…and so The Black Man and The Rabbit Argued

William D. Burton and EB

Hung out with EB and William today. (William is the one on the left.) William and I perform together at area clubs. He has written close to a hundred songs. The guy is a genius. He and EB get into philosophical discussions every so often when we are on our way to a gig and I just stay out of it. Listening to the two of them carry on about the woes of the world and the crazy hypothesis each of them come up with, is like being sucked into a vortex. My eyes glaze over and everything starts to spin.

I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. What should I expect when the Easter Bunny (that mild mannered rabbit with an occasional attitude) and William D. Burton (a performer who has opened for Muddy Waters and Crosby Stills and writes songs with lyrics like: “It was raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock and my jalopy was in the shop.”) get together to bend time and space with their dialogue?

Today was a little weird as the two of them started arguing over my book, A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story. William suggested that I change the name of the book and re-release it. EB thought that was a dumb idea. Here’s a brief glimpse of their conversation.

Burton: …yeah, you should change it to something like The Far-Fetched But True Happenings of An Accidental Rabbit or Big Ears But Blind.
EB: What the %*&# are you talking about, William? What kind of titles are those. Do you want the guy to starve by not selling any books? Stick to songwriting and leave book titles to the experts.
Burton: Experts? Oh, you mean like you? Of course, how silly of me. Why name the book something that people might actually be interested in reading, when you can call it A Rabbit’s Tale? – and an egotistical one at that. Unless it has “Easter” or “Rabbit” in the title, you’re just not happy are you?
EB: You can’t fight what the public wants. They want me!
Burton: Put a carrot in it, EB.

So much for enlightened dialogue. My brain started to ooze out of my ears after ten minutes of this.

Here’s the thing. While the book has references to Easter, it is about a guy who gets into some real hot water trying to help a friend. So, there is suspense and humor in it. To make matters more complicated, after the book was finished, I got the idea of how the story continues. It didn’t start out this way, but it has turned into a multi-book project, with a third book already in the works. The second book, Persistent Evil, will be released sometime next year.

While the story lines make sense from one book to the other, can the book titles for a trilogy really go from “A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story” to “Persistent Evil” to “The Stilling?”

Since William and EB have done nothing but make me more confused about this, perhaps you can leave me your thoughts. If you’ve read A Rabbit’s Tale, I would be very interested in your thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “…and so The Black Man and The Rabbit Argued

  1. Love the ramblings of William and EB! I like the progression of the titles. I’m intrigued by the dramatic possibilities implied in “Persistent Evil” and a calm ending to the trilogy in “The Stilling”. Looking forward to reading both!

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