Surprise! No mention of the TBR A Thon beyond this quick update: Finished The Iron Daughter and didn’t care for the lack of development on the main character’s part and the horribly played love triangle. Jumped into Ruined by Paula Morris with a sigh of relief and am liking it so far.

This past week, some of my writing friends* on Twitter were chatting and, as often happens on Twitter, spontaneously decided to organize a small/friendly competition. This one was based on writing pitches that might help catch an agent or publisher’s eye and was promptly dubbed a Pitch Party. Despite the fact that I plan to self-publish and don’t have as strong a need of pitches, I gave into the gentle, positive peer pressure and joined in. The rules were simple: We would write a 140 character short pitch to post on Twitter and a longer, 100 word, pitch, that we put up on Jill Marcotte’s blog. We would then critique each other’s pitches and vote on the best short and long pitches, as well as the most helpful commenter. Winners get an amazing postcard from Jill, like this one:

I was thrilled when it arrived in the mail.

I was thrilled when it arrived in the mail.

Short Pitch Winner: Madison AKA @_vajk

Long Pitch Winner: Myself! I didn’t expect to win at all so this made for a very pleasant, unexpected surprise.

Most Helpful Commentator: Tia Kalla AKA @tiakall

The feedback I received was thoughtful and fantastic and using it, here are my pitches for Matters of Magic, the first in the trilogy of fantasy novels I am currently working on:

“Cyrus, do you trust me?” Dangerous words at the best of times. Doubly so when it’s a 1600 year old Trickster god asking.

“Cyrus, do you trust me?” Sarkan Lokisson asks thirteen-year-old Cyrus Traherne, mere minutes after shoving him into oncoming traffic to awaken his fledgling magic and dashing Cyrus’s hopes of having a normal life. Trusting a trickster god is a dubious choice at best, but given that the alternative is to be kidnapped and/or killed by a psychopathic Reaper called Athanasius, Cyrus enters the pocket dimension of Skjulested. There he learns that Tricksters are to be trusted (sometimes), enemies can be allies (with the right leverage), and that “normal” is (vastly) overrated.

*The aforementioned writing friends: Jill Marcotte, NaNoPals, Celuth,  Mary Elizabeth Tait, and Melanie Francisco.