ZineWriMo Days 27-29

When your zine cat knows you’ve had a rough weekend…

Hello, dear and wonderful zine friends! I hope this Monday finds you well. As you may have already noticed, I wasn’t able to put up a Happy Mail Monday today. It has been a full on day with appointments and things. It’s late in the afternoon, and I’m still going strong with my to-do list. The recent changes in border restrictions here in Australia led to a lot of changes I needed to make personally, all of which have been very time consuming.

I plan on doing Happy Mail Monday tomorrow, but I need to leave a little wiggle room with that due to another appointment tomorrow. I am hoping that, after this week, I will have a completely normal and mundane month of December.

That said, let’s get on with ZineWriMo!

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ZineWriMo Day 26 – Set Your Zine Free

Hello and happy Friday, zine friends! And what a beautiful Friday it is. The sun is shining and the breeze is refreshing here in this little patch of Oz. What a beautiful day for sharing.

Set Your Zine Free – Give away your zine or leave it somewhere to be found

As much as I would love to send out as many physical copies of my zines all around the world… postage is what it is. However, I would still like to set my zines free. So from here until the end of the month (and probably a little longer as I tend to forget these things), you can get a copy of the very first 24 Hour Zine Thing in PDF form by clicking on the link here:

24 Hour Zine Thing 1

Please enjoy and have an absolutely beautiful weekend.

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*Hadass
*Gettsr
*A Peaceful Homemaker
*Echo Publishing
*Warglitter
*KT Mayflower
*r28 Zines
*Caroline

ZineWriMo Day 25 – Warm Up – Write To A Friend

Hello, hello, and hello, my dear and wonderful zine friends. Happy Thursday and happy day all around. Today we have a ZineWriMo prompt filled with awesome feels in the form of…

Warm Up – Write To A Friend

I am always about spreading the positivity and good feels, and today is definitely about that. I’m a paper and pen kind of woman, but regardless of whether you type up an email or text, write a little note, or post a letter, a few positive words to a friend can go a long way. Today I sat down to write about some life joys in the paper and pen way to a dear friend whom I have known for a long time.

Even though I am a paper and pen kind of woman, I must admit that the longer letter style did have my hands aching just a wee bit afterwards. But it’s so worth it in my eyes. It felt good to write a letter. I know I will be handwriting the November Missive From Murray Bridge as well.

Did you write to someone today? Do you prefer a text? Email? A handwritten letter?

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*Hadass
*Gettsr
*A Peaceful Homemaker
*Echo Publishing
*Warglitter
*KT Mayflower
*r28 Zines
*Caroline

ZineWriMo Day 20 – Make a Zine – Blackout Poetry

Hello zine friends, and hello weekend. Unless it’s not your weekend. If so, hello Saturday! After missing the last make a zine day, I was excited to get into things today and extra excited because I like blackout poetry.

Make a Zine – Blackout Poetry

If you’re not familiar, blackout poetry is taking an existing piece of text – usually from a book or a newspaper – and redacting or blacking out some of the words to create your own poetry.

I decided to create a poem out of one of my favourite quotes from Washington Irving.

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”

― Washington Irving

I want to poke away at how it looks, but I was actually pleasantly surprised at how the poem turned out. I was worried that something so short wouldn’t bring about something I liked, but I was so happy to be wrong. I quite like it.

Did you make a zine today? Did you try some blackout poetry?

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*Hadass
*Gettsr
*A Peaceful Homemaker
*Echo Publishing
*Warglitter
*KT Mayflower
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ZineWriMo Day 19 – Zine Wiki Day!

Happy Friyay, dear zine friends. Even though it’s not technically my ‘weekend’, there’s still a special little sparkle to Fridays. Let’s see what we have for today’s prompt!

Create and/or update your ZineWiki pages

For a few years (I believe) Zine Wiki has been experiencing problems and there was a bit a stir trying to find who ran it and figure out how to fix it. It has been up and running in its new shiny glory for a while, but I still wanted to include a ZineWiki Day just in case anyone hadn’t been there yet or (gasp!) heard of it.

Even though I got into playing with HTML when I was pretty young, I still found the ZineWiki to be a little intimidating to start with. Mostly because I didn’t want to do anything wrong! However, a deep breath and a little looking around later, I found my groove again.

If you are familiar with Wikis – or even if you are but want to brush up on your skills – then I highly recommend checking out the editing pages help and have a play around with things until you feel comfortable.

Another tip for learning the codes a bit faster: Check out other complete page (especially ones with elements you like) and press the edit tab to get familiar with the codes. You can even copy things from one page into a new page or page that you are editing.

I could have sworn that I’d set up a page for myself way back, but I couldn’t find me. (Be sure to search for the page you are looking for before creating a new one.) I do love a fresh start, however, so I happily got a start on my page. Yes, only a start though. I updated the Dear Anonymous and Dear Cupcake pages as well as getting a start on my page, but there are many pages to go! I’m so excited.

Let me know if you set up/updated a ZineWiki page.

