I oopsed a book tonight.
Yes, this is something I do sometimes. I accidentally write whole books. This time, obviously, it was a short one.
I was working on the next Calliope poem when something reminded her of a favorite children's book. She has that thing memorized. So then I couldn't get it out of my head either. This is what happens when an empath becomes a telempath and hasn't figured out the new volume controls yet. She thinks things VERY LOUDLY.
So I wrote down the complete text of a children's book from Terramagne. Sadly, I can't do the art part of the book because I can't draw that well. I wish I should show you Hoppy the Wobbit, because he is the cutest thing ever to cute. :D He has big eyes and four ears. The ears are his most important feature. The perky ears grow when he feels happy and the droopy ears grow when he feels sad. He teaches kids about emotional intelligence: names of emotions, body language (wobbit and human), talking about emotions, what causes different emotions, and doing things to change emotions.
"Hoppy the Wobbit" is written with the sentences clustered as they would be in a children's book, a few per "page." It's meant to be read aloud to preschool kids. Bear in mind that's a very different approach than books for kids to read themselves. It's simplified but not dumbed down; not all the words are things the listener is likely to know already. It doesn't rhyme, but it's very structured; most of the book is two-page spreads, and it uses a lot of repetition. This helps young listeners follow the story. The best I can describe the tone is Beatrix Potter meets your favorite children's museum book.
984 words, Buy It Now = $50
There is a ton of collateral cultural material for this, by the way. There are Hoppy the Wobbit t-shirts illustrating a variety of emotions. There are hand signals, because Hoppy fans will make perky ears or droopy ears when they spot someone wearing a Hoppy t-shirt. And if it's a sad Hoppy, fans will go over to ask why and whether they can help. There are cartoons. There are subsequent materials for older readers, because people are just used to that character in the context of emotions. There's a smartphone app, which is actually how I stumbled across the whole thing -- Calliope saw it and wanted to replace it since she didn't currently have a copy. Vagary thinks it's silly.
This? This is why Terramagne does not have whole asylums full of nutjob supervillains.
Today is muggy and warm, partly sunny. I went out and planted 10 Lavender Muscari 'Mountain Lady' around the forest garden. These have white bells on top that turn blue-violet when they open farther down.
Monarchs are beginning to chain up. There aren't very many of them, but they're hanging in groups on the trees. I saw a dozen or so on Home Base.
EDIT 10/5/18: I went back out and planted 10 Lavender muscari 'Grape Ice' around the forest garden. These have white bells on top that open into red-violet flowers below.
I heard a bluejay screaming "Thief! Thief!" in the yard but couldn't spot him. I did notice that there are few apples left on the Criterion tree, but the pears are ripening.