Can you believe it’s March 30?! Which means it’s PRACTICALLY APRIL! Which is so awesome! (And I am just ignoring that little snowflake picture on my phone’s weather app for April 5th. Obviously the weather app folk are messing with us in their typically fiendish way. They have a weird sense of humor 🙂 )
Since I’m a little bit psychic, I know you will be fascinated to know that today is the 220th anniversary of the day German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss discovered the construction of the heptadecagon. It certainly makes MY day feel special 🙂 I mean, how fun is it to say “heptadecagon”? There could be a picture book in that… it sounds a little like a dinosaur… how about ALFRED T. REX VS. THE HEPTADECAGON… Would You Read It? 🙂
Or we could just make it into a tongue twister. Try saying heptadecagon three times fast.. it’s pretty hard… I just practiced so I know!
Of course, being the polar opposite of a brilliant mathematician (i.e. a nincompoop 🙂 ) I had to go find out what a heptadecagon was…
(On the off chance that any of you are as blissfully mathematically ignorant as I am, you’ll be thrilled to learn that our boy Carl Friedrich woke up on March 30 at the ripe old age of 19 and discovered that a heptadecagon is a 17 sided polygon, which is uber cool because 17 is a Fermat prime number, and you can make one with a compass and an unmarked straight edge. And that is as much math talk as I can stand without chocolate!)
So bring on the Something Chocolate!!!
I vote for Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie because I’m pretty sure you could make one in the shape of a heptadecagon if you were comitted! 🙂
Dark Chocolate Caramel Oreo Pie
Ooh, la la! YUM!
(And now, for an extra challenge, try saying heptadecagon three times fast with your mouth full of Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie!)
Now then, onto today’s pitch which
has absolutely nothing to do with heptadecagons comes to us from Patricia who says, “I am a pre-published picture book author, wife, mother of 3 almost-adult children and Two Orange Pups, and avid gardener. The title of my blog pretty much sums it up: Wander, Ponder, Write – a KidLit Journey (www.patricianozell.com). That’s what I do, that’s what I enjoy.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Bird And The Baker
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: A rainbow-winged songbird forages each day for grain to feed her flock. But when a popular bakery opens in the nearby village, the grain disappears. As Bird bargains for grain, she must use her head or risk losing her natural gifts or flock.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest. If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Patricia improve her pitch. Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome. (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful. I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks! Seriously, PLEASE! I’m pretty sure the calendar is wide open from here on out, so we really need submissions! For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read It or on Would You Read It in the dropdown under For Writers in the bar above. I am not kidding there are openings in April (which is PRACTICALLY HERE – see above 🙂 ) so you could get your pitch up for some helpful feedback very soon, and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
(On a side note, I’m thinking of writing a Straight From The Editor Saturday post just to catch us up since I have a whole pile of back-logged ones that came in from Erin this month. Of course, that requires that I put together a Saturday post… so we shall see… 🙂 )
Patricia is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to exploring the picture book possibilities of ALFRED T. REX VS. THE HEPTADECAGON because in the time it’s taken me to type down to the bottom of this post, I have decided that heptadecagon sounds more like a dragon than a dinosaur and a t-rex vs. a dragon would be a pretty good show down!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