Jess Chua: content specialist and award-winning writer/artist. Passionate about UX, writing, and design.


My Microfiction in 50 Give or Take

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Here’s my microfiction that appeared in the newsletter of 50 Give or Take!

“Heartbeat” in Newsletter 78 | 50 Give or Take

Why Microfiction?

I’ve always enjoyed dabbling in microfiction because it’s a quick and easy way to try out different styles or ideas.

It also helps me to focus and distill what I’d like to express in a limited number of words.

The first microfiction I wrote was quite some time ago during my teenage years. I’ve not written as much microfiction as I would’ve liked to since then, but who knows, maybe I’ll get hit with the right combination of inspiration and motivation one of these days.

About Jessica Bell

I was thankful that Jessica Bell included my microfiction Heartbeat in one of the 50 Give or Take newsletters as I enjoyed writing the piece (it was rejected by a couple of other microfiction online platforms).

I read a couple of Jessica’s online interviews and found them very inspiring from the perspective of an indie author.

Here’s a little bit of info on Jessica, who runs 50 Give or Take and Vine Leaves Press. She’s originally from Australia and currently lives in Greece, and is one busy woman (and singer-songwriter!).

JESSICA BELL: Jessica is an award-winning author/poet, writing/publishing coach, graphic designer, and singer-songwriter who was born in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to having published a memoir, four novels, three poetry collections, and her bestselling Writing in a Nutshell series, she has been featured in a variety of publications and ABC Radio National shows such as Publisher’s Weekly, The Guardian, and Poetica.

VINE LEAVES PRESS: Vine Leaves likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. Some of the books they publish include book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoirs, and character-driven novels with a literary flavor.​

INTERVIEWS: I enjoyed these two interviews where Jessica shared tips on building an author brand and book sales not being the be-all and end-all with indie publishing success. If you’re an indie author who struggles with the commercial or business aspects of publishing, I highly recommend checking out those interviews.

WEBSITES: You can visit her author website at and view her other projects at

What Else I’ve Been Up To

My one and only crime poem so far will appear on The Five-Two in early March.

If I write enough quality poems after a while, I might put them together in a chapbook.

I’m juuuuuuuust about to reach the half-way point with one of my book projects.

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