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Homeless for 3 months - My True Story - My 1st Zine [Jun. 29th, 2005|02:08 pm]
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Greetings All!

I have finally finished transcribing my handwritten journal into a zine about me being homeless in the Fall of 2003. It's all the good, the bad, and the ugly as it happened. 120+ pages, 1/4 size. Signed

See it/Buy it here----->"Homeless for 3 months" Zine, My story


...I see that being homeless, being dirty, not having proper bathroom facilities, not having a warm secure place to sleep…it is very dehumanizing. I felt ashamed and prayed that I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew. I had no desire to smile or be friendly, like I normally am. It is a very lonely, isolating experience. You feel like you have no dignity and that you are less than human. If this could happen to me, and I will get out of this....Imagine what the people, with no employable skills, who have been homeless for months or years....Imagine what life is like for them?..."

I now have a need/desire/want to help others with my crafting. To that end, $3 of every zine sale will go to sponsoring one woman for a year at this organization, Women for Women International.

I will post on my journal the progress of sponsorship and will post any letters I send her or she sends me.

See it/Buy it here----->
"Homeless for 3 months" Zine, My story

[User Picture]From: texashautesauce
2005-06-29 07:11 pm (UTC)
I think it's amazing that you've created this zine and that you're selling it will help other women who may be experiencing hardships that many of us many never know or even be able to comprehend. Thank you for sharing so much!
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-06-29 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have always admired those that choose/chose to devote themselves to the greater good of a community or group of people.

Our everything-is-disposable society is driven by greed and conspicuous consumption, and I really just want to make a significant difference before I leave this earth.

Particularly, as a women of color, I could have just as easily been born in one of those countries where women have few if any rights and have no real prospects for living in anything but poverty. I think it is my "job" and "responsibility" to help my "sisters" out there in the world.

Thank you for your kind words.
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From: yourteenangst
2005-06-29 09:09 pm (UTC)
awesome stuff you're doing with the charity and all.....i have many a homeless tale to tell as well and now I'm thinking of doing something similar or maybe just making a zine with a bunch of different stories of the fellow homeless i've met along the way....it's still a work in progress though, and as soon as i get a pob or a place to stay for a little while i'll def buy one.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-06-29 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I encourage you to write whatever is in your heart to write :-)
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[User Picture]From: thecherrybomb
2005-06-29 10:39 pm (UTC)
this looks like an amazing zine. a friend directed me to this link... i will buy it next week after more money is deposited into my paypal account. it seems a little strange that a zine about being homeless comes without any option for those who can't afford $6 (one of my friends for example would benefit a good deal from reading about experiences similar to hers but i know she can't spare $6US).

do you have plans to offer this zine at a reduced price / pwyc price for those who can't afford it? would you consider that if someone emailed you? just curious.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-06-29 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words.

What is pwyc price? Pay what you can?

Perhaps I can offer a deal where a person can get a 2nd book for a friend at a reduced rate. I will think about it more, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

and thank you in advance for your purchase!
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[User Picture]From: thecherrybomb
2005-06-30 01:16 am (UTC)
PWYC does indeed equal pay what you can.

if you do offer that 2nd at a reduced rate, i'd be interested in taking you up on that and sending one to a friend.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-06-30 02:11 am (UTC)
I don't think that there is any way to set that up in Esty.com so, e-mail me when you are ready to purchase and we can make arrangements.
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[User Picture]From: tragicmouse
2005-06-29 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hello, I found you in a penpal community and I was very very interested in this zine. Is there any way I could mail you the $6 for the zine?

Thanks in advance,
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-06-29 11:56 pm (UTC)
Greetings and Welcome!

You found me in a penpal community? Can you give me a link to it or the name of it?

Sure, you can mail me a POSTAL money order(one you get from the post office) for $6.50.

E-mail me privately at mspurrple@aol.com so I can send you my address.

Thank you very much!
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[User Picture]From: secretagentlost
2005-08-05 03:59 am (UTC)
Hi, I sent you an email earlier in the week about not yet receiving the copy I ordered from etsy, and I was afraid maybe it didn't go through and I don't necessarily trust etsy's page for contacting the seller. Can you please contact me.
thank you!
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-08-05 12:34 pm (UTC)
I sent you a return e-mail. Check your bulk mail or spam mail file. There was an entire batch that was lost so I am resending the zines to the people that were in that mailing group. It will go out either today or Monday.

Thank you
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[User Picture]From: secretagentlost
2005-08-05 02:44 pm (UTC)
thanks, my email must have ate it. I eagerly await reading your zine, I volunteer at a homeless shelter (with a focus on domestic violence) and the staff is very intereted in your zine as well. Thanks so much, Melinda
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