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covering it

worked on the cover concept yesterday:

sketched out the door (which is not as tilted in InDesign). I like the door, especially an outer-door look, but N prefers a smooth surfaced inner door, something more “dressing room,” but she liked the graffiti idea. working on fonts for “TalyaWren.” may rework the curtain-ish pull–I have a sketch with a color but it is too dark to translate well and ruins the peel back idea, but I like its sketch lines better, so work there. and the more I look at that girl, the more embarrassed I become–geesh. my inspiration from print is a Banksy work on a fence. behind the curtain will be an photographic image onto a stage, or from the stage–which I tested and looks really cool.

conceptually. we would like to use the door to tie in w/ Door To Grace. also an exterior door, whether the going in or out, there is possibility and access depending on perception (escape or shelter). In a way, the figure pulling back would be a force of will and/or revelation–as is the use of graffiti. I, first, thought a more androgynous figure w/ and instrument. May still yet. I think any changes there may depend on the photographic image we end up using.

If anyone wants to take any aspect in hand and consult/collaborate on the image with me?–stellar. contact me: talyawrenzine@stonhaus[dot]com or leave intentions in comments.


 (images: 1- mine. 2-via Pinterest via imgur.)



There had been suggestions about writing/journaling about the music experience; the forms were ambiguous, other than the machines themselves; then N came up with a great challenge of definite relation:

Take a song, use the lyrics and theme to write a short story (or essay or poem). Or use the sounds and/or theme and/or structure (narrative or otherwise). Take inspiration and transform it into a written work. 

What do you think? Think you could do it?

I’m curious what N will come up with. You should try it, too, and share it.* talyawrenzine[at]stonhaus[dot]com


*it needn’t be for purposes of publication/project contribution. could just be a fun collaborative thing to do.

idea generating

So I encouraged Logan in the comments under “A Playlist in the Making” to possibly submit a review of an album or concert. His reviews of these sort on his blog “Rememorandum” are always an enjoyable read.  

We, at TalyaWren, are looking for music-centric write-ups. And it doesn’t have to be a review of an album or concert or music video, per se. In a rambling flurry of idea generating, I launched a manic (run-on) paragraph of ideas at another friend and source of music-oriented conversation: Kevin. I translated them below.

What follows are some ideas of things to write about or illustrate artistically in some form:

Music and television:

__What do you think about the use of a television shows and/or advertisements to promote/launch bands/musicians?

__How do you feel about the contests like American Idol or X-Factor, Dancing w/ the Stars, etc and their affect on the entertainment industry?

__What do you think about Glee or Disney’s Shake-it Up or any other music driven show.


__Your reaction to YouTube covers and/or mash-ups/

__Are pandora/spotify walking across the radio star’s grave?

__how to make a playlist for…

__what iTunes has done to the album (w/purchasing singles etc)


__Highlight an under-appreciated genre (satire or no). Or highlight a band or musician. We’d love a well-written paragraph or piece of art that features your favorite musical or theatrical artist.

__5 or 10 albums/bands you wish had greater exposure and why?

__5 or10 seminal albums/bands for all adolescents and/or newbies and why?

__we talk about how girls/women are represented as performers, what about boys/men? a thought on their pressures/image


__Venues: Arena vs Pub

__The cell phone shift from lighters

__Proper etiquette at shows (and not necessarily just rock concerts. How do we behave in the theater or at ballets, etc?)

__a concert experience : a funny story, a moment of transcendence, a snapshot.

__why go to shows anyway?

A personal response:

__moments where a song or performance led to/involved a sense of :  healing; or self-confidence; or self-expression (created an outlet, a voice); or proved to be an influence–whether empowering or perpetuating–to someone you know.


If you think of something thematically-suited that you’d like to see represented by image or written about, please jot down your ideas in the comment section.


out of the quiet

the quiet on the blog has reflected the quiet on the zine-front. in non-zine news we have been busy. N just finished hammering out a essay for a competition–one we think will fit nicely into this edition of the zine! Which is how we plan on pitching th second wave of submission calls just before Winter Break. several of N’s fellow students have music write-ups due and we are all about making all that hard work work for us! submit those class assignments if they fit.

we will also follow up on a few personal invites this weekend. Sean hit up a few old friends: a costumer, an improv guy, and a drama teacher/sketch comedy performer. yeah, we are excited too! If you have someone you know to interview or someone you admire to write about or create a fan page (shrine) do share!

in the meantime, N wants to share this video our friend Melanie shared with us the other day. You’ll recognize the Jason Mraz song?-one of N’s favorites.



