Eldenath stands in the gardens, pruning rose bushes. She has been promoted to a junior National Guard and looks forward to starting her duties in the coming weeks. Her new duties will mean she gets to go outside the gates of the House of Plenitude and Mirth, to guard the public from bad things. To celebrate the 100th issue, and to thank you for your support these past three years, this story is set just before the first manuscript, which I hope one day will be available for you to read too. CLICK HERE for next chronological story.
27 thoughts on “Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories. Issue # 100: The Witch Woman”
congratulations! And a fittingly powerful story to celebrate!
Hi Bill, thank you!
the pleasure is mine 🙂
As usual, you have a nice pen and a vivid imagination-essential for a good writer- but if I dare to be critical-there is an awful lot of characters to keep a track of. Jumping from one story to the next each time you publish tends to make it a bit harder to follow the story line, unless one goes back to earlier issues and try to fit them together. Everyone, no doubt, has there own way of following your stories. Continuity of the same story from one publication to the next seems to me to hold more logic than jumping from one story to the next, but then that’s just my opinion, which should not be influencing your fine, imaginative and wonderfully illustrated writing
Cheers from Beechmount.
Alexand!!!! I fear I haven’t been a terribly faithful reader, but whenever I do pop in I’m delighted with what I read. I look forward to someday holding something large and continuous of yours in my hands and reading the whole epic story. That second drawing is magnificent. The terror is so stark and vivid. Congrats on 100 tales!
Thanks Helena, and likewise, I hope to read your published work one day too.
First of all; of all of your beautiful artwork, I think the picture of Eldenath in her garden is the most beautiful. That is a hard statement to write because everything you do is beautiful. And so are you, my dear.
Thanks Lee, that means a lot. I’m glad you like this artwork, as Eldenath needs more story time. I’m glad I shared this story with you.
Congratulations Cheryl! And I do hope Samuel come into consciousness soon. I am intrigued that Eldenath finds herself (and Sam) in Christmas Island. That’s where refugees seeking asylum in Australia today are sadly being sent to for processing.
Hi Vera, thank you, and yes Christmas Island has a lot of ghosts in Alexand’s time. In our own century it’s chilling to think that people attempting to escape from torture are treated in such appalling ways by countries they’re seeking shelter and safety from.
Had to stop and wish you congrats on #100. Bravo! And a fine piece to celebrate the occasion.
As I am sitting, I’m also thinking that you might have something you’d like to share by linking into this. We’d be delighted to have you particiapte.
Blog on … and good luck with all your fine work.
Thank you so much, Jamie, I’d love to, just let me know if you have anything in mind, you’re welcome to contact me on landlessdesignATgmail.com Best wishes, Cheryl
I think it’s really your choice, Cheryl. What you would like to share given the prompt? You just link in your post with Mr. Linky, which is at the bottom of Victoria Slotto’s (a novelist and poet) pompt post … If you haven’t used Mr. Linky before, it’s really easy. Pretty self-explanitory. Let me know if you have a problem with it. Victoria and I will visit your contribution and we hope others that participate will as well.
Congratulations on issue 100! Your world is so enormous, and a great place to explore — I’m so glad you put a chronology up — it’s very helpful for browsing and picking stories of interest!
Thanks for being a part of this and I’m glad the chronology is useful. All the best, Cheryl.
I don’t always think of your artwork as ‘beautiful’. It is insightful, thought-provoking, exemplifies innocence when it wants to, but mostly there is an element of the sinister, a hint at the unseen. The ‘mind in the pen’ seems to dwell much more on the steel of the characters – even your portraits of the principle players speak volumes about them. I think it is very individual, exciting work. I really do wish you well with it. It deserves every accolade it gets.
Hi Frederick, thank you, and also for your support over the past years, which is greatly appreciated.
you show us strange lands filled with believable characters — always intriguing and exciting.
Congratulations on the century, Cheryl! A fittingly thrilling and emotionally uncomfortable issue – and more Alexand! Love your drawings – they are so atmospheric and add a whole new layer of meaning to the stories – I love the interplay between the two media.
Thanks, Richard, BTW I loved your most recent photo of Michael Gambon, he looks like a wizard. I’m looking forward to your return, and hope your break’s rejuvenating you? Yes more Alexand, I can’t get enough of her 🙂 Thanks for your support over the years, it’s always appreciated.
You are an incredible artist! I love how you stream drawings and text together. Beautifully done!
Hi Michelle, thank you 🙂
This part about time travel is great.
So productive, with such a great quality.
Thank you, Rob!