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PITCH IT

We have to be ready to pitch whatever. An idea. The suggestion usually comes when you least expect it. I have lots of ideas, none that comes to mind when I need it most. Although something’s been sloshing around in my brain waiting for me to grasp that it’s there.


Does that make sense? Maybe not.


I’m working on a screenplay. It comes with countless editing. It’s ready. Someone calls saying they’re interested in what I’ve been working on.


You can only hope they’ll ask you to email it.


Instead you hear, “Tell me what it’s about, Clarke. Now. Over the phone. Just the highlights. To save us time.”


It’s a scenario I admit happens to me very seldom. Yet there’s always the nagging thought it will hit me between the eyes when I least expect it.


Be prepared. Which shouldn’t make me smile, but it does. It brings back a song from my youth, sung off-key, that begins like this:


‘Be prepared, that’s a boy scout’s marching song,

be prepared as through life you march along.

Don’t solicit for your sister, that’s not nice,

unless you get a good percentage of the price…’


Author’s comment: Silly, yes. But being prepared for the unexpected is something facing us all. When we think we’ve got it under control, that’s when we know what hits the fan.


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