The First Issue of Paper Comets

Hi! I am extremely excited to introduce to you all a collaborative project that we have been working on for the past several months: the zine, Paper Comets!

The history about Paper Comets and Freckled Minds is this: both of the founders rarely ever interacted in the blogging world, except for the occasional comments every once in awhile. One lazy summer day, the idea of creating a yearbook anthology sort of thing for the 2016 blogging community strolled into Morning's mind, around the same time Ava brainstormed an idea for creating a community zine. The two emailed each other at around the same time on the exact same day.

Great minds think alike, huh?

Both founders decided to collaborate together to create a creative hub community, known as Freckled Minds, and since both of us each wanted to do our own little thing, we both created our own zines: Ava's zine is Sacred Zine Club (publish date to be determined), focused more towards the visual arts aspect, while Morning's would mainly overlook Paper Comets, the zine focused more towards the word-writing aspect and the idea of artistic vision.

For Paper Comets, roughly fifteen bloggers gathered together to share their artistic talents, and now, we are ready to reveal the final product that has been in the works for over fifteen months! 

Our theme for our first issue was words: words that we felt were important to us. Tell us what you all think! We're constantly looking for contributors, both in the zine and the Freckled Minds site, so if you are a female creative mind over the age of fourteen, looking for a platform to cultivate your personal artistic voice, this is a platform that can potentially bring you out to a larger audience! We're expanding out to more electronic mediums: songwriting and film making are a few to name. If you wouldn't mind, could you possibly provide us feedback using the form below? And if you would like to contribute, visit the link here.

We hope you enjoy the first issue of Paper Comets (and possibly we will see you contribute soon)!


FM Update, Fall 2016

We are now accepting contributor forms for the winter zines (themes and more info coming soon)!!
Are you or your friends young creative teenagers yearning to seek a platform to allow your artistic talent to shine? Then you've come by the right place! 
If you're within the age range of fourteen to post-college graduate, then fill out a contributor form to find out how you can be a part of our neat-o projects. 
Too busy to commit? Don't worry, we have a whole list of other options:

1) Interact with us on social media. We're available on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Tag photos or tweets of your artistic projects or other activities that you have been up to recently, using #FreckledMinds, and your photo may just be featured on our social medias for the weekend! You can also submit photos to us via our email, freckledminds[at]gmail[dot]com to potentially have your photos incorporated into future zine issues!

2) Guest post. Guest posts can be written on virtually any subject, although we do have a certain set of general guidelines listed here. We accept any medium: art, writing, collages, even videos: i.e. beat poetry, song covers, short films, and dances! For inquires, please email us with the subject line, "Freckled Minds Guest Post."

3) Name an artist. At Freckled Minds, we are hoping to expand outside of the US blogging community and meet more individuals from various countries and walks of life, such as fellow songwriters, video producers, prose speakers, landscape photographers-- and we'd like for them to meet you to and potentially inspire all of us! If you have a friend within any of these fields of interests, invite them over to see Freckled Minds.

4) Suggest ideas. Ideas and imagination are both the epitome for creative minds. Have an idea on a social media theme or a post series we could do? Share it with us via our email, using the subject line, "Suggestions."

We can't wait to meet you!
Morning & Ava

Ps. We have a new editor, Nicole! She will now be in charge of organizing and editing all non-accouncment posts. :)


9 Creative Ways to Spend Your Lazy Days | Guest Post by Mackenzie Rae

+ Write
It could be anything- just write! Lazy days are days to get away from the normal everyday things you do. They are the kind of days where you can do the extra things you've been wanting to do. Basically, the senseless things that don't fit in with your "productive" category. Get what I mean? Or nah?

+ Draw Characters For Your Book
Currently writing a book or a short story? I like to go on Pinterest and look at sketches of characters (like this) and try to draw my own version of them. I find that so much fun.

- In Case You Don't Like to Draw
You can still go on Pinterest and look at drawings or photographs of characters to inspire you for your upcoming story! Want to get started? Check out my Storyboard.
(note from the editors: you can also try out zentangling, or print out detailed coloring pages. heres a neat one from argonaut nation )

+ Watch YouTube videos
From your favorite YouTuber to tutorials. Get those headphones on and your favorite snack, it's time to waste an hour or two on YouTube. It can be one of the best ways to get inspiration! Second to Pinterest, of course. ;)

+ Clean Your Room
I know I probably sound like your mother right now, but I actually like cleaning my room. It allows me to clear my mind and grasp onto new ideas. It is also a way I can get lost in all the things I own. I tend to get distracted every time I clean my room, but I don't mind. I like to rearrange it as well, it makes it look new and different. Change is good (remember that).

+ Take a Photoshoot
Get your creative juices flowing and snap a few shots to post on Instagram. I highly recommend using the VSCO app for filters. It saved my life. Key: lighting is everything.  

+ Journal
Go outside (or stay inside), it's time to get out that journal you promised you would fill up. Just fill a few pages with doodles and small writing pieces. I never said it had to make sense, as long as the words are there and your mind is flowing into your pen and onto the paper.

+ Bake
Yes, it's time to get that cupcake recipe you've been dying to try. I know I like baking when there's nothing else to do. It’s also creatively yummy. ;)

+ Write to an old friend
There is a certain art for when it comes to writing letters. If you like to create, then this is perfect! Draw little doodles on the outside of your envelopes- give the postman a smile!


Well, those were a few things I do on lazy days or what I might do. (Not saying I do all of those things because most of the time I just stare at a blank wall. Haha- I'm not kidding.)