Elation…or fever high

Dear Reader, I’m still floating on the high of having our Autumn 2011 issue be so well received and look so damn good at the same time; it’s a sleek, glossy, black cover with…(cheese warning) a woman, in red, on the cover…both front and back — which the back has to been seen…it’s completely and utterly brilliant and awesome! I love our first issue of the year…actually, our first real issue ever. There are interviews with Benjamin Percy, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Sean Bishop, Nick Lantz and an artistic feature on body artist, Dawn Marie Svanoe and Photographer, Colm McCarthy. Suffice to say that it’s worth the money to get your hands on a copy. I’ve included the cover image so you can see what I mean. You should get it! Website…Mag Swag…boom and it’s on its way to you. http://www.womeninredzine.com/#!__mag-swag

The Kickass Cover

It’s a big thing for me to still be happy, since I’m gotten the mother of all colds and another reading to do today…but, ok this is where it gets weird, I’m looking forward to today’s reading. I know, right! But it’s like Cheers and going back to a place where everyone knows your name and most of the people in attendance like you…and like your work. The cold just seems to melt away and I’m hoping to bring it for these people since they deserve a great reading. Poetry is the order of the day…we’re taking a lot of prose with us…who apparently put the pro in prose (that’s our prose editor talking and all hate mail will be forwarded to him 🙂 )

But I told myself this would be quick…just a quick ‘how you doing’ and bustin’ out and I think I will stick to the plan. Come on out and see us at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County if you’re able to, support us by getting a couple copies of the magazine (remember, as a non-profit all money goes back into printing the magazine…do you recall the “we are all volunteers” conversation we had?), pick up a bottle opener and keychain, listen to some young (and between you and I, soon to be famously awesome) writers read their work for free at the T.N. Savides Library. You know you want to…besides it cold outside and I’m running a fever so you’re at least guaranteed a warm cozy space to pass an hour or so. So be there…or have a really good excuse!

So, until we meet again, I remain, as always, your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine

The Blog Entry of a Justifiably Angry Woman…

I try to be nice, I really do. Even though I am naturally pre-disposed to be anti-people because I have yet to meet a dozen people who consistently DON’T – get in my way, hold me up, ride my coat-tails, get on my nerves, try to delay me, try to derail me, try to make me LESS, because somehow, someway, it amuses them, it doesn’t occur to them, it’s just the way they are, they are useless, or worse still, because they are too apathetic to be motivated to do anything. My list of consistently liked people is very small and I find the more interactions there are, the smaller that list becomes. That can’t be right, so I have come to the conclusion that it must just be me…I’m not apathetic enough.

Why bother having goals and aspirations since all that awaits is disappointment…why work so hard to do so much when you’re the only one willing to do the work? It’s like being a lioness…the one who does the dirty work of chasing and killing dinner, but while she lays there panting and trying to catch her breath the rest of the pride close in and want to start in on filling their belly. Well damn it, I’m saying no. You want to eat from this buffet…then show me what the hell you’ve done to deserve it…unless you’re as out of breath from chasing dinner as I am, I don’t care if you eat. Don’t just stand around trying to look like you’re doing what I expect you to do…because I see that and it makes me angrier than if you don’t do anything.

And I’ve heard every excuse and don’t want to hear another one…EVERYONE is busy. I do not exist in some parallel dimension where I have the luxury of endless free time, wads of disposable income, or unending patience. I have 40 hours worth of stuff to do in every 24-hour day and more patience than a kindergarten teacher…but I’m human and tired of people disappointing me. Starting now we’re going back to old pride rule…if you aren’t right there with me chasing it down, then I don’t need you and you’re going to go hungry…and if you irritate me by being INTENTIONALLY thick-headed and difficult, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the menu.

It is highly unlikely that this blog is about you…but if you want to take it that way, feel free to hate on me. The fact of the matter is this post is about someone, yes, but it’s about someone likely too apathetic to even read it…and that’s the truth.

Dear reader, I know what you’re thinking, and no, I’m not mad, no this setback has not ruined my good day or my good mood and yes, I am quite the B word…but I never pretended I wasn’t. I’m still excited as our Autumn magazine is due back from the printers soon, we will be appearing as part of the Zine Fest this Saturday, Oct 22nd AND hosting our own event on Sunday, Oct 23rd as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. This promises to be a fun weekend and then we have a special reading at the University of Wisconsin in Baraboo, WI on Wednesday. When October churns to an end and November rides in we have more events to keep us busy…like the Feel-Good-About-It Sale…jewelry, bags, scarves, etc; the unveiling of our electronic version of REDzine, the reading portion of our calendar etc. We promise to have more fun with you as the holiday gets closer. I’m excited about that.

