Happy Valen”tiny’s” Day


Susanna Leonard Hill is a picture book author who loves to invite other writers out to play. She also loves holidays. (Check out her darling Groundhog Day themed book, Punxatawney Phyllis!) To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Susanna is hosting a Valentiny writing contest (“Valen-tiny because the stories are not very long and are written for little people 🙂.”)

The Contest: write a Valentines story appropriate for children (ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words (get it? 2/14?) in which someone is confused!

I love opportunities like this, because sometimes it’s fun to let go of the ‘work’ of writing and remember what fun there is in the ‘play.’ Here’s my entry!


Operator? (213 words)


Psst. Jax is giving Pax some candy fish for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jax is giving Pax a sandy fish for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jack is giving Pax a squishy fish for Valentine’s Day? Pass it on.

Jack is giving Max a fishy squish for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jack and Max are going to fish and twitch on Balancing Day? Pass it on.

Jetpacks are going to switch and mix on Ballet Dance Day. Pass it on.

Jet and Pax are doing a special trick for Valley Trance Day. Pass it on.

 Jester Flax is giving a species talk for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jack is giving Max several purple socks for Valentine’s Day? Pass it on.

 Jax is giving Pax seven people’s snacks for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jax is giving Pax some peculiar facts for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jax is giving Pax some spectacular flips for Valentine’s Day. Pass it on.

Jax is giving Pax some cinder block fish for Valentine’s Day. Now, what did you hear?

I heard: Jax is giving Pax some squished black fish for Valentine’s Day. Huh…interesting choice. If I were Jax, I’d give Pax some candy fish. Those are his favorite!


Happy Valentine’s Day, whatever you get!













  One thought on “Happy Valen”tiny’s” Day

  1. February 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Love the wordplay with the game of telephone. I can tell you enjoyed writing this! Good luck in the competition!

    • February 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      I just loved that game as a kid. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. February 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I love those candy fish! I hope that’s what Pax ends up getting from Jax! Great story!

    • February 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks. Swedish fish are the best, aren’t they?

  3. February 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Nancy, I love this! It just begs to be whispered aloud! Wonderful job and good luck to you :-).

    • February 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks, Katelyn. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. February 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve sent it on to my daughter-in-law who is a grade school special ed teacher on sabbatical.

    • February 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks, Chrissy. How fun that you shared it. Special-ed teachers need and deserve sabbaticals!

  5. February 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This is great! You are very creative – I would not have thought of telephone! I didn’t get mine together in time so I will cheer for yours!

  6. February 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I enjoyed this! Super cute and funny! Great job and good luck!

  7. February 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Love it! I used to play this game growing up too 🙂

  8. February 14, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Fun Valentiny take on telephone! Good luck! 🙂

  9. John Merrifield
    February 14, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Dewey is getting screwy from reading your Valentiny story! Love you, Nancy Jean!

  10. February 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Love it! We called it “Telephone” but what a great kid’s game!

  11. February 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    What a great story! Telephone use to be a favorite of mine and it’s a clever way to send a valentine message.

  12. Paula Wilson
    February 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Love it Nancy!! ❤️

  13. February 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    This reminded me of elementary school, which was many moons ago. Good luck!

  14. February 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Enjoyable and funny, it kept me reading to see what it would turn into next. I wish you well with this story.

  15. February 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Oh that game always gave me anxiety! Love that there are “fish” in both of our stories! Happy Valentiny!

  16. February 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I just love telephone, and I love the words you you chose for your story, very fun to read!

  17. February 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Brings back great memories. This was so fun! Good luck!

  18. February 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Fun play off the game telephone.

  19. February 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Fun and unique!

  20. February 17, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Love the telephone game, Nancy…and you made it into a Valentine’s Day story with the perfect amount of confusion…well done!

  21. February 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Nothing like a Valentiny version of Telephone, Nancy! What fun 🙂 And certainly a cause for much confusion! Nicely done! Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny shenanigans!

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