December 31st, 2003
by Paully Adams [alt/classic/incomplete]
What if Xena and Gabrielle never went to Britannia? Instead,
Xena and Gabrielle decide to retire to Amazonia.
Added part 8 of Lois Kay's
December 30th, 2003
Welcome to the Academy, Kim Baldwin!
The Camp Reunion [über/alt/complete]
Kerry is full of nervous anticipation as she nears the place that harbors her most precious growing-up memories: the all-girls camp where she spent every summer until she graduated college. She didn't realize it back then, but it was also the place where she met the woman she believes is her soulmate. The question is, will the object of her long-held crush attend the upcoming Camp Reunion? And if she does, can the chemistry that bonded them as best friends be rekindled into something more?
December 29th, 2003
You Looked At Me
by Amanda Calkins [alt/classic/complete]
A short story on love and life
December 28th, 2003
Welcome to the Academy, Coleskilla
She, My Home [short
Two souls coming home.
The Chosen's Prerogative
by romansilence [alt/classic/complete]
This story starts about one year and a half after Bitter Suite. Gabrielle is ruling
the Amazons and Xena is married to Hercules. Hera interferes, Xena snaps, and
Gabrielle has to deal with the fall-out, also involved are Ares, Artemis, and
December 27th, 2003
Added part 7 of Lois Kay's
December 26th, 2003
by Linda Crist [alt/classic/complete]
Xena and Gabrielle share their first Solstice together.
December 25th, 2003
Just a reminder as you sit down to unwind from the day's activities later on...grab
some eggnog or some hot chocolate and catch some great Solstice stories
Academy Challenge #10: Do You See What I Hear.
And if you still have some adventurous spirit left (batteries not included), check
out the graphic challenge Holiday Pundemonium. It is stuffed full of 18...YES
18 song titles. Yes folks, the 18th song title is in there. As badly as I would
like to hide behind the "there is no #6" standard claim...there actually
is a #6 this time. Give it a shot.
The New Adventures of XENA:
Warrior Princess--Reversal of Fortune by Ernie Whiting [finished]
Have you ever wondered what might have happened to you if the coin toss had come
up heads instead of tails? Or if you had turned right or left at that intersection
instead of continuing straight ahead, or if you had missed your flight home and
that nervously sweating man in the bulging overcoat had been given your seat?
What if Brie hadn't been able to find the Fates when she had gone to seek their
help in saving Gina?
December 24th, 2003
A Gift From The North
by Debbie Dee [über/complete]
Tracy is a young woman with two daughters. She has encountered many problems in
a short period of time. She has just gone through a divorce, lost her job, is
out of money and Christmas is only two days away. Has a miracle arrived in the
form of a friend named Noel or do miracles even exist?
The Way of Intrigue by TZ
As the Greeks move closer to Amazon lands, an expatriate discovers that they might
just have more than Spartans in their line of sight. Part of The Way of
Life series (story #11 in the series).
The Way of Treachery by
A renegade betrays the Amazon Nation and Gabrielle must lead her warriors into
battle against the Greeks. Part of The Way of Life series (story #12 in
Added part 5 of The Ridded
Added part 33 of Time's Fell Hand
by LJ Maas
December 23rd, 2003
Clonefic Part 1 by Phantombard [alt/finished]
(44 pages, part 1 of 3, Revised Version). The TV series, Xena Warrior Princess gave rise to a number of memorable characters. First are Xena, the Warrior Princess, and her soulmate, Gabrielle, the Amazon Queen. Perhaps the most popular variations on their characters are Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas. Beyond these four archetypal figures stand Annie and Mattie and the Clones. The episode settings imply that Annie and Mattie are contemporaries of the Clones, with all four living in modern times, but the souls of Xena and Gabrielle seem to reside with Annie and Mattie. So, what of the Clones? Who are they, really? Are they merely simulacra, or the closest things to Xena and Gabrielle in the modern world? Consulting "Bring In The Clones" for their backstory leaves some gaping holes and suggests some answers. It is from those answers that this story grows. The story demands a more plausible history for the Warrior Princess and the Bard of Potidaea. Previously, all we knew about Xena and Gabrielle came from the TV series. Their adventures were dramatized by the production company from translations of scrolls found by Covington and Pappas. Only now can the truth be told, by those individuals who can lay claim to it in the first person. Meet the real soulmates. (Revised Version 11/30/2003, original contest version, 2/27/2003).
