April 30th, 2002

Added part 8 of Mezzo's After All is Said

Added part 12 of Girlbard's Houdini's Box

CC searches for a killer who might be a little too close to home, in part twenty-one of Mavis Applewater's The Brass Ring.

April 29th, 2002

An announcement by JLynn:
Greetings everyone,

We've got some great news for you all...

Without a doubt, the fan fic writers have made a substantial and lasting impression on the Xenaverse. For those who witnessed the first postings and encouraged the work of fanfic mainstays such as LN James, S Bowers, DJWP, Bat Morda and Missy Good as well as all those who were brave enough to follow after, we have been treated to an incredible and imaginative array of writing.

Fanfic evolved as the series did, and with so many stories to choose from, those who took the time to post reviews of those stories that should not be missed became invaluable. Blurb's Recommendations of Xenaverse Fan Fiction, established and nurtured by Anima and Angharad Governal (thank you so much for all your work!), became a wonderful resource for fanfic loving fans.

After several years of dedicated effort, Angharad felt it was time to step down and was kind enough to allow us, the folks at The Bardic Circle, to take up the torch in her place. Following her example, we wish to continue to offer top-notch reviews about the bards you love most and also to expand by bringing to light the efforts of the up-and-coming writers who deserve your notice and attention.

And, too, with the ever evolving trends in X:WP fanfic, we have expanded the Blurb Reviews site to include original fiction in its various incarnations and genres. Blurb is stretching its wings and we'll now include reviews about your cult favourites, like Star Trek, Buffy and The X-Files as well as other original online fiction regardless of genre.

So what does this mean for you? Tons.

- More XWP reviews
- New reviews in more genres
- Original fiction reviews
- Fan participation
- visit us and find out how you can submit your own reviews!
- New look, new layout, improved navigation!
Come see what's happening at Blurb and visit us at our new location: www.futuremuse.com/blurb/index.htm

Questions, concerns and such can be directed through our general email address at blurb@futuremuse.com!

Thanks :)

Webmaster and Moderator  Blurb: Fiction and Fan Fiction Reviews

A Big Welcome to two new writers at the Academy, My OSage and Invidere!

Aphrodite's Gift by My OSage To appease Artemis, Aphrodite agrees to bring Gabrielle and Xena together romantically. But when her plans go awry as Xena refuses to cooperate, Aphrodite decides to give the stubborn Warrior Princess a unique gift.

The Lie by My OSage A small tweak at the ending of Xena's season finale would have made all the difference….

Gabrielle's Dream by My OSage In Amazonia, Gabrielle begins to experience some very vivid dreams. And Xena may have to stay awake until she can understand the meaning of the bard's erotic dreams or her own unsuspected feelings.

Why Are You Here? by My OSage Wouldn't it be great if circumstances allowed Xena and Gabrielle to realize their true feelings for each other from the beginning? Let's see, shall we?

Invitation to Egypt by My OSage When the Queen of Egypt offers the Amazon Queen an invitation to Egypt, Gabrielle finds her place in history and Xena finds that she is more than one queen's object of desire.

How to Write Uber by Invidere a satirical guide to writing a typical uber-xena fanfiction :)

Added part 5 and part 6 of The Magic of the Heart by CJ Harte

Added part 4 of Designs of the Heart by Heartbrkn

April 28th, 2002

Added Part 8 and Part 9 of Linda Crist's The Eyes of Eire

Added parts 5, 6 & 7 of Blue Dragon's Tales of the Kirgeur

The New Adventures of XENA: Warrior Princess - Just Like Old Times by Ernie Whiting [finished]

Plot? What plot? Gina Ryan and Brie Duncan simply take advantage of some down-time between missions for a little shared quality time, and some very much needed emotional healing. And then there's the reintroduction of an old ally...

April 27th, 2002

Added Part 10 of Tie Break by Bonnie

Added Part VIII of Provenance by Cruise

Personal Preferences by kd bard
The Charland family move into their dream house in a beautiful suburban neighborhood. Soon, they encoutner unexpected prejudice from their neighbors, and danger from a familiar foe. Through a dramatic turn of events, the Charlands ultimately survive, acceptance is realized, and lasting friendships are forged. Kleenex rating - 1.5 boxes.

