My fingers are actually tingling!
And, NO, it's not because I've had too much coffee.
It's 5:30 AM. How much do you think I could have drunk already?
No, my friends! I am tingling because the BIG DAY is finally here! The BIG DAY on which I will announce the winner of the first Pitch Pick, the one whose pitch will be sent to editor Erin Molta for comments and insight. Ah, the thrill! The excitement! The suspense...
But first, I want to tell you a story about paint drying.
You see, we need to paint our downstairs hallway...
Tee hee. I'm just foolin' with you :) (We do need to paint our downstairs hallway, but I'm not going to tell you a story about it. Not now anyway. Not while you're dying to know who the winner is. That would just be cruel.)
Okay. Are you ready?
Really? Are you sure?
Alrighty, then. Drum roll please!
The winner of the first Pitch Pick for July/August 2011 is none other than the fabulous
Congratulations, Alisha!!! Your pitch will wing its way across cyberspace momentarily and land in Erin's inbox, ready for her priceless expertise!
Before we move on to item 2 of today's smorgasbord, I just want to say, congratulations and good work to everyone who participated. You all wrote strong pitches, and your books all sound wonderful! I'm sorry there could be only one winner. But please remember - you are of course allowed to send more pitches! So feel free to try again for a spot in Erin's Inbox!
Item 2 on today's agenda is about fun, fun, fun for the writers in our audience. There are a number of opportunities either currently running or coming soon that I think you might find interesting:
The Lucky Clover Picture Book Writing Contest:
Held by Christie at WRITE WILD, this picture book contest is run four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter), with categories for Early PBs, Regular PBs, Non-Fiction PBs, and Rhyming PBs. The prize is a free critique, and entries for the Summer Contest are open until the end of September.
The Rule of Three Blogfest:
Held by J.C. Martin at J.C. MARTIN, FIGHTER WRITER and Damyanti at WRITING ON WRITING: AMLOKIBLOGS as well as a couple others, this is a month long blogfest that takes place in a shared fictional world within which you will create a story. Sign up by October 3.
The Synopsis/Query Stand Out:
Held by Cynthia at RANDOM THOUGHTS, Stand Out Synopsis/Query is a weekly feature posted on Mondays where authors can get help on their synopses and/or queries. It is a slightly different take on Would You Read It Wednesday :)
The Hooked On Hooks Event:
Held by Kimberly at ZOOKBOOKNOOK, the Hooked On Hooks event is a chance for writers to hone their hooks. Stop by on September 30 and add your hook to the linky list!
And, last but not least, the new Choose Your Own Adventure:
Fun for writers and readers alike, Kerri Cuevas at CRAFT JUNKIE is hosting her 2nd Choose Your Own Adventure Story. 19 writers (including Yours Truly!) will be participating in this fun, fabulous bloghop. (I believe the list is now closed, but if you want to join, ask Kerri. She originally said she would take as many as 30, so there may still be a possibility of spaces.) It will take place at the end of October. More details to come :)
Item 3 on today's agenda is my entry for Rachael Harrie's First Campaign Challenge which, as of the time of this late writing already has 352 entries! The Challenge is: 200 words beginning with the words, The door swung open and ending with the words, The door swung shut. Here is my entry:
The door swung open with a hiss and a clunk.
Red and yellow lights flashed a warning.
"Up you go, Liam," Mom said with a smile.
Liam looked at the steps. Steep steps. BIG steps. Steps he might trip on. Steps that led into the rumbling yellow belly of a monster.
"No!" he said.
He was not going forward.
Liam wanted to turn around and hold on tight to Mom, but eyes watched him. Lots of eyes. Maybe a hundred!
He could not turn back.
Mom squeezed his hand. "It's going to be all right, Liam," she said. "I promise."
Liam looked up at her. He wanted to say something, but his throat was too tight for talking. He had to blink six times in a row to make sure no tears spilled out.
Mom ruffled his hair and gave him a gentle nudge. "Go on," she said. "You can do it."
Liam took a deep breath and stepped into the monster.
He looked down the monster's throat.
Hey! There was Connor. And Justin!
"Hi, Liam!" they shouted.
Liam sat next to Connor, waved to Mom and smiled.
This might not be so bad after all.
The door swung shut.
Phew! Sorry for the long post! I told you it was a smorgasbord! Please post your comments for our Pitch Pick winner below, as well as your comments on the Challenge piece. And please enjoy a few minutes checking out the writing opportunities!
Have a great weekend everyone :)
P.S. For any fellow campaigners, should you happen to like my Challenge piece enough to "like" it on Rach's site, I'm number 355. (I've discovered I'm having trouble finding people on there so thought this might be helpful!)