HubNuggets in Wonderland

Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from bittenandbound.com
Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from bittenandbound.com

In retrospect

I should have known better - I mean, really! I should have known that falling asleep with the television on would likely give me weird dreams, but I was too busy convincing myself that I was only resting my eyes. I was going to continue watching the movie any minute, after all, I really wasn't that tired...

...The sky was cloudless and the most brilliant blue I had ever seen. It provided a glorious backdrop to the lush, green, tree-rimmed field I was strolling through. The sun was warm on my back and the very air around me shimmered with expectation...wait a minute...was that a rabbit wearing a collar and cuffs? Excuse me while I check this out...

The De Greek Rabbit - Wonderland HubNugget guide - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from altfg.com
The De Greek Rabbit - Wonderland HubNugget guide - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from altfg.com

Encounters of the rabbit kind...

"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say 'Hello'. Goodbye, I'm late, I'm late I'm late!"

"Hold up there, Fuzzy. Exactly what are you late for?"

"Harumph! That's De Greek Rabbit to you, and we are late for the HubNugget Wannabe's in Wonderland, of course! Don't you know anything?"

"Apparently not, but I have heard about HubNugget Wannabes. You see, I am a member of the HubPages community, but I'm not on the HubNugget Team.

"Well, you are now, and if you don't hurry up we are going to miss the celebration!"

Red-DoorMouse-Elf, Wielder of the Order of the Hat Pin - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from bscreview.com
Red-DoorMouse-Elf, Wielder of the Order of the Hat Pin - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from bscreview.com

The "Order of the Hat Pin"

The next thing I knew, I was pelting down the path after him, who, by the way, could zig as fast as a jackalope - and that's fast! I gave up trying to figure out which direction we were headed. The path twisted, turned and doubled back so much I was lost within minutes, but fortunately the DeGreek Rabbit stayed in sight...for the most part. It was a struggle to keep up, but I gave it my best shot.

Fuzzy bounded around a bush, and I lost sight of him for a few seconds. Puffing like a locomotive, I followed suit, and came to a screeching halt to avoid being skewered by Red-DoorMouse-Elf, Wielder of the Order of the Hat Pin, and self appointed guardian of the HubNuggets.

"Do you realize you were almost late?" Red-DoorMouse-Elf waved her hatpin under my nose. "You almost missed the first batch of HubNugget Wannabes! You will have to charm the rest from the Red Queen though before you leave Wonderland."

"Where are this week's HubNugget picks?" I asked, looking around at the long, seemingly empty table that perched somewhat precariously in the center of a ring of toadstools.

"You really are a "Newbie" aren't you? The Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter has them behind that large toadstool at the end of the table."

The Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter, tea party hostess extraordinaire - Image by Enelle Lamb photo from google.com
The Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter, tea party hostess extraordinaire - Image by Enelle Lamb photo from google.com

The Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter

Sure enough, there, peeking out from underneath the largest toadstool I had ever seen, was the Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter.

A niggling memory at the very bottom of my head tried to tell me I had seen these faces before, but I managed to stuff it back in before it could confuse me even more.

The Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter stepped from behind her hiding place and in her hands was an ornate scroll which she proceeded to unroll as she walked to her place at the head of the table.

Solemnly, to the accompaniment of an invisible orchestra, she read the nominees from the list.

Which one of this week's Autos nominees is your favorite?

  • 26% Late for work (including silly poem)
  • 11% Buying Used Car Tips
  • 33% The Return of the American Muscle Car
  • 19% 8 Tips for Happy RVing
  • 7% Perfect Oil Change
  • 4% How To Make Your College Students Car Loan Affordable? Just Read
27 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

During a brief moment of lucidity, (I must have rolled over...) I told myself I had to be dreaming. However, as it was quite entertaining so far, I settled back down to sleep.

