The Rabbleville Varmints, #1

For those of you tempted to enter the drawing contest of the previous blog, here’s the first episode of The Rabbleville Varmints.


Above her drafting table, Matilda, Rufus, Eustasia, and Alphonse hung in a row like marionettes awaiting their puppeteer. Myra taped a fresh sheet of paper onto the board and began to draw.

 Eustasia, her wing spiked with Rufus’s quills, hopped about yowling that she’d been ruined. Rufus, striped of his half his quills, crouched in a corner, covering his ears. Matilda’s long neck appeared in the upper corner to find out what the fuss was about. Only Alphonse’s legs with their swollen knees were visible, but his hoarse croak of laughter came from above.

“What a sorry lot you are,” Matilda said.

“And who are you to talk?” Eustasia snapped back. “Look at that neck! It’s sunburned! You think you’re a heron?”

“And have to stand in one place for hours? Look at those knees!” Matilda poked at the Alphonse’s bulges with her beak. “What happened here, anyway?”


And from Helen Gregory Nopson, here are thee first entries!

Gregory HF critters

Contest Entry

A free paperback edition of HOME FIRES when it is released in January to the best pen and ink rendition of Matilda, Rufus, Alphonse, and Eustasia. Send your efforts to me via the email address on the Contact Me page (click here). Use the form on the Contact Me page to send your written permission to use the drawings on my web pages (website, blog, social media). I will credit you and site your website when I use them. You will also, of course, have the right to use them on your own sites.


One Response to The Rabbleville Varmints, #1

  1. Hemlata Vasavada December 4, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Helen’s cartoons depict the personalities of the animals well, and Myra gets to vent her frustrations through the dialogues if the cartoon characters. Geat.


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