U is for Usually, Unable, Unspeakable, and Unlikely

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 what of Alfie and Oddbod?  I am glad you asked, because I have two panels concerning those unfortunate gentlemen.  Here they are:

Today’s images are from The Strand Magazine, No. 25, No. 61, No. 52, and No. 102.

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.  This Page serves as a Table of Contents.  You can look at the pictures, and, if you want to read the story (it is fun, really!), click on the chapter titles.
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. Ok, now I’ve spent too much time surfing around your site. It’s a lot of fun.

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge

    Sandra, Aspiring family historian, fellow participant in the #AtoZchallenge
    http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com.au/ – Sandra’s Ancestral Research Journal

  2. Well, well, so things are converging to a conclusion, I see. I’m particularly suprised of Annabell. I didn’t think she had it in her 😉

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

  3. What Annabelle doesn’t realize is that she started a fire by throwing her candle.

    Alfie and Oddbod are in the Pit of Despair! Oh no!
    Discarded Darlings – Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

  4. “Usually, the sky does not look like this.”


    The moon is not supposed to slide sideways across the heavens. Occasionally I’ve seen it bounce up and down, but never sideways.

    (I guffawed at all of them today. And really want to know what the original context were for those last two…)

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