C is for Coming To, Constance, and Curiously

Welcome to Stranded!, my The Strand Magazine-based April A to Z Blogging Challenge!  In this challenge, I will be taking illustrations from The Strand Magazine and making new stories out of them.  So, in order to fully appreciate the Stirring Events eventuating here, a look back at my older A TO Z entries is advisable.  I promise you, they are short.  And, I hope, entertaining.  Click Here to start with my Theme Reveal, or Click Here to start with A!  It is also totally acceptable to just look at today’s post.

The first image (but not, of course, the accompanying text, which is my own work) is from The Strand Magazine No. 64.  The second image (but, again, not the text) is from The Strand Magazine No. 100.  The third image (but not… etc.) is from The Strand Magazine No. 102.  If you’d like to see these Fascinating Images in their Original Contexts, why not visit this bit of the Internet Archive?  You will find many, many issues of The Strand Magazine there, and, if you want to, you can even do exactly what I am doing, on your own site.  I don’t hold a Moral Monopoly on this style of story-telling, and I’d love to read more adventures of this sort.

By the way, if you do accept this challenge, leave a comment with a link on one of my A To Z posts, so I can come take a look at your own version of Stranded!

Also, at least one other A-to-Zer is telling a story with images this year.  Click Here to read S.T. Ranscht’s Adventures of Elliot!

Also?  I want to know if there are other A-to-Zers who are doing Fiction in any Form this year.  If you, reader, are yourself an A-to-Zer, and if you are writing any form of Narrative for your April A To Z, please tell me about it in the comments.   Perhaps we fictionalizing A-to-Zers could form some sort of Cabal.  By which I mean that we could display a list of all the fiction-based A to Zs on all of our blogs, and thus engage in the ancient art of Online Cross-Promotion.  Just a thought.










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  1. Thanks for visiting. I think the Strand magazine images are terrific and I enjoy your new narratives to accompany them 🙂

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello Anne! Thanks so much! I (perhaps obviously) really love The Strand Magazine. I plan to visit your blog again soon (it is, for those who have not yet visited, about Anne’s family history, and the entry I read is about her family during the Reign of Terror).

  2. Hi Melanie, First off, I need to say that I did visit earlier and read your A post but failed to leave a comment.. so here I am again, (and will return to continue reading your story)..Love, love, love your theme – and your story as well.. your challenge sounds totally intriguing but just a little much of a challenge for me…but sometime soon maybe.. until then, will visit you and S.T.Ranscht for stories with beautiful images from internet archives..

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello LadyInRead, and welcome! I am so pleased that you like my theme! I will return your visit shortly! And, if in the future (at any time) you do take up my challenge, leave a Comment somewhere here so I can read your own Adventure!

  3. This is getting quite mysterious, you know? 😉

    I don’t write fiction for the AtoZChallenge, but it looks to me as if a lot of people do. Much more than usual, I’d say… but maybe it’s jsut my impression.
    Just have a look at the list on the official site and you’ll find lots of stories 😉

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello Jazzfeathers! I am pleased to hear that fiction is popular for the A To Z this year, and your advice is Excellent and will be Acted Upon!

  4. Thank you, Melanie! What a glee-inspiring surprise to see your generous mention of (and link to) Elliot’s Adventures. I am in your debt, and will attempt to rectify this situation by returning the favor. I just wish I’d thought of it first.

    I am concurrently visiting your three previous A to Z Challenges as well. There’s no way to leave any sort of evidence, probably due to the passage of time, but I just want to let you know that I am enjoying them as much as I am enjoying this series.

    Thanks again for your support. I believe a Cabal of fictionalizing A-to-Zers is a grand idea.

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello again! And I am really happy to hear that you are enjoying my older A-to-Zs! The Cabal is go, then? Excellent. I must figure out how to best implement it here, but my list will be up soon!

      • Yes, the Cabal is go! I know at least 5 of us have signed up with Sorchia’s inLinky opportunity, but here’s my list which includes Sorchia’s as of last night, and 6 more:

        * Arpan’s horror stories at Tales of Unusual Strangeness
        * Atherton’s Victorian murder mystery, “Stranded!” at Atherton’s Magic Vapour
        * Debs’s song-inspired fiction at Bunny and the Bloke
        * Dipanwita’s 100 word stories at Cocktails Mocktails and Life
        * Jo’s upbeat emotion stories at Jo Hawk the Writer
        * John’s 100 word author-killing crime fiction at John Davis Frain https://johndavisfrain.com/2017/04/01/air-conditioner/
        * Keith’s everyday life in fictional Amble Bay at Keith’s Ramblings
        * Lenni’s speculative fiction, “What Are They” at J Lenni Dorner
        * Marquessa’s short stories spun from her larger work, “Living to Die” at Simply Marquessa
        * Shailaja’s 100 word oxymoronic stories at The Moving Quill http://www.shailajav.in/2017/04/01/abundant-flashfiction-atozchallenge/
        * Shweta’s Tiny Tales at My Random Ramblings
        * Sorchia’s Gothic fantasy, “A Cold Spring” at Sorchia’s Universe
        * S.T. Ranscht’s fantasy/adventure serial, “Elliot’s Adventures” at Space, Time, and Raspberries
        * Vanessa’s build-a-30-word-story at Vanessence https://vanessence.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/atozchallenge-the-letter-a/

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  7. Hello, Melanie. I’m new to your blog. I loved your theme and I enjoyed reading all your published AtoZ posts! Starting a Cabal of AtoZ fictioneers is a great idea. Inspired by your idea, I’ve included a list of fiction-based AtoZ blogs in my latest post!
    Everything and yet nothing (tiny tale #12) 🙂
    Oh, and I write micro-fiction..tiny tales (as I call them) which are stories in less than 100 words.

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello Shweta, and welcome! Huzzah for the Fictioneers (I love that word, btw) Cabal! I will have my list up as soon as I can figure out how best to implement it here. Also, I shall shortly visit your blog and read your microfiction.

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  10. Well, Alfie is indeed in a Predicament. But, at least he has his head, so it can’t be so bad. 😉 And very intriguing with the body washing up!

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hey Sara! He is indeed! He seems Totally Doomed, but of course that would make for rather a short and disappointing story…

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