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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
12:20 pm - "love letters to monsters" #3
i have a new issue of "love letters to monsters" out as of august 2010. it's a split with my friend & next-door neighbor (& long-time zinester) ailecia. she wrote "alabama grrrl" #9 & i wrote "love letters to monsters" #3. it's eighty quarter-sized pages, pretty heavy on the text. i wrote about topics including: moving to kansas, being a grad school widow, closing down my zine distro, becoming interested once again in writing fiction, the convoluted meaning of "community" in a punk/anarchist context, self-care & mental health, physical disability, tenants' rights, my father's unexpected death & my mother's unexpected conversion to islam, & more. ailecia wrote about what she wishes she would have known before enrolling in graduate school, tips on successfully integrating school with the rest of your life, grieving a friend who passed away too young, the excesses within the punk scene that lead to a culture of self-destruction, the importance of feminism, fat-positivity, & queer solidarity in punk scenes, an open letter to radical kids in lawrence calling them out on unchecked misogyny & violence, & more. we are both writing from an early 30s feminist personal perspective.

the zine costs $3 (anywhere in the world, including postage), which can be paid via paypal to learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com or mailed in cash to me at:
ciara xyerra
1126 tennessee st. #5
lawrence KS 66044

trades may be acceptable. i like politically-tinged personal zines. drop me a line privately to set something up.

distros are also welcome to order copies. wholesale is $1.50 each (again, including postage, & anywhere in the world), which can be paid in the same ways listed above. i also accept checks made out to "ciara xyerra".

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Sunday, January 24th, 2010
3:23 pm
orders/subscriptions mailed
alicia in wa
amber in canada
caitlin in fl
carolyn in pa
courtney in al
ellisa in ny
jessica in pa
kari in ca
katie in or
katie in pa
kyla in ny
kylie in tx
lori in mn
sarina in ca
thomas in mi
timothy in pa
yuliya in fl

this is almost everything. unless you are mieke, elena, maranda, niku, or jessika rae, if you ordered zines & haven't seen your name on any of these lists in the last couple of weeks, drop me a line or comment here.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
2:05 pm
orders mailed
bart in ma
bri in oh
christopher in ma
dan in ma
eric in ma
jacqueline in canada
JEI in the UK
max in ma
nina in ca
robert in australia

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Friday, January 15th, 2010
10:21 am
orders/subscription mailed
camille in ct
cheryl in nj
erin in nj
lisa in in
lisa mae in ca
moriah in va
nicki in wa
sarah in canada
tyler in wi
zahira in australia

just a note: orders won't be mailed over the weekend & the post office is closed on monday for martin luther king jr. day. mailings will proceed again on tuesday. everything should be in the mail by the end of next week.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2010
3:32 pm
orders/payments mailed
chris in canada
christine in oh
cindy in oh
dianne in va
elizabeth in nc
emmalee in ca
erica in pa
ericka in mn
heather in il
jessica in canada
kate in the UK
kira in the UK
sabrina in nj
sailor in md
sarah in nj
sarah in ny
stephanie in the UK
sticky in australia
tracey in canada
tukru in the UK

i didn't make it to the post office yesterday, so i'm doing a double trip today. i am finally making some progress in all of the orders that have to be mailed!

another distro to check out:
things you say: http://thingsyousaydistro.com

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
1:47 pm
orders mailed
jenny in canada
juliette in nm
katherine ein the UK
lizzy in the UK
LB in il
M in canada
meredith in ca
nicole in va
wooden shoe in pa
victoria in the UK

list of other zine distros
alchemist's closet: http://alchemistscloset.org
bird in hand: http://zineshop.com.au
black light diner: http://blacklightdiner.com
click clack: http://clickclackdistro.com
copy that!: http://copythatdistro.wordpress.com
desert city death: http://desertcitydeath.150m.com
false start: http://false-start.com
gimme brains!!!: http://youreinsanehoney.com
marching stars: http://marchingstars.co.uk
riot grrrrrrr: http://dorisdorisdoris.com
starfiend: http://starfiend.com
stranger danger: http://strangerdangerdistro.com
sweet candy: http://sweetcandydistro.weebly.com
take care: http://takecarezines.org
vampire sushi: http://vampiresushi.co.uk

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Monday, January 11th, 2010
10:50 am
orders mailed
don in ny
jamie in pa
jessi in mi
kathee in oh
kelsey in wa
naomi in ca
noemi in tx
theresa in az
vikki in ny
violet in ca

here's how this is going to work: i'll package up & mail ten orders per day until everything has been mailed. it took me over an hour to address & stuff these ten packages & since my goal in closing down the distro is to have more time for myself & to take it easy in an effort to preserve my sanity, i'm not going to do any more than that at a time. i don't know exactly how many orders i have to fill, but it's somewhere around one hundred. so this will take a couple of weeks. if you placed an order & you don't see your name listed here once everything has been mailed, drop me a line. if i used to carry you zines & i still owe you money, let me know (unless you are ben, cindy, mary, or emmalee--i know i owe you all money & it's coming soon). if you run a zine distro & you want me to link to you on the front page of the former distro website &/or my blog, just say the word. if i owed you a refund because you ordered zines that were sold out, you should have it by now (except for one person who paid with an echeck...i forget who, but i can't issue your refund until the check clears--i have the details written down somewhere). if there's anything else i'm forgetting, let me know. okay!

