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June 30th, 2003

Mulligan IV: The Cart Path Not Taken by KG MacGregor [Über/alt/finished]
Marty and Louise enjoy a trip to Palm Springs for The Dinah. Watching history unfold on the LPGA tour, Marty can't help but envy a young golfer with a bright future, and an old friend with a ringside seat.

Added the long-awaited part 10 (Conclusion) of Considerable Appeal by KM

Added part 2 of Lad of Moss by S. Derkins

June 28th, 2003

Lad of Moss - S. Derkins [Original/alt/unfinished]
Based very loosely on an ancester captured in the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, comes a young lass named Alexia. Her family slaughtered by English raiders, she disguises herself as a man and joins the Scottish army.

June 27th, 2003

The Academy of Bards wishes to extend its congratulations to Jane Fletcher and Fortitude Press. The print version of Lorimal's Chalice has been selected as a finalist in the Best Novel category of the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. Previous winners and/or nominees of this award include Nicola Griffin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey and Joss Whendon! Way to go, Jane...we are very proud of you!

The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are the premiere award recognizing science fiction works of special and positive interest to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. The 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards will be presented at the World Science Fiction Convention in Toronto from August 28 - September 1. If you haven't already read Lorimal's Chalice, we hope you will take this opportunity to order a copy.

It tells the story of Tevi and her quest for the stolen chalice. The quest is a sham - her family's way of banishing her from the island without causing a scandal. She soon discovers that the outside world is a dangerous and confusing place. Bandits and monsters are the least of her problems. Someone is prying into a long hidden secret and Tevi is about to get caught up in the deadly consequences. You can learn more about Lorimal's Chalice here: http://www.fortitudepress.com/books/lorichalice.html. Order your copy today and see what the judges of the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards already know

Full details are at. http://www.spectrumawards.org/ . We'll be keeping all our munchkin fingers crossed!

Stories

Added part 7 of Revolution by Kim Pritekel and Alexa Hoffman

June 26th, 2003

Stories

Added part 8 of At Last by Girl Bard

Added part 12 of Homestretch by Girl Bard

Announcement

We have just over 400 dollars donated for Carole Giorgio and the charities she's specified donations to go for in her daughter's name.

If anyone is still wanting to donate you can do so three different ways via paypal- use rocky@teleport.com as the account to send money. I will return the receipt I get for tax purposes for the US pups.

via Carole- Carole Giorgio and Tricia Coleman 14743 FM 1173 Krum, TX 76249

or directly to the organizations themselves--
Odyssey (Hospice) 13800 Montfort Dr., Suite 300 Dallas, TX 75240
and/or National Brain Tumor Foundation 414 13th St., Suite 700 Oakland, CA 94612-2603

June 25th, 2003

Starting Again by Sunflower Brazil
After saying their goodbyes in Rio de Janeiro, what ever happened to Alison and Jordan? Tag along to find out how the lives of these two strong women were changed by time and what all it took for them to start again. (Sequel to A New Year, A New Life)

June 24th, 2003

Welcome aboard SDerkins (we forgot yesterday <g>)

The Dreamer by SDerkins [über/complete]
Okay, this time pizza with hot pepper gave this writer bizarre dreams. The writer dreams of a writer, dreaming about her character coming to life...or does she? PWP

Flight of Shadows by Windstar [original/complete]
Sequel to Long Nights.The prince of darkness has a master plan to turn the Earth into a part of hell. Can Gwyn and Sarah figure out what that plan is, as well as learn to trust each other despite Gwyn's angelic secrets? Throw in a love sick werewolf pushed into a corner, the rest of the Legacy Houses, and just pray somebody figures out what Lucifer is up to before the end of the world.

Added part 18 of Vertigo's Hidden Desires

June 23rd, 2003

Announcement - from the DC BardFest

STARS

We are pleased to announce Katherine Fugate as a Special Guest at DC BardFest!

REGISTRATION

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday attendence are available, as well as tickets for the Special Events Friday and Sunday evenings.

MERCHANDISE

One more week remains for discounted prices on mugs and bags.

http://www.dcbardfest.com ~ a gathering of stars, bards and artists

This War is Over - Ré [Classic/alt/finished]
Xena deals with the loss of her soulmate as she heads home.

Now What - S. Derkins [Original/alt/finished]
What do you get when a former fanfic writer eats chili before bedtime? A strange dream, a Muse with a warped sense of humor, and a sci-fi story about a woman stolen from the past then crashlanding on an alien world ruled by women.

Added part 6 of A Quest Ridden on Behalf of Love by Dragonjuls and Erin O'Reilly

Added part 26 of Time's Fell Hand by LJ Maas

June 22nd, 2003

Announcement - from DS Bauden

Hello everyone!