April 26th, 2002

Added Day 3: Part 3 of Heatwave by Midgit

Added part 12 of L. A. Tucker's The Inside Out

Added part 2 of Grit Jahning's Distances

Added part 7 of Mezzo's After All is Said

Added part 3 of Kim Pritekel's Again

The following eBooks are up:
Flames of a Soul by Larisa
Tasting Desire by Dragonspirit
The Choice by Jan V.

April 25th, 2002

Download By Jules Mathews [Über/Unfinished but is already at 27 parts!]
Summary pending.

Added part 4 of The Magic of the Heart by CJ Harte

April 24th, 2002

Added part 3 of The Magic of the Heart by CJ Harte

Added the latest update by Eileen Marks for her superb Ultimate Über List

April 23rd, 2002

Added part 11 of Houdini's Box by GirlBard

Added part 3 - Journey  and part 4 - Marking Time  of Lost Soul by Ken Rogers 

April 22nd, 2002

The Crazed Ramblings Of A Madwoman Part 1 by Verrath [uber/alt/unfinished]
A young present-day writer walks the narrow line between an impossible truth and insanity with an insubstantial Xena for a companion. Is the ghostly warrior real, or just a figment of Isabelle's imagination? Why is she there? And how does an insane ex-terrorist fit in? 

The New Adventures of XENA: Warrior Princess - Return of the Warrior Princess by Ernie Whiting [finished]

First, they prevented World War III by blowing up an Iraqi breeder reactor that was producing plutonium for their nuclear missiles. Then they stole a top-secret combat helicopter code-named Ares and went AWOL. Next, they flew it to Greece and found the ancient Hall of Ambrosia. So what did they do after that?  Well, since you asked...
Added part 2 and the synopsis of The Magic of the Heart by CJ Harte
Susan Hettinger is a successful Chief Financial Officer for a venture capital company specializing in entertainment production.  She sees her life as shades of gray, but likes the order and control.  When M.J. Carson enters her life, Susan finds panoramic color, but she also gets chaos, passion, and a roller coaster life.  As her world and her emotions spin out of control, she struggles to understand the feelings for and about the complex woman she loves.

Added chapter 6 of SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace

Added chapter 11 of Cate Swannell's King of the Beach 

Added part 20 of Mavis Applewater's The Brass Ring. 

Added part 7 of Ana Ortiz' Habaname

Added part 5 and part 6  of Mezzo's Impulse: Book One AFTER ALL IS SAID

Another note from Dimples:  I'm sorry for all this but I've just been noticed that my previous site is back up. The geocities site is just a mirror site and will be used in the future if anything like this should happen again.  I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but the address: http://dimples.0catch.com/index.html, remains.

April 21st, 2002

The Magic of the Heart Part 1 by CJ Harte [Alt/Über/unfinished]

Added part 11 of L. A. Tucker's The Inside Out

Added part 5 of Phair's Countertransference

Added Part 9 of Tie Break by Bonnie

April 20th, 2002

Tasting Desire by Dragonspirit [Alt/Finished]
It's about 4 friends.... a vampire..... and one night in New York City.

Added part 2 of Again by Kim Pritekel

Added part 4 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book One AFTER ALL IS SAID

April 19th, 2002

Added part 9 of Annemaart's The Edge of Nowhere

Added part 5 of S.Lee's Ms. O' Connor Goes to Washington,

From Dimples:  For some reason or another, the host 0catch, where my site was located, decided to delete it with no notice.  I've started building a new site in a new address. It'll be finished pretty soon. Here is the new address:  http://www.geocities.com/dimples_2000_fr/index.html

The following ebooks are up:

The Chosen by Verda Foster
The New Adventures of XENA: Warrior Princess - A New Day by Ernie Whiting

April 18th, 2002

The Choice by Jan V. [Alt/Finished]
A post-Friend In Need piece that brings Xena back to life.

