2014 Archive

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Subscription news

Hey yall, Shauna has been taking over all duties regarding subscriptions, and she is doing a spectacular job. All of our previous subs are being properly organized, new subscriptions are being dealt with promptly, and the cracks that some of yall have been falling through are shrinking. If you have a subscription related question, address change, or are wondering why you haven’t got your copy of the grind yet, you can get a hold of her at subscriptions@countrygrind.net

Also subscription related, for all of you folks in the USA waiting to receive issue #4. Our bulk package of The Grind had a lot of delays in the postal system, but it has finally arrived at Eliot’s place in Oregon. He is addressing copies as we speak, so you all should be hopefully getting your copies in your mailbox in the next week or so. We’re sorry for all the delays, but this is the cheapest way for us to ship to the states, and we are trying to keep subscriptions as cheap as possible, and that means being at the whim of the postal system.

So, if you live anywhere but the USA and you still haven’t recieved issue #4, or if any of you haven’t received issue #3, please contact Shauna, and she’ll get you sorted out!!

Posted by Gretchen at 2:05 pm

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2014

Merch is Back!!!!

Holy Shit Punks!!! Country Grind swag is back!!!!! Not only is it back. but it is better than ever.

This is our third attempt at making/selling t-shirts and I think this time we’ve got it. The wonderful folks at Oakheart Collective (way, way up in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada) have offered to print the shirts, take orders, and ship them out. They are donating all of their time and are giving 100% of the profits from CG merch back to The Grind.

If you would like to order a shirt you can do so from their Etsy page,
www.etsy.com/ca/shop/OakHeartCollective, and I would recommend checking out their other merch. They have some pretty awesome rural punk shirts and patches.

We know there are still some folks who haven’t gotten their shirts yet from last time we were taking orders. I (gretchen) take full responsibility for that. If you haven’t yet received a t-shirt and you already paid for one please shoot Cat an email at distribution@countrygrind.net

Posted by Gretchen at 8:57 pm

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

Issue #4 Is Here!!!

Ohhhhhhhh Snap!! Today at noon I (Gretchen) dropped off the thumbdrive with The Grind on it to the printers and at 4pm I picked up the finished product, all 1000 copies ready to go. I can’t believe how quick that was.

Issue number #4 is the Harvest issue, in it you’ll find…

~The history of Halloween and Samhain
~Tons of awesome fall recipes
~Sexworkers in small communities
~Cloth diapers
~Harvesting tree bark
~Poision Ivy care
~Several stories on the harsh realities of rural living
~Rural queer/feminist erotica
~Awesome artwork from lots of folks
~Cover artwork by Dylan

You can order a copy of #4 or a subscription by clicking on subscriptions. This website and online store is in the process of being revamped, so soon you will be able to buy back issues as well.

Posted by Gretchen at 6:56 pm

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

nose to the GRIND stone

Gretchen and I (Cat) are working to pull the layout together for the fourth issue! Well… mostly Gretchen is working on the layout, I am just drinking coffee and keeping up with our propaganda. Here’s proof ya skeptics!

Posted by Cat Meow at 2:24 pm

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2014

Submissions close TONIGHT!

If you don’t have your submission for the fourth issue by tonight, it might not get in!

We will still keep a stock of articles for future issues if you get yours in late, though.

Email submissions@countrygrind.net to submit your article/art/recipes/etc. or if you have questions.

Thanks!

Posted by Cat Meow at 10:10 pm

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2014

Urgent Call Out For Submissions

So here’s the thing: fall is busy. We’ve been busy, maybe you’ve been busy, and the result is that The Grind is running late again. Unfortunately, we’ve hardly received any submissions for the fourth issue. We’ve decided to push everything back a month, meaning submissions will close October 6th instead of September 6th, and the fourth issue will come out end of October.

Now is when we really need to call on all of you! If you’ve ever thought about submitting something, please do so! If You know anyone who would be interested in writing for us, send them our way!

There would be no Country Grind without all of you beautiful folks out there contributing, so send us in what you’ve got!

