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    #ZineWriMo Day 11: Favourite Zine Tools

    Hello, zine friends! Is it the end of the weekend already? Nearly so in this time zone. I am enjoying a beautiful end to a lovely weekend weather-wise, though, so I certainly can’t complain.

    For today in ZineWriMo…

    Sharing is Caring: Show off your favourite zine tools

    I’m afraid for today you get a little repeat of yesterday. These are the ‘tools’ that I use most by far.

    My washi tape collection is a favourite go-to of mine because it can add beautiful elements to any page with ease. There are so many different patterns and shapes – and there are always more out in the world if you don’t happen to have what you’re looking for on hand. I also use washi on zine mail as well, so it gets all kind of use (and I go through a lot of it).

    The tool(s) I use even more than washi? Embroidery thread and a needle. I like the sew the binding of my zines and consider the green thread to be a sort of ‘signature’ for Sea Green Zines. I didn’t start out doing it with that in mind, but that is the fun thing about some traditions – they sneak up on you.

    What are your favourite zinemaking tools? I imagine there are more than a few favourite staplers out in the mix. Let me know in the comments.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things
    *Maybe Magick Zines

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    #ZineWriMo Day 10: Zinemaking Supplies

    Hello, zine friends, and a happy ZineWriMo day 10! Today is a day for headless chook mode around the zine cave with heaps to do and never enough time to do them. Still, I have been poking away at my various zine projects and was lucky in that today’s prompt didn’t take very much time at all.

    Organise your zinemaking goodies

    When it comes to me and the zine cave, I’m reminded of my beautiful dog Zenna and her bed. Most of the time, it’s absolutely fine. But every now and then, she decides it’s still not quite right and fusses with this or that until she finally settles down.

    Well over a year since I’ve moved, I’m still fussing, poking, and prodding at various things, trying to create an ‘ideal’ workspace (whatever that will end up being). But it worked for me today in that I’ve already packed up all my zinemaking goodies.

    I’ve somehow managed to accumulate a huge amount of washi tape that I put into a clear bowl-thing that I actually won at the pub ages ago. My zine sewing supplies are also nicely packed all together (though there isn’t really much to pack) in a green box so neither needles nor thread wander away from me.

    What’s not pictured (because I forgot and now don’t have the light for it) is the one cube on my cube shelf reserved for the scrapbooking paper I use for backgrounds in some of my zines. I have a few 12×12 pads and quite a few 6×6 ones of all sorts of different patterns because I also make cards.

    And now that you know more about me than you wanted to… Haha! Let me know how you keep your zine making goodies all nice and tidy. Or do you keep them in different ways? Does tidiness take away from the creativity? Let me know in the comments.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things
    *Maybe Magick Zines

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    #ZineWriMo Day 9: NaNoZine!

    Hello and happy Friday, zine friends! I’m glad it’s Friday. While it doesn’t have the same connotations for me as a lot of other people, I still enjoy it. Even moreso because it has been a beautiful and sunny day here at Murray Bridge.

    Onto today’s prompt!

    Make a zine: NaNoZine! Make a zine full of words

    Because November is also National Novel Writing Month, I originally decided to turn chapter one of my novel into a mini-zine. However, the more I got to thinking about words in general, the more I started thinking about the quotes I’ve collected.

    Yep. I collect quotes.

    Whether I’m passing by a stranger and they say something that stands out to me or a friend says something I just *have* to write down, I enjoy ‘collecting’ quotes and have done so for years. Yes, years.

    With that in mind, I decided to make this mini:

    This mini features some of the quotes from my collection because why not? Words are funny things, and I enjoyed making this – even the little doodle backgrounds. I’ll be uploading a short video on my Instagram account as soon as I post this in case you’d like to take a peek a the inside.

    How’d you go with the ‘zine full of words’ prompt?

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things
    *Maybe Magick Zines

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    Zine Review: Chronicled Chaos Issue 1

    Chronicled Chaos Issue 1
    Molly
    https://www.instagram.com/zappixart/
    https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ZappixArt

    Chronicled Chaos is an A6 size black and white (save for one art page) perzine about Molly and their system (what’s a system? Read the zine hehe), Dissociative Identity Disorder, chronic illness, art, and more.

    I’ve mentioned plenty of times here how much I love and appreciate perzines because they’re either helping me feel less alone, or they are giving me new perspectives that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Sometimes both. So how could I not love a perzine that not only teaches me so much but also opens up with a glossary of terms after the introduction?

