Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for Yapok

My theme for A- Z was the year my book takes place: 1881. My plan was to post about people, places, and random facts about the year as it relates - however distantly - to my book, West of Paradise. However, as you may recall from yesterday's post, I had a hard time with these last three letters...

So, in the spirit of randomness, I tried to find interesting words beginning with the appropriate letter that people might not be familiar with. This brings us to today's letter, Y, and the Yapok, an aquatic marsupial mammal of tropical America, having dense fur, webbed hind feet and long tail. The Yapok is also know as the Water Opossum

There are no yapoks in my tale, but as an added bonus for sticking with me to the end of the alphabet, I'm giving away a copy of West of Paradise to one lucky winner. Anyone who comments and is interested these last three days of the challenge will be automatically entered to win.

Tomorrow I'll have an interesting Z word, after which I believe I'll collapse into a comfy chair with a glass of wine.


  1. Water opossum? Never knew there was such a creature! He doesn't look very happy.
    Nice of you to give away a copy of your book!

  2. Great word, spooky looking little critter though. Still, you've taught me something new. Thanks! Glad to be following your blog.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

  3. Hear hear on that wine. I am exhausted.

    That yapok doesn't seem any too friendly. Maybe he is just upset that he is on dry land.

  4. Wow that is one unhappy looking yapok. Thanks for teaching me about an animal I didn't know existed.

    I am excited to be entered into the contest for a copy of your book.

    I will be joining you with a glass of wine and a break from my blog.


  5. That's one scary looking critter.

    I have tomorrow's written already (as well as the rest of the week), although think I'll collapse into my couch as well when this is all done.

  6. An American marsupial? It looks slightly like a wolverine or a Tasmanian devil.

  7. Oh my gosh, look at that guy. Those feet. Amazing.

  8. Wow - what a cool looking little guy!

    Don't enter me in the draw as I'm already reading my copy - and loving it! You've created great characters. The plot is unique and fascinating! :)

  9. I've never heard of this animal. It looks really creepy.

  10. It looks like a webbed cat/rat. Love the name. :)


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