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Solstice Bard Challenge #12
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November 29th, 2004

The Other Breed by Carola "Ryűchan" Eriksson [original/alt/complete]
Humanity thought it was the pinnacle of creation. That mankind was the rulers of the Earth simply because they stood highest on the evolutionary ladder. They did not know that mankind was just... the second breed.

The Passing by Carola "Ryűchan" Eriksson [classic/alt/complete]
It was the end of everything. Or maybe, with the aid of the unlikeliest of sacrifices, it was a new beginning.

Added part 3 of The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne

November 28th, 2004

Updated the Ultimate Über List by Eileen Marks

November 25th, 2004

I've given the Academy Munchkins and the Great and Wondrous Oz™ the day off. While I know it's a holiday the United States celebrates today and not the rest of the world (on this day anyway), I just wanted to take a moment today to thank everyone who contributes to the Academy of Bards.

To the munchkins - I couldn't ask for a better bunch of ...well let's just leave it at a bunch <g>. Even you Phil, especially you :)

To the writers - thank you for spending countless hours doing work for free for us to enjoy (feedthebards,feedthebards,feedthebards!)

To the other websites - thanks for keeping us on our toes :)

And most importantly, to you - the readers. Without you we wouldn't be needed. Thanks for those who take the time to send us a note saying that our contribution isn't forgotten, it's very appreciated. Thanks for sticking with us. I hope everyone has a good day, and for the US readers, wear extra big pants!


November 24th, 2004

The Key by Emyster [complete/alt/über PWP]
Waking up can be a pleasure.

November 23rd, 2004

In response to our Public Service Announcement yesterday, we've had a request to put this as a rebuttal. We don't usually do this but we're going to make an exception this time :) <please don't send a bunch to us to put up, this is a one-time deal!>

Greetings to all Bards,
Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your stories, your time and hard work, your imaginations and dreams with us, the readers. It takes courage and nerves to post a story you've poured your heart into. I do appreciate these wonderful stories out here. But there are so many, many stories and only so much time to read them. If you don't get an email about your story, please don't get discouraged. It may be that it's the next on the list to read. Hang in there, we'll get to it!

I have so many (too many to count) stories on my "bookshelves" (CDs), that it will take me years to read them all. Which is fine with me, I can always add another shelf (CD) to my library of fan fiction. I'm sure I'm not the only reader who has a library of fan fiction. A reader's delightful dream-come-true, believe me.

But in the meantime, I just wanted to make this public announcement, thanking all you wonderful Bards for all these wonderful, fantastic stories out here for us to read. And while I'm at it, a great, big, huge, thank you to all the ff sites that post all these stories for the bards and us, the readers. I appreciate all your hard work and time you spend posting these stores for us too. You've created special stores for the bards and readers. It's like going to the Mall, except this Mall has nothing but "bookstores" in it. What a wonderful place to shop. And we don't have to get out in bad weather or crowds to go to this Mall either! Can't ask for better than that, now can we?

Thanks again, to the Bards and the ff sites, for all the stories that have been posted over the past years, and years to come. You are very much appreciated and you bring happiness and anticipation every day to those of us who check out the sites for new stories every time we get online, looking to see what has been posted since we were last online. It's fantastic what you bring to us, the readers. And we do appreciate it.

Thank you all,

November 22nd, 2004

Added part 8 of Dance with the Devil by Harley

Public Service Announcement from the Academy

<.Steph steps up to the microphone.>

Excuse me...hello...excuse me...can you please...

<.OZ steps up to the microphone.>


<.OZ steps back.>

<.Steph stares at Oz and gets a grin and a shrug in return.>

Well, yes.

This is Thanksgiving week and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to ask you to please, please take just a minute out of your busy week to thank a bard.

I know, I have family/friends coming over, you are up to your armpits in...giblets. You are making your lists, checking them twice and contemplating which creditcards are gonna play nice.

You are busy.

But, surely you can spare just a minute to thank the bards who give so freely of their talent to everyone. The Academy is only one site...there are hundreds of fanfic sites with thousands of stories...thousands of stories available to you for FREE.

If you have read anything recently that has caught your fancy or would just like to remind a favorite bard that you still enjoy their stories...take just a minute to write them an email. Let them know you are thinking of them.

If you read'm, please feed'm.

November 21st, 2004

Added part 12 of Control by Kim Pritekel and Alexa Hoffman

Added part 2 of The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne

November 19th, 2004

Welcome to the Academy, Dana L'Wood.