Flames of a Soul by Larisa [Uber/Alt/Finished]
When a multi car pile up involving a gasoline tanker happens on Eastbound Rt. 70, every firestation with in miles is called out.  Jake isn't what the you would call the perfect firefighter, rules were made to be broken and she breaks them continuously.  On every call she risks her life for others, waiting for the day when the flames will consume her and end her pain.  Going against a direct order, she wanders off and finds the flames that will consume her.  In the fiery green eyes of a trapped accident victim.

Added part 2 of Lost Soul by Ken Rogers 

April 17th, 2002

The New Adventures of XENA: Warrior Princess - A New Day by Ernie Whiting [Finished]
"In a time of modern technology, politicians, and terrorists, a world on the brink of nuclear Armageddon cried out for a hero. She was Gina Ryan, United States Marine Corps..." Brought together with Gabriella Duncan, United States Navy, by mysterious and compelling forces behind a shared and recurring dream of the days of ancient Greece, they find themselves embroiled in a mission of utmost urgency--the prevention of all-out nuclear war. Their only weapons are their own hearts and souls...and a supersonic stealth helicopter code-named Ares.

The following ebooks are up:

A Family in Blood by kd bard
The Commitment by kd bard
All It Took Was You - Ali Vali 
Seeing You Again For the First Time - Colleen

April 16th, 2002

Added part 10 of Houdini's Box by GirlBard

Added part 3 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book One AFTER ALL IS SAID

Added chapter 5 of SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace 

April 15th, 2002

ARCHAEOLOGISTS, WARRIORS, AND BARDS, OH MY! by Verda Foster [uber/alt/finished]
Ever wonder what happened to Mel when Xena took over her body in the XENA SCROLLS? Your questions will be answered in this clever story that finds Mel in a rather compromising position in more ways than one as she gets up close and personal with a certain ancient bard and has to deal with the infamous reputation of her deadly ancestor. 

The Chosen by Verda Foster  [uber/alt/finished] 
Set in a mythical, medieval world where a sadistic sovereign rules the land; A world of extremes where you are either slave or master, and women have little say in the course of their lives. When Lord Athol sends his only daughter to meet the man he has chosen as her husband, fate intervenes and she is caught in the middle of a slave rebellion that will wrench her away from everything she has ever known. Roslin finds herself strangely drawn to the leader of an army of rebel slaves and terrified they will discover that she is not only not one of them, but the daughter of the man they hate most in the world. 

Added the summary for Again by Kim Pritekel [über/alt/unfinished]
From different sides of the proverbial tracks, but become best friends during college, finding an impossible love that can never be. Separated for ten years by life and time, Caden becomes ill, asking for Laurel to return to Boston just in case something goes wrong. Now they must try and find their friendship all over again, and each other.

Added parts 2, 3 & 4 of Blue Dragon's Tales of the Kirgeur

Added chapter 8 of KC Kirkwood's Women on the Rebound

April 14th, 2002

A Big Welcome to another new writer at the Academy! A big howdy-do goes out to kd bard - famous author of the Billie & Cat series!!!! 

The Commitment by kd bard Billie Charland teaches an aerobics class that is joined by a new student, Caitlain O'Grady, who has two left feet! Caitlain, known as Cat, is about to give up when Billie offers private lessons. Sparks fly as their chemistries mix, however, separate commitments nearly get in the way of their relationship. Despite the odds, their bond survives as they discover their separate commitments are not so separate after all.
Kleenex rating - 1 box.

A Family in Blood by kd bard Billie's son Seth recovers from surgery and a long road to recovery through intense physical therapy. An deep sense of family has developed between the ladies and their respective children, forming a bond of love and commitment.... a bond that is sorely tested, by events beyond their control.
Kleenex rating - 1 box.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by David Duncan . Complete
In the next part of the War Saga, Hope has escaped from Dahak's realm and he wants her back. Accordingly, he sends an old enemy of Xena and Gabrielle's to pay the Amazons a visit and there's quite a fight, bringing Dave and Angie Dubois from Tucson. Oh yeah, Eve also undergoes still more changes here as well. LaCroix tries to assert his will over her and a certain professor stands in his way.... 

