For reasons I don’t wish to disclose, I changed the name of my YouTube podcast from Spilling the Ink to Exercise Your Writes. Like a phoenix, a new name rises from the ash. It doesn’t matter why I changed it… the thing that impressed me is how easy it was to change it—thanks to technology.

The new write up says that I don’t believe in boring people exist, and this is true. Everyone I have ever met has had something interesting to share. I’ve wondered a few times what inspired me to produce this show. I mispronounce words, I say goofy things and I can’t seem to look polished if I tried. It comes down to curiosity. Doing this gives me free rein to be nosy.

I just released episode 8 and I’m booked until mid-July. I’m testing a second show on Wednesdays to see if there is enough demand. Guests have included petsitters, poets, professors and everyone in between. Access to these narratives is essential for writers who want to write authentically. We need different perspectives to give our created worlds depth.

The EXERCISE YOUR WRITES YouTube podcast (formerly Spilling the Ink) is full of different perspectives along with book and writer gossip, weird challenges, inspiration, poetry, and the company of your fellow book nerds. From industry veterans to fresh voices, watch and comment live each Saturday at 2 p.m. CST.

And if you enjoy what you see, please subscribe!

Season One guests include:

Amy Zoellers, Pete Kelly, Laura Duerrwaechter, Ryan Aussie Smith, Anton Cancre, Lee Murray, Eric Shapiro, ChatGPT AI, A.F. Stewart, Daniel M. Kimmel & Amanda Hayden.

Upcoming guests to include:

Colleen Anderson, Kyle Toucher, Amanda Worthington, Maxwell I. Gold, Ai Jiang, Nina D’Arcangela, Celine Murray, Alma Katsu, Linda D. Addison, Maxwell I. Gold, Alex Davis, Harold Hull, Senah Saferight Lloyd, & Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito.

In support of READ FOR PIXELS 2023

One generous donor to The Pixel Project will be able to claim the May 20th guest spot for a $250 donation. For details:

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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