In memory of Nicole Giorgio, I'd like to do a small auction with all proceeds going to the Odyssey Hospice. With the Academy of Bards taking contributions, I am going to auction off one autographed copy of Nurturing Souls and one of A Sacrifice for Friendship, with the highest bidder getting the book(s).

Bidders, please email me directly (dsbauden@attbi.com) with AUCTION BID in the subject line to announce your bids (please name WHICH BOOK you are bidding for) so I can do a timestamp with each bid. At the end of every day, I'll post to my yahoo groups (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/dsbauden)what the bids are up to. Hopefully, with our help, the hospice will receive a nice contribution.

This auction will begin Monday June 23 at 12:00 am and will end on Sunday June 29 at 11:59 pm... TIMES ARE IN CENTRAL TIME.

Thanks everyone!

Di

Added part 14 and part 15 of Jules Matthews' Learning to Trust

June 20th, 2003

Announcement
Hi folks...
As announced previously...the Academy will be coordinating a memorial donation campaign for Nicole, Carole Giorgio's daughter.  Nicole recently lost her courageous fight against cancer.  We offer our sympathies and prayers to the family but want to do just a little bit more.

The Academy will be collecting/making contributions to both of these charities:

Odyssey (Hospice)
13800 Montfort Dr., Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75240
and
National Brain Tumor Foundation
414 13th St., Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612-2603

These foundations were a great help to the family over the past 20 months.

If you wish to join the Academy in this endeavor...donations can be made via Paypal (rocky@teleport.com), please designate which charity (if you have a preference) and Nicole's name on your Paypal form.

Also, the Academy will be designating this quarter's proceeds from the sale of Academy Marketplace logo merchandise to those same foundations.  We just sent the last quarter's donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation...we want to thank you all for your continued support.

Also, if you would like to send a card to Nicole's parents you can do so at the following address:

Carole Giorgio and Tricia Coleman
14743 FM 1173
Krum, TX 76249

Stories
A Bliss of Another Kind by Ellis Acton Bell and Cornwel
Petra just loves to hang out with the new couple she met at the Whole Foods store, her wife Jules would rather them do their own thing. The unlikely quartet meets for dinner, a Floridian lesbian power couple, and our heroines of a questionable proffesion who argue all the way. A short dark story with a surprise ending.

Sweet Rapture by Jessica A. Michallet
A classical musician, an exotic archeologist, a mysterious and dark Countess, and a Native American soul mate brought together in a
story intertwining the tales of love, lust, possession and intrigue that finally culminates in an unexpected finale.

Added part 6 of Blindsided by Colleen

June 19th, 2003

Announcement
It's with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Carole Giorgio's daughter Nicole. She was diagnosed with cancer 20 months ago just prior to going into the Peace Corps. It doesn't seem sufficient to offer only our condolences to her mothers, Carole and Tricia.

Steph is planning on taking contributions to send an acknowledgement from the Academy, contact her with ideas or donations at rocky@teleport.com.

Stories
The Retreat by Phair [unfinished]
A summer internship at a reclusive writer's colony turns out to be more than Taylor Kendall applied for.  She just may have found herself in a Gothic New England ghost story.

June 18th, 2003

Added part 6 of Revolution by Kim Pritekel and Alexa Hoffman

Replaced GhostWriter II: Soul Retriever by Laesë and crow with an updated version.

June 17th, 2003

Added part 20 of Harley's Poetry in Motion

June 16th, 2003

Added part 3 of Xena and the Fairy Folk by S. King

June 15th, 2003

Psssssst... Martha Stewart here.
You...
Yes, you there.
Shhhhhhhhh...quiet please... We don't want to attract unnecessary attention of those nasty FED guys.
Have I got a deal for you. A friend of mine found out that Lucia is having a sale.
Shhhhhhhhhh...
Nobody knows yet.
He heard it from the owner of the Lucia shop.
The whole thing is kinda hush, hush at the moment...
only us insiders know.
Apparently the little X&G stuff is going for $15 each and the Subtext Season stuff is going for an unbelievable $10 each.
You can find it all here: Lucia Art
Nows your chance to STOCK up...
Whoops! Did I say stock? No...No I don't know anything about stock...I'm innocent, innocent I tell you...No one told me to sell my stock...I'm telling everyone to buy...buy..buy...Lucia's Art.
Ahem...
How can you lose on deals like this?
Lucia Art...It's a good thing.
Oops...I have to be going now...I'm learning a new skill...making license plates...I'll be demonstrating it on my next show....
Martha...LIVE! From the Big House.

