ZineWriMo Day 7 – Refill the Well – Do something for your creative self

There’s something so lovely about a quiet Sunday you can spend refilling your creative well and generally being nice to yourself.

Today we have:

Refill the Well – Do something for your creative self

For me, today is all about relaxing with my collection of zines to read. I have so much to do, but down time is important, too. So I’m off to relax and read some zine goodness.

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.

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Stop by and say hello to other participants:

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

ZineWriMo Day 6 – Make a Zine – Stream of Creativity – Don’t think! Let loose with words, art, etc.

Hello, zine friends! I was so ready for a weekend, and mine is already flying by. But time flies when you are having fun, and I had fun with today’s ZineWriMo prompt.

Today we have:

Make a Zine – Stream of Creativity – Don’t think! Let loose with words, art, etc.

I have a particularly hard time shutting off my brain most of the time, so today was a hard push to get into. But when I relaxed, it was so nice.

For a while, all I wanted to do was doodle flowers, so I did! They’re weird kind of doodle flowers, but I like them and make them all over in my bullet journal as well. But as I made more and more flowers, I began thinking about spring, which we are currently enjoying in the land of Oz at the moment.

I then followed my urge to write, so I folded up the mini to hide the flowers inside and then went on to write about spring… in cursive! I don’t often write in cursive, but it felt nice to do so in this mini. I should use cursive more often. It’s fun.

I don’t think this is a zine that I will be making copies of, but I believe some of the art that we make should be made just for ourselves. For the pleasure of doing it.

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone creates today – if you care you share of course!

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Stop by and say hello to other participants:

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

Day 5 – Connect With Other Zinemakers

Happy Friday, zine friends, and happy day five of ZineWriMo! I am so ready for the weekend and so ready for making my first ZWM mini zine tomorrow. But today we have…

Connect with other zinemakers

It’s a huge part of making zines and being part of the zineverse – connecting with other zinemakers! There are so many ways to get to know and connect with other zinemakers.

On Instagram, I have been using the #zinewrimo and #zwm2021 hashtags on my posts. I’m not active on Twitter, but I’m sure you can use those there as well.

Facebook has quite a few different options, starting with the Zine Love Page.

There are groups as well, including one group just for ZineWriMo.

Zines Australia is a stop for Australian zinemakers (or, perhaps, anyone looking to connect with Aussies?).

Zines A Go Go is a zine group that has been going for a long time and will, with any luck, keep going for a long time to come.

There’s also the Zine Club.

That Monthly Zine Project

We Make Zines is the former Ning where I got started on my zine journey many years ago. It may look different, but oh the nostalgia…

Have I missed any zine spaces? Please let me know.

There is also the list of participants that I post at the end of each ZWM post (and add to – so please get in touch if you’re joining in but aren’t on the list!). Click on the links and go say hello!

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

ZineWriMo Day 3 – Work in Progress Wednesday

Okay, so technically it’s Thursday, but a little catching up never did much harm, did it? Haha. Even if it is a rather boring catch up.

Today we have:

Work on your Work In Progress

Unfortunately, my work in progress ended up being me, who managed to get a cold. That’s what I get for pulling a few too many early mornings after late nights. A lot of rest time later, and I’m feeling so much closer to human again. Now to get back on track!

How did your work in progress go? Some people mentioned they are still brainstorming while others have already picked their focus for the month.

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Stop by and say hello to other participants:

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

ZineWriMo Day 2 – Plan It Out – Decide on what you want to do this month

Hello Tuesday! We’re certainly already off and running this month. At least, I certainly feel like it. Why did I dislike naps as a kid? I always want naps now as an adult. Hahaha. So what are we doing on this glorious second day of ZineWriMo?

Today we have:

Plan It Out – Decide on what you want to do this month (and how you’re going to do it)

I must confess that I was a touch cheeky with this one. I actually moved into a new planner for the rest of the year on the weekend, so I made myself a ZineWriMo calendar and was already thinking about what I want to do for this month.

That started with an extra calendar in my bullet journal just for ZineWriMo.

The main thing I will be working on – and what I will be focusing on for my Work In Progress Wednesdays – is putting together and finishing Dear Anonymous 9. This zine has been such a long time in coming, that is for sure. A recent submission from a friends for it really lit a fire under me and made me want to focus on getting it done. (That said, if you want to sneak in a submission for it, you have a couple weeks left!)

There is a tonne of other things that I’d like to accomplish this month. However, I’m trying to live by my intentions for ZineWriMo and have as little stress as possible. If it turns out I can do more, awesome. But DA9 is my goal, and I am happy with that.

What are your plans for ZineWriMo this year?

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Stop by and say hello to other participants:

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

ZineWriMo Day 1 – Brainstorms & Thought Gardens

We are here! I am not quite sure how we got to November so fast, but it has arrived, and it’s time to get our zine on!

