I wrote Alas! for the 2015 April A To Z Blogging Challenge. Every day in April (save Sundays), over a thousand bloggers posted something for this challenge. For more information, click here.
Every day in April, I dressed up as a different character in my story. Each post (found in the Table of Contents below) includes at least one picture of me in costume, along with the latest installment of Alas! Each installment is told (to some extent) from the point of view of the character in that day’s photograph. I worked an average of 10 hours a day on Alas, every day, for the whole of April. It was a lot of fun, in a way. And I think the story is a lot of fun, too. I hope you like it!
But the really vital question is:
Who Killed Lord Cadblister?
To find out, start with the Introduction in the Table of Contents below, and read on!
Table Of Contents (Click on a Chapter to read it! Click on a picture to look at that picture!)
In Which The Great Theme is Revealed; Christmas Eve At Cadblister Hall; Unhappy Families; Lord Cadblister Goes To The Meeting
Chapter One: The Aunt
In Which Aunt Theodolinda Wanders In A Snowstorm; She Meets Three Ghosts; Aunt Theodolinda Remembers Who She Isn’t
Chapter Two: The Bastard
In Which We Meet The Grudges; A Mother’s Appeal To Her Son; Randall Is Unmoved; A Key In The Lock; Conflagration!
Chapter Three: The Constable
In Which Constable Wilkins Goes on Patrol; He Discourses Upon The Village Meeting; Sin In High Places; A Companion Upon The Road; A Warm Bed
Chapter Four: The Doctor
In Which Doctor Brandwood Receives a 3 A.M. Summons; He Finds A Body; Breaking The News To Lady Belinda
Chapter Five: The English Rose
In Which Miss Verity Meadows Does Her Duty to Womankind; Mr. Grudge Asks A Question; Fisticuffs!; Organ Practice
Chapter Six: The Foreigner
Chapter Seven: The Gossip
Chapter Eight: The Heir
Chapter Nine: The Inspector
Chapter Ten: The Journalist
Chapter Eleven: The Kitchen Maid
Chapter Twelve: The Lady
Chapter Thirteen: The Murder Investigation
Chapter Fourteen: The Nephew
Chapter Fifteen: The Other Woman
Chapter Sixteen: The Postmistress
Chapter Seventeen: The Quarreling Couple
Chapter Eighteen: Richard Crabtree
Chapter Nineteen: The Sergeant
Chapter Twenty: The Tomboy
Chapter Twenty-One: The Unwilling Investigator
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Vicar
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Witch
Chapter Twenty-Four: X, The Identity Of.
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Yeoman
Chapter Twenty-Six: Zebadiah Sneakfork
Ask Constable Wilkins: If you don’t remember who a particular character is, or have other questions about the facts of Alas!: A Complete Mystery Novelette in 26 Installments, why not ask Constable Wilkins?
A GALLERY OF ADDITIONAL CHARACTER PHOTOS
Map Of Cadblister Parva
I like the title you’ve chosen 🙂
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I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly cool this is… !!!!
Hello Natalie! My apologies for the belated reply; somehow I did not notice your comment until just now… I feel extra-silly about this, because I appreciate comments so much. Anyway: Thanks! And, sorry about the delay!
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This looks amazing. How clever–like the old-style installments. I’m looking forward to more.
I know this isn’t this years A to Z, but just had to say that I love the photos. they look like you had fun 🙂
Hello! Thanks so much! I did have fun–lots of fun!
Ambitious series, Melanie. It shows much more preparation and planning than mine 🙂
Hello Keith! Thanks! Actually, I didn’t really plan this particular A to Z. I didn’t even know who did it until… maybe letter E? Not sure. But! All the clues work out, and actually I really really like the story. Thanks for visiting! BTW, my 2018 A To Z is all about time travel– or, rather, it is more about the bureaucracy of a time traveling organization. Anyway, it is an attempt at world-building, in its way, so you might? find it interesting. Here is today’s entry: https://www.athertonsmagicvapour.com/a-to-z-2018/elizabethan-era-helpful-hints/#comment-49994
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