June 14th, 2003

Added part 24 of Tiebreak by Bonnie

June 13th, 2003

Just a reminder, there is a chance we will be down for a bit on Saturday (or Sunday depending where you live), our hosting company is doing some maintenance.

Announcement

-From Minerva

I have started the official new "Mindom" as of last night where you can get updates on all of Minerva's stories including White Nights, etc. It's called Minervaspalace. You can join at this link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Minervaspalace Come join us soon so we can get the ball rolling. Thanks, Min

New eBooks
By The Manor Owned - Phair
Strange Circumstances - Dimples
Mulligan III - KG MacGregor
Getting It Right - KG MacGregor
Stick to the Script - Alex Tryst

Revised eBooks
Daughters of Egypt - Shadowriter
First Lady - Advocate & TNovan

June 12th, 2003

Welcome to the Academy M.A. Ward!

Snapshots of a Life Half-Lived By M. A. Ward
Two women in love, in a time and a place where all is against them. Can they make it through .. together?

Friend in Need- Part III- W.B. Danbrook [unfinished]
What happened to Gabrielle after the end of FIN? What happened to Xena? Will they ever meet again? Along this strange journey, Gabrielle meets up with an old friend, and an old enemy. A dark cloud has invaded Gabrielle's soul.

Home by Extra22 [X&G/Gen/Complete]

Added part 17 of Vertigo's Hidden Desires

Added part 5 of Revolution by Kim Pritekel and Alexa Hoffman

Added part 13 of Jules Matthews' Learning to Trust

June 11th, 2003

Announcement

From Gerri Hill-

One Summer Night has been edited and is being published by Power Of One Publishing (www.powerofonepublishing.com) and will be available on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1883061318/qid=1055348370/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/102-5152079-1742529?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) in the next few weeks. It's been out of print for awhile and I get emails asking about it's availability. Also, Gulf Breeze will be published next, by the end of the month, I hope. Note from Steph - if this is anything like the rest of her stories, I'd be comfortable saying it's a must buy!

Stories

Added part 2 of Finding My Way by ThingforGabrielle

New eBooks
The Legacy of Britannia DJ Belt
I Did Not Die Amber Anderson

June 10th, 2003

Updated Eileen Marks' wonderful Ultimate Über List

Announcements

**New****Due to the tremendous volume of spam we've been getting at the Academy address, we are going to change how we accept submissions. This is very important for any authors we host! In order to submit a file to the Academy, please subscribe to academy_submissions-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to send us mail to join or just put your email in the box below. You will not get any mail yourself but this will allow you to send us files and we can stop the spam. I know it's a hassle and I promise there is nothing weird we are going to do - I just can't take the spam anymore. Stop the insanity!

This is not an update list nor will you need to do this if you are not going to submit things to us. Thank you!

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Also, from our hosting company--

On Saturday June 14th, ILON Hosting will be performing maintenance on a portion of the servers in our data center from approximately 11pm to 5am PST. During this time, we will be physically moving some servers to a different area of our data center in order to consolidate space. This move requires downtime for the servers involved, and customer sites hosted on these servers may be unavailable for a short time during the process. All customer data will be left untouched, and no action is required by you to prepare for this event. This maintenance is necessary to facilitate the growth of our company and will benefit everyone down the road. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Thanks!

June 9th, 2003

Added part 25 of Time's Fell Hand by LJ Maas

June 8th, 2003

Announcement from Oz

BardCon's Project Literacy

Illiteracy has become a rampant problem here and around the world. Since BardCon is about writing and reading, we thought what better way to promote literacy than to start our own campaign.

Project: Literacy is what we are calling this latest endeavor. Our recipient for donations will be the StoryPlus Foundation.
This Foundation (www.storyplusfoundation.org) encourages children to read and write by giving them the tools and opportunity to develop their skills.

The raffle that took place at BardCon 2003 was just the beginning. We are hoping that bards, writers, graphic artists and fans will help us to continue by participating in our next project.

We are asking that you find a beautiful, colorful picture postcard from your home state or city. Then sign the front of it in black sharpie. On the back of the postcard we ask that you PRINT your name clearly and also indicate which of the categories you wish to be identified with:

Bard (X&G writer) or
Writer (Ubers and Originals)
or
Artist/Webmasters
or
Fan

If you consider yourself a member of more than one of those categories, sign/send me a postcard for each one.

Then please put the card(s) in an envelope and mail them to:
Phil Schudde
1514 Valparaiso Blvd
Niceville, Florida 32578

Please, it is very important that you mail them to me in an envelope and not directly. We want the images and signatures to stay as crisp and clean as possible.

