I dropped off the electronic file for Kiss 2 at the printer on
Thursday night, and picked up a proof back-to-back copy of the
zine last night. Just for the heck of it, I bound it when I got
home, complete with covers, to get a good feel for it. Lordy,
is it heavy! ;^) And does it look good!! Over this weekend I'll
look for any last-minute corrections, and then give it back to
the printer on Monday and tell them to run with it. They said
that they could definitely have it done within the week, so I
expect to pick up the entire print run no later than Friday, and
then my team of volunteers and I will be binding our little butts
off on Saturday and Sunday! So with luck on our side, contributor
and preordered copies of Kiss 2 (those not arranged to be picked
up at MediaWest Con) will be in the mail on May 22 or 23. Whew!
And not a moment too soon because I'm hitting the road for the
Con on the 25th!
and I did get a big batch of orders in the mail yesterday, so
hopefully those were all of the ones that came over the week that
I was gone. That brings up the total of presold copies to 61,
plus the 28 contrib copies. In other words, 89 of the 150 I'm
initially printing are already spoken for. I've printed up 200
sets of covers, but I'm planning on stopping at 200, simply because
of the cost of the covers without the volume discount and coupon.
Because of demand, I also printed up 15 more copies of Kiss 1
yesterday. If you've recently ordered a copy, they're already
in the mail today. Busy, busy, busy!
afraid that I'm going to have to apologize once again for the
continued delay in the release of Kiss 2.
was a death in my family on the 28th of April; I flew home that
same day and I only returned yesterday. Things are still not settled
on the home front and there are some tough decisions to be made,
but there's not much more I can do from 1,000 miles away except
worry and work toward moving back soon. There's a very strong
possibility that I will be relocating in the fall, in which case
the third issue of the zine will definitely have to be put on
hold. It's too early to say yet--but frankly, right now my enthusiasm
is at a low ebb. Between
this loss, and the bad news about a close friend's recent cancer
diagnosis, I've got to say that mundane life has really packed
a punch lately.
those who sent inquires or orders and are still awaiting a response,
please bare with me--I will respond ASAP. Also, unfortunately,
my irresponsible roommate (who gives a whole new definition to
the word "inertia") neglected to empty the mailbox while
I was gone; thus the mail stopped coming and they removed everything
I'd received. Now I'm in this bizarre game of tag with my Mailman
and I'm afraid that some things might return to their senders.
If your order does come back to you, PLEASE try again.
now I'm just aiming for a general release of the zine over Memorial
Day Weekend (May 27th) at MediaWest Con. Provided no other catastrophes
happen between now and then, **knocks on wood** I still plan to
attend the Con this one last time.
nothing else, I guess this all just goes to hammering home the
need to stick to original deadlines. I could've had this book
all wrapped up and out of the way by now--God, I hope I've learned
we're in the home stretch now! I picked up the color covers from
the printer on Friday. They're beautiful, and will last forever
with the nice lamination. Even that careless nonbeliever who sets
his coffee mug on your treasured copy of Kiss will be foiled now.
currently performing the very last read, hoping to catch any lingering
typos or other errors--it'll never be perfect, but I'm giving
it a thorough inspection. I spent Friday night and Saturday night
punching the covers in order to get a head start on the binding
process--it's extremely time-consuming since you can only punch
about 12 pages at a time. If you'd like to see some pics of what
binding the first issue looked like, click
of the last-minute shifts in lineup, I found myself asking two
of my fastest artists if they still had the energy and time to
illustrate a couple of stories that otherwise would have gone
without artwork. Not only did they eagerly accept the task, but
they did so in record time and produced some of the BEST I've
seen, period. My thanks, appreciation, and unending awe to you
both! This zine is now PACKED with illustrations!