Queer erotica? We love it, send it in.
Birth Stories? Babies rule, tell us about it.
Built your own stone wall? Rockin, teach us how.
You managed to grow veggies indoors during winter even though you don’t have electricity, central heating or running water? Please let us know when you became a mad plant genius.
Wrote a poem about how you got frost bite on your nether regions by going for a run in -40C, and some old timer informed you to just “put a sock on it”? I am sure many people can relate to that.

These are all valuable contributions! I’m willing to bet you all have way more than that to share.

Posted by Cat Meow at 8:41 pm

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

Ending tshirt sales

Hey folks! I’m sad to say that effective immediately we are no longer selling Country Grind t-shirts. We are having the same old problem, they are just too damn popular, and I (Gretchen) do not have any extra free time to work on filling all those orders. I’d rather spend what little time I have working on making the magazine the best I can before I start working on extra stuff like t-shirt’s and patches. Anyone who has already placed a t-shirt order will still have their order filled. Hopefully we can finish it up this weekend.

That being said, I’m sure that once winter comes and life calms down I’ll be itching for extra projects. So they are not gone forever, just for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we undertake this epically awesome and seemingly impossible project.

Posted by Gretchen at 6:42 pm

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

Submissions Due September 6th!

HELLO ALL!

Submissions for the fourth issue, the fall issue, close two weeks from today! September 6th! Get crackin’ if you want to be published this time around. Thanks to those who have already submitted!

Send in your best stew recipes, canning ideas and other hunker down for the cold related things!

Big thanks,

Cat

Posted by Cat Meow at 10:44 pm

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 07, 2014

New Editor!!

Hello all, Cat here! Major update!

We have a new editor! I am taking over for Celeste and will be working with authors on editing from now on.

I am super excited to get to know all of the return writers and all of the new ones! I hope I can stand up to all the work Celeste has done with everyone, myself included. Many thanks to her and all the work she has done.

You can still send submissions to submissions@countrygrind.net and I will receive them- hurry up, though- submissions for the fourth issue close in a month!

Y’all better be writing me some nice things to read in the next couple weeks, I’ll be out in Lutsel K’e and I don’t want to be taking time out from scraping hides and picking berries if I’m not receiving some dang good articles!

Thanks for giving this a read- have a great dang day,
Cat

your new editor, cookin fishes

Posted by Cat Meow at 4:04 am

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

A Sneak Preview of the Summer 2014 Issue: A Leisurely Litha to You!

(We’re working our butts off to get the next issue of The Grind together! It’ll be ready soon, but until then, here’s a delightful sample of what’s to come, thanks to the wise and helpful Kat Callen. This article will be in the upcoming issue, as well as another of her contributions. Happy Solstice!)

21st of June 2014 – Leisurely Litha to You


Litha, or the Summer Solstice, has arrived. The Sun has reached the peak of power.  As our Earth Mother lounges lackadaisically in the heat, soaking up as much warmth as possible on this longest day of the year, She takes Her fill of the light. When She combines this with the frenzy of sacred play initiated at Beltane, She becomes sultry and swollen, increasing in lushness, moving towards the ripeness of Lammas and the abundance She provides.


Traditionally the young and young-at-heart leapt over the flames of the bonfire on Litha to ensure a plentiful harvest. The wise old womyn claimed “the higher the leaps, the taller the crops.” Naturally the leapers exerted themselves fully for the benefit of the crops and the village.

The Sun enters the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer today. But do not let the Water dampen the celebration for, being ruled by the Moon, it feeds our cultural roots. We can go with the flow as it nudges us to be receptive, increases our patience and intuitiveness, fosters our sensitivity and nurturing abilities, and frees our imaginations to soar to new heights.


