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I am jealous of zinesters who can put out zines on a regular basis. I publish Manifesto – a compzine -- but it takes me more than a year to put an issue together. Then I look at zinesters on here like Fishspit and Ken (of the Ken Chronicles) and I wonder, “dang, how do they do it?” I could never get that many issues out or that often.

For years, I have kept a journal where I write or draw anything that interests me (more drawing, less writing.) I have often used those pages to spark ideas for Manifesto or other articles I have written. But 12 years of journal have yielded 6 articles.

Maybe my life just isn’t interesting enough to make a perzine – in fact, having now read Fishspit’s Wiseblood -- I know it isn’t.

So, I have turned my energy toward fiction. I have written two short stories, both of them unbelievably boring. Fiction is not so easy to write.

Papa Hemingway said that the Nick Adam’s stories were not autobiographical because Nick did what Hemingway wished he had done in the situations, not what Hemingway actually did. This gives an alternate meaning to “write what you know” as “write away what you know is wrong.” Sort of a karmic exorcism I suppose.

So I will have to write away the everyday-ness of my life. “This morning I woke up to find I had turned into a Cockroach… “ wait, that has been done already.

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