ramona is currently napping in her crib, which is something that almost never happens. usually she naps on jared & i, sometimes in a carrier, sometimes not, or on the kitchen table. i’m not sure how long she’s been sleeping, so i’m not sure i have time to write an entire blog post, but i will try.
all week, i’ve been working on the zine i mentioned. i’ve been stealing time when ramona naps, or when jared is looking after her. sometimes i have even just sat her on my lap in the crook of my arm & typed around her while she babbles at me. i’ve almost gotten a draft finished & am now soliciting a few folks to give editorial feedback.
i guess i have more or less always written zines the same way: i just write them. i just start writing & quit when i feel finished. i’ve never sat down & intentionally said, “this zine will be about this topic & this topic & this other hot topic in the zine world.” i just write what i feel like writing. sometimes i edit, sometimes i don’t. my last zine was completely unedited because i typed the whole thing as a draft on the typewriter, & i used that draft & just pasted it into a zine. the zine before that was very carefully & painstakingly edited.
i think my zines are better when they are carefully edited. well, i think everyone’s zines are better if they are carefully edited. i am kind of over the whole “word vomit/zines as catharsis” thing. it’s a little embarrassing for anyone over the age of 17 or so. save it for your journal, folks. so my game plan is: finish the draft, send it to the folks who have volunteered to provide editorial comments, edit accordingly, & then figure out layout.
i am kind of stuck on the layout. i think it would be a million times easier & faster to get this zine finished if i used a computer to do layout. i think part of the reason i have always been kind of slow to make zines is because i make them on a typewriter, & even though my typewriter is electric, it’s a little painstaking. if i make a mistake, i have to get out the correction fluid & fix it. (i do have a typewriter with an eraser ribbon, but for some reason, it stopped working.) it’s just a lot of detail work & i haven’t always had the time or the inclination for it.
at first, i made zines on a typewriter because i didn’t have a computer. for a long time after i did have a computer, i didn’t have access to a printer. or at least, it never occurred to me to save zine work on to a USB card & print it at the library. in fact, that never occurred to me until just now. the typewriter was the tool i had at hand so that’s what i used. & after a while, when i did have access to a printer, it became this weird/obnoxious point of pride for me to say i’d never made a zine on a computer before. that i was keeping it old-school with the cut & paste & the typewriter. dare i say that it became a bit of an affectation? i mean, it’s one thing to use outdated technology because it’s what you have or what you like or how you work best. but when you have other options that would be faster & easier & would improve your quality of life & the quality of your work, it’s just stubbornness not to use them.
so this may be the first zine i make with the aid of a computer. i don’t even really know how to do that. i guess i will just have to play with font sizes & margins & will probably just end up printing out the text & cutting & pasting it all together anyway. is that what other people do? i don’t think so. i seem to recall that when i made that split zine with ailecia a few years ago, she actually laid everything out on her computer & the flat she gave me was just a computer print-out with the images built right in. i don’t know how to do that.
the funny thing is that i actually went to graphic design school. but i went right before everything switched over to being computer-based. so i know how to use a light table & a t-square & a photo pencil, & there were all kinds of rules about who was allowed to keep their own can of rubber cement in their locker & who wasn’t due to huffing concerns, but none of us knew jackshit about computers. combine the study of immediately-outmoded technologies with an already-established predilection for substance abuse in the form of permanent markers & photo developing chemicals, & i bet at least 50% of my former classmates are in jail now.
anyway, i should go check of ramona. her sound sleeping is both relieving & concerning. i was at the pool this morning (i got my laps in right before a big thunderstorm rolled in, which is awesome, because they close the pool when there’s lightning–i got done just in the nick of time) & i have no idea how much she already napped for jared.