V is for Visions, Venturing, and Vigorous

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, a Startling Revelation about Alfie!

The first two images are from The Strand Magazine, No. 12; the third is from No. 40.

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. Hi, I found you through A to Z and really enjoyed looking at your story. What fun!

  2. poor, poor alfie, lost his soul, well, that’s just a break bad, a really, really bad break.

    wonder why annabelle is just wandering around, have she heard of just running away? if I see a skeletal rider, I would run, really fast.

    have a lovely day.

  3. Ah ha! And now everything is coming together. But where is poor Alfie’s soul? Where did he leave it? Did it leave it in a cab again? He left it in a cab, didn’t he?

    W – Winnie the Pooh and Canada Too

    • Alfie is notorious for leaving things places. Indeed, his story begins with him leaving several important items in his flat. Therefore, it does seem possible that he has carelessly left his soul somewhere pretty silly.

  4. I learn so much reading A to Z posts. I had never heard of the Strand Mag., until I started reading your posts earlier in the month. I checked it out and so many great writers were published in it. Thanks.

    A to Z Theme: Sharing Family History via #GenealogyPhotoADay By Fran from TravelGenee Blog

    • Hey Fran! I am Very Excited to think that I have introduced you to The Strand. It is a lot of fun, and many great writers were indeed published in it. Including, of course, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes stories were originally published in The Strand. 🙂

  5. Oh! So the two stories will meet at the end? How so?
    Don’t tell me the soul of poor Alfie is inside a little dog!!!

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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