The Muskrat (part 2)


The Mountains Sound like….

Well folks, the 2nd issue of the Sound-Bites series is fresh off the press with 10 full pages of rugged mountain music. Luckily the morning was rainy as heck and staring at a computer screen for many hours seemed an appropriate surrealistic pool to fall in.

This zine includes submissions from contributers in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin, and New Mexicoall answering the question, How do the mountains sound. The submissions range from funny, thoughful, and strange to downright mystical. 45 copies have been printed and distributed to the detriment of the Gilford Public Library’s paper and ink stocks and the health of their budget. My sister says I am now indebted to plant exactly two trees in return for my 250+ pages.

And if you’re still wondering what a zine is, it’s “an independently-run and rugged publication.” As I like to say, it’s a one-woman show, meaning I do most of the work and probably should hire an editor. Many people have asked about an online version of the zine. I am working on my design capacities for a real website, but for now I’ll be posting one submission every day here on the blog. Keep checking back for a full color and digitalized zine experience! This one’s from my great friend, Jill Banach, a hiker, photographer, and half marathon runner from Shrewsbury, MA.


Sound-Bites 1: Sounds of Love

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Here’s you’re inside look at one of the pages! This is a photograph of a journal that I found in the Outdoor Environmental Club house on campus. The girl writing in the journal went to Beloit in 2006 and was very concerned with her relationships to a few Beloit guys, her creative writing assignments, and T.S. Eliot.

A lot of people seem confused what a zine it. Basically it can be anything you want it to be, within the realm of your own self-publishing abilities. I chose to make my zine themed around a question and to enlist the help of my friends and fellow Beloiters in answering it. How does love sound? There isn’t a right answer but there are many honest ones and that’s what I got. People (all women!) sent in poems, songs, photos, and even some iPhone autocorrect notes. I weaved in a few of my own drawings, and boom. There was a zine!

I think my favorite part was printing the first batch at 9pm last Friday with my two friends. The library was completely empty except for the two lonely looking people behind the desk and the first set we printed was looking just right. So we printed more and more! And then it was an ordeal to find a stapler big enough to get to the middle of the binding. The phone a friend option was super helpful here. Got the stapler and started crunching. Chiiiinnnk. Love sounds 🙂

My second favorite part after the first printing has been watching people pick up the zine and flip through it. Please ask me for a copy of the zine if you would like one. I will mail them anywhere you’d like.  It may not be online, but for the next few weeks I have as much free printing as I want, courtesy of Beloit College!