Wednesday, February 26, 2014
20, 100, Then…?
I just returned from a brisk nighttime walk to the post office to drop off the latest edition of my paper zine, Ray X X-Rayer #100. My walk was brisk not because of excessive energy on my part: quick movement was required because it's freakin' 10 degrees F/-12 degrees C outside.
Back in February 1994 – I don’t remember the eXact date – I launched my zine. (I pick Groundhog Day as an arbitrary date for the first issue.) Twenty years and 100 issues later and I’m wondering how I managed to keep it going for so long.
Over time my writing shifted from zining to blogging this stuff first, then slapping together some posts into a paper format. I’ve almost given up along the way – that’s why my output isn’t prolific. I think what helped me was not deciding to published on a definite schedule; I decided to write when inspiration struck me. Ergo the long gaps between zine editions and posts.
The fun of zining – and even blogging – has faded. Maybe it’s time for a long break or a permanent one. I do enjoy the contacts I’m made along the way through zining and blogging. I’ve met some interesting people along the way but only thru snail mail or online.
I wish I had the funds to do field work, meet sources face to face. But until that opportunity arises I’ll have to remain an armchair investigator. That routine gets old; I have to wait for inspiration to hit me from the sky before I’m ready to write.
With the motivation flagging – it might be this winter limbo I’m slogging thru – I’m don’t want to perfunctorily pump out material.
I’m not necessarily signing off or on. I’m just waiting for the Zeta Beam to hit…
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 11:37 PM