Happy National Pack Rat Day Everyone!
For those of you who weren’t born back in the middle of the last century, a pack rat is what you young whippersnappers these days call a hoarder. Take this quiz to see if you are one:
Instructions: For each question choose ONE answer – A, B, OR C
1. You have no intention of cleaning your closets, basement, garage, attic, or any other room today or any day!
A. Are you nuts? Of COURSE I plan to clean! What kind of filthmonger do you take me for?
B. Are we talking cleaning as in applying Lysol to surfaces and removing cobwebs, or as in getting rid of potentially valuable stuff? (which, we are word people here so we have to split hairs and define this as decluttering as opposed to cleaning!) Cleaning is acceptable (as long as it’s not overdone), decluttering is not to be entertained for one second!
C. What’s cleaning?
2. You spy the clean, empty box that your birthday Moose Munch came in on the coffee table and
A. Throw that useless piece of garbage in the single-stream recycling bin and feel virtuous for your efforts to stop global warming!
B. Pick the box up and look at it from every angle and think that you could potentially use it to wrap the 10 bars of expensive specialty soap you give Great-Aunt Joan for Christmas every year, or as the cockpit for the rocket ship your son will have to make for the Science Fair in two years because his sister had to do one last year so you know it’ll be his turn next, or to collect buttons or possibly old cell phone chargers in, and put it back on the coffee table so you’ll know where to find it when you need it.
C. Seriously? The Moose Munch is gone? When did THAT happen?!
3. You’re walking the dog and notice that your three-doors-down neighbor apparently suffered a Spring Cleaning Attack and left a whole pile of stuff at the curb for the Thursday trash pick-up. You
A. Hurry past because by gum! you feel a Spring Cleaning Attack coming on too and you’re anxious to get home and take advantage of it before it passes!
B. Tie the dog’s leash around your waist so you have both hands free to carry off the only slightly smelly comfy reading chair that is certainly nothing a little Febreze can’t fix!, the almost perfect lamp that only needs a shade, a bulb and a new electrical cord, and the vintage bookshelf that only needs shelves to round out your brand new-to-you cozy reading nook!
C. Try the large hula hoop but it’s too big, try the medium hula hoop but it’s bent into an egg-shape and won’t hula, then try the small hula hoop and discover that it’s Just Right!
Now. For every answer “A” give yourself 37 points. For every answer “B” give yourself 3.5 points. For every answer “C” give yourself 4,567 points.
If your score is more than 4,567 points you have good taste in activities and snacks and are likely footloose and fancy free!
If your score is more than 15 points but less than 4,567 points, you may suffer from obsessive compulsive cleaning disorder and should gradually desensitize yourself to dirt and clutter by sitting in a sandbox full of sand toys and trucks with a toddler for an hour every day!
If your score is less than 15, you have a great imagination and would make a great writer! You are also a pack rat! Congratulations! 🙂
Now that you’ve enjoyed that little smidgerel of enlightenment (isn’t it always fun to learn something new about yourself?) let’s get on with the items on today’s agenda!
First, I’m thrilled to announce that the winner of the April Pitch Pick is Ana with her PB pitch for No More Cats! Congratulations, Ana! Your pitch has been sent to editor Erin Molta for her thoughts, and you were hopefully hear from her before too long!
Congratulations also to our other brave and talented pitchers who wrote wonderful pitches, and then took the incredibly helpful advice supplied by our cherished readers to heart and wrote great revisions! It’s no easy thing to put yourself out there for comment and critique, and it can be hard to part with a pitch you’ve worked on and polished when feedback suggests it could benefit from changes. So pat yourselves on the back and have…
. . . Something Chocolate!
This morning, we are serving Chocolate Lasagna Cupcakes because why not?! 🙂
I have one word: YUM!
(Okay, five words… YUM! YUM!! YUM!!! YUM!!!! YUM!!!!! 🙂 )
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Erin who says, “I am a member of both SCBWI and the12x12 Writing Challenge. I have many family and friends entrenched in education, from teaching to administration throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern NJ areas. I have an undergraduate degree in English and am working on a new blog as well.”
Find her on the web at:
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Colors Want To Play
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-6)
The Pitch: In COLORS WANT TO PLAY, colors (and maybe you) unravel in a fun-filled journey of demanding direction from the hues themselves. One color is missing and needs some coaxing to join the others. Readers learn the ride can be just as much fun as the destination. Don’t forget comfortable shoes!
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 Erin 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 June, so you have a little time to polish your pitch before putting it up for helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Erin is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to a day of writing which involves no cleaning or decluttering of any kind – celebrating my inner Pack Rat! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