I don’t know why I find this comforting but I’m watching livestream of votes being counted in my city while listening to Prince (The Love We Made) on repeat
thunderstorm + October #peppermintalleypress on my desk next to the woodstove. It’s cabin cozy in this old #unschoolhouse
working on a zine starring a fly, not counting the days until the election. No, totally not doing that. #zines #election2020 #peppermintalleypress
Updated zine! I wanted to get this updated for National Coming Out Day.
I started this zine on a Spring evening in 2019. It was cold and sleeting as I parked myself in a pub across the street from an LGBTQ+ youth center. I had just dropped off a teen (who was staying with us) and they had asked me when I first came out. I didn’t have a good quick answer at the time, so I sat at the bar and lined up a rainbow of pens. It’s easy enough to explain how coming out isn’t a one-time-thing. I wanted to tell them that I don’t remember specifically “coming out” so much as a continual process of trying to be true to myself. It sounds cliche. What I really wanted to explain was how coming out can be an act of coming in to your self and into a vast constellation of queerness. 🌌
The September Peppermint Alley Press is officially sent fourth into the world! It might have not been completely sent until this first week in October, but it’s out there. Creating these little monthly wanderings is a joy for me and I’m so tickled (and oftentimes surprised) that you want to read it.
I’ve been considering a way to extend the monthly mailings so, starting in November, there is a second offering, the Special Edition. The same monthly non-news newsletter will come to your mailbox but it will be in color and have lots of other goodies in the envelope, including zines made by me, stickers, goodies, and other supplies to send a little snail mail magic of your own. You can sign up here. While this will start in November, if you sign up by October 20th, there will be a bonus test-run Special Edition that I will send in later October.
I believe in the power of snail mail and the joy of reading things on paper. Rest assured, the regular Peppermint Alley Press will continue on as is- a free fun thing that shows in your mailbox. Creating the Special Edition form will simply allow me to fund the endeavor and put a little more energy into creating.
I have in mind, some other ideas for engaging in creative mail making that I am hoping to roll out this winter. I am picturing those darker, colder months and some projects that we might enjoy creating in our homes. If you have any ideas or desires, I would love to hear. In the meantime, thank you, to each of you who inspire and encourage.