Friday, April 4, 2014

D is for...



DORMOUSE



Fun Fact: A small rodent mostly found in Europe. 100 years ago they were often found as pets in the country side, made famous through the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland. These days the species is in decline as more of its habitat is destroyed. There are actually houses made for them people can buy, like bird houses, to help the animal survive. 




Writing Prompt
Henry stepped over the fallen log. Leaves crunched at his feet. He stopped making sure no one was in pursuit. He was being paranoid. There is no way anyone knew what he'd done. The bag felt heavy in his hand. He shouldn't have taken it. No, it was too late to think that way. He would go forward bravely. A sound behind him caused him to let out a scream and throw the cloth bag into the air. Composing himself, he scrambled on the ground to retrieve the bag. A small dormouse squeaked at him from a short distance away. No one else was present. With a chuckle he thought to himself, I will be brave, starting now


Thanks everyone. See you tomorrow. 

58 comments:

  1. Dude just lost all his man-points.
    There's a song with the line 'what the dormouse said,' but I can't remember the name.

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  2. Isn't the song White Rabbit????

    Great story, Brandon. I bet that guy has a few more stumbles in his quest for bravery, though. Don't we all...

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    1. I would assume he is not yet in the clear.

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  3. "White Rabbit" is the song for sure. I love the picture for this morning! Nothing scarier than an angry mob of dormice.

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  4. Intriguing story.
    And now that you mentioned the houses for dormice, I realized that perhaps that is what P.L. Travers makes in the movie Saving Mr. Banks . . .

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  5. Heeheehee Henry, now is a good time to start being brave...after screaming because of a small dormouse. LOL.

    Love the drawing...and the leader dormouse with the fork, priceless!

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    1. My favorite is the one on his head.

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  6. I loved your writing prompt. He probably felt pretty embarrassed but then again, I would have done the exact same thing!

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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    1. I might do that myself. I would hope I wouldn't scream but who knows.

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  7. Great illustration, and I didn't know people often kept dormice as pets.

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  8. Now I'm in the mood to read Redwall again. :)

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  9. Cool prompt. I am not a fan of mice, in general. But I don't wish them to extinction. Of course, if one showed up in my house, with the ferocious kitty that lives here, that would be an inevitability.

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    1. Yes cats and mice, they are who they are.

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  10. The mouse and the fork ... just made my day! :)

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  11. Hahahahaha! That cartoon is epic. I like mice. Let's just get that out in the clear. The problem comes with my runny nose, and itchy eyes, and tightening lungs... Oh allergies, how I despise thee.

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    1. Allergies are a bane of some people's existence. Glad you liked the drawing.

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  12. Be a man! Dormouse, you can do it.

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  13. Sorry to hear they are in decline. What's in the bag?

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  14. Your drawings are so hilarious, and I especially love this one! I think the name "doormouse" is sweet.

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    1. I agree that name is awesome. Glad you are enjoying the blog.

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  15. I didn't know about the dormouse as a pet. Love your drawing and the writing prompt! My mind went to all sorts of things in that bag... :)
    Thanks for stopping by the UR blog today!

    River Fairchild – A to Z April Challenge
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    1. Glad I could get the imagination going.

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  16. What a sweet little creature. I can seem them and charming pets..

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  17. Pursued by a pack of mice who likely have set a trap for what they know is in the bag...cheese! Yep, I say it's cheese. Fun prompt and very telling illustration. Good job.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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  18. Excellent drawing, as usual. I scream at the sight of any rodent, or a palmetto bug.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you. I do not think you ar alone in this reaction. lol

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  19. Are we killing off dormice too? Man, we humans are a piece of work, aren't we? Love your post, and the drawings--wow!

    Thanks for stopping over at Quiet Laughter earlier today :) Happy A-to-Z-ing!

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    1. Thank you and yes we are something.

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  20. There's a joke in here somewhere about be a man or a mouse, but I'm too ridden with the flu to come up with it. Great post and illustrations!

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  21. Ahhh, the poor mousies! Hopefully enough people will buy enough houses for them to make a comeback. The housing market's improving, so it's possible! :))

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  22. I would have screamed, too! No shame in it, no matter how many man-points Alex takes. :)
    HMG

    Heather M. Gardner
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part
    Stormy's Sidekick
    Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Co-Host

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    1. lol. Hey manly screaming is a thing...right...right?

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  23. The drawings are great! Whenever I see a doormouse I always think about Alice in Wonderland because the Mad Hatter had one inside a teapot.

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    1. Yep that seems to be many folks reminder of the little creatures.

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  24. I love the "bag felt heavy in his hand" line--shows us both a physical AND emotional reaction to your character's situation and feelings. Loved the whole thing--that line just stood out for me. Very nicely done, B!

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    1. Thank you. Glad it was thought provoking.

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  25. Nice bit of flash. And the cartoons are awesome as ever. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Sorry couldn't get back earlier.

    Sania @ Fragile Words

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    1. Thank you. I am trying to get to everyone as well.

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    2. Thank you, glad you liked it.

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  26. love your drawings and flashes! great way to go thru the challenge - and you're very talented!
    happy e day!

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  27. Are those mice carrying pitchforks? Totally evil!

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    1. lol, maybe, maybe they found some regular forks.

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  28. That picture is awesome, love it. I love cute things that are a little violent :)

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    1. There is a strange appeal isn't there?

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  29. My God, that drawing is hilarious. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the story and drawing. HAHA!

    Random Musings from the KristenHead — D is for 'Defiance' (and Dogs)

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