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I made my first zine (and so far the only perzine I have ever finished) back in 2002. I was about 16/17 and was very proud of it even though I rushed to get it finished in time for a concert.

The last zine I made was back in 2005/2006 (I can't remember which year exactly).

With 2011: The Revenge of Print I was all set with enthusiasm and ideas to do zines this year.

I have various bits of paper around with what I wanted to have in issue two of On A Sugar High. Skipping Islands is about moving from Greymouth to Auckland and how both are home to me. Have drafted a lot of the bits of the zine but then when I go to type it all up (my handwriting is atrociously bad. One of my co-workers has made me write in capital letters for everything I need to handwrite at work) I get a case of doubt.
"Will anyone else get something out of this? This is an interesting part but is the rest just blathering on?" and so on.

How do other people decide what they should include in their zines? Do you show the drafts to anyone for their thoughts? And I am still trying to decide what size to make it.


I made this badge last night at the workshop Alphabet City had at First Thursdays on K Road. I decided that it could be my little writing totem, perhaps a form of inspiration. Or maybe if I wear it people will ask me why I am not writing.

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