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Pieces 6.5 and Chicago Zine Fest.

I will be tabling at the Chicago Zine Fest this year, which I am mightily looking forward to. I had a ton of fun attending the last two years, so I can only imagine that tabling at the darn thing will be even more exciting.

Just in time for the fest, a split I have done with my friend Carrie (of Brilliant Mistake and My Aim is True) will be available at both of our booths as well. So be sure to stop by, say hello, and trade zines!

Who is all coming to the…


Added by Nichole on January 24, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Still working on Pieces #7

Sometimes everything you want to talk about, you can see it, hear it so clearly in your head, but somewhere between brain pulses and the pen in my hand, most of what I want to say is lost. This zine has proven this over and over again.


I believe I'm sticking with the evolution of my masochism. Some friends have expressed interest in such a zine, and it's also the core of many other things I've wanted to write about, such as anxiety, relationships, views of sex, and the coping…


Added by Nichole on November 25, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Lonely in Chicago.

It seems strange that in a city of this you can feel pangs of loneliness. I'm waiting for those moments of being in the right place at the right time, having adventures and taking chances. Last week a friend and I were walking aimlessly in my neighborhood and came across a small group of people playing bags on the street. They shared their beer, whiskey, and conversation. It was wonderful. Moments like that are beautiful, but few and far between.


I'd love to meet up with some…


Added by Nichole on July 28, 2011 at 8:03pm — 3 Comments

Pieces #6: on commuting is available!

This zine took a long while to make. The writing was slow, the editing was slow, I moved house, then the cutting and pasting and scanning and printing, all of it was slower than I would have liked. But as they say, good things come to those who wait, right?


Pieces #6 is an 86-page, 1/4 size…


Added by Nichole on July 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Chicago Zine Fest 2011

Today was the much anticipated Chicago Zine Fest. I had…


Added by Nichole on March 26, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Pieces #5: On Change. It was a long time coming.

I've been trying to write the 5th installment of this zine for months, and nothing was sticking. Six months later, I finally have something!



Pieces #5: On Change

Perzine 1/4 size : 48 pages

Includes stories of change in one form of another,…


Added by Nichole on February 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Holiday Drain.

So, December thus far has not been productive zine-wise. I have a bunch of ideas in my head, but I cannot execute them in a zine. I have my apartment stories, some essays I've been writing on trying to date again, psychology things, letters I wish I could send to people. All sorts of ideas, but when I stare at the paper and hold the glue stick, I feel lost.

Summer is always more productive for me. Not sure why. Maybe I've just come to expect it and by happenstance I create a…


Added by Nichole on December 22, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Update on zines and things.


It may not look it from the zine side of things, but I have been quite busy these past couple months. I've begun sending short stories off to a few journals and lit magazines for consideration, and also gave serious thought to turning my freelancing web design business into a full-blown LLC. I would love to continue freelance graphic design and web development because it allows me the time I need to write while also paying my bills.

Going back to a regular 9 to 5,… Continue

Added by Nichole on October 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

New issue: Pieces #4: on lucid dreaming

Issue 4 of Pieces: on lucid dreaming is now available!

This issue is a little different from past issues in that it is not a 100% perzine. The first half is mostly information on lucid dreaming and techniques I use, with a few stories on how I'm lucid dreaming to conquer anxiety, what I get out of dreaming, my thoughts on out of body experiences, along with other personal tidbits.

The second half is a dream journal I've been keeping to… Continue

Added by Nichole on August 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Master of Pieces #3 is finally done.

I'm picking up a laser printer today to run off copies. My old copy source, a local business in the town I live, supplied free copier use for my last four zines. It's now time I went on my own. Thank you Donna! Your generosity is appreciated.

This issue of Pieces is on writing, drinking and demons and was written in the span of two days. The layout took much longer, but I guess that's always how it goes.

I will let people know when it is available for trade and purchase. Maybe… Continue

Added by Nichole on July 27, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Really thinking about Pieces #3.

I've had the first draft of Pieces #3: On Careers, Jobs and Work done since the beginning of May. However, I've been a little stuck on editing it.

It's a bit of a downer, a zine where I focus on all the low lights of the jobs I've had in my life, especially my last one. It left me quite jaded. But there were a lot of good things about that job too. They should be focused on, brought to light and juxtaposed with the dark smears of bad-time employment.

It makes me want to… Continue

Added by Nichole on May 15, 2010 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Finished the zine section of my site.

Since quitting my job in February, I have really begun to miss web design and development. There is just something so appealing to me about spending 8 hours staring at HTML, CSS and jQuery.

That said, I spent this morning and afternoon adding a zine section to my portfolio site. I think it looks pretty good!


Waiting for my printing contact to come back so I can make copies of Delusion #2. I'm waffling between… Continue

Added by Nichole on April 30, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

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