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's work is published in print and online publications, including “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4 and “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. Her novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® finalist. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. All her books are available on Amazon. Currently, she publishes Space and Time Magazine, a 52 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit
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One Response to Deep in the Crazy

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Angela, I sure relate! As Vonnegut would say(has said) “So it goes.”!!

    Hang in there! And me, too.

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