Do you know what today is?
It is National Hot Toddy Day!
I couldn’t believe it myself!
Even at my ripe old age, I didn’t actually know what a hot toddy was… Shocking, isn’t it?! After all those British mystery novels and medieval adventure novels and whatnot where people constantly return damp and bedraggled from harrowing adventures on the rain- and wind-swept moors and require hot toddies to restore them to health! I had to look hot toddy up last night to discover that it is hot tea mixed with honey, lemon, and/or herbs… and whiskey (or I suppose some other form of alcoholic pizzazz.)
Honestly, I was disappointed. Hot toddy sounds so good and cozy and delicious, doesn’t it? But all it turns out to be is a cup of tea with a slosh of alcohol in it which really does nothing for me.
So. We’re going to have a new kind of hot toddy to celebrate National Hot Toddy Day. It shall be a Blueberry Hill Hot Toddy. And this is what it shall be:
Dark Belgian hot chocolate, topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream, sprinkled with dark chocolate curls!
Doesn’t that sound SO much better than tea with whiskey in it?! At least for breakfast…?! 🙂
So go make yourself a Blueberry Hill Hot Toddy to celebrate the day! 🙂
Now then. What with the Halloweensie and Holiday Contests and the holidays themselves, the Would You Read It schedule has been knocked a little off the rails.
But lo and behold, we do in fact have Straight From The Editor today for October!
Can I have a Woo Hoo?
You will recall (well, actually you may not recall since it was so long ago! 🙂 ) that the October Pitch Pick was won by Michele with her PB pitch for When Sheep Fall Asleep.
The Pitch: All Sam wants to do is stay up late. His parents agree to a deal: If he gets into bed and counts sheep all the way up to ten, then he can stay up all night. But the sheep aren’t cooperating, and once the monkeys, elephants, chickens, and even hyenas start crowding in, it’s all Sam can do to keep his room from turning into a zoo!
Here are editor Erin Molta’s comments:
This seems like it’ll be cute! For the pitch, however, I would end on the falling asleep bit, so instead of his room turning into a zoo, you should go more in the direction of “it was all Sam could do to keep his eyes open…
Best of luck!
As always I find Erin’s comments so interesting, insightful and helpful! I hope you do too!
Before we get to today’s pitch, I believe we all need Something Chocolate to sustain and energize us! How do you feel about Dark Chocolate Cake?
I have to say, I feel pretty good about it. Possibly good enough for a second…and third… slice! Really. We need to keep our blood sugar at an optimal level so we can be productive members of the writing community! 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Robin. Robin leads the children’s departments of Midwestern public libraries providing reference and literacy foundations to the smallest patrons and supporting their parents. Mid life, she was called to ordained ministry as a parish pastor. She continues to read to children as a volunteer in developing countries and writes stories to read and read again! Robin is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: No More Turnips!
Age/Genre: Humorous Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf have grandchildren now. The youngest grandwolf, Frank, is tired of turnips and determined to get a pork chop dinner. His plans are hog tied by the Three Little Grandpigs who have just the cure for ham hock hankering.
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 Robin 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! 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. There are openings in February, so you could get your pitch up pretty soon for a chance for helpful feedback and a possible read by editor Erin Molta!
Robin is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to my visit from the insurance adjuster being over. Poor Princess Blue Kitty (my trusty Subaru Outback for those of you who don’t know her) had an unfortunate run-in with a stone wall on Friday due to a hidden patch of ice. She has been injured, and awaits the judgment of the insurance adjuster before she can be patched up. She has been Very Brave, but I’m sure she would appreciate it if anyone wanted to write a nice poem or song about her 🙂 She might even award a prize or a token of her favor 🙂
It will not be a traditional hot toddy!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