because of the still-unavoidable delays (computer problems, holidays,
and helping some friends move into a new home have also contributed),
I'm going to have to push back my original release date to a more
realistic date in the first or second week of May, rather than
May 1st. I'm very sorry about this slight delay, but I'd rather
take a few extra days than rush and sacrifice quality. I hope
you'll understand. So please, don't be waiting anxiously at your
mailboxes quite yet! If you've already sent in your order, it'll
still be in your hands before MediaWest at the end of May, to
and some good news of sorts. Due to personal circumstances, I
WILL be attending MediaWest Convention after all! I'll be arriving
Thursday afternoon. Finally, I'll be able to see people's reactions
when they see Kiss--it's the best payoff, I'll admit. I can't
wait... And, with any luck I'll be able to meet some of you.
keep you posted as more develops.
the zine is back on track! I ran into a snag for a few weeks there,
but things have been resolved, there's been some shifting around,
and I still think I can make my original May 1st release date.
the meantime, lots of things are happening here. First of all,
if you haven't already noticed, I've now made it possible to order
Kiss online with a credit card. (Oh no!) I'm going to give it
a try, anyway. I believe you'll still have to contact me directly
via e-mail and let me know you're planning to use a credit card
and give me all your vital statistics so that I know where to
send the zine, etc. But I believe that PayPal.com will handle
the transaction itself. It's totally free of charge, it's free
to sign up, and in fact they even give you $5 to sign up! It's
used extensively on sites like E-bay and is very reliable and
safe. This is only good for within the USA at the moment. (It
is not available for foreign orders, but they predict sometime
in 2000.) Please contact
me if you have any questions, or click on this button.
also just about ready to take the color covers to the printer--finally!
Again, I'm crossing my fingers that the printer will still honor
my coupon that's several months old now. I really think you're
going to be amazed by what I've got lined up. I'm still excited
whenever I look at the artwork and collection of stories, etc.
So get those orders in now to avoid any delay! If you enjoyed
the first issue, you're going to LOVE this one.
things WERE going very well for a while, but at the moment the
zine has come to a practical standstill as I wait for all the
over-due artwork. I just knew I'd be pulling my hair out at the
end again--looking back in the journal here, I wrote that in the
future I would be a tirant with deadlines...and yet here I am,
two weeks past the due date and four of my artists are MIA. ::sigh::
Such is the life of a fanzine editor. I guess I should just get
used to it.
got all but one of the stories now ready in one document, but
I'm stalled with the layout until I have the rest of the artwork.
I've been having great luck with scanning, resizing, and printing
the artwork, so I've high hopes for excellent reproductions in
this upcoming issue. What I've seen of the artwork so far has
been stunning, I must say. Gerald has truly outdone himself this
time with his color cover (his best, I believe, and I'm not being
biased here). I've also got some new artists that will raise the
bar of fanzine artwork to a new high. Kate & Cate, as I call
them, are doing some amazing and original works. I can't wait
to see this baby once it's all together.
the record, I'm going to state now that this zine is going to
exceed 300 pages! While I'm sure that none of you will be complaining
(unless you try to pick it up), but the concept of getting this
zine all together in one month is frightening me. ;^)
is it busy now! I'm anxiously awaiting the several art packages
that are at this very moment somewhere in transit. This issue
is really going to be jam-packed with artwork of all kinds and
styles. I'm dying to see it, myself!
wanted to give a heads-up--I'm about to leave town for a few days.
I'm going to harass a friend in San Diego (woo hoo!) and I won't
be back until next week Tuesday, so please be patient with e-mail
from me. I'm hoping to check them once in a while, but no guarantees
I'll have time to answer everyone immediately. Then I'll be back,
fresh and ready to wrap this baby up!
to those who have already inquired about Kiss 3--are you insane??!!
(Just kidding!) Actually, thanks for the vote of confidence and
the obvious enthusiasm. It's nice to know I'm providing something
that folks love. At the moment it is indeed still in the plans,
although it's really the last thing I want to think about at the
moment. I am accepting submissions (and even have a few things
in the folder already), but I'll say now that because I'm still
in the thick of Kiss 2, it might be a little bit of a wait before
I can give back an edited copy for review. In the meantime, however,
I would highly recommend that you try out the Workshop.