As with last year’s Litha, we are being called home. To be with our families, both blood relations and the kindred spirits that we embrace as our tribe. To be with them, if not physically then in thought and spirit. Water can help us on this journey. We can water our gardens, our own ancestral roots, and our hopes and dreams. The nourishing water will hasten the growth and ripening of many things – feeding our heart, mind, body, and soul. While in the glow of the shimmering summer, we can dance and sing and laugh. We can make plans for actions that will allow us to create a vibrant and cooperative world where we can all be safe and happy and free. Then, come tomorrow, we will be prepared to leap into the waxing Dark as the Light is slowly overcome with the turning of the Great Wheel of Life.


The Moon sets the emotional tone as She transits through the zodiac signs, changing signs approximately every two and a half days. For Litha, the Moon is void-of-course most of the day until She moves into the Fixed Earth sign of Taurus at 22:03 CST. Void-of-course motion is when the Moon reaches near the end degrees of the zodiac sign that She has been traveling through. When the Moon makes Her last aspect, or energy connection, with another planet the void-of-course motion begins. This period of time is best for pondering and reflecting, for subjective avenues of involvement. It is best to avoid making major decisions, shopping, signing contracts and the like. Keeping this in mind you may be able to avoid difficult outcomes. Expect the unexpected.


The actual meaning of void-of-course is “nothing will come of it.” The Moon takes a break, allowing nourishment and revitalization to occur, before the energy changes and She moves along to the next zodiac sign. This can be likened to the actual shifting of gears in a vehicle. There is a period of time when the gears must move through neutral in the transition. The energy is not as grounded and centered at this time so those who are normally a bit on the spacey side may have a tendency to get ‘lost,’ and find themselves losing track of time and space.

As the Moon takes a break in her daily ruling of the planets, take a ‘time-out’ period for yourself. Just go with the flow to avoid frustrations, wasted time and effort, delays, and problems later on. You can certainly think things through and weigh your options on upcoming important tasks and events, just avoid making actual decisions or actively beginning projects. Relaxation and fun can be maximized. No doubt, you too will be rejuvenated to the point of exhilaration.


A mere two hours before midnight CST, the Moon enters the fixed Earth sign of Taurus. Then it is back to the senses as we are once again grounded. It is easier to sink into the moment, be in the body, and enjoy the delights of the five senses. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, which is the slow mover in the zodiac, allowing us the opportunity to savour everything thoroughly. Whatever you choose to do – whether that be dance and truly feel the groove of the music, languish in the Sun, run barefoot through the grass, practice a craft or hobby, share frolicsome intimacy in a cozy atmosphere, partake of a tasty meal, deal with practical matters, spend time in a studio with your musical instrument, or relax with an afternoon siesta – rest assured Taurus will insist that you draw out the enjoyment.


Since Taurus is a fixed sign, the grounding nature helps us to be focused. Our capacity to go at something fully, to really flesh it out, is heightened. Beginning a new project, experimenting with new ways of doing things, immersing yourself in learning, or stretching your body and your mind will all go favourably while the Moon is in Taurus.


As I bid you a Leisurely Litha, ponder this point on pronouncing the word leisure. Although it does not roll off the tongue quite as lusciously, try to pronounce it this way – lezh-er, rather than the more common lee-zher. Remember that lee-zher rhymes with seizure, but lezh-er rhymes with pleasure.


Go well as we move slowly into the Dark.


~ Kat

Posted by Celeste at 11:03 pm

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

T-shirts are now for sale!!!

You can now buy Country Grind t-shirts and t-shirt/subscription combos right here!! We are currently low on stock in some sizes, but are about to make another shirt order (which will include ladies sizes). If we are out of stock of your size we will ship your shirt as soon as we get more made (no more than a couple weeks).

Posted by Gretchen at 9:22 pm

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 07, 2014

Moving Forward. Important information about continuing to receive The Country Grind.

Hey folks, Gretchen here, we’ve got some big news for y’all. The Country Grind has grown beyond my wildest dreams and expectations. I never thought we’d ever need to print more than 200 copies and here we just printed 1000 copies of issue #2 and the word is still spreading. The workload itself has become so great that I had to get help from my friends and now we are a six member collective running the show.

