Havok Publishing is an organization that posts flash fiction daily on their website. In case you were wondering, flash fiction is 1,000 words or less. As someone who used to only write novels, flash fiction was initially very difficult for me. But I’ve been writing for Havok since September 2019, and I’ve come to love the briefness of the medium.
Havok posts each story for twenty-four hours on their home page, which is available to the public. Once the twenty-four hour period is up, however, the story becomes accessible only to members. Then, at the end of each six-month season, Havok chooses the best stories to make up their seasonal anthologies.
Below is a list of my Havok stories. If you’re not a member, you won’t be able to access any of the stories, but the membership is only $5 for a year. Also, the Havok anthologies contain a few of my stories, so you can read some of my work in the collections.
Season 2: “Stories that Sing”
“Stories that Sing” is all about music. Each story is inspired by a specific song from a certain decade. If you purchase the anthology, try to guess what song inspired each of the stories! The answers are listed at the end of each decade’s section.
I just had discovered Havok during this season, so I only submitted three stories. But I’m grateful that Havok gave me a chance even though I wasn’t totally sure how to write flash fiction.
- “Stealer of Secrets”––a fantasy story about a telepathic girl despised by her people who dedicates her life to saving those trying to commit suicide, and in the process, she just might be saved too. Published in Stories that Sing: Havok’s Season Two Anthology, and winner of Readers’ Choice award.
- “Skinthief”––a science fiction story about a man who takes on the appearances of other people to accomplish criminal tasks. He’s not only forgetting what he looks like; he’s also forgetting who he used to be. Published in Stories that Sing: Havok’s Season Two Anthology.
- “Walls”––a fantasy story about a city whose walls depend on the stability of the relationships inside.
Season 3: “Bingeworthy”
Havok’s third season focuses on the elements that keep us reading late into the night, from the dynamic duos we love to the high stakes that make us sweat. If you’re interested in the anthology, here is the link.
- ““The Last Gateway”––a fantasy story about two sisters living in an alligator-infested swamp who must decide which of the many portals to jump through. Published in Bingeworthy: Havok’s Season Three Anthology.
- “Secret Agent Lampshade”––a comedy about a lamp shapeshifter who tries to stop a presidential assassination. I have plans for a middle grade novel with this premise.
Season 4: “Sensational”
This season focused on the senses. Each month highlighted a different sense, leading to stories where tastes could mean life or death, or scents sent you back into memories. If you’re interested in the anthology, here is the link.
- “The Clouds Weep”––a thriller about a girl whose world is overrun by monsters; she and her family are hiding underground for their father to return with something that might save them. Written entirely without dialogue.
- “Stone Skin”––a fantasy story about a stone golem who longs to be human and the woman who loves him. Will be published in Sensational: Havok’s Season Four Anthology.
- “Sweet Sting”––a comedy about a faery boy who can’t have pixie dust but decides to eat it anyway.
- “Rebel Chef”––a thriller about a chef who joins a rebellion and ventures into the war zone to collect decent ingredients.
- “Call of the Orb”––a fantasy story about a woman who tries to stop her grandson from purchasing an orb that would reveal to him a sound he’ll hear during his life.
- “Bubble Trouble”––a science fiction story about a technology store clerk trying to stop her store from being robbed by a gang that uses sound to paralyze.
- “The Language of Sound”––a fantasy story about a boy who tries to use sound to communicate with a wild beast. Will be published in Sensational: Havok’s Season Four Anthology.
Season 5: “Prismatic”
“Prismatic” is all about color, each month focusing on a different shade. If you’re interested in the anthology, here is the link.
- “Mustard Maid”––a comedy about a wedding crashed by an alien assassin.
- “Grassy Disaster”––a comedy story about an enchantress allergic to grass who is trying to stop a grass-growing spell.
- “Enemy Chef”––a thriller story about a chef who is captured by the dystopian leader’s henchman and must use her cooking skills to save both her and the rebellion’s leader. A sequel to “Rebel Chef.” See character art above.
- “Photosynthetic”––a science fiction story about a girl with photosynthetic powers during an oxygen crisis. Content warning: mention of suicide, rape culture, racism.
- “Lord Chef”––a thriller story about a chef who has been captured by the dystopian ruler and must free both herself and the leader of the rebellion. A sequel to “Rebel Chef” and “Enemy Chef.” See character art above.
- “Sweet Smile”––a comedy story about a faery boy who accidentally triggers his crush’s food allergies. Sequel to “Sweet Sting.” See character art above.
Season 6: Casting Call
- Ruler and Rebel
- “Runaway Chef”––a thriller story about a chef trying to escape from the dystopian ruler’s fortress. A sequel to “Rebel Chef,” “Enemy Chef,” and “Lord Chef.” See character art above.
- “Fines and Flames”––a comedy story about a college student whose tiny dragon sets his dorm room on fire right before room checks. The inspiration for my middle grade work in progress.
- Creator and Explorer
- “Amethysts to Ashes”––a mystery story unraveling the night a fire decimated the gem-bearing plants inside a corporation’s greenhouse.