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My housemate James and i had another zine making night tonight.  We got off to a late start because he overslept, but we worked on our individual zines for a good 3-4 hours.  I can’t speak for him, but tonight was really productive for me.  I printed and laid out two stories i had written for All Things Ordinary #2.  The first was 9 pages and the 2nd ended up being 5 pages.  Combined with the 5 pages i laid out during the first zine making night, ATO #2 is currently at 19 pages!  In the process, i finished off two glue sticks as you can see in the photo.  Now i need to write more this next week.  I already have some ideas on what i’m going to write next so it shouldn’t be too hard.

I also need to buy more gluesticks!

Playlist for zine making night #2:

-Paul Baribeau- “s/t”
-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone- “Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars”
-The Evens- “s/t” and “Get Evens”
-The Postal Service- “Give Up”
-Sigur Ros- “Agaetis Byrjun”
-Girl Talk- “Feed the Animals”

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A few weeks ago i posted my personal zine goals for 2010 in a thread on We Make Zines.  Here they are:

  • Finish 3 more issues of All Things Ordinary before Portland Zine Symposium
  • Help organize the Portland Zine Symposium
  • Table at Chicago Zine Fest and Portland Zine Symposium
  • Complete collaborative zine project about bad house-mate stories with Cortney
  • Buy a paper cutter
  • Finally become a member of the IPRC
  • Get my zines into stores and distros around the world
  • Get better at replying to mail more quickly
  • Start making my own envelope
  • Make a 24 hour zine in July

Thanks to an early birthday present from Cortney, i can already cross one thing off the list (she bought me a year membership to the IPRC).  I plan on trying to make my own envelopes out of old maps i have any day now.  I have a stack of zines packaged and waiting to go out to stores and distros for consideration.  I’ve been checking craigslist every few days for a decent paper cutter so hopefully i’ll find one soon.

As far as All Things Ordinary #2 goes, i have three pieces written and edited for it.  Hopefully this week i will get those printed and laid out.

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I have always dreamed of having a zine making workshop in my house, complete with printer, photocopier, long arm stapler, paper cutter, etc…  While i don’t see myself buying a photocopier anytime soon, i am a little closer to my dream. Since i won’t be with my family for the holidays this year, x-mas came a little early for me this year in the form of a priority mail box full of wonderful gifts from my mom and brother.  Among those were the beautiful long arm stapler pictured here.  I have yet to try it out but it looks a lot nicer than the ones i have used at Kinkos in the past.

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