Linda A. Copp and Carol A. Carbonell
Partners in Copp Carbonell Publishing
~ Create a safe place on the
Internet for kids
~ Provide a site high in content and low in
~ Provide a family site with activities for all
~ Facilitate interaction across generations through content material
SunnieBunnieZZ began as a
Linda, a prolific writer, was convinced that
there were children, much like herself as a child, who enjoyed stories
in many forms of expression including puppetry and poetry.
Internet was a means of presenting stories with more complex
interactions than previously available.
Linda also felt that children
needed a safe place on the Web to enjoy the art of a story in an
atmosphere free of hype, pressure or hucksterism that is so prevalent in
She began experimenting with this, then new,
medium of communication which meant that she had to learn how to use a
computer, modem, email, art and word processing software.
was quite an adventure.
She put up the SunnieBunniezz site. She
loaded up some of her hundreds and hundreds of poems that she had
written over the years along with holiday puppet plays and activities.
She continued working on her stories of 'The Land of As Is'
excited by the interactivity that was possible in this new
Lo and behold! Storytelling took a back
seat as the 'SunnieBunniezz', Linda and Carol, were almost overwhelmed
with the enthusiastic response. People from all over the world wrote.
There was an interest in puppetry and poetry that took the
'SunnieBunnieZZ' by surprise. Linda made up her mind to make the
puppetry section a resource of information for these fellow puppet
enthusiasts. She also put up scriptlets. Linda also began making puzzles
and activities to go with the poems and other content.
Simultaneously, Linda, under her pseudonym,
Lady LaMythica, the
Wizardress of "Aureole the Faery Star"
where the 'Land of As Is' is
was very busy with her LadyLaMythica.com
website where she wanted to explain the creation of this faerie star for
an older audience as well as the stories and characters who inhabited
her more whimsical side of the star intended for little ones. Lady LaMythica is for teens and
Many of her fantasy poems about this world reside there and
are of a more epic view of the lands great history. In short, Tales of
Aureole the Faerie Star and Tales from the Land of AS Is is a
story presented on two levels of the stars development. "The Quest for
as well as, the fantasy poems related to this world are
intended to appeal to those interested in spirituality, folklore,
faeriedom, social issues.
Lady LaMythica houses all of Linda's poetry, inclusive
of links to Dark Ages, Dark Pages.com and Linda's survivor's poetry.
The SunnieBunnieZZ site
does not link directly to *LadyLaMythica.com or Dark Ages, Dark
Pages.com because it is not within the age range of the SunnieBunnieZZ.
We do link from LadyLaMythica.com and from Dark Ages, Dark Pages.com to
the The SunnieBunnieZZ. In this way, we protect children from harsher
content. Linda scrutinized her poetry and rewrote any that were too
jarring or harsh and placed them in a section for the younger reader on
SunnieBunnieZZ and moved the originals to the middies and elders section
or offsite. At LadyLaMythica Linda could share writing without the
vocabulary level and theme constraints of the younger audience.
We have now 'caught our breath' and are turning more of our attention
back to the storytelling aspect of SunnieBunnieZZ. Linda is working on
scripts and scriptlets, plays and poems as well as the stories from the
'Land of As Is'. It is quite an undertaking. There are thousands of
pages and files. During 2002 we had almost a million visitors. We are
now receive well over a million visitors a year. People who write to us
are surprised to find out that there are only the two of us who maintain
these sites. Linda does all the creative writing.
*Note that the
LadyLaMythica.com and AureoleStar links on this page are not 'live' or
active. Also note that this is the only page on the SunnieBunniezz.com
site that mentions them. You would have to carefully type there web
addresses in to get to them. We do this to maintain age appropriateness
The Land of As Is
has been writing since she was very young. There are people who can
write a story or many stories. I admire writers for that ability. It is
a rare writer, indeed, who has the ability to create a whole world of
inter-related stories. That is what the 'Land of As Is" is. There are
many stories, places and characters in this land. The amazing thing
about these stories is that each story can stand on its own with its
characters and plots and location but these characters can also turn up,
and quite naturally too, in many of the other stories of 'The Land of As
Is'. It is just awesome!!! Also, the names of the characters and
locations are quite delightful.
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Over the years, Linda collected scrap book after
scrap book of her people and stories. I was intrigued with the huge
butterfly that she had drawn whose wings were colorfully divided into
areas that represented the counties within her children's story land
"The Land of As Is." I would read through them and enjoy the big
beautiful colors and the wonderful names of the places and characters. I
thought she should publish the stories but novice that I was, I soon
learned that the print publishing world had constraints such as a four
color limit and generally a thirty-three page size books. Then there
were those, who wanted no rhyming and only so many characters with so
many syllables in the names. The publishing domain had its formulas with
an emphasis on how to be more 'commercial' and all this would have taken
away the uniqueness, warmth and charm of her stories. Hence, it was best
to go it alone and in our own way!