Leave it to Chance by Dana L'Wood [über/alt/complete]
Chance is a leader of a motorcycle gang in San Diego known as the Road Wolves. They are a vigilante group that intervenes in much of the crime that is overlooked when it concerns women and children. This is actually the third story of a series I started about Chance and her lover, Tracy. The first two are pwp. This involves Chance in pursuit of a group of white slavers picking women off from bus routes in Southern CA. It is unusual for her to stray from the city limits but this time, Tracy's cousin is missing. Chance and her gang go through some rough spots but they prevail in the end.

Caitlin's Rescue by Dana L'Wood [über/alt/complete]
Characters in this story are of the X&G genre` and are friends of the famous pair though they are not mentioned. Killian has found a home in a mountain village of women after waking one morning three years previous to an empty bedroll beside her. Caitlin, her lover was gone. She searched but never found the beautiful warrior/fur trader. During the three years among the mountain women, Killian began to develop psychic abilities she didn't know she had until Nessa, a Celtic warrior and Druid saw, accepted and helped her develop her gift.

Killian wakes one morning having had a vision of Caitlin through a psychic passage. She runs to Nessa for help. Together they embark on a journey (with a few other friends) across the sea to a land they are unfamiliar with. There is plenty of drama and feeling with a love triangle and adventure.

Added part 7 of Breaking Free by RA Hughes

November 18th, 2004

Another Vacation Attempt by DS Bauden [über/alt/complete]
After their last vacation fiasco, Charlie tries to create a memorable trip
for Terri. What they find on their journey brings forth a better
understanding of these women as they continue to grow in their relationship.

All For A Moment's Memory Loss by Cheeyah [X&G/alt/complete]
To make amends for having forgotten Gabrielle's birthday, Xena agrees to do something she absolutely dreads.

Chances Are - Murphy Was An Optimist by Saggio Amante [original/alt/complete]
Talley and Andrea learn that even when everything goes wrong, it can turn out just right.

November 17th, 2004

Added part 5 of Rebel High by Dylan Carreiro

November 16th, 2004

Any Day by Minerva [original/alt/complete]
A Halloween story that explores the darker side of love and the supernatural.

New eBooks

Afternoon Delight - EO
Beach Encounter - Mickey Minner
Chilled Invisibility - Koda Graystone
Cry Wolf - Mary Morgan
Fallen Angels - Phantombard
First Sight - Lessa
The Deer - Mary Morgan
Happy Anniversary - emyster
In Her Wisdom - Irish
Lost - EO
New Year, New Beginnings - Leesa
No Guarantees - Greek Warrior
Slice of Heaven - Kim Baldwin
When I Fell - IE
Wordsmith - Saggio Amante

November 15th, 2004

Welcome to the Academy, Nann Dunne.

The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne [über/alt/unfinished]
Self-centered and headstrong, Sarah-Bren Coulter becomes a Union spy working for the Confederate Army as a courier-scout. Unforeseen savagery spawns a lust for revenge that darkens her soul, while family and friends struggle to help her. Can an enemy be the one to lead her back to the light?


Kim Pritekel has a new website.

November 14th, 2004

New Ventures by David Duncan
TITLE: New Ventures
SERIES: Dubois Chronicles 2.84
RATING: PG-13 (language, violence)
XOVERS: Xena, Hercules, Forever Knight,
Smallville, Spider-Man and some Mutant X
PAIRING: Xena/Gabrielle (gen-uber)

Following on the events in "Forsaken", Lex and Lana open a branch Talon coffee shop just off campus and an old friend of Dave's moves to town. In addition, the group finds out about a mysterious teenage girl.

And as they are moving a friend to town, a very old threat resurfaces.... How will Xena and Gabrielle (not to mention the others) react to this one?

The Golden Dove by Jane Fletcher [original/alt/complete]
Harrenwick is such an impoverished dump. It seems impossible that the town could contain anything worth stealing. However, when an attractive damsel in distress calls on Corrine's help to steal the valuable Golden Dove, how can she refuse?

Added part 9 of Garden of Earthly Delights by Fern Driscoll.

November 13th, 2004

Welcome to a new bard at the Academy!
About That Kiss... by BardGirl [classic/alt/complete]
In a story taking place following the quest, Gabrielle wonders about the kiss until finally questioning Xena about it.

November 12th, 2004

Lost by Erin O'Rielly [über/alt/complete]
We put up the sequel without making sure the prequel was on our site! We have corrected the error.
Life can throw us curves when we least expect them. Just when we think everything is as it should be, an event occurs that rocks our world changing our lives forever. It is then that life altering decisions must be made. We find ourselves drowning in an undertow that has sucked us below threatening to pull us down into its deepest recesses. Surfacing, will we cry out take me or will we struggle to stay afloat desperately trying to find safety? And, if we do find safety, will anything ever be the same again?

