Top 10 Short Stories of 2022

I’ve started keeping lists of my achievements within a year in the front of the new year’s calendar (A reminder of the previous year’s success and a guideline for how to start building goals for the new year). Part of that includes looking at my short stories and what people liked so I can attempt to offer more of what people enjoyed. So here they are!

I aimed for 10, I landed on 13 because my 10th most popular was actually 4 equally popular stories. As always, the titles are links for you to read the short stories for yourself if they take your fancy. (They open in a new tab, for ease of use)

Plus, of course, my wife’s favourites at the bottom.

10 a – Cleave*

I don’t know when I first found out that the word cleave has two contradictory meanings but it’s lingereing in my head as a story idea since then. (I tried watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine at the beginning of the year and Jadzia Dax very much inspired this story).


10 b – Cravings*

I’m always a sucker for the name Theophrania, it has such an interesting history and is one of those names that people can’t reconcile in historical settings (because one shortening of it is to Tiffany, which feels like such a modern name).

Urban Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Vampires

10c – Dawn To Dark

I was surprised to find this one on the list of top stories from 2022, because I posted it back in 2020. But here it is. The Swan Princess/Swan Lake is one of my favourite fairytales, and, interestingly enough, it’s one of my wife’s favourites too.

Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy

10d – Out After Dark

I don’t remember what YA book I read when I was a teenager had a vampire-run town, but the concept lingers in my head (and there’s a novel idea that utilises the concept bouncing around in my brain like a bouncy ball in a box being shaken by a toddler). This one got a little darker that I think the novel idea will turn out but it was a lot of fun to write.

Urban Fantasy

9 – Humble Request*

If you’ve been around on for any length of time, you might have picked up on the fact that I enjoy a good Aggressive Princess Narrative. I swear I put out one every single year.


8 – Are You A Water Mage

Picture the scene: my wife, an upside down mop, an emergency that prevents her from putting the mop in an appropriate place.

Drip,drip, drip.

Fantasy, LGBTQIA+

7 – Star Travel*

I don’t have a lot of fun facts about this one, it was right after I got impressively unwell for three weeks in March, and then got better and went to my step-sister’s wedding in April.


6 – Your Eyes Are The Colour Of Home*

Part of what I love about sci-fi is coming up with weird little cultural tics and expectations, like courting rituals.


5 – Live, Love, Lose*

I don’t tend to write tragesy, I’m a sucker for a happy ending, but every once in a while the tragedy compells me so…

Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Tragedy

4 – Three Bitesized Fantasy Stories*

A brand new werewolf, a prophet tired of giving prophecies, and unconventional use of makeup.

Fantasy, LGBTQIA+

3 – I’ll Take That Action*

This one is for all those people who think the love at first sight storyline in Cinderella is ridiculous, like my wife.

Fairytale Retelling, LGBTQIA+

2 – Sleeping With The Enemy*

Things I never expected to write: A pseudo-mafia story that could be the setup for a romance novel (that I have no intention of writing)

Slice Of Life, LGBTQIA+

1 – Thirsty (Sage & Leo: Recompense Part 4)

I don’t know why Part 4 of Sage & Leo: Recompense made it to the list but none of the other parts of Recompense did. Was it better than the others? Was the graphic more compelling? Was it just posted at a better time? I guess we’ll never know.

Fantasy, LGBTQIA+

*Was in my Top 9 Short Stories of 2022 So Far post in June/July

My Top Post of All Time is now

An Open Investigation

The more often this one pops up on these lists, the more I want to pick it back up and finish it. I have theories of a universe I might want to settle it into, but I’ll share more on that when it’s developed from a theoretical idea to toss around and into something with an actual wordcount.

Urban Fantasy, Cosy Mystery Set Up, LGBTQIA+

Which pips Mistress & The Mechanic, the top last time I checked.

My Wife’s Top Choice(s)

Sage & Leo Recompense (this link will take you to the Sage & Leo: Recompense contents page)

“I liked watching the development and the casual, comfortable, closeness. It felt like it was good for them.” – My Wife

I’m looking forward to another year of storytelling, I already have plans in place and I’m so eager to see where my imagination might take me.

You want to see some of the stuff I have in store? Okay, as a treat.

If you’re already on my Mailing List you’ll have had acces to Chapter One of Merry Arlan: Finding The Heir, my book that’s releasing in March (14th to be precise), but I’ll be releasing that here too some time in advance of release day. I’ll also be sharing a short story from the Guardian Cadet Universe that may or may not have some relevance to the plot of Merry Arlan: Finding The Heir. (ARCs still available, if you’re interested, drop me a line)

And here’s your first rumblings that another novel might be brewing before the end of the year (don’t hold me to that, life happens and there’s some stuff brewing in the nopoodles household that might put publishing plans on hold.)

There’s also a piece of flash fiction I already shared on Tumblr that’ll be posted here at some point (not yet decided when)

That’s all the stuff I have planned so far, not giving clues about next week’s short story yet.

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and I’ll see you all next week for another Short Story.

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