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010
1:49 pm
the distro is officially closed. everything has been sold. thanks.

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11:36 am
order received
bart in ma
jamie in pa
jessi in mi
kelsey in wa
LB in il
lizzy in the UK
naomi in ca
noemi in tx
victoria in the UK

permanently sold out
chick pea #4/risk oblivious youth #1/2
doctrinal expletives #1
doctrinal expletives #2
doctrinal expletives #3
doris #27
high on burning photographs #4
next stop adventure #2
root #1
salt & slush #1
telegram ma'am #14
telegram ma'am #15
telegram ma'am #16
toothworm #4
truckface #8
truckface #10
truckface #11
truckface #13
we all have bones
what i saw from where i stood
up the logic punks! #1
your pretty face is going straight to hell #2
your pretty face is going straight to hell #4
your pretty face is going straight to hell #8

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Saturday, January 9th, 2010
11:46 am
orders received
christine in oh
courtney in al
dianne in the UK
elizabeth in nc
jenny in canada
jessica in canada
jessika rae in mi
juliette in nm
kate in the UK
kathee in oh
katie in or
M in canada
stephanie in the UK
theresa in az
tracey in canada
violet in ca
wooden shoe in pa

permanently sold out
8 letters #1
8 letters #2
america? #15
beyond gallery walls & dead white men: anarcha-feminism in action
big hands #5.5
big hands #6
big hands #7
brainscan #21
brainscan #22
brainscan #23
chainbreaker #2
chainbreaker #3
chainbreaker #4
culture slut #17/telegram ma'am #17
doris #23
doris #24
doris #25
doris #26
doris: an anthology 1991-2001
dudes! 13 appointments
eyes of pearl
fertility awareness for non-invasive birth control
fire hazard #2
hello alabama
hot pantz
HPV
i dreamed i was assertive #11
it's not the end of the world!: living a life with limp wrists
i was a teenage vegan cookbook #1
i was a teenage vegan cookbook #2
i was a teenage vegan cookbook #3
kiss off #13
ladders & hips
life during wartime #9
messy dog/messy baby
muffin bandit #2
next stop adventure #2
nothing rhymes #4
nothing rhymes #5
olly olly oxenfree #4
one way ticket #5
one way ticket #6
on the lower frequencies
refugee
root #3
root #5/stab #7
salt & slush #2
scrappy #1: a crafty zine for scrappy people--stitches
scam #6
see no hear no speak no
shotgun seamstress #1
shotgun seamstress #2
shotgun seamstress #3
show & tell #2
sojourner
spokes of hazard #2
support
talking nitrogen
telegram ma'am #18/your pretty face is going straight to hell #9
truckface #12
where you from?
wives tales
your pretty face is going straight to hell #7
zine libs #1
zine libs #2
where you from?

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Friday, January 8th, 2010
12:21 pm
orders received
alicia in wa
bri in oh
camille in ct
katherine in the UK
kira in the UK
lisa in in
nicki in wa
nicole in va
sailor in md
tyler in wi
vikki in ny

permanently sold out
chainbreaker #1
doctrinal expletives #5
harlot RN
i dreamed i was assertive #12
learning good consent
mental potential & sweet emotions
sick: a compilation zine on physical illness
susie is a robot #2
when language runs dry #1
when language runs dry #2
the worst #1: a compilation zine on grief & mourning

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010
1:57 pm
orders received
amber in canada
cheryl in nj
chris in canada
don in ny
erica in pa
ericka in mn
erin in nj
jessica in pa
kylie in tx
lisa mae in ca
meredith in ca
niku in tx
moriah in va
sabrina in nj
sarah in nj
sarah in ny
tukru in the UK

orders mailed
don in ny
hannah in ks
moriah in va
violet in ca

permanently sold out
arts & crafts revolution #2
doris #22
hirsteria #2
imaginary windows #4
invincible summer #12/clutch #18
no better voice #31/truckface #9
rocket queen #1
rocket queen #2
root #4/stab #6
shotgun seamstress #2
show & tell #3
show & tell #4
skills
spokes of hazard #3
susie is a robot #3
take care #5

i decided to close down the distro, effective immediately. i'm going to sell down as much stock as i possibly can. i'm not taking on new zines or doing re-orders. what i have is what i have, & once it's gone, it's gone. so if you have been thinking about placing an order, strike while the iron is hot. zines will be marked with quantities once i have five or fewer copies. i am open to doing wholesale orders on anything & everything i have, even if it doesn't have a wholesale button in the catalogue. drop me a line if you want to do bulk orders. i expect it will take some months to sell everything down, especially since i have over thirty copies of some items. so, you know, it's not going to be closed down next week or anything.

distro catalogue: http://www.papertraildistro.com
e-mail: learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
4:36 pm
orders received
hannah in ks
violet in ca

new in stock
a how-to guide on starting a d.i.y. events calendar (in your town)
new to everything #8
toothworm #4

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Monday, January 4th, 2010
2:35 pm
order received
brian in ma

order/trade mailed
brian in ma
tukru in the UK

the distro is re-open for business as of today! there will be some minor re-structuring that is unlikely to affect orderers or zinesters i carry all that much, but will make a big difference to me. check out the catalogue at http://www.papertraildistro.com.!