They're willing to help you refine your skills and stories, and
we'll have a head start for Kiss 3.
added a new poll, if you haven't noticed--I know you've
read that monstrosity of a book, so be honest!
added another story and description to the Table of Contents of
Kiss 2--it's a late entry, but I've got just enough room for it
and it's too good to make everyone wait a year. I've also revamped
the blurb for "The Heavens That We Have in Hand" at
the request of the author--it was still being rewritten until
recently and the story's changed a bit.
a reminder--if you're still considering submitting original artwork
to be considered for Kiss 2, the deadline is at the end of this
month (March 1st). Please see the Submission
Guidelines for more details.
you would like to write an Letter of Comment for inclusion in
Kiss 2, the deadline is also March 1st. You can e-mail
an attachment or send it snail mail, but please indicate in some
way that it's meant to be printed. Remember, once it's in print,
it's permanent. Did you like what you saw in Kiss 1? Then show
your support by giving the contributing authors and artists some
and a happy birthday to John Williams, our favorite composer.
So, where were you in 1932?
are progressing well on Kiss 2, I must say. I was quite worried
about falling behind on my schedule. January saw me either prostrate
with the flu, or nearly in traction with two misplaced vertebrae
and a rib that was wandering--the muscle relaxants and Percocet
were enough to leave me nearly incoherent for two weeks. To those
who knew about my plight and sent warm wishes, thank you--it made
me feel all warm and fuzzy-like!
I was saying, the zine is at full steam now--I've already got
all but four of the stories formatted. Then it's just a matter
of waiting for the rest of the artwork and I'll start arranging
the stories proper. Here's where the fun begins!
again. I've added two new web pages to the Kiss site. One is the
Kiss Workshop. It's an idea that came about during the first round
of major editing that we went through. It occurred to us that
this could be so much easier if only we could catch authors while
they're still in the process of writing, and teach them the proper
way to do it from the start. That way, not only would it save
us work in the long run, but it would benefit the author and save
him/her time and effort as well. So consider us on call if you'd
like help. In fact, we encourage you.
also reintroduced the glossary page I'd made a year or two ago.
I thought it helped some folks so here it is again. Let me know
if you'd like more added, etc.
the zine front, all but one late comer story has now been edited
and sent back to the authors for rewrites and/or approval. If
you don't have yours yet by next Friday, please e-mail me ASAP.
Most of them are also already in the hands of artists. Things
are also really shaping up on the production end. I've already
done pricing on the color copies and covers--I'm now on a first-name
basis with my printer and they're cutting some great deals and
discounts for me. You're going to be seeing the first laminated-cover
SW fanzine. ;^) This upcoming issue is going to break ground,
I must say.
I've done some more site-wide updates and changes. I've added
some new links, included some new info regarding submissions,
and posted some new LoCs. Please note that I hadn't necessarily
posted them in order of arrival, so the new ones are a little
scatted. You can't miss the biggest one, though.
to the nature of one or two recent comments made by readers, concerned
with whether or not the stories in Kiss 1 were in the PG-rating
spirit "George's universe", I've decided to reinstate
the age rating and age limit requirement for the zine.
defense, I must point out that, first of all, we're very plain
in stating that content will involve and revolve around the relationship
between two consenting adults (namely Han & Leia). The contributions
were created by adults, portraying an adult relationship, and
had no intentions of allowing children to see or read it. I feel
that adult fans, as a whole, have been purposefully ignored by
Lucasfilm. Some of us are tired of trying to read material aimed
at prepubescent boys that weren't even born when the films first
everyone's free to have their own opinion, and they're also free
to exercise discretion. If you're easily offended or don't care
for adult situations, then be warned that these zines may contain
material that you might find questionable.
