Occupying My Mind

I know I haven’t been there for ages, and I’m not sure if anyone is listening anymore. That’s okay; I wouldn’t blame anyone for that. Illness and depression took me away from zine making for a long space of time, and even I am hesitant to now say that I am back for the long haul.

But that’s what inspiration does; it grabs you and forces you to pay attention…

I am tentatively thinking about putting together an ‘Occupy Melbourne’ zine, so if you attended that or an Occupy movement near you, please leave a comment. I’d love to get some quotes, pictures, letters, etc.

Here are some pictures from Day One of Occupy Melbourne.

Silence Will Fall

Double points if you know where that quote is from…

Instead of posting one of those ‘oh, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while’ things that no one likes, I’m just going to say, ‘Hey! Still around!’

I’ve done a smidge of updating here with new pages up top and a new link in the side. If I know you (in any way, really, even through ‘we make zines’) and you think I need to have your link in my sidebar, let me know.

More reviews, news and purple mouse coming up soon.

Dear Anonymous & The Perfect Pocket Guinness Guide

I am so happy to have finished my first zines and have them out there in the world. Today I sent out a stack of envelopes to contributors, trades and some surprises for sendsomething.net. Both are available at my etsy shop, but I think most of this first print run will go on trades and such. Haha. I don’t mind that at all. I need to stock up my zine collection!

I’m in that weird moment now where I’m thinking ‘what’s next…?’ as far as my next zine goes. I’ll put a formal call for submissions for Dear Anonymous V2 soon, but I’d like to work on something else as well.

But, until I decide what’s what, pictures!

Purple moose loves Guinness and The Perfect Pocket Guinness Guide.

My First Owned Zine

If there is anything I have learned during my snooping around zine creators and communities is just that; it’s a community! So what better way to start getting to know the community than by buying some zines!

There are plenty of places to get zines for free or for trade, but I like supporting zine makers when and where I can. Etsy is a good place to find quite a variety of zines if you don’t care to join wemakezines.ning.com right now. It’s through Etsy that I bought my first zine that came in the mail. Yay!

Bum buh da dah!

The Nutella Cookbook by Anna Williams
Buy it at Etsy!

As a maker of awesome peanutellas (peanut butter and nutella bikkies), this zine was a natural buy for me. I love the result, too. The whole thing looks great and I can’t wait to try out the recipes.

I will be featuring each and every zine I receive, trade for, buy, etc here on the blog. So while I don’t have a finished zine for trading at the moment, just let me know in the comments if you are up for a future trade.

The purple moose approves!

Starting Out

I’ve had a fascination with zines since I discovered them a few years back. It was more of a passing affection at first like smiling at the cute guy you see on the bus every morning but never bothering to take it further than that. We’ll I’ve plucked up my confidence and am asking zine making out on a date. (Workable metaphor? Maybe.)

A few years back (yeah, again), I started a project called ‘Dear Anonymous’ that was Post Secret-esque in that people sent me anonymous letters to other people. I put it up on a blog and went from there. Looking back, I didn’t give it enough time to take off. I was getting few emails – even with friends sending me their letters – and I didn’t want to use anything of mine lest certain people in my life recognize my writing. So the blog died.

But now I’m back with my passion for zines re-ignited and with a feeling that my Dear Anonymous project could be perfect for a zine. I want to make other zines, but DA has always been so close to my heart that it only seems appropriate to start with it.

I want to set up an email for receiving letters to put in the zine, so on and so forth, but we’ll see where we go from here. Leave me a comment if you’ve read this far and there is a letter – long or short – that you’d like to write to your ‘anonymous’. Just remember to make up names (if you want).