Lost Soul by Ken Rogers . PostFin/Complete
Xena discovers she is still on Mt. Fuji and goes in search of Gabrielle. 

Blind Faith by Ken Rogers . PostFin/Complete
Gabrielle's near death injuries, during a conflict with slavers, leave Xena to show the way. (Post FIN). 

Added part 10 of L. A. Tucker's The Inside Out

April 13th, 2002


My friend, Silk, has asked me to spread the word about her site, So Very Silk. It's back...she's back (no new fanfic...yet <g>) and it's here http://www.geocities.com/silkscatapult/


Added Part 8 of Tie Break by Bonnie

Added part 25 of Vertigo's Caution: Under Construction (do not read at work!)

April 12th, 2002

Again by Kim Pritekel [über/alt/unfinished]
summary pending

Added chapter 4 of Daughters of Ares by L. M. Townsend

Added part 19, the conclusion, of Seeing You Again for the First Time by Colleen

The following ebooks are now up:
In-Laws for an Outlaw (aka The Hellcat and the Chivaree) by Barbara Davies.
All That Jazz - Blue Dragon
The Conqueror's Harvest  - ArdentTly
Snowbound - Queenfor4
The Auction by Killing Joke
Touches by R. D. Elliott
Da Nang by Larisa

April 11th, 2002

Da Nang by Larisa . Original/Alt/Complete
During the Vietnam war, MSgt Zachary is a secret Ops organization that America won't admit to being a part of. With one gaze into the sea green eyes of a 91st Eval surgical nurse Mickey Jardian, those secrets are spilled. 

Added part 2 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book One AFTER ALL IS SAID

Added a revised chapter 1 and chapter 2 and a new chapter 3 for The Reality in Dreams by A. Tietz 

April 10th, 2002

CC and Jamie encounter more questions than answers in Part 19 of Mavis Applewater's The Brass Ring.

Added chapter III of Daughters of Ares by L. M. Townsend
Centaurs are attacked in the Amazon Forest and more secrets are revealed all around, while Xena tries to figure out a way to thwart Hekate's plan for her children.

April 9th, 2002

Effective immediately, we are going to suspend acceptance of poetry submissions while we catch up on the indices for that section. This will be in effect until June 15th at which time there will be new submission guidelines. Thank you for understanding.

Added the much awaited conclusion of Queenfor4's Snowbound

April 8th, 2002

Welcome to another new writer to our list! A big howdy-do goes out to R. D. Elliott!

Touches by R. D. Elliott
Gabrielle can't speak and Xena is temporarily blinded so the two must find a way to communicate

Reposted the completed file of ArdentTly's The Conqueror's Harvest (huge file!)


Easy Love by Nancy Hill

April 7th, 2002

Added chapter 7 of KC Kirkwood's Women on the Rebound

Added chapter 4 of SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace

Added Part 7 of Linda Crist's The Eyes of Eire

April 6th, 2002

Added part 9 of L. A. Tucker's The Inside Out

April 5th, 2002 

Welcome to Mezzo!

Impulse: Book One AFTER ALL IS SAID By Mezzo
summary pending

Summer of Love by Zoe
Sequel to Taught by Love (unfinished) 

Added part 9 of Houdini's Box by GirlBard

Added part 4 of Dimples' So Close, So Far

Added part 7 of Bonnie's Tie Break

eBooks added to Lida's eBook page
My West Coast Love by Heruda
The British Invasion by Cephalgia
Imperfectly by BardBQue
Wednesday Afternoon Series by Mavis Applewater
Sing For Me
Good Things Come In Small Packages.
Dinner With The Family
A Short Vacation
Home Improvement

