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Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete) 
  angstypenguin
 
02:53am 24/12/2008
 
mood: hopeful
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

thanks!
jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"


Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

-Beth
 
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Call for Submissions: MamaPhiles #4 
  coldbeansoup
 
06:45pm 25/11/2008
  Mamaphiles #4 – deadline: 1 March 2009

Mamaphiles is seeking submissions for issue #4, with the theme of "Raising Hell," from mamas and papas who are currently producing their own zines.

Previous themes were “Birth”; “Cutting the Cord”; “Coming Home” and now its time to shake things up! Raising children is hard work and revolution in motion. From rabble-rousing to rampaging toddlers—feel free to interpret the theme wildly.

We are interested in essays, photos, cartoons, or anything else you can come up with!

Because of space limitations, written submissions should be 1500 words or less. Please include a short bio and ordering information for your zine (these will not be part of the word count).

Contributors are asked to edit their own work. Submissions may be spell-checked and reformatted for consistency. Contributors are given the chance to okay any proposed changes before production.

Mamaphiles is a friendly and inclusive project whose goal is self-expression and mutual support. All submissions are accepted. Contributors are invited to join in the collaborative effort, and are asked to assist with marketing and/or production of the zine when possible.

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2009.

Written submissions: email as a Word attachment to the submission editor, China – china410 @ hotmail.com. Feel free to ask questions.

Visual submissions: email high-resolution images (300-600 dpi) in .jpg, or .tiff to both china410 @ hotmail.com and the lay-out designer, Connie – anarchohippypunk @ riseup.net

For all submissions, please indicate that it's a Mamaphiles submission in the subject line of your email message.

Want to know more about the project? Come on by the Mamaphiles website at http://www.mamaphiles.com or visit Mamaphonic.com
 
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mamas, answer me! 
  coldbeansoup
 
08:13am 08/11/2008
  if you're willing to have your answers published in the mama calendar:

name 2-5 zines that you love to read, what's so great about them & how can people find them?
 
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mama calendar 2009: call for submissions 
  coldbeansoup
 
01:58pm 27/09/2008
  the 2009 Mama Calendar is getting underway!
people, mothers, fathers, partners, kids, friends & allies,
the mama calendar is what it is because of your words, pictures, dreams, visions, rants, raves, recipes, recipes for revolution.
send me your best stuff, by October 30, to
the mama calendar
coleen murphy
PO box 741655
new orleans, LA
70174
coleen@bust.com
calendars will be available on November 15, 2008, in person at the New Orleans Bookfair and via email & the US mail for $12 a piece,
payable by check, cash, money order or paypal.
advance orders are what make the calendar project possible.
ask about wholesale pricing for orders of ten or more.



 
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Call for Submissions: Don't Leave Your Friends Behind 
  coldbeansoup
 
12:02pm 25/08/2008
  CONCRETE WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN YOUR SCENE

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind is a book geared toward the non-parent radical community about how to be an ally to the parent(s) in their midst.

This book is going to be a collection of some of the best minds out there. We're looking for activists, allies, and radical parents to submit the most kicking stuff to make this the best book ever for getting down to business: let's make a better world WITHOUT Leaving out the mamas (and papas, partners, child-care providers) and children this time!

We are interested in submissions that focus on practical concrete ways you can (and have!) supported parents and children in your scene! We want stories of including children and parents in the anarchist and anti-capitalist activist movement such as: organizing Kidz Corners at radical bookfairs, providing childcare at specific events or as a political action, creating Baby blocs, and being part of collectives who include childcare so their members can participate, etc.

Word limit is from one sentence suggestions to 5.000 word essays.

Deadline: ?
(Its been extended - and we havent' put a new deadline on it yet)


Editors:

Vikki Law is a writer, photographer and mother who has been working on a survey of anarchist mothers for the past two years. She also put out the zine "Mama Sez No War," a compilation of mothers' experiences and activism against the U.S. war on Iraq and is the co-editor of "Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison." Her first book "Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women" (www.women.prisonersresistance.org) is coming out on PM Press.

China Martens is the editor of the long-running zine "The Future Generation ", Slug & Lettuce columnist, and mother of a 20 year old. Her first book "The Future Generation: a zine-book for subculture parents, kids, friends + others" is an anthology of 16 years of her zine and is put out by Atomic Book Company – also available from AK PRESS

Jessica Mills writes a monthly column for Maximum Rock N Roll, "My Mother Wears Combat Boots" and her book came out on AK Press in November 2007 by the same title. She's a mother of two, sometimes plays sax with Citizen Fish, and is always all about organizing cooperative childcare.

