Holy Jack-O-Lanterns Batman!
Why didn’t anyone remind me that I forgot to post the Halloweensie Contest Rules on Monday???!!! Now we’ve got a gigantic post for today! So that’s it. No chitchat! We’re getting right down to business!
First things first. It’s Would You Read It Wednesday, so grab your Something Chocolate! Care to join me for some chocolate cheesecake?
|Chocolate Cheesecake… YUM!!!
Photo copyright Stacy Jensen 2012 used by permission
You know, usually I can rationalize the chocolate into some form of acceptable breakfast, but this one eludes me. Just enjoy 🙂
Now then. Straight From The Editor for the September Pitch Pick, which you will recall was won by the lovely Elizabeth with her pitch for Buff The Magic Dragon.
Here are editor Erin Molta’s comments:
This is cute. I think it would work better if instead of saying “swallow his fear” you say, “overcome his fear”. Because when swallow is used it’s almost always about swallowing one’s pride and I think you’d rather have the connotation being strong. Then I think you might want to be a tad more specific about what fear he is overcoming. I know he’s afraid of everything but if he is to rescue Princess Ponypants(cute name!) from Captain Meanie Bones Jones, he’ll need to face that fear directly. So perhaps Buff must overcome his fear of . . . eight-legged purple sea monsters or his fear of water in order to do battle with the Captain . . .
I don’t know about you, but I always find Erin’s thoughts very helpful!
Moving right along, we have today’s pitch from Carrie who blogs over at Story Patch and who, if you’ve spent any time around here at all, you will recognize as the pitch doctor 🙂 She has an uncanny ability to take any pitch, keep what’s best, and fix what needs help. But it’s always a different matter when it comes to your own work, isn’t it? So today she’s asking for your help. Let’s see if she needs any 🙂
Working Title: Scooter Annie Braves The Hill
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: When Annie gets a new scooter, she can’t wait to ride. She loves swooping down her driveway and gliding along the sidewalk. But if Annie wants to ride in the neighborhood parade, she must find a way to conquer her fears and tackle the biggest hill in town.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
Are you ready?
What is that noise in the dark of night?
It’s coming closer…
*dramatic Hollywood scream* AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
|courtesy google images|
The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witch, bat, and “trick-or-treat“. Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!) Get it? Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂
Post your story on your blog on Wednesday October 31 and link up here (and I’m really hoping we don’t get 2 feet of snow that knocks out the power and the internet this year!!!) If you don’t have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section of the Wednesday October 31 official contest blog post that will go up here.
The Judge: my lovely assistant and I will narrow down the entrants to three (hee hee hee – you know how much trouble I have with only 3, so we’ll see) top choices which will be posted here and voted on for a winner.
The Prize: Okay. Seriously? I think this is a good prize 🙂 The winner will receive 5 (that’s FIVE!) brand new picture books personalized and signed by the authors! These 5 awesome books are: PUZZLED BY PINK by Sarah Frances Hardy, THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz, MARATHON MOUSE by Amy Dixon, and FLAP! by Alison Hertz. Great to keep for your own collection or to give to little ones in your life as holiday gifts 🙂
Doesn’t that sound like fun? Last year this was the very first writing contest I ever had on my blog, and I think we got 8 entries. I’m really really hoping we get lots more this year – it’s fun, it’s not too long (one might even call it short and sweet :)), it has to do with Halloween, which makes you think of candy, which is pretty much synonymous with chocolate… – so really, what could be better? 🙂
So get those thinking caps on – you’ve got a whole week to come up with a 100 word kids’ Halloween story! (and I’ve already given your three of the words 🙂 witch, bat, and “trick-or-treat“) – and, since I went and distracted you with the contest, everyone please remember to leave your thoughts on Carrie’s pitch!
Have a lovely Wednesday, my friends 🙂