New Collages on Pixabay

Ship to Death

The other day I had an altercation with Avis Car Rental over some overcharges, and in my frustration, I designed a collage to vent my frustrations.

It features a ship on fire, being attacked by a shelled sea monster and surrounded by the spirits of drowned seaman. I named the ship The Avis.

Later, I uploaded the collage to Pixabay and was surprised when Pixabay accepted it quickly. Their standards are so high with images that I’ve only been able to get 17 images accepted in my first month.

Next Mourning

I submitted three more collages I’d made when I couldn’t sleep, and was even more surprised to have every image accepted within hours. I think I’m on to something—Pixabay likes my collages.

They are fun to make and when I’m too tired to actually write, they help me burn creative energy. Yesterday I made 10 new collages as I stayed awake, unable to sleep.

Plus, it’s nice to finally get to use Creative Commons CC0. All of my Pixabay images are free to download and use for commercial and personal use. No attribution required. While tips can be given to Pixabay creators, they are not required.

Night Swim

I like to think that releasing my work to the creative community for free is a way to build up karma. Someday, I’ll be walking through a market and maybe I’ll recognize the graphics on a book cover as mine.

If anyone I know uses any of my work in any projects, send me a photo. I’d love to see our collaboration.

As I write this, I have six more images in the Pixabay queue being reviewed. You can find my profile on Pixabay here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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