Seasoned Timber

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Zine
Title: Seasoned Timber
Publisher: Agent With Style
Editor(s):
Date(s): 2001-2008
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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Seasoned Timber is a gen Starsky and Hutch anthology.

The Title

The publisher's explanation of the title:
Wood that has been stressed and gone through several years of lashing rain and freezing cold becomes seasoned timber, proving that it can withstand the test of time and has the strength to outlast whatever Mother Nature can throw at it. Likewise is the bond and friendship between Starsky and Hutch. They've weathered every storm and have come out the other side stronger and better for it. These stories explore that friendship that may bend with the fierce wind, but will never break.

Some Discussion Regarding This Zine's Publisher

In May 2001, a Starsky & Hutch fan attempted to dissuade other fans from purchasing zines, "Seasoned Timber" in particular, from Agent With Style, citing the publisher's near-monopoly on zine publishing and status as a for-profit outfit. Other fans were dismayed at the suggestion that a fan would try to encourage other fans not to purchase fanworks. One reason cited was that "Agent With Style" was the only way they could get the scarce zines they wanted. Another reason was that not buying her zines would hurt the fans whose work appeared in them, that those stories would not get the readership they deserved. One fan said one of the high points as a fan was seeing her story in print, and the validation this provided.

In October 2004, a different fan recounted her powerful frustration about unauthorized changes that Mysti Frank had made to her story in "Seasoned Timber #3." She described how Mysti had made over 47 unapproved changes to her story [mainly adding epithets], putting in what the fan felt to be "clichés and awkward phrasing" into her story. Mysti, she said, agreed to add a vague errata to the zine, but the fan felt that this was a terrible solution, saying that it made the poor writing to be the fan's fault and that the fan would never know if fans were reading the version with the errata or the version without. The fan said she'd wished Mysti would have just put in an errata that said she'd made changes without the fan's consent. " I still think it's incredible that an editor would actually put cliches and awkward phrasing INTO a story, rather than take them out." [1]

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, by Dave's Studly Studs

Seasoned Timber 1 was published in May 2001 and has 200 pages. There is no interior art.

  • That's What Partners Do by Julie Reitz. Hutch muses on the unfortunate things that happen to Starsky around restrooms. (1)
  • Survivors by K. Hanna Korossy. Tag for "Survival". (3)
  • Memories Kept Alive by Linda Barley. On the anniversary of Terry's death, Starsky isn't doing so well. (14)
  • Deadly Practice by Katie Steuer. Going undercover as a doctor makes Hutch rethink his long-ago decision to quit medical school. Winner of a 2002 FanQ. (22)
  • The Visit by K. Hanna Korossy. A visit to Terry's grave. (56)
  • Resonance by D. Hansen/SunnyD. Starsky's kidnapping in "Bloodbath" brings to light traumatic memories of his experiences in Vietnam. (59)
  • Peace of Mind by K. Hanna Korossy. Tag for "Terror on the Docks". (118)
  • Delusions by Julie Reitz. When Hutch is given morphine after being hospitalized, it sends him back down into the depths of addiction. (121)
  • Proof by Katie Steuer. Hutch tries to make bread; Starsky helps. (196)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, by Dave's Studly Studs

Seasoned Timber 2 was published in May 2002 and has 196 pages. It contains no interior art.

  • Beach View by Linda Barley. Starsky gives Hutch a little therapy after "The Fix". (1)
  • Close Enough to Touch by K. H. Korossy. Tag for "Bloodbath". (9)
  • The Request by Merry Schainblatt. Poem. (14)
  • The Trapdoor by L.A. Pinn. Tag for "The Trap". (16)
  • First Person Plural by Katie Steuer. On stake-out, Starsky muses over his partner. (20)
  • Immortals Happen by Toshua. Crossover with Highlander; Starsky discovers he's a pre-Immortal. (26)
  • Contact by Merry Schainblatt. Tag for "Sweet Revenge". (49)
  • Burying the Past by K. H. Korossy. Ben Forrest's death wakes memory in Hutch. (53)
  • Second Time Lucky by Katie Steuer. Starsky's first visit to the courthouse after being kidnapped by Simon Marcus does not go as planned. (58)
  • Blindsided by Brit. Tag for "Starsky vs. Hutch". (67)
  • Christmas Spirits by K. H. Korossy. Starsky's illness prompts a change in Hutch's Christmas routine. (71)
  • Jacklight by Katie Steuer. A New England great-aunt's bequest of a tract of beautiful land leaves Hutch with a difficult decision...assuming he and Starsky can survive long enough for him to make it. (79)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, J. Jones

Seasoned Timber 3 was published in 2004 and has 239 pages. It contains no interior art. It is dedicated to the memory of Paula Wilshe.

Issue 4

Seasoned Timber 4 was published in August 2008 and has 150 pages. The front cover is by Suzan Lovett. It contains no interior art.

cover for issue #4, Suzan Lovett [yes, this is a gen zine]


Issue 5

Seasoned Timber 5 was published in August 2008, the same month as issue #4, and has 151 pages. The front cover is by Lorraine Brevig. It contains no interior art.

cover of issue #5

On the title page: "No bribes of someone to help with the database for the shopping cart were offered. Dammit. Laugh. Cry. Send LoCs!" The first part of this refers to a one-time plan by Agent With Style to revamp the sales site.

References

  1. from MPH's notes