I’ve been feeling completely zine-y the past few days, and positively productive in general! It feels great to be getting so much done!
I’ve been simultaneously working on RatBrat #12 and RatBrat #13. The former is a little difficult (emotionally) for me to write at times, so I had to start working on #13 (a fun, eclectic alphabet zine) in order to balance it out. Here’s an excerpt from “A is for Alice in Wonderland,” which talks about my love for the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, various movie incarnations, and my Alice-themed tea party that was held for my birthday in November:
We had a Queen of Hearts and a Lewis Carroll and Alice. My mom, who loves to decorate and plan parties, went all-out on the party instead of giving me a gift this past year. We moved all the furniture out of the basement and she decked the entire space out in lights and fake flowers. We rented tables and linens that matched the floral arrangements and ordered a custom-made, intentionally-lopsided “topsy turvy” cake. Cookies shaped like tea cups and tea pots read “eat me” and all the actual tea pots said “drink me” in bright, bubbled letters.
I’ve also been making flyers for various projects (my own and others), planning a zine workshop, which I’m hoping to teach in early February, and doing a bit of outside-of-zines writing. Not to mention…
I am planning to open a zine distro, run on consignment, in early 2010, which has been consuming my time with planning, making promotional materials, and web design. It’s simultaneously thrilling and intimidating to finally be taking that leap, but I think it’s going to be rewarding and help me to be more active and involved in the zine community. Watch for the official announcement and website launch in the very near future! I’ll be looking for zine submissions!
And on that exciting note, I’m off to bed. Insomnia has been kicking my butt the past two weeks and tonight I’m taking advantage of my drowsiness. Sweet dreams, zinesters!