My tiny zine library: an IKEA desk organiser I found in my parents's basement and a sign made from the remaining letters of a sticker sheet.

Welcome to summer! July, to be precise. When I logged into Mailchimp this evening, I discovered an update with the subject line: September. I never sent it; you probably noticed.

Since I was a kid, I have read every book I could find in every local library about how to start a business, how to be a writer, how to make money and stay independent. My what has changed over the years (though it's always been about words), but my why is constant: independent.

An email newsletter is nearly step #1 in every one of those books--or a close second behind "have a website." But I’m not going to send you a bunch of links to read or watch. I have too much of that in my life already. This update is a way for you to keep up with me, specifically.

After six months of daily life blogging, I’ve moved to daily blogging on monthly projects. In June, I wrote a poem a day. If you missed it, I’ve gathered them together into a tiny book you can download.

In July, to celebrate International Zine Month, I’m writing reviews from my personal zine library. If you use RSS, you can follow along at my blog.

Along with this email update, I’ve also embraced Instagram. Social media isn’t perfect, but it’s where my friends are. I thought I had deleted my original account, but discovered it was only deactivated. You can follow me @factsarenothing for paper ephemera and selfies.

My next update will arrive next fortnight. Until then, you can reply to this email. I want to read your blog, too! And, of course, you can send me a postcard at the address below. I love mail.