December’s Guest Storyteller, Sherri Matthews

Delighted and excited at my invite from my dear friend Sarah to feature as her Guest Storyteller today! As a writer of non-fiction, writing a short fiction story (400 words in this case) lets me mix things up a little. In my story, A Blue Coat for Christmas, a Christmas gift isn’t all it seems…Thank you so much to Sarah for inviting me to her wonderful blog, and thank you, as always, dear friends, for visiting and reading!

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Sherri

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 and two anthologies.  Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’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 gardening, walking and snapping endless photographs.  Her garden robin muse visits regularly.

You can find Sherri’s links of interest at the end of this post.

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Sarah says: I’m thrilled that Sherri  has agreed to make a return visit to my blog as guest storyteller with a seasonal story to delight us all. Some of you might remember her Christmas-themed story Chocolate Umbrella from December 2014. This story received 54 likes and 79 comments, which was a fantastic response…

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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 England’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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34 Responses to December’s Guest Storyteller, Sherri Matthews

  1. I’m excited to get over there and read this story, Sherri!!

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  2. Love your nonfiction and looking forward to that memoir but it’s so nice to stretch your writing muscles and try something different. Like short fiction. I’ve read some of your short fiction and it’s wonderful. Will pop over and read. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Sarah, for your ongoing encouragment of all my writing – means a great deal to me – and for taking the time to read over at Sarah’s. Will head over to read your comment! 🙂 ❤

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  3. I love that story Sherri – have I read it on your blog before? It somehow seems familiar – and please excuse my incomplete memory ………

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    • Sherri says:

      Dear Pauline, you are quite right and you have a great memory! I wrote a post with the very same title as a memoir piece a couple of years ago 🙂 Thinking of a short fiction piece with a Christmas theme for Sarah’s Guest Post, nothing grabbed me – mild panic, yikes! – then I thought of that blue coat. Elements are true, but it’s great to fictionalise it; embellish here and there, understate in others. Writing flash fiction (which I still do over at Carrot Ranch but haven’t been publishing here lately purely because of time constraints) has helped my writing in so many ways, so I have both Sarah and Charli – chief Buckaroo at Carrot Ranch! – to thank so much for believing in me in ways I didn’t think possible just a few short years ago. And you too Pauline, for the very same! 🙂 ❤

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  4. I loved the story too, Sherri! Like Pauline, it seemed familiar but I believe you wrote a blog post about the coat sometime ago. Happy Birthday to Nicky! ❤ ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much dear Jilly B! As I said to to Pauline above, you have a great memory! I seem to bring elements of truth into any short and flash fiction I write, but I love that I can take a nugget and fly with it, creating characters and embellishing story lines. But…and it’s a big one lol!… I still can’t understand how anyone – you, my dear friend for one! – can possibly write an entire novel!!! How, I say, how????!!!!! 😀 And so I press on with my memoir…but never say never, right?! Ahh…I will send on your birthday wishes to Nicky, thank you so much Jill. I’ve got a short window here before we have a nice Sunday roast so he goes home with a full belly and left over Chocolate Dirt Cake 🙂 Hope you and DFD are enjoying a super weekend 🙂 ❤ ❤ xoxo

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  5. Tina Frisco says:

    I love Christmas, starfish, and warm winter coats. Imagine finding all of them in one little story! Delightful, Sherri. Shared from Sarah’s blog ♥ ♥

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  6. mihrank says:

    Sherri – this is such wonderful material to read and enjoy it!

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  7. The opening paragraph on this page is a perfect, brief, wonderfully detailed description of you, Sherri! So I zipped over and read the “Blue Coat,” and again found such a treat. Such a gem of a post. Thank you.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much dear Marylin, you are always so kind and so incredibly encouraging! ❤ I'm thrilled you enjoyed reading my attempt at short fiction 🙂 Irene Waters, a fellow memoir writer and dear friend, educated me on the writing form known as a BOTS – Based On A True Story! I had never heard that before, but I would call 'Blue Coat' a BOTS…and then I got to play 🙂 xoxo

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  8. Just been over to visit Sarah, Sherri and read your lovely story.

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  9. prior.. says:

    Hey Sherri – I left a comment on the other blog – and just wanted to say you. Brought me right in that scene!
    I also read your comment to Jill above – and just wanted to say that I know it is hard to see right now – but you have MANY books in you!
    I believe you do- and in the meantime just keep working in your current “roast”
    😉

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Yvette! Oh I love that you walked right into that scene, and I love your always, amazing encouragement of me and my writing and thanking you as always, so very much for it all mon amie! ❤ Writing forms in ideas, projects, ventures, mega processing, but, as you well know – with that 'roast' simmering away until it's done, ha! – I will keep progressing and seeing where the road leads…but…your belief in me…well, that is priceless. Thank you so much mon amie! 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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      • prior.. says:

        and you know I never fake the comments – ha!
        and well, I might have to throw one of my roasts in the microwave this week – ha – but it is the kind of project that handle the zap even if a little flavor is lost – 🙂

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  10. Luanne says:

    I got so excited about reading your story over there I forgot to come back here and tell you how much I appreciated it. It reminds me of a poem by Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz.” In case you don’t know it: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43330
    The love and heartwarmingness (maybe not a word heh) and the desire of the child to be “in” with the dad are clear, but the undertones of how the mother (the adult) perceives the father’s behavior hangs there.

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