So, I can’t give in to apathy, it’s just too… sad and boring and besides, with less than 12 people on my personal list who seem as ravenous as I am I’m guessing it’s fashionable to be apathetic — I always endeavor to not be fashionable or trending when it comes to things of this nature. Otherwise, right now I’d have a Mohawk in all black with a piece that hangs over my eyes and a feather clipped to my hair somewhere, I’d be wearing knee-length brown leather boots, intentionally-impossibly skinny jeans, a puffy scarf, texting on my phone while listening to my iPod, carrying a hemp backpack that supported everyone and no one at the same time, a nose and lip piercing, a tattoo of an eagle…possibly on my face, I would both support and be repulsed by same sex marriage, our president and whether or not I felt we should remove Scott Walker from office and would classify myself as a young conservative democrat with republican tendencies in favor of a socialist agenda that had classic fascist underpinnings.

As it is, I’m just me…always unfashionable and outspoken and I will probably give more damns than I want to for the rest of my (perhaps too short as a result) life. But until then, I remain, as always, your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine

We Now HAVE An APP For That …

Hello again, dear reader, I write to you from the blissed-out coma of my bacon-wrapped polish brat with its warm blanket of spicy onion, garlic, and bok choi, all nestled into my soft, hotdog bun…and yes, I ate the whole thing! I needed it! Today has been a day for the record books.

First up, I finally finished the first phase of the REDzine store. You can find it here, http://www.womeninredzine.com/#!__mag-swag, it is a fun, hopefully likeable, little store with only a few items, but it is a place to pick up a subscription to the magazine, or a single issue…or multiple issues and subscriptions. *cough* take the hint *cough* As well as a few cruelty-free, humanitarian earrings, necklaces, scarves, etc. that manage to do so much more than look beautiful, but also provide a living wage for families on the other side of the world reclaiming their lives after suffering unspeakable horrors. These products are only a sampling of the offering to be had from http://www.madebysurvivors.com/ but, because of our demographic, I felt these were the ideal pieces to be carried by REDzine. So, buy something for your mom, your girlfriend, your teacher, the girl who babysits for you…anyone, and do something for two organizations in one stroke. I call it the Feel-Good Support, because it is support that feels good!

— The second phase will be to fully populate the Team Red Gear section with our REDzine t-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and various other accoutrements designed to make you smile… and look good while you’re doing it. Give me until next weekend and hopefully, that section will be full of swag.–

Second up, we’ll be launching our REDzine App soon…in a matter of 2 weeks. Meaning you’ll be able to get us on your Kindle, Nook, Ipad, Iphone, Smartphone, PC etc,… if you can browse the internet from it, you can get a subscription to it from REDzine. Meaning the KICKASS Autumn 2011 issue will be yours for the viewing on the go! I’ll talk more about this once it’s live and in living color.

Third up, and this is possibly the most important, for now. REDzine is at the Wisconsin Book Festival next Sunday, October 23rd, 2011. We’re also going to be at the Zine Fest, the day before on, October 22nd, 2011. Check us out here, https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=299808423367092 and I’ve also attached a copy of our flier. Feel free to pass it along! Feel free to attend. Normally this is where I’m supposed to say that we have punch and pie…but alas…BUT, we do have Magazines and you can certainly come and purchase one, or more, and sign up for a subscription while you’re at it.

At Union South - Industry Room, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715

I know there’s more, and if I remember, I’ll update you, but for now that is all. I’ll return to my coconut water and allow you to get back to the business of Facebook stalking, or Mag Swag hunting 🙂 or whatever it is you were doing.

Until we meet again, I remain, as always, your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine

I need some alone time with my BED!!!!

