I'm so thrilled to see so many pitches getting feedback! Good Job Pitchers! Good Job Critiquers! I thought you might like a chance to put your revised pitch out there, so here's the blog post to do that.
IF you haven't pitched yet, add to the Submission Post.
IF you don't know what's going on, The Guidelines Post will explain it.
IF you've already pitched on the Submission Post, and gotten feedback, You can put a Revised version of your pitch on this post - same format, EXCEPT put at the bottom whether you want more feedback. For example:
AUTHOR: Coach Garrett
PB TITLE: Alien Food
WORD COUNT: 300
PITCH: Alfie is an alien tot who stomps his tentacles at the idea of eating Earth grown food. YUCKERS! But after a few bites and mishaps, he realizes that "smashed toes and grey feet" isn't so bad after all.
(More Feedback Please) OR (No Feedback Wanted - Thanks for your help!)
I love this quote. I quote Henry Ford every time I hear that C-word. It rings so true for me.
As long as you are saying that you Can't, you will be right because you haven't allowed for the possibility of Can. And as long as you are saying you Can, that possibility is always there.
Another quote from Henry Ford that I love is "Failure is just an opportunity to try again."
The other day I was trying to figure something out on MS Word. After hours of failing, I had my 12yro shaking his head. "Mom, you could have typed that entire document longhand by this time. Why are you still trying to get it to duplicate?"
I ignored my son's advice and eventually did figure out what I wanted to. Now, I not only have the document the way I want it, but I also have a new skill I can use in other documents.
So, next time your brain is spouting CAN'T, take that T off and start TRYING. (See what I did there?)
How do you combat negative thoughts when you feel discouraged?
One of the endearing things about kids is how they butcher words.
The other day my 4yro asked if he could wash his hands.
"Why do you want to wash your hands?" I asked.
"Because they're Moy-ist." He showed me his dirty, "moist" hands and I let him go wash them.
As a children's writer, I pay a lot of attention to how kids express their ideas. Their darling word choice, and sometimes word-butchering, becomes fodder for books that other children would enjoy.
On the other hand, because children are learning from what they read it's also important that most books follow grammar rules and word meanings. Junie B. Jones is an excellent example of keeping the little girl voice, while also adhering to somewhat correct grammar.
"My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all."
-- Junie B. Jones and The Stupid, Smelly Bus
"I don't think I'm allowed to have the kind of drink named a beverage. 'cause I'm only allowed to have milk and juice and that's all."
"Mrs. looked up at the ceiling with her eyes. Then I looked up there, too. but I didn't see anything."
-- Junie B. Jones and The Sneaky Peeky Spying
What mistakes or "butchering" inspires you to create?
After being a notoriously infrequent blogger, you are going to get not one, but two blog posts in the same day. That's because I'm also doing a PB Pitch Workshop on this blog. (I'm too lazy to make a new blog.)
By the way, if you wanted to join the PB Pitch Workshop and stumbled here by mistake, here's the Guidelines Post to get you where you want to be.
I'm Taking the A-Z Blog Challenge
The idea is to blog every day (except Sunday) using the next letter of the alphabet. I just found out about it, and thought it would be a fun way to blog more. This challenge is HUGE. I'm #1539 and there's more below me. Maybe they'll get to #2015!
You can find out all about it right here. So here's my first blog post for the challenge...
A is for April Fools
I love April Fools Day, as long as it's friendly. I'm not a fan of putting a whoopee cushion under my great-aunt's derriere, but putting it under my 12 year old son (who will laugh and say, "good one, Mom") is fair game.
One thing my kids look forward to is April Fools lunches. I do silly things like put goldfish in fruit snack packages or add food coloring to chips.
One time, my 9yro was so disappointed because I was putting a Pop-tart package in his lunch. "I don't like that kind, Mom, " He complained.
"Trust me," I said, knowing his fruit snacks were sealed inside.
After school, the 9yro came home smiling at the pleasant surprise. "How'd you do that?" he asked.
But I never revealed.
When two kids like the same kind of sandwich, I cut one diagonally and one down the center, then put a triangle and a rectangle in each. The love their mismatched halves.
My oldest son likes cold chili with chips. His lunch is in containers, So I wrap the containers in duct tape (so they aren't see through) and add a little color to the food.
In my opinion, the best April Fools Day is one where everyone enjoys the tricks.
Now, you can scold me for such unhealthy lunches, but please don't bother. I scold myself enough for both of us.
How do you feel about April Fools Day?
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)