An International Anthology of 36 stories from 25 talented authors

Short & Happy (or not) brings together authors from English-speaking countries around the globe and a sprinkling of others who enjoy life in non-English speaking countries. Their stories cover just as wide a spectrum of subjects. Humor (or humour), light romance, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, satire, reflection, exotic locales … it's all here in bite-sized pieces.

Includes two enchanting stories by Jo Alkemade.


Pink Sparkle Helmet is the story of a young woman who is tired of just going along for the ride and decides to learn how to ride a motorcycle for herself. This short story was submitted to themed competition "Near Death Experience" by On the Premises Magazine and is currently shortlisted in the top 10 submissions. 
Jo Alkemade fell in love with motorcycles as a teenager in Kenya. It took many decades, and an entirely different continent, for her to earn her license and buy her own bike. Eager to make up for lost time, she cranked open the throttle and took off. Jo rode 42,000 miles through 15 states across the USA on her beloved Triumph Scrambler, traveling joyously on her own, with her husband, and with friends old and new. She rode through deserts and mountains, in frigid rain and roasting heat, on crowded highways and desolate dirt tracks, and delighted every time in the adventures and fascinating people she met along the way.