it's been over 6 months now since I last updated this
site (or even really looked at it, to be honest), and
I've been feeling guilty about that, so I decided to pick
up this loose end. Everyone's lives have changed to some
degree since the fall, and I certainly was no exception.
Without getting into all the sortid details, I became
a first-time home owner back on November 20th, and on
the exact same day I became a full-time employee
for Ernst & Young. Both are wonderful and I'm very
happy. ;^) Moving to Virginia, buying this place, accepting
this jobthey're all the best decisions I've made
in a LONG time. And while I know I disappointed a lot
of you folks, I'm also glad I decided not to do Kiss 3I
can look back now and sigh with relief that I hadn't added
that to my plate.
decided to finally unload my personal collection of fanzines.
Many of them are complete sets, most are from the 1980s-90s,
and nearly all of them are classic Star Wars-related.
Some are Harrison Ford or Indiana Jones in nature, some
are multi-media (Star Trek, TV shows and movies, etc.).
For more details, click here
or email me and I'll send a PDFed list. Most of them had
something Han/Leia related in them, but they all had some
quality that made me buy them in the first place. The
majority of the contents are not available online, particularly
the artwork, and probably never will be. Depending on
the situation and volume of orders, I'm flexible on prices
and might even throw in shipping. Make me an offer!
please keep tuned because I'll be steadily adding new
material to this website, including fanfic, artwork, and
collectibles for sale. I'm also open to suggestions for
additions. If you have something you'd like to contribute,
just let me know.
it for now.
posting this message now in part to dispel or relieve
rumors regarding the third issue of Kiss. First I want
to point out that until today, no decision was finalized
regarding submissions, and therefore all rumors were just
thatrumors. Also, I was never contacted or informed
by any contributor as to their wish to withdraw a submissionagain,
a rumor. Don't be a rumormonger. Go to the source if you
want the truth.
for the facts:
plans for a printed third issue of Kiss are now
canceled. All contributors are free to either submit their
work to other zines, or to contribute them to the Kiss
Online Archives, which will continue to be updated and
maintained. (If you require hardcopies of submissions
returned, please notify me and I will mail them back.)
If you have any questions or comments, please contact
me. I sincerely apologize for the delay in my decision,
but I'd honestly hoped that things might still change
at the last moment and that I could do a third issue.
I also apologize for an inconvenience I may have caused.
I only hope that you will understand and respect my decision.
decision was not easy for me, and I can only assume it's
not easy to hear. Due in part to the recent events and
current economic atmosphere in the Washington DC metro
area where I live, I simply cannot dedicate the time and
effort I feel would be required to produce a quality zine
the likes of the previous two issues. Between my work
hours being cut backand hiring freezes everywhereand
the increased living costs I now face with a new home
of my own, the disposable cash and time is no longer available.
says nothing of the lack of enthusiasm and the very real
shift in personal priorities that I've felt in the past
two months. I feel that my free time would be better used
volunteering for more worthy causes, and I would encourage
everyone reading this to likewise consider volunteering
if you aren't already. Go to the American
Red Cross website for more information on how you
can contribute, and to find your local Red Cross chapter.
Today's tragic airline crash demonstrates that lifeand
sufferingdid not begin or end on September 11, 2001,
and that they need your support.
is a fun and indulgent distraction, but it is NOT real
life, and it should never be a substitute for real life.
Part of the reason for my diminished enthusiasm has been
because I've watched so many fans over the years allow
this distraction to control and influence their lives
and relationships. I've seen so many motivated by revenge
or ego or the pure need to be accepted by others. Nothing
made this fact sink home more than when I read comments
from fans immediately following the terrorist attacks.
One announced that she now understood how Princess Leia
felt. Others immediately began relating these horrific
and REAL events with the fantasy of Star Wars, etc., as
if they were unable to relate in any other way. I can't
begin to describe how much this disturbed me. I feel sorry
for them and their apparent inability to understand or
acknowledge the real world around them.
no secret that all our lives have been changed forever
in the past two months since the unforgivable and purely
evil attacks upon the U.S., and our very freedom and right
to exist. There's little I can say that hasn't already
been said regarding the sadness, horror, and sheer anger
I feel. Living and working within one of the major target
areas drives this fact home every day for me. I feel immense
pride in being an American (I know I won the lottery by
being born a citizen), and I'm doubly proud to count many
of my ancestors as patriots and founders of this great
country. My heart beats a little faster to see the policemen
and military personnel that stand on every street corner
to protect me from further threats, and it's painful at
the same time to feel gratitude for their service, and
anger that this sort of constant presence is necessary.
folks, sorry it's been a while since I've updated. It's
been a busy summer and such a beautiful one weather-wise
that it's difficult forcing myself to sit in the basement
of news on the home front and in fandom. First of all,
please note that my address will be changing once again
(you think you're inconvenienced?!), but this time
it's definitely in my favor. I'm about to buy a home and
escape "renter's prison". I'm very excited about
it, but it's taking time finding the right home and I
may be out of touch for a little while until I'm reestablished.
