Call Out for Guest Zine Reviews + Guest Posts

If you’ve just popped in here, I won’t make you read past posts for context.

Wanderer, my husband, went to emergency on Monday and ended up getting surgery for a ruptured and abscessed appendix that night. The next morning, he was in great spirits. He was making great progress already drinking water and juice, and he was talking about getting out early.

Tuesday afternoon, things started taking a turn, and he had to go back on IV fluids. I won’t go into the other details, but they’re not sure what’s wrong, and a second surgery is a very real possibility. He’s in a lot of pain and is exhausted.

I was able to visit him a little earlier today, but this morning was very painful and terrifying for him. He doesn’t like me to sit there when he sleeps, so I respected his wishes and left so he could rest.

While I have the time – at the time I’m writing this – I simply do not have the mind for much of anything, let alone zine reviews. All I can seem to think about or write about is him. He could be in the hospital for weeks.

Here is my call out:

If you have a zine review or would like to write one, I will post it here. It doesn’t matter if you’re reviewing something I’ve already reviewed or if you’ve never reviewed before. I’m flexible with pretty much every aspect. But if you work well with parameters:

*100 – 400+ words
*An image of the zine you’re reviewing (you don’t have to have an image with guest post(s))
*If you want to share a guest post, just make sure it’s zine related. Even if you’re talking about how you found zines.
*Up to five posts, so you can do a multi-part series if you like
*Sign off with your name/pseudonym and any URLs you want to share
*Email the lot to theauthor(at)inkyblots.com
*I make no promises about email response times, but I will do my best

 

**Saturday and Sunday posts were already scheduled, so they will remain the same as always**

**You can still send calls for submissions, but please don’t be disappointed if they are urgent, and I don’t get to them in time.**

Done, Doing, Dreaming – Spring? Is That You?

I had most of this typed up before everything happened with Wanderer, hence any potentially confusing references. Any positive thoughts are appreciated. He’s made it through surgery but is experiencing complications, so it’s a very tense time.

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The weather is ever so slowly improving here, and I am eagerly soaking up whatever sunshine I’m able to. Wanderer and I have been running plenty of errands, too, and I can’t resist showing you some gorgeous street art we happened to pass by.

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How cool of the artist to point out the best spot for photos.

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Done

*I’ve updated the Zine Review Index as well as my Zine Wishlist. A little early (as I usually do it at the end of the month/beginning of the next), but I was in an energetic mood. (SPRING!)
*I’ve also taken a heap of pictures to go with my upcoming post series on zines – from idea to sale. More cleanup in Photoshop to do.

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Doing

A lot of the ‘doing’ stuff is a repeat from last week because Everything that has hit the fan.

*Dear Anonymous 5, DCMC 5, and DAFUQ aren’t listed on Etsy yet, but they will be soon.
*If you hadn’t already heard, We Make Zines – the place for all things zine – is closing down at the end of this month due to a dramatic rise in cost. I’m not able to do much, but if you know about coding and site migration, be sure to stop by this thread and let Quasifesto know that you’re willing to help out.
*I’m doing the maths on the badge machine as I get closer to being able to afford it. At $380AUD, if I sold badges at $2AUD a pop, I’d have to sell 190 badges to break even. Then there’s breaking even on the cost of materials above that. Usually I’m such a dreamer and would just jump in, but I’m getting more cautious these days. Hm.

Dreaming

*This week I’m dreaming up ways to bring in some extra cash here and there. Such is life.

I…

Wanderer has been sick for a while. Just after getting past a massive flu, he started having gut problems, and it’s been a rough path for him from here.

Today we took him to the GP, who sent us to the emergency department. After tests and ruling out other possibilities, we found out that he has a partially ruptured appendix. When that news came, it was all about prepping him to go into the operating theatre as soon as possible.

I’m not allowed to be there when he wakes up. So I’m just home, doing the only thing I know to do at this point – write.

As I have the time now, I’ll say that I might need a few days hiatus. I might not need any. I don’t know. I don’t know how any of all this will work. Wanderer has barely ever been to the doctor since we’ve known each other. This is the first time he’s been to emergency since I’ve known him and the first surgery he’s had since he was a kid. They’re supposed to call when it’s all done to let me know how it went.

I hope that you can bear with me for the time being. It could change nothing here. It could mean silence for a little while. I’ll try not for the latter.

Thank you.

Happy Mail – Big Box Edition

It’s been a big week for happy mail! I am so excited and so happy to receive such great mail from people outside Australia. I know postage stinks, so that makes it doubly heartfelt.

First up is a trade from PunkRawkDude on Tumblr.

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I haven’t read the zine yet, but on glance through, I am impressed. There is some serious cut and paste goodness happening in here. Definitely check it out.

Next comes from my regular zine trade friend, Fishspit. He once again wins all things when it comes to envelope art.

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There is all kinds of mail goodness happening in here. Zine, letter, tape, etc. Fishspit is awesome because, when he doesn’t have a zine of his own ready to go, he sends me zines made by his friends.

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Tiny hamster! In a previous envelope, Fishspit sent me an adorable tiny (sea)green zine cat. And now he has a friend in the tiny hamster. So cute. They’re on my desk next to my tiny TARDIS.

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As he so nicely put it, I’m a bit lost when it comes to music, so he’s taken it upon himself to educate me. This is the second mix tape he’s sent along for my education.

Last up comes a huge care package from none other than my sister-from-another-mister in the States, Black Wolf. She really outdid herself AND was kind enough to play courier so I could save on postage with some zines from Microcosm Publishing.

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There’s not a lot out there that I love more than this moment when I start to see what goodies are in store…

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Stuuuuff. Black Wolf definitely knows how to send a care package. She made this one a special birthday edition care package with some of my favourites – M&Ms! (Crispy forever.) There is a huge stack of zines as well as books courtesy of Microcosm Publishing being very generous to me as well as the John Truby book from Amazon. The little princess bags on the right are from my niece’s birthday. I can’t be there in person, but they make it so it’s like I was.❤

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This pin! Oh, this pin. I cannot clearly express how much I love this pin.

As always with happy mail, I am feeling so grateful to everyone who is willing to trade with me, send me zines, send me other happy mail stuff. Postage costs are not easy to deal with, even inside Australia, so I hope you know how happy it makes me to see anything in my post box.