• Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: The Radical Uprise #005: DIY Culture Cut and Paste

    The Radical Uprise #005: DIY Culture Cut and Paste
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    https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRadicalUprise

    On the eve of International Zine Month, I thought it was only right to review a zine that is all about the love of DIY.

    One thing I truly love about zines is when someone is able to put things I feel so strongly about into word better than I could have ever hoped to. On the very first page of this zine, there is a section about creating things and being in artist that expresses my own feelings so, so well.

    Talk about a good start to a zine.

    The Radical Uprise #005 is DIY from self to self-sustainable with pieces about making things to supporting creators. There’s plenty to check out above and beyond the zine with interviews with interesting people who have shops and distros.

    This zine is a bit Etsy-centric in that it’s the only platform really talked about. I would have liked to hear success stories using other platforms. But I also fully admit that I’m probably only mentioning it because Etsy’s money-grabbing (especially of late) makes me angry.

    The Radical Uprise #005: DIY Culture Cut and Paste is not simply an excited yell out into the night about how wonderful it is to DIY in your life. This zine covers why it’s good for you, good for the people who do it, and even why it’s good for the planet. It’s a great way to look at DIY from multiple ways.

    Check it out.

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • General

    Why You Should Share Your Story

    A couple of weeks ago, Wanderer and I were chatting to guy who was passing through town and only there for one night. As sometimes happens, said guy (I shall call him Square) wanted to know what I do for a living. This is always a difficult topic, as I seem to baffle anyone above a certain age and anyone who has had or currently has a nine to five.

    Heaven forbid a woman of my age trying to get by on what meagre talents she has.

    Wanderer proudly announced that I write books and such, but Square seemed a bit mystified by ‘urban fantasy’ so Wanderer then said that I write zines and explained a little bit about what they are.

    “What do you write about?” Square asked.

    I replied that there are a number of different topics, but I have one series that is primarily autobiographical.

    Square shook his head and announced that no one wanted to read about other people’s lives, to which I replied that I’ve loved biographies since I was a child.

    “So what makes you so special?”

    Wanderer must have sensed my growing frustration at that point, because he jumped in with the very cliff notes version of leaving everything I knew at barely twenty years old to travel halfway across the planet with some clothes and a laptop to start a new life.

    Square was insistent this was not anything anyone would be interested in reading about, at which point we pushed the conversation in a different direction.

    Who do you think you are?

    What makes you so special?

    These questions and questions like them are used so often to bring artists down. To somehow make artists ‘on the same level’ as everyone else.

    Somehow, to create something is considered by some people – sometimes by the artists themselves – to be self-indulgent privilege that should only be granted to those who have been deemed valid by others. Some people seem to think a thing should only exist if they think it has value.

    Bullshit.

    Fast forward a few weeks.

    I sat in the little medical office while the nurse helped me to map out my health care plan. I was lost and confused with new chronic illness conditions to add to the list. I was intimidated by the idea of needing a ‘health care team’, and the term ‘quality of life’ rang in my ears.

    She asked me a few questions, and I eventually had to confess that this was all new to me and that I was pretty confused about, well, everything to do with my new diagnosis. She nodded, understanding, and said:

    “I have that condition, too.”

    What? She did? This woman who was so different from me in age, employment, economic background, and countless other things that conversation didn’t bring up was also like me?

    I wanted to know so much more. When was she first diagnosed? How? How long has she been dealing with it? Were her side effects like mine? Did we struggle with the same things? What lessons had she learned that she could share with me?

    There were so many things I wanted to know about this stranger and her life. I wanted her to have written zines upon zines about her experiences so I could get them all and read them. I felt comforted by the fact that someone who had this big, scary diagnosis in common with me was so great at being a successful nurse.

    And she had no idea.

    One of the most beautiful feelings in life is finding out that you aren’t alone. That you aren’t the only one. But if we, as artists, were to stop creating, stop writing, stop putting our Selves out there for want of some sort of permission slip from the universe, there’s so much more pain that will happen because of the lack of our art.

    Yes, this is a power that so many people who create things don’t realise they have. Whether you are sharing your story through paintings, zines, books, handwritten letters to penpals, and so much more, you are having an impact. You are changing lives, and you don’t even know it.

    As a creator, you will touch another person’s life. Perhaps thousands for millions of lives. The only thing you need to accept is that you will never know the full impact you have. Only you have lived your life with your setbacks, your reactions, your failures, and your successes. Only you are fully equipped to share your story in whatever medium you feel most called to.

    You should share your story because you’re the best person to share it, and you have no idea how many people could could help, comfort, and inspire by doing so.

    Who do you think you are? You are a creator. You put things into the world, you give, and you damn well don’t need permission to do so.

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • General

    Refilling the Well

    I first read The Blue Sword when I was nine, possibly younger. I absolutely adored Robin McKinley’s writing voice, proper and gentle yet with a reliable steel when and where needed. It was the voice of a narrator who saw all and could be relied upon to deliver everything you could need and want to read in the story.

    I rented it in hardback from my local library. Repeatedly. I’d always return it just in case someone else would stumble across it and love it as much as I did, but I would inevitably end up grabbing it again in a few weeks or so time. A conservative guess would say that I’ve read it more than twenty times. A less conservative guess would say more than fifty.

    The Blue Sword is more than simply a book to me. It’s sacred to me. A totem. A safe space and a feeling of home in a time and place where I didn’t often feel safe and never felt at home. Though life took me far away from that library, I came back to it as an adult, ordering my very own copy to keep with me always.

    This is the book I always come back to for a read when I am feeling far away from my writing and my creativity.

    When I need to refill the well.

    I think I first heard of the concept of refilling the well on Lynn Viehl’s blog – though I could be wrong about that, as I can’t seem to find any references to it. (Perhaps Stephen King’s On Writing?) The basic gist is that you can’t, as an artist of any sort, continue on creating forever with no input. Whether you make zines or murals, we all need to take time to find our inspirations. To refill the well of what drives us to create.

    I’ve seen so many people make posts or status updates, guiltily ‘confessing’ to not working on this or that. I imagine I’ve done the same thing at some point or another. But there’s nothing to feel guilty about.

    It’s taken me an unfortunately long time to remember this basic concept about life as an artist. To remember that, as creative people, we need to feel inspired. How we go about it is up to us to find. Perhaps taking yourself out for a coffee is the best, going to an art gallery, or sitting at a local park and watching people for a while. A marathon of your favourite shows or reading your favourite novel could be just what you need.

    Do I wish I could be so creatively filled to create a Don’t Call Me Cupcake on the schedule I started last year? Absolutely. Do I wish I could have embraced writing my next novel two years ago instead of now? More than I can say. But I’m tired of feeling guilty about taking all the time I need and needed for both.

    Time to release yourself from the guilt, too.

    To each their own process. To each their own time.

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