mountains and molehills

So, I’ve started the edit. My two wonderful editors had great notes. However, they did bring up one contentious point – the size of molehills. Molehills and, more specifically, their removal are very important to the novel. And the question was raised – actually how big is a molehill? For all you city-dwellers, here is crucial information about molehills…

Me on a molehill

Me on a molehill

Fresh molehills are small heaps of earth several inches high and a foot or so across. However, an established mole field is another story. In time, without being smoothed, molehills grow into miniature mole-mountains. They can be two feet tall and several feet across. Over many years, these grassy mounds can cover an entire field. Preventing a little molehill from sprouting into a mole-mountain and spoiling a field is hard work. Moles fixate my parents. They’ve tried every kind of anti-mole device – from widgets buried underground that are supposed to give moles headaches to traps. My father’s morning ritual, is to check the mole traps…

I’ve posted a photo of a molehill, with me on top for scale. This is one of the SMALLER molehills in the field this morning. The largest ones are nearly twice its size. All I can say to the cynics is that Dorset moles must be more vicious than other moles. They drink more cider.

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3 responses to “mountains and molehills

  1. isaacespriu

    Looks like you have monster moles in that field, Natasha! Hope the edit goes well 🙂

  2. Hi Dorset Girl, I’ve come via the How Publishing Really Works pitch party. (Wasn’t that a great idea?)

    I look forward to reading more here.

  3. Found you through the pitch party – Interesting to find another Dorset based writer – and don’t get me started on molehills!! My sonic molescarer has broken and they’re running amok!!

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