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17 March 2005 @ 10:06 am
zine review  
i just finished reading heartofkudzu's zine, "Baby Girl #7", and it is seriously amazing. it's about her mother's battle with cancer and how she & her family dealt with the disease on a day-to-day basis and just... wow. i can't do this zine any justice in describing it (i feel very inarticulate today, i'm hoping i can write through that), but it really makes you think twice, appreciate having healthy family (if you do), appreciate lindsey's strength and her mum's courage. i'm lucky; i don't know anyone personally who's had cancer. so i don't know what it's like to deal with the possibility of death like that, to have the pain lingering every single day. this zine definitely gave me a little insight into that, and it touched me immensely. i don't often write zine reviews, either here on my lj or in my own zines (even though i love reading other people's, i love recommendations of must-read zines so maybe i should start doing my own lists...) but this one is definitely worth a mention (a whole post!) and a "go read this zine now!" call.

i got my copy from My My distro, which is closed at the moment (for the boston zine fest, which i would love to go to, it sounds like loads of fun with all those zine kids!), but i think it's available from several other distros as well.

i got some other zines from My My this week too, including the latest Girl Swirl which was great as always (i loved the layout/aesthetics and the ribbon was a nice touch!), and tonight i'll start reading some of the others. but i just couldn't put "Baby Girl #7" down.

edit: speaking of zines, i think i'm going to change the subtitle of my next zine from whimsical to faerytales. my original ideas for a whimsy theme are just not turning out the way i imagined, and the zine is pretty much turning out into a "dreams versus reality" theme... which originally i was going to tie in with the idea of whimsy & beautiful things & dreams & mysticalness versus the "cold hard reality" of the urban world - city streets & urban blocks & steel walls. but i'm struggling to fit that in and the zine is definitely theming itself more towards "faerytales" and how life isn't like a faerytale and don't we all want that happy ending? so i think it's going to be winterspark 3: faerytales instead. i'll save whimsical until i am able to put together a more whimsy themed zine, because i love that word and it seems a shame to 'waste' it on a zine that's not really about that after all. what d'ya think?

robin: would you love me thenbruised on March 17th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
i have some money now, can i have some of your zines? even a few of the zines i missed out?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 17th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
Re: question
of course bella! i will send both issues out to you (email me your address? jade @ faerywinged.org)
asraix on March 17th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
You are a very talanted woman. I have faith in you. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 17th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
thankyou darling <3
Erinbluhairedmonky on March 17th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
baby girl is an awesome awesome zine. i also like the zines "contraction" and "shrub" which also deal with losing a mother. maybe you should check those zines out.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 17th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
do you have them at your distro? thankyou for the recommendations! <3
Jen Renee ♥_fiveanddime on March 17th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
psst, you helped make my day so much brighter today with your sweet note, gorgeous car (keep making your own cards!), and adorable stickers (i'm secretly in love with strawberry shortcake) :)

i found your CD tonight and I want to thank you for the beautiful mix that was the absolute perfect music for what i've been going through lately. i was listening to some of it when I went down the street to the store and i'm in love & i will listen to the rest on my way to (and from) school tomorrow.

honestly, you have no idea since i've been having such a tough week and i thank you so much.


(and a new zine to read! i *love* faerytales as a subtitle personally)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 17th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
*beams* oh i'm so glad it all made it to you, and you enjoyed the music!! i love making mix-cds but never know if people will actually enjoy them - i'm really glad you liked it :) i can definitely make you more :)
and as soon as i saw those strawberry shortcake stickers i thought of you :D there are others in that series, i think, that i've seen, so i'll likely send you more because a girl can never have too many stickers (or too much strawberry shortcake) :D
jupiterava__ on March 17th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
ooh i am completely supportive of the change of title,
(not that there was anything at all wrong with it, i just agree about saving it, and if you are thinking this now then i think that there is a reason and you will kick yourself later when the perfect idea for whimsical is born in your wonderful mind and it has already been used on something equally as fantastic, but perhaps more suited to the b e a u t i f u l faerytales!)
oh gosh, i hope this makes a little bit of sense, i am feeling quite inarticulate myself. (although not just today, all of the time).
and i know that i must seem like such a terrible person for never getting around to sending you money so i could get a copy of winterspark 1 & 2, i am just SO SLACK and now without money. and when that changes i s w e a r that you will get a purple envelope with money for everything that i have missed, if still possible, and if thats fine. and aaargh i hate making excuses for myself but i dont want you to think that i was lying about really wanting to read them.
do you know what i mean? <3
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 17th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
oh darling, i understand perfectly... email me your address? i'll send you copies for free, just 'cos you're a sweetheart and i appreciate your support so much <3
email me - jade @ faerywinged.org
i'll send them out this weekend :)
jessicasea__secret on March 17th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
i have "baby girl" #7 in my stack of zines to read too, and i keep hearing how incredible it is. maybe i'll read that tonight.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 19th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
oooh, you should. it's really wonderful <3
jessicasea__secret on March 21st, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
i'm nearly done with it! i sat there reading it at Staples while my zines were copying.

it's great.

i notice it says it was done in 2002 though--is it her latest? and i wonder how her mom is doing now?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on March 22nd, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
yup - but she said on her lj she was working on a new one, i think. or maybe she said that in her email. lol, i forget which, BUT, the good news is, her mom is still alive, and it sounds like she's doing okay ! *beams* i was so happy to read that.
jessicasea__secret on March 22nd, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
oooooh good! that makes my morning, hearing that.