I'm not sure why the radio feels it necessary to tell us this in a panicky voice, as though we might have trouble getting our shopping done in 6 and a half weeks! But there you have it. Consider yourself forewarned.
Personally, I couldn't shop for 6 and a half weeks. Maybe after I write a New York Times bestselling book, or Punxsutawney Phyllis gets made into a movie :) but at the moment, 6 and half minutes of shopping is more in line with my budget! ... and my patience... :)
So. That is my public service announcement for the day. Chocolate creme donut anyone?
Now onto the fun stuff. We have a winner in the Halloweensie Contest!!! I do want to say again, before I tell you who the winner is, that ALL the entries were really wonderful - I was so impressed. So if you didn't make the list of finalists, don't feel bad. The competition was stiff.
Okay. Are you ready??? Drum rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!
The winner of the Halloweensie Contest, the signed copy of Haunted Party by Iza Trapani, and your admiration is #2 - Cathy!!! Congratulations, Cathy, on a really great piece of work! Please email me at susanna [at] susannahill [dot] com or use the handy Email Me button in the right-hand side bar to contact me with your address so I can mail your prize!
And never fear! We will be having another contest in a couple weeks which I will be announcing on Friday!!!
Now. Buckle up your reading glasses because it's time for everybody's favorite show: Would You Read It!
Today's contestant is Dee from Down Under who blogs at DeeScribeWriting and is currently participating in NaNoWriMo. She presents us with the following:
Title: Hating Ric
Age/Genre: YA Verse
The Pitch: On the day of his brother, Jason's funeral, 17 year-old Ric's anger explodes, and he races Jason's car through the streets, crashing and badly injuring jogger, Kate. Ric is sent to a juvenile justice centre, where survivor guilt and grief set him on a reckless destruction course. Help comes through his music and from an unexpected source in Kate who is struggling to put her own life back together.
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 Dee 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.)
Dee is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! And I am wondering about your holiday shopping habits... :)
And a quick reminder that Friday's Fun Foto theme is HIBERNATION if you want to post a kid-friendly, story-inspiring, hibernation-related photo on your blog Friday :) Friday will also be the next installment of Straight From The Editor!, so stay tuned. Friday may or may not include a Warm Fuzzies entry (depending on whether or not I can pull something together :)) but it will include the next contest announcement. So see ya Friday!!!