FT Writer Life: Month #2

Bree has been teaching me how to look like a horror writer.

What’s it like to be a full time writer? That’s like asking what’s it like to be a man or a woman. No one has a definitive answer—it’s different for everyone. I can tell you, however, what it’s like for me.

Month two of writing full time has been much better despite some major apartment moves and buying a house. The first month was more stressful as I felt like I needed to jump right in and be writing every minute to justify my existence. This month hasn’t had that pressure—that I’ve noticed anyway.

Despite all the rush of packing and unpacking I can feel the creative flow happening again and I feel solidly back in my own skin. I just finished some big projects hoping to set Bitter Suites up for a Stoker notice, entered it in 2018 Book Pipeline Competition, wrote a short story for Fright Club, finished my piece for Ladies of Horror, did a page layout for Evolving Magazine, added to the poetry collection I’m putting together for 2019, finished edits for R. A. Smith’s upcoming dark fantasy… I’m feeling good about this last month.

I look forward to closing out 2018 on a strong note. I’m finding the rhythm of this new non-schedule. I’ve experienced some of the pitfalls (my bathrobe!) and some of the great joys (dropping everything to follow some side inspiration when the muse calls). It’s intensely rewarding to spend hours writing.

What’s coming next month? We will probably be moving yet again before the year is through, but this time to our new house. We should soon have some idea of what our book and absinthe tour looks like next year. On Nov. 15 I’ll be opening up submissions for another round of exquisite corpse. On the 20th I’ll be raving all about what it was like to meet Neil Gaiman in person and soon after reviewing his newest book Art Matters.

I’ll close with some news… Remember when I said I’d give away a $100 Amazon gift card when I reached 50 reviews on Amazon? Well, forget it. I’m tired of trying not to spend this gift card. I’ve changed it to when Bitter Suites reaches 20 reviews. With 11 reviews up, that means I’m giving it away after just nine more reviews. Find out all about that giveaway here. 

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 SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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