I've read a few of your stories and have
been really impressed. I've thought about writing a little
bit of fanfic myself and your stuff is a real encouragement.
Keep up the great stuff!
(PS any relation to Timothy Zahn?) [Nope,
that was a great story [Alliance Avant-Garde]. You captured
Leia and Han's personalities and dialogue to a "T". Keep
up the good work.
Sue, I'm really sorry to hear about Kiss, but I totally
understand why you're not doing it. I don't think I'd ever
have the patience and time to ever do a zine myself! I was
writing to ask you if you minded if I archived your fics
on my H/L site www.hansoloandtheprincess.com. You don't
have to send me the files or anything, I can get the fics
off your website, and I'd credit the zine if they came from
one. I've always loved your work (you're one of the very
first H/L authors I came across) so I'd just be thrilled
to archive your work. Thanks and I hope to hear from you
I just read your recent message stating that you are now
canceling KISS 3. ALthough I am dreadfully disappointed
(you sincerely have the BEST zine I have ever read) I thoroughly
understand your reasons. The state of the world today is
very unstable. I just thought that I would drop you a line
telling you that I wholeheartedly respect your decision
and I wish you all the best in your endevours. I do hope
that sometime in the future, you do decide to print a third
issue, not because I feel that Star Wars is an alternate
reality,but because every now and then it is nice to be
able to drift somewhere else for awhile and forget all of
the stresses in our REAL lives. Anyway, I remain one of
your biggest fans. If you ever need anything, please just
drop me a line. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello Susan, My name is Julie..., and
I was just emailing to let you know that I have sent you
an order and a check in the mail for an issue of Kiss
#1 and Kiss #2. Just thought I would let you know, so
you wouldn't be surprised when you got something in the
mail from me. BTW, I love your stories. I first read some
of your stories at fanfix.com. You definitely are one
of the best authors of Han and Leia stories. It would
be my honor if you would proofread any future Han and
Leia story I wrote. You know the two characters so well.
I'm still learning. I was pleasantly surprised to see
that Marjorie Joyce also works with you on the Kiss zines.
I first read some of her stories on fanfix.com too. I
was impressed. That the two of you work together assures
me that Han and Leia are in great hands. I'm definitely
looking forward to Kiss #3.
[on 01/25/02] I would like to praise you
for all the wonderful Star Wars stories, vignettes, and
filks you have written. I have read quite a few of them,
mostly at fanfix.com, and I'm impressed with your writing
skills. I hope you continue to occasionally write, because
it would be a shame to not have any more stories come
from your creative imagination. Writing is a gift, and
I have great respect, and envy , for those who do it well.
[and again on 03/11/02 :)] Received the
zines in the mail this past weekend. Very glad to have
them in my collection. The artwork and stories in them
are outstanding. Thank you for the excellent service.
I greatly appreciate the work you went through getting
me a copy of each. Best Wishes,
I enjoy most of the fanfic posted on useakiss.org. But when
I saw Barbara Anderson's work, I was surprised. Han and
Leia truly seemed out of character to me. I'm just trying
to give some constructive criticism. In her stories, all
Han and Leia seem to be thinking about is sex, and Han,
especially, seems out of character with his anger and his
thinking. Leia, however, seems off track as well. Perhaps
the author could try to stick to them more, and not be as
freelance? Just a thought.
First of all I feel a necessity express my gratitude for
this wonderful site of yours. It's one of my own top-five-pages.
Perfect design and excellent stories! And now I want to
thank you personally for your stuff. I have enjoyed every
minute of reading it!
Welcome back!!! your site have been sorely missed. I have
to tell you I was kind of worried there I didn't think there
would be another Kiss thank God this is not so. So when
can we expect to see Kiss 3? I know it must have taken quite
some time to put all this together, but believe me this
fan really appreciate all your hard work. I loved "Desk
Set" it was very explicit but tastefully done. I have to
say you always seem to capture the essence of Han and Leia
in all your stories this piece you really gave new meaning
to the word "Turned on". Please don't ever stop writing,
because if you do there will be allot of sad faces around.
Take care and all the best.
Cindy alerted me that you'd put Desk Set up at your site.