we've reached the year 2000. I apologize for taking a month to
update the site, but between deadlines at work, the holidays,
a week visit at home with my family and new additions, and a good
case of the Creeping Crud (still in full creep!), I've been swamped
this past month. I must say that my new niece is as adorable as
I'd expected, if a bit fussy--it runs in the family. ;^) I'll
maybe post a pic later if anyone's interested. Let me know.
the zine front, things are finally coming to a head. Illness has
been sweeping through me and my staff of assistant editors, causing
delays, but we're catching up now. I've just shipped out galleys
to a few authors, and the rest should be on their way in the next
week or two. I've also found a few more new contributors that
I've no doubt will thrill you with their writing and artistic
skills. Also lots of updates throughout the website, including
new links and changes to the Kiss 2 ToC. Plus, if you haven't
noticed already, I've also finally gotten around to finishing
my own fanfic pages. There are just about 4 pieces that have yet
to be scanned in--whenever I get the chance.
it's old news now, I just thought Id mention that the mystery
revolving around that missing package of artwork has been resolved--with
an unhappy ending. After over two weeks of hounding the US Post
regarding the package, which was SUPPOSED to be traceable and
delivered in 2-3 days, they "found" it and it was returned
to the artist. It had been sliced open, the original artwork shredded,
and--surprise!--the only thing missing was the money order she'd
included for a copy of Kiss 1. It's my firm belief that the package
never left that post office; it had been stuffed right there in
public, and it's obvious that whoever did it knew what was inside.
(Not that it did them any good.) The USP claimed that it had got
caught in a machine, but it looked like someone had used an exacto
knife and cut it open. Anyway, the artwork was ruined and she's
trying to reproduce it. The moral of this story? Do NOT trust
the USP. Heck, don't trust ANYONE. If you're going to send me
artwork, PLEASE use a traceable, reliable, and RESPONSIBLE service
like Fed Ex or UPS. I will reimburse for expenses.
back. First of all, on a personal note, I wanted to announce that
I've just become an aunt. A not-so-little 9 lbs. baby girl, Kaila,
was born last night! Both baby and mother are doing fine and I
can only hope the same is true for my brother. I'm still getting
used to the idea, myself. I am excited and looking forward to
getting home and meeting both my new sister-in-law and niece.
Talk about an instant family! ;^)
proofreading is about to wrap up; it was delayed due to illness
and other priorities, but now we're back on track. In the meantime,
I'm also going to work at revamping and finally completing my
personal fanfic page. I'm resisting the urge to just rewrite while
I'm at it, but then I think of all the work that would involve!
Maybe after May, 2000.
Yes, I've decided to redesign yet again. I loved the postcard
and may still use it somewhere, but I found that I was no longer
getting ranked on some of the search engines due to the placement
of the text, etc. (techie talk!)
hope you like the new layout and find it more enjoyable. This
also gives you just a sample of what you'll be finding in the
upcoming issue of Kiss. You like? I like!
fine tuning, but a general listing what you'll find in the upcoming
issue of Kiss has been posted. It's still in the works, mind you.
I've got a couple of authors who asked for more time--and since
I've got a few more volunteers helping out with proofreading this
time around, not to mention another speedy illustrator, I'm being
a little more flexible with the deadline (watch, around March
I'll be yelling about the fact that deadlines are meant to preserve
my own sanity...you'd think I'd learn!). I'd also hate
to have a zine without contributions from them, so I'm willing
to wait. As soon as I know it's on the way, I'll add them to the
many of the contributions have not yet been assigned to an artist,
but that will happen soon enough. I just prefer to wait until
most of the editing is already ironed out--I'd hate to have an
artist draw a scene, only to find out later that it's been axed
or altered. Just ask Kristin--she's already had to change one
she did nearly two years ago for my story. (Don't blame me!