    Chronicled Chaos opens up with an introduction from Molly, who they are, and what you can expect in this (and future) perzines in the series. (Love how they put it all down on the page right from the get go.) From there, Molly then gives a comprehensive list of terms and definitions around DiD (Dissociative Identity Disorder).

    As I mentioned, I learned a lot in a relatively small amount of time about DiD and their experience of it. There’s not only an overview of the condition but also brief introductions (and history) for some of Molly’s alters or parts (new vocabulary!). They even include drawings of each of them – something I found fascinating as well as enjoyable to look at.

    There’s a lot more to enjoy in this perzine as well, the variety reminding me of MissMuffCake’s Stay at Home Girlfriend series. Molly includes art, poems, a comic, and other things happening in their life. They also include content warning for any possible triggers.

    One thing they included is called ‘#SeeMyInvisible’ which involves taking a selfie and drawing over the selfie to display where their chronic illness(es) are. It’s about seeing invisible illnesses and, moreover, reminding people that it’s not all about what their eyes can see. They used a gold marker to colour over their selfie, and I thought about how I hoped the hashtag would really take off and more people would do it.

    The variety also plays into the look of the zine as well, with plenty of clear text mixed in with art, a few pages with unobtrusive backgrounds for the text, and so on. There’s definitely plenty to look at.

    One aesthetic touch I especially enjoyed is how the gold speckles on the cover, the gold on the aforementioned ‘See My Invisible’ and some stickers on the inside are all put on after the printing. Meaning that each zine copy will have that little bit of unique touch to set it apart from the rest.

    I really enjoyed this perzine from the casual reader standpoint to the interested learner standpoint. There’s a lot to take in and think about without it feeling incredibly dense. Check it out.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 8: Stream of Consciousness Writing

    Is it the weekend yet? Haha. Hello, zine friends, and welcome to another day of ZineWriMo where we get our zine on in a fashion inspired by National Novel Writing month. (But with somewhat less work involved because the activities list was made by a spoonie.)

    Warm Up: Try stream of consciousness writing

    I think I first started stream of consciousness writing when I was in high school and the composition teacher seemed really big into journalling, writing every day, so on and so forth. While I certainly didn’t keep up the ‘every day’ part of it, I did (and do) find it a useful tool right alongside things like brainstorming.

    Sometimes the things that come aren’t are far from pretty, but I’ve always viewed that as a sort of purging. Get the muck out of my brain and my heart and onto the paper where it can’t keep creating clouds in my view. A shower of literary sorts. Haha.

    My ideas notebook catches all things zine-related, so my writing went right on in there along with everything else. However, given that it’s of a personal nature at points, I’m afraid you get another picture of the cover of my ideas book.

    Do you do stream of consciousness writing? Is today your first time? Let me know all your thoughts about it – even if you really don’t like it! – in the comments and/or by linking to your post about it.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things
    *Maybe Magick Zines

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    #ZineWriMo Day 7: WIP Wednesday

    Hello, zine friends! I don’t know about you, but this week feels like it’s whizzing by to me. I keep thinking it’s Tuesday. Haha. I was very happy to discover that it’s Wednesday, though, as today’s prompt is…

    Work on your work in progress

    Work day!

    This isn’t a very exciting screenshot, but I create a lot of my zines using InDesign. It’s a program I absolutely adore but also one that I got quite a few years back with a hefty student discount – so probably not one you’d like to go for if you’re starting out.

    Anyway, this is the first look at the bare bones of Dear Anonymous 8. From here, I’ll plug in all the text, and then I will start picking the fonts, the ways to present the text, and the backgrounds for each letter.

    I’ll also be setting up more of the ‘bones’ for Workaholic and Umbrella 2.

    What are you working on today? I’d love to know. Be sure to leave a comment below and check out the other people who are joining in.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things
    *Maybe Magick Zines

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    #ZineWriMo Day 4: Connect With Others

    Hello, hello, zine friends! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend so far. Today we’re rounding out the weekend with a ZineWriMo prompt all about saying hello.

    Sharing is Caring: Connect with other zinemakers

    One of the greatest joys I’ve found in being involved with zines is meeting amazing people. There are so many making zines all around the world, and it’s my pleasure to know them. But I also know that getting to know people online first can help a lot when it comes to social anxiety.

    Thank goodness we have online zine groups!

    As I mentioned in my first post, ZineWriMo has a Facebook group as well as a Twitter hashtag ‘group’(?) going.