The dream wavered and changed, as dreams do when interrupted, and the images of the Mad 'Sci-Pi' Hatter's strange tea party melted away. In it's place was a wildly overgrown, and rather sinister looking pathway. Thin, dark, skeleton-like tree branches interlaced their bony limbs above my head, forming a warped checkerboard pattern of watery light on the uneven ground.

I crept down the path, hoping against hope that I wouldn't run into anything nasty around the next bend.

KoffeeKlatch-dee and KoffeeKlatch-dum, the Dresden-twins - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from whatsontv.co.uk
KoffeeKlatch-dee and KoffeeKlatch-dum, the Dresden-twins - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from whatsontv.co.uk

Koffee for two

After what seemed like hours of tiptoeing, the path widened into a plaza - complete with marble floor tiles. What kind of place was this, and who were those twin china-headed dolls standing in the middle of it?

"It's about time you got here!" said the first twin.

"We were beginning to think you didn't have the moxie to free the HubNugget Wannabes!" exclaimed the other.

"Excuse me?" I said. "Moxie? What are you blathering on about?" I was a little miffed at being brought to task by these two Dresden-topped minions.

"Allow us to introduce ourselves. I am KoffeeKlatch-Dee, and my partner is KoffeeKlatch-Dum - at your service!"

I blinked at the introductions - this was just getting stranger by the minute...

"We have some news for you," they said in unison. "...if you want to best the Queen and free the Wannabes that is..."

"What the heck," I answered, "...'In for a penny, in for a pound', right?"

The twins steamed silently at me.

"I mean, I might as well, because I am here anyway." I said.

"Ah," nodded the twins, threatening to spill the steaming black brew from their brims. "Listen carefully."

"Beware the Jason-Jaberwock, the jaws that market, the SEO that catches, beware the Jujub-Maddie Bird and shun the frumious Bander-Smith-snach."

Giggling, they turned and skipped down the path, leaving me more confused than ever. I ran to catch up with them, but when I turned the corner they had disappeared, with only a scrap of paper fluttering on the ground to mark their presence. On it, written in bright red ink was the second batch of HubNugget Wannabes.

Which one of this week's Food and Cooking nominees is your favorite?

  • 14% Thyme Through Time
  • 18% Top 3 Supermarket Faux Pas
  • 14% 7 Reasons to Visit Tuscany in Autumn
  • 35% Flo's Hearty Vegetable Chili
  • 12% South Carolina Peach Story
  • 6% Italian Sausage Sandwich with Red Peppers and Red Onions
49 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

"Off with her head!" Zsuzsy-RedQueen - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from laurenmangioni.com
"Off with her head!" Zsuzsy-RedQueen - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from laurenmangioni.com

A "royal" game

I must have rolled over again, because the forest shimmered, switching to a manicured lawn rimmed with red and white roses. At the edge, standing on a pair of stepladders, two red playing cards were painting the white roses, red!

I turned to go back and nearly bumped into a diminutive, red-coiffed lady wearing a golden crown on her fiery locks.

"Off with her head!" she yelled, pointing a pink flamingo at me.

I was flabbergasted! "Excuse me?" I challenged. Just who do you think you are?"

"You dare talk back to me, Zsuzsy-RedQueen?" she hollered. "Guards - off with her head!"

A dozen red playing cards rushed to surround me. Thinking fast, I curtsied quickly and said,"Please forgive your humble servant, Your Majesty! I don't know what I was thinking!"

I risked a quick peek at her face and continued. "Would Her Highness be interested in a "royal" game of croquette? Perhaps a wager? How about for the HubNugget Wannabes?"

"Done!" Zsuzsy-RedQueen thundered. "Give the girl...er...cat a flamingo! Take your places!"

Everyone sprang into action, a flamingo was thrust in my paws...hands?...and the game began. With a little help from my poor flamingo and the hedgehog-ball, I managed to best Zsuzsy-RedQueen and win the Wannabes. I snatched the list from the Captain of the Guards and dashed from the playing field with the words, "Off with her head!" ringing in my ears.

