For the last few days we’ve all been shifting to a nocturnal schedule so we can work night shift at Amazon. Tonight is my first night, and I’m excited.

I love the whole Amazon culture so far. The factory is clean, bright and comfortable. Everything is organized and efficient. The pay is fantastic, so everyone walks around happy. On top of that, there are all sorts of games, contests and other incentives to make the day pass by fast.

We are all working a reduced time schedule, meaning we work three, 12 hour days a week (unless there is overtime) and take the rest of the week off. This sounds perfect to me. I have four solid days to write and I still won’t be a broke author.

We will see how the nocturnal lifestyle fits us. Last time I did this my mood turned pretty dark after two weeks, but I was also under a lot of stress and had no sleep longer than three hour increments. This time I have been able to sleep plenty ahead of this shift change.

Looking forward to this new adventure!

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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