“Hate is a baggage. Life is too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it”
A zine according to Wikipedia is ” zine (/ˈziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier.”
Today I’ll teach you to make a zine. I never attempted to make a zine before but I’ll say it is the best way to tell your friends you appreciate them and they matter.
So let’s get started.
The things you’ll need:
STEP 1: Take the piece of sheet and spread it across a flat surface.
Step 2: Fold the paper along the dotted lines.
STEP 3: Cut a small slit and cut along the following dotted lines like this-
STEP 4: Fold the paper after cutting like this-
STEP 5: At this point you’ll get a kind of small notebook.
STEP 6: Write the page numbers for your ease while making the pages (though you can choose not to write it not so prominently like I did!)
STEP 7: Let your creativity flow and design it however you feel like!
I have included the zine that I had made for reference. You can paste pictures, draw or even doodle in your own zine. And don’t forget to write something for your loved ones!
STEP 8: Now print out the whole page and there you have multiple zines ready.
There you are! Do share if you make a zine and find this helpful!
And here I am in the brand new year telling you about myself- a) even when you never asked for it in the first place and b) I love some self-promotion. I saw this tag on Chocolatesnwafflesblog and here’s a link to it.
So let’s get started!
There are many tips that can make you a better student and this post is no different. But the way I see it studying becomes really simple if you know these three simple tricks.
But I’m no expert in these matters but these tricks helped me a lot and I hope that they help you too to become an expert in studies.
Really, you should love yourself. It’s easier said than done.
Some time back I was struggling to like anything I did. I didn’t like my hair, my eyes, the way I walked, even I started disliking myself as a person. And then I realized I have to live with myself for my whole life and I was even more distraught. The thoughts of not being good enough crossed my mind. But I had nothing to do except think there was something wrong with me. But there wasn’t.
All I needed was someone who could say “You’re good enough. There’s no need to prove anyone how you are.” Nobody’s perfect. But nobody’s totally imperfect too. Find that something that makes you different from others. Do what you love. Because at the end of the day only you can judge your actions, rather than some random stranger who knows nothing about you.
So just sharing this means I could (hopefully) save one of you from these negative thoughts. Start thinking about 5 things you absolutely love about yourself. I bet you’ll feel much better.
Hey! I’m starting to post this again.
In other news I started to write my novel again and I plan on finishing it this time. For those of you who don’t know about it, I started writing it in July 2016 but I couldn’t figure out how to continue the story. But I’m back writing it and I’ll probably do a post about it soon.
Have a happy Friday!
P.S. Do tell me how do you like the rose!
This is my second discussion post where I ponder upon some questions and I seek the answers from you.
You can check out my first discussion post where I ask you whether you like coincidences in books here.
This week I am thinking about- What is the secret of successful writing?
We all write something every day, whether be it emails, letters or blog posts. We all have a different writing style, different vocabulary and different tone to write.
Everyone has different writing methods and attitudes. To some writing is a daily chore, and to some it is a deep mysterious art, to others a painful affliction. For some writing flows fast and confidently; others agonise over every word they think of. For some writing is the result of a planned process, a thoughtful process after thinking about every little detail; others think it as a ‘spur of the moment thing’ and jump in heedlessly, leaving the polishing for later. Some write to make a living, some write for enjoyment. Some write from experience, some from imagination and the rest after painfully researching.
There are many professionals and all have their own writing style. That’s what defines them. Many people have different views about how a ‘Successful Writing’ piece should be.
I’m going to see the various types and then we’ll discuss what you think works the most.
Firstly, there are those who need a creative inspiration or a particular mood, like George Eliot, to write effectively. They in times suffer from what is called a ‘writer’s block’. Either the inspiration dries up or they cannot settle down to the tasks, even after getting abundant ideas. To put it another way, the problem is either what to write or how to write.
Others are extremely unromantic about the ‘business of writing’ as they would call it.They work regularly keeping a tight schedule for everyday and following it diligently. They treat creating a literary masterpiece no different than drafting legal contracts or even insurance claims.
Nicholas Monsarrat, author of The Cruel Sea, apparently used to work a regular nine-hour day in his study, starting at 6 a.m. the Italian novelist Alberto Moravia would spend three hours at his writing desk each day, between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Some authors need absolute privacy and silence to concentrate properly. The French novelist Marcel Proust had to seclude himself in a cork-lined room before he could settle into a creative working mood. Others need the daily hustle and bustle of life to inspire their masterpieces.