Which one of this week's Education and Science nominees is your favorite?

  • 26% 1 The Stress of going Back to School
  • 30% 7 Things Teachers Wish They Could Tell You
  • 2% Continuing Education For Free
  • 11% The Secret Cult of Santa Claus
  • 22% Practical Classes That Should be Required in High School But Aren't
  • 9% Mathematics: Problem Solving
46 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Ripple-WhiteQueen image by Enelle Lamb photo from google.com
Ripple-WhiteQueen image by Enelle Lamb photo from google.com

White magic

As soon as my feet touched the path, a vision of snow-white loveliness appeared before me.

"Congratulations Enelle-Alice. You won the HubNuggets from Zsuzsy-RedQueen. I must say, I love your dress."

"Dress? I'm wearing a dress? Wait a minute...who are you?"

"I'm Ripple-WhiteQueen, Zsuzsy-RedQueen's sister. Thanks to you, everyone can enjoy this weeks batch of new writers and help pick the Wannabe winners."

Enelle-Alice-bluedress - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from shockya.com
Enelle-Alice-bluedress - Image by Enelle Lamb, photo from shockya.com

Fashion faux pas

I was too busy trying to wrap my whiskers around the fact that I was wearing a dress to pay too much attention. I spotted a well and dashed to the edge to see if what she said was true.

Sure enough, when I looked down the well I could clearly see my reflection. Oh My Goodness! Where in HubNugget Haven did that dress come from? I really was Enelle-Alice!Talk about a fashion faux pas. Even I knew that it clashed with my hat!

The sight was so shocking it startled me awake, and I sat bolt-upright in horror. The final credits were scrolling up the television screen accompanied by the unseen orchestra.

What a strange dream! I was a member of the HubNugget Team! How ridiculous! Snapping off the television, I rolled over and drifted back to sleep with the words, "Off with her head!" still ringing in my ears.

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Comments 34 comments

gqgirl profile image

gqgirl 5 years ago from Georgia

I'm going to guess that you were watching Alice in Wonderland when you fell asleep? LOL


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Awesome hub Enelle! I am chuckling all the while I was reading our adventure in Wonderland. Now I'm off to tell the good news to the Hubnuggets nominees and bring them in here to vote! Yaayyy....


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Enelle,

Great Hub, very creative.

I thought my hub would be very calendar specific to September, but here I am in my sixth week as a hubber with my third hubnuggets nomination. Thank you for that. I hope my friends don't get voting fatigue!

Interesting that I get more views in the nomination period than after the Weekly gets published - I'm just happy someone is reading my work!

Chris


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I, Red-Queen Zsuzsy, instead of a "royal" game of croquette would like to go go bowling since heads are soon going to be rolling anyway. "Over tha-a-re guards, over tha-a-re... tha-a-re are still some heads attached... off with their heads"

great hub Enelle and great pics too

Congrats to all the hubnuggeteers remember to promote your hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Futterwacken! Vigorously!

Voted, rated, shared, and moved round the table.

---Mad "Sci-Pi" Hatter


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

What an imagination!


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REALfoodie 5 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

Enelle,

What a fantastic hub! I love all the photos, too!!! Brava! I am so very flattered to have been nominated- what a nice surprise! xoxo, C.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Another two thumbs up, er, two paws up, Enelle! Read voted and shared, as well! Hope you are having as great a day at work as we are having reading your inaugural HubNuggets hub!

Congratulations to all the nominees - it is so hard to choose this week!

Loved the music-while-voting :D Nice touch!

@ChrisLincoln - keep writing this way and we'll probably see you again :D

@REALfoodie - congratulations on your nomination!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Enelle, showed dayzeebee ripple-whitequeen and she loved it just like I did! The photos you made are fantastic..could truly imagine Wonderland with a twist. :)


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Hey, Enelle et al, thanks for the nomination! It was a nice way to start my Friday! :D


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Timstown 5 years ago from New Jersey

Thanks for the nomination! Twas a nice addition to an already good day.


