I re-drew my rabbit and gave her some new surroundings. I'm still a little nervous to start carving this (because of all the shadows I'm going to have to make in the snow-hard!) but the block definitely has a better "feel" than the last one.
I don't know if other artists have that good feeling/bad feeling when they start on a piece, or if I'm just losing my tentative grip on sanity, but some pieces really just seem to give off better "auras" than others. Strange.