Remembering at Christmas – 99Fiction Winner (November 2014)


As a child, she’d draw box-like houses with pathways that dangled vertically from the front door, and then sketch beside them stick-men too large to fit inside.

As an artist, I spoke to her of perception… and perspective.

Now she draws only stick-men.

Enormous stick-men wearing balaclavas, bearing black flags and Kalashnikovs.  On bad days they’ll dangle something too dreadful for words from one hand, whilst wielding a scimitar in the other.

As a mother, I now speak to her of selective perception, of striving for a different perspective.

But she hears nothing.

Not since Christmas Eve in Harrods.

I was delighted to win the 99Fiction  competition for November 2014.  Two successes within a week nicely rounds off a fairly fallow writing year when I’ve submitted very little work and my only regular participation has been in Friday Fictioneers.  Hopefully this will inspire me to follow a more rigorous writing schedule for the New Year!  🙂  For those of you interested, the December competition closes 28 December, with results being announced on 4 January.  Click on the Fiction 99 link above for further details.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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14 Responses to Remembering at Christmas – 99Fiction Winner (November 2014)

  1. Sandra, your richly deserve the recognition, so congratulations and wallow in it!! But trust you to have a downer Christmas story. 🙂 Unfortunately, there’s too much truth in your story and that’s sad in itself.



  2. Dee says:

    Sandra, many congratulations, yet again. I would have expected to see your name at the end, had I read it without knowing, as Janet has said this is so you. I had not heard of the site before and will think of joining, although my writing has been so sporadic recently…

    If we don’ ‘speak; again, have a really happy Christmas, it’s good to know you.



    • Sandra says:

      Thank you Dee. I see you joined the site and hope to see you on there some time soon. Have a lovely Christmas, and I look forward to meeting you on Friday Fics more regularly in the New Year if your commitments permit.


      • Dee says:

        Yes, thought I would like to give it a try. Must get my writing sorted out in the New Year, work has taken ovet my life for thr past few months which is not as it should be.
        Have a lovely Christmas, I look forward to catching up in the New Year.


  3. Dee says:

    Apologies for the typos above, someone has rearranged the keys on my keyboard!!

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  4. Sandra, that is the mark of the exceptional writer you are – an identifiable voice and style. Many congratulations and I am always happy to see something with your name on it come through my reader. Merry Christmas, my friend. Try not to bump anybody else off before then, okay?


  5. Sandra, I want to add my Congratulations.! Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne


  6. Judee says:

    Adding my congratulations to the others. Impeccable writing, thus, a much deserved recognition. 🙂


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