HELLO August!

It’s August already. Wowza.

I feel like I said something similar at the start of July, but the last four-ish weeks really take the cake for wooshing by.

And it doesn’t look like it’ll stop anytime soon. But before I get carried away…

I hope everyone had a lovely International Zine Month 2017! What a rush! I think I actually made it every day this year. Even if some of those were sort of cop outs due to various circumstances. Still, I’m pretty happy with the way things went, even despite the personal stress times and the fact I didn’t quite get to making a 24 hour zine.

The one-page mini sort of counts, right?

A few people asked about the zinester trading cards where I showed off the one featuring my sassy snap. I will be getting in touch with the person who makes them (Billy da Bunny) to find out if they are still a happening thing or whether they could happen again should the interest be there.

I think that’s all for IZM. Thank you for everyone who traded with me and everyone who jumped in for the giveaways. I wish I could have offered more, and I look forward to doing more things like that in the future.

What’s this? You’ll have to come back on Monday to check out the Happy Mail Monday post to find out…

Things will both settle down and not quite settle down here on SGZ this month. I definitely won’t be posting every day. That really took the wind out of me, plus, this move I keep babbling on about is coming up! There’s been a delay (of the yucky, legal, I don’t want to deal with it, why are big companies bullies kind) which means I’m 99% sure that I won’t be rocking into my forever home until September.

Disappointing, yes, but I’m digging the extra time I have to sort everything out.

Unfortunately, that does mean a delay in getting my new, shiny post box address. I’m going to put my current address in Don’t Call Me Cupcake 8 so I can get that going sooner rather than later. I’m still tossing up on whether to wait for the PO box to launch Paper Currency or to just launch and hope there’s some water in that pool to belly flop on.

Thoughts and opinions welcome.

While you’re waiting, if you want to get a sneak peek at the super amazingly awesome and spectacular cover for Paper Currency, my patrons on Patreon have already had a peek. *gasp!*

(1. Yeah, I already feel a little weird tossing out my Patreon like that. It feels weird. 2. I really do love the cover of Paper Currency, but I hope my enthusiasm doesn’t now make you think it’s going to be as colourful or all over the place as a bucket of unicorn poo.)

I’m a bit bouncy all over the place today at the moment, so I am going to leave things there and calm down a bit. It has been the most all over the place start to a month yet this year (and May started with my doc being convinced I had lupus – which I don’t have), so yeah. Back to the swing of things. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of news I’ve forgotten to tell you that I’ll be sharing soon!

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International Zine Month 2017 Day 31: HallowZINE

Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us

Hello, zine friends! International Zine Month comes to an end, and what a month it has been.

We end July on a sombre note by remembering what has been and gone, and those zinemakers who have gone before us.

I’m still a bit of a baby in the zine world, so I don’t know any zinemakers who have passed. Not personally, anyway. However, I have come across many zine websites no longer operating, zine reviewers who no longer review, and zines that are only ‘out there’ in zine collections. They always make me wish I could have been doing this at a time when they were still going.

To all and everyone who have gone before, I raise my glass and tip my hat.

I also tip my hat to everyone who has joined me this month for International Zine Month. It’s been a wonderful, busy month, and I hope you all have enjoyed it.

Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

*@eintervital
*@dre
*@queerarcana

Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!

International Zine Month 2017 Day 30: Zine Reads

Read some zines!

Hello, zine friends! International Zine Month is coming to an end, and what a month it has been! Today our activity of the day is a fun and simple one that brings us back to the core of what we’re celebrating this month.

Read some zines!

In all my house packing, I have made sure to set aside a stack of zines to make sure that I have plenty of zines to read through the transition. Today I will be taking a breath to relax and enjoy some wonderful zines.

I hope you will, too!

Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

*@eintervital
*@dre
*@queerarcana

Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!

International Zine Month 2017 Day 29: Photos or It Didn’t Happen

Post a photo of you with your zine or zine collection

Photos or it didn’t happen! Hehehe.

Hello, zine friends! It’s time to show of your selfie and your zine collection – or your zine collection alone if you’re not feeling up to the selfie side of things.

Today I’m going to be a little cheeky (like I was with this last year) and post a favourite picture of mine…

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This is my zinester trading card! I’m not sure if Billy McCall (aka Billy the Bunny) still makes these, but he might be able to help you out if you ask nicely.

That’s me for today. Post in the comments if you are showing off your beautiful self and/or zine collection!

Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

*@eintervital
*@dre
*@queerarcana

Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!

International Zine Month 2017 Day 28: We’re Cooking Now

Cook with a recipe from a zine

Recipes and foodie zines are ones I don’t come across very often, but I love that they exist. People sharing recipes, experimenting with new things. Fun fun.

I actually did grab a zine to try out a new recipe for today’s activity, but they were all a bit beyond me with things either being out of season or including things I really don’t like (watermelon is so nasty). So I’m a bit out of luck there. I do, however, have fond memories of my first ever zine and the nutella cookies I made…

I would love, love, love to see/read any posts if you’re trying out a recipe or two. Leave links in the post below!

Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

*@eintervital
*@dre
*@queerarcana

Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!

International Zine Month 2017 Day 27: Collab It Up

Submit something to a compilation zine

Hello, zine friends! Today we’re joining in with yet another zine tradition: the collab zine.

Sending in your writing, art, etc can be a fun and easy way to get to know other zinemakers and become part of various zine communities. I haven’t submitted to much lately, but I’ve always loved the process.

If you’re stuck for options, you can check out the calls for submissions category here on the blog to see what’s open for your glorious submissions. There’s also the calls for submissions section of the new We Make Zines website and the community board at Pen Fight distro that also includes calls.

(And if you don’t find a call that fits with something you’d like to make – start one!)

That’s me for now. Back soon with a zine review!

Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

*@eintervital
*@dre
*@queerarcana

Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!

International Zine Month 2017 Day 26: Zine Teacher

Teach a friend or family member about zines

Check, check, check. Hahaha. Funnily enough, I got so excited about zines years back that I actually held a few ‘zine Sundays’ with a group of friends and introduced them to the whole shebang. We even had a few zinemaking days thrown in there as well.

So I guess you could say that I’ve taught everyone I’m comfortable teaching about zines.

Spread a little sunshine, right?

I’d like to think that this site is also a good space for teaching in a more general way. That it’s here and will always be here for people to go through to learn and maybe get a little inspiration. ^_^

That’s me for the day. I’ll be back tomorrow with IZM day 27 and a zine review.

Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

*@eintervital
*@dre
*@queerarcana

Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!