Random stuff

It’s a blog clich√© to say things like “sorry I haven’t posted for a while”, but sincerely, it’s been busy. Recently, I have been:

  • Working on a proposal for an Angry Violist-based radio show… and trying to figure out if I have the cojones to talk and speak and be eloquent on live radio
  • Trying to cope with winter and having shingles (the worst is behind me, at least where shingles is concerned)
  • Writing articles for issue six of Angry Violist — issue 6! Why, it feels like just yesterday that I was assembling issue #1 without the aid of a printer but instead going at it ‘old school’ with pritt stick, letraset, scissors and the library photocopier. Happy days. Anyway, issue #6 will have articles about string instruments from around the world; the science of musical scales; stagefright; the sad, constant pursuit of new music.
  • Basking in the warm glow that comes from reading a particularly nice review. I don’t make money from my zine, it takes ages to write and research. It’s a labour of love for sure, and I sometimes wonder why I do it, then I read a review or an email from a stranger who likes what I do and suddenly everythings okay again.
  • Playing the mandolin – which people used to call ‘the poor man’s fiddle’.
  • Coping with the horror and faux-traditional bullshit that is ‘Christmas’. Seriously, folks, if you aren’t religious or convinced that ‘it’s great for kids’, why put yourself through it. Just say no.
  • Researching the meaning of waking up with a song in my head every single morning.¬† I am sure it is some kind of syndrome. I wake up with a song lodged in my head every single day: this morning it was the Smiths How soon is now? which is a good day; but frequently I wake up to dross like Lionel Richie or Rick Astley. A poor start to the day, I’m sure you’ll agree.

That’s about all. I’ve revamped my Etsy shop so feel free to purchase at will!

I’ll leave you with the sound of inside of my head this morning:

South East London zine fest

I will be tabling at the brand-spanking new South East London zine fest on 12th November, 12-6pm. This particular zine fest has the added boozy appeal and convenience of being held in a PUB — namely, the Amersham Arms in New Cross.

I would like to add here that the first and only time I’ve been to New Cross was when I had an audition at Goldsmiths College nearby. I was 18 and it was the first time I had been to London (I’m from the North). I got on the fast train from Preston at 5am and spent the 3-4 hour long trip jammed between my viola case on one side and a big man in a suit on the other, unable to move my legs.

In London I got on the wrong tube. Then I got on the right tube train, but my viola case got trapped in the tube train doors as they closed. Then a man with flaking skin on his hands tried to fondle my hands. I arrived at the audition sweating from the heat and traumatised, totally messed the whole thing up and failed to get into my beloved Goldsmiths. I only wanted to go there because of John Cale and the Young British Artists, anyway.

Yup. I’m hoping for a more fun day in New Cross this time. Harumph.

Here’s a flyer designed by Kathryn Corlett:

Hey, violist, what’s new?

1/8 size, 8 pages long: All About Zines zine, made for the Cambridge Creative Fair -- the glowy yellow blob is a tuppence

Yes, it’s been a while.

I’ve been super-super busy of late doing the following things:

  • Starting a zine night in my town of Cambridge — sign up to the mailing list or visit us on the scary/baffling world of Tumblr.
  • Doing research and having meetings for a secret-mystery project involving a string quartet and a crazy/brilliant idea.
  • Writing a zine about debt called Into the Red, which might be ready in time for debt season (a.k.a. Christmas). But then again, I might chicken out of ever publishing it at all.
  • Preparing to table at my first ever fair next week with the talented Nick from Not Your Problem. More about that later.
  • Writing a mini-zine called All about zines which is, erm, all about zines and probably contains less text than this here blog entry. But it is very informative. And there’s a picture of a space-rocket in it! I made it to celebrate the Cambridge Creative Fair.
  • Polishing off Issue 5 of Angry Violist. It should be ready for the inaugural Camden Zine Fest on 8th October. FACT.
  • Writing letters & going on epic bike-rides.
  • Watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • Having a life outside of zine-making and writing. Or trying to. I have a full-time job too: leading a secret double life can be quite draining and stressful sometimes.

Well, here’s my new little zine, made for the Cambridge Creative Fair next Saturday. It’s 1/8th size, 8 pages, printed on blue paper with a purple cardstock cover and embroidery silk binding.