As of tonight, I’m over halfway on Inujini, my current work in progress. I had no idea how hard this would be. Besides being my first novel, it’s my first historical fiction and will be my first screenplay as soon as I’m done but that’s not the hard part. Life has thrown everything at us this month—see the list below 😲

Right now if I stay on a 2,500 word daily goal I’ll still finish on time. I’ll do what it takes to get it done.

Since I started writing Inujini on June 23:

  1. Lost an old friend.
  2. Husband shot with a pellet gun.
  3. Son went to ER for abdominal pain.
  4. Son caught COVID.
  5. I caught COVID—the horrible version.
  6. Husband caught COVID—the horrible version.
  7. Family member passed away.
  8. Beloved pet passed away.
  9. Bitten by a brown recluse.

I also have 12 students, 2 mentees, Space & Time open submissions, and the HWA Poetry Showcase to wrap up. So far, all the hardships seem to have passed and I’m back on my usual track. All I’ll say on the recent streak of bad luck… glad that’s over.

Now, on to the finish line—or as close to as possible.

Finally able to get to the post office and mail some poetry postcards!

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at

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