“The Red Devil” – Microfiction on Chemotherapy

(A picture of me shortly after chemotherapy)

I am happy to share that Vine Leaves Press has published my 50 word fiction about chemotherapy in their daily mail. On a daily basis they send their subscribers a microfiction.

For those who are looking to get their microfictions published, I would definitely recommend Vine Leaves Press.

The story I wrote is called “Red Devil.” It is about a chemotherapy drug known as doxorubicin (Adriamycin). Cancer patients call Adriamycin the “Red Devil” because of a few reasons: it is red, it comes in a giant scary needle, and it is one of the harshest chemotherapies that there is. Not only does it make all your hair fall out, but it knocks your ass out and makes you sick for days. I am happy to be done with all that now.

Read My Microfiction on Cancer Here:

“The Red Devil” – Vine Leaves Press

More 50 Word Fiction from Vine Leaves Press:

50 Give or Take

For those who like to write Microfiction, Vine Leaves Press could be a great option for sharing your material. Or for those who like to read it, you can subscribe to their daily mail.

Side Note:

The picture of me on Vine Leaves Press’ website is pre-hijab because I sent them the story and picture like a year ago. That doesn’t bother me too much as I grew up in a Western culture, so I don’t feel naked without the hijab. I wear the hijab these days for many reasons: modesty, positive representation for Islam, to remind myself to submit to God, and to humble my own ego and vanity. But I know there are pictures out there on the web of me without the hijab as I have done art, videos, photography and modeling in the past. So, it doesn’t bother me at all. But every woman is different and it’s important for every woman to be able to make their own personal choices on the matter.

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Black Hare Press Year Four Anthology (Horror and Microfiction)

Black Hare Press’s Year Four anthology is now available on Amazon!

Black Hare Press is an Australian indie publisher that focuses mainly on horror and speculative fiction.

As we all know, publishing these days is HARD. Therefore, I appreciate this publisher because they create numerous opportunities for authors around the globe to share their creativity. One of their focuses is on microfiction, which allows them to accept and publish a large amount of content on an almost daily basis.

Black Hare Press has also created a great community for their writers, and they have many fun contests which challenge writers continuously with new ideas.

I would definitely recommend this publisher if you are looking for a home for your works of horror or speculative fiction.

I myself have two works of microfiction in the anthology listed above. Please read and leave a positive review if you can.

Year Four – Black Hare Press Anthology

Black Hare Press Website

Black Hare Press’s Collection of Horror and Speculative Microfiction

Life on Jupiter’s Ocean Moon Europa – Microfiction

“Europa Tour” by Jessica Brook Johnson

Debra pulled a lever, filling her submarine’s ballast tanks with more water. The boat continued its descent through Europa’s narrow sea trenches. The thrusters groaned with effort against the building current. The Earther tourists didn’t notice. They pressed their noses against the windows, oohing and aahing at the sights. Translucent invertebrates swam around hydrothermal vents. Bioluminescent plankton glowed like fairy dust.

Debra answered all the tourist’s questions until someone asked, “And what’s that colorful confetti-like stuff we see sprinkled around?”

“Another type of plankton,” she lied, deciding not to tell them it was pieces of paint from previously crashed submarines.

Author Note: I haven’t seen much exploration of Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa in science fiction, so I wrote a 100 word piece about it.

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Microfiction on Krampus

“A Krampus Story” by Jessica Brook Johnson

“Profits are down,” said the financial advisor, Sam Krupp, from behind his desk.

Santa put his face in his hands. “We already replaced the elves with sweatshops. What else can we do?”

“Start marketing earlier,” Sam Krupp suggested. “How about July?”

Santa banged his fist on the desk. “Six months of holiday jingles on the radio? That’s Hell on Earth!”

“It’s a competitive economy, sir.” Sam Krupp shrugged, which almost made his winter cap fall off his horns. Over the years, Krampus found that rather than dragging people to Hell, it was far easier to bring Hell to the people.

[Author’s note: I wrote this story in response to a challenge to create a dark, 100 word story about Christmas.]

“Five Star Bathroom” – Microfiction, Humor, Travel

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“Mama snores like a chainsaw battling rocks. My sister and I retreat to the five-star hotel’s bathroom and close the door. I lay on a pile of blankets under the sink. My sister is by the tub. The snoring is now so faint it’s a lullaby.”

This microfiction of mine was published by Cuento Magazine. They publish prose and poetry under 280 characters on their twitter page.

What I wrote is based off a true story which took place about 12 years ago.

A Microfiction on Fibromyalgia

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“The fibromyalgia burns through my skin. I lay crumpled up in bed, staring outside at an oak tree. Flowers blossom from mottled branches. A yellow warbler feeds her chicks in the gentle pitter patter of rain. The fire within me cools to a simmer.”

See it here on Cuento Magazine on Twitter, along with other microfictions.

Also. Here are some resources on chronic pain below.

Chronic Pain Champions Official Website

Chronic Pain Champions Free Ebook

Neuroplastic Pain

Curable App

Mayoclinic Guide to Fibromyalgia (Book on Amazon)

Unlearn Your Pain by Howard Schubiner (Book on Amazon)

A Microfiction From the POV of a Space Monster

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Movies like Alien, Event Horizon, and Pitch Black have popularized the Space Horror genre.

However, not enough literature or movies have shown space horror from the POV of the monster, in my humble opinion.

So I decided to attempt one and got it published on Black Hare Press. It’s a great website for creatives looking to submit drabbles, short stories, and novellas.

For those who don’t know what a drabble is, it’s a short fictional story around 100 words in length.

Check out mine here.

Sufi Mystics On Mercury

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There’s not an abundance of sci-fi stories written about Mercury.

So in conjunction with writing my guide to World Building on Mercury, I also wrote a short story.

I am fascinated with the Dan Brown style of combining two seemingly unlike things. For him it was the Vatican and CERN’s atom smasher. For me, it was spiritual mysticism and Mercury.

I was inspired by the Sufi wisdom in The Way of the Sufi Kindle by Idries Shah. So I wrote a story that encapsulated some of these lessons.

CHECK IT OUT HERE: The Blind Mystic in Vanishing Point Magazine