Among the many projects I’m currently working on is a zine titled 7 Years in Finland. While it is nominally about my experiences there, it’s really about perspective. It’s about all of the things that we’re told aren’t possible. The problems we’re told can’t be solved, that other places have. Dire warnings that seemingly good things will inevitably lead to tragically bad ones. It’s not just about how the Nordics manage to provide their citizens with food, clothing, shelter, education, and healthcare without collapsing into a torrid pile of Communism. It’s about stepping outside of the familiar and seeing that it’s possible for things to be different.
I promise that this isn’t going to be a dry, liberal polemic about how everything in Finland is perfect and everything in the United States is terrible. While I’m going to be honest and hopefully informative, I also want this zine to be a fun read. Topics I want to write about include chocolate, doorknobs, and the letter X. Each topic is only going to get a page or two, so that I can cover a broad range. If it does well, I can continue it for a few more issues.
I’m also considering doing this as a Kickstarter campaign. It seems like the perfect small project to cut my teeth on. There won’t be a lot of levels or any rewards. I am, after all, a minimalist. I’ll likely limit it to two tiers, Print & PDF and PDF Only. Again, if this zine does well I can add more bells and whistles to future crowdfunding efforts. It seems best, though, to start small and keep things uncomplicated.
A Zine Per Month
While my original plan has been to do a monthly zine, that might be better phrased as a zine per month. I want to create zines with the theme of minimalism as act of defiance and path to inner peace. There are a lot of things that I want to write about that fit comfortably under that umbrella. 7 Years in Finland is but one of those. Other zines will continue the theme, but won’t be about Finland, or the perspective gained by from stepping out of your familiar cultural bubble.
7 Years in Finland
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