My favorite work by Sandra isn't actually a story, but
rather a thought piece entitled "Mental Exercise'. It takes the form of an internal
discussion between the author's male side, female side, and what might be described in
Freudian terms as her super-ego. It's a bit difficult to follow at times, but its well
worth the effort. The insight and honesty of this short work make it a very rewarding
"Labyrinth" is a more traditional story, a pure
fantasy. Although it doesn't really involve any magical transformations, it contains its
own sort of magic as it describes a transformation that many of us wish would happen to
us. The main character is a young boy who unburdens his heart to his mother and confesses
his deeply held transgender dreams. Unlike the reality that most of us have faced, the
mother in this fantasy world encourages these dreams and helps bring them to
fruition. Judging from the read count, many of you have already discovered this
charming story. The image at the end is nothing more than icing on the cake of this
already delicious tale.
"Another Christmas Story" is exactly what it
claims to be. In all fairness, Christmas stories aren't my cup of tea and I'll have to say
that I didn't enjoy this one any more or less than the others that I've read. It does seem
true to the tradition, though.
"I Must Go Away, Sis" (co-authored with Pickles)
follows in a similar pattern to the other stories. Those looking for realism with an edge
will have to look elsewhere. I would describe Sandra's works as sweet, sentimental and
soothing to the wearied soul. I wish that all my challenges could be resolved so
I must admit that until I was asked to review
Sandras work I had never read any of her stories. She has posted only a few tales,
one of which was co-authored by Pickles, as well as a short collection of thoughts,
entitled "Mental Exercise," which is really not a story and will not be reviewed
Though Sandras native tongue is German
she has done a wonderful job of translating her thoughts into English. In fact, her last
two efforts are far more readable than many stories by English-speaking authors. Aside
from a few, small and insignificant errors, her stories are generally grammatically
correct and her later works are almost poetic. Her stories flow smoothly and her dialogue
is believable and seamless.
"Labyrinth" was her first effort, and the
sentence structure has a decidedly Germanic flavor to it, and there are some translation
errors, but Sandras message transcends national borders or minor language concerns.
Her writings are very emotional, and she has the ability to convey her feelings in a
manner that leaves the reader convinced of her honesty and vulnerability. One cannot read
Sandras works and not be moved.
"Another Christmas Story" is definitely not just
another Christmas Story. Using parallels to the famous Dickens Carol, Sandra gives us the
unique perspective of a father coming to grips with his sons transsexualism -- with
the help of several spirits. Sandra is able to convey a lot of information and emotion in
just a few short pages, which is an art in itself. This is an excellent read, regardless
"I Must Go Away Sis" is another fine short story,
dealing with the very real despair and feelings of hopelessness that transgendered teens
go through all too often. It was co-authored by Pickles, but the story is definitely
Sandras, and it sounds almost autobiographical.
In many ways Sandras stories embody the best of TG
fiction. They are not preoccupied with sex or raunchy behavior, and deal with the feelings
and emotions of transsexuals exactly as most stories portray the hopes and aspirations of
other characters. She treats us as real human beings instead of caricatures or freaks, and
manages to convey the despair, longing, fear, hope, and conflict which many of us know all
too well, in a few short lines. Her stories, unlike real life, all seem to have a happy
ending, though there are references to suicide and the ordeals transsexuals face when they
While Sandras stories are not
perfect, they are very, very good, and I recommend them to anyone who reads for TG fiction
for more than a cheap thrill. If I sound like a fan, I guess I am, and I will certainly be
looking for Sandras posts in the future.