While this is great for us, and for you, our financial burden grows with every subscriber. In Canada we just had a huge increase in postage prices that cost us hundreds of dollars more in shipping costs. (Printing and shipping costs for issue #2 are already over $1,500.) With this and our huge increase in subscribers we are no longer able to offer The Country Grind Quarterly for free. Starting with our next issue (#3) we will be charging a small fee to rural punks. This fee is only covering our costs of printing and shipping The Grind.

We know that with the Indiegogo fundraiser we said that because we reached our goal we would make the next two issues free, and we are very sad to say that we cannot keep our promise. When we started the fundraiser we hadn’t yet sold out of issue #1 so we were still thinking that 500 copies would be enough for the next two issues. But we have come up with a plan for those of you who did donate to our campaign.

If you donated anything, even a dollar, to our Indiegogo fundraiser this past winter we will send you a free copy of our 3rd issue, if you donated $25 or more we will sign you up for a free one year subscription of The Country Grind, and if you were one of the five amazing folks who donated $100 or more you unknowingly bought yourself a lifetime subscription!!

And of course, if you have already bought a subscription nothing will change for you. You will continue to receive The Grind until your subscription runs out.

Our new pricing is as follows:

Rural Punks (Canada and USA):

One issue – $4ppd

1 year subscription – $12ppd

City Punks (Canada and USA):

$5ppd

1 year subscription – $18ppd

International Punks

One issue – $7 ppd

1 year subscription $25ppd

+Add a t-shirt, patch and sticker to a subscription for $10 (plus shipping)

(ppd=postage paid/we pay postage)

 

You can buy a copy or subscription of The Grind on our website athttp://www.countrygrind.net/p/subscribe.html.

We have also set up an Etsy store at www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheCountryGrind where you can buy individual issues, subscriptions, as well as t-shirts, stickers, and patches.

If you want to avoid the internet you can always mail us cheques, money orders, or concealed cash to:

The Country Grind

Box 266

Ochre River, MB R0L 1K0

CANADA

Make checks and MOs to: Gretchen Bonegardener

Also, one last thing while I have your attention. We’ve tried to get this message out to everyone who might want to know about this stuff, and we apologise if you didn’t want to receive this email. (If you don’t want to receive any more emails from us, you don’t need to do anything; this email list is confidential and temporary).  If you do want to be informed of important notices with The Grind (like this) you can join our email list here (we’ll try to never have more than one email a month):

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/country-grind-email-list/join

Thank you for your time and your understanding. The Country Grind has turned into an amazing project and I’m so excited to be a part of it. It’s really nice to see so many people as excited about this as I am!

Up The Fucking Rural Punks!!

~gretchen

Collective member, editor, founder

The Country Grind

countrygrind.net

Posted by Gretchen at 10:17 pm

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SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014

CG Swag

Ok, so country Grind t-shirts are very close to reality. We have silkscreens and blank t-shirts ready to go. We’re just waiting on a fresh batch of Photo Emulsion to show up to burn the screen. Our two t-shirt designs are the new Country Grind logo and the Grind The Enemy design, both drawn by Dylan of Quadra Island, BC.

We’re also making more patch designs. Aside from both of the above designs available as backpatches, we’ll also be offering three smaller patch designs. A different version of Grind The Enemy and the Now That’s Country design by Dylan and a different CG logo by Isaac Roylos.

We also have stickers available!!! We currently have stickers of Isaac’s design that we made for the Indiegogo campaign. With some of Dylan’s designs on the way in sticky form. We are currently making an Etsy store to sell our swag. We’ll let you know when it all gets set up.

If you’d like to draw for The Grind we’d love to talk. All submitted artwork that falls withinour guidelines will be published in the paper. Drop us a line at punx@countrygrind.net

Posted by Gretchen at 2:16 pm

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

We need your help!!!

If you’ve got web design experience and have been thinking about how you could contribute in a meaningful way to The Grind, we are in need of your help!

We’ve been wanting to update our website for awhile now, but it hasn’t really happened.

If you are into the idea, you can send us a message over at punx@countrygrind.net

Feel free to share this! We need to do some spring cleaning!