Carol Barngate was in her fifties wanting nothing more than to live out her life basking in the glow of family and friends. For her, life had been good both personally and professionally. She considered herself happy until an innocuous meeting started her on a journey to self discovery that she never thought possible.

The Music by Emyster [über/alt/complete]
Life is to be listened to and lived thoroughly.

November 10th, 2004

Ever wonder what happens after one of Nene Adams' Buy-a-Bard sales? A friend of mine bought Nene and her skills. Twice. She is now sharing the goods with all of us. Thank you Rohan for doing that! After you guys read these stories Rohan commissioned, if you like them maybe you'd be inclined to do the same and help out a writer who has given us high quality, entertaining stories!

Hell for Pastime by Nene Adams [original/alt/complete]
Captain Anne Bonney, commander of the submarine USS Sabre, is on a collision course with CIA's top wet ops agent, Amelia Emerson, as they race to stop a madman's mission under the sea. Along for the ride is Rohan Tarnach, a shipwreck survivor with a taste for adventure.
Hell for Pastime II: Dead in the Water by Nene Adams [original/alt/complete]
Capt. Anne Bonney and CIA Agent Amelia Emerson team up again on a classified mission in a race against time and neo- nazis to find a lost U-boat with such deep, dark secrets that may change the course of history as well as be the death of Rohan Tarnach.

Jack, the Seduction of Carol by Erin O'Rielly [über/alt/complete]
Standing here in the back of the very auditorium where I first saw her I can still hear her voice. Every fiber of my being screamed out as I listened to her speech and when I saw her I knew I had come home. I understand that you are wondering why I didn't make Carol my own and bed her. Hmm...I think you need to know more about me before I answer that question. need to understand everything...

Added part 6 of The River's Edge by Denic

November 9th, 2004

New eBooks

Never a Fighting Chance - Cheeya
Caught in the Trap - Claudette E. Dillard
Spirit of the Soul - Debbie Dee
Thirteen - Emyster
Mortal Trade - Mary Morgan
Have We Met Before On This Halloween Night - Pat Winterburn
Hall of Killers - Ri
Sage Advice - Ri
Academy's Finest - S Barrett

November 8th, 2004

Beach Encounter by Mickey Minner [original/complete]
After an unexpected breakup with the woman she thought she would be spending the rest of her life with, Sandy Craft returns to the town she grew up in to attend her high school reunion. And to give her broken heart time to heal. There she meets Marcie Toffee and begins to wonder if, just maybe, the true woman of her dreams isn‚t the woman she met at the end of an old fishing pier. Would she return home with more than just memories of a weekend spent with a new friend? Sometimes good things can come out of a bad situation, will this be the case for Sandy?


The formerly known as Canadian Über Addicts list has a new name. The have expanded beyond just über and are now known as the Canadian Lesbian Fiction Addicts. You don't even have to be Canadian to join!
To visit the group on the web, go to:
To subscribe to this group, send an email to:
Tell them the Academy sent ya :)

November 7th, 2004

A New Site Announcement

At last...a new site is born... yes, Dr. Carol just brought this sucker into the cyberworld. Let me tell ya, it wasn't happy being held upside down and whacked on the...uhhhhh...nevermind. You could hear the cyberwailing for cybermiles.

Where was I...Yes, the PITA D...uhhhh...D has her own space. Well, as much space as you can have sharing it with a bunch of original characters, plus X&G and their entourage and, of course, the pink and fluffy goddess herself.

Check it out.

All the Valiant stories are there...
AVLife... is missing...

All right...who left out AVK?

<.tap, tap, tap.>

I'm waiting?


That's okay, if anyone wants AVK...just email the bard, I'm sure she will send it to you. <.bg.>

It's a short but vital link between AVJ and AVL.

Oooh, what else is on site here...

Most Cherished Dreams...
A blue-eyed pirate on a very special treasure hunt. ;o)

Frequent Conversations...
A WWII love story.

And then there are the X&G stories...of which I am particularly fond of...especially since I had something to do with coerc...ummm...convincing her to write a few of them for Academy Specials.

48 Hour Fix, Argo 2 (It's All Greek To Me) and Blood Bond.

Ah yes, Blood Bond...the complete 7th, 8th and 9th seasons (that should have been)...JMHO.

Oooh, and'll get to see works in progress too.

How cool is that?

Anywho...get lots of snacks, a cup with a lid on it (you will thank me later), pull up a comfy chair and get to reading or re-reading, as the case may be.