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So, it’s almost 7:15 am and the people who know me, instantly know this is not an early morning for me…but rather a late night. A long, late night. I’m tired, no, I think I was tired at 2 am, what I am is exhausted…but I managed to finish the Autumn newsletter AND the Facebook Friends with Benefits Campaign flier. I’ve attached the Campaign poster to this blog post…the newsletter comes later (after a well-rested, wide awake proofreading)!!! YAY for me…wish I could get an “atta girl” but the bf would probably growl at me if I woke him up, considering that he so thoughtfully sent me to bed hours ago…meh, but since when have I ever obeyed the bedtime rules…and this is what he gets for trying to send me to bed! *grumble* grown ass woman I am *grumble*

But anyway, short post as I want to avoid any embarrassing typos as a side effect of the lack of sleep, but I wanted to get the goods to you ASAP, dear reader, post haste, so you can enter, tell your friends (even the ones you only pretend are your friends, until they leave the room and BOOM…you put all their business in the streets), your roommates (even the slob who leaves the knife sticking out of the peanut butter jar in the refrigerator), your family (even the third cousin you almost kissed that one time at the family reunion before you realized…you know, that he’s at your family reunion for a reason), your neighbor (whose mail you occasionally steal), EVERYONE, to enter…it’s so easy, all you have to do is “Like” us. (LINK to us: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Women-in-REDzine/206193782727250)!!!!!! You “Like” us for a chance to win a FREE one year subscription (4 issues) of the REDzine magazine; a FREE official REDzine t-shirt; a FREE REDzine bottle opener; a FREE REDzine keychain AND a special mention in the spring issue of the magazine!!! Say what, normally to get this sort of treatment you have to at least run the magazine (what am I talking about?…I run it and I still have to pay for my swag…must look into this).

But my bed is calling. The WIRZers will be in my apartment in a matter of hours and I still need to sleep, deep condition my hair, shower, read about 250 pages for a midterm tomorrow, take my pre-lecture quiz (yep, she actually quizzes us before we even have the damn class), proofread the 80 page document that is our Autumn issue one last time before all mistakes are final, raise $500- $1000 …and did I mention I have a migraine? But life is nothing, if not painful and I’m already bored with my own complaining so that stops now.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! Go to church if that’s something you do, have breakfast, read the newspaper, stay in bed with that warm person whom you love and adore…but consider coming out to see us at the Wisconsin Poetry Festival next Saturday, 15th of October (https://www.facebook.com/editprofile.php?sk=relationships#!/event.php?eid=271906879495664) or the Wisconsin Book Festival in two weeks, on Sunday, 23rd of October (https://www.facebook.com/editprofile.php?sk=relationships#!/event.php?eid=299808423367092) or …and this is in DECEMBER, the Gallery Show, Dec 2nd- 10th, with the Artist Reception on Friday, Dec 9th (https://www.facebook.com/editprofile.php?sk=relationships#!/event.php?eid=294059033953835).

…oh, and when you come, bring cash, you’re going to want to buy a lot of issues as they are completely and utterly and entirely and indubitably KICKASS!!!!

As always, I remain your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine

Say it Loud!

Hello again, dear reader, it’s that time again…for me to regale you with tales from the water cooler, or some more exotic place known as Editor-in-Chief-land, but the truth is I’ve been away for so long because I’ve been busier than a three-legged man, with a two-legged woman, being chased by a one-legged fool…you get to go to the head of the class if you knew what that was from without having to Google it. 🙂 And no, I was not alive when it was popular; however, I DO have parents with questionable tastes in music.

Ok, so all that madness aside what has it been like to be the EIC of Women in REDzine for the past month? Well, funny you should ask, since I happen to have been there…somewhat… We started September with a bang and had the Student Org fair…all I can say is wow; I don’t remember ever being that fresh of a freshman. I think somewhere in my mind my seventeen-year old self was turning her nose up at the smell of acne cream and hyper-stimulated virginal-testosterone. I dare say it was almost too much for my sensibilities, but then the staff of WIRZ is so amazing that they made it fun…4 hours of F U N. I stayed away, grumble grumble advanced Italian grumble grumble and only enjoyed one hour 🙂

Speaking of testosterone, I mentioned in the last blog post that there was much glass-balls juggling being done.

• The Autumn 2011 issue of the magazine will be heading to the printers in a few days!!!! It is a mind-blowing, budget-bustin’ issue that I suspect will be harder to keep in stock than discount coconut water. (…more on this later!)
o Feature interview with body artist, Dawn Marie Svanoe and Photographer, Colm McCarthy.
o Feature interview with fiction writer Benjamin Percy
o Feature interview with poets Nick Lantz, Jacqueline Jones Lamon and Sean Bishop.
o Fresh young faces interview with poets to watch, Noah Whitford and Amir Tarsha.

