Happy New Year, Everyone!!!
It’s so lovely to see you all again!
I hope all your holidays were festive and joyful!
And now, here we are at the front end of a brand new year. Just like a blank page, it’s full of possibility. Who knows what great ideas we’ll have this year, what wonderful new stories we’ll write, what hare-brained schemes we’ll come up with?! 🙂
It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?
I have already had two happy surprises – well, one surprise and one much-looked-forward-to occasion.
The surprise was that the lovely and talented Stacy Jensen, out of the pure kindness of her heart, took time out of her Lego Pirate war to try to solve the problem of updating Perfect Picture Books. Her idea is a good one, and she’s done a beautiful job (if you need web work, contact her at once!). More exploration is required before we see whether it’s something the Truly Tech Challenged (er, that would be Yours Truly) can actually manage, but either way it was incredibly kind and generous and thoughtful of her, and really that is what so many people in this kidlit community are like that it just reinforces my gratitude to be part of it. Thank you, Stacy!!!
The much-looked-forward-to-occasion (which was only a surprise because we managed to pull it off at long last!) was that I got to have lunch with the wonderful Elaine Kearns, writer, and creator of Kidlit 411 (which, in case you’ve been under a rock somewhere, is celebrating it’s First Birthday this week and you should definitely hustle on over and check it out because it’s fantastic and there are all kinds of amazing prizes on offer!) It was such a pleasure to meet her in person, after all this time of knowing her online. And we only live about 20 miles from each other so really, what took us so long???!!! I apologize for no photographic evidence of our meeting, but it was too cold to take pictures outside, and too dark inside. (Anyway, that’s the story I’m sticking to :))
I think all that wonderfulness calls for a little Something Chocolate, don’t you? (And no, of course I’m not trying to distract you from the glaring lack of photographs! Why would you think that?!)
Since it is 0 (that’s ZERO, folks) here, we need a warm Something Chocolate, so how about…
… warm pain au chocolat? (which, for our English-speaking audience is plain ole chocolate croissant :))
Mmm! Flaky pastry… warm dark chocolate… who notices the temperature now? 🙂
So, we were supposed to have the November Pitch Pick today, but what with holiday busy-ness and such, not everyone was ready. So we’ll have to do that next week.
Meanwhile, let’s get onto today’s WYRI!
Today’s pitch comes to us from Jeff who says, “Though I’ve come to popular writing late, in a sense I’ve been writing all my life. I’ve enjoyed a career in science and as a military health officer. In 2005 one of my journal articles won a prize and award as ‘best new research paper,’ which inspired me to try other genre.
Here is his pitch:
Working Title: Stormy With A Chance Of Pizza
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-7)
The Pitch: Grandpa’s creative problem solving saves the day (or at least their dinner) when ‘can do’ perseverance triumphs over challenges of a new recipe and Mother Nature’s threats, showing his storytelling grandchild the value of self reliance.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
Jeff is looking forward to your thoughts on his pitch! I am looking forward to seconds on pain au chocolat and spring. Yep. Now that Christmas is over I’m pretty much done with winter! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!! See you on Friday for Perfect Picture Books!