Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine About BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love - Digital

Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine About BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love - Digital

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Materials

paper, embroidery floss, cardstock

Description

Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine About BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love is a 70-page(!!) half-size zine with a full-color cover and black-and-white interior.

This listing is for a digital version, with a PDF scan and a text-selectable Word file with image descriptions. If you prefer a physical copy, buy one here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/506446871/blush-blossom-bloom-a-zine-about-bpd

It's about an intense form of bonding some people with Borderline Personality Disorder experience, called imprinting, and my relationship with my current imprint, a queer femme crip mentor and friend who's played a huge part in my survival and growth.

This zine is mostly prose, interspersed with quotes from my journal-blog to give examples of the feelings described. There's one poem at the end, my personal all-time favorite thing I've written.

Pieces in this zine:

* "Idealization" and "Imprinting," written several months apart, both exploring my feelings about and explanations of imprinting, before and after I learned a word for it that felt right

* "Imprinting as special interest," an exploration of the parallels between imprinting on a person and having an autistic special interest

* "Talking around imprinting," about how I manage to talk obsessively about my imprint without ever specifying the relationship for what it is

* "Borderline people don't owe confessions to anyone," a grumpy, politicized response to ableist demands that we subject our every thought to others' scrutiny

* "How I've made my imprint relationship work," a list and how-to of strategies I've used to manage my fear and negative self talk and to interact with my imprint in ways that suit my long-term intentions for the relationship

* "Songs to imprint to," a note on appropriating romantic love songs for Borderline purposes, and a few specific songs I like to steal

* "How I told Heather she's my imprint," the mushy, beautiful story of how all my dreams came true,

and finally, "How to Train Your Borderline," a love poem for my imprint and rage poem against anti-Borderline ableism

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Birch Rosen

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34 reviews 5 out of 5 stars

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dmnsqrl Jul 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This zine and the writing within are absolutely beautiful and I strongly recommend that queer neurodivergent people, especially queer autistics, check it out!!!

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Sean Kinson Jan 14, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Purchased the digital version of this as opposed to the physical one because of the international shipping, I love this so much and I'm so happy digital download was an option. Brilliant writing and insights.

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Malocle Jan 13, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

So much! This zine digs deep into experiences of non-normative brains and non-normative relationships. Thorough research, pretty backgrounds, and funny quips.

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