So, I was reading an article on MSN the other day that said (and I am seriously not making this up!) that it was good to have dessert for breakfast.
They announced this like it was an important new breakthrough, but I ask you – haven’t I been saying this for years? in my own chocolate-loving way? 🙂
I believe I am smarter than the average bear 🙂 Have Something Chocolate, won’t you? It’s for your health 🙂
And you are going to need your energy today because we have an action-packed Wednesday!
First, I am honored to say that I have received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from the lovely and talented Tina DC Hayes!
I am so delighted to think anyone finds my blog inspiring! Really! It totally makes my day 🙂
Aside from displaying the award and mentioning and linking back to the blogger who gave it to me, I’m supposed to tell 7 things about myself. You guys all know me pretty well, though, and I don’t want to bore you, so we’ll just skip that bit for now. Then we get to the bit where I’m supposed to pass the award on to blogs I find inspiring, and for once that’s easy because it’s ALL OF YOU! So help yourselves – you deserve it! 🙂
Now then. Onward!
Next on our action-packed schedule, we have Straight From The Editor for the December Pitch Pick.
You will recall Kim’s pitch:
Oyster And Pearl (PB) ages 4-8
Pearl is a tiny grain of sand that lives in the bottom of the ocean. She feels insignificant in her world and both envious AND enamored of the star that she can see far above her. As she sets her sights on joining the star, she encounters many challenges... until finally, one night, she meets Oyster, who helps her become a star of her own.
And here is Erin’s helpful response:
Cute idea! I would make two small changes. One at the end . . .”who helps her become a star in her own right.” Because she doesn’t literally become a star and “of her own” sounds like she’s got a star. You want to get across that she transforms (like a butterfly) into something special a jewel of the sea – a pearl. And it seems odd that her name is Pearl but that’s what she becomes. I would give her another name or else it gives away the ending right away. Maybe something like Little or Tiny or something to emphasize the insignificance she feels.
I always find her comments so insightful!
Next (no rest for the wicked 🙂 – go back and have another slice of cake if you need further fortification :)) we have today’s pitch which comes to us from our friend Julie, whose previous pitch for Eddie Brick Visits The Aunts you may remember from December. A scribbler of children’s stories in between chores, Julie Rowan-Zoch has visited three continents, attempted to learn 4 languages, and has a 2-3-3-3-3 phalangeal formula in both of her hands and feet. (Though not yet able to get a good grip with her toes, she has been drawing with her hands since she exchanged a banana for a crayon.) Please come visit her on her blog and view her beautiful artwork (some of which is featured in my PB writing course :))!
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Just Call Me The Kid
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-7)
The Pitch: Pip the mouse longs to be a cowboy, and does his best to rustle up some skills. His mother gets kinda ornery though, as Pip’s attempts turn the household on its head. But that doesn’t sour his milk, and neither does the neighbor’s cat!
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
Julie is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to spring, which Phyllis has assured me is coming early and I plan to hold her to it. Anytime this afternoon would be fine! 🙂
Have a great day, everyone!