7 December, 2013 at 1.17 pm (Announcements)
One of my consistent crafty-type things is making zines (handmade magazines of various shapes and sizes). I have made a few, but my only ‘series’ zine is called Dear Anonymous. People from around the world send me letters that I interpret in an artistic way (no words changed, just put on paper in different ways) and bundle together into a zine. (Some of the letters are hard to read because of the content. Fair warning.)
Along with my love of zines, I have a love of mail – sending and receiving. I adore that little rush of excitement when I see something *not* official with my name on it in my post box. I imagine others feel the same.
The holidays aren’t the easiest time for me, so I like to soothe myself by putting RAKs (random acts of kindness) out into the world. This year, I figure I’ll combine all these things into one whopping mail frenzy. I think it will be fun.
So, anyone who puts a mailing address in the comments or emails me will receive copies of Dear Anonymous 1 & 2. Open to anyone on the planet. For the entire month of December.
I’ll buy stamps at the Post Office today.
1 December, 2013 at 1.29 pm (Announcements)
…has gone. I did this…
4 October, 2013 at 12.27 pm (Video)
It’s a brief introduction, but I love seeing Melbourne and Sticky featured in independent films.
29 August, 2013 at 12.02 pm (Uncategorized)
3 August, 2013 at 8.00 pm (Announcements, Dear Anonymous, My Zines)
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.
10 July, 2013 at 7.37 pm (Uncategorized)
Sometimes it’s just better to come out and say these things.
The truth is that I am dealing with a particularly harsh case of winter blues. Depression. SAD. To the point where I have looked into checking myself into a psychiatric unit. Not because I am suicidal, but because I am having a hard time handling life.
I say this not to garner sympathy or for any response, really. I mention it because SeaGreenZines is a project I care about, and leaving this blog bare is something I don’t like doing. But, as much as I love it, this blog has to come after things like showering and eating. Unfortunately.
I know my absence is hardly anything to note, but should someone come across it, they will at least see that I am thinking of it – even if I haven’t posted in a while.
Until sunnier days…
10 July, 2013 at 9.22 am (General)
I am in the process of switching my technology around and decided to try out at WordPress app.
Move along. Nothing to see here.
3 July, 2013 at 12.36 pm (Zine Reviews)
Tags: anthology, zine reviews, zines
Title: Gag Me With A… Issue Four
Type: 1/4 page
Author Site(s): http://gagmewitha.blogspot.com
Review: You have to love an anthology zine where many voices come together in a mish mash of art. This zine is chunky not in the physical but in the content. Choc full of stories, poetry and art, Gag Me With A… has been put together by an expert who knows how to fill a small space with a lot of content without making the eyes strain. I’ve found myself coming back to this zine many times – sometimes looking at the art and sometimes reading the words. Sometimes both. This zine and I fit together on a strange level. I hope to get more editions.
Paper Can’t Win by Keith Landrum is my particular favourite of the zine, though Tender Little Mushpots by Eric Guashino comes in a close second.
On the technical side of things, this zine checks all the points: there is a website URL, an easy to read email and even instructions on how to submit work.
STATUS: For Trade
21 June, 2013 at 7.24 am (Zine Reviews)
Title: Doctor Who: a minizine of fave quotes
Author: ma mckearing
Author Site(s): ?
Review: This is one of those times where I feel like a school teacher reminding students to put their name on their work… There *is* an email address on the back, but I’m not one for emailing to hunt down details for a review. That probably makes me a bad reviewer… Moving on…
This full-colour little lovely details one person’s introduction to the world of Doctor Who, some favourite quotes, artwork of the various Doctors and even a page dedicated to all of the men who have played the Doctor. As a relatively recent fan of the show, I found this zine a lovely little ode to the show. Anyone who loves the show will find it enjoyable.
STATUS: For Trade
19 June, 2013 at 7.15 am (Zine Reviews)
Tags: tiny zine, zine, zine reviews, zines
Title: Without a Map: A You Adventure
Author: Metlinsley (?) Oblivion Spin
Type: A7 (? – itty bitty!)
Author Site(s): ?
Review: Itty bitty zine! Once again, I love zines presented in a non-traditional way, but man, I’d be afraid of losing this in my purse! It’s pretty small. I imagine there are smaller ones out there, though…
Without a Map is a poetic zine, written in the second person – meaning it addresses YOU the reader. Text pressed onto the black and white background gives you a feeling that the pretty words will only lead to bad things. Like with most poetry, I wavered on what I thought of it and what I thought it meant. All in all, the poem itself left me feeling so-so, but I liked its presentation.
(Yeah, even uni poetry classes couldn’t teach me as much appreciation as I should have…)
STATUS: For Trade