September 2018 Newsletter

 

Some Highlights from September 2018.

Zines
I’ve been really getting into making zines. I first started making zines in the 1990s, learning about them from the pages of Sassy magazine. They had a “zines of the month” column and I would write letters to other teen-aged girls across the country making zines requesting a copy of their zine usually swapping for a copy of one I made myself. From those zines I learned about other zines and zine distros which is how my zine ended up in Sarah Dyer’s Zine Collection. She donated this collection to the Duke University Library sometime in the last few years. So this not-very-good zine I made in middle school is being saved for posterity in a public collection.

My latest zines are better, not sure if that makes them ‘good’ or not but you can see what I’ve been working on here. There are zines of poetry, art, and fiction.

Writing Workshops
Fall seems to be a good time for writing workshops as quite a few publications and writers organizations I follow are having them. I’ve recently participated in two online workshops with One Story, Hit Submit: Sending Your Work to Magazines, Residencies, and Agents and Lost & Found: A New Way of Looking at Plot. I’m also signed up for some local workshops with Writing Workshops Detroit, Turbo-Powered Narratives: A Master Class and This Must Be the Place: Developing Setting in Fiction

Mastodon
Social media can really be a dumpster fire. I’ve deleted accounts on more than one occasion after being fed up with it all. Sometimes I come back, like with twitter and instagram, but sometimes I’m gone for good like with that toilet, facebook. I’d say I’m most active on twitter, instagram, and tumblr but I post on other places like Mastodon and google+ to reach people who might prefer other sites. I just learned that google is discontinuing google+. I’m trying to be more active on mastodon but am still finding it confusing. I felt that way about twitter too when I first started using it. Any way follow me there.

Library Apps
After racking up charges using bookbub for ebooks, those $1.99 charges add up quickly, I downloaded two library apps Hoopla and Libby. So far I’ve been enjoying the audiobook feature as audiobooks are really expensive. Hoopla also has music, movies, tv, and comics. I haven’t tried those features yet but they look pretty cool.

Inktober
I’m participating in Inktober for the second year in row. Check out my efforts from last year.

Art of September 
Amara in Color is my newest effort in digital painting.

Here is my sketchbook for the month of September.

Here are the line art portraits for the month of September.

My favorite Thought Portal posts of September.

Liza Minnelli and Alice Cooper tell the same story.

This is the best short story I read in September.

This poem made me think of war and weapons and pollution and capitalism.

When you feel all warm and fuzzy by not patronizing companies you deem to be bad, do you ever stop to think about the workers at those companies and how they need those jobs. Maybe support them instead. Ps, there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism.

Spiders terrorize a town.

Don’t engage with holocaust deniers.

Read this in Julia Sugarbaker’s voice and remember that many of the kinds of female characters you get to see in movies and TV are chosen by abusive men who hate women.

In honor of inktober the Featured Redbubble Item this month is:
A Couple of Wavy Lines from the Patterns Series.

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