The cards will be separated and combined with others of the same category, we'll add a special center graphic and voilà...turn them into a poster. There will be a series of posters, one for each category.

These posters will then be available for purchase via a donation to StoryPlus. It's a great way to collect signatures of your favorites and to again show the world the generous nature of the 'Verse.

Thank you again for all the support in the past and I hope you will participate in this latest endeavor.

OZ
www.bardcon.com

Mulligan III: Teacher's Pet by KG MacGregor [Über/alt/finished]
In this third story in the Mulligan series, Louise confronts her regrets about hiding her true self from those around her for virtually her entire life. While she vows not to make that same mistake with Marty, a former student inspires her to undo the secrecy of her 31 years with Rhonda Markosky.

June 7th, 2003

Strange Circumstances by Dimples [Über/Alt/Finished]
A PWP with a plot...

June 6th, 2003

Announcement

This month's Charani Award-

Daughters of Egypt by Shadowriter is a riveting story that intertwines Ancient Egyptian mythology of immortality with the turn of the 20th century. I felt myself transported back in time and actually living the story as a spectator. This is an excellent and entertaining piece of work!

Stories

Welcome to the Academy, Ambyrhawke Shadowsinger!

Keystones in a Tapestry [XWP: Alt/Finished]
Set during and after "Ides of March," Keystones is the writer's idea of how Xena and Gabrielle were going to get their lives back.

The Way Things Should Be by Carrie Carr [über/alt/unfinished]
Set several months after their commitment ceremony, Lex and Amanda try to settle down into a normal life. As usual, things don't go smoothly for either of them. Amanda struggles to come to terms with what she wants for the future, while Lex fights for everything that is important to her. Added first 5 parts.

Added part 11 of Homestretch by GirlBard

June 5th, 2003

Added part 32 of Adeptus Major by PsiDraconis

The Loom of Destiny by Phantom Bard (Revised Version) [FiN fic]
For ten long years following Xena's death, Gabrielle has carried on the Warrior Princess' mission, fighting for the Greater Good.  Though Gabrielle has honored her soulmate's last decision to remain dead following the destruction of Yodoshi, she is also compelled to seek a way to resurrect her.  Finally she enacts a daring long-range plan, manipulating the gods and even Xena herself to achieve her goal.  But to make her plan work, Gabrielle has to die.  (Revised Version 6/1/2003, Original Version 7/7/2001).
 
 

June 4th, 2003

The Last Hurrah by JW Heart
Well after a long wait its finally here, the 4th and last installment to the Trace and Shannon series. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in to hear about Trace and her friends as well as a few new additions to the "family". This is a part of a series so it would probably be best if you started at the beginning with Summer of Need, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch and Winter of Discontent. Have fun and don't try this stuff at home.

Added part 11 of Denic's Something I Said

Added part 5 of A Quest Ridden on Behalf of Love by Dragonjuls and Erin O'Reilly

June 3rd, 2003

Mitycene Expedition by Lindsey [unfinished/alt]
It is the second story in a series. Xena and Gabrielle escape the confines of the Amazon village and head off on their honeymoon. Now combine the newlyweds with a secluded cabin by the sea, no interruptions and the chance to broaden a few horizons and what results is a nice little break from the everyday task of making Greece safe for the masses. Second story in a little series, with at least one more to come. Set immediately after Battling Herodotus.

Woman of My Dreams by Debbie Dee [unfinished/über/alt]
Jamie and Casey become new neighbors. They fall in love while they are trying to figure out who is sabotaging things around them. Will they find out in time who it is or will they be to late? This is Part 1 of a three part story.

June 2nd, 2003

Added part 16 of Vertigo's Hidden Desires

June 1st, 2003

Future Shock by David Duncan [xover/gen-uber/R]
(Dubois Chronicles 2.63). When the Magog attack Earth once again, Xena, Gabrielle, Eve and their friends have to fight to save two worlds. How will this affect things? And what do the students from Smallville have to do with it?

Claiming One's Own by David Duncan [xover/gen-uber/R]
(Dubois Chronicles 2.65). (Note: Takes place between "Father Doesn't Know Best" and "Under Siege".) Graduation day in Smallville brings surprises both good and bad to the future college students. In this case, a revived Yodoshi attacks the Talon, bringing her and Dave Dubois into the fray. However, what connections do Dave and the Child have to Yodoshi, Miranda Arighatto, and the Talon?

A Typical Fight Scene by Mr. Valentine
The title's probably the best description. Beyond that, words fail me. After reading the piece, you may think that's too little too late.

Added Chapter 8 of Incommunicado by Mercer and Hill

Added part 4 of Revolution by Kim Pritekel and Alexa Hoffman




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