Today’s regularly scheduled programming has been interrupted by the following:
Snow Day! [It’s hard living in states where they are prepared for Winter Weather and so there is hardly a day off–ever! ] They announced it yesterday evening. I love it when they do that. We can sleep in. Well, except Sean whose only consolation was he got to take the car instead of the bus into work. Man is it cold!
But what to do with the daughter today that doesn’t involve marathon readings of The Hardy Boys and Agatha Christie, or marathon watching of PBS shows which she claims helps her with ideas/solutions for Odyssey of the Mind. Will she talk me into a marathon watch of Lord of the Rings?
She is still in bed, buried under her quilt somewhere. I think she knows I am creating a list in here. clean-up here, clean-up there… There is a few things she and I should probably put some time in on. These go under the heading of:
Natalya is coinciding a massive Art/Literacy Project (of her own devising*) with a Fund-raising Effort to get herself to Berlin in Late Spring. It works as a “Thank you for your monetary support may I in turn gift you with a homemade zine?” Better, she has friends supporting the Project and Effort by contributing works of Art, Stories, Recipes, etc. We thought we should have enough material of Natalya’s own, but we thought it would be a fun opportunity for friends to share and to garner greater interest in the Project and Effort.
Anyway, we are working right up to the “submission” date with our own works and features. N is hoping to include an interview with her favorite author. I am hoping to find something to submit that would be content-appropriate for the age 10 & up range we put on the zine. I’m just not sure that juvenile-fic story I worked on at the daughter’s request is up to scratch…though it would be only an excerpt on that one. And anything else would require an illustrator (even my stick figures are sub-par). We’ll see. I have a few more days. Then we will be glue-sticking, taping, and stapling the zine together. Hmmm..I wonder if we could get another Snow Day during that phase of the Project.
* this is not our first zine since I learned about zines while living in Portland where there is even a shop for zines; however, this is our first zine of this scale (going outside our own material, and sending them out beyond immediate family members & friends).