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love letters to monsters #2 is finished! just in time for spring! this is the description i wrote up for my zine distro:

the newest issue of my personal zine is a clear descendant of my former zine "a renegade's handbook to love & sabotage" (five issues were published beteen 2000 & 2002). the zine is comprised of ten pieces ranging from three to seven pages each, pretty heavy on the text, but illustrated throughout with cute comic drawings or people, scenes, & things (& a smidgen of very weird victorian clip art too--cats playing the piano?!). in addition to a letter to a sea monster & a letter from a sea monster, & a page of book recommendations, there is writing on the role of creativity in my life since i dropped out of most political collectives i was in, the events (personal, physical, & clinical) leading up to my abortion last summer (this is split into three parts, each documenting a specific piece of the abortion experience, from finding out i was pregnant to understanding the role of anti-choice activists), my experiences with the boston skillshare collective over the course of six years, a gentle critique of youth liberation, my thoughts on consent & social justice around issues of healthy sexuality, unpacking the concept of "radical relationships" to re-frame the idea on all kinds of health relationships & not just polyamory, struggling to challenge myself creatively & politically, & my frustrations with radical partisanship. this sounds kind of heavy, huh? but hopefully i was effective at writing everything through the prism of my own personal experiences, & the zine is a series of thought-provoking stories as opposed to strident ideological dogma. it definitely puts forth a fairly clear anarcha-feminist politic predicated on my decade-plus doing political collective organizing, but i hope it's also funny, vulnerable, charming...you know, all the good stuff that makes perzines personal. all typewritten with a cut & paste layout.

the zine is quarter-legal-sized, 48 pages, with cream-colored cardstock covers hand-colored (front & back).

other zines i have available:
you live for the fight when that's all that you've got #1 (perzine from february 2006 about death, suicidal ideation, traveling, minneapolis, france, & more) -- $2
up the logic punks! #1 (logic puzzles about punks, anarchists, & zinesters) -- $1.50
up the logic punks! #2 (more logic puzzles about punks, anarchists, & zinesters -- $2

the zine costs $2 anywhere in the world (that includes postage). i accept cash at:
ciara xyerra
12 lincoln ave. #3
somerville MA 02145 USA

or you can pay via paypal: learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com

or you can include with a larger distro order from learning to leave a paper trail zine distro (over 100 different zines to choose from, & an especially great resource if the above zine description appealed to you, because i write pretty much exactly the kind of zines i like to carry--personal/political, feminist & thought-provoking, a mix of good writing & smart-looking layout)

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Comment by ciaraxyerra on April 26, 2009 at 8:32am
candace, i thought of you when i filled your distro order the other day! i was like, "man, if she had just held out for another day or two, she could have picked up the new zine." oh well. it will be around for a while, you'll get it eventually. it would be nice to get it at sticky. should i send some for consignment or something?
Comment by Candace on April 26, 2009 at 7:24am
awesome! I can't wait to read it. Will have to order it from you when I have paypal money again. Also, if you feel like it, it would be fantastic to see this at Sticky.


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