Hello and welcome to another installment of the April A to Z Challenge!
As I've said more than a few times now, for this year's April A to Z Challenge, since I love to write and am working on a series of books, I'm sharing A to Z doodles relating to my stories. Much like my usual doodles and weekly poems, the stories I write are weird, wacky, and star lots of animals. That leads us to today's letter, which is J. So, what does J stand for?
In case it's not obvious in my doodle there, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Jingle for short, is a possum. (He's technically an opossum, actually, because possums live in Australia and are smaller, have furry tails, and look a tad bit more like tiny kangaroos. But, I've always said possum rather than opossum, and so possum Jingle is.) This strange-looking little fella is indeed going to play a part in my stories, though not until a bit later on, according to all the notes I've scrawled down.
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