Thursday, November 08, 2018

Everyone needs an alter-ego!

Frank Frent is just an everyday ordinary mild-mannered actuary whose secret identity isn't that of any super hero who might go by a name that rhymes with beinerban or freinerfan or anything like that. Yup, just a normal average guy going about his business analyzing statistics and calculating insurance risks. Not fighting crime or going up against his arch-enemy whose name might rhyme with bubble-X.

Monday, November 05, 2018

National Doughnut Day!

What better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than to plug my self-published alphabet book, A Rather Round Alphabet, which features a tasty looking doughnut for the letter D? Okay, yes, a better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day would be to eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts in one sitting, but it was a rhetorical question. You can find my fun little book at Amazon here:

Friday, November 02, 2018

Weiner Man and Double Trouble

I doodle a lot. And sometimes I like a doodle so much I decide to make a version of it in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. This is Weiner Man and his Arch-nemesis, Double Trouble (aka Double X (the X is for trouble (he always has to explain that which makes him more grumpy))). And sometimes I feel like I need to make up some stories about my doodles. We'll see where this leads. Below is the original doodle, which I did in pencil and then inked over with an Extra Fine Point Sharpie.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Scariest Thing!

Here is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest. The rules are that the story must be for children (12 and under), and has to be 100 words or less. It must include the words shivercauldron, and howl. Of  course, it must be Halloween themed. Enjoy mine and then go to Susanna's website and read all the other entries! Or join in the fun. You have until Halloween at midnight to post your own Halloweensie story!

The Scariest Thing!

(91 words)

My mom is a witch.
She cackles and screeches
And stirs her black cauldron.

She doesn't scare me.

My dad is a werewolf.
He is covered in hair
And he howls at the moon.

He doesn't scare me.

My sister is a ghost.
She shrieks in the night
And wanders through walls.

She doesn't scare me.

My brother is a bat.
He has sharp pointy teeth
And a terrible bite.

He doesn't scare me.

My teacher is human.
She makes my spine shiver.
 'Cause she can give homework,

On Halloween night!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween fun

Having worked with Adobe Illustrator since it was version 1.0 I do a lot of doodling in this very popular vector artwork application. During Drawlloween 2015 I drew these two weirdos for the "candy" prompt.
And just the other day, one of my favorite artists, @scaredofbees posted a weird little candy corn character which got my brain on the candy corn train of thought. Thinking about how weird candy corn is got me thinking about what is weirder than candy corn, and I came up with the following list.
Since the idea made me think of the work of another one of my favorite artists @tomguald I attempted to copy the format of some of his cartoons, as a sort of tribute.

Happy Halloween! And let me know which of the weirdos above is your favorite.

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!