We’re slowly marching towards the end of this year’s Zine Writing Month… The final week has just started. Read all about my ZineWriMo 2018 adventures here.
In last Monday’s ZineWriMo post I was talking about music as brainfood and that same day I bought 4 CDs from two CD/record shops in Brussels! I went to a legendary music store called Caroline Records and to a cute small metal shop called Elektrocution. In those shops, I got two CDs by Veruca Salt that I had been searching for forever (well, since after the 90s as I remember spotting them in CD shops in the mid/late 90s but I lacked cash then) and two by Yngwie Malmsteen (for my zine research because I’m that dedicated :-p ). A few days later I also bought “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette. Always fun to find good second-hand 90s / early 2000s CDs!
One of my goals for ZineWriMo was ticked off last week:
I finished Guitarrr #2!
Woohoo! That’s a least one zine that I made and finished this month. Phew! It is the follow-up of my Guitarrr #1 mini-zine and it explains a bit more advanced guitar (and bass) stuff. If you fold the mini-zine open you will see a poster with drawings of different brands and types of electric guitars and basses and who plays them. I’ll post some more info about this mini-zine and about how to order it soon on this blog.
Last week I also neglected or skipped several ZineWriMo prompts: for example updating my Zinewiki page(s), making zines together with friends and reading zines (apart from a few pages), but I hope to make up for at least that last prompt this week. I guess I was a bit too busy making music instead of zines because my band Lavender Witch played two concerts last week! (See photo)
Something I did do last week was taking part in a panel discussion about radical books and zines. It took place in ACU in Utrecht in the Netherlands on the 25th and was organised by the Barricade Book Café (as part of their 2nd year anniversary event) and the anarcha-feminist podcast Bloed aan de Muur. The discussion was also recorded for the podcast which made it extra exciting! Rymke of the eco-anarcha-feminist publishers Atalanta, a member of Barricade, and poet Stella took part too. We talked about our books/zines/poems/collectives, why we think they are needed in this day and age, inclusivity, self-organisation, and more.