International Zine Month 2017 Day 24: I Have Many Skills…

Teach yourself a new zine skill

Hello, zine friends! Today for our zine activity, we get to learn something new.

…and I’m stumped.

I feel a bit weird saying this, but I really don’t know what to teach myself. I’ve learned a few things over the years and am pretty satisfied with the way I do things. I don’t mean to imply that I have nothing to learn – not at all. But I’m really not sure where to take this one.

Do you have any suggestions, friends? Help your brain foggy friend Nyx with some ideas. ^_^

What are you learning today?

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

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International Zine Month Day 23: One-Page Mini-Zine!

Make a one-page mini-zine

Hello, zine friends! We’ve done plenty this month, but today we get back to the core of the thing we love: making zines! I joined in today from my friend Wing Nut’s place. An afternoon of cut and paste? Yes, please!

I had no idea what I was going to do when I started out, so I just started cutting up bits and pieces.

There’s nothing like taking inspiration from the actual materials.

I ended up with a little zine about moving to South Australia that will also serve as a ‘new address’ announcement (just as soon as I get my new post box). I had even more fun than I thought I would just going full on with adding bits and bobs onto the pages. My handwriting leaves something to be desired, but I think we can ignore that for now.

If you made (or are making) a mini-zine today, link to the pictures in the comments!

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

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International Zine Month 2017 Day 22: Stock Your Library

Send your zine to a zine library

Hello, zine friends! Yesterday we celebrated International Zine Library Day, and today we’re continuing the celebrations by supporting zine libraries with donations!

As I mentioned yesterday, many zine libraries start with personal collections. But it’s through donations that they truly thrive and grow.

I got in a little early by sending my whole Sea Green Zines ‘catalogue’ to Copy and Destroy (IG) a while ago.

Will you be sending your zines to a zine library? Which one(s)? Let me know in the comments.

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

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International Zine Month 2017 Day 21: International Zine Library Day!

Visit your local zine library

I’m afraid I don’t have a local zine library I can just pop into – at least not one that I know of. I really love the idea of zine libraries and being able to borrow zines. I’d also love to send my whole ‘catalogue’ of zines to various libraries around the world.

Many zine libraries are borne out of personal zine collections that individuals wanted to share with the world. I know of a few that work as travelling or ‘pop up’ libraries that often introduce people to the world of zines – and that’s only part of why they are so important.

If you have a local zine library, do pop in to say hello, read a zine, and let your zine librarian(s) that they are doing an important job. ^_^

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

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*@dre
*@queerarcana

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Zine Reviews Announcement

The world will forgive you for taking care of yourself. Or the world that matters.

A friend wrote that to me recently. They were helping me to relax about feeling bad. Why was I feeling bad? I was planning on completing a zine project and releasing it on the 17th. It didn’t matter that Wanderer had an MRI scheduled that day (he’s okay) and that I had to travel to Melbourne to see a neurologist the next day (I’m not awesome, but I can get better).

I hold myself to task for these things and get very disappointed when I don’t live up to my expectations.

The thing is that I am stressed. I am a little overwhelmed right now, and even though I certainly have the time to sit down with a zine and review it, I’m concerned that my exhaustion, my mood, and my stress may make that review less than that zine – or any zine – deserves from me. I respect that people are paying their hard-earned money to send me their zines, and I never want to give anything other than the best.

So I need to take this week off reviews. Just today and tomorrow. I’ll still be posting International Zine Month stuff. I’ll still have calls for submissions going up this weekend. But I can’t give zines the attention they deserve for a proper review this week. I will be right back to it next week with bells on.

I’m probably making a bigger deal out of this than it needs to be. I mean, what’s two days? Two reviews that will happen later instead of today and tomorrow? It almost feels egotistical to assume people would care to the extent that I need to put up this announcement.

I hope that my stress about it just goes to show how much I care about this blog, about zines, and about every one of you who reads this blog. That I respect and love what I do. Feel fortunate that I can do this and bring people some happiness on occasion.

So I do hope you’ll forgive me. It’s hard to lose my ‘winning’ streak of not missing a review day this year. But I won’t sacrifice quality for quantity. (Or self-competition.) Not in this.

Big hugs and loves of love from Oz,

Nyx