More of the Little Monster I’ve Created

According to Wikipedia a zine is:

An abbreviation of the word magazine—is most commonly a small circulation, non-commercial publication of original or appropriated texts and images.

Zines are written in a variety of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten text (the most famous example perhaps being Aaron Cometbus’s eponymous work). Topics covered are broad, including political, personal, social, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by the sale of zines. Zines are seldom copyrighted and there is a strong belief among many zine creators that the material within should be freely distributed. In recent years a number of photocopied zines have risen to professional status and have found wide bookstore distribution.

The exact origins of the name “zine” and the moment when the word was first used are controversial. The history of “zines” is clearly connected with that of Fanzines, which began in the science fiction subculture in the 1930s, and particularly with the fanzines that emerged as part of the punk rock movement in the late 1970s. “Zines” enjoyed a brief period of attention from conventional media in the 1990s, when a number of “zines” were collected and published in book form. Some believe that the widespread adoption of web browsers starting in 1996 marked the end of the classic period for print zines.

“Zines” continue to be popular. Currently “zines” are important to the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement. Recently galvanizing social issues such as globalization, environmentalism, media conglomeration, American imperialism and consumerism have been addressed by “zinesters.”

An ezine:

is a periodic publication distributed by email or posted on a website.

Ezines are typically tightly focused on a subject area. Ezines in concept are reworking of the popular magazine format of monthly, or weekly topical publications, in an electronic format.

A webzine:

is an ezine hosted on the World Wide Web rather than in print. Unlike blogs, which are published ad hoc, a webzine tends to be published on a regulated basis (weekly, biweekly, monthly). Webzines also maintain an editorial control system whereas blogs do not. Another distinguishing characteristic is that webzines bypass the strict adherence to the reverse-chronological format; the front page is mostly clickable headlines and is laid out either manually on a periodic basis, or automatically based on the story type. Some people also use the term to refer to any magazine published on the Web.

There are also underground ezines and diskmags but I know I haven’t created one of those.

So… What is This Little Monster I’ve Created?

Ezine, blog or just plain everyday website, how do you know which is which and what makes it one or the other?

From the Dmoz category descriptions:

Ezine: An e-zine is the electronic form of a magazine, delivered via the Internet through the web, by e-mail, as a PDF file, or some other commonly accepted electronic form. It shares many of the characteristics of a paper magazine. It will have a regular publishing schedule: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc.

It can accept submissions, which are then approved and edited by an editor or a staff using an agreed upon editorial process. Or it could be produced by a small group of writers.

An e-zine will typically publish only a small selection of the work submitted to it, setting a tone for the zine.

Weblog: A weblog (blog) is a cross between an online journal and an ezine. Weblogs must have links to other websites, they also need a commentary on the sites. Blog entries must be dated.

Weblogs are personal surfing diaries — daily or weekly lists of links that the writer thinks are interesting.

“Personalized news isn’t about going to excite and getting words that match your keyword. It’s about going to a person you trust. Personalized.” — Sabren

Weblogs come in two major flavors: Weblogs, which are more link-oriented, keeping track of news in a particular topic area; and online journals, which emphasize more of the writer’s own thoughts, opinions, and daily life. Both need to be updated on a fairly regular basis in order to be included here (at least three times a week).

Zines and Websites don’t seem to have a description, or any one category. Instead they are listed by subject matter.

I think that leaves ThatGrrl.ca: WordCraft as an ezine then. But, I don’t accept submissions or work with any other writers. As of this moment I also don’t have it sorted into it’s own section on the site. I created 3 index pages: Inspiration and Creativity, Internet and Publishing and Business and Home Office. But, there is no one page I could say is WordCraft itself. I still have Writing Prompts, Quotations and my Author Blab pages up too. But, they are all seperate, joined in a sidebar but not on any one page I could refer to as a seperate identity from the site in general.

Sisters In Crime

World-Wide Organization for Women Writing Mysteries

“To combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries.”

and the Internet Chapter of SinC

Finished Re-Indexing

I just finished changing around the index of all my articles on thatgrrl.ca What a job! I’ve been procrastinating on it for weeks, maybe longer, I could be in denial still.

Now it’s exactly 3:00 AM and I’m starving! I’m also too tired to go downstairs and raid the fridge. Besides, I don’t really have anything good. Well, maybe that lasagna. But, I don’t want to spend time heating it all up. My Mother would not approve. She thinks I’m lazy when I don’t heat up leftovers. I just like them cold, sometimes. Sometimes I may be lazy or just don’t care and want to get to bed without listening to growls of hunger.

