T is for Tell Me and Think Again

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.

First, we continue with Annabelle’s narrative!

And now for Alfie!

Both of today’s images are from The Strand Magazine, No. 41.

And that’s all for today, folks!  Thanks for visiting; stay as long as you like!  There’s a LOT of content on this blaugh, and (in my totally-not-humble opinion) most of it is Very Good.  For example, my 2014 A to Z has many very excellent posts.  Its theme is Classic British Mystery, and it is Extremely Amusing.  Here are the funniest ones, in my opinion:

C is for Country House

E is for Evidence

F is for False Confessions

K is for Keyholes (sorry for the blurry image quality!)

Q is for Quicklime

S is for Secrets

X is for X Marks The Spot Where The Body Was Found (Note: I used many Strand Magazine illustrations in this post)

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. Wait, wait! The dead are risen? How did I miss that?
    And wasn’t Alfie half-dead? Although, of course, he’s half-dead here too, if he moves 😉

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

  2. I nearly choked laughing at the Annabelle scene, because it reminded me almost exactly of a scene in a Harry Potter role-playing game we played a few days ago. Annabelle even looks just like I pictured the character.

    I’m a geek, I know. But it was still hilarious.

    • Was the character a canonical one, or one particular to your game? If she is canonical, who is she? I know my Harry Potter fairly well, I think. I am a geek, too. I don’t play RPGs because I get all self-conscious about the semi-acting that seems to be required, but I love reading RPG sourcebooks (especially ones from White Wolf, or whatever they are calling themselves these days). Also, I play tabletop Warhammer, which is pretty geeky.

      • An original one the player made up, Professor Katherine Seymour, Dean of Magical History. She described her as a “rare English beauty,” a delicate, consumptive rose with a terrible memory (very helpful for a professor of history, I know). The only spell she can remember is Avada Kedavra.

        The player who played her is not much into the “acting” part either, but she certainly gave it her all in this case.

        The White Wolf books are particularly impressive. And I’m sorry, but Warhammer is way geekier than roleplaying games. 😛

  3. Everyone knows those women with small dogs are sinister and should be feared and avoided at all cost.
    Discarded Darlings – Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

  4. oh no, is there a zombie apocalypse coming? not sure I want to read about that. poor Annabelle. poor Alfie! did either of them thought about running away to another country?

    have a lovely day.

    • Hello Lissa! No zombie apocalypse, I promise- I hate zombie apocalypse stories, as a rule (I am sure there are exceptions to that, but I can’t think of any at the moment), so I totally won’t be writing one. 🙂 A few dead people walking around– probably. Zombie apocalypse–no.

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