Today we have:

Brainstorms & Thought Gardens – Get those ideas going

Off the top of my head, I’m not sure how many years I have been using this exact title for the first day. But I still love it. I love a good thunderstorm, and I love the visual of ideas being plants in a garden that we can nurture, grow, and help spread. The type of garden you have is up to you. Perhaps you are a careful planter, keeping your ideas organised in beautiful, neat rows. Or perhaps you’re a wild gardener, throwing seeds around to grow and sprout where they may.

I’d say it’s possible I have thought too much about this, but I love the visual so much that it doesn’t really matter if I have. Haha.

I have so many ideas for zines! Oh my gosh. A new perzine series, a perzine for what has been happening since Don’t Call Me Cupcake 10, some collaboration ideas… However, there are a few zines that have been ready to start cooking for a while, and I simply haven’t had or made the time to bring them to life. So that might be my focus for the month…

But today isn’t about decisions. Today is all about those beautiful seed ideas and starting them growing in whatever way pleases you best.

Do you have some storms and seeds starting in your mind?

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Stop by and say hello to other participants:

*Hadass

Welcome to ZineWriMo 2021

Hello Monday, hello November, and hello ZineWriMo! Welcome everyone to this year’s edition of ZineWriMo.

I am so excited – as usual – but especially excited because I know some people are discovering ZineWriMo for the first time! Hello to new ZineWriMo-ers too!

What’s ZineWriMo then?

If you’re not familiar, ZineWriMo is the zine alternative to NaNoWriMo created by Jasper (I no longer have any social links for them) a few years ago. I am another happy participant who decided to dive right in and create a prompts list for the occasion. I try to focus on a list that gives a bit of challenge but isn’t too stressful.

In Jasper’s words:

ZineWriMo is a new idea that came to me in wanting to combine the original NaNoWriMo and zines!

ZineWriMo is November! We focus on making one, or many, zines in November! Our only goal is to create zines, no word count requirement!

Dive in, join up, and let’s get ready to zine!

Here’s the list once more if you’d like it. Feel free to email me at seagreenzines@gmail.com if you’d like me to send you it in PDF form.

ZineWriMo is Coming!

ZineWriMo is coming!

November marks the start of ZineWriMo, the zine sibling to National Novel Writing Month. Grab your ZineWriMo list and get ready for some fun zine goodness with friends come next month.

Zine Review: Zines as Therapy

Zines as Therapy
October Stoner
https://www.stonerzines.com/https://www.instagram.com/stonerzines/

Zines as Therapy is a full-colour US-sized half-fold zine about the important and therapeutic role zines can play in someone’s life.

I really appreciated October opening this zine with making it clear that Zines as Therapy isn’t advocating zines as a complete replacement to therapy. Therapy can be an important tool for some people, and having more tools from which to choose is a good thing. Which is also why I love that someone made a zine on this topic.

Zines as Therapy opens with October writing about the importance of zines in sharing lesser known experiences as well as how zines can offer candid perspectives on these experiences. They can be used to share types of therapy (very valuable for those with little or no access to adequate therapy), share tips, as art therapy and more.

October also writes about creating zines as a way to process anger, and that certainly gave me a few zine ideas.

The zine has typed text on light colourful backgrounds, making it easy to read as well as pleasant to look at.

I quite enjoyed this zine. A zine about zines (love) with a therapy focus. What’s not to love? October’s writing style is direct while also adding in perzine/personal content that makes it feel even more relateable.

This is a good zine, and I’d definitely include it as a part of an “Intro to Zines” pack for someone.

ZineWriMo Day 30 – ZineWriMo Wrap Up: Blame It On 2020

Hello, happy Monday, and happy final day of ZineWriMo! We’re here! We made it and, from what I have seen and been told, we’ve had a great ZineWriMo.

Give and take a little. Haha.

ZineWriMo Wrap Up – Write/Zine about your ZineWriMo 2020

With the way this year has been going, I was a little bit nervous about ZineWriMo, but I was also excited to start creating. I knew I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t been creating much – if at all – this year, and ZWM was a great, low-stress, low pressure way to get going.

I didn’t finish the mini-zines, but the prompts proved to be an unexpected kind of inspiration, and it felt so very good to get started.

Of course, the 24 hour zine day was the big day. I was completely unprepared and loved every minute of it. I didn’t finish this either, but I smile so much thinking about this! Everyone was wonderful and supportive, the prompts were awesome and thought-provoking, and it was so much fun.

I was looking forward to finishing it before the month was out but…

Yep! I had to take a trip to emergency yesterday. I am okay and there are a few things yet to be worked out. I have been sleeping in between pokes and prods, but I’m resting at home and will have some answers soon. I’m so sorry about the silence around here.

It’s been an eventful month but, overall, a great one with plenty to look back on and smile. Did I accomplish all the goals I set at the beginning of the month? Nope! But that’s not what this is all about.

I hope everyone else had a great month. I’d love to see what you all did. I know there’s a problem with my comments section here, so feel free to tag me on Instagram and/or email me your blog post links at seagreenzines@gmail.com

Until next time, spread a little sunshine…

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Other Participants:

*https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
*@spaghettinightinc
*@juelule_
*Echo Publishing
*Rachel Getts

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Get the full list of prompts and find out what this whole ZineWriMo thing is all about here.