This means that there might be a SLIGHT delay in the ultimate
release date of Kiss 3. It will all depend on how long
it takes to find my new home, close on it, and move, etc.
I should still be able to answer my e-mails, however,
if you have any questions. I've
received a number of fantastic stories so far for the
upcoming issue of Kiss, so I think it will be well-worth
in the meantime, please check out the latest addition
to the Kiss Online collection of fanfic. Barbara Anderson,
IMO, was one of the most talented and yet relatively unknown
fanzine writers from the 1980-90s; this was mostly due
to the fact that she usually only submitted work to Flip
of a Coin, a Harrison Ford multi-media fanzine. I'm proud
to call her a friend and to debut her fanfiction online.
Please don't hesitate to send her comments--I'm sure she'd
love to hear them. Although her stories were originally
printed with artwork by Yvonne Zan and Wanda Lybarger,
I was unable to obtain permission from them to post their
art online. In their stead, Laura Sherman was more than
happy to reillustrated them for you here, so my thanks
to Laura as well.
about it for now.
a quick note of update. I've just posted a short smut
piece I wrote up a couple weeks ago. It's nothing spectacular,
but I did enjoy writing it and it was good practice.
Thanks again to all those who volunteered to betaread,
wanted to mention that already I've got a nice little
stack of story submissions for Kiss 3--and I'm rather
excited by them, I'll admit. There's a lot of new talent
coming out now--and maybe it'll help give our Han/Leia
clique a much-needed boost. Also have a great cartoon,
several artists lined up, and more in the works. Things
are shaping up nicely!
It's been so long, I forgot what a pain it is getting
a website back up and making sure everything works right.
Seems like it's all I've done this week--almost. Please
forgive as we continue to work out the kinks.
it or not, I'm reading and beginning to edit the couple
of story submissions I've already received for Kiss
3 (and you guys are in for a treat!). This time I'm
not going to let it pile up until November--doh!
for the first time in ages, I've been writing--a lot,
by my standards. I finished one little bit of smut that
I'm quite pleased with (and it'll appear here as soon
as it's illustrated). I've moved on to at least two
other longer stories, although I'm still having trouble
picking the one I want to focus on. I definitely want
something of my own for Kiss 3, but I'd like to get
something finished for one or two other zines as well
if I can. We'll see how long the Muses and my time hold
out. Naturally, just when I could USE all this unstructured
time, I finally got some temp work (did my first 8 hours
yesterday, in fact), and while I desperately need the
cash, it's par for the course for me. I was always most
inspired around Finals week, too. :^P
hope you're enjoying Virtual Kiss. All thanks go to
Marjorie for doing such a superb job. She was a god-send
when I began to realize just how massive that project
was going to be. She's a real trooper!
such a long sabbatical, it's hard to know where to pick
up again. And I've got to be honestI'm still debating
if it's a good idea. I'd come to appreciate and guard
my private time as my own to spend on other projects
or personal events; after nearly three solid years of
working on Kiss, I needed a break. Besides, Star
Wars just didn't seem very worthy at the time, you know?
What can I say? It's probably due to a combination of
disgust and disillusionment because of the state of
fandom in general and the drivel coming from "official"
going into the gory details, I've been laid off twice
in the past 6 months, I've been forced to move twice
in the span of four months (with just a week's
notice over Christmas holiday, I can really sympathize
with the Rebels!), I lost another close family member,
and now I've also gotten news of the passing of my all-time
hero of SW fanfiction (Pat Nussman). BUT I've also gained
a wonderful roommate and friend, some new goals and
hobbies, and a better perspective. So maybe things do
happen for a reason.
I know many of you have been anxiously e-mailing me
regarding this website and the future of Kiss in general.
