Stephanie Ellis of The Horror Tree wrote a review of Inujini that blows me away. Such well-considered and beautiful observations about the story… this was a gift. All we want as authors is to be read. When someone takes that time it makes all the difference. Thank you. Read that review here.

Kerry E.B. Black was also kind enough to take the time and leave a review up on Goodreads. Again, a beautiful review that leaves me at a loss for how to express my appreciation. I love that both reviews focus on the point of the novel: what happened on Okinawa to the indigenous people. What happens still. Thank you. Read that review here.

Authortunities #40 Dec. 23—Jan. 20 is posted. This issue introduces a new illustration style that I created along with a character: Arthur Toonity. He’s a raccoon, of course, natural foragers and opportunists. I also announce the videos selected for the first Exercise Your Writes show of 2024, back on my channel and in a new format. Next issue he will debut in his first comic strip (and mine!) but there may be something coming out on Christmas Day. Read the latest Authortunities here.

I also had the pleasure of chatting with Lisa Timpf yesterday and she was gracious enough to give me a tour of her “For Laika” poetry exhibit in Second Life. Afterwards we talk about some of the ways artists can reach more readers through virtual platforms and show real examples. If you ever wondered what it looks like in a virtual world, come tour with us. You can watch that here.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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