Great to see, and Liz's picture was STUNNING. Very lovely.
Just checking out the new Kiss site; it looks FANTASTIC!
The zine section is supurb!
terrific!! Very 'Schmick'! I'm thinking hard about a suitable
fic for Kiss3. I am again a slave to H&L...... :)
hope that everything is alright with you! I am a big fan
of all of your stories and I own You Could Use a Good
Kiss #1 & #2. I hope that you are planning to publish
more- I would love to buy one. I can't access your website
anymore. I hope that you are well! Keep in touch!
just finished reading Kiss 2 for like the 50th time and
a want to say how incredible your story was. I find that
some stories, no matter how good they are can really only
be read once or twice. But yours.... I just keep going
back to. You and Kate Mac must have a psychic connection
because her pictures were perfect with the story. I am
one of those who is usually firmly in the 'after-Bespin,
maybe Endor even, probably Bakura' camp when it comes
the H/L consummating their relationship. But your story,
along with 'Day and Night' in YCUAGK, and 'Dreaming' in
Kiss2 by Cindy Olsen, really make me wonder. The end bit
of many Kiss stories bring tears to my eyes as I get a
rare glimpse of the absolute totality of their love for
each other. 'Day and Night': "I love you, Leia." "I know."
And 'The Dreams' by Z.B.: 'Because when she fell asleep
against him, his hand on her hip, his legs pressed against
hers, it was into a silence of thick and white dreams.
And she could see everywhere.' God I love that last sentence!
And your story too, but because of the pain of it and
the abrupt ending to the love and peace of their 'holiday'.
art was good but Kiss 2 blew my mind. How did you find
Gerald Crotty, Liz and Kate McCredie? And I loved JoJo's
little stick figures. The fact that they had no facial
features worked phenomenally well. The dancing bit in
Mergers and Acquisitions was so sensual and the seduction
scene....so real. Just how Han and Leia would act too.
wait for the next one. There are only two problems with
the quality of Kiss2. 1) How are you going to make another
one that good (I'm sure you'll manage it)?
and 2) I am afraid to buy any other zines cos I know they
won't be as good and I'll be disappointed!
you for giving me so much reading (and visual) pleasure.
just wanted to ask, who does all those brilliant drawings
and sketches for your page! I think they're brilliant!
couldn't you add a fanart corner to you're page? I'm sure
you would recieve alot of pictures from all over the world!
Otherwise I just wanted to say that your page is fantastic!
Keep up the good work!
artwork...I have died and gone to heaven! I've only read
one story so far and it had to be yours because kiss is
your baby and I owe it to you. Mergers was absolutely
brilliant, it made me laugh and cry and it got more inside
the heads of H and L than I thought was possible. You're
my savior from profic doom
and Leia splitting up?! Are they out of their minds?!!?
been a longtime SW (and primarily H&L) fanatic since 6th
grade (when I saw ANH) and getting my copy of Kiss #2
was Christmas, New Year's and July 4th all in ONE. . .
. Your publication fulfills all the neglected cravings
for their electrifying chemistry that any true H&L fan
suffers. Front to back, IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. The front
cover is STUNNING--Gerald Crotty's work is luminous and
unerringly true to Ford and Fisher as Our Heroes. Also,
I'm floored by his gorgeous portrait of Han on p. 12.
Also, all of Kate McCredie's artwork definitely stood
out, especially her H&L seduction portrait for "Mergers
and Acquisitions" (p. 137). OMG!!! Between her pic & your
prose, I thought that H&L were gonna spontaneously COMBUST!!!
ARoooooo!! Now THAT's the kind of romantic interaction
I want to see between Our Heroes!! An Especial thanks
to both of you for getting H&L out of their habitual spacer/rebel
rags for a change. It's about time!! Han is *especially*
swooningly HUNKY, *sigh*. Why should the distinction of
being a well-dressed scoundrel belong only to Lando??
Leia is very effectively broken out of her usual prim
garb in a particularly feminine and flattering way (Han
should buy her a new dress ^_^.) "Mergers" is superlative
in so many ways--its satisfying length, the refreshing
change of environment, and, of course, the searing UST
(which refers to "Unresolved Sexual Tension", coined by
XF/Mulder-and-Scullyist 'shippers, I believe) which made
the story exciting and heartbreakingly bittersweet. The
"dream" jacuzzi sequence and the ending were bummers but
very necessary since they provide obvious reasons for
their vehement clashes early in TESB. In a fanzine chock-a-bloc
FULL of awesome H&L goodies, your story is the GREATEST.
McCredie is simply AMAZING since not only can she DRAW,
she writes very well too (her story "Ice"). Leia's wrenching
grief at possibly losing Han and her mysterious healing
of him was particularly poignant and gripping, definitely
on a par with their pre-carbonite moment for intensity.
"Only Night" by Cindy Olsen gets into Han's head perfectly
during his notorious "lost weekend". Kate's accompanying
pic echoes the piece's anguished tone. JoJo's thumbnail
sketches were sheer FUN and very cute. I'm still not done
reading Kiss #2, will DEFINITELY buy #1 and I'm eagerly
anticipating #3!! I can't thank EVERYONE behind Kiss #2
enough. I never thought that we H&L fans get the respect
we deserve from Lucasfilm and the profic always let me
down. YCUAGK is the absolute answer to my H&L prayers.
As far as fanzines go, this is the second one I've ever
bought and worth every cent. You've really given us our
money's worth in utilizing space very well--no space is
thank you for putting those Star Wars CD links on your
Homepage. Great idea! I've subsequently purchased "Sketches
on Star Wars" (the Trotter Trio) and "Cocktails in the
Cantina" (the Evil Genius Orchestra) and find their quirky
versions of John Williams' classic themes the perfect
soundtrack whilst reading YCUAGK. You've brought welcome
freshness and renewed vitality to my enjoyment of one
of the GREATEST SF couples of All Time, IMHO (next to
Mulder & Scully). Keep up the great work. Peace and Love!!
I received Kiss 2 and loved it. You did a terrific job
with the whole thing. All of the stories were of a very
high quality. Congratulations and thanks for all the hard
work I'm sure went into it...
to let you know I got Kiss 2 this past Friday, and Kiss
1 on Monday. When I saw the color covers, I was like,
wow! I've loved the bits and pieces I've had time to read
so far, and am looking forward to enjoying them both cover
to cover! Thanks for all your hard work in it. Have a
good and safe long weekend!
do I start?
Crotty's cover was beautiful and the inside front cover...
well! I'm glad it was INSIDE. What a gorgeous pic; beautiful
airbrushing. And the idea of having LAMINATED covers was
truely inspired! Just that alone put 'Kiss2' ahead of
the rest at a glance.
loved JoJo's little sketches all through the mag; some
of them were priceless! In fact the art all the way through
was terrific (another point which puts this zine ahead)
and I would suggest even more for the next one.
enjoyed all the stories but Cindy Olsen's were my favorites;
I just love the way she gets right inside their heads!
And the picture Liz drew for "Dreaming" was beautiful.
really liked the way you arranged my pictures into the
pages; that was exactly what I had in mind when I drew
in all a truely excellent zine and I can't wait to be
part of the next one!
would like an issue of Kiss #1. I am a huge fan of Han
Solo and Princess Leia! I am so glad to know there is
a magazine totally devoted to them.
Sue! Thank you so so so so much for Kiss 2!!!
it is so great and it I'm so very grateful that you had
sent it to Germany. Once again,thanks a lot!!
stories and poems and filks and everything in this fansize
it's taken me this long to read through both Kiss 1&2,
and what can I say other than 'WOW'! The artwork is beautiful
and the color cover of Kiss 2 is amazing! i especially
enjoyed 'Ice' by Kate McCredie, though I feel guilty singling
out just one story as they were all FANTASTIC!!!! Keep
up the good work, and I have only one question for you:
When will I be seeing Kiss 3, hmmm?
I have eventually managed to tear myself away from the
zine to tell you that its great!!!
artwork is superb all the way through! The covers were
delightful, and what did I open it up to find? Pure joy
in the art stakes.
for the stories - loved Mergers and Acquisitions - very
different Ord Mantell piece, and well worth the effort!
Cindy Olsen worked her usual magic - she has a serious
gift for wonderful Han/Leia smut. Much more please!! 'A
Shuffle of the Deck' and 'Last Resort' were lovely stories
too. Your staff of editors made magic with the stories
-- an excellent selection. And indeed, my thanks to them
for making my story into something readable ;)
now to Kate McCredie. Where has this woman been hiding?!?!?!?!
Talk about sickeningly talented. Not only does she produce
some of the most incredible artwork I've ever seen, but
she can write Han and Leia pretty perfectly too! I think
the only way to sum it up is 'wow'.
you sure I've got to wait a year for the next one?
Kiss #2 was great--I have read and re-read your story
so many times--I'm afraid that I'm going to wear my copy
out. Here's a little gift for you.
[Thanks so much for the ROTJ cassettes! What a surprise!--SZ]
just finished reading the LoCs for Kiss #2 and in a haze
of excited delirium, I have resolved to abandon the previous
plan to have the zine posted to my friend in MI. Instead,
send it down under straight away! *g* Kiss #2 just sounds
unbelievable and well worth the extra $20 for postage
to Australia. I may try to convince myself to save money
and proclaim to my friends that I'm a scrooge, but in
reality and when Star Wars is concerned I'm an absolute
impulsive buyer. Also, I'm not sure if the zine will reach
my friend before she leaves for Australia, so I think
that posting it directly to me is the best option. That,
and I'm just impossibly impatient. ;-)
to you and Kristin for all the effort you have put into
producing a true masterpiece.
Jojo is very very talented! Simple sketches, but very
cute! And doesn't need facial expression to pass on the
message! Cool! Love her story too! ("5000 credits! Enter
now!") No wonder they sometimes call Leia his 'bond' mate!
got on to other stories... I've past Grounded... and all
the stories before that and including Grounded are superbly
written! I enjoyed reading all of them very very much!
And the filk That Don't Impress Me Much... "So you're
a Jedi Knight... so you got a freighter..." that DOES
impress me much! Hehehe!
recovered a lil after oogling over Liz's Han playing sabaac...
part of my mind is still plastered with that pic, but
I can work normally now... ;)
for doing such a WONDERFULLY GRRRRREAT job! And sure,
pleaaaaase, let your team know they ALL did TERRIFICALLY
and FABULOUSLY! I may write some more after I've read
more... savouring every moussel or whatever you call it...
but not the 'black peas that crawl off your plate' as
in the Commitment story (I think it's Dani's... sorry
if I'm mistaken)... that's a hoot! :D
Is it a ball of snow? Nah, can't be *that* obvious!" -
Luke in the Commitment story... :) So Tatooinish of him...
let me know when you need me... I'll look fwd to your
you, thank you, thank you. Although I am new to zines,
I know that the only thing that can top YCUAGK2 would
be YCUAGK3. This zine is absolutely the most wonderful
thing - anywhere - anytime - SW related that I have ever
read. It was worth every penny and then some (that reminds
me, I didn't send you an extra dollar - do you still want
I was reading, I thought the stories couldn't get any
better - and then I hit "Mergers and Acquisitions." Although
I know the rest of the zine is going to be excellent,
I am positive that nothing could top your story! It is
absolutely the BEST. It's everything that I ever wanted
in a H&L story - and I've wanted quite a bit! I haven't
read anything else H&L related that moved me the way your
story did. I could not put it down. Everything they said
or did was perfectly in synch with how the characters
are (or at least, how they have always been in the universe
in my head.) From now on, instead of watching the original
trilogy and fast-forwarding to the H&L parts, I'll just
read your story! It was that intense to me. Although the
ending was perfectly appropriate for the story, and as
someone else commented it led up almost seamlessly to
what happens afterward, it was so bittersweet - I wanted
to chuck my copy across the room (I didn't of course,
can't do that until I finish devouring the delicious contents!
just wanted to let you know how much your work filled
my heart, tore it into little pieces and stomped on it,
and did it all at once. This story will be my definition
of the epitome of SW fan fiction...aw heck, why not just
say the comparison for ANY romatic fiction?! When can
I order the next one??
I've just received YOU COULD USE ANOTHER GOOD KISS and
my breath was taken away by Gerald's cover... ooh! What
a BEAUTY! Even my hubby who's a non-SW freak commented
that the Leia on the cover is more beautiful than the
real one (no offence to Ms Fisher... :P)
further I got into the zine, the more I was overwhelmed...
I haven't finished reading everything (but that first
story by Jojo is very amusing) being a slow reader (and
one with vivid imagination... I like to visualize the
story in my mind as I read along) ... but I've seen all
the art... and you have a GREAT team of artists!!!! Please
let them know - Gerald, Kate, Liz, Laura, everyone (sorry
if I can't remember everyone's name) - they did a FABULOUSLY
WONDERFUL job!!!! I guess I have to polish up my work
reaaaaal good before I can even consider asking if you'd
want any more help in the art department in future zines...
hard work paid off... if not in the form of cold hard
cash, but in readers' satisfaction that they had received
the BEST in your zine. Keep up the great job!
- btw, who drew the incidental Han and Leia pencil sketches
- the ones that have no faces? They're cute!
[Ah, that would be JoJo! --SZ]
I enjoyed YCUAGK so very much, so I just had to send an
LOC, but my problem was, where to begin?
cover; wow, a great eye catcher. Gerald Crotty has always
done superior work and this is definitely in that category.
Please see if you can keep him adding more and more. Excellent
addition as well on page 194.
inside cover; I remember when I first saw Becky's original
of this and it's true; you can never get tired looking
at something that beautiful. I can't really critique art
work (I can't draw a straight line without a ruler), but
I know what I like. Boy do I like that!
of the Century, really, really cute and I loved Kate
McCredie's 'romance novel' adaptation.
stories that I remember from the past, Sexual Politics,
A Matter of Commitment and Sabaac. Like
Becky's inside cover, I never tire of perfection.
D'Orazio is an author that I have long admired. I wish
I could see more and more of her work.
Sabaac is a really great story that is as terrific on
the re-read as it was the first time around. Believe me,
that's high praise coming from me because I have never
liked when authors make Han a Jedi. But, Kate's Corellian
Jedi is the only way he could be.
well, what can I say? Here is an author that I not only
admire, but have long envied. A Matter of Commitment
has been a long time favorite of mine that is one of those
stories you purposely go back and read over and over again.
It was one of the first Ord Mantell stories I ever read
and, fair or not, I've judged most others on a scale set
up by this one. Really a 'must' read for any fan, Han
& Leia preference or not.
by Kate McCredie. Well I've decided that no matter how
nice this lady is, I hate her! It's not enough to be a
fantastic artist...lord, her illustrations throughout
are gorgeous, but she writes too! It's too much; no one
person should be allowed to have that much talent. I love
the story, adore her illustrations (especially page 245
and a really great one in tub. Yes, Sue, I know you know
I have this thing about the water) but it's just not fair!
Lady, you are terrific. Please keep more and more coming.
Night was very chilling; no pun intended. It is frightening
how well Cindy Olson gets into Han's thoughts.
Shuffle of the Deck was another great story. I really
enjoyed the way Han and Leia interacted. The reader gets
to see vulnerability and strength equally in both characters.
They give to the other when each is at their lowest. Very
and Acquisitions. Bravo, Sue. I read this over the
time period while you were making changes and adjustments,
but I have to say that it is absolutely brilliant. This
story has everything; the hesitant emotions, the interplay
between Han and Leia that I love; the playfulness, seriousness,
fear and sensuality that marks how really special their
relationship is. I adored the dream sequence. Top notch
and the very best in the zine. Now, take you bow and start
on the sequel.
of the poetry that I enjoyed; Light by Barbara.
Very loving and touching. Not too mushy and yet it says
so much. All I can say is; I liked it! Princess It's
Cold Outside, great adaptation to a great old song.
Others that I enjoyed, Change My Mind, both of
the Head Over Feet, Sweet Corellian Wine, and Homecoming
were wonderful. Solo was beautifully done.
I close this opus (I really didn't intend for my rambling
to go on quite so much) I have to add my admiration to
Liz's illustrations. Absolutely beautiful. I especially
liked the illo on 96, 196, 222, etc. etc. I think you
get my point.
know I left off some great stories, poems, illos, and
I want to apologize if I inadvertently offended anyone,
but I wanted to let you know that this is a quality zine
that only serves to reinforce my long standing belief
that the hard copy zine is so much better than reading
from the screen. Not only do you get the pleasure of the
hard copy with the pleasure of the illustrations in your
hands, (which is wonderful 'cause I've yet to figure out
how to read from the comp screen in the tub) but, it's
wonderful to go back and re-read some of your favorites.
Beautiful job, Sue. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Kiss2 is SERIOUSLY terriffic! Haven't read a word yet,
but I've looked at all the pics! They came up beautifully!
very excited KateMac!
I've been reading the 'zine and I wanted to let you know
how much I am enjoying it. It looks fabulous and all the
stories were excellent. I think the artwork in this issue
is really great. Definately worth the wait. I feel like
I'm already waiting for Kiss 3!! Promise us there will
Sue! I've been meaning to write to let you know that I
got my copy of Kiss. Wow, woman! What a great looking
zine! Excellent job. I really love the little thumbnail
sketches. I can't wait to read it.
it's a long story! I'll tell you later. --SZ]
a big thank you for my copy of YCUAGK which I got last
week it's a real treasure and wonderfully put together
and edited thanks to everyone who made it possible. The
front cover is tremendous
My trib copy of YCUAGK arrived on Friday morning, just
before I was due to head to work. I called on what little
willpower I have and refused to open it until lunch time,
knowing full well that I would *never* get any work done
if I read it before then. When lunch finally came....it
was almost like Christmas. The first thing I did was to
(very carefully -- as if it was the Red Sea Scrolls spread
before me!) look at every page, appreciating the layout
and marvelling at *all* of the artwork. Sue, all those
hints and teasers you said prior to release of YCUAGK
were *nothing* compared to the finished product. It is
truly a work of great art and great love.
could not have wished nor hoped for the quality of the
illos for my two pieces, "Dreaming" and "Only Night".
(Isn't Kate McCredie a find! Where has she been hiding
all this time??)
then, to make my day, I spent all Friday night reading
the definitive Ord Mantell story -- Mergers and Acquisitions.
And as I was reading it, I was saying to myself, "Yes,
this is exactly what happened...."
you, Sue. Many thanks to you and your editors, to the
contributors, and all those who played a part in unleashing
YCUAGK on an unsuspecting, but desperately craving, readership.
You have all brightened the beginning of a very cold winter
for me. And I feel inspired enough to get back in the
saddle and try to write yet another Han and Leia fic.
it's a wonderful zine! The best way to say thanks to us
for buying and raving is promise that there will be a
even pull out the Rumi poem "3 Kisses" for you to put
in it. I don't remember the beginning, but I remember
the end. "And there may come a time when you grow weary
of kisses, I shall be glad of only insults from you as
long as share your attention on me."
earlier, on 5/30/00]
Sue!! This story is so incredibly good! It's got action
and romance and they are so in character, with a bit of
sublime eroticism. I salute you!!
earlier, on 5/28/00]
got my copy! And there was much rejoicing! The cover art
was fantastic! The inside front cover is verrrrry yummy
. I'm reading it slowly to savor each wonderful bit
of H/L goodness!! Excellent job Sue!!
wanted to let you know that I've finally had a chance
to sit down and look through Kiss, and I'm really impressed!
Especially with the front cover... it's really a beautiful
found a few typos in Shuffle (of course), but I love the
illo on the opposite page as the title page. He really
does incredible work. I haven't gotten through all the
stories yet, but what I have read I really liked.
just wanted to thank you, too. I talked to Kelly Kline,
and she wanted to know if I would be interested in writing
something for Delusions of Grandeur. She said that she
had talked to you about me, and I just wanted to thank
you for mentioning me! I'm working on a story for her
now, and we probably never would have made a connection
if you hadn't said something to her. Thanks muchly-- I
owe you one! Well, I hope everything is going better on
your end now. I'm sorry to hear about your loss--I know
how hard losing someone close can be. Hopefully I'll get
the chance to talk to you soon-- haven't been on IM for
quite some time now, and I feel out of touch! Until later...
may the Force be with you!
you really outdid yourself. I know this wasn't exactly
the smoothest project for you, but I would not know that
by looking at the finished zine. It looks terrific. You
are right -- Kate McCredie's art is great. And her story
is fabulous, too. It's unfair that she can do both so
well! (just kidding)
a quick word of thanks to the editor -- a decent story
is hugely diminished by bad spelling and grammar. Bad
mechanics ruin stories for me. Thanks for taking the time
to do the zine well.
you had fun at the Con!
you so much for all the work you put into the zine, it's
fabulous. Every story, poem, etc. was worth reading and
what's more, worth paying for.
to Kate Birkel and Cindy Olsen: Please, please get all
your stories up on a website somewhere! Also I was thrilled
to see you're writing again, Susan. "Mergers and Acquisitions"
was one of my favorites. Thanks again!
not skip over "Mergers and Acquisitions"!!! This is a
great story. The H&L interaction is superb. Susan makes
it sexy and fun. IT is spicy enough to make your heart
beat faster, and has adventure in it to make you bite
your nails in anticipation. It shows Han in the romantic
mode I have always wanted to see. He is irresistible and
Leia very nearly finds that out. HEEHEE!! Han can give
lectures in Seduction 101! Dressed to kill Han and Leia
was awesome, and the artwork of Han making his move on
Leia--Hubba Hubba! It was wonderful for her to take them
out of the context of the ZRebellion and put them in a
setting where romance just had to blossom. And poor Leia--I
wouldn't be able to think clearly if Han was doing that
to me either. And no matter what I would have been clay
for him to mold any way he liked after that necklace scene.
Bounty Hunting scum or not. No wonder she was so miffed
at him during the first half of TESB. For me the ending
was a tear jerker, because it led up to their initial
attitudes in TESB. It is also a great tie-in with the
timeline of all of Sue's other stories.
YCUAGK2 in general-- I liked all the stories!! I absolutely
loved "Men Are From Corellia, Women Are From Alderaan"
Nice job Hellen. That type of switcheroo always fascinates
me. I would like to see it happen again after they are
involved maybe, imagine the pillow talk if...
Loved "Only Night" Great companion story to "Day and Night"!
Loved the scattered scenes, you captured what I think
it must have been like in the Carbon where all you had
was time to think.
I loved them all and could go on all night.
want to comment on the comments section: We all knew that
YCUAGS and YCUAGK2 were aimed toward the more adult readers.
I think that the comment about SW and family standards
was not true IMO. Yes the movies were aimed toward families,
but the universe is bound to be as real and gritty and
sexy as RL for some of us. We all know that most of the
fanfic does not fit into GL chaste world of SW. I prefer
the more true to life SW universe. And personally lines
like "running toward the bed with body parts jangling
comically" make the movies more fun to watch. I blush
from head to toe also, but what a visual. I don't think
that fanfiction has gotten any more explicit, just that
fans are older more secure in issues of sexual nature,
and there are a lot more of us who wrote the spicier things
way back, but have just now discovered the wonderful vehicle
of fanfic. The above applies to shows like "The X-Files"
as well. Just because they won't show it doesn't mean
nobody wants to see it. I think the extent it is shown
and how much it offends some is directly related to one,
your own upbringing and ingrained attitudes toward sex.
Two, your own personal experiences with sexual issues.
Three how comfortable you yourself are with sex. Four,
your definition of offensive and explicit.
you want to see disturbing sexual issues read"Demons"
by Lelilia in "Delusions of Grandeur" NOw that is something
that ruffles my moral feathers. But it is wonderful, haunting,
disturbing, terrifying, and the H&L love scenes are poignant.
liked the story about Han & Leia.
entire zine is lovely, Sue! But I haven't read much of
it right now because I've been too busy trying to keep
it away from the sights of my parental units.
mine yesterday...what a nice surprise!
thing's the size of a phone book! WOW! And it's ALL Han
and Leia. I'm all tingly.
the bad news: I found three typos/tense errors in "A Matter
the good news: I've been reading all afternoon, and I've
JUST gotten to "Mergers and Aquisitions." (Can't wait
to read that one; but 60 pages Sue? I'm gonna hafta put
tomorrow afternoon aside just for that!) I've loved every
word thus far (except for the typos of course :) My favorite
so far is "Dreaming," (great stuff, Cindy!) but of course
I'm retaining final judgement until I've read the whole
thing. The covers are wonderful! The inside front; is
that that great painting you've raved about over the years?
I'm glad to have finally seen it! Most of the art on the
inside is absolutly breathtaking. Ooo... I'm all tingly
just thinking about reading the rest of it!
if my copy of Delusions would just get here...
who's all fired up to write more stuff now...
i got my zine today (thanks Sue!).
since it it something like 386 pages long(!), i haven't
been able to read much. but what i have read, i LOVE.
art is AMAZING and breath taking. i particularly like
the little nondescript drawings of han and leia (the ones
with no faces :). and the amazing covers. wow!
whoever is crazy enough to not have bought YCUAGK2 yet
has to! it's completely worth whatever the price is. quality
how weird is it that another person (other than me) filked
head over feet? lol, i laughed when i saw that. kudos
that the other girl too -- her's was really great.
totally agree with Allison. and what perfect arrival--all
before Memorial Day weekend (its a good thing its gonna
be raining down the shore cuz I'm planning on bunkering
down w/ K2)
I've read the first 3 stories already (and am so psyched
b/c I still have nearly 330 pgs left) The front cover
is absolutely the best work I've seen. Being a recipient
of the inaugural issue--I wish to say that this second
installment has blown me away--It looks and reads great!
think Sue and Kristin did a remarkable job putting it
all together (esp. considering that Sue was dealing with
the loss of her Grandfather) Congrats--
go--have some reading to do---
Zips and Allison said. Got my copy yesterday and the timing
was perfect--right at the beginning of a holiday weekend
that looks like a literal washout thanks to rain here
in Motown, too. Couldn't think of a better way to to spend
this forced time indoors than curling up with this book.
The cover is a stunner--Gerald Crotty does simply outstanding
work; I thrill in his consistently faithul renditions
of our hero and heroine. And the art inside is outstanding,
too. JoJo, I love your mini-sketches--what a super idea!
Just holding this book in my hands--full of H&L labors
of love from around the world--makes my heart happy. Well,
like Zips said, time to go read it. Can't thank you enough
for all your hard work putting this together, Susan. You're
earlier that day]
McCredie's "Ice" is my favorite in Kiss 2 so far, though
I've skipped over Susan's "Mergers and Acquisitions" for
now. Like Dani's "A Matter of Commitment," too. Both Katie's
and Dani's art for their stories is awesome; how blessed
these two ladies are to have talent in both writing and
drawing. What are everyone else's favorites so far?
still earlier ;^)]
received Kiss 2. The cover blew me away. Much of the art
looks OUTSTANDING! Can't wait to read it! Thanks so much,
Sue, and all the contributors who did indeed stick it
out 'til the bitter end. Sorry the Organa-zation won't
be getting together at MWCon; I would have loved to meet
you. If you find yourself on MI-94 W and see the Rotunda
exit, please take it! I live not five minutes away from
it and would love to just give you a big hug for how happy
you've made me and a lot of other H&L fans! Have a great
holiday weekend. I look forward to working with you on
quote a fellow zine editor...if a zine was typo or error
free, the world would cease to exist. it's one of the
signs of the apocalypse. typos happen,
my copy from Sue while at the con. Kudos to her!! Kiss
is wonderful with strong, wonderful stories to match the
the delicious cover. Been trying to read stories in between
doing things at MwCon.
on getting the zine complete. I can't wait to get my hot
little hands on it and will be waiting in anticipation
by the mailbox! Thank for all your hard work to bring
those of us who love romance and Han and Leia something
to fuel our fantasies!!
Susan & Kristin,
you for sending me the flier for "You Could Use
Another Good Kiss." I definitely want a copy!
are definitely in order for "You Could Use a Good
Kiss." It was everything I hoped it would be. All
the effort you put into it shone through. The stories
were all excellent, just the right mix of fun, drama,
and adult content. Great poetry and filks, and everything
was put together in a professional manner. I loved
was one terrific, classy zine and one worthy of the
Dynamic Duo. What more can anyone ask for?
That's what! ...