• The Wisconsin Poetry festival is fast approaching on Saturday, October 15th, check it out here, https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=271906879495664.

• Then as if that wasn’t enough of us, how about a little Zine action on Saturday, October 22nd, https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284038331623494.

• What, you say, still not enough? Well then, The Wisconsin Book Festival is also fast approaching on Sunday, October 23rd, check it out here,https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=299808423367092.

• Gallery Show!!!! You see that, yep, it says a GALLERY show! We got one, we working on others. See the art in REDzine is so amazing, stunning, beautiful, breathtaking that well, it just doesn’t all fit on an 8” x 11” to really see it you need a whole room, a whole tour, a whole ….experience. We know that, and now you will too. I will keep you posted, dear reader, on where to go to see, and NOT touch the art 🙂 Well, maybe a little, but only briefly, while no one is looking and only to assure yourself that someone human made it and that the brushstrokes are real.

See, they get that we’re completely, and utterly awesome, so please attend as many of our events as possible and save us from talking to ourselves. We’ll be selling our newest issue and some promotional materials, plus there’ll be a chance to meet your favorite WIRZer and get some swag. Oh, and for clarification WIRZer are not some caramel-ly deliciousness that you can eat, but rather a potentially irate, mayhaps somewhat delicious, staff member. (I suspect all attempts to unwrap these treats will be met with hostility, so, caveat emptor!)

Okay, so those who pay attention notice I sometimes say REDzine and I sometimes say Women in REDzine. We will ALWAYS be Women in REDzine! The website, http://www.womeninredzine.com, cost too much (financially, emotionally, spiritually) and I have literally put my blood, sweat and tears into this labor of love to ever change it. However, having said that Women in REDzine is a mouthful on a magazine, hard to remember and gives the impression that we are an exclusive coven of she-woman-man-haters who would never, ever publish a ..a…a…man?!?!?!?! Well, contrary to popular beliefs, we are staffed pretty close to 50/50 and we do read, view, like and accept work from anyone brave enough to send us something amazing. We have chosen to pick the part of our name that says the most about WHO we are and brand our magazines.

• We are REDzine on our magazine…why? Because when Chanel Matsunami Govreau started the magazine back in 2007 she felt that it was powerful. “I chose RED to reclaim our University’s “color.” To take that monotonous red on every wack pair of badgers sweat pants and turn that shit into red electric glitter; RED through the spectrum of our multicultural artists’ community.” I agree with her, RED is the color of passion, a color of life and a color that already represented and united a group of people. It wasn’t an exclusive club to any group…in fact it was created to be the opposite…a group that welcomed artists, writers, poets, those creative with a pen, creative with a beat, creative with a style, working for that dream…whatever, and whoever you were.

• We are REDzine on the magazine because I choose to reclaim that legacy that she started and make it what she wanted to make it. To make it what I want to make it…and more importantly to make it what REDzine has the potential to become. So if you have nasty emails to send, please do, the universe is full of people like you, and that is why the people at Microsoft gave Gmail a delete button 🙂 PEACE!!!!

Okay, so I mentioned discount coconut water before…told you I would come back to it! Thank you Rihanna…and I say that with all love and bitterness. Thanks to you, my normally .99 cents 17 ounce cans of delicious, healthy coconut water, which by the way kept me sane and happy, are now NEVER in stock!!!!! WTFrak!!!! Now, if I want to sip the healthy stuff regularly I have to hand over $3 for an 11 ounce box…I swear, I’m gonna start hording those cans. When the apocalypse happens I’m gonna have a house full of ramen and coconut water and melee weapons…so no ideas!

Until then, I’m jammin’ to Eminem’s ‘Till I collapse (and listening to my roommate (who is in her room btw) whispering “blog,” in a Gollum-esque voice over and over again, while I mentally calculate the difficulty involved in using my dresser and television to block my bedroom door tonight) and all the while, thinking of ways to spread this wave of RED to a town near you … yes you. So keep an eye out for us…

I remain your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine

The Victorious Return…of she, who went nowhere…YET!

