Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition … Game on! Welcome to Team Rainbow Road! It’s been a long week of reading through all the amazing pitches. Our wonderful readers have narrowed the slush, and your game hosts have chosen sixty-four pitches for the game. To meet the slush readers go to this post here. And you can find out more about the amazing agents playing the game on this post here. For those of you not familiar with Pitch Madness, it’s a contest where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches and you can find the rules and instructions of the game here. For this Pitch Madness game, we’re playing Mario Kart. Scroll down to view all 16 picks for my blog or click on the links to each post … Middle Grade 02: THE SILVER WOODS 06: DAISY KINCAID AND THE TIME TRAVEL SHOPPE 09: ANCHORED AT REDWOOD GROVE 14: SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS Young Adult 01: A WORLD AWAY 04: THE UNCANNY REJECTS 05: MIDDLE OF KNOWHERE 12: THINGS BETTER NOT HEARD 13: SOCIOPOP 15: THE END AND EVERYTHING AFTER 16: A RITE OF PASSAGE 17: SOMEONE ELSE’S SUMMER New Adult/Adult 03: THE COURTSHIP OF MALLORY RICHARDS 07: ROYALLY SCREWED 08: THE SUBSTITUTE PRINCESS 10: WILD TYPE 11: FINDERS KEEPERS Go to all the hosts’ blogs to read more winning pitches … Rainbow Road on Summer Heacock’s site Bowser’s Castle on Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Moo Moo Meadows on Sharon Johnston’s site Yoshi Falls on Brenda Drake’s site Comments are set to moderation so the agents won’t see their competitors’ bids. Please no comments other than those from the agents. After the game, we’ll release the moderation and let you all comment on the entries. We’ll reveal the agent requests on March 11 at 12:00PM (that’s noon) EST. Please note: We will email submission details for all requests by the agents. After the contest, agents will make requests to us for the pitches...
Hello, my darlings! Do you ever have those nights where you can’t sleep and you start to get a little loopy? The other night, it was around 3am, and I was lying in bed unable to get to a snoozy place. Everyone in the house was asleep, all was quiet, and I’d been tossing and turning for two hours. Hell, even the Puggle was at the foot of the bed, snoring. As I flopped about the bed trying to get comfortable, I thought I felt something odd. The place of this odd is a place generally only seen by my husband and gynecologist. Now, see, here’s the thing: After the skin cancer scare from two years ago, and the luck we’ve been having lately, feeling anything odd on my skin really super freaks me out. My brain spiraled into a worry hole of all the things that could possibly be killing me and how I was definitely going to die because that’s the one thing that’s been missing from the last few months. I flew out of bed and went to inspect to make damn diggity sure there was nothing wrong. And. Okay. I was tired. Like, super tired. But it was 3am and maybe I wasn’t on top of my game. Because when I realized there was some visual impairment in the form of, uh, shrubbery, my idea was to grab an electric razor to get a clearer view of the area. Basically I panicked. Mistakes were made. I quickly realized all was well, there was nothing to be concerned about, I didn’t see a damn thing out of place. Except that now my *ahem* area was looking a little lopsided. And so, even though I haven’t done such a thing in like, fifteen years, there I stood, at 3 in the goddamn morning, leg balanced on the sink, trying to even things out. I’d like to think I did pretty good work, considering the exhaustive circumstances. But then I remembered why I stopped doing the thing. This was not a situation in...
Hello you magical, glorious, unparalleled loves of mine, I’ve been trying to write this post for a week. I sit down and no words come out because no words seem adequate enough. But if I don’t write this out, I may quite literally explode, so forgive me if I stumble. Not quite two weeks ago, I posted a blog updating on how life was going. It was a hard post to write, letting myself and our family be vulnerable in the digital age by letting others in on a deeply personal struggle. I posted that entry because it’d been a tough few weeks, and at that moment, a particularly tough few days. I needed an outlet to purge some of the thoughts I was having. I needed to share what our lives were like because I didn’t want to feel alone. Once I hit “Publish” it was this weight off my shoulders. Like, the reality of life was still happening, but it wasn’t a silent struggle I was carrying away from everyone I know. It never stops astounding me that people read this blog. It never stops confusing me that anyone would ever be interested in what I have to say. Within minutes of publishing, friends and readers were calling to start GoFundMe’s for our family. As notifications buzzed on my phone, my eyes got wider and wider, and my jaw got lower and lower. I looked like a mix between a very alarmed fish and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the end of Total Recall by the end of the night. Less than an hour later, two incredible women, Jessa Russo and Tamara Mataya, had set up an online auction to benefit our family, and another glorious gal, Alina Klein, had set up a GoFundMe. People started messaging me, sharing stories of their own suicidal battles, their own brushes with potentially losing everything when someone is unable to work, telling tales of the Christmases they’d lived through with nothing as kids. These messages were everything to me. I cried for the pain people had felt,...
Hello my darlings, It’s been a long minute, amirite? I wanted to update on what’s been going on in life, partly because I miss the heck out of blogging and interacting people more on social media, but also because this blog serves as a sort of therapy to me. Where to start. My husband has been dealing with anxiety and depression for the last fourteen years or so, but he’s always been the “normal” one between the two of us. He was always able to manage through medicine and chatting things out, and it got him by. About 20 months ago, he dramatically shifted. We tried different medications, had constant contact with his doctors, and we worked very hard as a team to get him leveled out. When he said his depression had turned to the despair of not wanting to wake up in the mornings, we got him into therapy and on a new medication toot suite. Which went horribly wrong, as some medications do, and the despair turned into active suicidal thoughts. That he felt able to talk to me about those thoughts is the thing I am most thankful for in the universe right now. I won’t let myself think of how my life would be right now if he hadn’t. Because I don’t fuck around at all with anything dealing with suicide, I immediately called all his doctors and took him directly to the hospital. I’m also beyond grateful he came with me on his own, because I would have straight up called an ambulance and I didn’t want to do that to him. He was ready for help. He was terrified, but he was ready. And after evaluating him, they admitted him for the week. He’s home now, and he’s doing really well. He has good days and bad days. Some very good, some very bad. But he is definitely in a place where the good days look like they are starting to outnumber the bad days. He’s unable to return to work right now both because he’s not...
Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition … Game on!
Welcome to Team Rainbow Road! It’s been a long week of reading through all the amazing pitches. Our wonderful readers have narrowed the slush, and your game hosts have chosen sixty-four pitches for the game. To meet the slush readers go to this post here. And you can find out more about the amazing agents playing the game on this post here.
For those of you not familiar with Pitch Madness, it’s a contest where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches and you can find the rules and instructions of the game here.
Comments are set to moderation so the agents won’t see their competitors’ bids. Please no comments other than those from the agents. After the game, we’ll release the moderation and let you all comment on the entries.
Please note: We will email submission details for all requests by the agents. After the contest, agents will make requests to us for the pitches they loved and did not win.
Congratulations to those who’ve made it into the game! For those who haven’t made it (and whoever else wants to join us), we are hosting a Twitter Pitch Party on March 17 from 8AM to 8PMEST on the hashtag #PitMad.
How do you twitter pitch? You can find all the details here.