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Monday, December 21st, 2009
12:51 pm
order received
torie in ca

order mailed
torie in ca

the distro is now CLOSED until january 3! thanks to everyone who ordered & allowed me to distribute their zines in 2009! i hope everyone has a great new year.

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Saturday, December 19th, 2009
2:57 pm
order received
elizabeth in nc
nicolas in canada

order/trade mailed
elizabeth in nc
sarah in canada

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009
4:26 pm
order received
lucy parsons center in ma

orders/trades mailed
alison in the UK
caitlin in ny
charlotte in the UK
johanna in ny
kathrinne in pa
katrina in ca
kelsey in wa
maranda in canada
nicole in ca
ocean in pa
sarina in ca

just a reminder: i am going out of town over the holidays & the distro will be closed. i mean, the website will still be up & nothing is preventing you from placing an order if you want to, but i won't be filling orders or updating the site between december 21 & january 3. if you want zines before january, you have to place your order before sunday night. thanks!

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
5:38 pm
order received
nicole in ca

hopefully everything (orders, trades, & payments) will be mailed out tomorrow. sorry for the delay, i have been swamped this week!

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
9:14 pm
orders received
alison in the UK
charlotte in the UK
johanna in ny
kathrinne in pa
katrina in ca
kelsey in wa
sarina in ca

new in stock

your pretty face is going straight to hell #8
tukru wrote this zine during the summertime when she missed out on the 24-hour zine project. the alternative press fair in london was approaching & she wanted to have a new zine availeble for people, so she wrote this issue. it's a little shorter than average, but is in the same style: stream-of-consciousness stories about what is happening at tukru's life in the moment, written diary style & laid out in handwriting or typewritten, interpsersed with drawings, moomin clip art, & found artwork from children's books. this issue is mostly about tukru's job in the internet division of a discount toy store. she writes about how much she hates her boss, who is the son og the big main boss. she writes about he has become meaner & meaner as time has progressed, going so far as to make tukru wear awful baggy black polo shirts to work, instead of the brightly-colored eclectic outfits she puts together on her own. she writes about how shocking it is to be a grown up suddenly, who complains about work & worries about rent & taxes & bills. but she also writes about her all-consuming love of harry potter, mostly based on the audio books read by stephen fry. she writes an entire piece about how much she relates to luna lovegood. i too am obsessed with harry potter, so i really enjoyed this aspect of the zine. there is also a recipe for vanilla panna cotta & strawberry compote, & an illustrated list of what has been keeping tukru sane recently, from cigarette breaks to her blythe doll to goat cheese. every color is hand-colored, & every issue of tukru's zine is like peeking into an uncommonly frenetic journal.

permanently sold out
skinned heart #1
so midwest

temporarily sold out
take care #5

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Sunday, December 13th, 2009
6:30 pm
new in stock

hello alabama
courtney moved to tuscaloosa, alabama from raleigh, north carolina, not long ago, in order to attend graduate school for library science. this zine is all about her foiled attempts to find some peace her new home & learn how to miss north carolina without being debilitated by homesickness. she writes in her intro that "alabama is not the place for [her]." anyone who has packed up their life & moved to a new state can relate to the homesickness & the feeling of alienation that comes with trying to find your way in a new place. this is compounded when you have moved because the new place contains something you have to or want to be close to (like school) rather than because you are especially drawn to the locale. as someone who left boston, massachusetts for lawrence, kansas just a few months ago to accompany my boyfriend to grad school, i knew i would be relate to parts of courtney's struggles. she writes a lot about alabama's history of racial intolerance & deeply reactionary conservative politics, & how, as someone who cares about things like anti-racism & reproductive justice, courtney has felt unmoored in her new home, surrounded by people who think nothing of spouting off with opinions that courtney finds very unsettling. she writes about the prejudices her fellow library science students expose in class & the difficulty of finding a reliable recycling program in tuscaloosa. not everything in this zine resonated with me, & i certainly have a few hesitations with a woman moving to alabama from far-wealthier north carolina & immediately dismissing everyone around her as a redneck racist anti-abortion non-recycling hick. i grew up working-class in rural towns in ohio & can't help but feel that there are some class biases at play. however, it is really difficult to uproot your life & move to a place where you feel so isolated, personally & politically. this is a zine for anyone who has ever felt like the things they cared about left them standing alone & defenseless, even in a crowded room.

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