Remembering at Christmas – 99Fiction Winner (November 2014)

IMG_1258

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.

Advertisements

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
This entry was posted in Flash Fiction, Published Work and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

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.

    janet

    Like

  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.

    Dee

    Like

    • 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.

      Like

      • 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.

        Like

  3. Dee says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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?

    Like

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

    Like

  6. Judee says:

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

    Like

I'd love to hear your views; it reassures me I'm not talking to myself.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s