Well, we saw some great colleges in Boston (which should probably be known as the college capital of the world because seriously there are so many there that you cannot spit without hitting one. And I’m not even a competitive long-distance spitter, just an average one :))
Somehow we and all the Boston drivers survived the adventure, but not because I was doing anything right. I do not like one way streets. I do not like traffic. I really do not like roundabouts! Who thought those up and why are they all over Massachusetts? They are terrifying!
And all the while my GPS was chirping cheerfully, “Proceed to highlighted route. Go southeast on Cambridge Street. In point one miles turn right, then turn left, then turn left,” while I thought things like if I knew how to get to the highlighted route, I wouldn’t need you! and how am I supposed to know which way is southeast? and we’re going in a circle! City driving is all well in good in a city that makes sense, like New York, but otherwise forget it! I was very happy to get back to normal roads.
|not actually our bear but a look-alike|
While we were gone, my daughter and the dogs had a run-in with our local bear (this has been like wild kingdom week!) She was out running, and came around a bend in the road. Brave Scouty sensed danger and charged ahead barking fiercely. Jemma skittered anxiously behind Scout and gave a few half-hearted woofs – as back-up she is very back-up and not much help but her heart is in the right place. The bear turned and looked at them all, but then turned away again and continued down the edge of the road toward our house. Being an intelligent lass, my daughter chose not to follow him. She rounded up the dogs (who needed no encouragement!) and went back the way she’d come to her grandparents’ house where she got grandpa to give her and the dogs a ride home. When they arrived, what should they see but the bear circling our house! The dogs ricocheted around the inside of the car barking like mad, and the bear ran off into the woods and really, the drama! The excitement! And I missed the whole thing and had to hear about it on the phone later!
There is never a dull moment around here!
And speaking of excitement, Phyllis had what I’m pretty sure was her last world tour stop. If you didn’t get to see it yet, please hop over to Robyn’s Place. There are strawberries involved. And a bikini. And rodeo riding! 🙂
And as if that wasn’t excitement enough, it’s time for Would You Read It! So grab your Something Chocolate (Au Bon Pain anyone?) and something to sip and see what you think about today’s pitch!
Today’s pitch comes to us from Rita. Rita says, “I have always loved writing letters, plays, stories any thing really since the age of 9. I have 3 kids that have made me stop writing for awhile but now two of them are at university and the youngest is 15. I used to be a dog sitter, an airline hostess and a secretary but now I spend lots of time as storyteller (costumes and strange voices and all) and my most frustrating of jobs: a writer. I write in my basement and I love children, animals and travelling. Teaching children how to read is a parental necessity.”
You can visit her website HERE.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Elephant And Dolphin
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-7)
The Pitch: Elephant and Dolphin meet every morning by the sea. But Elephant lives on the land and Dolphin lives in the ocean. Elephant eats grass while Dolphin eats fish. Elephant trumpets and Dolphin clicks. How can these two play together with the differences they have between them? Elephant and Dolphin find out how friendship overcomes everything.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?