Questions? Feel free to get in touch.

Contact:
China Martens
China410@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 4803 Baltimore MD 21211

or

Vikki Law
vikkimL@yahoo.com
PO Box 20388
Tompkins Square Station
New York, NY 10009
 
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Jessica Mills: Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee 
  coldbeansoup
 
10:33am 16/02/2008
  Sorry for the short notice, but go see her if you can!

from AK Press:

To ease you into event season, this is just a quick note to let you know
about some talks AK author Jessica Mills is doing this weekend in the
mid-west. Besides being an accomplished musician, artist, activist,
writer,
teacher, and mother of two, Jessica is the author of "My Mother Wears
Combat
Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us"
(http://akpress.org/2007/items/mymotherwearscombatboots).

-----------------

So if you're around this weekend, please come by and see her. Here's
where
she'll be:

Saturday, February 16th, 7pm: Quimby's in Chicago, IL (1854 W. North
Ave.)

Sunday, February 17th, 2pm: A Room of One's Own in Madison, WI (307 W.
Johnson St.)

Monday, February 18th, 6pm: Broad Vocabulary in Milwaukee, WI (2241 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave.)

-----------------

Disappointed by run-of-the-mill parenting books that didn't speak to her
experience, she set out to write a book tackling the issues faced by a
new
generation of moms and dads. The result is a parenting guide like no
other.
Written with humor, extensive research, and much trial and error, My
Mother
Wears Combat Boots delivers sound advice for parents of all stripes.
Amid
stories of bringing kids (and grandparents) to women's rights
demonstrations, taking baby on tour with her band, and organizing
cooperative childcare, Jessica gives detailed nuts-and-bolts information
about weaning, cloth vs. disposable diapers, the psychological effects
of
co-sleeping, and even how to get free infant gear. This book provides a
clever, hip, and entertaining mix of advice, anecdotes, political
analysis,
and factual sidebars that will help parents as they navigate the first
years
of their child's life.

Here's what others are saying about the book!
"Jessica Mills is a great writer with a lot to say and the heart, guts,
brains, and perseverance it takes to do it. My Mother Wears Combat Boots
is
an instant classic, the latest in the evolution of punk sensibilities
into
sustainable community action: full of real life experience and
well-researched inquiry. It will take another generation before a
parenting
book has the cutting edge insight, yet stable strength, of this
collection."
China Martens, author of The Future Generation: A Zine-Book for
Subculture
Parents, Kids, Friends & Others

"My Mother Wears Combat Boots helps to pave the way for a whole new
generation of moms with advice on the down to earth essentials of
parenting,
it's also further proof that you don't have to stop Rockin' once you
have
become a parent. I found this to be an invaluable resource as a new
mom!"
Chris(tine) Boarts Larson, editor of Slug & Lettuce

"Sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartwarming, Jessica Mills is
brilliant
in her own down-to-earth way. My Mother Wears Combat Boots avoids the
pitfalls of the polemical and preachy and serves as an entertaining
guide to
how to raise a child into more than another blind consumer."
Sean Carswell, Razorcake magazine

"How unreal and yet real it is to have a mother of two bring along a
babysitter on tour in a wonderful refusal to be 'tied down' by
motherhood—and now have the experience written up in intelligent and
captivating prose, alongside a wealth of 'how-to' info and inspiring
stories
that relate touring to family life and in the process redefine both.
Excellent!"
Dick Lucas, Subhumans / Citizen Fish


_______________________________________________
AK Press / 674-A 23rd Street / Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 208-1700
http://www.akpress.org
_______________________________________________
 
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Vote for a Free Baby CranioSacral Clinic! 
  karamaia
 
11:40pm 14/01/2008
  Please vote, each vote counts!

Support the WaterBaby CranioSacral Project!

Hello, everyone - please vote for this project, I entered a national contest to win funding for my project so I can offer free craniosacral services for babies and families combined with the therapeutic benefits of warm water in a community setting.

http://www.ideablob.com/ideas/1225-WaterBaby-CranioSacral-Therapy-

I intend to facilitate a free monthly CranioSacral Therapy clinic for infants and babies at a community therapeutic pool. I live a mile away from a warm, salt-water, solar powered therapeutic pool, and would love for the support to rent this facility each month for a free community clinic.

http://www.ideablob.com/ideas/1225-WaterBaby-CranioSacral-Therapy-

Thank you and Many Blessings, Kara
 
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mama calendar 2008 is out 
  coldbeansoup
 
12:12pm 07/11/2007
 
 
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mama calendar 2008 - call for submissions 
  coldbeansoup
 