Oh and check out the introduction...that OZ person...what a nutcase. < .snicker.>

In the Shadow of Tyburn (Part 2 of 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman') by Barbara Davies [über/alt/complete]
The second and final instalment of Rebeccah and the Highwayman. The only person who can help Rebeccah's sister is 'Blue-Eyed Nick'. But helping her has dire consequences for the unusual highwayman.

Added part 7 of Coward by Phair

November 6th, 2004

AHEM...a message from OZ...bad and verse <.bg.>:

ON the first day of list making, the folks of the A-cad-em-y
started off with a bell named Lib-er-ty.

ON the second day of list making the Academy added two...
Sexes, Male and Female...whoo hoo!

ON the third day of list making or maybe it was the night...
They added three primary colors, how bright.

ON the fourth day of list making, the list was getting mad...
The compass points is what they did add.

ON the fifth day of Solstice, things just got plain weird...
The 5 Beach Boys? It's now all downhill, I feared.

On the sixth day of list making, Steph's roots did appear...
Flags of Texas were added, and one exception quite clear.

ON the seventh day of list making, the items were so right...
The seven dwarfs were added, but no Snow White in sight.

On the eighth day of list making the folks finally remembered...
To add Santa's Reindeers, things always found in December.

ON the ninth day of list making, we all got in the game...
Nine baseball positions were added by their name.

ON the tenth day of list making, a little voice did say...
Give them commandments, but make it simple, okay?

ON the eleventh day of list making, the IDC exclaimed...
Give them dances, lots of dances to use in this game.

(and then she laughed, maniacally)

ON the last day, the twelfth, needing one last little bit...
They added a ton of noisy things just to give everybody a fit.

Yes, Folks...just when you thought it was safe...The Annual Academy Solstice Bard Challenge is here.

If you will go here:

You will find all the information you need. The premise is our standard Solstice one...write a story using as many of the listed words (78 total) as possible. The story can be X&G, Uber or original and doesn't necessarily even need to be a Solstice story.

Please read the roools carefully. Why? Cause I said so. Geez. Plus you may just find a few helpful hints and bonuses embedded in them.

Deadline is the 12th of December. Of this year, please.

Have fun.


Added part 6 of Coward by Phair

November 5th, 2004

Added Road Trip by Mavis Applewater (chapter14 of Whispering Pines)
Faith tries to make amends with Carey before heading off to Scotland with Shawn.

New eBooks

A Night to Remember - ricersanfransciscotreat
Angelique - DJ Belt
Metamorphosis - Amy Van Dyke
Not a Stalker - Amy Van Dyke
Voyages of the Mind - Amy Van Dyke
Changes - Mavis Applewater
Everlasting - Mavis Applewater
Sleeping Xena - LM Townsend
In Transit - SB Zarben

November 4th, 2004

Added part 9 (conclusion) of Academy's Finest by S. Barret

Sage Advice by Ri [complete]
Xena and Gabrielle meet a great man of Athens who changes their lives in an incredible way.

Hall of Killers by Ri [über/complete]
Amanda gets a dream job her interview with the manger went well and she was very excited to start. She changed her mind quickly when she found out where she was to work in the Hall of Killers.

November 3rd, 2004

Greetings from Hunter's Valley (part 3 to Shot Down) by Tianna Shepherd
She arrives in Hunter’s Valley but a dramatic turn of events occurs.

Spirit of the Soul by Debbie Dee [über/alt/complete]
Dawn can hear a voice talking to her. Is it real or is it just in her head. Could someone just be playing a Halloween joke on her. Dawn is determined to find out the truth.

Thirteen by Emyster [über/alt/complete]
Where does thirteen lead us?

November 2nd, 2004

Caught in the Trap by Claudette E. Dillard [original/alt/complete]
Story of Sam and Charlie. Sam, motivated by the upcoming wedding of her brother is determined to have her six year relationship with Charlie openly acknowledged by her parents. This story is full of laughter and some pain.

A Mortal Trade by Mary Morgan [classic/alt/complete]
Xena and Gabrielle battle against an ancient evil which is greedy to possess the warrior's soul.

Never a Fighting Chance by Cheeya [classic/alt/finished]
This story depicts the doomed relationship between Gabrielle and Perdicas even before our sheroes ever met.

Added part 4 of Rebel High by Dylan Carreiro

November 1st, 2004

Welcome to the Academy, ricersanfriscotreat !

A Night to Remember: A tale of self-discovery and love [alt/über/complete]
sex is only on their minds, maybe one curse word, please be 18+, no infringement intended, and blah blah so on. Source: Me! This little fantasy was born from one of my favorite 8x10 glossies of the series XWP. Warning, this is my first attempt.

Added part 8 of Garden of Earthly Delights by Fern Driscoll.



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