Deep in the Crazy

Last night’s entertainment…

I am in the middle of a million things this week—family in town, prepping for the Bitter Suites book release for July 13, the regular 40+ hour work week (now with drama!), a visual art show, the upcoming Crypticon, the HWA writing group homework, a second round of mailing SFPA books, my Ladies of Horror submission—and I lost last night due to a power outage.

Since it was dark in the house, we decided to just go to bed early and get up the same. After four hours I woke up stressed and with a sore throat but at least the power was finally back on. I sat down at the computer to finish some things, wondering how I had gotten so busy. Deja vu struck. I’ve been here before…

And I will do what I normally do when overwhelmed. Duck down, assess and start shoveling. And I’ll get it all done. And I will promise not to get myself so bogged down with busy work again and focus on what matters to me. People I love, and writing.

And I’ll probably find myself having this same conversation again—some things I will probably learn when I hit my expiration date.

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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