Writer Life: The First Month

A month ago I walked away from the day job life again to pursue the full time writer life. So far I’ve done two magazine layouts, written one business spotlight story for another magazine and done a lot of editing on Mr. Smith’s dark fantasy tome. I’ve written a few poems, started blogging again and taken notes for Suite & Sour.

Here’s one of the poems I recently wrote, inspired by the very real relationship I have with my computer. We have a complex understanding of what is expected from us. I have been accused of over working my machines, but I don’t believe that’s true. Every computer I’ve ever had has loved the challenge. I expect the best from my work partners.

“The best” is two open windows with an average of eight active tabs on each, half finished 20 layer project open in Photoshop, three Facebook chat windows, Youtube playing something and multiple active email conversations. That really isn’t asking for a lot. Computers that can’t handle that on a daily, 12-14 hour basis need to look for another commitment.

I think this current machine has started looking. It’s the beginning of the end for us… hence the poem.

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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4 Responses to Writer Life: The First Month

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Don’t we hate it when that happens!!!!!!!!!! yep!!!

  2. Marge Simon says:

    did you recover some of it, Angela?

    • And yes, I started working in Google Docs a few years ago and it auto saves every change so I really only lost a few comments and half a blog post. I was being dramatic.

      Now the situation that prompted me to swap to Google Docs was very traumatic. I lost all the manuscripts to all my earlier stuff, so for many of my books what’s on Amazon is it, I can’t change it without some major work. But I learned my lesson then so this wasn’t much more than some mild grousing.

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