Friday, September 07, 2018

It's January/February Pitch Pick Time!

There are five brilliant children's book pitches up at Susanna Leonard Hill's Blog that require your attention! Five writers (including me) have pitched their story ideas on Susanna's blog in hopes of getting better at pitching, an important step on the road to publication. Their reviewed and polished pitches are now ready to be voted on by you. The writer with the most votes will have their pitch read and commented on by editor Erin Molta! Follow the steps below to cast your vote before Sunday, September 9 at 9PM Eastern! And thanks for your support!

  1. Go to the Pitch Pick web page
  2. Read through the revised pitches
  3. Choose the one you like best
  4. Vote for it in the poll

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Would You Read It Wednesday!

Children's book author Susanna Leonard Hill has again selected one of my picture book pitches for her latest installment of Would You Read It Wednesday! Wo0t! Go to Susanna's web site to read the pitch for my second finished-ish picture book manuscript and let me know what you think in the comments on her site! Thanks!

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Creative Procrastination

A little over a year ago I decided I would buckle down and focus on writing stories for children's books. I've made progress but find one of my biggest problems is what I've decided to call creative procrastination. I come up with ideas for different things and decide they won't take up too much time. Then, with a number of these little projects piled up, I find I haven't worked on my stories.

I really enjoy the quick creative hit these little projects give me and to a certain extent they have made me stick to a schedule as I try to get things done on a daily or weekly basis. So now I just need to schedule in my story writing time.

Here are the procrastination projects I've currently got going or had going recently:

Participation in International Pwoermd Writing Month

Saint Tweet - A Twitter tweet about a lesser known Catholic saint every day

Jubal the Early Worm web comic (posted on F. S. Poesy's Instagram, every Friday)

2-Bit Overlords ABCs of Total World Domination web comic (posted on my Instagram every Wednesday)

Friday, May 04, 2018

My International Pwoermd Writing Month pwoermds

In the words of its discoverentor Geof Huth, the pwoermd is the height of minimalism in literature. It is a one-word poem that has no title save for itself. The pwoermd must make its effects in the smallest of spaces. Read more about pwoermds here.

Please enjoy my pwoermds below from International Pwoermd Writing Month 2018:












































Friday, March 02, 2018

My #50PreciousWords 2018 Writing Challenge Entry

I've done it again! I've entered one of those fun #kidlit short-short story contests. This time it is Vivian Kirkfield's #50PreciousWords 2018 Writing Challenge. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. Also feel free to write your own entry and submit it on Vivian's website.

Here's my entry.

If I Ever Get Lost
by Francis S. Poesy (aka Tim Canny)
(50 Words)
Mom said, if I ever get lost,
I should stay put.
Look around for her.
Ask another mom for help.
Look for a police officer.
But nobody is up here.
Maybe she went downstairs.
When I find her I’m going to tell her,
this new house is just too big.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Valentiny Finalists!

Well, I didn't make it into the finals with my Valentiny story, but I am already working it into shape as a full-blown picture-book manuscript, so by my calculations I'm ahead of the game (as long as the game isn't winning the Valentiny contest.)

You should go read the finalists' stories and vote! Now!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Valentiny Contest Entry

Here is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentiny Writing Contest! Enjoy!

I'm Not A Hugger!
By Francis S. Poesy
(Word Count: 214)

Ugh! Another family gathering, another hug-fest.

Or more like a hug-tastrophe.

"Now when you meet your Great-Aunt Valentine, tell her you are happy to meet her and give her a big hug!"

"I'm not a hugger, Mom."

"Oh, don't be silly, sweetheart. You hug me all the time."

"Uh yeah, you're my mom."

"Well, your great-aunt is family. You should give her a hug."

*I'm not a hugger*

"Don't mumble, dear."

"I've never even met Aunt Valentine! Why should I hug her?"

"Because it's Valentine's day, and it's her 100th birthday party. It would be a nice gesture."

"It's not a nice gesture if she's not a hugger."

"Oh, honey, everyone's a hugger."

*I'm not a hugger*

"Sweetheart, stop mumbling."

I hope Aunt Valentine isn't a hugger.


"Sweetheart, this is Aunt Valentine! Do you have something to tell her?”

“Happy Birthday, Aunt Valentine. I’m happy to meet you. *I’m not a hugger*.”

“Don’t mumble, dear. Speak up so I can hear you.”


I kind of yelled that part.

“I’m not much of a hugger, either. In fact I’m about all hugged out. How about a hand shake?”

I took Aunt Valentine’s hand.

She smiled. I smiled back.

She winked at me. I winked back.

I might be a winker!

Friday, February 02, 2018

Would You Read It Wednesday!

Children's book author Susanna Leonard Hill has selected my picture book pitch for her latest installment for Would You Read It Wednesday! Wo0t! Go to Susanna's web site to read the pitch for my first finished picture book manuscript and let me know what you think in the comments on her site! Thanks!