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Hidden Easter Eggs In My Book : Part 3

Here we are at the third and final Easter egg in The Tale of Eartha the Sea Turtle. Unfortunately I don’t know who to credit with this one. I recall someone telling me this, but I don’t recall who.

In the story, people gather on the beach to see Eartha’s release back into the great wide ocean. One of the people on the beach, has a camera, and dark hair. Yup, you guess it, that’s suppose to be me!

The book is based on a real rescued and released sea turtle and I was there for the release, so it’s only logical that I end up in the story. Well, that’s it for official Easter eggs.

Wait? Did I say official Easter eggs? What about unofficial Easter eggs? Here are a few other truths about the illustrations.

  • Moonfeather was based on a real Lakota woman who taught me about Native American Spirituality. Consequently, our cat Kota’s real name is Lakota.
  • The bunny on the last page with Moonfeather is a tribute to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The bunny symbol on products usually means they are not tested on animals.
  • Jolly Roger is the name of a real loggerhead sea turtle that was at the Loggerhead marinelife center with Eartha.

So, will my next book have Easter eggs in it. Most likely, but I’m still not sure what they will be at this time.

I hope you enjoyed this series, and you enjoyed the book.

Hidden Easter Eggs In My Book : Part 2

As promised, here is Easter Egg number two! If you haven’t followed the Easter Egg trail, be sure to read the first part of this series.

When the illustrator was drawing the pages where Eartha is rescued by a boat he asked me, “Did you want to put a name on the boat?” I received his email question while I was watching the Discovery Channel show, Deadliest Catch. On that show is a boat called the Cornelia Marie. Without hesitation, I replied back to the illustrator … “Name the boat, Lucinda Marie”.

Lucinda Marie is my wife Cindy’s true given name. From the beginning she had been by biggest supporter in the writing this book. Whenever I got frustrated or disillusioned, she would be right there to offer inspiration and support. Now not only is she the wife of a brilliant children’s book author, but she is forever immortalized as a marinelife rescue boat.

This being Easter egg number two, that can only mean one thing. Our third and final Easter egg will be revealed soon.

Do you think you know what it is?

Hidden Easter Eggs In My Book : Part 1

First let’s define what an “Easter Egg” is. According to Wikipedia, an Easter Egg is defined as the following.

A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, web page or video game.

Many movies and TV shows, like Lost, have hidden images and messages in them. When I wrote the story of Eartha, I had no intention of including any Easter Eggs. But as I started seeing the illustrations, the first Easter Egg came to mind.

There are a total of three (3) Easter eggs in The Tale of Eartha the Sea Turtle, and I will reveal one of them now.

The book is dedicated to the memory of my father-in-law, Ken DuCheney. I really liked Ken, he was a lot of fun to be around. He was always good for a laugh, whether intentional or not. Considering he welcomed me into his family without hesitation, he’d have to have been a great guy.

The image of the dedication (shown below) includes a sea horse, and five (5) fish. Each of these actually represents a member of the family. Ken, is represented as the sea horse. The larger of the five (5) fish is his wife, and my mother-in-law, Pat. The other four fish represent their children, Kenny, Steve, Lori and my wife Cindy.

So, there you have it. Easter egg number one. I’ll be posting the additional Easter eggs later on.