An exciting We'll Never Have Paris Greatest Hits, a best of collection is out on Microcosm Publishing and you can also buy it here. It's a real, 80p book! You can buy it either way.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Twitter.  There is now a twitter.  I don't totally know how to use it yet, but, imagine I have carried a heavy air conditioner all by myself for 3 blocks, and had to somehow also nudge open a lobby door that opens out, not in, and then also elbow the elevator button.  And now I just want to put it down in your hallway.

Here, take it.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Artisanal memoir written with only locally sources ingredients, We want the real thing. Submit with sheepish pride to neverhaveparis@gmail</p>&mdash; andria alefhi (@neverhaveparis) <a href="https://twitter.com/neverhaveparis/statuses/450479095206653953">March 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yes, two WNHP issues at one! Submissions call

Hey just announced: I will simultaneously take submissions for WNHP12. I have another theme you can write on. It's gonna be called "You got what you wanted now leave". Specifically, stories for those who lived in NYC and moved away (or from one city to another, if applicable to the concept). 

You can write it free form, poetic, or you can do it like a self-interview Q and A style. You have options. You can send me submissions now, deadline April 30, neverhaveparis@gmail.com  PS: Include a photo of yourself.

Friday, February 14, 2014

memoir versus personal essay

I found this clarification useful, from Purdue University's writing page:

Difference Between the Personal Essay and the Memoir
While the personal essay can be about almost anything, the memoir tends to discuss past events. Memoir is similar to the personal essay, except that the memoir tends to focus more on striking or life-changing events. The personal essay can be a relatively light reflection about what’s going on in your life right now.
Where the personal essay explores, free from any need to interpret, the memoir interprets, analyzes, and seeks the deeper meaning beneath the surface experience of particular events. The memoir continually asks the following questions:
  • Why was this event of particular significance?
  • What did it mean?
  • Why is it important?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

call for submissions WNHP 11

This year's issue will be WNHP 11: Crime. Nonfiction tales of woe on the theme of crime, 1,000 words or less, sent as a word document, will be accepted until April 30.

Additionally, ask not what this zine can do for you but what you can do for this zine. WNHP is, still, a one-woman show, completely independent, advertising free, and I can use authors who want to help grow WNHP in the way of advertising, distribution, art work, and love.

Sorry there's no $500 contest prize, but there's a few blank pages in the issue waiting for your story.

Monday, February 3, 2014

One month later: blog as instrument for talking to yourself

In today's world we have many options for self-promotion but fewer options for self-talk.  I see this blog generally as an instrument for writing as in crafting and editing a story I wish to tell others.  It is however also the only diary I have, public, yet the more private of formats.  I did keep a hand-written diary for fifteen years and no longer do.  Hand writing is my reflection in a puddle.

I plan to hyperlink words and people anywhere feel like just for sport instead of linking places and events. And now, to recap what I have been doing here in in NYC and what I have coming up this month to keep from putting my head in the oven.

Last few days I have been advertising We'll Never Have Paris and New York Clocks on social media. Just a few weeks ago I discovered Pinterest and I really like it.  I do use Tumblr occasionally but I don't really understand it.  I feel like I am posting into the abyss.  I just listed a new clock on Etsy so I made a treasury for it just now: Szeged! which is Hungarian for Hungary.  I also added new items and played around with Storenvy and honestly I like it better than Etsy.  It's kind of Etsy plus Pinterest.  A seller can't have multiple shops on storenvy like you can on Etsy so I have clocks and cupcake hair clips under the We'll Never Have Paris store, see link above if you like.

Last month Jon and I saw Queen of the Night by the people who do Sleep No More.  It's sexy and sensual but not worth it otherwise.  So at the end of this month we are going to see Sleep No More for a second and last time before it closes.  We posted it on Facebook, trying to get a group going, even though it is very much not a group activity.  I care less about the show and all I really want is that satisfying thrill of spilling out of the Narnian wardrobe and into the faux 1920s jazz lounge aka David Lynch.

Last month I got to participate in a great performance as per our PMZF newly titled PMZF performance series.  Collaborated with Josh Medsker and got to read spam emails in any manner I wanted to, with http://twentyfourhoursonline.org/2014/01/07/tfh-anonymous-video-1-you-are-my-anti-spam-hero/.  Looking forward to reading at the next PMZF on March 21 at Pete's, hosted by Morgan Pielli and co-organized by Margo Dabaie.

