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 Rising

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!

Today is my Birthday!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2015 by Jessica Rising

And my daughter’s graduation from high school.

Crazy times, man. Crazy times.

Who wants more “Bailey Boots”?

The Adventures of Bailey Boots #9: Adventures in PhotoShop

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

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 Rising

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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.”

Bailey Boots #5

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

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

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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?

Bailey Boots #7

Why Post-Apocalyptic for Kids?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2015 by Jessica Rising

Jessica Rising:

Why do books matter for the next generation? #kidlit #amwriting #revolution

Originally posted on Jessica Rising:

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I can’t tell you exactly when I first started writing, nor why I continue to this day. Authors tend to repeat the oft-used phrase, “we write because we must” to cover such questions. I tend to agree with this. It isn’t a satisfying answer, but there it is — I write because it is who I am.

As far back as I can remember I’ve seen the world… differently. My dollhouse was never enough; I always created an entire world around it with everything in my bedroom. Where most people saw a leaf on a tree, I saw an air-boat for a tiny elf. Where most people saw an office building, I saw a sideways world where people could fall off the walls into space.

I still see these things on a daily basis.

Long ago, I came to the conclusion that there are two ways to go about life…

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A Straight Person’s Guide to Labels

Posted in definitions, LGBT, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2015 by Jessica Rising

We’re a people of labels. In order to understand each-other, we have to put each-other into categories, such as:

“Straight” – “I can talk to this person like a “normal” person, because they represent what I was raised to know.”

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“Gay/Lesbian” – “I will talk to this person like the opposite gender who I’m used to talking to. Wait… how can I talk to a man like I talk to a woman? Women are nuts, but men aren’t. How can I talk to a woman like I talk to men? Men are misogynists, but women aren’t. But this person… is? What? A man? A woman? How do I relate to this person? AGGGHH!

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“Transgender” – “Okay, I understand now that gay people are just people. But wait… is this a man or a woman? How can I know if this is a gay person or a straight person if I can’t even tell if they’re male or female? Yeah, the’re people, but how can I tell if they’re going to hit on me and make me uncomfortable? I want to hook up with a man/woman. Trans people are liars who I can’t trust.

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“Asexual” – “Um… what? There are people who don’t even WANT sex? How does that even work? Sex is AMAZING! How can you not want it? No way these people exist. You must be lying.”

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“Pansexual” – “OMG! You want ANYONE? You’re my GREATEST FANTASY! Wait… you don’t want to be with me? You’re an ASSHOLE! Elitist!  You can’t be Pan and tell me what you WANT. You want EVERYTHING. If you don’t, then you’re a hypocrite. Therefore you HAVE to want me!”

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“Bisexual” – “Okay, so you want to be with the opposite gender and the same gender. I have a 50/50 chance then. Sweet! Wait… you don’t want me? Why not? You want dick AND coochie! I have one of those! What.. you want an EMOTIONAL connection too? What are you, a normal person who wants LOVE? HA! Only NORMAL people get love! WEIRD FREAKS like you only want sex! Right? RIGHT! If you wanted love, you’d be with the OPPOSITE gender. Love can only exist that way, after all.

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I’m what society calls “straight”. I’m a woman who loves being with a man — namely, my husband. It’s acceptable in society to be who I am, but I often wonder what it would be like if my sexuality was marginalized. If loving a man, as a woman, was considered odd. Would I force myself to love a woman? No. I couldn’t do that. I could force myself to PRETEND I loved a woman, but it would never be who I really am. Does ANYONE have the right to decide who someone else is? What gives anyone the right to decide the truth of another person? If you need a label to know how to treat someone, you don’t understand the basis of humanity. May I suggest reading ‘Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, “What is Man?” by Mark Twain, or “Ulysses” by James Joyce, to better understand your place in the universe? Read. Learn. Grow. Otherwise, you may never understand the place you hold in the history of man… and that’s not an enlightened place to be.

THIS is why literature is important. THIS is why books matter.

~Jessica Rising

http://jessica-rising.com

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