12:50pm 24/09/2007
  people, mothers, fathers, partners, kids, friends & allies,
the mama calendar is making a comeback.
send me your best stuff, by October 20, to
the mama calendar
coleen murphy
PO box 741655
new orleans, LA
70174
coleen@bust.com
calendars will be available on November 10, 2007, in person at the New Orleans Bookfair and via email & the US mail for $12 a piece,
payable by check, cash, money order or paypal.
advance orders are what make the calendar project possible.
ask about wholesale pricing for orders of ten or more.
here is what the cover of the 2006 edition looked like:

the mama calendar is a community building-consciousness raising resource by,
of, about and for progressive, feminist, activist mothers and their families,
friends & allies everywhere. it is a celebration and a call to action, a thing
of beauty to last the year.
edited by coleen murphy, the calendar features photos of mamas, babies,
children, dads, and friends, as well as a guide to mama-made zines, alternative
parenting resources, recipes, recipes for revolution, great dates in radical
mama herstory, and the work of numerous artist/activist/mamas. recent editions have featured ayun halliday, victoria law, laurel dykstra, sonja smith, trula breckenridge and heather cushman-dowdee, among others.

for updates, stay tuned: http://supercenter.blogspot.com
 
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mamaphiles III 
  coldbeansoup
 
04:52pm 23/08/2007
  * Call for Submissions - Mamaphiles #3: Coming Home *

Mamaphiles is seeking submissions for issue #3, with the theme of "Coming Home," from mamas and papas who are currently producing their own zines.

We are interested in essays, photos, cartoons, or anything else you can come up with! (Feel free to interpret the theme wildly.)

Because of space limitations, written submissions should be 1500 words or less. Please include a short bio and ordering information for your zine (these will not be part of the word count).

Contributors are asked to edit their own work. Submissions may be spellchecked and reformatted for consistency. Contributors are given the chance to okay any proposed changes before production.

Mamaphiles is a friendly and inclusive project whose goal is self-expression and mutual support. All submissions are accepted. All contributors are invited to join in the collaborative effort, and are asked to assist with marketing and/or production of the zine when possible.

Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2007.

Written submissions: email as a Word attachment to corbinlew@clearwire.net

Visual submissions: email high-resolution images (300-600 dpi) in .jpg, .tiff, or .gif format to loupbj@yahoo.com

For all submissions, please indicate that it's a Mamaphiles submission in the subject line of your email message.

Mamaphiles website: http://www.mamaphiles.com

Questions? Email jenna at tenderfootzine@gmail.com
 
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call for submissions: mama calendar 2007 
  coldbeansoup
 
11:17am 01/11/2006
 
these are the november pages of the mama calendars from 05 & 06. as I turned them over this morning, I realized that it's time! time to make the calendar. so, people, mothers, fathers, partners, kids, friends & allies, send me your best stuff, by December 1, to the mama calendar coleen murphy PO box 741655 new orleans, LA 70174 coleen@bust.com
calendars will be available on or around December 20, 2006, for $12 a piece, payable by check, cash, money order or paypal. advance orders are what make the calendar project possible. ask about wholesale pricing for orders of ten or more.
here is what the cover of the 2006 edition looked like:

the mama calendar is a community building-consciousness raising resource by, of, about and for progressive, feminist, activist mothers and their families, friends & allies everywhere. it is a celebration and a call to action, a thing of beauty to last the year.
edited by coleen murphy, the calendar features photos of mamas, babies, children, dads, and friends, as well as a guide to mama-made zines, alternative parenting resources, recipes, recipes for revolution, great dates in radical mama herstory, and the work of numerous artist/activist/mamas. recent editions have featured ayun halliday, victoria law, laurel dykstra, sonja smith, trula breckenridge and heather cushman-dowdee, among others.
for the latest information on next year's edition, check in at http://supercenter.blogspot.com
 
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call for submissions 
  chocobotkid
 
01:18am 26/10/2006
  It's a mega-zine, a ONE TIME issue on Mothering and Mental Health:
-How do you do it?
-Making it
-Meds/No Meds
-Support
-Alternatives
-Getting through the day
-Deep corners of depression/Embarrasing the kids with your mania
-Comfort food/shopping therapy etc...
-Sleep/insomnia
-On being "normal"
-Recipies for destruction/creativity
-Dealing with mentally ill parents
-Crisis management
-The back up plan/Emergencies
-Hospitalization
-One day at a time
-Coping with you for partners/coping with partners/family
-Activism
-PPDS
-Pregnacy: meds or no meds? what was your experience?