    There are also other groups as well. The website We Make Zines, and a couple of other Facebook groups as well: Zines A Go Go and Zines Australia.

    Even more? Well yes!

    At the bottom of each ZineWriMo post, I have a list of participants. You can always say hello on those spaces as well.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things

    If you would like to be added to the list, you can let me know by DMing me your link on Instagram or Twitter, or you can email me.

    Phew! I think I’ll leave it there for today. If there are any spaces, places, or participants I’ve missed, be sure to let me know. I also have a Resources page if you’d like to check that out.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here. Happy ZineWriMo!

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    #ZineWriMo Day 3: Make Mini-Zine Blanks

    Hello, hello, and welcome to day three of ZineWriMo! We’re on our way now, zine friends. Today we have a bit of a prep day for things to come later in the month.

    Make mini-zine blanks

    I got my very first papercut of the month folding these lovelies, but I am all set. You’ll need seven if you want to make each of the ‘make a zine’ prompts for the month (eight if you’d like to make a ZineWriMo zine about the whole experience).

    I’m a ‘production line’ kind of mind, I suppose you could say, so when I’m making more than one thing, I like to do all of step one, then all of step two and so on. I don’t think it makes it any more or less creative. For me, it’s more so because then the blank canvas is already prepped and ready to go. I only need to think about the art.

    But maybe I’m thinking about the whole thing a little too much. Haha.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things

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    #ZineWriMo Day 2: Plan Your Goals and Dreams

    Hello, and happy Friday, zine friends! I’m still in shock that we’re already in November, but what can you do short of getting a good grip and holding on for the ride?

    Today we’re going to take our brainstorms/thought gardens from yesterday and give them a bit of organisation.

    Goals, Plans, Dreams: Organise the brainstorm

    While I do like the somewhat choatic look of my idea web, it doesn’t really fit my mind’s preferences when it comes to actual planning. With planning, I like lists. Lists, lists, and more lists.

    There are, of course, plenty of ways to organise ideas. Whatever way works best for you is the best way for you to do it. Personally, I’m a big fan of the bullet journal style of organisation:

    As soon as I started taking the things from my web and making them into the list, I started feeling like these things were achievable. This isn’t my full list (because that could go on for miles), but I already love the look and feel of this approach.

    So what are my goals for ZineWriMo:

    *Finish collab zines (and send out contributor copies):
    –Paper Currency 2
    –Umbrella 2
    –Dear Anonymous 8
    –Workaholic 1

    *Non-Collab Zines:
    –Missives From Murray Bridge 16
    –Don’t Call Me Cupcake 10

    *Other Zines:
    –ZineWriMo Mini-Zines

    *Other:
    –Do all ZineWriMo daily activities (and blog about it)

    *Extra Credit:
    –The Zine Collector Episode 20
    –Put zines onto Amazon
    –Open the SGZ distro?!

    Wowza. That’s a list, but I’m feeling good about it.

    Do you use a different way to organise your plans? I’d love to see it if you’ve posted about it anywhere. Be sure to leave a comment and link in the description.

    Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Participants:

    *Echo Publishing
    *Riot Grrl
    *Ulterior Zines
    *Olga Writes Things
    *Zines and Things

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    #ZineWriMo Day 1: Brainstorming & Thought Gardens

    I’m not ready! How is it November already? I’m definitely not ready. Haha. But here we are anyway! Day one of ZineWriMo. Today’s to-do is a pretty fun one – at least for someone like me who loves planning. (Not so great at the execution of the plans, but…)

    Brainstorming Day! Come up with zine ideas

    ‘Brainstorming’ is the more common term, but I thought I’d throw ‘thought gardens’ in there as well because I actually prefer it. It brings lovely visuals of planting thought seeds and watching them grow into various projects. In this case, zine projects!

    There are heaps of ways to brainstorm, of course. There’s the tried and true method from my childhood – the idea web:

    I think these are fun because it gets be out of my usual ‘locked down’ sort of linear thinking. The web can spread and grow as it pleases, filling the page with glorious ideas.

    Alas, before I got that far, prepping my though garden involved wandering around the house and gathering all the slips of paper and sticky notes into one place. Hehe.

    If my rapidly growing garden has shown me one thing, it’s that this is going to be a busy month!

    Are you joining in ZineWrimo? Check out the full list of daily prompts here.

    Be sure to leave a link in the comments to where you’re posting/tweeting/etc so I can check it out!

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