April 18, 2014
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Jen made me pull six cards from our line.

APPARENTLY, "they don't sell" and don't "make any money".

But since when can you put a price tag on greeting cards??

Here are the cards, you can buy them from the shop until they are gone forever.

FOREVER.

This card was also on the list, but I refused to pull it because I'm not afraid of her.

April 13, 2014
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I turned 42 (wtf?) yesterday, received 18 drinking glasses, a scallop taco from Sea Salt, and this:

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I sent 20 little book samples to my agent...

So now he can go pitch them to 20 publishers.

I imagine his conversations go something like this:

Peter: Here's a new little adult picture book by Fran Shea, owner of Zeichen Press in Minneapolis, maker of cards for people that like laughing.

Publisher Person: Let me put my eyeballs back in my sockets and write you a check for $1,000,000.

Peter: Very good.

END SCENE.

Oh, I also made a new Easter card. Don't send me hate email like you did for my zombie Easter card. Jesus loves me, this I know for the bible tells me so.

 

April 1, 2014
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Jen's back!

Thank God.

She said she "missed ZP soooo much!"

ZP missed her too! To show her just how much, this rabbit (mascot) sacrificed and froze himself to the ground right in front of the gate she walks through to enter the ZP Headquarters.

ALSO, I wrote/designed a new cover for my book... Kara is busily drawing pictures while I bark directions at her. I'm sure she's already made a voodoo doll of me.

I don't blame her a bit.

March 27, 2014
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No, no... don't worry about me — I'm fine! I actually enjoy imagining exotic travel. Who needs all of that packing and jet-lag... and those language barriers?... No thanks!

Jen is (still) in Turkey

(is she ever coming home??) and I am here.

See how I put my feet in the picture so that you can tell that I'm REALLY here?

My daydreams are broken only by Tib the Cat.

And the other inmates' bickering.

But shouldn't I embrace this opportunity during Lent for self-denial?

FINE.

March 24, 2014
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Jen is in Istanbul (was Constantinople, now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople)

and I discuss cannibalism after a family dinner. "Apparently," says Number One Son, "human meat tastes just like bison."

And so on.

If this Winter ever ends (will it?? Did I just imagine warmer days??), students will graduate and I made a card for such an occasion:

 

March 17, 2014
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When I was 18 years old, a friend and I drove her crappy car to the Superior National Forest for an event. I didn't have my driver's license so I only drove half way. The event was called The Rainbow Gathering and was full of fascinating (high and naked) people. Highlights of the trip: Sitting in a tent all night with a group of strangers and not getting raped. And I think some other things happened but I'm not sure if they were real.

Aren't subcultures fascinating??

Brandon Mise studied Letterpress Printers Around The World and made a book: Adventures In Letterpress:

AND he put a Zeichen Press project in it! It was that 4-color halftone/impossible feat of letterpress printing that we made for the Tanek Christmas card one year:

Remember that? Little Nat and Ken sitting on scary Santa's lap?? Did that event really happen?? Shhhhhhh, don't speak or everyone will know how simple-minded you are.

 

March 8, 2014
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It's true!

Our site was down for most of the week and the pirates wouldn't restore it until serious demands were met. Jen had to "marry" the pirates and I had to write more birthday cards for our Spring Release.

February 26, 2014
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I've had 120 fires, watched everything (worth watching) on Netflix, eaten BONE-BROTH soup (like a caveman), changed my Smartwool socks 4 times...

Oh, and WROTE A BOOK.

Here's the new cover with working title. (Isn't that what people say??)

But I always try to find the deeper meaning behind hardship, and 45 sub-zero days equals hardship. AM I RIGHT??

Maybe I'm supposed to let the Winter inspire more cards?