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Moving pictures

Last November we were invited to perform at the DIY Outspoken Showcase at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. My short film, The FU Story was also screened, and I got to be part of a very cool panel with Josie Long, Scout Niblett and Katie Harkin. Rosie Stoker has made a short doc of the day. You can see it here!  If you’d like to catch Adventures in Menstruating or Josie Long at the Fringe, we’re on the Ladyfest Edinburgh Cabaret tomorrow night from 8  – 11 at Leith Circle of Friends, Leith Walk. Josie’s on at the Pleasance Dome every night at 7, but tickets are selling out fast so grab them soon! (I have learned this from experience.)

Right – back to the fringe!

Chella

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A poem I wrote for Adventures in Menstruating #2, To The Leaking Girl, will be published in an issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal next month. There’s some excellent stuff in there from the Menstruati and the whole thing is well worth a read.

The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research is holding its next conference this June in Pittsburgh. Details can be found here.

Chart Your Cycle is 5!

Five years ago, on a bit of a whim, I wrote a zine called Chart Your Cycle. Everything I’ve done since to do with Adventures in Menstruating has been a direct result of that whim. Thanks to everyone who’s supported or contributed to the zines, the blog and the show over the past five years.

This was the third printing – the first run had black and white covers, the second run had solid colour covers in bright shades, and the fourth printing had solid colour covers in pastel shades. It’s currently out of print, but if you happened to get your hands on a copy during the summer of 2005, you’re halfway through your cycle-chart right now.

Last Saturday I had an excellent time at the London Zine Symposium, and they were celebrating their own fifth birthday. It felt pretty coincidental, but all of us who read – Isy Morgenmuffel, Josie Long, Patrick Staff, Charlotte Cooper and I – seemed to be onto a retrospective theme with the stuff we chose. There was a really nice atmosphere and it was cool to see how we’d all changed over the years. The free zine I’d put together for the symposium was made up of my friends’ and fans’ recollections of what they’d been doing five years ago this week. If you’d like to contribute, get in touch.

More on the zine symposium later. Just wanted to say a quick thanks for now.

Cheers,

Chella

And we’re back.

Had a month-long hiatus to sort out all the messing about with Volcano-stranding and other travel-related hold-ups, and are now back to a lifestyle that requires far fewer hyphenated words to describe it. One of the highlights of our US trip was our proximity to what I called the Slurpee Store when I was little and my dad bought me my first one.  We’re back in the UK now, but I seem to have re-whetted the Quint family appetites, because my mom sent me this email today:

“I wanted to let you know I poured my first Slurpee the other day.  It was an experience. I knew it was toward the back of the store, but I had to pass the coffee machines, and the soda machines before I finally found –SLURPEE!  Then–which cup?  So I poured, but I knew it didn’t look like the slurpees you always come out with–too flat on top.  Then–the lid. Different characters were lined up–but help was on the way.  The clerk came running back before I mischose, and picked out the right transparent top for me.  Now he asks which straw–long or short?  Well, long enough to fit into the big cup I guess.  So I felt pretty good about the whole experience, until your sister came home and said, ‘You’re supposed to put the lid on first–to get that nice dome effect.’  Oh well…”

Anyone else who is hankering after a new and refreshing experience with a nice dome effect should head to London this Saturday to join Chella and a zillion (official estimate) others at The London Zine Symposium.

Edited to add that I’ll be reading from issue 5 with some other lovely people between 2 and 3 pm.

Adventures in Menstruating #5 will be available for the first time in London on the individual zine table and for trading, and Chella will also have some treats to celebrate completing Chart Your Cycle for the 24 Hour zine thing (now only held during July, sadly) five years ago this week.

If you can’t get to London but you’d like to join in with the written portion of the treat, email or facebook us with a response to the following in the next 24 hours: What were you doing five years ago this week? Would you do it again? How did you find out (memory, diary, blog, email archive, etc.)?

And if you can make it, bring a zine to trade!

Happy Hall-oh wait that was yesterday…

If  you’ll allow me to riff on the A-Team saying of old, I love it when menstruation and zombies come together, and boy did they for me this weekend. I promised Leeds Uni radio’s Femme Fatale show listeners that I’d post more details of our Halloween Party, and I also had another radio-themed surprise this weekend when I tuned into the podcast for NPR’s comedy quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

But first, I should explain that my retort to anyone who likes horror movies but cringes at menstruation is, “Why are zombies eating brains ok, but if they start menstruating, it’s gross?!  Blood and guts are blood and guts.”  So part of our show is the film trailer and pitch for my menstrual zombie comedy movie. You know,  “In a world where…etc. etc.”    Some of you have heard it already, and I’m happy to pitch it to anyone else who wants to know between now and our next gig. In any case, we are so annoyed that the title ’28 days Later’ is already taken…

So, that’s the backstory to my costume for our annual Halloween party that we host for our friends. We get really competitive with ourselves, and it’s kind of a mini comedy installation each year. This year’s theme was the International Undead Convention, and guests were invited to invent a cause or lobbying group that they would represent, as an undead individual.  Then I created parody logos for each of them.

