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Weekly Newsletter #48: It’s (Almost) the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

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By: burgundy bug

Christmas ornaments created by local school children at Longwood Gardens

Source: Holiday in the Garden | Penelope Peru Photography

Get your chimney’s ready, The Burgundy Zine’s about to slide down with gifts for all.

Weekly Recap

We began this week with Allison Francis’ wonderful biography on Christine de Pizan, the first feminist who stood up for women during medieval times in Europe.

On Monday, we shared Jen Grove’s reflections on the museum visitors’ reactions to the 2014 “Intimate Worlds: Exploring Sexuality through the Wellcome Collection,” an exhibit put together by her and her colleagues.

On Tuesday, we tuned in to Safety Net’s latest single, “How Does it Feel?,” followed by a shoutout to local, indie music group Marcelyn’s upcoming shows in Philadelphia.

One, two, skip a few, we released The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays yesterday, followed by Laura Adkins’ article on the fascinating stories from the Tower of London.

Last but not least, we released our monthly newsletter yesterday, as well.

Wait, The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays was Delayed, Too!?

Yes, yes. Albeit, this delay was certainly a fraction of “The Burgundy Zine #10: Spooky Psychology‘s,” it was a delay, nonetheless.

Even working through the holiday, we were still off by two days. Perhaps this comic could give some insight as to why:

Panel 1:
Hat$tackz: What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

Panel 2:
Tea Hazel C.: Oh, you know… Family, friends…

Panel 3:
Tea Hazel C.: And the five minutes of bliss before my digestive issues send me to the toilet for the rest of the night.

Panel 4:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: The Burgundy Zine

Fun fact: In addition to The Burgundy Zine, being a college student, and holding a part-time job, I juggle some GI issues.

I won’t get into it (I actually wanted to write about chronic/invisible illnesses for “The Burgundy Zine #8: Reflections” in August, before deciding not to), but for anyone else out there struggling: it may be worth minimizing fructose and lactose in your diet – and I recommend getting an endoscopy.

Read: What to Expect During an Endoscopy

Source: The Burgundy Zine

Anyways, we could’ve rushed the release for Nov. 28, but that would’ve meant cutting multiple articles, the comic, and the WITWOBB section.

Ultimately, we decided it would be better to take two extra days to really hit it out of the park with “The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays.”

The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays” cover

Source: The Burgundy Zine

Side note, we weren’t kidding last month when we said we’d be diligent about creating backups of our Indesign files from here on out.

Screenshots of “The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays” Indesign file backed up in descending chronological order

Source: The Burgundy Zine

Going Forward

Going forward, we have quite a bit planned for the next two weeks!

First and foremost, we’re beginning our “Craftmas” issue of The Burgundy Zine, which is focused on DIY and holiday cheer. More information about submitting to this issue will be released this week!

Second, the one year anniversary of The Burgundy Zine is on Dec. 13! To celebrate, we’re…


We want to know what you want to know about The Burgundy Zine (try saying that five times fast)!

Don’t hold back. Ask us anything you’d like about our blog, magazine, editor, the series we run, etc…

We have a few other surprises planned for the burgundy birthday, so stay tuned!

As for the rest of this week, we have a few guest posts scheduled for release and our “Highlights of the Month” will be on Penelope Peru Photography within the next few days.

In the meantime, why not flip through The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays for a little inspiration as to what you could contribute to our next issue?

Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit? Check out our photos from a very Christmas-y themed botanical garden. 😉

Until next week,
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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