December’s Guest Storyteller, Sherri Matthews

When the lovely and talented Sarah invited me to write a piece of flash fiction for her monthly Guest Storyteller feature, I was both honoured and absolutely delighted. Sarah is a speculative fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy author who also writes flash fiction, Haiku and tanka poetry (and posts some lovely photos too!) on her wonderful blog, one I greatly enjoy reading. I hope you will too, and also enjoy my guest story entitled ‘Chocolate Umbrella’, a seasonal story about a little girl’s discovery that she isn’t the only one in her family with a secret. Thank you so much Sarah, it has been a pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sherri

Sherri is a freelance writer, published in a variety of national magazines, websites, and anthologies.ย  She is writing her first book, a memoir, and regularly publishes articles, memoir bites, flash fiction and poetry on her blog. ย Having lived in California for twenty years, she now lives with her hubby, daughter and two cats in the West Country of England, where she walks, gardens and takes endless photographs.

You can connect with Sherri at

Blog:ย www.sherrimatthewsblog.com
Facebookย Page:ย ย https://www.facebook.com/aviewfrommysummerhouse
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sherri-matthews/60/798/aa3
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/103859680232786469097/posts

Memoir Book Blurb: https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/memoir-book-blurb/ )

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Sarah says: Welcome to my blog, Sherri, and thank you so much for contributing a most poignant and seasonal piece of flash fiction. In Sherriโ€™s words: โ€œThis is about a little girlโ€™s discovery that she isnโ€™t the only one in her family who is keeping secretsโ€.

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Chocolate Umbrellaย 

Emma knew magic because Daddy madeโ€ฆ

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About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in Englandโ€™s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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36 Responses to December’s Guest Storyteller, Sherri Matthews

  1. Amy says:

    Chocolate Umbrella was a beautiful, well-written story, Sherri!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much for the read and the encouragement Amy, it’s the first time I’ve been invited to write a flash fiction story as a guest post and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Look at all these places I can connect with you! I can pester your life out, Sherri ๐Ÿ™‚
    Life can be sad, in spite of chocolate umbrellas.

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  3. What a great write, Sherri! i found your blog from your guest post over at Sarah’s blog and now I’ll follow you too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Had me in with the word magic and did not see the end coming. Now want to read more.

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  5. Luanne says:

    Sherri, I wrote on the other site, too, but wanted to just say again, wow. Such a haunting story.

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  6. I couldn’t help but see glimpses of you in Emma, Sherri. Nicely done indeed, my friend. xo

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  7. prior says:

    I enjoyed your succinct fiction – I left a note on the other blog, but wanted to comment here too – well done! surprised by the ending – ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thanks so much Y for going over to Sarah’s blog and also for leaving your lovely comment here. The ending surprised me too I have to admit, it came as I wrote on…which is the beauty of fiction isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Beautifully written story, Sherri. I felt this was written from the depths of your heart. xx

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  9. The joys and magic of Christmas comes alive in your story my friend. It’s Love and family that gives warmth, glow and meaning to our Christmas season, events and memories. Today, you inspired us in the most beautiful way. God bless you and your family.

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    • Sherri says:

      It is indeed the love of family that brings so much, especially during the Christmas season, even more so when things don’t always work out as we quite hoped. Thank you so much my friend for your lovely, encouraging words, sending blessings galore your way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. TanGental says:

    Neat, though with dad propping up the bar, a touch autobio perhaps? I enjoyed it as usual, because it was well told.

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  11. Ste J says:

    I was not expecting that ending, it is a little sad to be on the cusp of losing the magic of Christmas but then again we make our own magic and I do like to watch Hook every Christmas so that helps me keep the spirit.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much for the read Ste and your thoughts…and yes, it is a sad thing, after all, what is life without a little magic in our lives? But you are right, we can indeed make our own and I love Hook, especially the beginning when Robin Williams is walking up the stairs in the house in London and he sees the painting of Captain Hook hanging on the landing, and then the music, and the ship’s bell…great stuff. Got the video hiding away somewhere, time to get the dvd methinks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. Although a sad story in several ways, I find Chocolate Umbrella a perfect fit for the holiday season. Every Christmas for one child who falls for the magic there is one who stops believing in Santa. This is a lovely tale, Sherri, and I could see a little bit of yourself in the little girl, I think. Happy Holiday season to you and your family.

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    • Sherri says:

      I honestly didn’t know what to write for Sarah’s Guest Storyteller slot at first Eveyine, as you know fiction is a new genre for me, but, I admit, I’m having a lot of fun with ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the first time I’ve been invited to write a fiction guest post, so you can imagine not only my delight and excitement, but my anxiety too ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The timing and the season was a great prompt and then, well, the rest came, even though the ending changed radically as I wrote on. And I will say that you are very perceptive my friend ๐Ÿ™„ Thank you so much as always for your ongoing support of my blog and my writing, it really means a great deal to me. I will be over to you shortly, but meanwhile, I would wish just the same for you and your family too, that the coming days do indeed bring a Happy Holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Pat says:

    Congratulations, Sherri, in your guest feature story for Sarah. You’re really good in the telling of the story and I was captivated to the end. Your words have an air of mystery and I can’t help but want it to continue. That’s the makings of a truly good writer, my friend. Bravo — that you are! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sherri says:

      Dear Pat, your ongoing support and encouragement of my writing blesses me greatly, thank you so much, wow, I am bowled over actually by your feedback ^^’ I am thrilled that you enjoyed it so much and in this busy time of year, that you took the time to head over to Sarah’s to read it. You’re a star my friend, a bright, shining star โญ

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  14. Well done Sherri. Well disguised memoir I think and such a sad story. That loss of innocence on three counts. One that would come naturally with age, the other two forced upon little Emma. Great writing. Cheers my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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