Posted by Gretchen at 6:48 pm

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014

T-shirt design done.

Got this from Dylan late last night.  So fuckin’ stoked!!!

The bottom two drawing are going to be made into stickers and patches, the top drawing is the t-shirt design! Dylan is an insanely brilliant artist, I’m sure you can now see why we specifically asked him to draw our t-shirt design, and why we knew it was well worth the wait.

Posted by Gretchen at 9:29 am

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Fundraiser a sucess!!

Hey y’all we have been so busy with getting issue #2 together that we haven’t had time to properly say thank you for the amazingly successful Indiegogo campaign.

Here is a repost of what I (Gretchen) sent to all those who supported the campaign:

Hey all!! thank you so much!!! I’m still in shock of how well we did! I am so grateful!!

This guarantees that The Grind will be free for the next two issues!! Celeste and I have been slaving over our computers for the past few days (barf!) getting the next issue ready for print. (yay!)

For me personally, the money raised is a distant second to the simple fact that The Country Grind is a project you support, and you are willing to show your support when we need it. It’s a lot more meaningful than just clicking “like” on Facebook. That for me is huge! It makes it worth all the money I’ve poured into this project, all the stress and anxiety I put myself through, and all time I have to spend on the computer when I’d rather be outside with my dog, howling at the moon. Because not only do all you rural punks apprecate this project, you are willing to put some effort into seeing it move forward!

I’d also like to thank everyone who put their time and energy to this fundraiser. First off a big thank you to Eliot for setting this all up, because it was beyond my scope of knowledge. And a thank you and an epic hi-five to Haybale Mike for writing and performing the Country Grind Diddy (look for chords and lyrics in the next issue).

As for awesome folks who donated perks; Thanks to Celeste Inez Mathilda for doing all the silk screening. Isaac Roylos for drawing both the sticker and patch designs. Cat Meow for buying all the stickers. Shauna and Ian for donating the feather earrings, hide stretchers, and their two pygmy goats. Mike and Rachel for donating their CD’s and Rach for her Rabbit hides. Dylan for drawing the t-shirt design, which will be ready very shortly and will surely blow our minds. And last but certainly not least thank you to the beautiful and charming SLug for her herbal tea concoctions.

In closing I just want to say thank you again from the whole Country Grind collective and a big personal thank you from me; I never though when I started sharing my idea of a rural punx magazine that it would become so huge. Knowing how much you all care about this is the most rewarding part of this whole paper.

Up the Rural Punks!!!!!

~gretchen

Posted by Gretchen at 1:15 pm

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Issue #2 is off to the press!!

OK, after much delay, the second issue is finally in the printers hands. Hopefully it can be printed this week, and I can get them in my hands by Sunday night and send them out to you folks next week!!

Included in issue number two:

  • Making Tinctures
  • Sharpening Chainsaws
  • Harvesting Birch Sap
  • Hunting Prairie Chickens
  • Articles on Community
  • Essays on Isolation and Mental Health
  • Political Musings
  • Interviews with The Grid Pickers and Fins Out
  • Artist Spotlight on Bubzee
  • Plus Birth Stories, Poetry, Comics, Letters, Reviews, Classifieds (including new missed connections), and the next Country Grind Crossword Puzzle!!
  • And So Much More!!

To get a copy: Rural punks, send your mailing address to Cat atdistribution@countrygrind.net and we’ll make sure you get a copy. If you signed up for last issue you’re automatically going to get this one!

City punks: Prices are $5ppd in the Canada and the USofA. Click Here to order!

Posted by Gretchen at 1:02 pm

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Upcoming stickers and artwork.

Ok, here is a sweet drawing form the next issue drawn by the wonderful and charming Czars, of Quadra Island, BC. We’re gonna turn this and another drawing of his into stickers! Stay tuned!

Czars is also drawing the upcoming Country Grind T-shirt, so after seeing this you know it’s gonna be sick!

