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The 2015 International Science Fiction Convention, Update Numero Uno

Posted in book signings, Books, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, kidlit, Literature, Publication, Publishing, Sci-Fi, scifi conventions, Spokane, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

You know what Worldcon is, right? That obscure science fiction con where the Hugo Awards are presented? You know, the Academy Award for Science fiction that writers like Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin and Arthur C. Clarke have won, among others? Oh, you HAVE heard of it?

Awesome, because it’s coming to MY hometown.

Spokane, Washington isn’t exactly the hub of Western Society. We’re not even the hut. Spokane is, honestly, much more like the Bermuda Triangle of Washington State. People heading to Seattle on the bus wonder if they’ve been abducted by aliens when they find themselves on a layover in Spokane. When I was a kid visiting Jacksonville, Florida and people asked me where I was from because I didn’t have a southern accent, their first thought upon hearing my answer was that I knew the president.

“No, Washington STATE,” I’d inevitably say.
“OH! Seattle!”
“No.”
“Oh… what’s it like to live on a farm?”

And yet, thanks to a series of very fortunate events, Spokane won the prestigious 2015 bid to host the biggest science fiction convention in the world.

Wow.

I’m not going to actually STATE that this was a gift from God dropped directly into my lap, but it certainly feels like it.

It’s like the middle of nowhere was suddenly invaded by the first aliens ever, and I’m that yokel with so much potential and zero opportunity… until the face suckers come and I get to be a REAL hero.

All that is to say, I’m going to be at Sasquan: the 2015 International Science Fiction Convention in Spokane in August. I’ll be hosting things as the Spocon head of Literature, speaking on panels, and reading and signing books just like a real boy! Erm… writer. And I’d sure love to see you there. I’ll update as things progress.

Wheeeee! Go Sasquan 2015!

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The Adventures of Bailey Boots #9: Adventures in PhotoShop

Posted in Bailey Boots, Comics with tags , , on May 20, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

Bailey Boots is a curious girl. She tries new things every day.

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Today, Bailey Boots is curious about computers!

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But you know, Bailey Boots, there are a lot of things to discover on a computer. What do you want to explore today?

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“Ohh, ohh art!” says Bailey Boots.

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Ah! How about Photoshop? It’s a program a lot of artists use to make pretty pictures.

“YES! That sounds perfect!” says Bailey Boots. “What can you do with Photoshop?”

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Well, you can solarize. That’s turning a picture stark black and white.

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Or color balance. You can make a picture TOTALLY pink! Isn’t it cuuuute?

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You can do blue with red…

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… or red with blue!

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Or just totally red!

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RAINBOWS!

“Uh–“

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FROGGY!

“Um–“

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But it’s not all colors. You can also go all fuzzy!

“What–“

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Or 3-D!

“How–“

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Or — wait — even POLKA DOTS!”

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You can even bend your art all over!

“AAHHHH!”

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Bendy, bendy BENDY!

“I’m gonna throw UUUUUP!”

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Ooh — ooh — or all blacky or browny or–

“STOOOOOOOP!”

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What? Don’t you want to know more about Photoshop?

“I think… that’s enough adventure for tod–“

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“Wait.”

What?

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“Wasn’t Moo yellow before?”

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Isn’t he?

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“Um…”

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Happy Bailey Boots!

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The Adventures of Bailey Boots #8: Nothing Moo Here

Posted in Bailey Boots, Comics, Kids, Reading with tags , , , on April 10, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

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Bailey Boots is a curious girl. She tr–

Wait. Where is Bailey Boots?

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“No!”

… uh… says Bailey Boots? Silly B–

“I won’t come out! You can’t make me!”

But… Bailey Boots. Don’t you want an adventure?

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 “No.”

But… why not?

“It’s scary.”

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Please come out.

“No.”

Okay, okay. If I promise no more cows, will you come out?

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“No more cows?”

No more cows.

“Promise?”

Cross my heart.

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“Oh… okay. As long as there’s no more cows.”

… says Bailey Boots?

“Don’t push it.”

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Okay! We’re back in business!