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thank you so much - I'm truly pleased my "dream" was entertaining :D I had a great batch of Nominees to showcase and I wanted to do them proud! It was a blast to write and so much fun playing with the pictures...

gqgirl - I think that was the name of the show...whatever it was, it was rather warped lol

ripplemaker - It's always such a pleasure when you pop in! Glad you liked your picture :D

ChrisLincoln - I second RedElf. Obviously you have caught peoples attention ;)

Ah, your Majesty, I truly enjoyed our game :D I thought you made an amazing Red Queen!

Fibbelsmartn and spattersnik - so glad you stopped in Mad"Sci-Pi"Hatter

Thanks onegoodwoman so glad you enjoyed (and voted yes?)

Realfoodie - Congratulations! I had such fun writing this :D Glad you enjoyed it :)

RedElf - Thank you, thank you :) I had the same problem! I thought a little theme music would be nice to read by...(work wasn't as much fun as writing this lol)

ripplemaker - I enjoyed making the images :) glad you liked it!

wordscribe - congratulations! I had a lot of help making the choices...but I'm glad I could help you and Timstown have a good friday :D


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Vote and rated it up, Enelle!!! Congratulations to teh new set of HubNuggets and Wannabes!!!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

What an imaginative, clever, talented Hub! :-)))


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Absolutely amazing. I loved it from beinning to end. Your characters were terrific - I loved them all. And KoffeKlatch-Dee and KoffeKlatch-Dum were great. Your pictures were wonderful.

Rated, voted and shared.

Congrats to all of the nominees.

Don't forget to vote everyone!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks De Greek (or should I say De Greek Rabbit?) and thank you Gals! Was pretty good to be twins yes? (You got two links instead of one LOL) Glad you enjoyed my dream hub :D


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Really great HubNuggets! I like this Wonderland scene.


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renoelle 5 years ago from Second star on the right, straight on 'til morning

Too cool! Love the wonderland images, Enelle! Congratulations to all the lucky nominees!


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Imelleda 5 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Congrats to all those with hubs in the running - good luck to you all! Thanks for such a fun ride, Enelle-Alice!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

IntimatEvolution - I agree!

renoelle - it was a lot of fun playing with the pictures :)

Imelleda - hope you remained seated until it came to a complete stop LOL


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

I love that picture of ripplemaker! :-D


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks wordscribe43 it did turn out well didn't it? But I think my fave is a toss up between Zsuzsy-RedQueen and De Greek Rabbit :D


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

It's a tough choice, really. The pictures really did turn out beautifully. It must have been a lot of work! Awesome job.


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Alice in Wonderland! Cute.


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks wordscribe! De Greek Rabbit was the most time consuming, but I love how he turned out :D - I had a lot of fun working on them :D

Thanks Lady Guinevere - hope everybody voted ;)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

122 voters! most excellent - and congratulations on 500+ followers, Enelle!

Congrats to all the nominees and all the WINNERS!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

That is not too shabby for my first nugget hub, thanks RedElf! LOL I remember thinking (way back) Oh Wow! That's a LOT of fans! :D


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kids-toy-box 5 years ago

Enchanting! Love the funky Graphics! and equally awesome text:)What a lot of great hubs:)


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

I agree - the selection was awesome! Thanks for the compliment on the hub :D


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Had to come back and say, love the Dresden Twins :D:D:D


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mandyf 5 years ago

u truely are a genius! Very unique in your writing and a true comedian and great author with tons of insight at how many different styles of writing there can be! I was most impressed!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Holy Moly! Thanks for that glowing compliment mandyf! The others members of the team helped pick the nominees, I just wrote the hub - but I'll still take the compliment!! LOL Thanks so much :D


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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada

Thanks for the nomination! I really enjoyed reading this hub and visiting the other nominated hubs.


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Most welcome Time4Travel, keep up the great writing! Glad you stopped by :D

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