask a Time Traveller from the future – from the year 2039 to be exact!

I am very proud to be Introducing to you all – a Super Hero with a Super ‘Green’ ego…

Captain Ozone

Captain Ozone

 

When I first came across Captain Ozone, on my Facebook page ‘Time Traveller’s United’, I had been waiting for a real live Time Traveller to stumble across my page and give us the gossip from the future and to hopefully give us some really useful information that would help us to clean up the planet here in the present.  When Captain Ozone flew by ‘Time Traveller’s United’ and left us a video showing how he materialised into our present time on his amazing Time Travelling Toilet, little was I to know just how useful and important his message to us could be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rsqaCaptain Ozone's time toilet2_hy5L0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You see Captain Ozone is not only a Super Hero Time Traveller from the future, he is also a champion for green causes.

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He has seen the future (he’s been there) and he wants us to put ‘renewable energy’ at the top of our list for saving the planet.  And Captain Ozone knows that our children are the future – so what better way to get his message across than through the children of today – our Heroes for tomorrow.  So Captain Ozone and the Youth Ecology Program are here to tell us how we can start saving the planet today so that our future will be brighter, cleaner, and a whole lot greener.

Captain Ozone in the French Media

I decided straight away that I couldn’t have a Time Traveller in my midst without interviewing him about the future.  So without further ado here is my interview with Captain Ozone…

THE INTERVIEW

(Laura) –  (This one’s from my 9 year old) – How old were you when you became a time traveller?

(Captain Ozone) – I was 27 going on 28 years old when I traveled a half-century backwards through time. I was born on April 7, 2011 and left my timeline on March 13, 2039 and arrived in your timeline on March 13, 1989. Ask your 9-year-old to do the math to figure out how old I am today.

(Laura) –  Are you a human or an alien time traveller?

(Captain Ozone) – I’m all too human. All time travelers are human.

Earth has never been visited by extraterrestrials. They live too many light years away from Earth to travel here. Most sighted, photographed or filmed UFO’s are merely weather balloons, covert military aircrafts, or simply prank photos of someone tossing a hubcap or a hat in the air. However, a small percentage of UFO’s are actually human time travelers from the future. Some of them are from thousands of years into the dim future and they have evolved physically beyond human recognition. That is why some of them look like extraterrestrials to us. They have evolved larger temporal lobes and cerebral cortexes, giving them more intelligence and creativity, plus they are far more peaceful and civilized than we are.

(Laura) –  What powers/scientific genius do you use to make your travels in Time?

(Captain Ozone) – I traveled only once through time. When I arrived at the Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham, Washington in 1989, several hours later the local police confiscated my time machine. They thought that me, seated on my time machine in colorful costume, was a potential diversion for a robbery at the mall. I think it’s quite possible that my time machine is being stored somewhere at Area 51 today.

I’m no genius. General Landrew Carter assigned me this mission because he thought I was fool enough to do it. I realized that the day the cops confiscated my time machine and I had no way of getting back home. I’m not a physicist nor have I studied theories in time travel. I attended a briefing at the Hexagon (use to be the Pentagon building before it was remodeled) the day I left on March 13, 2039 and we spent about an hour discussing things like space-time continuum conundrums and whatnot. But I was just a country boy who grew up in a rural area. My friends use to call me “Willy the Space Cowboy”.

(Laura) –  What year to you hail from?

(Captain Ozone) – I left on my time machine on March 13, 2039 at 2:40am and arrived in this timeline on March 13, 1989. When I materialized in 1989, my entry point created some sort of ”cosmic shock wave” which caused hundreds of power grid problems to erupt throughout the world, including a 12-hour blackout in Quebec, Canada. My entry also caused some satellites in space to go out of control for several hours and even the Discovery space shuttle was having problems. The media, not knowing about my “arrival”, attributed all these global electrical problems to a solar flare. Below is the original VHS videotape documentation of my “arrival”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsqa2_hy5L0

(Laura) –  What country are you from? (If countries still exist)

(Captain Ozone) – The good ‘ol U.S. of A.

(Laura) –  Who is the ruler/dictator of your country/state/world order?

(Captain Ozone) – When petroleum began to dwindle in supply by the late 2030’s, it shot sky high in price, triggering a world war over control of several oil fields situated in two countries. This war began in the fall of 2038 and wiped out almost a billion people – 8% of the world population. I will not identify the nations that were involved in this war for the reason that it will only incite suspicion, fear and hatred between these nations at present. For the same reason, I will not identify the two countries the oil fields were situated in that these nations warred over. Furthermore, a space-time continuum sticky situation would most likely occur if I were to identify these nations or even make known who was ruler/dictator of our country during the war. This is the principal reason why I refuse to share too much information about events in my future timeline.