Pre-order one on our indiegogo fundraiser, only a few days left…

Posted by Gretchen at 7:50 pm

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 05, 2014

Patches

We’ve been busy as fuck here at The Grind getting ready for our editing crunch and layout extravaganza. Fresh off the press are some wonderful patches designed by Isaac Roylos and silk-screened by Celeste Inez Mathilda. They are printed on black canvas, so they aren’t just a fashion accessory, they’re as strong as your Carhartts your patching up. Right now the only way to get em is to donate to our Indiegogo fundraiser.

Posted by Gretchen at 4:07 pm

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014

We Are Sold Out In Canada! 5 copies left in the USA!

Hey folks, The Country Grind’s Canadian/International Distribution Centre (the corner of my living room) is officially sold-out! Our US distributor has old about 5 copies left. But never fear! There is still a last chance to you late-comers…

Our rural punk friends at Pioneers Press have copies for sale. They are rad folks with a sick distro out of Lansing, Kansas. They are 2 bucks! Find it here!

500 copies and their almost gone! Wow! We’re planning on printing around 750 for issue #2.

Posted by Gretchen at 5:13 pm

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014

2015 North American Rural Punk Gathering Announcement

Ok, this is strictly in idea mode right now, nothing is on paper yet, but the plan is to have a Rural Punks Gathering in Ochre River, MB Canada in the summer of next year, 2015. We’re thinking 3-5 days in June or July.

We’re doing this because with this magazine we hope to make a network of rural punks all across North America (and the world, really) and we think it would be great to have a place and a time to meet up, maybe have some workshops and skillshares, listen to some sweet live music, but mostly just share stories and ideas and meet other rad folks doing similar shit as us.

Probably our biggest concern/fear is having a bunch of rowdy drunk city dwelling/traveler kids show up and trash my (Gretchen’s) land. Basically, nobody wants another Scumbala (for thouse of you who were unlucky enough to have witnessed that). We’re not going to do anything crazy like say that no city kids or dirty skids can come or anything, but we want to make it clear that any oogly behaviour will not be tolerated.

Let us know what you’d like to see. Like we said, this is still in idea mode. It’s over a year away, so we’re just throwing it out there right now. Let it marinate in all our brains for a little while. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

If you are interested in keeping up to date with with what’s going on you can join our mailing list here. I promise you won’t get more than one email a month until we get closer to the actual date.

Posted by Gretchen at 7:48 pm

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Stickers and Patches

Ok, We’ve gotten some awesome artwork for stickers and patches from the lovely Isaac Roylos of Whitefield, Maine. And thanks to a very generous contribution from Cat Meow we were able to buy a whole buttload of stickers. Here’s the sticker design:

And as for the patches Celeste and Dandy are burning a screen right now. Here’s the patch design:

Also Ragtime Rach drew a logo for Country Grind Records. I’m planning on getting stickers of them too.

Right now the only way to get these is by throwing $10 or more towards our Indiegogo. I know it’s steep for a patch and two stickers, but it’s a fundraiser. We’ll have cheaper options down the road.

Posted by Gretchen at 11:12 pm

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So much to say, so little time.

Ok, I have a lot to say, but I have a drafting exam in 30 min so I’ve got to be short.

I only have 10 copies of the grind left!! If you were thinking of getting a copy don’t wait. I haven’t talked to Eliot in a few days, but I’m sure he’s at about the same.

In other news, our little fundraiser is almost half over. We’ve had a few wonderful supporters (including someone who anonymously donated $100! (please, given me your address, let me send you a t-shirt!)). But we haven’t even made a fifth of the $2,500 we were hoping to make. If we make less than $1000 we will release issue #2 for free, but after that we will be forced to charge for a subscription. (The costs will be exactly the same as city punks now pay, just enough to cover our costs.)

I just simply can’t afford to keep paying for this out of pocket. I’m already donating 20-30 hours a week of my labour to this magazine. I can’t afford to also shell out $4,000+ a year for it.

Anyways, I have lots of good news too, but it will have to wait till this evening.

Posted by Gretchen at 12:38 pm

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2014

We are officially dorks.

