A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below. Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

July 15, 2019

The Back Story ~ Genevieve


As if the gale force winds weren’t bad enough, turning her favorite umbrella inside out and ruining her ponytail, now the skies had opened up and Genevieve was being splattered by giant white globs of God-knew-what.

Genevieve knew there was only one way to extricate herself from this yucky situation. She hated to use her super power right out in public, but she was never going to get there in time if she didn’t act now.

She stretched her arm straight out in front in a line parallel to her shoulder.

She stood with her legs slightly akimbo so the lines of her stockings were matching each other.

With her left arm, she slowly removed the belt from her raincoat and stood patiently until the lines of the coat hems were parallel with her blowing hair and her inside-out umbrella.

Keeping her breath as shallow as possible, Genevieve could feel herself being slowly lifted off the pavement. With every inch she rose, she shrunk. In seconds she was barely visible. 

It all happened so fast that no one noticed the little spot of red heading south, carried on the wind to save the children.


Darnell J. Knauss, Author
 Cornelia Wenokor, Illustrator
©07/15/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 7
See The Back Stories tab above for all episodes.

50 comments:

oldpunca said...

Fantastic story. I enjoyed reading it. And also fantastic illustration. You both are a real dream team. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Loraine Long said...

I do enjoy your little 'background' tales, as well as your beautiful cards. You really should think about penning a book for young people with the beautiful illustrations.

Glennis F said...

Hilarious!!!!

kiwimeskreations said...

Ahhh - so that's why the blob on my car windscreen was red not the usual white.... :) :) :).
Wonderful story telling Darnell, and a great card to do it with! Love your attention to detail with the stripes on her socks and the hems parallel ..
Hugs to Hammy
Blessings to you and the Mister
Maxine

Aquarius said...

Brilliant!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is very beautiful Darnell
Gr Karin

Birgit said...

Completely hilarious Darnell!! Love this!@

Marilyn said...

Cute story!
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Chris said...

Inventive and entertaining story to go with this fantastic stamp! You should get published!
xx

papierelle said...

Great story, there's a lot of magic in it and the desire to have those skills as well.

Pat said...

Another fun story to go with Cornelia's great illustration Darnell, and I want to know what happened next. x

I Card Everyone said...

LOve this fabulous card, and fun story line! It kept me coming back to the card so I couldn't miss one little darling detail!
=]

Marjeta said...

Gorgeous story and great illustration. Congratulation.

Cheryl W. said...

Well, thank goodness Genevieve has that super power and is willing to use it! Otherwise, oh the poor children...

Em Louise Fairley said...

Wonderful story, Darnell xoxo

Jean said...

This made me smile!

Loll said...

Made me laugh. Great story, great card! Love, Lolly

Lisa said...

Love it!! Totally makes me smile!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

OH Babs said...

You two creative ladies are having a wonderful adventure together. So glad your friends can join your journey.

Cat Craig said...

Such a worth while visit, your collaboration is fantastic. Great story Darnell, lovely illustration Cornelia.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Fantastic design and story. I sure hope she is successful in saving the children. Will we ever hear the end result?

Christine Alexander said...

Great Story Darnell, and Cornelia's card is wonderful (that stamp's on my wish list)

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I loved this. I want to know does she save the children??? Sue

Linda said...

I love this image and I love your little tale behind it xx

Anita in France said...

I have no idea why, Darnell, but I'm put in mind of Mary Poppins ... p'raps it's to do with that brolly! Brilliant backstory for Cornelia's super illustration! LYAMYLMA ... LFTCF! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Daffodil Cards said...

Genevieve is on an awesome adventure and just a "little puff of wind?" got her to go on it. Oh! how wonderful, you really should get some of these stories into print. I LOVE the card too, it has great atmosphere.
Faith x

Happy Dance said...

Those are the exact same winds we had here nearly two weeks ago! Poor Genevieve! Straight line winds, they're called, and our neighborhood was hit hard, though our block was on the very edge of it, and didn't get slammed like a bit north of here. This image is amazing and your story is fascinating! Well done you two! I'm always looking for the next one! xo Bev

HilaryJane said...

Love this, don't we all wish we had a super power now and again especially one that would make me disappear! xx

Bobby said...

What an imagination, Darnell. Did you make up stories for the grandsons?

Kara Lynne said...

She knew just what to do! Thanks to you and Cornelia! So much fun!

Lisa Elton said...

How fun!!

conil said...

It's a good thing no one noticed Genevieve's transformation. Really think you need to write that children's book and have Cornelia illustrate it.

Kathleen said...

Great card, great story.

Kath x

Redanne said...

You are such a wonderful storyteller Darnell and it goes so perfectly with the beautiful image by Cornelia - once again I love it! Hugs, Annie xxx

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

A brilliant story! It amazes me, how your mind works!

Neet said...

Love the story, love the image. A fabulous read and a fabulous illustration dear Darnell. Certainly "smile" material this morning.
Hugs, Neet xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Your brilliant story really made me laugh Darnell you really should write a book

Anne

Brenda in IN said...

I think you and Cornelia need to publish a book. I can see best seller written all over it. This is adorable and a fun tale. What a great super power to have and I hope Genevieve got the job done.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Love it all!

Sandra H said...

Another great read and fun too! Darnell made me lol take care xx

Susan said...

Your best back story yet! Love it. You should have been a children's librarian or an elementary school teacher! It's a fabulous card too - wonderful sense of movement and storminess!

Sarah said...

I love this stormy story and the accompanying illustration. I am sure there is a book in you somewhere!! xx

Mac Mable said...

Such a fun and fabulous read with great illustrating and stamping....from Cornelia x. I think she might have a little OCD with all the parallel's going on x

Shelly said...

Okay, I certainly have been living under a rock! lol How did I not see any of these Back Stories until now?!...This is fabulous! Love it!
Hugs

Lindsey said...

Haven't had a chance to read one of these for a while... so glad I had the chance to read this one! It makes perfect sense, too. :D

TK said...

Fun story, great imagination and LOVE that she saved the children!

Leslie Miller said...

I love that she had to have her stockings lined up. And heading south to save the children -- thank goodness for Genevieve. Good luck to her. The evil forces at work are very strong. The stamp and Cornelia's coloring are fantastic.

Gerrina said...

Even this is about rain...this story and illustration gave a bit of sunshine on this -here- warm but cloudy day! Hugs, Gerrina

Celeste Goff said...

Beautifully illustrated and I love the backstory!

Rosmarie said...

Darnell and Cornelia - a terrific team!
Hugs, Rosi