Well, things are pretty quiet up here on Blueberry Hill.
The hummingbirds have left for Mexico. (Smart cookies.)
The hornets have left because something (not me!) bashed in their (really ugly) house.
(Truthfully, I feel sorry for them. They worked so hard on that (evil-looking!) house. I don’t know where they went, but they’re gone. At least I think they are… I haven’t actually gotten close enough to tell for sure. I’m not THAT much of a glutton for punishment 🙂 But I digress…)
The blueberries have left because the bears ate them.
The deer are quietly turning that soft brown color that makes them one with the woods in winter.
And this morning, when I was out for my morning jaunt, a whole flock of birds (swallows? really I’m making that up – the only birds I’m sure of are chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays 🙂 – but they COULD have been swallows because that sounds nice) ANYway, the whole flock rose from a tree and took off above my head in a rush of wings – so beautiful in the stillness!
So, with all that quietness, it’s a good thing we’re about to liven things up with the 4th Annual Halloweensie Contest!!!
If you missed the announcement, go HERE and read all about it!
And the prizes are rolling in – there are going to be lots of good ones! – so pop those thinking caps on!
Now then! Down to today’s business!
First, I’m happy to announce that the winner of the September Pitch Pick is HOPE!!! with her pitch for Cleo And Pinkie! Congratulations, Hope! Your pitch is on it’s way to editor Erin Molta for her thoughts. And congratulations to ALL our brave pitchers – you all did a fantastic job and it was terrible to have to pick only one of your wonderful pitches when all your stories sound great!
Phew! Let’s take a break after all that excitement and indulge in Something Chocolate! (Like we need an excuse :))
Today’s Something Chocolate is chocolate deliciousness AND a story prompt, because really, don’t those raspberries look like little critters huddled under a toadstool sheltering from a chocolate rain? Maybe even chocolate thunder? (which sounds like it should be a whole ‘nother dessert! :)) Or maybe they’re hiding under a rock behind a chocolate waterfall! Or maybe they want to splash in chocolate puddles and they’re daring someone to go first! Whatever, I think they have a story to tell 🙂
You can think about it while you lick the plate 🙂
Today’s pitch comes to us from Gail who says, “Recently, I participated in the Making Picture Book Magic workshop and in the Telling Children Stories in Today’s Market intensive. I’m a member of SCWBI, and hold both a degree in Fine Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and a diploma in Journalism from Cambrian College. You’re welcome to visit http://gailtalbot.com anytime to learn more.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Me Hungry
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Ted’s delicious dreams are interrupted when a noise creeps from his closet. He peeks from under his blanket and discovers a teeny-tiny zombie! When Ted tries to feed his new famished friend, things don’t go smoothly — meat kabooms, a plate is pinched, and a restaurant is invaded! But, Ted’s quick thinking help the pair through. Zombie’s tummy is finally filled, and Ted becomes a chef, just like he always wanted. “Me Hungry!” is a fast-paced, 500-word, boy-oriented picture book. A little “Master Chef” meets “Goosebumps,” the story features Ted, a boy who learns that facing his fears is the first step in making his dreams come true.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
Gail is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to continuing to gather up prizes for y’all, and to how much fun we’re going to have writing and reading entries for the Halloweensie Contest!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