When will I ever learn? I got so excited to share with you a sneak peek at my latest children’s story idea that I told you all about it before checking to see if any of the names and concepts had been used before.

After all, who in their right mind would name a frog Todd or a toad Fred? It turns out that a LOT of people would. Google is covered with examples of them. ARRGGHH!

And the idea of a frog and a toad as the main characters in a children’s story? Yeah, I should have seen that one coming. Not only has it been done, it has apparently been done very well. “Frog and Toad” are an award-winning series of children’s books that are/were so popular they were turned into a play, and even Jim Henson’s Muppets have a project in the works about them.

Well, at least I must have been on to something with those ideas. I was just way late to the party.  :-C!

So, it’s back to the drawing board. And, before I do anything else, I’m going to Google about backwards jumping frogs, and frog’s or toads riding bulls. I may find a pony in all this mess somewhere.

With Love,




About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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  1. mimijk says:

    You will come up with another dynamic pair without a doubt!!! Do they need to be amphibians?

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your confidence, Mimi. In fact I have. One is still an amphibian (A toad named Backer), but the other is human (a young boy named Zach Littlecity). I’ve Googled the names and they seem to be ok to use.

      I soon plan to provide a sneak peek of a very rough outline of the story I have in mind, and may even ask readers of this site as to whether they’d prefer that my next book (after the nearly-published “Rusty Bear and Thomas ,Too”) be “Grumbly Grumpadinkle” or “Zach and the Toad Who Road the Bull” (or whatever name I end up using for the latter.)

      • mimijk says:

        Awesome!! I was thinking a chameleon because you could have so much fun with the way they change color depending on their environment (or mood I guess – and then you could write about how important it is to say how you’re feeling and not try to hide it)…;-)

  2. It’s got to be a tedious job checking this out… Is there one main place you can go to check out this kind of thing… like a registry of sorts?? Diane

    • russtowne says:

      Actually, Diane, it would be fun if it wasn’t so heart-breaking–and if I remembered to do it at the beginning of an idea instead of after I’ve played with it for a couple of hours. It’s that slow-learner thingy I sometimes mention biting me in the backside again.

      You all are welcome to ask me if I’ve checked Google when I mention title ideas or character names.

      As for a registry, there might be. Thank you for the suggestion.

      Google’s so easy and fast that I might still use it even if I found a registry. By the way, titles can’t be copyrighted. So that’s why you’ll sometimes see two movies or books with the same name that have nothing to do with each other. Still, if my books become popular, I’d like for their titles and the names of key characters to be original and with a style that over time might become recognized as mine.

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