Hi! I know I haven’t been very active on my site recently and that is sure to change.. very soon.. But I did want to just pop on for a moment to promote my partner’s Kickstarter Project.

My partner Gretchen is driven, passionate, endlessly creative, and endearingly sweet. She writes essays and poetry, creates comics, designs clothing, and works with pretty much every type of content you would find in a zine. This is her first Kickstarter and she is committed to both bringing her zine to life and rewarding those who support her work. She has a beautiful mind and a very wise heart. For my partner; Creating zines is a way to share what she knows, feels, or has experienced with the world. It’s a way for her to promote the beautiful minds or ideas she has found along the way. It’s a way for her to heal both herself and others.

If you could I would deeply appreciate it if you could check it out and support it if possible, if not please show it to those who may fancy it. You would be making me very happy and helping to bring a unique and worthwhile project into the world. Thanks! - <3 Ezmy

Up ðe WitchpunX! Zine Project

Sandman

Living in Olympia is really special.

I am blessed to be able to live in such a historic and storied city.

It is filled with picturesque diversions such as the tugboat Sandman.

Today while I was making a grocery run I noticed that the tug was open for tours, with the very inviting price of free.

I couldn't pass up the chance to get so close to such an interesting maritime vehicle.

I think tugs are interesting vehicles which are pregnant with philosophical implications.. Which is a really long way of saying I think they are cool.

The Sandman has an overall length of 59 feet and ten inches, with a length on the waterline of 49 feet and ten inches. It's hull and deck are made of old growth douglas fir.

It's stern winch is powered by a two cylinder Stanley Steamer auto engine. It has a fuel capacity of 1,280 gallons, and it has an actual weight of 37 tons.

It has a lot of character, and is filled with a lot of cool brass, glass, and rust.

It started and takes place in a local tugboat race each year and was last active commercially in the 80s.

Here is a lovely shot that google decided to spruce up. Shiny innit?

Reminds me a bit of a Gordon Lightfoot song for some reason.

Working on a Zine

Publishing is a daunting task. Which is why we have never really felt up to the feat. We have things we want to say of course. It's just that writing a book or even an article on one of the many subjects we are passionate about feels like a monumental task in light of our oppressive perfectionism.

So it's nice to have artistic outlets that one doesn't feel the need to create perfection in. That's not to say there is no perfection in the art of zine publishing.. I believe quite the opposite.. It's just that we personally have set our goals for this particular medium rather low.. Create something pretty and meaningful to me while making at most 3-4 copies.

Making a zine is to us similar in many respects to scrapbooking. In that it is temporally meaningful given what we are working on. It's something that takes few spoons, and can be done while having tea and listening to music. The process is important because it is relaxing and also because it helps develop muscle memory for other types of artistic endeavors.

As with other artforms I like to work on the outline or layout of something before getting into details..

It's quite relaxing.