Get it off your chest (I'll even publish anonymous submissions).
Deadline December 15 2006
Email submissions and queries to Lindsey at chocobotkid at hotmail dot com
 
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writing opportunity 
  lynnbo_momo
 
08:32pm 21/09/2006
  I found a good opportunity for LGBT parents that I thought I'd share. Click the link for submission guidelines; it's an online magazine for children with LGBT parents. It looks like a good zine and they pay, too!

http://www.rainbowrumpus.org/htm/contact.htm
 
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advice on writing markets 
  lynnbo_momo
 
01:57pm 20/09/2006
  Hey Mamas:

I am developing a piece on why the faux-DIY decorators like Rachel Ashwell and Sue and Ki of Junkmarket Style make me want to barf. It's basically a riff on the following:

-- the commercialization of the DIY spirit
-- how to "buy" individuality or "character" and make your own "seem" full of history when it is not
-- how refurbishing (dismantling or destruction) of retro items and antiques destroys historical objects
-- the general phoni-ness about decorating a home that reflects none of your actual experiences
-- why your home is art and how to support that, vs. trying to impress others or get a certain look

I'm very interested in the subject and am doing some preliminary research but I'm not clear on a good market for such a piece -- the anti-corporate angle makes it a bit difficult.

Any suggestions would be fantastic.

Thanks -- Lynn Bomb
 
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via seal press 
  lotusbeans
 
11:14pm 14/09/2006
  x-posted to writingmamas

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

THE BIGGER, THE BETTER, THE TIGHTER THE SWEATER
BEAUTY, BODY IMAGE, AND OTHER HAZARDS OF BEING FEMALE
Slated for Winter 2007

The statistics are staggering. Eighty percent of American women are dissatisfied with the way they look. Twenty-two percent of college women claim to “always” be on a diet. Americans spend more than $40 billion on diet-related products each year. Since 1997, there has been a 465 percent increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures performed, accounting for $12.5 billion in 2004. But statistics only tell a small part of the story.

We are simultaneously taught to scrutinize ourselves and to feign nonchalance. We are supposed to care whether our jeans make our butts look big but we all know how obnoxious it is to actually ask if they do. To speak honestly about our bodies is a rare thing. To speak honestly and be funny about it is a triumph.

THE BIGGER, THE BETTER will be an anthology of personal narratives that have at their hearts a funny story but that aim higher or delve deeper without the need to be politically correct or particularly uplifting. It will help paint an entertaining and realistic portrait of our feelings and attitudes about our bodies with all their complexities and contradictions.

We are looking, first and foremost, for truly funny writing. But, humorous anecdotes are not enough. These humor pieces will also be exceptionally well-written personal essays by women willing to explore the complexities of their relationships with their bodies and appearances. Tell secrets, admit defeat and triumph, expose underbellies, be honest. We are particularly interested in voices that may not get much coverage in the mainstream. We want strong, developed, first-person writing that goes beyond mass market journalism.

Some likely topics include:
• Ideas of perfection and imperfection vis a vis race, body type, skin color and personal taste
• Plastic surgery
• Pregnancy/motherhood
• Beauty knows no pain: dye jobs, plucked brows and bikini waxes
• Ready to Wear: fashion, cosmetics and the right shoes
• The Female Form: rolls, jiggles and dimples
• Learning to love or loathe a body transformed by illness or injury
• Taking it Off: sex with the lights on
• Support: Filling out a bra, or not
• Obsessions: Seeking toe cleavage, a hairless chin, or eternal perkiness
• WTF?!: Puberty

Editors: Samantha Schoech and Lisa Taggart are editors and writers living in the Bay Area. Together they edited TIED IN KNOTS: FUNNY STORIES FROM THE WEDDING DAY (Seal Press, 2006), which contains good examples of the type of essays being sought for THE BIGGER THE BETTER.

Publisher: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, publishes groundbreaking books by and for women in a variety of topics.

Deadline: October 15, 2006

Length: 2,500-6,000 words

Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio (50 words) suitable for publication on the last page. Essays will not be returned.

Submitting: Send essay electronically as a Word file (with .doc extension) to Samantha Schoech and Lisa Taggart at bodyessay@mac.com. Put “The Bigger, the Better” in the subject line. If email is not possible, mail the essay to Lisa Taggart at 1480 Santa Clara St., Santa Clara CA 95050.

Payment: $100 plus two books

Reply: Please allow until January 1, 2007, for a response. If you haven't received a response by then, please assume your essay has not been selected. It is not possible to reply to every submission personally.
 
