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1. Unlikely influences on my first book

In 1996, my first book came out. It was an activity book based on a character I did not create, a rabbit named Felix. This little guy originated in Germany and is still very popular there. The activities were themed around two subjects, geography and history.

In 1999, the sequel came out, and despite the usual pattern, it was better than the first—much longer, too. In fact, it contained the first book and added four new sections: holidays, telling time, the environment, and space. It also contained several features I felt made it stand out: a star code to indicate complexity of each activity, a subject index (yes, in an activity book! about a rabbit!), a skills index, and a contest to create an activity for the next activity book (which still has not come).

Recently I came across a list I made at the time that indicates what influenced me while writing this. (Yes, an activity book can have influences, apparently.) Reading this list will either A) make you curious enough to seek out the long-out-of-print book or B) cause you to consider me legally (or at least textually) insane. What's more, I have now expanded the list. (So I guess you're going with choice B.) Here it is:

  • No Jacket Required by Phil Collins (page 12) *
  • "All I Need Is a Miracle" by Mike + the Mechanics (page 27)
  • "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (page 41)
  • The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last" (page 46)
  • "Talk of the Town" section of The New Yorker (page 53)
  • Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965 movie I still haven't seen; page 55)
  • License to Drive (never saw that one either; page 57)
  • "One Thing Leads to Another" by the Fixx (page 60)
  • "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (page 64)
  • Coins in the Fountain by John Hermes Secondari (page 73)
  • * "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins (page 103)
  • Foster's beer slogan "Australian for beer" (which I renamed "Australian for Fun"; page 112)
  • Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi (here called "Slippery When Wetland"; page 117)
  • Tool Time from Home Improvement (page 128)
  • Olympics tagline "thrill of victory" (page 132)
  • card game Set (finding various kinds of patterns; page 132)
  • "Love Among the Ruins" by Robert Browning (page 133)
  • "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles (pages 148-9)
  • Rashomon (four Native Americans tell the same story from their respective points of view; pages 166-7)
  • "Sunshine on My Shoulders" by John Denver (page 183)
  • Name That Tune (page 194)
  • "Live, from New York, it's..." from Saturday Night Live (page 203)
  • Rabbit Redux by John Updike (page 224)
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving (page 232)
  • "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin (page 247)
  • "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" from The Wizard of Oz (page 249)
  • "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca (page 252)
  • The Anti-Coloring Book (in general)

Some influenced the title while others influenced the concept of an activity. Which do you think is the most outlandish?

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2. Animal Wednesday: Missing Felix

When Marianne and Felix came to visit, Emma immediately chose Felix as her new best friend.
We had never had her around children before because the SPCA had a feeling she wouldn't be good with them. I've always felt quite the opposite because she lights up when she hears kids voices and tends to pull towards them. Still, when asked if a kid can pet her I stay on the safe side and say it's not a good idea.
Seeing her interact with Felix and play with him daily really warmed my heart! I knew she'd have withdrawl after he left because he gave her so much attention and he was so gentle with her.
Here she is this morning curled up with her squirrel toy Felix bought for her.
She loves her squirrely!!!

I saw this card in a shop in Provincetown and I bought it to send to Felix from Emma. When I got it home I decided to make it look like Emma by adding a bit of paint here and there, and as you can see I also drew in her squirrely!

So here you have it, a plumper version of Emma but the sentiment was surely there.
She squashes her ears down like this when she's troubled :(
Thank you Marianne for scanning it because I

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3. A Special Four Days

Hello friends! Despite all the rumors, I have not fallen off the planet. I have been without my trusty old PC for five days now and I have no access to images from my laptop. It's times like these I wish I were a geek. Sort of.  Let's not get carried away!

I'm using this post to talk about the wonderful visit from Marianne and her unbelievably Buddah-esque son, Felix. Even my dog was charmed. Not one YIP or NIP or even a bark. That's a first!

Okay, so up top is a picture of my humble room. It's simple but I find solace there.
This is where Marianne and Felix stayed for the few days they were in Rhode Island.

 Every guest should be greeted by a welcome note and a box of sweet treats ;)

Brian took Felix to his first ever American baseball game!
Felix isn't smiling for the stranger that took this photo, but I can tell you that he said the game was the highlight of his trip!

ooops, kind of a small photo but here you can see the boys "in the home stretch" watching a Red Sox game. Felix even called a homerun before the guy hit the ball!!
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