I apologize now to all whom I didn't answerI really
have no excuse other than I just didn't want to think
about Star Wars or the zine. Nothing personal...
was down because I decided I didn't want to keep paying
$20 a month just for webspace. Of course, I had no intention
of letting it stay down for this long, either. There
was a mixup with relocating the domain and it's been
in Internet limbo for months now. Obviously it's been
straightened out finally.
for a third issue of Kiss...Alright, what the hell!
by popular demand, I'm officially opening submissions
for a third issue of Kiss, with a scheduled release
date at the end of May, 2002. Deadline for written submissions
will be November 1st, 2001. Deadline for artwork submissions
will be March 1st, 2002.
so help me, if I'm making a huge mistake, I'll hunt
down every one of you! ;^)
that time just slipped by and I hadn't realized it'd
been so long since I'd last updated here. Things have
been very eventful here and none of it had to do with
now the proud--and unexpected!--owner of a new Mazda
Protege (in kick-ass silver!) because my old red beater
hatchback finally gave up the ghost on Friday. The suspension
was literally cracking and falling apart, so I had no
choice. Of course there's NEVER a good time for this
sort of thing, but in this case it really WAS awful
timing. Only days before, I learned that I'm also facing
possible surgery and extensive treatment (naturally
not covered by insurance) for TMJ (my jaw sucks!), as
well as a couple more crowns. Also, two weeks ago the
news was made official that my company is merging and
moving to Philadelphia next July...I have plenty of
time to find another job now, but this follows on the
heels of 5 months of not knowing if/when we'd be cut.
On top of this, my lease is up at the end of September
and I must move--but as of yet have no solid leads on
a new apartment. When I do finally relocate, the fact
that the current Bell Atlantic/Verison strike means
that it probably won't be until some time in 2001 before
I have home phone/Internet service. I'll get a cell
phone in the meantime, but good god--no Internet connection?!?!
of the sob stories! The point is that Kiss #3 will have
to be put on hold for a little while. I don't know how
long. I'll be working a second job and handling all
these other issues for the next few months and simply
won't have the time I feel Kiss deserves--and rather
than put out a substandard zine, I'd rather hold back
and do it right. Believe me, this is more painful for
me to announce than it is for you to hear! I know of
the impact that Kiss has had on fandom already and I'd
hate to lose that foothold now. For those willing to
be patient, I AM still accepting materials for Kiss
3, in the hopes that I may be able to pull off a late
summer release. If I feel that this will not happen,
I promise to notify you ASAP. Fair enough?
and Kiss #2 has officially sold it's initial run of
150 copies!! Thanks to everyone who bought copies--hope
you liked them. I do still have enough sets of laminated
covers to make 49 more copies, but I will not print
the zines until I have your money/check/credit order
in hand. Also, because of my upcoming move, I will be
holding back on printing new orders until sometime in
October (otherwise it's just more to pack!). Don't hesitate
to send in your orders, however, if you'd like to get
your name on the roster ASAP. The more orders I have
on hand, the more incentive I'll have to trot down to
the printers. ;^)
it out...Two new stories by Kate
Birkel have been added to her collection, and several
new links and webrings have been added as well.
watch for the pending release of Virtual
Kiss!! That's right, we're very close now to the
debute of the first issue of Kiss online. Stay tuned...
been a long restful holiday weekend (much needed!) and
among other things I finally got a chance to do some
serious updating on my personal fanfic page. The first
of the new illustrations that KateMac is doing for my
online fic is also posted now, with the story Alliance
Avant-Garde--I think you'll enjoy! Many of my stories
were either illoed by artists that don't want their
work online, or by people I have no way of contacting
anymore. It's nice to see them with artwork again, so
a special thanks to KateMac for the extra-credit homework.
even got a chance to start writing a little bit again.
It may be like riding a bicycle, but ugh, it's amazing
how quickly that thing rusts up! I feel the clock ticking
already, though, and I know I'd better do it now while
I HAVE the time.
much new on the zine front at the moment, aside from
making final decisions on which classic stories to reprint
in Kiss #3. I've got it narrowed down to three, one
by Marcia Brin and two by Barbara Anderson. Marcia's
is definitely in, but I still have to decide whether
I can fit two of Barb's in, or if I'll have to pick
one of them.
updated the fanzine and general SW links and I've added
some more comments from readers. It's so gratifying
to know that this project has succeeded--I've had my
doubts at times as to whether all the trouble and work
was worth it, but then I get letters like the ones posted
here and I know this little zine is continuing to make
also finally gotten the chance to format and post the
first of Kate Birkel's fanfic. Because I have more space
at this domain than I could ever possibly use, and because
she had nothing online at the moment, I offered her
some webspace. You can find her works on the Fanfic
Online page. There will be more eventually, but
this is a good start. I next plan to update my own fanfic
pages--it's been a long time.