Last year we starting with one cover concept and Sean even inked it. Nearer To-Print, however, the cover changed as it was inspired by the way we put the zine together. This year we returned to the brainstorming early over the cover because we wanted to translate some of the ideas and elements into fliers to pin up at school. We feel more confident in how we will bind the zine this year (high-tech with staples and tape). Please, let there be fewer changes.

Door was an image we thought could easily tie to theme and fundraiser. Yet, the stage and the view from the wings wasn’t too much of a stretch either.

Waiting in the wings; photo Chirstopher Wahl; (Royal Academy of Dance)

We looked at what surprisingly few images were culled by Google Images. We talked about perspective: Should the audience be in view, or should we go straight across the stage? How prominent should the stage be in proportion to “back stage,” and if there is a figure, what silhouette should we cast? Do we care what gender the figure might be?–as to this, L argued, if the gender of the figure is discernible, it should be male. This isn’t a girls only zine and if the cover has the name it will, then coupled with a male figure, there should be less confusion. N thought L was overthinking it. Her concern was figure w/ Instrument over Ballet Dancer–if there should be one at all. In the end, if from the wings is the idea, the Reader will be standing in the wings. And we are back to proportions and perspectives and lighting, and the translation of values into black and white. Though it could still have a figure.

What to use for fliers comes next. Stage w/ curtains closed. Empty stage from audience perspective. Auditions. L flipped through photographs of N that we might manipulate; ones N wouldn’t mind having used around her peers.

Next. What goes on the fliers.  N lists: Eye-catching Font, Color, and Attractive Image. We Google Image again for Calls for Submissions. We list what needs to be on the flier without cluttering it. And really, what can we do in a short amount of time? Something great, of course–we hope.

The fliers? They are coming very soon. Maybe tomorrow. Will post the finished products here.


photo88The zines are in the mail, or most of them anyhow. A few get to be hand-delivered. Friday morning found me chapping fingertips putting stamps on envelopes. Said hands were already cramped from the scribbled “Please do not bend” I felt compelled to write twice per envelope. While I realize our mail slot on this elderly house is unusual, our magazines (made of sturdier stuff) hardly make it without being destroyed first. So I shall state it here, too: If your TalyaWren is received in a terrible condition, let us know so we can send another, girded in better protective gear.photo77

We are so excited to have sent out the zine! We really hope the recipients enjoy getting them in the mail, sitting down at the table, and opening them up for a good perusal and read.

I plan to get a “about me” paragraphs from contributors and add a page for that here. And post on any inspired works or quiz results we hope to find in our email box. Info about N’s Germany trip will likely occupy the next number of posts. Otherwise, I suppose it will get a wee bit quieter around here.


01 tapedGreat news! The zines are all folded and taped!

The not-so-good news: the zine didn’t go out today.

The better news: Friday!

With the task of putting addresses on envelopes, our thoughts turn to packaging. If you have ever purchased from a shop at etsy.com, you know how delightfully creative people can be. I’m not sure we are to that level. But ideas swirled and settled upon “how ‘bout a stamp?” and “whatever we do, just no more tape!”

01 stampedN and L carved stamps today.  N thought a negative of the bird would be good, so we made two stamps. We figured stamps would be an easy way to mark the envelope without embossing tools or figuring out the printer. Now to figure out how to revive the stamp pads.

01 markedN put the bookmarks we designed into the zines. It was like Valentine’s the other day, her going down the mailing list deliberating who would get which one of the 4 bookmarks. Then, because they were learning marketing techniques at school recently, and we talked about viral campaigns quite extensively at dinner the other night, N was plotting where we could leave the extra bookmarks. We may have to print more.

01 stencilWe thought about the weather and the mail slots, of water and bending and folding and jamming. It was decided, “do not bend” should be clearly marked on the envelope. We may add “best avoid liquids, too.” Stencils were an idea and using cardboard out of the recycle, we found the carving to be a bear and it too thick to easily brush paint over. Little wonder stencils are usually those flimsy plasticky things. We’ll either try again with thinner, yet sturdy, material or hand-write. N suggested tape (“you know, print out thin printed strips and tape it on”) and L balked—apparently her allergies are no longer limited to Fall and Spring.

We’ve a few days to make sure everything is lovely and in place. Eager to get this into our contributor’s hands!