Convinced that her stories needed
to be shared with the world and that ordinary publishing was not a good
enough medium to show the interconnectedness of the world that she had
'The Land of As Is'
I realized that the place for
these stories was definitely the Web. Hypertext interested me long
before email or the Web became a ubiquitous expression. I was an
educator who worked with computers. I wrote enthusiastically about
'Using the Internet as a Research and Learning Tool as my Master's
Degree learning project. It was pioneering stuff way back then and
fortuitous for us.
Linda had never used a desktop computer at that
time. Let's face it, Windows 3.0 was just evolving into 3.1. You can
imagine the blank stares that I received when I talked to Linda about
'hyperlinking' or 'hypertext'. I showed her the help menu with its
hypertext on the 'desktop' of the Windows operating system. Finally, I
convinced Linda that her stories were made for the hypertext computer
world of many colors, sixteen at that time! The computer would soon be
able to handle a then amazing 256 colors! Now, the desktop can handle
millions of colors. Anyhow, long story short, she is now happily working
in the medium of the Web and I am happy with one of my most successful
converts to the world of the PC and the Internet, if you will pardon my
bragging. It has been a wonderful collaboration. We have learned
together and we have met so many friends and supporters on the Internet.
Thank you one and all for your love and support.
How Do You Support Your Activities
We sell puppets from our
site. We started selling puppets in early 2004 after countless requests
from our visitors for puppet resources. We have had a lot of success and
fun with it.
From Amazon links we receive money when our visitors
click on their links from our sites and purchase that item. If the
visitor continues at Amazon during that same session and has cookies
enabled, and purchases another item we receive a commission of a lesser
amount. We are quite happy with the arrangement. You will notice that
many of the books that we link to are paperbacks that yield us a smaller
commission but are more affordable to purchase. Sometimes we change to
or choose another version that is more expensive when we notice that it
is in more demand.
We also wish
to thank all of you for your support of our site through the use of
Amazon.com links from our site. We chose to associate with Amazon.com
because of their reputation. We wanted to be careful about commercial
associations because of the young age of many of our visitors. We link
to related items at Amazon.com to maintain the high content, low
commercial look of our site. We have some other commercial links but you
will note that they are very few in number.
Do you have
future plans to support your activities?
We will release our
own custom materials for sale to our fans. Linda will personalize some
CD's and disks for special occasions. We will provide for sales such
items as puppets popular stories and characters of the scripts and
scriptlets. We will be releasing materials in electronic or digital e
book form. We welcome suggestions.
Why don't you sell them
That is a good question and it is asked many times. It
would focus our attention on the commercial rather than the creative
aspect of the site. That focus may have a subtle lure that would bring
us away from the mission of our site. There is never enough time for
family and friends. We make enough money to survive and support
ourselves and the activities that we enjoy. We believe that we will have
enough material on each part of our site and then we will provide
material to our fans in other mediums.
We do custom certificates for
a purposely limited clientele who want a thoughtful means of marking an
important event or accomplishment. For this reason you will find no
advertisements or mention on any of our sites for our custom certificate
We appreciate the many messages we have received that
encourage us to 'keep up the good work'. It is a form of moral support
that is priceless. It reinforces to us that our mission is being
Linda and Carol
More about Linda and Carol
Art Bunnie, the author and illustrator of the Sunnie BunnieZZ stories.
Linda worked with developmentally disabled individuals managing a group
home for The Mental Health Association, before she came to Sunrise
Island. Linda, like her BunnieZZ, has many interests; puppetry, poetry,
astronomy, photography, Native American Indian legends and folklore,
aquariums, numerology, Reiki, theology, literature, and quotes which
amplify the human condition. She has a background working in the silicon
wafer manufacturing field as well as, the supervision of all aspects of
their testing and certification in independent test house facilities.
Writing is her true avocation. She is quite prolific.
Techno Bunnie, the technician who keeps the computers in shape and sites
updated to produce the SunnieBunnieZZ sights and sounds. Carol, a
recently retired Technology teacher, holds a Masters Degree in Education
from Cambridge College, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts,
Lowell, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of
Massachusetts, Boston. She is Certified as an Instructional Technology
Specialist, all grade levels, by the state of Massachusetts.
misses her dog Floyd; but she keeps busy taming five feral cats and
their stray mother. She enjoys reading, dancing, working with
technology, baseball, football and chess. She regularly participates in
several newsgroups. For talk shows, she misses the "Rosie O' Donnell
Show" but now watches Ellen DeGeneres and sometimes Oprah. She watches
most mysteries and particularly enjoys the British series. She sold her
1968 Mustang that was sitting in the yard to a good owner.
The photo below is more than twenty years old so it doesn't show the
gray hair she earned teaching since first graduating in 1966 but it does
show how we looked when we started this venture.
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