April 4th, 2002

Daughters of Artemis Part One: "Sword of Artemis" by L.M. Townsend
The Amazon Nation, once strong and proud is now on the verge of destruction. They have powerful enemies-- not only Rome's own Caesar, but Ares, the God of War himself. We also meet an age old foe, the misogynist Gantrians. Through Ares's treachery in stealing his sister's sword, Artemis was made powerless to help her daughters against their enemies. With Ares giving the sword (power) to the Gantrians, they couldn't lose.What Ares hadn't counted on was the Gantrians' involvement with Rome and the "selling" of the Amazon Queen as a slave to the Gladiator arena. This unexpected development has gained the attention of an ancient pre-Roman goddess - who wants to be THE Goddess of War, usurping Ares "prime position" as God of War.  With Artemis' support, this goddess would have the Amazons for powerful allies, as well. However, first the Sword must be retrieved so the Goddess Artemis can help the Amazons re-build their nation.  Ares will use every trick in his arsenal to prevent this - from causing a thirst for vengeance so great as to nearly destroy the Amazon Queen's protegée to creating "civil war" within the Amazon ranks by choosing a "new champion" from among the warrior women - or from one among one of their sister Tribes - who were instrumental in betraying the Amazons to the Gantrians.  In a bizarre turn of events, even after retrieving Her Sacred Sword, Artemis, pledged benefactor to the Amazons, is cleverly prevented from attacking the renegade Tribe because of this relationship. Now, as always, it is up to the Amazons themselves to battle their once-sisters for their very survival.  I think this qualifies as "Original Fiction" although "Xena Warrior Princess" was a very strong influence. :)

Here is Part II of "The Amazon Queen : Daughters of Ares" by L. M. Townsend
This is the longest story yet - and it still isn't finished - so I have decided to "serialise" it. In other words, I will send a part of this story as I finish it. So far, Joxer has returned from the dead with a message for Xena and gabrielle - The Destroyer isn't dead!  A mysterious message to Xena and Gabrielle sends Melysë into the spirit realm where Hekate has devastating news for the three queens.  In this part, two mysterious visitors come to the Amazon Village - one of whom looks exactly like Xena - and for good reason; she's Eve's daughter and she's pregnant - but that's not all she's carrying. According to her daughter, Lucina, Eve has been "embellishing" on Eli's message.

In-Laws for an Outlaw (aka The Hellcat and the Chivaree) by Barbara Davies. alt uber Western
The final story in the Hellcat series. (Sequel to Home Sweet Home). Zee decides to help Christie mend fences with her brother Blue, but asusual, things turn out to be more complicated than she expected.

Added part 6 of Ana Ortiz' Habaname

Added chapter 24 of Caution: Under Construction by Vertigo

In part 18 of Mavis Applewater's The Brass Ring, Jamie and CC explore their feelings.

April 3rd, 2002


The Annals of the Conqueror has been suspended for being a bandwidth whore. I've set-up a back-up site until the AOC negotiates with its pimp (aka Tripod) for better hours and working conditions. Meanwhile, the AOC is doing freelance work and has temporarily moved to the corner by the 7-Eleven down the block: http://home.earthlink.net/~annalsconqueror . Please pass this note to all your regulars. And remember, safety first, pay up front, and cash only, please. 

Also, please, please, please stop checking the Tripod site (http://governal.tripod.com) for several days -- it keeps going over bandwidth and I can't even log on to the ftp site due to bandwidth restrictions. Please use the alternate address (which is fully functional) instead. Thanks! angharad


Not Going Fishing by Cassandra and Bik
Bri and Zeena plan a weekend getaway to do some fishing. However packing becomes more of a challenge than either of them imagined. The fish can breathe a sigh of relief.

Forever by Destacain [unfinished]
After returning from Japa, Xena and Gabrielle are still adjusting to their new way of life...or rather Xena's lack thereof. The duo decide to head for Egypt to show the land of the Pharaohs what a girl with a chakram can do. However Gabrielle, discontent with Xena: Warrior Ghost, harborers secret plans to revive her lover. An escapade ensues involving mystery, treasure, magic, love and adventure.