the meantime, I've suddenly found myself immersed in
the fascinating world of genealogy! Due to a phone call
of pure coincidence, I've learned that I have a 2nd
cousin living only half an hour away, and that my mom's
ancestors (Haskins) have quite an extensive history
in the US. I've now taken it upon myself to continue
filling in the gaps in the family tree on both my mom's
and dad's side. It's a daunting project, but it's rather
addictive, I fear. Two months ago I'd known very little
about my ancestors, and it's a novel feeling to learn
that my great-great-grandfather served in the Civil
War, and that his grandparents were British citizens
in the colony of New York. The historian in me is fully
it is, a week later, and the servers and network are
still down at work. We've managed to find things to
do, but overall I've still ended up with plenty of time
to continue working on designing and setting up the
other website projects I've take on. I got to really
work with Illustrator for the first time--man, it's
a tough program.
made a mistake in the last journal entry and put the
wrong URL for the Zine Union. It's now located at www.geocities.com/zineunion.
I strongly encourage everyone to check it out, and if
you fit the bill, please apply. The other project was
the website I've been building for a permanent home
for the STAR aWARdS, although it's not quite yet ready
also forgot to mention the addition of the advertised
CDs on the main page. While supplying the music at the
big SW party at MediaWest, I played selections from
the Cocktails in the Cantina and Sketches on Star Wars.
Quite a few fans asked about them as they'd never heard
them before, so I looked into setting up affiliate links
to Amazon. I highly recommend all four of these in particular.
The jazz one has a very hot rendition of the Han Solo
and the Princess theme, complete with sultry sax. The
Cocktails CD is worth buying just to hear the Imperial
March, a funky marimba and drum piece that will forever
change how you look at Vader. In particular, though,
I have a love for the ESB recording. Why? Because it's
the only place that you will ever hear the Han Solo
and the Princess theme uninterrupted! No Imperial
March interrupting the climax, so to speak, as it does
in the official soundtrack. If you're a true Han and
Leia fan, this is a must-have. It will rock your world!
on Kiss 2 are still going steady, around 5 a week and
even a couple of the first issue here and there, and
that's not too shabby. I think there are around 13 left
of the original 150. I may be binding more much sooner
than I anticipated. I've also added a few more reviews
to the LoC page if you'd like to see what others are
saying about the zines.
part of me is wailing at the idea of the third issue,
I find myself with amazing artists coming out of the
woodwork and I loathe the idea of quitting now. In fact,
Gerald Crotty, who did the fantastic front cover of
#2, called me last weekend and asked if he could do
another cover next year. Good God, how could I say no??
So yes, it looks like I'm committed (or should be committed!).
After seeing how well Liz's pencil drawings printed
this year, he's also enthusiastic to try his hand at
pencil--and that will be a first! I'm very excited to
see what he can do.
with the usual suspects, I've added a couple of new
artists to the roster for the next issue, including
Zawiah (she had a lot of work in Delusions of Grandeur
and Bloodstripe), Cara Loup (she's typically a Han/Luke
illustrator, but she's interested in giving us a shot),
Jessie McClain (if you visited the art show at MediaWest,
you saw her color work!), and possibly even Karen River
(an old SW illustrator from way back who told me she'd
be interested in returning to the fold). Heck, I suddenly
find myself with more artists than material to illustrate!
As Leia would say, it could be worse. I suspect that
nobody will complain if half of Kiss 3 ended up being
beautiful illustrations. Am I right?
it's amazing how productive you can be when the network
at your job is down for over 62 straight hours! They still
make us come in and I'm required to look busy, so I just
HAD to keep myself busy, so it was the perfect excuse
to do some overdue housekeeping online. Hope you like
what you see. I've been having a blast experimenting with
PhotoShop and so on. As you can see, I've totally revamped
the Kiss site; it's something I'd wanted to do to coincide
with the release of Kiss 2, but just ran out of time.
I'm also about to finish revamping the website I designed
and maintain for the Zine
it's been a while since I've updated and a LOT of things
have happened. First of all, obviously, was the long overdue
released of Kiss 2. The reception has been very
warm, to say the least--just check out the reader reviews
so far. I initially had 150 copies printed and bound,
and I'm already down to 20 left. That's got to be close
to a some sort of record for a SW zine--now if only George
would catch the hint. I did have 200 sets of the color
covers made, so I intend to eventually assemble another
50 copies, but I may just call a halt at that point. It'll
all depend on whether there's a continuing demand and
if the printer will cut me a deal on color printing.
trip and extended weekend at MediaWest Con was also a
flying success for Kiss 2. For some demented reason, I'd
only brought along 25 copies, plus tribs. (I blame heat
exhaustion--I'd just finished carrying 80 copies down
three flights of stairs and into the car, then hauled
them into the post office, all in the sweltering heat.)
