I made a zine!!!

Hey folks!

WHEW, it’s been a busy fall already and it’s not even close to Halloween yet. What are you going to dress up as?? I am obviously going to go as a sexy whistleblower because I am all about that tacky political costume life but you do you!!

I went to Chicago and Austin and this Saturday, Chuck and I fly to Denver. I *say* I went to Austin, but technically I went to a resort with an Austin address:

I didn’t see downtown for a second, so I obviously need to go back ASAP. That said, it was a gorgeous resort because my company always picks the best sites for our conferences. I got to meet some alpacas! Texas is wild!

In other news, I made Chuck go apple picking with me and the two friends who introduced us, so I am embracing Midwest fall weather with the full force of my white lady nonsense. I swapped out my summer clothes for my winter ones and realized half my sweaters have animals on them so my fall wardrobe would not be out of place in a kindergarten classroom, probably. I have started my annual research for proper fall boots, but we all know I will probably just end up getting another temporary cardboard-like pair from Forever 21 before they finally shutter forever.

It’s decorative gourd season!!! I love summer but my body is readyyy. 

Do you subscribe to Austin Kleon’s newsletter about creativity? I know I’ve mentioned it a few times in this newsletter, but one of his major tenants is that, if you’re in a creative rut, try making something with your hands. I did that in the evenings this week and made a good old-fashioned zine. I got the idea last fall when visiting Sarah with Stef, and we all went to a zine making workshop in Salt Lake City. Anyway, it’s about my hair…? Which, if you know me IRL, might make sense. Basically, I have a ton of wild, curly hair and it’s my most remarked-upon physical feature (aside from having an incredible ass, obvi!!!). Making a zine about one’s hair is maybe the ultimate vanity project, but it was a ton of fun: I went through old pictures, scanned them, had prints of the originals made, and collaged them all to go along with an outline I’d written up. Almost everything I do now involves a screen, so it was nice to spend a few nights with some glue sticks and paper. 

That said: I’ve digitized it! If you want me to send you a 14-page PDF of collage pages, reply to this email and I’ll get it over to you. I thought about hosting it on my online portfolio, but idk, I kind of like the idea of this not living on the internet, at least for now.

Meanwhile, here’s a gem I unearthed while going through my files for old photos: My ID badge from the summer of 2004, when I was a home health care aid. I kinda dug wearing scrubs!

But enough about that – Let’s move on to the matter at hand:

What I’ve Been Making for the Internet

What I’ve Been Reading

  • Vanity Fair wrote an oral history of Lilith Fair and it’s such a good read. Can you believe promoters discouraged all these 90s women powerhouses like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Liz Phair, and Sheryl Crow from touring together because they were convinced no one would buy tickets to see TWO WOMEN on stage back to back? Yes, yes I can believe that happened. Good thing they banded together for a wildly successful touring musical festival instead.   

  • This is me being late to the party, but Liz Juranek shared this story with me about the one-hour photo lab Kacey Musgraves resuscitated in LA and now everyone and their mother is on a waitlist to get glamour shots there. SO JEALOUS. 

  • This 16-year-old in Alabama joined Tik Tok six months ago and now she’s internet famous so Vox wrote a profile on her. The story of how she went viral literally makes me never want to join Tik Tok because it seems like you have almost no ownership of your content?? I know this is not a new concept when it comes to social media but omg no thank youuu

What I Loved This Week

~Writing Stuff~

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About me: I wrote a collection of essays about love, loss, and roller derby. Buy a mini version of it for less than five bucks. I’m currently based in the Mid Ohio Valley after having lived in Chicago and Portland for a few years. Follow me on Instagram (@merylkwilliams) and Twitter (@MerylWilliams) for social media posts about postseason roller derby, misleading Breaking Bad TV pause screens, and making kombucha, because Chuck and I do that now.

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