Book Signing at Holy Spirit

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book signingBook Four! Sucked into Cyberspace. I’m finished. Writing is exhausting and exciting at the same time. Looking back on the journey I’ve made, the predominent feeling is definitely exhaustion. That’s until you get a chance to take your paperback to a book signing or author night. What a rush! I’d have to say, the most exciting part was seeing the line of young people lining up to buy my book. Needless to say, I sold out. Thanks to everyone who made my dream a reality. And thanks to Holy Spirit for allowing me to come and share my work.

Characters on a Grand Adventure

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Naming characters in a story is tricky business. Names need to be unique and descriptive enough to help the reader visualize your characters. At the same time, names can’t be too weird. One of the characters in my newest story is the boy who draws the pictures. I named the boy Hudson because the explorer Henry Hudson was an explorer and the story would be about adventure. I struggled to name the other primary characters, I decided to plot the story out and then start writing. What do you know, the names came once I got into character. There names came as I wrote this scene.

Dot and Scribble were born.

Hudson looked at the picture and then at the pencil in his hand. “Come on, do your thing,” he commanded the pencil.

He knew all he could draw were stick figures. Who was he trying to fool? He drew a stick boy, frowned, and crossed him out. The boy wasn’t quite right. Maybe if he tried another.

He drew another stick person and smiled. “Better—some pretty hair and a nice dress,” he said to himself. The stick girl stood tall with straight legs, a polka dot dress, and wavy hair.

Hudson finished the picture of the stick girl, smiled, and added some dots for eyes. He looked at the stick boy and shook his head. “You’re Scribble, ‘cause you’re a mess.”

Scribble looked reckless in a fun kind of way, but he was no knight in shining armor. And the stick girl was hardly a princess.

He looked at the stick girl. “You’re Dot.”

Dot and Scribble smiled back at him.

 

Here’s to Adventure

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Picture 2aHave you ever wanted to escape into a story you’re reading or into a beautiful picture you’re viewing?

Come on, be honest. Sometimes fiction is more fun than reality. That’s why we like to read. That’s the premise for my newest book, Dot and Scribble Fall into Adventure. A boy is transported into a picture he is drawing. The excerpt below is the moment when Hudson realizes he has changed into a stick figure character named Scribble.

“What are you doing up there?”

What was he doing up there in his room? He couldn’t quite remember. He had fallen. There was a picture.

If he opened his eyes, everything would be all right. His mother would be mad when she saw the mess, but he could clean it up. Hudson shook his head and cracked his eyes open.

He was outside.

Below, a girl stood with her hands on her hips. “What are you doing up there?” She stomped her foot. “You’re going to fall.”

Hudson rubbed his eyes and looked again at the strange looking stick girl, who definitely was not his mother. Then he looked at his hands—gloves. He stretched out his long arms and clumsy legs through the branches and leaves. He had landed in a tree. Hudson grabbed for anything and held on.

The realization hit him. Somehow, he’d fallen into his own picture. But who was he? What was he?

“You come down here right now, Scribble,” the stick girl ordered.

“Did you just call me Scribble?” Hudson asked.

“Yes, I called you Scribble, and my name is Dot.”

“No way.”

Dot stomped her foot. “You come down, this instant.”

Hudson, now Scribble, shook his head. Was he really a stick boy up a tree? Was he really about to take orders from a bossy stick girl named Dot?

“I’m not gonna fall,” he said.

“I’m warning you.”

“I’m fine,” Scribble said, lifting up his hands.

The next few moments happened too fast for him to react. First, he heard the crack of the limb, and then he was falling to meet the ground.

Boosh!

Dot marched over to meet Scribble who was in a heap on the ground. “You’re broken again,” Dot said. She picked up something and handed it to him. “Look.”

It was his arm. Not only was he a stick boy, but he was a klutz. Scribble shook his head at Dot’s gesture. “That’s my arm? What do I do with that?”

 

A New Adventure Begins

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photoRecently, I made the decision to do some dog sitting. I went to a site called Rover.com, filled out a profile, got a review, and the rest is history as they say. I just finished my first job with a dog named Kira. We had a great time walking and playing fetch. Kira turned out to be everything that my present dog isn’t. What a contrast! Roxy doesn’t play fetch. Kira would play fetch for hours. Roxy lays around all day–especially after a walk. Kira is never idle. And the list goes on. Of course this made me think about the dog in my current story, Dot and Scribble Fall into Adventure.

I named the dog Boon in my story and let’s just say Boon is a lot like Kira: lively, carefree, and always alert. Here’s an excerpt from the story.

Then Scribble felt something wet on his hand. He was afraid to look down, but he did. A stick dog with huge ears and a fuzzy line for a tail stared back at him.

“Does he bite?” Scribble asked, pulling away. The dog knocked Scribble over, bit his arm, and slobbered all over him.

“Of course he bites,” Dot said.

“Stop it,” Scribble said.

“Now you’re both dirty,” Dot fussed.

“Get this mutt off me.”

“His name is Boon, silly. Maybe if you were nice to our dog, he wouldn’t bite you, but I doubt it. He knows you too well.”

“Okay, Boon.” Scribble patted the dog. “How was that?” Boon jumped on Scribble again, covering him with more mud.“I think Boon needs a little adventure.”

Dot pushed the dog away.“We have all the adventure we need right here,” Dot said.

“Is that so?”

Scribble felt something latch onto his foot. He looked down at Boon who had his foot in his mouth. “Hey! Boon took my foot. Give me that, you crazy dog.”

He took off after the dog, running like a peg-leg pirate. He heard Dot sigh behind him, but he was already on his way.

 

Book Signing

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booksmartSelling books is not as easy as I thought, but I’m enjoying the experience. To date, I’ve scheduled four events and sold quite a few books. Today was BookSmart in Morgan Hill. What a great time was had by all! When I arrived, there was a birthday party happening in the cafe. I read my book to a few children and did some signing. I had some friends and family members come through too. Thanks to Isabel and her lovely boys for coming out to support me. Jim, it was great to catch up with you. My wife and son, parents, and mother-in-law also came. Towards the end of the day, I had small crowds join me. Then, at the end of the day, my family gathered at a great restaurant for an early Mother’s Day celebration. Whew!

BookSmart Morgan Hill

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Meet San Jose author and educator Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce and get a signed copy of Stink Bomb.


Date: May10th

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location:

BookSmart

80 East 2nd St.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

When a group of wolf spiders invades Grub’s home in Riverbank, he and his bug friends send out the call for Stink Bomb, the most fearsome insect superhero known to the world.butterflies flower hill

Stink Bomb is a great read for ages 7-10 year olds.

BookSmart, Morgan Hill, CA

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As you know, I’m doing a book signing at BookSmart in Morgan Hill in May. Part of a book signing is answering questions. Believe it or not, readers often want to do more than just read your book. They want to know about the process of writing. That’s sometimes why they come to a book signing. They may even be budding writers. Here are some typical questions you might have to field if you’re ever doing a book signing.

  1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
    2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
    3. What kind of research did you do for this book?
    4. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
    5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
    6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
    7. What are you working on now?
    8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
    9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
    10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
    11. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Meet San Jose author and educator Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce and get a signed copy of Stink Bomb.

Date: May10th

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location:

BookSmart

80 East 2nd St.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

When a group of wolf spiders invades Grub’s home in Riverbank, he and his bug friends send out the call for Stink Bomb, the most fearsome insect superhero known to the world.

Stink Bomb is a great read for ages 7-10 year olds.

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