Dig Deep, Issue #6
by Heather C., February 2014
30pg. at quarter-letter size
$1 from Stranger Danger distro
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Dig Deep— I wrote about Issues #1-3 here, and about Issue #4 here. Heather is a pillar of the zine community, in her work as one of the organizers of the Chicago Zine Fest, in her relentless cheerleading for other writer’s work, and, in general, her friendliness— when I was first getting into zines, the letters that she sent along with my orders from Stranger Danger Distro made me feel like I was part of a community.
As Amber of Fight Boredom distro wrote about this zine, “Sometimes people approach my table at zinefests and ask, “Do you have any cheerful zines?” and I always hand them a copy of Dig Deep.” Heather writes about difficult stuff— loss, growing up, dealing with street harassment— but reading her zines always makes me feel energized and inspired.
In #6, Heather writes about her travels in 2013, about turning 35, and about her work in the zine community and the joy it brings her. She also writes, touchingly, about finding a family history her grandmother wrote.
One thing I also really liked about this zine is that Heather talks in concrete detail about how she organizes herself for creative work— how she takes notes on things she finds inspiring, how she sets deadlines for herself, and how she uses her Slingshot planner to write down the best part of every day (an idea that I found really touching, and am thinking of adopting). It’s awesome, and helpful, when someone you admire shares detailed tips on how they do the great stuff they do.
Heather’s writing is simple, unadorned, and sincere. Her appreciation for her friends, her enthusiasm about zines and community, and her gratitude for family and good fortune and good times shine through from every page. Whether you’re also full of joy about your life right now, or whether you’re in need of a boost, I can’t recommend Dig Deep enough, and Heather also carries most of the other best zines in the world at Stranger Danger, so go get ‘em!