H is for Her and How

Welcome to Stranded!, my 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.  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.

I only have two panels for you today: Annabelle’s adventure and a One-Shot.  First, here’s Annabelle’s latest:

And now, a One-Shot!

The first image is from The Strand Magazine, No. 10; the second is from No. 101.

And that’s all for today, folks!  Thanks for visiting; stay as long as you like!  There is a LOT of content on this blaugh, and (in my totally-not-humble opinion) most of it is Very Good.  May I particularly recommend my older A To Zs?  If you click on the header, it will whisk you away to my homepage, and there, you ought to find links to my Thrilling A To Zs of Aprils Past.  One of them  (Alas! My 2015 A To Z) is a Complete Edwardian Mystery Novella, with costumes!  As in, every day that year, I dressed up as a different character in my story, and included a picture of myself in the Daily Disguise with each post.  I donned False Whiskers and much Theatrical Make-Up to achieve these effects, and I have been told that some of them are really very good.

And please note the list of A To Z Fictioneers in my sidebar (or, if you are on a Mobile Device or a Tablet, it may be somewhere under the Comments Section).  This list, of we few, we happy few, who are Doing Fiction for our A To Zs this year, will help you find more fiction to read.  Also!  If you yourself are Fictioneering for your A to Z this year, Comment and tell me so, and I will put you on the list! 

Oh yes, and please do leave a comment in any case.  Even if it is just “Hey, I exist, and I liked your thing.” 

Until tomorrow, then!





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  1. Don’t go inside the church, Annabelle!
    I love these. They make me laugh every time.
    Discarded Darlings – Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Ha! Of course she’s going in… you know how Heroines are…
      I am glad these give you a chuckle! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. LOL! You cracked me with that second illustration!!!

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

  3. The one shot made me guffaw.
    Love a bit of a giggle.
    thanks for visiting me over at The Rock ( even though I’m not a fiction writer).

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello Wendy!! Thaks for visiting!! And I am so glad you are amused! Also, I loved your post about the hair of Mad King George.

  4. i like the butler stealing the furniture. i giggled!

    great post. isn’t the strand the one that published Sherlock Holmes?

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Welcome! And you are completely right! I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, and I think it was this that originally led me to The Strand Magazine. 🙂 I am pleased to have given you a giggle! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. That one shot had me laughing! 😀

  6. If only those gentlemen were perhaps a tad more genre-savvy, they would have known the butler did it. And well, perhaps they could have prevented him from doing it in the first place.

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Lack of Genre Awareness is one of the greatest threats to protagonists today. We must all combat this spreading tide of Narrative Ignorance. Gentlemen, unleash the glossy pamphlets.

  7. Love the one-shot. Sneaky butler… 😉

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