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Halifax Photo extravaganza


Sarah and I went on a bike ride on a nice day. This is the view from the edge of Point Pleasant Park. The ocean is off in the distance.


Halifax Zine Fair


More from the Halifax zine fair. There were people serving this super yummy squash and black bean stew. I had two bowls and went out for pizza with Lucas and Caleb afterwards. So much food!


Cap got a car and we went to the ocean with Sky and Caleb on a super beautiful day. Sorry, no dramatic pictures of me at the sea with my hair blowing.


I think it was called Raindown haven. It was a bit of a cove.


I like the ocean


I drew a labyrinth in the sand. I'm kind of obsessed with drawing them on everything.


Cap and Caleb. I joked that Caleb looks like he is about to take a bite out of a sandwich.



walking up to the citadel. You can see part of the commons.


more walking up to the citadel and you can see the harbor.


In the citadel a lot of it had sod roofs and you can see chimneys coming ouit... you can also see this silly sign.


The citadel is an 8 pointed star and really big. this is inside.


I should have taken more pictures up top. It was nice and there was a nice view. oh well. I had a good time and have memories.


Sonia came by for coffee the last day I was there. There was a how to use an aeropress demonstration and I took a photos of of Sonia and my aeropress.


the shed I called home for 2 weeks.


peering inside. I drew a labyrinth on the wall.


The bed was 4 feet off the ground and came with bedding.

I should have taken a photo when it was more lived in. It was cozy and I had everything I needed at arm’s length. I slept in my own sleeping bag and put the provided sleeping bag over the window.


View from the bed looking outside. There were nice hooks and shelves on the walls.


Robert's street Social Center as I was leaving. The sky was clear and beautiful. I sort of miss the place arleady.

So, that’s it for my Halifax photos. I had a good time. I hope some of the awesome people I met will come and visit me in Portland.  I’m also trying to figure out the logistics of having a zine residency of some sort at my house. Stayed tuned for more info.

I’m not in Toronto for my next adventure!



Last hours in Halifax.

I’ve got about 45 minutes before Lucas shows up to take me to the airport and then I’m off on my next adventure, Toronto.

I’m really glad I got my zine done in the first week and a half I was here. That left me time to play for the last few days. I think I spent the first four days getting myself situated and my project started and hiding out in the shed. Plus, the weather was crappy and wet and cold but the past few days it has been beautiful and in the 60’s (17C)

Caleb is my new favorite person. So now I have 3 new favorite people this year. It’s enough to make me not want to travel because I don’t want to meet awesome people that live so far away. Cap, Caleb, Sky and I got a car and went to the ocean on Sunday. It was bright and sunny but the water was cold. I drew a labyrinth in the sand and collected a few rocks. It was great to see the atlantic again.

Caleb and I had about a 14 hour conversation yesterday. He showed up around 1pm at the Anchor Archive and we went walking around town and up to the citadel that had a great view. I’ll post some photos later. The we went to his friends house and watch this ridiculous horror movie called Suspiria. I’m not a big horror fan but the film was sort of eye candy with interesting sets and things to look at. Then we can back to the Archive and sat in the kitchen finishing up my last 4 beers and talking until 3 am. It has been a long time since I just talked for that long with someone. Good times!

I’m seriously trying to sort how to have some sort of residency at our house. We have a spare room and Marc needs some help with zine cataloging and I’m sure we could  use zine symposium help or the IPRC could use some help. I’ll have to think about it some more because I really want my friends to come and visit and work on projects. This whole trip has sort of set a new spark in me for community projects like that

So, ya, the trip has been awesome and just what I needed to get what I needed to get done. I even finished the mini Brainscan 24 that I was working on so now I have two new zines! I sold more than I expected at the Halifax zine fair. More people bought things that traded things which was unexpected. Ithink only 2 people traded. I have a ton more copies of SSR and brainscan for Canzine. I made 50 copies of the massive Brainscan 25 and I think I got rid of and gave away 20 copies but still, my pack is bulging with books and zines, I hope to not have to cross the boarder with them.

I guess that’s about it for Halifax. I don’t know if I’ll ever be coming back here but I enjoyed the time I have spent.

Greetings from Halifax!

I got into Halifax the night before last. Sarah picked me up at the airport and took me back to her house. In the morning we went by the Anchor Archive and I got acquainted then went back to Sarah’s to grab my stuff to work with and headed back over to wait for someone who had the shed key.

I met some of the the other folks around here including Jake who does the Zine Machine Radio show who asked me to be on the show last night. I settled into the shed with half my stuff and a typewriter and started editing and typing a bit and getting a little work done too. Then I walked back over to Sarah and Al’s to procure a bike from Al for short me and brought a bit more of my stuff back over to the shed at the Anchor Archive.

Jake showed up and we rode to the College and read zines and talked about zines on the Zine Machine show. You can stream it or listen to it here. We were on from 22:00- 00:00 last night (Tuesday night) It was a lot of fun and we went out for a pitcher and good conversation afterwards.

Jake pointed me in a direction to ride and gave me directions. I must have messed them up because I was crazy lost and getting really frustrated. It was late and I text messaged with Paul in Portland who navigated me through the city with google maps. I finally got back here at 4am and talked with Paul on the internets and then crashed out around 5am.

It is now two PM and I am still under the covers in my bed in the shed. I just finished another draft for the Morgenmuffel zine anthology. I hope it works out!  It isn’t raining outside anymore but the wind is blowing and the sun is out. I think it is about time for me to get up and go on an adventure.

My cat friend Cali who keeps coming into the shed and is annoying insistent for attention

My cat friend Cali who keeps coming into the shed and is annoying insistent for attentioThe typewriter and computer


Good News!

I just four of that my application for the Anchor Archive Zine Residency for 2009 was acceted! It looks like I’ll be spending two weeks in Halifax, Nova Scotia submersing myself in zine more than usual! I have been accepted for October which I imagine will be chilly in Eastern Canada but it will be awesome!

I have been kicking around the skeletons of the twists and turns of the love story between Paul and I which is also the flipside, of Brainscan 21. I’m hoping that the love story will make the crawling out of an abusive relationship more palletable… or vice versa if you are into that sort of thing. It has been extremely difficult to write because there is so much history, arguably 12-17 years of it. It is hard to write about something and sort out the important bits when there is just so much.

Paul has been working on the original soundtrack for the zine and he is basically done with his part. It loosely tells his story. Some of the music is here if you wanna listen to it and the whole thing ends with a song where I sing back up with a fitting chorus “There’s a lot in life you can’t explain” I’m hoping that a continent’s distance will give me space to write and time to miss him and really reflect and remember what that deep sense of space felt like.

I don’t think they have a photocopier which sort of puts a damper on the layout process. I already have the cover and even the size the zine will be. it will be half legal sized with vellum or transparency covers that have an image of a Brainscan and say: Pre-existing conditions. Strange that in almost 12 years of doing my zine I have never used and MRI on the cover, eh?

On top of all that I am hoping to first hit up the Richmond Zine Fest in Virginia for my second time. I had a lot of fun last time and met some awesome people… and one adorable dog. I’m also excited to try to go to CanZine in Toronto. I have never been to Canzine or Toronto for that matter! Oooo and maybe I can go to West Virginia! I have now been to ever state but West Virginia, I’m going to have to start working on provinces next!

It is looking to be a gloomy day in Portland so I’m going to force myself out of bed to get down to my office for some work and also make some tofu scramble and vegan biscuits and gravy.