The duck story of this story now has a name: Wilbur Mallard Duck. “Wilbur” is a nod to “Wilbur Wright” of the Wright Brothers aviators’ fame. Orville Duck had already been used by someone else.
I wanted to give the girl duck a female aviator’s name too. Amelia (as in Earhart) Duck was already used elsewhere, so I looked up a list of female astronauts and found a name that hadn’t yet been used with Duck. So the girl duck is now named Eileen in honor of Eileen Collins and all the brave female aviators and astronauts.
The circus isn’t coming to town after all. But a coyote is. And he’s hungry, and mad.
I’ve made a lot of progress on the story, and plan to share more of it with you soon.