Sarah co-hosted on behalf of the Vampire Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. (The GLAAD logo looks amazingly like blood when you give it a re-colour, and the ‘a’ and ‘d’ are particularly blood-droplet-reminiscent as well!) I love GLAAD, and I hope they don’t mind my parody. They get a ‘not menstrual but should be’  tag.

vlaad

I was a member of Menstrual Zombie Actors’ Equity (again – it should go without saying that I respect and support what Equity does). I had a huge red bloodstain printed onto the bottom of the back of a tshirt. I’m telling ya – one day I am gonna start my Stains TM fashion line (Ha! I have now actually done this: www.stainstm.com! -Chella). Red is the new black.

We put signs up around the house to make it look like each room was a different conference venue, and created parody logos for each of the guests as well…I’ll do a gallery later on.zombie equity

Meanwhile – over on US radio, we were delighted when we listened to the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! podcast today and heard the intro by host Peter Sagal:

“In honor of Halloween we’re talking zombies with legendary movie director George Romero — how to recognize them, how to defend against them, and — since this is Public Radio — how to try to reason with them, and come to mutual understanding and respect.”

The whole show was great, as usual, but I really got a kick out of the festive theme, and I love zombies. For George Romero’s bit, he had to answer a question. The answer to the question will lead you to this link, so you may want to listen before you read on. (Is it appropriate to announce spoilers for a radio quiz show?)

Spoilers:

Romero gets the answer right (and the video itself is pretty good until it veers off into questionable territory after about minute six or so – further analysis from me will follow in Issue #5 of Adventures in Menstruating).  Other than a smattering of groans from the audience (a mild response for this crowd – they have shown much more disgust much more vocally for more appropriate targets in the past, so I’m not complaining), periods were part of the comedy.

Menses even made it back at the end of the show for some recall about an earlier panel topic –

Peter asked for a prediction: “In reference to the first inter-gender golf match, how will President Obama show that he is all about the ladies?”

Panelist Amy Dickinson immediately fired back: “In solidarity to the women on the staff, President Obama is going to adjust his own hormonal cycle so they will all menstruate at the same time.”

Again, good-natured fun, and women were not the butt of the jokes, which means that Wait Wait wins a Second Place Award.  I may need to create a new category for menstruating!Obama.

And, now that periods and the undead have shared radio air-time twice in one day on two continents, and even if I’m the only person who noticed or cared, I think menstrual zombie movies are officially on the table.

So, George…can I pencil you in for a storymeeting?

-Chella

World Wide Women Conference today in Sheffield

There’s a conference in Sheffield today (well, in my head the conference is tomorrow, because I haven’t gone to bed yet, but don’t be fooled!) that I’m going to have to stay home from, because I think the cough I’m currently sporting  and the rousing speeches just won’t mix somehow. But if you’re in or near Sheffield, and not hacking up a lung, details are here!

I was wandering vaguely homeward drinking a medicinal malted soya-milkshake today (or yesterday, for people who’ve gone to bed while it was still Friday night) and had a lovely chat with the proprietor of Rare and Racy, who beckoned to me from his doorway (in an old fashioned shopkeeper kinda way) and showed me that my zine was in his window display. (See if you can spot it…) That cheered me up no end.

Rare and Racy

So, today (tomorrow?) I will listen to Radio 4 comedy and draw parody film posters instead.

Good night?

Chella

Speechless, but working on that.

So the Feminism in London conference was inordinately awesome. So much so, that I’ve spent the week (doing lots of other stuff but also) trying to compose the perfect blog post about it. I’ll keep adding to this post until it meets my exacting standards. Check out their site for pictures, speech transcripts and workshop notes.

It was excellent overall, but particular highlights for me included:

Susie Orbach‘s speech and slide show, chatting with stall holders, including  Feminist Library and PinkStinks, and Media Training With Camera workshop by Rebecca Mordan.

Major props to compere Kate Smurthwaite for bunging me into the cabaret night, Liz for joining me in a song and  Tina for lending me the guitar, the audience at the Soho Comedy Club for surfing The Crimson Tide with us, and Leeds Femsoc for taking me in as one of their own all day long.

Plans are in the works to be back in Leeds soon, as well as workshops in Sheffield and Edinburgh  over the next few months. Stay tuned!

Chella