I had imagined that I would start on the knitting first, but I'm saving that for after I reopen the shop. That means the first project I'll be putting serious thought into is the zines! After much consideration I've decided to relate the theme of the first issue to the time of my life when my love of self publishing began - my awkward (and sometimes humiliating) adolescent years.
I'm excited and sort of scared to read what will flow from my ball point pen. I may have to get drunk to rehash some of it. But you know what the best part is? I know I'm not alone on this one. We all had these panic inducing moments of complete embarrassment, right? And you're probably looking to share them with an audience as well? We-he-hell, have I got an opportunity for you!
The first issue will have a "Confessions" section. Do you remember these from Seventeen magazine? They were always my favourite part. I loved knowing that there was someone out there feeling just as shamed as I was. A kinship of clumsy, bumbly fools if you will.
So if you have something kind of funny (in retrospect of course) that you'd like to share please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your stories do need to be short (50 words of less) - so you'll have to offer the condensed version of your cute boy sees period pants story. You are welcome to remain anonymous, but it would be great if you could include your country and your age at the time of humiliation.
I'll be offering a couple more zine updates before the final product is published. I hope to have everything ready to go by the beginning of March.