I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but things are a bit topsy-turvy in Nature these days.
First (I am not making this up! I heard it on the radio!) there is a warrant out for Punxsutawney Phil’s arrest because he said 6 more weeks of winter, which expired on March 16, and then we had a blizzard.
Second, we bounce around from 70 degrees to 10 below, sunshine to Nor’easters, like we’re inside a pinball machine.
And the blueberries in the pancakes?
Monday night I had a traumatic experience in which, just past midnight, I heard a frightening sound on my back porch. My dogs began to growl, low in their throats, and all the fur stood up on their backs. (And, just let me say, this is highly unusual for them because they need their beauty sleep and generally notice nothing between 9 PM and 5 AM!)
I don’t mind telling you, my overactive imagination (you know, the one that makes me a writer? 🙂 ) went into overdrive and I was thinking up all kinds of terrifying scenarios in which I hoped my brave dogs would rise to my defense and protect me (even though I know they’re more likely to beg for treats from an intruder than pin him to the ground as their fierce ancestors would have done! Or possibly just sleep through all the high jinx and shenanigans!)
So there I was, creeping around in the dark, the very definition of stealth, trying to catch a glimpse of whoever had made the noise, heart pounding, attempting to convince myself that I had probably only heard snow falling off the roof or something, my fierce protectresses bravely bringing up the rear, when suddenly Scout shot past me barking ferociously at the door!
Out in the shadowy moonlight I saw a dark shape stop moving at the noise!
And then, after a moment, slowly move forward again!
I was just about to think up a Clever Plan For Self Defense when the dark shape picked up speed… a distinctly lumbering type of speed…a familiar lumbering… and I realized . . . it was the bear!
The noise I’d heard was him wrecking and stealing my bird feeder! Fiend!
. . . the Scene of the Attack! 🙂 . . .
But this highlights my point about weirdness in Nature. I have lived on Blueberry Hill for 25 years and never seen the bears before the third week of April!
So, what, I ask, is going on around here?
Clearly we need Something Chocolate!
And what better in this instance than Bear Paw Cookies???!!!
Bear Paw Cookies
Mmmmmm! Delish! And perfect for the occasion 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Jean who says, “I began life with aspirations of being a commercial artist, then changed to journalism before answering my true calling. After getting a scholarship to a Highlights Foundation Workshop Retreat, I’ve come full circle, as a beginning writing children’s lit writer learning the craft, work-shopping, pitching, submitting and trying to break in!”
Find her on the web at https://twitter.com/jrichson2013
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: A Little Witchy
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: After her mother says Beatrice can be such a little witch at times, while she calls the baby an angel, Beatrice begins doing witchy things in order to make herself into a real witch. But the bad witches tire of her bumbling exploits and warn her to quit—once and for all! And the good witch tells her it would be better if she leave the witching to those who can, and that instead she try to be the best mortal girl she can be.
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 Jean 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 April, so you could get your pitch up pretty soon for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Jean is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting a new bird feeder…and bringing it indoors at night! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