My West Coast Love by Heruda
Jo and Brenda headed for California to find a new life. What will they find and how will their lives change.

April 2nd, 2002

A Note from Dimples:

Hey there, I've finally built my own site, it's still under heavy construction and doesn't include much but it will soon. The URL is: http://dimples.0catch.com/index.html

Coming Soon
A new story will be out "soonish" from one of my favorite writers, Kiera Dellacroix (Icehole, Engravings of Wraith) . She wouldn't tell me much about it other than it's pretty much guaranteed to offend just about everyone. Look for it coming soon!

T. Novan...in her spare time..has created a useful tool for writers. Using Eileen Marks' Ultimate Über List, she counted every one of the names listed for main characters. It's a pdf file you can view using Adobe's free reader.

Go see just how many names have been used by the bards -TN's Uber Name List


More from Mavis Applewater's Wednesday Afternoon Series

Sing For Me a woman learns that blind dates can be interesting.
Good Things Come In Small Packages, A woman discovers that good things really do come in small packages. 

Dinner With The Family (Coffee Break Part 2) Meeting the in-laws can be stressful.

A Short Vacation, Ashley is in love with her cousin's wife.

Home Improvement, A woman hires a sexy plumber who doesn't seem to notice her. 

The British Invasion by Cephalgia [über/complete]

A PWP.....whew..........Imperfectly by BardBQue
Re-vamped and completed, the story of two young women who meet in a painting class and fall, reluctantly and imperfectly, in love.

Distances by Grit Jahning[X/G, unfinished]
A young Amazon Queen who can't remember her past. A former warlord trying desperately to leave her past behind. And a secret that can destroy them - or save them. 

Added part 8 of L. A. Tucker's The Inside Out

Added GirlBard's Houdini's Box Part 8

Added revised chapters 1 and 2 and a new chapter 3 in SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace

Added Chapter 20 of L. M. Townsend's The Amazon Queen

As Good As It Gets by Kamouraskan & Lariel
The Joke's On You by Tara Kerry
Her Majesty's a Pretty Nice Girl by Vivian Darkbloom
The Joke by Anais
In Your Court by Cephalgia
Foolin' Around by Idryth
April Fool's, Charlie Brown by Kim Pritekel
An Old Fool is an April Fool by T. Foolery
Alias Smith and Jones by T. Novan and Advocate
Tree Huggers, Children & Broken Decoys...by Ali Vali
No Fool Like a Young Fool by S. X. MeagherPoems

Always a Gift by Ellie Maziekien

by Terri Lyn Stanfield
Basking In The Glow
Sleep Is A Ghost
Unwanted Goodbye
Night Urges

April 1st, 2002
You've made it this far have you? <bg In that case I have a treat for you having made it through my trick. Here are a few stories from some bards who know how to tell a joke...

Operation: Annihilate! (Or, A Faithful and True Account of the Thrilling Adventures of the Galactic Super Squad, With Extra Helpings of Big Scary Aliens and Some Gratuitous Sex, Hold the Anchovies) by Nene Adams

Her Majesty's a Pretty Nice Girl by vivian darkbloom 

April Fool's, Charlie Brown by Kim Pritekel

Alias Smith and Jones by T. Novan and Advocate
Two con women are conned themselves and set out on a mission to give back a lifetime of ill-gotten gains. In this off-the-wall comedy where the insane collides with the divine, Delilah and Dixie figure out that going 'straight' isn't as easy as it looks. 

The Joke's on You by Tara Kerry

Tree Huggers, Children & Broken Decoys...by Ali Vali
What happens when a star gazing, workaholic, gourmet coffee drinker comes into an inheritance she wasn't expecting? Add to that an annoying inspector that wants nothing to do with her at first and you get the title to this story. 

In Your Court by Cephalgia

An Old Fool is an April Fool by T. Foolery

No Fool like a Young Fool by S. X. Meagher

The Joke by Anais A short story

As Good as it Gets by Kamouraskan and Lariel

Foolin' Around by Idryth 

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