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Monthly Newsletter #13: The New Decade Has Dawned

By: burgundy bug

A digital painting of sunrise

Source: The Burgundy Zine

With the release of “The Burgundy Zine #13: Dawn of a New Decade” just three days ago, we’re calling for high-fives from our contributors and readers alike. Great job, bug buddies!

Monthly Recap

We began this month with an 11-page look at moments that defined the 2010s. From smartphones to natural disasters, the equal rights movement to the Trump administration, the political blue wave to the longest government shutdown in history, the last decade has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. All we can say is: WTF, 2010s!?

After our 2010s recap, Fishspit shared their first-hand experiences with electroconvulsive treatment.

Then, we tuned-in to Marco DeLiso’s single “Round & Round,” followed by a rundown of the big plans NASA’s Launch Services Program has for this year.

Next, we recapped Illinois’ first week of recreational cannabis and shared information about Vans’ Custom Culture contest.

New decade, new adventures, right? With Peter’s advice for planning a trip around the world, embarking on international adventures doesn’t have to be such a daunting task.

After discussing BYOBottle, the future of sustainable concerts and festivals, we debuted our application page.

In addition to the guest contributors we feature each month, we’re encouraging writers, artists, photographers, and models alike to join The Burgundy Zine team. More information about applying can be found here.

Next, we congratulated Cumberland Extracts for receiving a USDA Organic certification at their hemp facility.

Then, we tuned-in to an interview with Florida-based pop artist Nae to learn more about her latest single, “80’s Arcade,” and her lifelong love for music.

After Deanna Jackson gave us tips for staying productive and passionate writers, we encouraged you to get your shit together with Trello, an online platform that makes organizing your big ideas a breeze.

Next, TiayraV motivated us with her journey in “Breaking the Cycle.”

Then, Crystal Ermon continued to inspire us through her article, “The Power in Femininity.”

Afterward, we explored NASA’s myco-architecture project and how fungi could shape life on Mars.

Next, Elena Shelest taught us how to make positive affirmations stick.

Then, we announced our partnership with Natalia Bennett, an Australian artist who’s fighting fire with passion. For every print we sell of her illustrations, we will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the North South Wales Fire Brigade.

Illustrations of a koala and platypus by Natalia Bennett, prints available for sale by donation

Source: The Burgundy Zine & Natalia Bennett

To purchase her artwork and help us assist Australia, please contact us.

After tuning-in to an interview with Ohio-based pop-punk band Big Smile, we shared information about chiptune composer Doctor Octoroc’s upcoming Kickstarter for his latest project, “Soft Bits In.”

Then, S. Anne Kelln shared an incredibly personal essay about her suicide attempt (TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses topics including: suicide, mental illness, hospitalization, and child abuse.)

Next, The Fashionable Housewife taught us how to master class, chic, and comfort in “Top 8 Fashion Trends for Winter 2020.”

Afterward, we shared the first chapter from Erizon’s comprehensive, four-chapter report on the top environmental concerns.

Following our interview with indie artist Karima Francis, we tuned-in to an interview with Doctor Octoroc to learn more about “Soft Bits In.”

Oh, and we released a 110-page zine, “The Burgundy Zine #13: Dawn of a New Decade.” Nbd, nbd.

In all seriousness, we are so proud of everyone for their contributions to this issue, from our writers to our musicians. Thank you for being apart of our community. We truly couldn’t do it without you!

Last but most certainly not least, we spoke to Crystal Ermon to learn more about her spiritual journey and book, “Master Your Energy.” Financial experts at Bankrate also taught us more about the Pink Tax and how it costs women over $1,300 annually.

Going Forward

Going forward, February will be the first month in Burgundy Zine history that doesn’t have a zine scheduled for release.

As you may remember from our one year anniversary post, we’re switching to a bi-monthly format for 2020.

Instead, we’ll be combining articles from February and March for the 14th issue of The Burgundy Zine, which is centered around the theme of “healing.”

More information about submitting to the next issue will be available on our blog in early February.

While there may not be a zine released on Feb. 28th, we’ll still be hard at work behind the scenes as we gear up to launch our merch store in the beginning of spring.

Once again, we can’t thank our readers and contributors enough for yet another successful zine release (and before midnight, to boot)! Your support means the world to us!

Until next month,
burgundy bug >:^)

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A cynical optimist and mad scientist undercover, burgundy bug is the editor, graphic designer, webmaster, social media manager, and primary photographer for The Burgundy Zine. Entangled in a web of curiosity, burgundy bug’s work embodies a wide variety of topics including: neuroscience, psychology, ecology, biology, cannabis, reviews, fashion, entertainment, and politics. You can learn more about working with burgundy bug by visiting her portfolio website: burgundybug.com

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