When Can I Use Real Names and Products?

In the Devilbunnies universe, writers used the names of existing concepts, characters, products and companies. Some of them were associated with the Bunnies or their enemies:

For the Bunnies

For the Bunnies’ Opponents

  • Elmer Fudd (from Warner Brothers; lent his name to the anti-Bunny forces);
  • Moxie, Irn Bru, D&B (“uncute” drinks);
  • Vanilla extract (the Bunnies were actually supposed to be allergic or even burned by it);

In some cases the group authors took the name and ran with it.

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Locations for “The Rabbit Hole”

The original alt.devilbunnies story postings that provided the characters I reference in The Rabbit Hole mentioned Kingston, Ontario, Canada. When I was writing the story, I needed to firm up my knowledge of the locations. So here are some of the locations:

  • The motel where the Aduins live is based on a motel on Old Highway 2, west of downtown Kingston. 3100 Princess Street.
  • The house where Landon lives does not actually exist. Balaclava Street is real, but 5 Balaclava Street appears to be a driveway or an empty lot.
  • The intersection of Princess and Centennial, in all its shopping-plaza-lined glory.

Working on the door prize

The book launch party for Nineteen Tales will have door prizes, and as one prize, I’m doing a drawing of a scene from my story. I’m starting with experiments and reminding myself how I draw… important artistic note: the water colour goes on before the india ink…

The next day: test drawings for the door prize. 🙂

One drawing is watercolour and pencil only, the other has india ink added.

This is the same technique I’m going to use for my story Parts.

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It came!

It came! Nineteen Tales of COVID-19, the compilation I submitted a story to! 😀 (I changed the pictures when I realized how many crumbs were on the kitchen table… now it’s in front of my computer.)

The compilation was organized by the awesome Jackie Brown of Jackie Brown Books. The writers all have some connection to Durham Region (for example, I grew up in Whitby).

Yes, I also designed the cover and laid the interior out.

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This website is all about the books and book-related projects I am working on.

The big news is, the compilation I’ve been working on is ready! The compilation, Nineteen Tales of COVID-19, has been organized and edited by Jackie Brown of Jackie Brown Books. The contributors have all lived in or otherwise been associated with Durham Region, east of Toronto. Many have been members of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region.

Nineteen Tales has been released!

It is available through Amazon as an ebook and as a printed book:
Amazon Canada: http://bit.ly/nineteentalesofcovid19
Amazon US: http://bit.ly/Nineteentalesofcovid19
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/nineteentalesofcovid
Amazon India: http://bit.ly/Nineteentalesofcovid

It is also available through Kobo as an ebook:
https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/nineteen-tales-of-covid-19

L-R: Nineteen Tales as an ebook from Amazon in the Kindle app on an iPhone; as a printed book from Amazon print-on-demand; and as an ebook from Kobo in a Kobo Glo book-reader.

I submitted a story to it, The Rabbit Hole, but I also designed the cover and laid out the interior!