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*Hadass
*Gettsr
*A Peaceful Homemaker
*Echo Publishing
*Warglitter
*KT Mayflower
*r28 Zines
*Caroline

ZineWriMo Day 18 – Warm Up – Stream of Consciousness Writing

Hello and happy Thursday, zine friends. I don’t know about you, but I feel well and truly out of sorts. Today is Thursday? Thank goodness for calendars because I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what day it is. And thank goodness for the prompts list for today’s prompt.

Day 18 – Warm Up – Stream of Consciousness Writing – No thinking, just writing

I have a lot of feels happening at the moment, so the timing of this prompt ended up being so very good. There’s something about just writing my heart out that is somehow exhausting and yet so satisfying at the same time. For me, it’s pushing against the wall of ‘should’ – should be good writing, should be pretty writing, should stay positive, show not write anything negative – to get past it and to real, raw thoughts.

Even better, you can make a ritual of it. You can keep the writing, tear up the writing, burn the writing (my favourite), or a multitude of other things.

So give yourself plenty of time and space to write things out (but there is a time and place to stop if you go to dark places!) and explore your mind.

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*Hadass
*Gettsr
*A Peaceful Homemaker
*Echo Publishing
*Warglitter
*KT Mayflower
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*Caroline

PS. Now I can’t get this song out of my head:

ZineWriMo Days 16 & 17 – Updates and WIP

Day 16 – The Halfway Update – Write/share about your progress and how things are going

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m a little late to the halfway update, but I wouldn’t be Nyx if I wasn’t late to at least a little something every now and then.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had the time away, which threw off my schedule a little bit. But not in a bad way. I’m still pretty much organised with Dear Anonymous 9 and simply have to go about putting it together now, printing, sewing, and then sending it out to contributors as well as other friends too. I had originally set my goal as getting DA9 put together on the computer, but I think I’m going to push all the way to the send out. I don’t know if I can manage to do that financially and I hesitate to do so now that we’re into the holiday mail crush, so we will see. They might be going out early next year.

All planning, planning, but I do so love planning. I’m an admin kind of girl at heart. ❤

Day 17 – Work in Progress Wednesday

Honestly? I didn’t do anything today. Haha. Okay, so I did a few things, including go to the doctor, but I didn’t do a heck of a lot and didn’t work on my WIP.

Sometimes I really hate having a weak immune system. Even good things and good stresses can make me sick. It’s all energy expended, it’s all stress on the body, so even the purest form of happiness can leave me in bed and recovering for days.

If you’ve ever wondered why I don’t get out more and don’t do more, it’s mostly the social anxiety but also this. A great night out with friends can leave me sick. This time, a somewhat impromptu trip away that was filled with the most wonderful things and absolute happiness now has me back home and on antibiotics.

That’s life though, and we can only try our best to navigate life’s waters. I am immensely grateful to be part of a community that, even if you don’t all quite understand what it’s like to have the immune system strength of a wet paper bag, you’re all still incredibly supportive of me doing whatever I need to do to be a healthy, happy human.

Onward and upward. Spread that sunshine!

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ZineWriMo Catch Up Days 9 -15

Hello and warm greetings, zine friends!

I apologise for the sudden radio silence here on the blog. I needed some time away and intended to post that I was heading off, but I simply ran out of time. Not exactly ideal in ZineWriMo, but life happens as it will.

As there’s no happy mail to share with you today and it’s also the “Halfway – Your day, your way” point of ZineWriMo, I think today is the perfect day for some catching up!

Day 9 – Inspiration Station – Write/share about zines/makers that inspire you

I am always a big supporter of spreading sunshine, and a great way to do that is to let people know when they have a positive impact on your life.

I could list people all day for today’s prompt. There are so many zines and zinemakers that/who inspire me in so many different ways. Each person is bringing something new and unique into the world, which is one of the many beautiful things about zineverse.

Today I will list a few of the people who inspire me in so many different ways. Please check them all out!

*Feral Publication
*WarGlitter Zines
*Ryan of Pocket Thoughts
*Nina of Echo Publishing
*Hadass
*Crash

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ZineWriMo Day 8 – Organise Your Ideas – Create/show your zine ideas book

Hello and happy Monday, zine beans. Welcome back to another day of ZineWriMo. I feel so good having taken some time yesterday to relax and read some zines. Some time to myself is a surefire life and creative battery charger for me. On to a new week and a new prompt for the day.

Organise Your Ideas – Create/show your zine ideas book

As I have mentioned quite a few times at this point, I bullet journal and absolutely love the system. There are a few things, however, that I found myself moving from journal to journal. So, after about eight years of bullet journalling, I decided to finally make a ‘permanent/long term collections’ book.

It’s not a big, big book because I don’t store a lot of things in there. However, my zine ideas are now snuggled in all cosy-like along with things like book/movie/tv show recommendations and whatnot.

I’m super excited today (because I’m a big stationery nerd) to see how people are organising their zine ideas. Please feel free to tag me and/or link your posts in the comments.

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*Hadass
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