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It has been kind of a packed past two weeks for me, as I wrote and edited my way to a full second draft of the novel project I've had cooking since around last August or so, even though, well, it's still playing around with stuff from an unfinished sci fi novel I wrote in high school, a short story that was a part of my undergrad portfolio, etc.. I'm feeling pretty tender about it, and nervous about sharing it and sending it out for feedback, but feel at liberty to at least share the vibes playlist.
I've also been helping out behind the scenes with and revising some other things that are not quite ready to be revealed yet, but hopefully I can share more on those pieces and projects soon.
I'm still taking Plaintext Distro submissions! Let me know if you are interested in putting some of your work in booklet format for print distribution at Glasgow Zine Festival. We'll be tabling at the festival for in-person purchases on July 3rd, and if you'd like your work to be available there please read over the site and submit it to me by June 17th, or, if you would like some help with formatting, maybe a few days in advance.
Red Futures is also still accepting short fiction on the theme of "automation" through the 31st, if inspiration strikes.
Niall Moody's latest project, Dream Geography, produces a different evocative dream setting every day
Last year, I made Flesh/Circuit for 1Jam and it went on to inspire the Domino Club series of anonymous jams. If the work from last year is any indication, the second round is well worth checking out as well (even though I sadly had no time to participate).
Last week we checked out the Hunterian Museum, which has a great collection of gems, fossils, medical specimens, and carved stone balls, but also a surprising number of placards addressing the economic and imperial privileges of many of the donors, tracing how and why a lot of these items ended up in a public collection.
Strawberries are so in season locally that one store was practically giving away two cartons for £1 this afternoon. So if you've had your nose in indoors work for too long like myself, here is a nice reminder to go out and get the plentiful, cheap strawberries (or whatever is in season locally) while the going is good...
In terms of books... My own! Hahahaha. No comment.
But around the web, I found this two part blog on re-making a personal, portable printing system to be really interesting. Sim Copter 64, one of my gaming white whales on the level of Sim Refinery, has surfaced as an apparently playable demo, and I'm hoping there's more news soon! Finally, I really enjoyed this blog post where Marina Kittaka interviews an incredibly prolific stock photo model, which covers a lot of interesting ground.
I think that's all I have this bi-week! For new subscribers who have signed on since the last newsletter, you can check out the archive of past issues at any time!
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