Depending on how long it takes all the new stuff to load (I re-did all the article pages too) I may stuff that cold lasagna in my face. Of course, that would require standing up.

Divorced and Devious Divas

I don’t know why divorce popped into my mind this morning. I don’t think about it very often. It’s interesting that most people will say something like “got rid of him, did you?” when you are a divorced woman. They assume things were a certain way. I think this is due to the changing roles for men and women. Women are out there working, they come home and do the house stuff and the kid stuff and then the husband stuff. There isn’t a lot of time for herself and the husband stuff has to come last, after job, kids and house (in whatever order each women puts those). If she’s lucky, she has a modern guy who can take part in the kids and house file, and even understand she needs time for herself, just as he does. I don’t think it works out this way very often in reality.

Most of the time, I think women assume “she got rid of him” because he was not an asset. In fact, he became one more job rather than her partner.

My own divorce wasn’t like that. I don’t feel comfortable writing too much. A personal relationship, is personal. He was the one who first said the ‘d’ word, so I guess he got rid of me in fact. Not that things were going well at that point, for either of us I guess. I thought he was happy enough, I just thought he was always mad at me. He stopped speaking to me for several months. I had been trying to find a way to leave, get out of the situation as I was pretty upset all the time.

I remember the van I looked at and considered buying. Understand, I had almost no money. Some leftover wedding money from my family and some from the telemarketing job (the only job I could find and which I was later fired from), that was all I had. Not enough to buy much of a vehicle, plus gas and such for getting it anywhere. Anyway, I wish you could see this van. It was hilarious. The bottom (floor) of the van had rusted out. I planned that I could put down wooden boards or something to become a temporary floor for moving everything back up to Ontario. It was so funny though. I remember how you could see through the van to the ground below. What an interesting drive that would have been. Driving along and watching the road fly away below your feet. It was a nice big van though, not a minivan, a real cargo type van. Maybe it would have worked. But, I decided against it because if the floor was that bad what might the engine be like? I definitly could not afford repairs. At times I wish (now, when I am not in the situation anymore and things are somewhat stable and safe) that I had tried escaping with the van. It’s one of my ‘road not takens’.

Anyway, my husband woke up beside me one morning and told me (finally spoke to me) that he didn’t think either of us were happy and we should do something about that. He didn’t mean do something about staying together and making things work.

I guess I should have known. When someone tells you about divorce plans the first week you’re married you should expect they aren’t too interested in the marriage. Maybe that was why he became abusive, not physical really, just saying mean things and leaving me out, making me feel like I didn’t belong. Complicated to explain it and I don’t really need to, it’s my blog. 🙂

So, that was it. For him things went along smoothly. He paid for the divorce which was fair cause I paid for most of the wedding. I paid for the immigration to the US, at least all the stuff I had to do with the US government before we were married. I paid for my costs to move to the US and my costs to move away from the US. I think I am still bitter, a little. I don’t think about all of it that much. There is too much going on in the present to spend time thinking about old stuff.

I do think about that rusted out van the odd time. I wonder if it would have worked…. Now I’ll never know. 🙂

I knew someone, somewhere would thought of (and used) a great title like Divorced Divas.

Other stuff I found:

Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn’t have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn’t have to hear about the way his mother cooked. – Submitted by Lois Misiewicz

A woman sits down next to an attractive man on a bus. She says “you look just like my 4th husband”. The man replies, “Your FOURTH husband, how many times have you been married?” “Three” the woman replies.- Submitted by Jeff Poirier

A couple were being interviewed on their Golden Wedding Anniversary. “In all that time — did you ever consider divorce?” they were asked. “Oh, no, not divorce,” one said. “Murder sometimes, but never divorce.” – Unknown

Ex in the City – Empowering women to move from Ex to Extroidinary!

Life After Divorce – An article by Margaret Manning.

Divorce and Women – Link removed by request. (This site cares more about SEO/ Google than readers).

EX SO – Send an ecard to you ex signifigant other.

Exes from Hell

Floral Posey China




Floral Posey Bone China Bowls is an article I wrote for Kitschy Kitschy Coo. It’s about these really pretty posies.

The trilliums came up on EBay last year. I would have loved them. I even thought about making a bid. Reality checked in though and I just kept the photo of them instead. Someday I will find them when I can spend money on getting them.

I have a few of the posey bowls now. Some from old Aunts and some from abandoned houses, etc. They are one of my favourite things.