20 July 2021: Work on the Zine Commences

As of today, work on the zine commences. I wanted to start with a foundational issue of Breathing Room, detailing my take on minimalism. What people have been asking for is 7 Years in Finland. Which, again, is about life in Finland but more about shifting perspectives and considering different possibilities. It uses the compare-and-contrast of the US versus Finland as the context to explore ideas.

Work on the Zine Commences

I have a list of topics that I want to discuss. This includes, in no order, food, clothing, shelter, education, junk mail, health care, children, toilets, doorknobs, dishracks, buses, taxis, the letter X, salmiakki, coffee, chocolate, hotels, rental cars, taxes, tipping, shoes, hooks (for bags), grocery bags, pharma ads, lawyer ads, first floor, car horns, homelessness, and portion sizes.

I also have a list of points that I want to make. What I’m doing today is dumping all of these into a new Scrivener file. Then I’m going to map which topics best serve to illustrate a particular point. After that’s all sorted out, I’ll begin outlining. This is to ensure that I’m actually able to make a cogent point with the topic selected. When all that is done, writing will begin. When I’ve got enough content to fill 32 pages, I’ll set it aside for a few days before the editing process starts.

Today, though, is about pounding out the rough shape of the thing. Once I had a clear picture of what’s going to be involved, I can set realistic deadlines. Then I can fit it in with the rest of my work flows, and have a better idea of how long it will take to complete. There are still other issues I need to work out, like whether I want to do this is a Kickstarter, and how I’m going to get this printed and distributed. Creation first, though. Production concerns later.

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