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Crunch Time: A Magazine In The Making

I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately and running into a lot of hexagon tile on my latest mission to make a magazine celebrating art and craft. Hexagon tile will not be featured in the publication, but there will be hexagons. Oh, yes, there will be hexagons. :  )

Anyway, I always try to shoot patterns attract my eye so I can study them and figure out what it is about them that intrigues me so.

On the magazine front, the cover art (which I will reveal soon) has been selected and the abstract vision I’ve had for years is slowly coming into focus. I’m spinning the usual freelance writing, teaching and family plates while simultaneously working to develop something new. I’m a little tired, but feeling tremendously inspired. And I’ll take a plate of inspiration with a side of fatigue any day.

I’ve felt this way since the beginning of this project so I think I’m on the right track. This all feels like it’s exactly what I’m supposed to do, so I’m happily forging ahead. We’ll see what happens next. I can’t wait for you to “meet” the contributors and sponsors making it all possible. Thanks to all of you!!

If any of you were considering becoming an advertiser, there’s still a speck of time to jump in, just contact me right away if that’s the case. Advertising rates range from less than $40 to $400, so there are options for all budgets.

And if you’d like to contribute to an upcoming issue of the magazine, I’d love to hear your ideas. Talking to contributors has been one of the absolute best parts of this process. I’ll be posting official guidelines as soon as I get a break, but feel free contact me before that.

Ok, I better get back to work. There’s so much to do and yet I keep stealing glances at the “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins that I’m reading on my iPhone. I just love a good book.

What are you reading?

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Comment from Ellyn
Time: October 29, 2010, 4:55 pm

I’m looking forward to reading your zine…. currently reading Marie Bostwick’s older novels, the ones she wrote before her quilt shop series. They are wonderful historical fiction? What about book reviews or author interviews for your zine?

Comment from LEFTZ
Time: October 29, 2010, 4:58 pm

With every new post about your zine I get more and more excited to read it :) At the moment I’m actually re-reading a Frank E. Peretti novel that I read a few years back.

Comment from Julie
Time: October 29, 2010, 10:31 pm

Let me add my excitement to the comments! I loved reading The Help (sorry, author, I’m bad with names), and currently I am reading Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg. By the way, your hexagon tile photos remind me of my parents’ bathroom floor, a design that’s forever etched in my mind. I used to love adjusting my vision so the flowers seemed to float. Hexagons can do strange things to your mind!

Comment from Diane
Time: October 30, 2010, 9:15 am

It’s been craft book reading month around here.
1 – A Single Thread – Marie Bostwick – Quilting
2 – Hanging by a Thread – Monica Ferris – Embroidery
3 – Round Robin – Jennifer Chiaverini – Quilting

Just started Christmas Cookie Murder – Leslie Meier – Food!

Looking forward to seeing your new zine!

Comment from Kari H.
Time: October 30, 2010, 4:38 pm

I’m reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

Comment from ellen
Time: October 30, 2010, 8:03 pm

I’m waiting for your zine with bated breath! I’m reading Michael Pollan’s food books, Moby Dick, Wolf Hall, and one of Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy mysteries. I keep something in all genre’s going at all times, but holiday knitting is making progress very slow.

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: October 30, 2010, 11:29 pm

Not reading much book-wise, but love hexagons and zines, so excited. :)

Comment from April Hunt
Time: November 4, 2010, 8:14 am

I have a thing for hexagon floor tiles. I fought to keep the original ones in my bathroom. I won. :)

YAY for ZINE!!!! So glad that you’re having so much fun doing this because I think a lot of people are gonna have so much fun READING it!

Comment from jake
Time: November 4, 2010, 9:49 pm

Knitting for Anarchists is my book as of now, trying to break the hat building addiction I have. Go Jennifer, you are a force of nature !

Comment from Bev
Time: November 7, 2010, 3:50 am

Hey, sounds great, can’t wait to see the zine coming together. I’m reading too – the one I just finished was a cracking good read called Russian Winter by a new author whose name I don’t recall. Set in Boston and Moscow, and very good!

Comment from One Second Needle
Time: November 16, 2010, 5:22 pm

I’m not reading much these days but I enjoyed reading this post. Best wishes on your zine!

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