So Cat is here and we are havin’ a time. We talked about it and we decided that, despite my hatred of it, she and some other rural punks have started a CG Facebook Page. It will be a really good way to netwerk and spread the word about The Grind.

I’m also more excited that it will be the first aspect of The Country Grind that is totally out of my hands. I absolutely refuse to get a Facebook myself so I’ll have no control over it. I’m pretty stoked that this is no longer just “my” project.

Posted by Gretchen at 8:47 pm

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2014

We’re about to sellout, .pdf now available for download.

Both me, in Canada, and Eliot, in the States, only have around 50 copies left. So if you want a free physical copy of the first issue don’t delay. We won’t be printing more copies of issue #1, so once they’re gone, they’re gone. Since we are running low i figured it was time to throw the .pdf copy of #1 up on the webs for download. I always intended to put it up, as I will with every issue, but I want folks to have a chance to read the real paper version first, cause really, fuck computers. (Oh! The irony of writing that on a blog!)

In more personal news The Pas is home to the Manitoba Trappers Festival. I’ve always wanted to come up here to see this, so I’m pretty stoked. CG contributor Cat Meow is also coming up to visit for a couple days, it’ll be nice to hang out with another rural punk for a little bit.

Also, I just got invited to be a regular writer for the Profane Existence blog. Pretty excited about that. It’s kind of like a punk rock dream. I remember being 15 or 16 and reading my first copies of PE and Slug & Lettuce and being so excited and inspired. I guess that’s one big reason I started this paper, to get folx excited about reading and inspired to do epic shit!

Up The Doin’ Shit Punx!

Posted by Gretchen at 7:06 pm

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014

updated sections

ok, I updated the submissions page, Cleaned it up and added my submission requirements along with the content guidelines.

I also updated the subscription page so city punks can buy a 1 year subscription now.

And I got my class 1 learners permit. So watch out!! haha!

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014

Oh God, What Have I Done!!!

Ok, I just got the kind folks at Profane Existence to post another call out for the first issue of The Country Grind and our Indiegogo fundraiser. It was posted about 40 minutes ago and I’ve already gotten 5 emails about it and it’s been reposted on facebook 38 times. That’s like once every minute!

This is awesome news for The Grind, because we’re still trying to get ourselves out there, but this means a fuck of a lot of work for me for the next week or so. And this is not exactly the best time for me. Tomorrow I’m taking my written test for my class 1 drivers license (yes, these crazy fools are going to allow me to drive a semi, legally) Friday I have an electrical exam, Monday I have a hydraulics exam , and later next week I have a drafting exam.

So basically I’m saying that I’m expecting to get swamped with emails in the next little bit, and it may take me a little while to sift through them all, so just bare with me. I want to sign everyone up and answer everyone’s questions, but it may take me a a few days to respond. We’ll see.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014

US subscribers prepare to be dazzled

Wahoooo!!! After over 3 weeks of waiting and worrying I’m pleased to say that Eliot has received the giant box of magazines intended for all you folks south of the border. He already has the envelops addressed and should have them out tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it!

Posted by Gretchen at 10:09 pm

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

Give Us Money!!!

Hey Folks!! So the Indiegogo fundraser thingy is up and live now you can check it out here!!!

Country Grind Fundraiser

Please help us out. The more money we raise the longer we can keep this magazine free. My hope is that after a while ads will be out main source of funds, but while we’re starting out this is almost entirely out of my own pocket. And I can’t afford to bear all of the costs.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014

Fuck USPS

Ok, sorry. I guess I’ve been slacking a little bit the last little while. Here is what’s new.

I’m extremely unimpressed with USPS right now. I mailed that package containing about 320 copies of The Grind over two weeks ago, and they still haven’t arrived. The last info the tracking number gives me is that it was in Chicago over a week ago. The package is insured and everything, but I really don’t want the headache of having to print 300 more copies just cause the post is totally unreliable. And I’m sure you folks down south don’t want to wait any longer to get it.