December 21st, 2003
-from Trish Shields
My new book, Inferno, has been released by Baycrest Books and
can be ordered through Amazon.com, Amazon.ca or Baycrest
Books at http://www.baycrestbooks.com/releases.htm .
Added part 4 of Sinagua Skies by S. Derkins
Added part 2 of Wild by Kim Pritekel & Alexa Hoffman
December 20th, 2003
MacGregor has signed with Cavalier Press to publish her story
Malicious Pursuit at the Academy
We look forward to a Fall 2004 release.
Added the conclusion of Turning Tides by A.K. Naten
Delirium Tremens - Vivian Darkbloom
Meeting (The) - Hermes
Way of the Family – TZ
Way of the Regent – TZ
If Only in My Dreams – Zuke
Nine Minutes - Loic Cloarec Hart
December 19th, 2003
Nine Minutes by Loic
Cloarec Hart [original/alt/finished]
Flying from Halifax to Toronto to visit her daughter and grandchildren for Christmas,
Joan regrets leaving her long-time partner behind. However, her daughter has made
it clear that she won't accept her mother's partner, and once every two years
Joan takes the path of least resistance, leaving Corrie behind in Nova Scotia
as she visits Toronto. But this flight will bring a dramatic change to all their
lives, as a crisis drives home the fragility of life, the need to cherish
those we love, and the true meaning of 'family.'
If Only in My Dreams
by Zuke [alt/über/finished]
While Major Briana Richardson waits to go home for the holidays, she remembers
Added part 2 of Answer
Added part 6 of Heart's
Choice by Lois Kay
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas and 31 Bards got into the spirit
(and probably the spiked eggnog by the time they got done) and wrote 31 very nifty
stories that included a slew of Christmas ditties and other song titles.
Let's face it, having to bear Christmas songs on Mall Muzak is one thing...having
them play continuously in your head while you write a 25 page story while not
going insane is...well...quite miraculous.
26 Bards are competing anonymously for top story (Category 1). The vote
links are at the end of each story. Pick your one favorite and vote.
Yeah, yeah, I know it's tough. But you can handle it. You've had practice...this
is the 10th Academy Bard Challenge.
5 Bards are participating only in the "let's squeeze as many songs as we can while
still writing a coherent story" category (also known as Category 2). They
are in the non-voting category. These bards chose to submit stories (primarily
for your reading pleasure) using characters identifiable to them.
There are email links to all of them...please FEED THE BARDS. Let them know
you appreciate the time and effort.
Now for the first time...we have added a little bonus contest...for EVERYONE
to play. On the page below the story links, you will find a graphic representation
of 18 Christmas songs. Our Academy Artists...J and Michelle...put their
heads (and wicked senses of humor) together and came up with a graphic we call:
Click on the email link and send us a list of your best guesses for the
18 songs represented. The winner will be the one with the most correct.
In the case of a tie, we will randomly pick one or two winners from all the tied
As always...big THANK YOU to the participating Bards.
Without you...well...we would have a blank page. <.bg.>
And the Techie Munchkins would be running the streets and getting into mischief.
I'm glad you gave them something to do and kept them out of trouble. I don't
have any bail money left after the last incident but I digress...
Another big THANKS to those INCREDIBLE Munchkins and Artist Elves...you
The Royal Academy of Bards wishes you and yours a Happy Holiday Season...now
go enjoy the stories.
December 18th, 2003
Second Chance at Forever by xfbard [semi-Über/alt/unfinished]
Gabrielle Channon is a fiction writer who meets with Agent Xena Demakis while doing research for her latest book, the chemistry between them is immediate, however, Agent Demakis seems a bit hesitant. It is up to Gabrielle to draw the striking Xena out of
her self-imposed exile and open her up to a new world of romance.
Along the way they hit a few bumps in the road, all of which may lead them to a chance at a life that is filled with happiness.
Chapter 1 of a ongoing story.