*Ahem*

Bailey Boots is a curious girl. She tries new things every d–

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“Wait.”

… what now?

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“Where’s Moo?”

Moo?

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“Yeah. He’s supposed to be on my shoulder now, remember?”

You… never really had Moo. You know that, right? Moo was a charac–

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“No Moo, no me.”

Bailey Boo–

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“Get Moo back, then we’ll talk Miss Big Writer Lady.”

Bailey, be reasonable.

“Moo first!”

But–

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“MOO!”

Sigh. Fine. I’ll be back later.

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“You’d better be. You’d. Better. Be.”

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The Adventures of Bailey Boots #7: Space EX-ploration

Posted in Bailey Boots, Comics, fun with tags , , , on March 30, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

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Bailey Boots is a curious girl. She tries new things every day.

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Today, she’s taking a trip into outer space! Bailey Boots is very excited.

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She even brought her friends, Cowshark…

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…and Moo, of course!

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Bailey says, “we’re going to have a wonderful space adventure!”

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“How did we get here?” Moo asks.

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“Moo?” Cowshark agrees.

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Bailey Boots is confused. She doesn’t remember.

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“But it’s okay. We’ll have a grand adventure anyway!”

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“What?”

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“I mean, it IS kind of weird, isn’t it?” Moo asks.

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“Moo,” Cowshark agrees.

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Bailey Boots is stumped. It is weird, isn’t it?

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“What is going OOOOOOOOOOOOOOON?”

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Bailey Boots?

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… H… happy Bailey Boots?

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The Adventures of Bailey Boots #6: Mooo-d Science!

Posted in Bailey Boots, Comics, Reading, Stories with tags , , , on March 20, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

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Bailey Boots is a curious girl. She tries new things every day.

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Today, Bailey Boots is at school. Her teacher is talking about the science fair. Bailey Boots is curious AND excited!

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But what should her science fair project be?

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“Moo!” says Bailey Boots’ parrot friend.

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“Moo?” says Bailey Boots with a giggle. “That’s your name, silly parrot, not a science project!

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“Moo,” insists Moo.

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Bailey Boots knows that Moo can say more than that. She starts to wonder what he means.

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Moo?

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Moo?

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Moo?

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“Moo project!” Moo says excitedly. “Moo science!”

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Bailey Boots wonders if a cowshark or a cowtree are real science. She’s not convinced.

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“Moo!”

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“Nah,” says Bailey Boots. “I think I’ll just stick with a volcano this year.”

Happy Bailey Boots!

 

The Adventures of Bailey Boots #5: Polly Wanna Moo?

Posted in Bailey Boots, Books, Comics, Reading with tags , , , on March 15, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

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Bailey Boots is a curious girl. She tries new things every day.

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Today, Bailey Boots is curious about pets. She’s had such fun with her cow adventures that she’s decided to get a pet of her very own to have lots of adventures with.

So today, she’s at the pet store.

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But what kind of pet should she get? Bailey Boots is confused.

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“Hello, cat,” says Bailey Boots to the first pet she sees. “Do you want to be my pet?”

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“Moo.”

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Bailey Boots decides to try another animal.

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“Hello, doggy,” says Bailey Boots to the next pet.

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“Moo.”

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“Next.”

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“H… hi s… snake?” Bailey Boots says to the next pet. “Nice snake?”

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“Mooooooooooo.”

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“Um… that’s… that’s okay,” says Bailey Boots. She wasn’t sure she wanted a snake anyway.

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But what will Bailey Boots do? She can’t find a pet of her very own.

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But she won’t give up! One last try, Bailey Boots!

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“Hello birdy,” says Bailey Boots to a pretty parrot. “Um… moo?”

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“Hello!”

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“Hello!” says Bailey Boots to her new pet. “I’m SO glad you didn’t say moo!”

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“Hello Bailey Boots! Hello!”

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“Let’s go home, Parrot,” says Bailey Boots happily. “What do you think about that?”

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“Moo.”

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“Oh, well,” says Bailey Boots. “Close enough!”

Happy Bailey Boots!

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