(Laura) –  Have you got a blog for your Time Travelling antics?

(Captain Ozone) – Antics?? You make my mission sound like horseplay or hanky-panky.

I have a New MySpace page at www.MySpace.com/CaptainOzone and also a Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Captain.Ozone.

(Laura) –  Do you write about your adventures? If so in what form and can we have a link please?

(Captain Ozone) – My writing really sucks so, no, I don’t write about my adventures. Some of my adventures are on YouTube. There’s a book you can order through Amazon.com called “I, Superhero!!” that has several pages about me. Some magazines and newspapers all around the world have done interviews with me or have written about me. There is also a movie called “Superhero Me” that you can stream on Amazon.com that features me.

http://www.amazon.com/Superhero-Wear-Tights-Wont-Have/dp/080653138X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376555867&sr=8-3&keywords=I%2C+Superhero

A woman did an interview with me via shortwave radio several years ago and you can read it here at http://www.timechatter.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3

(Laura) –  Do you have a nemesis?

(Captain Ozone) – Yes, I do have nemesis’s. They are Osun Thyruss (Dirty Brown Clown), Circus Jaxs and Agent Beryllium.

(Laura) –  What are the most important lessons you have learnt from the future that you can pass on?

(Captain Ozone) – Into the late 2030s, very little had been accomplished to establish a worldwide, renewable energy infrastructure. Since fossil fuels were still the cheapest and therefore the most profitable energy sources, almost every nation had no incentive to create a zero-emissions economy.

The leading greenhouse gas from fossil fuels that’s held to cause global warming was reduced in the atmosphere through a carbon capture and storage technique known as Carbon Sequestration. This involves capturing carbon dioxide gas from factories and power plants and injecting it into underground reservoirs or on the ocean floor where it’s presumed to be stored permanently.

Global warming never occurred in the 2030s despite today’s prevailing belief that it will, but many scientists and ecologists were worried that major earthquakes would cause megatons of captured carbon dioxide to escape from where it was stored, causing rapid climate change.

My mission was to put a halt to wars over oil in the future and to reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions through safer methods than carbon sequestration. I would accomplish this by traveling a half-century backwards through time to the year 1989 to establish a global renewable energy infrastructure.

My primary mission was to deliver vital data in my holopedia to scientists in 1989 who were involved in the research and development of zero-emissions, renewable energy systems. The data was of schematic diagrams of highly efficient solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and hydrogen power systems that were fifty years ahead of 1989’s renewable energy technologies. These futuristic renewable energy systems would enable every nation to be energy self-sufficient, eliminating wars over oil in the future, plus they would significantly reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions held to cause rapid climate change.

To answer your question, we need to build a worldwide renewable energy infrastructure ASAP with the contemporary technologies we have today. Businesses and home owners need to get off the power grid by investing in rooftop solar panels, mini wind turbines and geothermal systems. Power companies, factories and automobile corporations need to convert to zero-emissions energy sources.

(Laura) –  Is there still a need for TV in the future or is it now all via digital implants? If so can I have one? LOL

(Captain Ozone) – No digital implants in the 2030’s. The human brain is far too complex to tap into like that. Maybe by the year 2113 we’ll have digital implants sending electrical impulses to our neurons in our visual cortex to see movies in our minds.

Television merged with the Internet in the 2020’s. By the 2030’s, the Internet (or the “binary heavens”) was in 3D IMAX resolution (4000p) at 600 frames per second (600Hz) with Surround Sound. Looking at your computer monitor was like looking through a window at the world. Even handheld holopedias had 3D IMAX screens! Nanotechnology was soaring in the 2030’s.

Captain Ozone documentary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5iMqdPAoVw

This is Captain Ozone signing off – but remember…

Captain Ozone's green message

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well – I would just like to thank Captain Ozone for taking ‘time’ out of his busy schedule to come and answer some, what I am sure you will all agree, were some very important and probing questions about ‘Time Travel’ and I am sure that we have all learnt a great deal about how we can also become Champions for Ecology – Thank you once again to 

CAPTAIN OZONE.

I know I for one will be looking for greener alternatives – I hope you will be to…

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