Sunday, April 5, 2009

Thirteen Black Cats - The Beginning

The Book Roast hosted a 75 word lucky pitch party for St. Patrick's Day. I thought it would be fun to participate, so I wrote a pitch about luck - bad luck. Moonrat chose my pitch as one of her favorites. And Thirteen Black Cats Under A Ladder got it's first words written that day.

It's a lot darker than I expected. That always surprises me. I think I know how a story will be as it travels from my brain through my fingertips and onto the computer screen. But it's like a game of telephone - what winds up on the page is different from what was in my head.

Maybe there are editors hidden in my elbows.

And the winning pitch was:
Curses are for princesses in books, not twelve-year-olds in Cranford, NJ. In THIRTEEN BLACK CATS UNDER A LADDER, Sasha inherits her brother’s curse and the cure he never figured out. She has to step on a crack, find a black cat, walk under a ladder, break a mirror, open an umbrella indoors and spill salt – in the right order, before she turns thirteen or her party will be a catastrophe and she’ll break a leg.


  1. YAY for the pitch! I'd read it!

    And I think the editors in your elbows theory is worth pondering... ; )

  2. Sounds GREAT! Congrats on having your pitch do so well!

  3. Look, you have another blog! Who knew?!

  4. Thanks, Barrie!

    Hi McK. I've been launching it very slowly. My evil plan is working. ;-)

  5. Wow, you have a lot of promising books in the works!

  6. Thanks, Suzette!

    Now if I could just eek another 10 hours out of my week to devote to writing. *sigh*

  7. I LOVE the pitch for this one! Wow! Write quickly!

  8. Here's to editors in elbows! It's more fun when I discover what's next along with the characters. It's partly why I love to write.

  9. Me, too, WW. I love it when they take off and tell me the story.

    I'm writing. I'm writing, Sherrie!