The prompt for my International Zine Month 2020: Zine A Day project for Day 6 was Conversation. For me, that meant having an online chat with Stuart…
I met my partner, Stuart, online. For the first year of our relationship, it existed mostly in the digital sphere. We lived in different cities, at opposite ends of the country… and I am an anxious bean when it comes to phonecalls, so Messenger chats were our main option. It worked for us. Even now, a lot of our conversations happen through our phone-screens. It might sound cold, and distant, but sometimes I struggle to form my thoughts into words, and more often than not they stumble out of my mouth in incoherent rambles. Damn you anxiety!! Luckily, I am able to string together sentences more coherently when I type them out. Stuart is very understanding of all of this, and he will patiently wait while my fingers tap away at the keys, and then we can talk things out. Our communication has evolved, and grown through the digital.
In this zine, I wanted to share a little snippet of what some of our conversations look like, as well as telling the story of how we first met. It started with a question prompt, and meandered into a glimpse of our relationship… all the while enjoying the stunning views of New Asgard, which we visited yesterday in our Microadventure.
I hope you enjoy this little behind the scenes peek into my personal life story. I really enjoyed putting this zine together, and I like the easy to read conversational quality of the digital Messenger format on a paper form. I think I will make more of these chatty-style zines in the future. What do you think? What subjects would you like to see us talk about?