I told her it wasn't finished yet.)
another update on the weeks events.
can ever say that putting together a zine is boring! I've been
anxiously awaiting the arrival of a package of artwork from our
newest artist. Unfortunately it's nearly a week late and feared
lost! The Post Office is dragging its heels on tracing the package,
even though she paid for the service. This is why I stress that
the US Post should be avoided at all costs. Please use 2nd Day
Fed Ex or some other traceable, reliable, and accountable service.
You'll be reimbursed. Anyway, I'm keeping an eye out for it and
I'm praying that it'll still show up. Since one of the illos was
for my story, I'm doublely upset. Sigh. Patience, little
the meantime, except for two or three holdouts, all the written
submissions for Kiss 2 are in. We've got quite a roundup--many
new names and some very original ideas. I think you'll be pleased...I
I'm also going to begin setting the masterpage templates for the
layout, etc. It's probably a little premature, but since I'm still
waiting for edited copies to come back from my proofreaders, I
might as well get a headstart.
fixed the Questions/Comments page, so with any luck it'll work
now. Sorry about any inconvenience. I'm still working out the
bugs with this new domain, and the CGI needed for that still baffles
me. If you send a note and don't get an answer within a reasonable
amount of time, email me directly and let me know. Thanks.
also hoping to get a contents page and a flyer done within the
week so you'll get an idea of what we've got lined up. But don't
hold me to that. ;^) I've been working on the final version of
my Ord Mantell story, and fiddling with a few other mundane things
There's never enough time in the day.
right, folks. It's deadline time! Heh heh! Don'tcha just love
it? It's certainly an exciting time for me at any rate. Today
alone I received a big story and four filks for consideration.
Looks like I'll be reading later tonight.
of things happening on the computer end as well. Just upgraded
my RAM to 128 so things just zip along now. Also just used the
discount I get as a faculty member at an educational institution
to buy full versions of DreamWeaver and PhotoShop 5.5--that means
lots of new and nifty things coming your way in the near future.
Just as soon as I can figure out how to use them properly, that
the mean time, we've got some exciting things happening with the
zine. Lots of new names and talent that are promising to make
Kiss This! at least as good if not better than Kiss #1. I've got
another new artist that I think will blow everyone away. We've
got four color covers (inside and out) planned, plus lots of wonderful
illos. Soon I hope to have a sampling of artwork posted here so
you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. Don't be surprised
if these sites are different each time you visit--call it growing
I wanted to mention that I'm actually a little disturbed by the
results so far on my little quiz. Folks, you gotta get out more
if you think the pro stuff is that good! Ouch! Buy this zine!
;^P Anyway, I'll be putting up a new quiz, just as soon as I can
think of something to ask. Any suggestions?
sign my guestbook, folks! I'm sorry that I've lost the entries
from the past--blame Solcities! Let's start this over again and
I promise it won't disappear this time!
I can say is that I could live without all these surprises...
Obviously, Kiss has moved yet again--this time unwillingly. About
a week ago, Solocites, which hosted the last site, suddenly decided
to revamp some of its policies (including an incredibly ugly banner!)
and an avalanche of problems befell many sites. My account was
one of the many that suddenly disappeared with no explanation.
After three days of harrassing and begging for an answer, I was
only told that my account was deleted because I had "hotlinks
to/from other servers." That's got to be the lamest excuse I've
ever heard. Since when was hotlinking illegal?? You get what you
pay for, I guess.
after spending an evening searching for another free webspace
provider and getting more and more frustrated with ugly banners
and silly restrictions, I decided to look into getting my own
domain and screw the rest. It's meant some money upfront,
but I'll consider it part of the zine expense and now I have the
option--and space!--of someday posting the zine online. Besides,
it's just so COOL to say, "Check out my site at www.useakiss.org!"
lots of other news on the zine front, as well. Got a couple more
submissions over the past week or two that I've already accepted
or am still reading. I promise to get back to everyone before
the end of next week. I've also got the color backcover for Kiss
#2. It's wonderful! A color pencil piece by Liz that will
feed your fantasies for years to come. ;^) Not to mention a second
b/w piece that's yummy. I'm also within sight of the end of my
Ord Mantell story (was working religiously on it until everything
came to a screeching halt with the website-- blame Solcities!).
