Happy, happy November.

This is my favorite month of the year. It begins in the ashes of Halloween, with Samhain and Day of the Dead. It’s my birthday month and my personal new year. It’s when I generally try to step back and revaluate what’s working and put an axe into what isn’t. November is where I start planning for the next year.

One of the things I’m after is getting back into shape. While I know we have a long, dark winter ahead of us, I think by next Spring we will be back to our new normal. StokerCon and Camp Necon are already on the schedule. There’s a lot happening in 2023 and I don’t want to spend it huffing and puffing with my pandemic flab.

No Nanowrimo for me this year. I’ll be aiming to get the rest of Soft Deadlines up on Kindle Vella. Remember last year when I tried to write a romance for Nanowrimo but the best I could do was a paranormal dark humor about a blue, Australian incubus named Duncan who was too tired out to perform? Yep, it’s been done for ages. I just wanted to give it a little polish before I posted it all.

In other news, yesterday was officially Book Release Day for the Don’t Break the Oath Women of Horror anthology Vol.4. Edited by Jill Girardi and Janine Pipewriter and with foreword by Meghan Arcuri-Moran (Vice President, Horror Writers Association) Available on Amazon Kindle and Paperback, Kobo, Apple Books/iTunes and Nook (Barnes and Noble). To Purchase: books2read.com/brokenoath

This book includes my story “Perfect Girlfriend” as well as stories from:

Jessica Burgess
R.A. Busby
Holley Cornetto
Tracy Cross
Cassie Daley
Ariel Dodson
Melissa Ashley Hernandez
Alyson Faye
Sheela Kean
Kirby Kellogg
Cecilia Kennedy
K.P. Kulski
Caryn Larrinaga
Marie McWilliams
Charlotte Platt
Samantha Ortiz
Lydia Prime
Jennifer Soucy
Anna Taborska
Sonora Taylor
Roxie Voorhees
C.C. Winchester

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 authortunities.substack.com.

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