In better news, everyone in Canada has received their copies, and I’m still getting folks signing up every day!
Our Indiegogo fundraiser is just about to go live, so I’m excited about that. I’ll keep y’all posted.

Also I made a new page to the right for stuff relating to the first issue. Like a couple colour photos and the solution to the crossword puzzle.

Anyways, as soon as Eliot receives the package he is going to ship the individual copies out. (I think he’s even started addressing all the envelopes (no small task I assure you)). I’ll let y’all know when the package arrives.

Posted by Gretchen at 5:42 pm

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014

A little diddy from Haybale.

Holy Fuck! I asked Mike and Rachel to make a little song and video for our Indegogo fundraiser that’s about to go live. This is what they gave me! The fundraiser should start by the end of the week.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 06, 2014

The Grind is on it’s way to the US!!

Ok, I just mailed 320 copies of The Grind to this super awesome west coast babestar named Eliot Fiend. He’s going to be the distributor of The Country Grind in the US. He has been super helpful in offering to do this, in both saving me hundreds of dollars in cross border shipping costs, and also by taking some of the insane workload off my back and helping me out.

(By far the best stranger I’ve ever met on the internet!)

So, for you folks eagerly awaiting the first issue, it should be in your hands in less than two weeks hopefully.

Also, speaking of Eliot. They are helping me create an indiegogo thingy for a Country Grind Fundraiser. Stay tuned for that. And if you have anything you think would make a good perk/reward please lemme know!!!

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 03, 2014

They’ve arrived!!!

Here they are!!! Me and Celeste got so excited we just decided to wrap ourselves up in them.

All of the Canadian pre-orders are in the mail! I’m mailing out all the copies to the states on Monday!!!

Enjoy!!

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 02, 2014

Getting Ready….

Well, It’s been like -35° all week here. So I’ve been stuck in Dauphin and my friends Celeste (co-editor of the Grind) and Dandy all week. (My poor truck can’t make the 5.5 hour drive north when it’s -45° with windchill.) It’s been fun here. Drinking tea, making food, and watching x-files. Oh yea, doing everything I can to make sure this first issue comes out smoothly.

Today, in anticipation for picking up the Grind from the printers tomorrow. Me and Celeste hand typed and stamped all the envelopes for the canadian pre-orders.

I’m pretty happy with it. It’s simple enough that it didn’t kill us to do it 30+ times, but it’s still a personal touch. I’ll be sending them all out tomorrow. As for the US orders, On Monday I’ll be mailing all of them to Oregon (and maybe North Carolina) in a big package and then folks there will be shipping them out to all you individually.

I’m sooooo excited to pick up the copies tomorrow. Starting this magazine is easily in my top 5 most epic things I’ve ever done list.

Tomorrow it’s supposed to get all the way up to a toasty -15°C so I should be able to drive home after I pick up the paper. (Yay!)

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 01, 2014

Rural Punk Band?

Hey, I just found this gem randomly while surfing the webs. Figured I should share this with y’all. They are (were?) a rural punk band from somewhere near Barcelona, Spain. Check out their blog and their soundcloud.

Posted by Gretchen at 5:07 pm

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Ok, I have two very exciting pieces of news (not to mention that I just got my brand new Appalachian Terror Unit t-shirt in the mail today! Score!).

First off, the paper is in the printers’ hands now. I’m printing 500 copies of 20 pages and it cost me $504. I’m really fucking stoked about the price because I was originally quoted $300 for 200 copies of 16 pages, but I guess there’s a big price break at 500 copies. A printing cost of $1 per issue is pretty good. I’m really happy about that.

The second thing is really exciting. My very close friends, Mike and Rachel play country music in a band called The Grid Pickers. They are releasing a new record this winter/spring and I am pleased to announce that after a lot of consideration I have decided to release it under Country Grind Records.

There is still a lot to figure out what a CG Record label will look like; what we will release and how frequently, but one thing is sure: We will only release material from rural artists.

I swear it wasn’t my intention to just make a rural Profane Existence, but it’s kind of looking that way. Haha, Whateves!

Posted by Gretchen at 1:43 am

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