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if you know what it means... 
  coldbeansoup
 
03:43pm 23/08/2006
  to love new orleans.

from victoria law:

Lizxnn Disaster and I are putting together a two-part exhibition about
New Orleans at ABC No Rio, a community arts center in NYC, for the fall.

We were both in New Orleans this past June working with the Latino
Health Outreach Project. While down there, we realized that there was a
tremendous amount of work to be done but also that many of the people
traveling to the city to do solidarity/relief work were not seeing the
magical qualities that made New Orleans special and makes it important
to do this kind of work.

The first part is art and work from/about New Orleans before Katrina.
We're tentatively titling it "Remembering what Care Forgot." It opens 21
Sept (thurs) and closes 19 October. We want to show WHY New Orleans is
important and unique, not just the disaster images that have become the
main focus of exhibitions about the city since the hurricane.

The second part of the show (which is so far unnnamed) focuses more on
solidarity and relief work being done now and issues which have come up
post-Katrina (like Survivors' Village outside the St. Bernard Projects).
We're especially looking for work around issues not being addressed
(i.e.
domestic violence, prison issues, housing outside the Lower 9th Ward,
etc). This part will open 9 November (Thurs) and close 30 November.

I am writing to ask if you or any of the people you work with have art
to contribute to either show.


ABC No Rio is a non-profit, collectively-run arts center on the Lower
East Side. We often mount exhibitions which address social and political
issues that larger galleries/art spaces won't touch and try to provide a space
for marginalized voices.
More information about the space can be found at: www.abcnorio.org


We're hoping to have finalized artists by August 27th so we can include
them on the publicity card and press releases.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at vikki@siuloong.net
 
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zine time 
  chocobotkid
 
09:28pm 17/08/2006
  Hello ladies,
I am well aware that this group is pretty dead. but i am in a serious funk, it's bad.
so, i need to do something. one step at a time. i need a goal. so i want to try my hand (again) at zinemaking.
i am looking for art, photos, collages, writing, poems, comfort food recipies. ANYTHING about being depressed, bi-polar, manic etc... mothering with mental illness.
cause right now, i feel like a failure, a shit mom, and i need to write to stay alive right now. and you too. i need y'all to help me by submitting stories, art or anything at all in relation to your mental health and motherhood. you can be on meds, not medicated, no judgments. i just want to spread the word that we can do it. cause we ARE doing it. as rough as it can get.
one piece i'd love to include would be an IM conversation/interview between myself and anyone interested. we can have a dialogue, less an interview, more  like talking about daily shit and how we cope.
please please send me stuff. if you contirbute, you will get a copy.

linds

chocobotkid at hotmail dot com
 
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breast-pumpin' mamas, take note! 
  lynnbo_momo
 
08:58pm 11/04/2006
  Got some good breast-pumping-at-work horror stories? Anything else about your pumping experience at work that you want to get off your chest? (ugh, sorry for the pun).

I am doing research for an article on breast-pumping accomodations in the workplace. I am looking for some mamas willing to tell me a bit about their experiences. I want to explore the gap between the theoretical definitions of employer accomodation for breast-feeding mothers and what happens in practice. I acknowledge that women pump at home and work at home, but I am focusing on workplaces outside of the comforts of home for the purposes of my article, which I am aiming at a couple different parent publications.

Here are my questions:

1) Have you pumped breastmilk at your workplace? What sort of accomodations were supplied to you by your employer, including length of time, storage space and physical location?

2) Have you ever experience restrictions or biases based on your need to pump or breastfeed duing the work day?

3) Were you able to breastfeed your child directly during the workday? How did your workplace accomodate you?

4) Overall, was your experience of breast-feeding and/or pumping during your workday positive or negative?

Please send responses to lynnbomb@hotmail.com and feel free to email me any other questions you may have. Thanks!
 
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5 just won't be the same without you! 
  erz_scamp
 
11:15am 23/03/2006
  Yes, you!

Submissions wanted for hippohank#5 the ho bowl issue

Find out what a Ho Bowl is and what I'm looking for by way of submissions at the hippohank submission page



Or email me at beth@hippohank.com with any questions, comments, etc.

Beth

x-posted
 
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  rebelinmagenta
 
01:06am 19/03/2006
  Dirty July #1 new zine after a nearly two year hiatus by Melanie. This issue consists of writings about my pregnancy (the birth) and breastfeeding, lost mail, organization, how I quit smoking, the meaning behind the new name, a few of my favorite things & just a little bit more! It's quarter- sized / 22pp and cost $1 or zine trade. Please email = rebelgirl89(at)hotmail(dot)com for address and /or if you're interested in trading. Yay! It's been too long!  
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