R is for Reaching

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.

This image comes from The Strand Magazine, 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 April, 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. Oh! I was so worried about alfie that I almost forgot Annabelle.

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

    • 🙂 Yeah, I think that is due to the way I am approaching this A to Z. I mean, sometimes I just don’t seem to have the right picture/letter combo to continue both stories each day, so one or the other gets neglected for a bit.

  2. I’ve just had another catch-up and I’m loving it!

    Amble Bay’s fabulous shops!

  3. just went back to read them all, I honestly thought Alfie’s story would merge with Annabelle’s, like perhaps Annabelle witness Alfie being kidnapped or something but it seems likely now. the stories are a little disturbing but entertaining.

    thanks for coming by my A-Z, have a lovely day.

  4. A fainting couch – how awesome! People just don’t seem to faint much these days, do they?

    • I know! I have fainted, I think, twice, lifetime. I was a kid, and I was pretty sick– possibly with ‘flu. Anyway, it was night, and I had, I think, just thrown up, which according to my parents’ rules meant no school the next day. I was toddling along triumphantly to go wake them up and tell them all about this, when I felt myself just sort of crumpling like a pile of loose bones to the floor. I recovered quickly (I think), and continued on towards their door, and fell again, and hit my head on their door on the way down– and when I came to again, I heard my dad calling “Hello?” He’d heard my head hit the door, but had thought it was someone knocking. Which struck me as pretty funny at the time. Anyway, I assume that was fainting, and it was actually pretty fun.

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