It WILL be in Kiss #2--that's a promise!
hey, I've already got five orders for Kiss #2!! That's so awesome.
You guys are the greatest!
reminds me--those of you who've ordered reprints of Kiss #1, the
zine is at the printers at this very moment. I'll pick it up Tuesday
night and should have it in the mail no later than Friday. Even
better, my printer (I LOVE these guys) agreed to honor the original
per page price that they quoted me when I brought in the higher
volume. We're talking a savings of close to $0.04 per copy! It
hadn't occured to me when I started the print-on-demand idea that
I might not get the same per copy price--whew!
well, just another gentle reminder that the deadline for written
submissions is fast approaching--November 1st. Please contact
me sooner if you think you might need more time, etc. As for artwork,
there's still lots of time unless you'd like to try illustrating
a story, in which case you need to contact
about it for tonight. My eyes are blurring from staring at this
screen all day. Fly casual!
some consideration on what we've got so far for submissions, etc.,
and some serious debate, I've been forced to change the price
I originally stated for the upcoming issue of Kiss. I'm getting
the feeling that this zine is going to hit at LEAST
250 pages! I hate raising the price, but I'm afraid I might not
have a choice. I can't count on getting the bargain I got last
time (I smiled nice and the guy threw in free covers, and he didn't
change his original estimate when the print run went over, etc.),
plus we're going with color covers, etc. So please see the Order
Info page for more details before you send your order.
you can see, the webpages are coming along. Naturally, with the
next issue deadlines looming and various other projects coming
to a head, my long-dormant urge to write has resurrected! Now
I'm trying to fit in quality writing time among all the other
some serious thought, I've decided to start accepting reservation
orders for Kiss #2. I just couldn't think of a good reason to
wait at this point. The first issue was so popular that starting
earlier might attract more fans who're just discovering zines.
Plus, this will give me a much better idea of how large the next
print run should be, so I can avoid under- or over-printing. Just
check the Order Info page if you're
interesting in reserving a copy now, or e-mail
me if you have any questions. It's going to be a little different
this time around, however. I think it got too confusing with $10
deposits, etc., so this time I'm just asking for the full price
if you'd like to reserve a copy. That way there's no waiting or
question of what might still be due--when the zine comes back
from the printer, it's going straight in the mail to you! You'll
probably agree that it's the best method.
also making arrangements to attend MediaWest in 2000! I'm going
come hell or high water at this point... It's been too long, folks!
Hopefully I'll get to meet some of you there and hand you your
zine in person.
folks! Unless you're new to this site, you can see that I've been
playing. I hope you like the changes and find them a little easier
on the eye.
the techie end, I'm testing out my trial version of DreamWeaver;
the fact that I've been able to knock many of these pages in only
a few hours is testament to the wonders of this program. And it's
sure made creating and updating these pages much easier for me!
plans to totally revamp everything, so be warned that pages may
be periodically unavailable.
you'd like to read earlier journal entries, including my running
commentary throughout the creation of the first issue of Kiss,
please check out the Archives.
you're still hoping to order a copy of Kiss #1, it's sold out,
but I am taking names and orders for a possible reprint run. If
I get enough to outweigh the cost buying more supplies, etc.,
I'll print more. Please snailmail your order, including your email
address, a check or money order made out to Evil Twin Press for
the amount of $25 (domestic only!), and a SASE in case I need
to return your check, to:
Please follow these directions carefully. If you have any questions,
don't hesitate to email
forget that Kiss #2 is still accepting submissions. The deadline
is November 1, 1999. You've got 2 months! Deadline for artwork
is March 1, 2000, but if you'd like to try illustrating a story,
please contact me ASAP so that I can send a submission to you
for illustration. I may ask for a sample, so please be sincere.