More?  Erika Walker's birthday party at DBA.  She and I have reconnected just 2 months ago, she was my roommate in Portland on Holgate street in 1998.  She was there for The Whole Thing and then I moved out and we lost touch and now thanks to Jesse Emerson telling me that she lives in my neighborhood we have reconnected!  We went to The Back Room last week where there are swing dancing lessons (not interested) and a live jazz band and fireplace (very interested). Jim Saint-Amour's 40th birthday party is this Saturday featuring dinner at Cafe Orlin and then karaoke just a block away, planned by yours truly. This is a win-win, since Jim gets a birthday party and I get to go where I like.  I got to see Charming Disaster and have dinner and that famous toffee lathered date cake at Cafe Moto with Catherine, who reappears just always after I wonder if we are really friends.  Ah, life in NYC - so many friends in this category.

In dance, this was in November, but it was so fucking great I will mention having seen the NYC premire of The Sun at BAM.  This week, Vincent's performance at The Joyce and next week (thank God because if we had no tickets to something I know we would do nothing) on Valentine's Day at Joe's Pub.  What else?  My year at Marymount has ended and now I have Diana Abayeva withdrawal.  I am teaching 2 classes at LIU, which I truly enjoy.  As for student Andria, I believe this will be my last semester as my heart is just not in to completing.

I would like to get submissions for WNHP 11: Crime.  And an artist.  This could be you.  Send a story!  Yes, you!  1,000 words or less on crime, a true story only, to neverhaveparis@gmail.com

PS: I knew I forgot something.  I am reviewing zines for XD #35, finally, entering the zine review world, very excited.

Next year: Me and Jon (or just me, but probably me and Jon) are going to spend the winter elsewhere.  My thought is one month in each: hawaii, SF, Portland.  I will make this happen.

Brazil: June 30-July 15.  I have a flight and a visa but that's it so far.  Marcelo will be out of the country, so I will have to come up with a plan.  Jon plans to join, hasn't gotten ticket yet (or passport renewed or visa.  big surprise there).

Lastly, I love and miss my nieces to death.  Once or twice a month is just not enough.  Here is a photo.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

bumping it up

Re-posting. Feel free to reach out if interested.

Graphic designer wanted to design cover for WNHP 11: crime.  I have an idea in mind. You can follow my plan or I can be flexible to allow creativity.  Serious inquiries only - you should be familiar with the zine and wish to help promote it when it is completed, you get name credit and lots of love.   Email me at neverhaveparis@gmail.com

Friday, January 3, 2014

We'll Always Have downloads, WNHP 7

Decided to post another out-of-print back issue as a downloadable PDF on Etsy since I'm no longer uptight.  Besides, re-reading issues after a few years makes me love them more.  Here's a reminder on WNHP7 - Modern Fire.  You can buy the download on Etsy and the contributors are:

Martha Grover-  
Raymond Luczak 
Betsy Housten -
Veronica Liu -
Marguerite Dabaie
Samantha Crane -
Vincent McCloskey
Shaheim Jackson - 
Sarah DaCorta - 
Ling Teo -
Lauren Nixon
Joshua Medsker - 
Ben Mitchell -
Marlon Dunskster -
William Stevenson 
Nicole Martin

Monday, November 11, 2013

PMZF Storytelling Night Nov 16

We are doing it again - comics and zinesters reading their stories and showing their comics at Pete's Candy Store on Saturday Nov 16 from 7-8:30pm.  Come one, come all.

Readers are Elvis Bakaitis, Josh Medsker, Sara Lindo, Andria Alefhi and special guest. Hosted by Morgan Pielli.



Friday, November 1, 2013

NYC Holiday markets 2013 where I will be

You can buy WNHP issues and my other crafts, clocks, hair clips and new key ring holders. AT:

Crafted at the Canal, Fri Dec 6 evening, Sat Dec 7 day at Gowanus Reuse Center, 69 9th St Brooklyn  bignyc.org/crafted-at-the-canal

and at Greenpointers Holiday Market on December 8, 2013, from 1-7pm at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl, take the elevator)  https://www.facebook.com/events/747454821937661/?previousaction=join&source=1

and at Etsy NY Team's annual Handmade Holiday Cavalcade, at The Space, 50 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg Sat and Sun, Dec 14, and 15  ps://www.facebook.com/events/585167094866004/

Sunday, October 20, 2013

November PMZF Storytelling night

Another PMZF Storytelling night coming up right before Hanukkahgiving!  Come on out Saturday, Nov 16, from 7:30-8:30pm  (note time, it's one hour later than last month's).