In Echoes of the Night
part nine of Mavis Applewater's series Whispering Pines, the Captain disrupts Anna and Catherine's plans for the Holiday and Shawn meets an intriguing stranger.
Added part 9 of Pathfinder by Windstar & sparky
December 17th, 2003
Turning Tides by
A.K. Naten [über/alt/finished but posting in parts]
Love is rarely perfect... sometimes it seems impossible. A young
woman leaves her troubled past, determined to start a new life in a new city.
When she becomes hopelessly entangled with a domineering, emotionally embattled
individual, she doesnt know if its a dream come true, or her worst
Chapters 1-29 posted in 5 parts, total of 55 chapters when complete.
Earth’s Song – LH Miller
Christmas Special Delivery – Lois Kay
Our Reunion – Jenah
The Way of Love – TZ
The Way of the Wolf – TZ
The Way of the Amazon – TZ
The Way of the Bard – TZ
The Way of the Child -
The Way of the Mother – TZ
The Way of War – TZ
December 16th, 2003
Five short stories, three originals that are part of a series, one überjoke,
and one conqueror that is also part of a series. All are finished and all are
by Carola "Ryûchan" Eriksson
The second story in what became a small series of short stories that I've come
to call my "desserts", sequel to Chocolate. It's New Year and Sarah plans on spending
it alone, she just has one shop left to visit.
Ice Cream [originall/alt/complete]
The third story of my "desserts", follows Vanilla. Preparations are made for a
very special evening, but will she dare to go through with her plans?
The fourth short story of the "desserts", follows Ice Cream. A new neighbourhood
can offer quite a few surprises... if you're a cat.
Fragments 2: Offering
[kind of conqueror/alt/complete]
A Conqueror story with Gabrielle as Conqueror, sequel of sorts to Fragments 1:
The Gift. A small moment in the lives of a Conqueror and her slave, and how moving
forward sometimes requires waiting for the right time.
A very short über-joke, sprung from the "what if we'd write a Ladyhawke/XWP
December 15th, 2003
Wild by Kim Pritekel &
Alexa Hoffman [Über/alt/unfinished]
Zac Mitchell returns after six years on the rails to her life
in the woods in Maine, only to discover the young girl that occupied her mind
and kept her sane has grown up. Abel Cohen, a 19-year-old college student, who
remembers when she played at her parents' summer cabin as a child, finds that
perhaps an old childhood ghost isn't a ghost at all.
December 13th, 2003
Okay...where is it? Only 4 more days before da deadline of da Annual Solstice Contest:
Bard Challenge #10 --Do you see what I hear?
We have about 9 stories in so far...but are waiting for da one youse is writin'.
Go to da ROOOLs page and read all about it. Den write all about it. Get into da holiday spirit. I guarantees by da time youse finish da story, youse will be singing like a Christmas canary. <.eg.>
C'mon...get wit da program.
Oh, and somethin' to tink about...da Munchkins run da Academy and der cousin Carmine Elf works for da Big Guy.
So we are gonna make youse an offer youse can't refuse...get me?
Y'know, "naughty lists" have been known to be changed...erased...obliterated. We could be persuaded to do a little alteration for youse...but it's gonna cost.
We want a story.
We get a story...we move youse from your annual hard earned place on da "naughty list" to da "oh-so-nice list".
Badda Boom, Badda Bing.
And youse gots presents comin' out of youse ears.
Deadline is December 17th...don't think about it too long.
Christmas Special Delivery by Lois Kay [Über/alt/finished]
Sam and Jody have invited their friends and family to celebrate Christmas with them, at Murrook Farm. But do all the guests that show up have an invitation? Some of them are a little...unexpected. Others are struggling with...things, to be able to...make it at all. But they all have one thing in common: they want to be home for the Holidays, to celebrate a special Christmas together.
