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.
How many e-mail exchanges does a correspondence make? Beloved author Adrienne Kress provided answers to N’s interview questions and we worked on the pages during the weekend. Next we decide on a picture of the photogenic author and N needs to write an intro paragraph or two. Meanwhile, L has never seen N so punctual in returning an e-mail–she slaved over a return e-mail for quite some time.
L logged in several hours over the weekend copy/pasting, designing, and religiously saving pages in InDesign. It was good to get the Author Interview in, as well as a few of the stories and other features to see how the pages were going to run at the smaller zine format. In the end, we decided to go with the larger than our usual format. We decided that it will still look great.
Sean finished the cover this weekend!! and he said that the full page shift shouldn’t create any re-work to the cover design.
It was a very productive weekend. Knowing the zine is moving forward on a good foot, we can focus some of our attention on the fund-raising effort. N has to finish paying for her plane ticket by April 1st…
I am so thrilled at the moment I having trouble typing up this post! but I so want to share that I will persevere despite the pauses.
So, a short while back it was thought that “Wouldn’t it be great to feature an author interview in the zine?” Yes–that would be great–good idea. The Who was hardly in question. How about the author of N’s favorite book (for years running and through several annual readings) Alex and the Ironic Gentleman? Adrienne Kress has a great website with all sorts of information on how to contact her…
N wrote up questions she wanted to ask Ms. Kress, like “What inspired you to write Alex and the Ironic Gentleman?” and “Which old lady from your book creeps you out the most? (For me it’s Poppy. Ugh.)”. Nice, huh?
And then she wrote up an email. It begins like this:
Hi, I’m Natalya (10 years old) and I absolutely adore Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. I have read several excellent books since I first read Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and it still remains at the top of my list. When I get to publishing (I am writing a novel currently) I hope to be as good as you!
Today, Adrienne Kress returned with a gracious reply and answer of: “sure! I’d love to do the interview. Can I get it back to you sometime next week?”
I am so excited! I can’t wait ’til N finds out!
The zine was already going to be Fantastic, of course!–but what a great addition to the TalyaWren!