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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 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 #2: How Does your Garden Grow?

Posted in Bailey Boots, Books, Reading, Stories, WebComic with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 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 gardening.

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“I’m going to be a gardener!” she says excitedly. “I have my tools all ready!”

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Oops! She forgot something. A seed! But where will she get one?

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Bailey Boots has a rock, a button and a marble. Which one should she plant?

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“The marble looks pretty,” says Bailey Boots. “I bet it would grow some tasty treats!”

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Bailey Boots has to wait now. She hates waiting.

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But she doesn’t have to wait long!

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The next morning, a pretty little plant pushes through the ground.

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It grows so fast! But when will it bear the pretty marble fruit?

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When?

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*Grow*

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When?

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*Grow*

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WHEEEEEEEEEEN?

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Moo.

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“Moo?”

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Moo.

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No fruit today. Poor Bailey Boots.

Update on “Rise of the Nefarious Numbots”

Posted in Books, Family, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2014 by Jessica Crichton

Well, I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is: “Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine” — now published through Second Wind Publishing LLC (YAY!) — will be available at Spocon, as will “The Counterfeit Zombies of Noc”, both with updated covers (pictured below). Of course I will also be there in person to sign, talk, and teach!

Now for the bad news.

“Rise of the Nefarious Numbots” will not be available at Spocon this year after all. This was a difficult decision, but in the end I chose to ensure a quality story for my readers rather than rushing the story so it will be out quickly. I plan on having “Numbots” available in a small scale in September, at Glamirita Clothing and Accessories in the Garland District in Spokane. It will also be available to order online for one day only as an Amazon title, before switching over to Second Wind Publishing for national release. I will let you all know when that will be as soon as I am able.

Thank you all for your patience. I promise it will be worth it! 
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It’s Almost Here! Book 3 of Guts and Glory!

Posted in book signings, Books, Family, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by Jessica Crichton

You’ve been waiting patiently.

You’ve been wondering when it would be OUT already.

You’ve looked for SOME sign on this website  that it is actually coming.

Well, here it is!

August, 2014…

At Spocon, Glamirita, and Here on this Website…

The Official Release 0f…

“RISE OF THE NEFARIOUS NUMBOTS”

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The third and FINAL volume of “Guts and Glory, Freedom Fighters of Nil” is almost here!

Check back here soon for exact dates, and spread the word!

Tipani Walker and the Nightmare Club

Posted in Fantasy, Fiction, Writing with tags , , , , on February 14, 2014 by Jessica Crichton

HawkHill flying tall and proud,
HummStreet unseen among the crowd,
BriarRaven lost within her shroud.
Pull the veil, tear the seam,
and walk where wakers only dream.

I Get Knocked Down

Posted in Books, Fantasy, kidlit, Middle Grade, Publication, Publishing, Writing with tags , , on November 10, 2013 by Jessica Crichton

… and… you know the rest.

So, my uber-awesome agency rejected “Guts and Glory” in the end. I’m not entirely surprised. I mean, I was amazed that they asked for a full in the first place, all things considered. And I learned a lot from them, even though their rejection didn’t involve quite the amount of feedback I was hoping for, considering that their website says they give detailed feedback for full requests. But whatever. The point is, I wallowed in a decent amount of self-pity (about three days), before I decided to use this experience to my advantage.

See, every rejection isn’t just a badge of honor for a writer – a self-proclaimed battle scar, as it were. No, it’s also a chance to get better. My uber-agency, which I now feel free to tell you was none other than The Blair Partnership, J.K. Rowling’s very own agency itself, did give me a BIT of feedback in their rejection after six months of review…

…they said they loved my world and my plotline, but that my characters just weren’t likable enough.

Okay, so far from taking that personally, I have done what any professional should do in this situation, and taken that to heart as a tool to improve my writing. Though “Guts and Glory” is not compete (and I assure you, I WILL finish the final book), I have decided to take a little break from the series, and focus instead on a new set of books. It has no name, as of yet, and no straight plotline, but I have my new world mapped out, and I WILL have my characters likable (by not making the plotline contingent on character development, for one). I’m leaning on my strengths while learning from my weaknesses… in that way, the new series will be amazing. Of that, I have no doubt.

Stay tuned to meet Tipani Walker, and delve into her world of dreams, nightmares, and what’s on The Other Side. Jessica Rising will rise again, stronger and more sure than ever before!

This is not over. Not by a long shot…

Aaaaaand… GO!

Posted in Books, kidlit, Middle Grade, mothers, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , on October 17, 2013 by Jessica Crichton

The world’s first and best children’s post-apocalyptic science fiction book is HERE! “Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine” by Jessica Rising is FREE for a limited time! Read it yourself!

Read it to your kids! Give it as a gift! Share the link with your friends and family! Let everyone know the mag-ness of, Guts, Glory, Books, Turtle and company!

Yayyyyy!

(I’m kind of excited about this…)

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