4 of The Ridded by Phair
9 and part
10 (conclusion) of Our Reunion by Jenah
December 12th, 2003
Added part 5 of Heart's
Choice by Lois Kay
December 11th, 2003
Endgame – Meghan O’Brien
Home Stretch - Mavis Applewater
Hidden Agenda - Mavis Applewater
Briars Creek - Mavis Applewater
King’s Frolic – Mavis Applewater
Anna’s Christmas – KG MacGregor
Black by Gaslight – Nene Adams
Earth’s Song - LH Miller
December 10th, 2003
Life by Zee [uber/alt/finished]
Remy probably holds the record for the worlds longest crush. When
she was 6 she fell in love, now as an adult her life through comics may
just give her a shot at the object of her crush. That's if she can
survive television production, midgets, and wondertits... um, just read
by Hermes [finished]
This story describes the meeting of two women from totally different lifestyles
who find their lives are joined and that they are fated to face lifes dangers
together. One is being condemned by her family for what she is and the other
is condemned by outsiders -the people she trades with- because she doesn't
live her life as they think she should. As the title indicates, it is only
the beginning of their new life together that is described here. I leave
it to the readers to decide if there should be a continuation.
13 of Hammer and Nails by Lucid
December 9th, 2003
Christmas by KG MacGregor [complete]
In this very short holiday vignette, we revisit the characters of the
series. Anna Kaklis has a whole new perspective on Christmas this year,
as she takes stock of the impact five-year-old Andy has had on her life with
6 of The Retreat by Phair
December 8th, 2003
by Meghan O'Brien [alt/finished]
Delaney, a self-confessed cad and committment-phobe, meets a woman she
shouldn't play. However, it's also the one woman she can't resist.
by Sparky [alt/finished]
Jay Rollins is a crime tech at the Johnson County Crime Lab. She faces
some of her most difficult challenges, professional and personal when she
gets called in to help with a muder in her hometown of Lawrence, KS.
2 of The River's Edge by Denic
5 of The Irresistible Flame by DJWP
December 7th, 2003
Ho Ho Ho
Santa's lil' helper PHIL-OZ here...I'm gonna do my good deed of
the day and remind y'all of some important stuff. I thought about doing
this completely in verse. I thought about doing this completely in verse
for about 5 seconds.
Firstly, It's only 17 more shopping days until Christmas.
(Anyone who has ever worked retail knows
I did not put enough exclamation points after that scream. <.bg.>)
I know what you are thinking... OHME...OHMY...OHWHATDOIDO?
Go ahead, ask?
PHIL, how can you help me out here?
As you already know from all those other 702 (are you keeping count
Missy? <.bg.>) announcement/reminders...
the BardCon and the Academy both have Cafe Press stores with really nifty
stuff in them.
Get my drifty?
December brought us Lucia's "A Christmas Carol" image with DarRob
Cratchit, Tiny Kerry and Chino, the snowflake chomping dog. Way too cute.
Way to find: Lucia of the Month Club or http://www.cafeshops.com/bc_projliteracy
**Check out the Christmas ornaments**
These are only available until December 31st...then Lucia will retire
this image. Remember, your purchases in the LOTMC shop go toward supporting
StoryPlus and the promotion of literacy.
Now at the Academy we have several mini shops:
--Dar and Kerry items (including the very popular Dixieland Yankee and
ILS gopher designs)
--Academy Logo items
--PWP Research Assistant designs in the Under Where? shop (I'm sure there
is someone you want to gift with those, no?)
--Plus, we have some of your favorite Book Covers on items.
Thanks to the wonderful bards who allowed us to borrow their covers:
B. Cooper, Redhawk, L. Crist, K.G. MacGregor, T. Novan and T. Rickard--y'all
Where to find these: Academy Marketplace or http://www.cafeshops.com/RAOB
Plus, I am happy to say we added a very special item to the Marketplace
today...colorful and it makes a really terrific gift idea...forget Creation...have
we got a calendar for you.
One of our resident Munchkin artists...Candy R. has created an absolutely
stunning calendar. Some of the graphics may hint <.bg.> at something
special going on that month, others may not...but all of the images are
very, very cool. Really sharp, art deco-y beautiful images.
