I hope you’re all feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning (and really, don’t ask me what being “bushy-tailed” means exactly or what it has to do with being awake… :))
Since it’s Monday, I assume some of your bushy tails look like this:
and some like this:
But if you’re feeling like the second one, never fear! You’ve come to the right place! We have donuts 🙂
And, as you know, we always have plenty of fun around here! Today is extra-especially fun because of all the winning! Ready?
First off: this week’s Fun Foto theme is HIBERNATION! So scout around for a child-friendly photo that says hibernation to you and get ready to post it on your blog Friday for everyone to enjoy and use as a story prompt 🙂
Next up: the October Pitch Pick. The winner, whose pitch will be sent to the awesome editor Erin Molta for evaluation and comment, is none other than KIM!!!!! Congratulations, Kim!!! Well done!!! And congratulations also to Carla, Christie, and Tracy, our other brave contestants, who put their work out there for everyone to see and critique. As always, all the pitches were wonderful, and I’m sorry that everyone can’t win. But please, keep those pitches coming. It’s great practice, and who knows? You could be a winner next time! Stay tuned for Straight From The Editor coming up whenever Erin’s comments happen to arrive… 🙂
Next: the winner of which book will go on a journey around the world is Can’t Sleep Without Sheep! If you would be interested in having Can’t Sleep come to your neck of the woods, please sign up in the comments. I will either choose one person to start with (possibly by a contest of some kind… mwah-ha-hah!) and let them send it on, or if enough people from enough far-flung places sign up, perhaps I’ll just put together an itinerary. The idea is for the book to travel around and be signed with a first name, location and date (and a tiny message if you like) and then come back to me eventually to share with kids on school visits!
|illustration copyright Mike Wohnoutka 2010|
Finally: here are the Halloweensie Contest finalists for you to vote on. Boy did this turn out to be way harder than I expected! Everyone’s entries were so good! In the end, though, my assistant judge and I narrowed it down with heaviest emphasis on what a child would most enjoy since the point is, after all, to write for kids, with secondary consideration to how close you came to the 100 word count. So here are the 3 finalists, identified by number. not name. Please read them and vote for #1, #2, or #3!
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The winner will receive a signed hard cover copy of Haunted Party by the incomparable Iza Trapani!
And as I said, all of the entries were fantastic – I was so impressed with the quality and with how imaginative people could be within the constraints of the writing requirements! I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving Contest I’ve had requests for which I will post as soon as I think up what it is 🙂
Don’t forget to vote for the Halloweensie winner, let me know if you’d like to have Can’t Sleep journey to your house, and pick out a hibernation foto for Friday!