Dioxazine: Not quite mag or zine.
So back in 2013 or so, I decided to come up with a zine to showcase my photos and drawings. It was called Dioxazine after the type of purple paint we often used in painting class, and given it was an art zine it fit pretty well. Things got busy and the whole little project fell through but I kept the email address and twitter account. Cut to a week or two ago when I found the email address in some other old stuff and thought why not open it up and see what’s in there. Of course, it was just five years of automated twitter notifications and other typical junk from setting it up so long ago. Back in ’14 I used a macbook and would let it auto fill passwords with those jibberish options that it keeps on the keychain for you. Well, I don’t use macs anymore so getting that old password for the twitter account wasn’t going to happen.
It had a few posts here and there, links to old blogs from the site I set up for it that’s no longer a thing. With so many dead links I just went ahead and wiped out everything to start fresh with . I’m not even sure where the file for the original logo is, perhaps buried in a dropbox account. A quick photoshop mockup of what a printed version of the magazine would look like came next, in doing so I updated the logo to a simpler block lettering format. The original used a hand lettered brush font that I no longer could find. It’s kind of crazy how much stuff I had on a laptop in 2014 is now digital dust, which is another reason to do the magazine.
Now, a real literary magazine will contain short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc written by people who submit content to whoever is running the thing. Editors will look over it and select works to be featured in that months/quarters issue. Since I don’t have any spare cash to hire a real editor or pay those whose work gets chosen, this will just be my spare stories, one-shot concepts, and things that are too simple for a full novel or are just too experimental for a professional product.
On the flip side, a “zine” is typically a handmade publication created by people in a specific community or group. Folks make zines about anything they want. Some are hand drawn with photos and clippings taped to pages, and then taken to the library or kinkos to be scanned in and printed out. So think of mine as a poser zine/solo homemade lit mag. Don’t let the photoshop job fool you, it won’t have that fancy glossy paper irl.
My focus is still on finishing the current novel and continuing to write more, but in between chapters and when I get stuck I do work on little stories and had previously been posting them to writers groups and such. Putting them in my own little personal magazine sounded interesting so I’m going to see where this goes. I do want to point out that I had planned to do the magazine before this next part and was just going to offer it here with a simple paypal link. Then a friend of mine was asking about my writing the other day and wondered if I had a patreon account he could subscribe to in order to help out. I haven’t had anything to offer to set one up before but then realized I could use Dioxazine as the incentive for the patreon subscription.
I’m currently looking at a schedule of every two months starting in July as far as frequency, at least until Blackp00l is done. The issues will be in PDF and print, the $1 subscribers will get a PDF emailed and the $5+ folks will get a print copy mailed to them whenever an issue gets released. The money helps pay for things like office 360 and adobe software needed to write and self publish my books.