You will find it in the Logo Shop or go via the direct route: http://www.cafeshops.com/raob.8805614
Please remember all proceeds from the purchase of items from any
of the Academy Shops will be donated to an organization supporting the fight
against...ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)--Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Now, how else can I help...well, let me remind you of the various
shipping methods and deadlines. If you want you items in time for Christmas,
they must be ordered by the following dates:
December 7 to take advantage of PFI Super Saver
December 15 UPS Ground Rates
December 20 UPS 2 Day
December 22 UPS Next Day
December 8 International
December 10 Canada
BTW, you can shop in more than one store on the same order. :o)
Okay...now...OZ, Just OZ is going to take control of the message
here for a minute...
The Academy Bard Challenge #10...Do you see what I hear? is presently
underway. You can find all the Roools and the premise explained right
It's kinda a musical challenge. And for the first time, we are allowing
Bards to use their own characters in their submissions. Deadline is December
17th. Check it out.
Okay...back to PHIL-OZ.
So y'all, that is how PHIL-OZ, Santa's lil' helper is going to save
all you slackers from last minute shopping. You can sit back, click, click
and you are done. Why fight traffic, pushy people, and subject yourself
to every rendition of Run Rudolph, Run ever recorded over the mall's Muzak
Saving you from that alone should get my butt tossed back over to
the "Nice" side of ol' Santa's list, no?
On second thought, I'll keep working at it. *<];o)
We are pleased to announce two new authors and titles to the Cavalier
Chosen by Verda Foster >
Both titles will be released in Spring 2004. http://www.cavalierpress.com
by Emily Duncan [original/finished]
Ponderings of a writer
December 6th, 2003
Five new stories from Carola "Ryûchan" Eriksson
Tale of Woe
A chilling story about the jealousy and wrath of the mechanical beast
to serve as a warning to all - or maybe not.
Original, alt, complete.
It is the final hour before closing for Christmas when Sarah gets a desperate
Original, alt, complete.
At night the faeries sing the song of life, breathing magic into the forest
and love into the heart of one young Brownie.
Original, alt, complete.
Very Merry Turtle Christmas
Crazy lesbian turtles at Christmas! A Christmas story, Dash and Kiri style.
Original, alt, complete though a sequel to the Dash & Kiri stories
"Ignorance is Bliss" and "It's a Turtle Life"
1: The Gift
A Conqueror story with Gabrielle as Conqueror. On the occassion of the
Amazon Queen's birthday, a strange and complicated gift arrives from the
Conqueror, alt, complete though a first part of what might be a longer
Song by LH Miller [finished/alt]
5 of Love on the Line by Dimples
12 of Hammer and Nails by Lucid
8 of What Mother Never Told Me by Leslie Ann Miller
December 5th, 2003
by GirlBard [über/alt/incomplete]
The continuing story in the Jaden & Grace series. Begins immediately
4 of Heart's Choice by Lois Kay
the Music Stops by Trish Shields (ArdentTly) [finished/alt]
Story takes place during the Haunting of Amphipolis and Heart
How about treating yourself or someone you love to the gift of good
book for the holidays? Order now to get "The Last Train Home," the "First
Lady/Madam President, 3rd Edition" 2 book set (sold at a discounted price
and with complimentary covers), and/or "First Lady" and "Madam President,
3rd Edition" individually. These books have an estimated ship date of December
14th. Ever wonder if your reader feedback makes a difference? The print
versions of "The Last Train Home" and "First Lady" contain new scenes
that the readers asked for!
For more information:
December 4th, 2003
Here are four more from Mavis Applewater's Wednesday Afternoon
An executive is searching for a spy within her company only
to discover that one of her employees has a very interesting secret life.
A trip to a drag show proves to be very entertaining.
During a long car trip a woman encounters, rain storms, traffic
jams and romance.
A saloon girl, a card game and a mail order bride brighten
up a dreary mining town.
11 of Hammer and Nails by Lucid
4 of 1000 Miles by PsiDraconis
Way of Honor by TZ
A new addition (after five years!) to the Way
of Life series.
Way of the Regent by TZ
A couple of days in the life of Ephiny, Regent and Second-in-Command
to Gabrielle. Highlights the stress and endless duties brought on by the
war between the Spartans and Greeks, which is slowly encroaching on Amazon
land. It is a bridge story in the Way of
Life series (story #10 in the series).
Remembering Genevieve - Amanda Calkins
Gift (The) - Meghan O'Brien
December 2nd, 2003