This time last year I decided I was going to scrap the book I had been writing for too long and make a zine. I was going to use my tips from Dunkin Donuts as start up money. I didn't have much of a clue what a zine was, I had read one in college. A year later I have a website, I'm going to festivals and selling copies of my first issue. Now I am working on issue two.
It wasn't an easy year. I lost faith in myself in the middle of the project and I almost cancelled the whole thing. I am glad there were people who kept me going in the dark times. This project isn't going to make me a millionaire and at times it can be stressful as hell, but I am happy. I smile now and not that bullshit customer service smile I am forced to do at work.
Seeing people react to it has been a blast. Good or bad, knowing that someone has taken the time and read my jokes is a good feeling. The fact that some of those people gave me money to do so is amazing. I sold a copy to one of the writers that inspired me to write the zine, that would have been enough to make my year, but he messaged me and told that he liked my zine and wants me to make more.
I gave a guy a free copy and he ended up paying me for it. He said it was too good to not to pay for it. I was shocked, that is a big compliment I was speechless.
I don't have a real ending for this, I try not to talk about this too often because I don't want to be annoying or maybe I am scared that this feeling won't last. I don't know, but it has been an interesting year.