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warm bed, old zines, zine art show, IPRC, and the Portland Zine Symposium Planning...

I'm currently in my bed in my cold room with my laptop under a fake down comforter that is fantastically warm and making me not want to get out of bed into the rest of the frigid house. You see, apparently our house has been entered into some sort of contest to see who can hold out from turning their heat on the longest. I'm usually the only one here during the day I just close my self in the office and wear my new hat with ear flaps to stay warn. I stay even warmer on days where I have coffee to roast. it warms my office and makes the house smell good.

Speaking of my house, I got a new bookshelf in my dining room and I got these boxes that I thought would help me organize my ridiculously massive zine collection. Well, that was a week ago and now I just have huge piles of zines taking over my dining room. I really need to weed some out and sell them as grab bags and then figure out a way to organize them. It is weird, the ones I want to hang on to aren't because they are all famous or anything, it is because they were created by friends and feel like they hold a part of my past in their pages. I love the ones that have old letters in them or the back cover has one of my many addresses and way old stamps. My hosuemates Amanda and I used to be penpals when she lived in Chicago and we figured that that postage has just about doubled in the past 10 years. ouch!

I was asked to be part of an art show about fonts and text. I guess there will be a small zine contingent and I was invited to take part. Maybe I should put it on the We Make Zine Calendar? Anyway, I have to go set stuff up on Monday and I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with my 4'x7' space. I'm thinking of blowing up covers to a few issues and placing the a few copies of zines on the shelf they provide. I hope that's good enough. I'm sort of excited to be invited to an art show.

I switched to Sunday "after hours" as my shift at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. I had been on every other Friday for awhile but the Sunday shift is shorter and from 5-8. I'm glad it doesn't go too late because I don't like being in the building too late. It is also just enough time to get things done. We also have a new copier that I got acquainted with last week.

Also, It may only be October but come December we plan on having our first organizing meeting for the Portland Zine Symposium. If you live in Portland and think you might have the time to spend on the symposium we would love for you to get involved. Tentative date and time for the first meeting is: Sunday, December 14.

I think that's it in m y zine life this week...

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