As it was, half of them were sold before the Con even
officially started, and the rest were gone before the
end of the first day. I was completely thrilled, but a
little peeved that I hadn't brought more. Oh well, live
had a great time seeing old friends and meeting online
friends in person for the first time. That always makes
the trip to the Con worthwhile.
was also a successful day at the STAR aWARdS for Kiss
1. In all we took home 3 awards and 3 honorable mentions.
Ken Keisel won Best Poem, plus 2 honorable mentions, one
for best poem and one for best filk. Cindy Olsen won Best
Short Story for "Day and Night." Monique got
an honorable mention for best short story for "New
Beginnings." And I won for Best Filk. Overall, Kiss
1 took home more than any other zine in 1999. Congratulations
to all those contributed, and to these guys in particular.
it kills me to say this--the Con was rather a disappointment
this year. The atmosphere has seriously changed from when
I first started attending back in 1987. It used to be
very well balanced in fandoms and scheduled panels, etc.,
but this year it was almost exclusively Sentinel or Phantom
Menace slash. Because I get no kick out of slash, it was
almost nauseating by the third day--the art show was nearly
as bad as walking into a gay porno-flick. I have nothing
against that, but I don't really want to watch it, either.
And not a single Harrison Ford or original trilogy piece
to be found--it was depressing!
anyway, I'd still recommend the Con for finding the new
and old zines, and for the friendships...but be warned
of the atmosphere that dominates the Con now. I fear it
will be even more lobsided next year as more SW fans abandon
it. Maybe we just need to start our own SW/fanfic/zines
con, huh? (And NO, I don't need another project!!)
also wanted to give a special thanks to those who've already
praised the zine, and my story in particular. I'm sorry
if I haven't been able to respond. I'm very pleased that
folks are enjoying the story--it was a baby/demon of mine
for many years and at least now people can stop nagging
me about THAT one. ;^)
been a rush of a day! On the spur of the moment, I decided
to leave early for the Con--so I bumped up the pick-up
date for the rental, loaded all the pre-ordered and contrib
zines in the trunk (nearly 100 copies!), rushed them to
the post office, and now I'm in the process of loading
everything I'll need for the Con. I'll be hitting the
road shortly and with any luck I'll make Michigan before
Midnight! I'm looking forward to meeting those of you
attending. Ah, just like a Con SHOULD be! It's no fun
unless it's spontaneous.
for those still anxiously waiting by their mailboxes,
they are now indeed in the mail. I'm sorry again for the
wait, but it's next to impossible getting to the post
office during business hours anymore and I hated the idea
of waiting until this weekend. With any luck, you'll have
it in your hands in time for the holiday.
They're here!! I picked up the five huge, full boxes on
Thursday night--and nearly blew out a rear tire, they
were so heavy! Then I nearly blew out my back carrying
them up 3 flights of stairs to my apartment! It's Friday
night now and I'm getting things set up to do the annual
binding frenzy that will begin tomorrow. I'm waiting for
my volunteers to arrive. We're probably just going to
talk about it, about SW in gereral and Han and Leia in
specific, and just smooze this evening, and that's fine
with me. It's good to ease your way into this job and
I'm looking forward to this last stage--it's very rewarding
at the end, to see them all finished. They look wonderful
and I know you'll be very pleased when you see them. I
just wanted to update a little and make an important announcement
of all, unfortunately, this zine has managed to tip the
scales at a whopping 2.1 pounds--meaning that it's just
pushed it over the $3.20 postage rate. I've thus been
forced to up the cost of U.S. postage for future mail
orders to $4.30 (the next level). This will be effective
for all orders I receive after tonight. While I'm not
going to enforce this increase on the existing orders,
I wouldn't turn away any kind souls who might feel generous
to send in that extra dollar to help defray the costs.
Anyway, please note the new increase in price. For a zine
in the US via Priority Mail, the new price is $31.30.
also thought it'd be nice to have a change of artwork
about now to show off a little more of what Kiss 2 contains.
I'd like to start rotating art here more regularly, just
to give you a taste.
all for now,