Time Well Spent

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Most Thursdays, I have the pleasure of meeting up with friends for writing/creative talk as well as yummy nibbles. We’ve also recently added wine, which was an excellent decision. :)

Today I had the extra pleasure of introducing the group to zines! I am so excited (as were they), and the number ideas we brainstormed… I am so looking forward to what they come up with next week.

I will even get a start on my next zine: Don’t Call Me Cupcake

Settling Down with a Printer

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Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to our previous copier/scanner/printer. It did not operate as advertised.

Sigh.

Alas, we have found love! This beauty, henceforth named Sophie, is a copier/scanner/printer that does 2->2 copying, duplex printing for A4 and A5, scanning, photo printing…

I can see Sophie fitting in just fine at Sea Green Zines.

It’s a Big Job, But…

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I’m still getting to know my printer/copier and have yet to give it a name, but we’re getting along well. I’ve now printed off everything I need to make 40 copies off all of my zines.

That’s right. The Perfect Pocket Guinness Guide is coming back for a limited time.

But after this? Both TPPGG and the Occupy Melbourne zine are going to be retired. I really want to concentrate on Dear Anonymous (especially as letters are starting to come in!) as well as get one or two other zines going. I don’t want to tend up spreading myself too thin again, which was why this place surrendered to the crickets for months.

So for now? I have a lot of folding to do…

Hello, My Pretty

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I’m not sure what I want to call it yet, but it will have a name. After all, it is an important part of my plan for getting back into the zine world!

Okay, not so much part of the plan as a happy accident. I didn’t plan for my old printer to kick the bucket, but I did plan on getting a copier/printer when it did happen. No more running to OfficeWorks to copy my zines.

This little beauty and I are still getting to know each other. Things are going well so far. I think it could be love.

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Zine Ninja says: My love is like a cherry blossom in the breeze.

Call for Submissions: Dear Anonymous 3

I will be making posts other than calls for submissions, but I figured I would start the year off with another…

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Dear Anonymous 3 is on its way and I’m looking for letters!

These letters can be confessionals, but they can also be whatever you like them to be. Write to your life, write to your cat, write to your past or your future… Dear Anonymous is about writing the letters of the things you can’t say for whatever reason.

Basically, you’re right in the 1 – 500 words range, but shorter is better. BUT, this zine is about expression, and I don’t want to force anyone to clamp down on their passion just for me. I’m flexible.

Send letters to theauthor at inkyblots.com If I don’t respond to you within a few days, comment here.

All contributors will receive a copy.

The Best Intentions & Zine Reviews

Despite my best intentions, balance is not something I have yet achieved in my life. While I’m proud to be self-published, to have started a new small craft business, to be a student, and to be a ‘mum’ to sixteen beautiful little puppies, everything is taking quite a toll.

I love zines. I love making them and reading them. But my life hasn’t afforded me the time to pursue either. I am a firm believer in that you will never ‘find’ time; you must make it. So while it is completely up to me to carve out the time for zines.

I feel sadder just typing that.

However, my intentions remain the same, and at least there is that. I intend to make SeaGreenZines into much more than it is now. For the time being, that means that I will be taking reviews that I have posted here and will be posting them up on Sundays at HotAuthorReport.com. It’s another one of my pet projects that I should have waited longer to start, but there it is.

If you’d ever like to be a guest there to show off your creative work (zines, books, music, short films, clothing line, paintings, etc) and/or would like an extra shout out for your work/crowdsourcing effort/etc, feel free to contact me.