Unclear on the Concept…

My son has started learning to go to the potty standing up. We call it a “man-tinkle,” ‘cause that’s how Daddy does it. This morning, I came in from getting some clothes out of the dryer and found him standing on a stepstool in the bathroom, rear end pointed to the toilet. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Having a man-poop!” At least his aim was good. After I picked my daughter up from school, she found Friendly, the kitten, and began to scrutinize his paws. “Mom! Did you know that fog comes from little cat feet?” Yes, they’ve been reading Carl Sandburg at school.
And now, for something completely different: When Cynthia Leitich Smith critiqued my manuscript at the conference last month, she recommended Nathan Bransford, at Curtis Brown, as an agent who might like this project. I subscribed to his blog, and it is quite good. There is a lot of how-to information, as well as industry news. He seems like someone who would be fun at a dinner party. I had thought I would send out some queries, as I am about 2/3 of the way done with the current revision. It can take weeks for a response, time enough to finish. However, Mr. Bransford said he prefers email queries and he tries to respond within 24 hours. Yikes! What would I do if he requested the mss? Anyway, it is always heartening to see messages from “Nathan Bransford Literary Agent” show up in my mailbox that I know are NOT rejections (even if I do know they are only blog posts).