I'm a zinester! What's that? You've never heard of zines? Zines are self-published diy read-adbles, ususally made using a copy machine. I've been writing zines for over ten years... the DIY community is my home! I plan on documenting and cataloging the zines I've written here. While this page is still under construction, you can always pass the tine by reading my zine review micro-blog, or visiting my zine shop.
I try to write the sort of zines that I like to read: perzines that are unflinchingly honest, vulnerable and real. I always try to be honest, even if it hurts, or is awkward and uncomfortable. I write a lot about pain and anxiety, but also about adventures and magic... about the rust and the glitter, the breakdowns and the quiet moments, plus all the minutiae in between. Writing a perzine is a form of purging. It's a way to build a community. I write zines for other sad girls, proud hysterics, femmes, weirdos and witches. I write zines to feel less alone.
I'm writing a zine right now about all the times I've had small epiphanies while riding my bike (to sorta quote Julia Eff: that machine kills sadness.) I've written zines about talking with strangers on the internet, and dead friends, and disordered eating, and being scared of schools. I write zines to cast spells. Writing a zine can be like casting a spell, and I've written about that, too.
Most of my zines reference witchcraft, and many are spellbooks. I am a secular witch, and my practice includes chaos magic, kitchen magic and garden magic... sometimes I'll refer to myself as a hagwitch, a home-and-garden witch. I've written spell books for self care, tarot card spreads for spring, banishing spells using xerox-machines and long-arm staplers, magic for car(e)-free pedestrians, and about my experiences trying to use witchcraft to overcome writer's block. Sometimes I think of my zines as a photocopied book of shadows: here are my experiences as a bi, femme, twenty-something witch living in midwestern america, and here are the spells that I use to cope and the ways that I feel real and the ways that I survive.