10 thoughts on “A Monster on Her Shoulder

    • Ina Morata says:

      Thank you very much for reading. You’re right: the monster morphs and invades. Not everyone has support when faced with such a fight.

      By all means, share the story on your blog. That’s very kind of you.


    • Ina Morata says:

      Thank you so much. I’m pleased that it made that kind of impression. To watch this kind of illness take root, especially as a child, IS moving, and horrific, especially when you feel powerless to do anything except watch.

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      • tessa tells all says:

        My mother had a mental illness and it was difficult to cope with her rapid mood swings. It’s not the same as what you bore witness to, but I can relate. I felt powerless to do anything. And have spent most of my life trying to “fix” those around me.
        Hugs to you.

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    • Ina Morata says:

      Thank you. Without doubt, this was a fictional piece, and the narrator fictional in part, too. But it does have more than its fair share of truthful experience in it. I was much younger than the narrator but it left a lasting impression. I hope never to experience it again.


  1. samthornesite says:

    I’ve been going through my list of ‘flagged’ emails for links I wanted to return to, and I’m SO glad I make a point of doing this, or I’d have missed this story. It’s so powerful.

    You made me snivel. You actually did. My son wondered what I was watching on my iPad that had stirred me from my mum-like stoical state. When I told him it was a bittersweet story (and explained what bittersweet was) he went back to his room and started reading Matilda again. So I think you had three victories with this story:

    1) the initial correct appreciation by the judges at its inherent excellence
    2) moving further readers on its reappearance in the world
    3) getting a little boy you’ve never met to realise the power of reading.

    Thank you for sharing, for so many reasons.

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    • Ina Morata says:

      Oh my goodness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for telling me this! There’s nothing that gives me greater pleasure as a writer than knowing that I’ve managed to touch my readers.

      For the record — the story you’ve just told me has made me snivel, too. I never expected that story to encourage a child to read. I’m truly delighted about that! I was always rated very highly as a teacher by others, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had an impact from a distance like that before! 😀


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