I sat down to write this post about what have I been working on this week and all I could think was… what haven’t I been working on this week? I’ve been busy with the magazine and my quest to merge and simplify my life. I’ve been trying to figure out this concept of cohesive branding. I finally started that newsletter I’ve been promising for the last decade. I’ve been making a lot of mistakes while I learn Substack. Much ink has been spilt.

I’m told working on 10 things at once is part of being neurodivergent. This week I looked up the textbook definition of “neurodivergent” and read:

Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”


So all I can think of when I read a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal” is what exactly are they trying to say? Either all my friends “diverge significantly” or the concept of normal is a lie. The whole world seems neurodivergent to me.

There is a really cool thing about all this neurodivergence. I get to use “ND” in regards to myself, ND being a slang way of saying the obnoxiously longer word, neurodivergent. That essentially makes me an ND indie. 😅This has entertained me all day. Being entertained by this is probably me “diverging significantly” again, but if we all diverge together aren’t we now “normal” by default of the majority?

Also diverging today is Amy Zoeller’s long time 3rd Sunday Poetry Show that started out as a Live on Instagram in 2020. Her live spawned everything I am doing with talk shows, poetry videos and podcasts. Now, she is diverging it to YouTube. I’ll be her co-host today at 2 pm CST, and you can watch it here.

Angela Yuriko Smith

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. She shares a weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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