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New Year, New Zine, New Book Project, Old Bones

Yesterday, I went out into the desert and watched my son shoot a rocket that he had made into the clear blue winter-chilled sky. When the engine ignited, the rocket blasted into the air and then the second engine went off, separating the nose from the body. The nose drifted down under a billowed parachute and the body, designed like a glider, slowly circled the desert like a buzzard until it succumbed to gravity and spiraled into a dwarfed palo verde tree. It was a perfect start to the new year—the quiet desert landscape, clear air, clever crafts, and physical reminders of the power of gravity.

For this year, I’m launching a new zine on walking, seeking a publisher for my cartoon/verse memoir By the Forces of Gravity, starting a new book project and continuing to teach landscape design and history at ASU (as I have since 1993). This is the last year that both my kids will be teenagers, with one who’ll finish her first year of college, while the other starts high school. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We’ve both known each other for half our lives, most of this time as a couple. And yet, there’s always something new to discover. I love this, finding the new in the familiar. And the old. This may be a new year, but let’s face it, I’m old…older than I’ve ever been. I could live without the aches and pains, but I like being on the back nine of life. It lends a kind of urgency to not wasting time fretting about shit I don’t care about. But I’m not starting to build my own coffin out of sustainable wood yet, since this year my dad will turn 80 and he’s still running ultras. We Fishes tend to live like energizer bunnies, or Timex watches, or all those other things that just keep going and going.

Happy New Year Everyone!

The Glider Rocket New Year's Day 2016

The Glider Rocket New Year’s Day 2016

GRAPHfeeties: New Zine of walking stories

BE IN A ZINE: Call for Submissions!

Do your feet have a story to tell?

GRAPH(feeties) is a zine-to-be that will focus on true stories of walking, strolling, rambling, and other forms of self-propulsion, all told in a mixed media/genre format. Please send in your great tales of moving through the world, expressed in a glorious mix of poetry, cartoons, comics, lyric prose, collage, b & w photography, or whatever else can print legibly in b & w on a 5.5 x 8.5 inch page. The intent is to publish issues periodically, some themed, some open, like this first issue.

Walking under Trees in Berkeley, one of my cartoons from the cartoon/verse memoir I'm working on

Walking under Trees in Berkeley, one of my cartoons from the cartoon/verse memoir I’m working on

  • “Paths are made by walking,” said Kafka. What paths have you made?
  • “Walking is man’s best medicine,” said Hippocrates. How has walking healed you?
  • “Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe,” said Alice Walker. When have you felt connected to the cosmos while walking?
  • “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking,” said Nietzsche. What great thoughts have come to you while walking?
  • “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time,” said Steven Wright. Do you have a tale of a long journey on foot?

While GRAPH(feetie) is a zine for true stories, if you need to become a mouse (as in MAUS by Art Spiegelman) or some other creature to tell your story, that’s entirely awesome.

What to Submit: A PDF file, formatted to print legibly on up to two 5.5 x 8.5 inch pages to graphfeeties at rebeccafishewan.com

When to Submit: Please submit by January 1, 2016 New Year! New Zine!