Some authors write extremely quickly and fluently. Dr Johnson completed his short novel Rasselusin the space of a single week. Balzac could write 200 pages a week when the need arose; so too the French novelist Stendhal. Others could write with excruciating slowness: another great 19-century novelist, Gustave Flaubert, often managed no more than two pages a week- sometimes only a single page. His classic novel Madame Bovary took him five years of painful full-time writing.
Some authors, such as Anthony Burgees or the late A.P.J. Taylor, happily draft original material directly on a typewriter or word processor. Others, such as Roald Dahl and Fay Weldon, Iris Murdoch and Athol Fugard, seem to need the feel of a pencil or pen in the hand, as if there were some mystical connection between the moving hand and the creative mind.
And one more thing, in the great divide between business-like ‘craftsmen’ author and moody ‘artistic’ authors, the everyday writer, in my opinion, should come down on the business-like approach. The creative ‘once-my-mood-gets-better’ writer may produce greater poetry or deeper novels, but in everyday writing it falls flat.
Of all business-like authors, Anthony Trollope’s daily routine remains the best known and the most impressive. For most of his writing life, he had a full-time job as a civil servant with the Post Office and his enormous output of over 60 books was the product of his leisure hours. Along with his busy life, he found 15 to 20 hours a week for his writing. Day after day, year and year, he would sit at his desk between 5:30 and 8:30 in the morning , writing 1000 words an hour after planning each novel thoroughly.
Business-like such authors may be, they are not always without superstitions. Melvyn Bragg insists on writing for a Monday morning writing the first word for a new novel. The 19- century French novelist Honore de Balzac insisted on having an unripe apple on his desk, and Alexandre Dumas, creator of The Three Musketeers, would always write bedsocks while writing whereas Roald Dahl favours large yellow notepads.
So the question is- All these writers differ so widely in their working methods, what guidance can we derive from them?
Perhaps, I think, to take writing seriously, and to work intensely at getting it right- that is expressing your thoughts as clearly and accurately as possible.
I actually wasn’t tagged for this but I thought that I’ve been giving information of the kind of person I am here and there but never really a “bullet-point-information”, so here it is…
And I saw this on Rae’s blog “Bookmark Chronicles” so be sure to check her post out too.
See ya! Have a nice day!
This is a letter to let you know you’re not alone. Just believe in yourself and in good times. There would be times you’ll laugh like the world doesn’t exist and there will be times when that ‘someone’ who was your world will leave you.
People will let you down. That’s the truth.
In this short, yet a very long life you will find many people; the ones who were your friends and decided not to, the people who were close to you but found it easy not to.
Their cowardice will hurt you. It’ll break you and you’ll never feel you’ll be able to recover from it. But you will. You will recover from it alone and you yourself can do it all. All you’ll need is a little courage and you can conquer.
Some will hurt you and some will leave you. And all you can do is ‘detach’. Detach from them, detach from the world. Remember them for what they taught you. Remember them for the moments you spent with them without any regrets. Remember them for the change they brought in your life and in you.
Remember them for the person they were. Remember them for the person they made you into. The strengths and weakness both they gave you. The happy and sad memories they gave you. The things they taught you. The things you learnt with them. The time you spent with them. The things you planned to do with them. The things you couldn’t do.
They may not be present in your life now but their presence was crucial for you and it is now because you developed into a better and stronger person you are.
Forgive them for what they did. Forgive yourself for what you experienced. But never forget the part they played in your life. How once you laughed with them so joyously thinking the day didn’t have a tomorrow. Thinking that you would remain that way for the rest of your life.
But you didn’t. And that’s okay. When they chose to move on, they made you independent. They released you from the burden of pleasing them. You are free now. You are free and beautiful and independent.
What happened if you lost one bird while flying? There are still more flocks to find the one you’re searching for. Till then just keep searching and keep learning. Because we can always learn from our mistakes and the circumstances. Fall back and get back. And never go down again.
I completed one year of blogging and I would thank you all for staying and reading what I write. I wouldn’t have believed for even one second that I would’ve got more than 400 followers here and so many friends!
And WordPress was great enough to send a little notification.
“Sometimes I think I have too many books.
But then I remember there’s no such thing!”
I have a huge haul to share! I got 10 books! I’ll be linking their GoodReads page and you can access that by clicking on their title.
The first two books I got were I got physical copies and an ebook from the author.
The next 3 books I won in a GoodReads giveaway! Looks like I was very lucky this month!
The next 4 I borrowed from my cousin and so technicallt they’ll be with me for quite some time.
So these were the list of books that I got this month and seeing these I don’t think I’ll be so lucky every month.