• Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday: 2018 Happy New Year Edition

    Yeah, that post title is a bit of a hot mess, but here we are and there we go! Hahaha.

    I am in a brilliant mood, zine friends. I love New Year’s. I feel like it’s the one enjoyable major holiday that hasn’t been messed with past not-great stuff. Less expectation, more hope and fun. In general, of course. New Year’s can be less than amazing and downright scary, too, so big hugs and lots of encouragement from me if you’re feeling that way.

    I also love that 2018 is starting on a Monday (I know – shock horror). I like starting things on Mondays, I get an extra energy boost in starting the work week, and, of course…

    Happy Mail!

    Thanks to Sensitive Adult Daily (https://www.sensitiveadultdaily.com), I have some awesome zine happy mail to start the year off with!

    “Sensitive Adult Daily is a community of sensitive adults who, through creative work, document the struggle of living with lots of feelings.” I first came across Sensitive Adult Daily at Festival of the Photocopier 2016. I reviewed it and have been interested ever since.

    They were kind enough to send the whole lot over, and I’m so happy to get started reading them. Thank you so much to Sensitive Adult Daily.

    That’s me for today, zine friends. I know today would have been ideal for ‘2018 Plans’ and such, but how could I pass up a Happy Mail Monday – especially when it happens to be the very first day of the year?

    Big hugs and zine on!

  • General

    Well, Hello There 2017


    Well here we are, 2017! Crazy.


    I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2016 and start to 2017 no matter what you ended up doing.


    Wanderer and I haven’t gone out for a NYE since a few weeks before we ended up moving to Bendigo. It’s funny to think that on that night as we kissed at midnight and watched the fireworks, we were standing but a couple blocks away from the house we ended up renting.


    As it was our last NYE in Bendigo (living here, anyway), we decided that it was worth going out (albeit early) for a couple drinks. We ended up being talked into a pizza (the things you do for free pints haha) as well. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad we did it – all with getting back at a decent hour (before too many people arrived and set off my anxiety) to watch the fireworks on the TV at midnight.


    A new year usually begins with new goals and the best of intentions. Dreams and plans for what to do in our careers, for our health, so on and so forth. I’m no exception to that. All my planning has extended to getting into better health along with everything else. It’s not so much a matter of ‘because it’s the new year’ as the timing of my ‘last straw’ worked out well.

    Zine-wise, I want to have clear, concise goals, but I don’t know much beyond wanting to get into making YouTube videos as well as getting organised enough to easily create more zines as well as review more than two per week.


    Views very nearly quadrupled while visitors nearly tripled.

    The difference in statistics between 2015 and 2016 is absolutely amazing. Of course I absolutely want to keep that momentum going and build on it to create a ‘hub’ of sorts for all kinds of zine things. I feel like I’m fumbling around pointing out the fun things I like (awesome job to have, to be sure), so to have a positive response is an awesome thing.

    So while I may be lacking in specificity, I’m not lacking in energy or love when it comes to zines and this blog. Here’s to even more zine goodness in the new year.

  • Off Topic

    Wishes for You This New Year

    Happy New Year

    At the time I’m starting to write this, there’s about seven and a half hours before 2016 crashes over my timezone like the inevitable wave that it is. I like New Year’s. I feel like it’s a real holiday where we celebrate because we’re happy to be alive – and happy to have a fresh start. (Be it possibly only a psychological one.)

    A lot about tonight and the coming days will focus on all the things that people want to accomplish in the coming year. I think that’s beautiful. I have a few goals myself, including more time spent here on this blog doing things I love.

    But I want to do something a smidge different for my New Year’s Wishes here on SGZ. I have some wishes for you in your new year.

    • I wish for you to never feel like you are alone in this world.
    • I wish for you to find joy in the little things.
    • I wish for you to find the strength to ask for help when you need it…
    • …and to have the strength to give it when you can.
    • I wish for you to always have a place where you feel safe.
    • I wish for your friendships – whether many or few – to have great meaning and love.
    • I wish for you to remember that it’s okay. To be. To feel. To want. To love. To dislike. It’s okay.
    • I wish for you to have great, wonderful happy moments.
    • But more than that, I wish for you to find contentment and peace in your Self.


    Happy New Year, beautiful people.

  • General

    Hello 2015! Collecting My Thought Bubbles

    Blue bubbles

    Yeah, I’ve become a tad bit obsessed with ‘Bokeh’. No more bokeh posting for at least a month!


    Okay! So, it is the first day of a new year, and it also happens to be a Thursday. No review for today (if you hadn’t already guessed that), but things will be back to normal tomorrow.

    Yes, as the post title suggests, I am in the midst of collecting my thought bubbles. I’m feeling pretty good and confident about what is happening here on SGZ with posting and such. I do, however, have two other blogs and a stack of zines I would like to create.

    Dear Anonymous 3 is at the top of the list. I’ve had a few more submissions come in, so I’ve slipped back from being about halfway through. I’m still shooting for a January launch. There is also Don’t Call Me Cupcake 2 coming up after that as well as a SOOPER SEKRET ZEEN that I am so excited about.

    If I had only that, then things would be going a lot faster. But I also am in the middle of designing a 2015 planner that will also help people with mental illness (focusing on the up/down nature of bipolar) track their moods and mood influencers. (That is too a word, WordPress!) The 2014 holiday season really packed a punch this year, so this planner is for me. I am planning on releasing a less Nyx-specific planner/mood tracker a bit later.

    So that’s what I’m up to and what I’m thinking about. I don’t know if anyone actually likes these posts (besides me because I am such a voyeur interested in people’s lives). It does feel good to sit down and sort it all out in my head, though.

    Upwards and onwards!

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