Let the October—& Work—Begin!

Celebrated 8 years together!

Time to stop being lazy. I’ve had a wonderful and relaxing two weeks with Mr. Smith on an impromptu stay-cation. The only outside work we’ve been doing has been selling absinthe kits for Le Loup Garou Alchemy at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival on the weekends.

We celebrated eight years of being married on Sept. 27th. Through the weekdays we did a lot of sleeping in, watching movies and taking walks. The weekends have been exciting as we take on medieval personalities of a witch and a witcher and meet hordes of festive friends.

I did a little other work during our holiday. I wrote a story for November’s Simplykc and did an article layout for Evolving Magazine. You can see my two page layout here for Evolving on pages 14-15 with Issuu.

I’m am behind a lot. I didn’t plan on taking a vacation from the computer, but turns out it was needed and I am back refreshed and excited to get on with things. The reviews for Bitter Suites contest is still in effect. Only 41 reviews to go before I give away a $100 Amazon gift card! Full details here.

The monthly Exquisite Corpse has gone off the rails, but it’s not forgotten. I’ll be reining that in and getting it back on the slab very soon. New projects are underway, the work on Altars & Oubliettes and Suite and Sour continues, and a cross country book tour is in the works for 2018.

Thanks for not deserting me while the cobwebs took over here!

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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2 Responses to Let the October—& Work—Begin!

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Hurrah for you guys –a stay-cation at home is perfect, IMHO. Also you won’t catch a virus or cold from some stranger. I read that Amazon has raised its pay rates. How do you feel about that, after working there and quitting? I know you won’t answer on your blog, but that’s okay!

    • Oh, I don’t mind answering at all. It’s about time they pay more. Awhile back I read a quote from Bezos discussing how they demand the very best from employees, more than other companies. All I could think of at the time was—Then why do you pay the least?

      We have people working at our Fulfillment Center that work 12 hour shifts at night but still can’t afford a car. They take the city bus, adding an hour or two of travel time onto the already exhausting evening. Some can barely afford food so they work the grueling schedule with empty stomachs. During my time, having people pass out, vomit in the bins and urinate on themselves all happened. I saw it.

      Kudos to Bezos for taking this move, even if it feels like the result of media pressure rather than good will. They are also having some difficulties hiring new people to replace the high turnover rate, so that’s probably another reason.

      As for me leaving, I’m still happy with that decision. My career choice is to focus on my writing. Money only buys happiness until the basic needs are taken care of. Writing makes me happy all the time. I still think I made the right choice for me.

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