Hello again, dear reader, it seems you may be feeling neglected, or feeling as if I am shirking my blogging duties…my apologies, I have indeed been avoiding the siren call of my computer in favor of other, equally procrastinatorial, endeavors. Hopefully, you spent some of your time away from me working on your tan, or a hobby not politically motivated — like the guitar, or scrapbooking. (I know what you’re thinking— this is a great opportunity for the EIC to launch into some tirade about the debt debate — you’re thinking, use this platform to say something…but why, everything I could say has been said. It is time for us to DO, ’cause talk is cheap, and well, this blog may one day (soonish) be in Italian…so brush up on your Rosetta Stone…and ok, so I just said something, but you knew I would so, I’m just giving you what you secretly wanted anyway :)) As for me, well your intrepid (and fearless) EIC has been doing what I always do…managing to juggle those hundred glass balls without breaking any…well, one, but that is an incredible success rate — better than our government can say — unless of course, you were the one that fell, then, not so much. Isn’t it funny how a change in perspective can change a situation in its entirety? Hmmn…

Well, to leave that bit of bitterness behind, the much awaited semester (specifically September) is fast approaching and brings with it our second barrage of events. More on this later as I’ll be updating the website calendar and the one for here as well. Interviews are being completed and poems, artwork and stories are actively being acquired…yes, ACTIVELY; we hunt them, like they were slow moving gazelles out on the grassy plains of Africa and we were the elite navy seals of the lion kingdom…is it just me, or did you picture lions leaping out of trees (nimbly?) onto the backs of said slow moving buffets? 🙂 (Hmmn, is it weird that made me hungry? Steaks?…) The first event —Our trip to UW-Baraboo’s Summerset Festival of the Arts was a blast!!! I’ve added a few photos of our guys doing their thing 🙂 The beautiful Kristin was there, but managed to duck out of photos…since she’s the one that took them…but all in all, excellent day. (I wish I could convey to you the icy-ness of the beer that washed down the perfect burger, as I had dinner with my crew that evening…but alas, dear reader, some things, not even I can describe.)

Our gallery show is in the works, as is the All RED bash and numerous documentaries/films are being sourced for our week of festivities in December. YAY!!! It promises to be a busy, yet fun, quarter. I also can’t wait for you to see the Autumn issue (in October). It’s a poetry-rich issue, featuring writing from all across the WORLD and runs the gamut from Sandhill Cranes, to urban street interviews and the fun, youthfully optimistic, photographs of our youngest (EVER) award-winning photographer! She is 15!!! Can you tell I’m excited? And you ask, as you always do, EIC, how can you top that? Well, ask and you shall receive, the Winter issue in December is shaping up to do just that! Did I mention there’s body art in it? And Pat Rothfuss? (Yeah, I call him Pat, that’s how I roll.)

Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough 🙂 We’re getting ready for big, BIG changes! I could tell you now…but why? You knew I had sadistic tendencies when you joined this relationship…I like to keep you guessing. I’ll tell you all about it the next time we meet, until then, ci vediamo!

I remain your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine

Close to you…(yes, it’s a song title…and??)

Hello Dear Reader, so it seems we both survived the recent tragic (shocking???—even though we all knew it was approaching her a little faster than ideal) death of Amy W. Glad to see you here again. I’m sure her death had some of us re-thinking our vices and how much they truly cost us…(Is love a vice? Do we really even need love? I’d accomplish so much (maybe be finished with my first three novels by now..best-seller stuff, for sure) if the fleshy muscle in my chest only pumped blood and oxygen.) Although maybe me rocking Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova has got me paranoid—I think I may have met the “good time cowboy Casanova,” *sigh* but what can I say, except misery loves company…especially the candy-coated kind. Bah.

Enough of that boring stuff…I am the protagonist of my own story after all, and whining leaves a sour taste in my mouth, so like Professor Farnsworth likes to say, good news everyone, Women in REDzine’s first event of the summer will be at the Summerset Festival of the Arts 2011 this Saturday, July 30th and we hope to see some of you on the beautiful UW-Baraboo campus for all the festivities. I hear there’ll be salsa dancing and a 3-course Latin dinner offered…sounds like fun!!!! Plus we’ll be giving out copies of our special summer issue gratis…as in FREE! So come see us, ask questions, submit your work!!!

BTW, if I did you the serious disservice and left you feeling uncertain about whether love is worth it …check out I BELONG TO YOU by Brian McKnight, and Lenny Kravitz’s (same title, I BELONG TO YOU)…bust it out tonight for that special someone because they may not be there tomorrow. :O Gah, I just totally cheesed out on you dear reader, I apologize, alas, music indeed soothes the savage beast 🙂

Until next we meet, I remain your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine.