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Writing Memoirs: GORBASH 1991

Posted by mary-andrews on July 27, 2007 at 2:09 AM

Gorbash was actually doing pretty well in 1981-2, but being in my early 30?s (alas and alack) I hosted a middle aged crisis at that time.  I cut all my ties with the universe and decided to go running out into the street to recreate the wheel. (I seem to do that a lot.)

 

So I fell off the face o the world and ten years passed. After the divorce, I moved from place to place, and found it impractical to try to write on the book.  I had my hands full with Survival 101, so by the time I put down roots again, I ended up with a book full of  short pieces and poetry (still lurking in the file cabinet) because I would sit at bars and write during jam sessions or blues nights.  I also composed quite a few bardic pieces/songs for my SCA * persona. 

 

Anyway, by 1991, I was working as a structural aircraft worker at Reese Air Force Base here in Lubbock.  Things were finally picking back up and I had become financially stable again, when out of nowhere, a group of my previous GORBASH staff members convinced me that we should do it again.

 

You see, I still had lots of material that had been intended for GORBASH 7 just sitting in my file cabinet.  I had the Frank Herbert and Jack Williamson interviews, several stories, poems, some real quality stuff.  And this time we wanted to do it more respectably.           

 

The staff now had considerably more education about magazine design too.  They were armed with better equipment (COMPUTERS!!), and all chocked-full of talent raring to go.   

 

Norv Maples had been my main artist back in the day, as well as the designer of our now infamous drunken dragon logo.  (The front cover of the 1991 GORBASH was originally a flyer he designed for the original magazine.)                         

 

We decided to feature Todd McNee?s art in our Artist Portfolio, and Kathleen Cavazos worked us up some beautiful portraits of Williams, Herbert and Hancock (as well as provide the layouts and designs for our ads AND a repeat appearance of her highly popular Lizard  cartoon strip).

 

We shifted our efforts to feature all the art forms we could find, not just writing and fandom.  We included an interview with a seasonal window painter, a professional cartoonist (Richard Gershak), and musical ?Godfather? Tommy Hancock.

 

I paid for the print with my newfound income, and everything seemed to be going well until we realized that we had overlooked a very big part of the deal: the business of it.  Everybody worked full time and nobody had the time to properly promote and sell it.  (Remember, we didn?t have the internet then.)  So I still have a partial box of them here.

 

Therefore, if anyone now would like to buy one now, I?ve placed them on my shop page (KYLEENA MART).  I?ve decided to sell them for the original price of $3.50. ( I?m new to this online store thing though, so I haven?t figured out the postage for more than one copy, but postage for one is $1.31.  I guess I can always send back any excess moneys with a receipt or you can contact me (see      CONTACT page) to make other arrangements.                                                                                                                      

 

                   So I guess now I?m saying WELCOME to Kyleena Mart!

 

 

   

                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents:

 

AS WINTER CAME EARLY  story by Mike Blevins................................. ..2  
RED WINE  poem by Ronnie Jones.............................................................6

ASK WALDO   story by Chris Rogers.......................................................  .8

THE LOST ART OF A PARABLE   article by Jesse Cavazos.................13 

IN THE BEGINNING   story by Jesse Cavazos..........................................14

TOMMY HANCOCK  interview    by Mary J Johnson................................16

ART PORTFOLIO  by  Todd McNemee......................................................21

AMPHIBIAN WARS  Story by Cecily Maples.............................................23 

SEASONAL SIGN PAINTING  article by Monika Green...........................26 

RICHARD GERCHAK  interview by Mary J. Johnson/Andrews...............28

JACK WILLIAMSON  interview by Mary J. Jhnson/Andrews....................33

FRANK HERBERT  interview by Mary J. Johnson/Andrews.....................38
LIZARD  cartoon by Kathleen Cavazos.......................................................44

 

 

*Society for Creative Anachronisms.  Kyleena is my medieval Gypsy merchant persona. 


FYI: Kyleena is also the name of a character (a sorceress)that I made up for a fantasy short story called THE BEHOLDER.  I recently had it critiqued by Marquel White, who suggested it be expanded into a romance novel?hmm.  It could happen
yet.

                                                                             

 

                                               To be continued?

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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