Bard Challenge #17
July is our annual Feed The Bards <mailto:email@example.com> drive. Read the instructions.
July 30th, 2007
It's with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Academy of Bards relay the information that Michelle de la Rosa has succumbed to her short battle with cancer. We have come to know and love Michelle in the five years she helped the Academy. She was so many things to each of us here. Words are hard to come by today. I do know this, we - and the Xenaverse as a whole - are much richer for knowing her. It's been really hard this past month and a half knowing that this battle was an uphill fight. I don't think any of us ever really gave up the sliver of hope that a miracle would happen.
Michelle was a lot of times the glue that held us together. I don't know what we're going to do without her to kick our butts when a file was overlooked or her to kick things into gear when we have a deadline. We will miss you very much, Michelle. Rest in peace. I know I didn't give you much peace while you were here :)
On behalf of Michelle - we at the Academy challenge you to do two things. Women (and men!) please check yourself. I don't know that the origin of Michelle's cancer was found but last I had heard breast cancer was being considered as the beginning. The second challenge is for my fellow Americans. Do something to change the health care in this country. No one should ever have to put off seeking health treatment because of money. Ever.
Added part 7 of The Collector by Kim Pritekel
Added part 3 of Rachelle by Onesockbard
July 29, 2007
From the Academy of Bards
The Academy is currently planning several endeavors to begin raising money donations.
Starting right now, donations can be made via Paypal to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate that this is to the MDLR Fund.
In the near future, we will announce an online raffle. Many of your favorite Bards and Publishers are contributing the raffle prizes, some of them will be quite unique and rare. We will announce more about that at a later date.
Also, the Academy Marketplace will dedicate all proceeds from any merchandise sold to Michelle and her family. Many of the designs were created by Michelle. We are always adding new stuff and we'd love any suggestions. http://www.cafepress.com/RAOB
Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.
To raise money for our friend, Michelle De La Rosa, KG MacGregor is offering two special items for bid at her website, www.kgmacgregor.com. They are her last First Edition copies of Malicious Pursuit & Shaken, and the covers were designed by none other than Michelle. Shaken is forever out of print, so this is a rare opportunity to get this book. Bidding ends August 9 at 6:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for checking out these items.
Added Part 6 of The Collector by Kim Pritekel
Added Part 4 of Unconquerable Heart by Gabrixena
July 28, 2007
Michelle was moved to hospice care yesterday. Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rearview by Geonn Cannon [original/alt/complete] Alicia Ryan is Mayor Jameson Dugan's personal driver. When she's asked to drive the mayor's wife out on errands, Alicia discovers they have quite a few things in common, brought out by a shared love of certain literature...
The Written Word part 1 by Mickey Minner [original/alt/incomplete] Dillon Carson has put aside a successful writing career to return to small town living with her partner, Melissa Dyne. She spends her days selling knick-knacks in her curio shops to tourists who flood the area during the summer months and visiting with the occasional fans that seek her out. A new tourist season is about to begin and it brings some unwanted attention for Dillon and Melissa.
July 27, 2007
Please, everyone keep Michelle in your thoughts and prayers.
Welcome to the Academy, Everett Deane! Dreaming in the Pit part 1 by Everett Deane [orginal/alt/incomplete] An urban tale of Karima Jenkins, a female ex-criminal who clashes with her tenant Sienna Joffe, a dedicated public school teacher who is instrumental in helping Karima to resist the "pull" of Sincere, a man who has returned from the dead to reclaim his most treasured acolyte, Karima.
Added Part 10 of The Last Good Day by Amy Boatman
Added Part 7 of Missing by M.E. Tudor
Added Part 5 of The Collector by Kim Pritekel
July 26th, 2007
Welcome to a new Bard at the Academy, Vilia Kinell!
Hidden Thoughts by Janine Hilltop [classic/alt/complete]
Added part 11 of Breathless by Lois Kay
July 23rd, 2007
Announcement from Claudia Wilde
If you can't join the fun, books can be ordered from BookSense, Amazon.com and SCP. http://nuancebooks.wordpress.com/order-books/
Author's proceeds will go to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. http://www.hrc.org/
"Every living moment houses a story and an author's greatest challenge is to flesh these stories into existence. Sias Bryant pens a collection of beautiful, sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, moments experienced by women as they face life's unexpected cr ossroads."
Claudia Wilde www.bedazzledink.com
Added part 4 of The Collector by Kim Pritekel
Added part 2 of Birdie's Song - Rachelle by Onesockbard
July 21st, 2007
Added part 3 of The Collector by Kim Pritekel
55 Word Stories
Girl Talk by IseQween
July 20th, 2007
Read'm and Feed'm
Clandestine by Cheyne
Renegade Lady Sheriff part 1 by bsoiree [Uber/Alt/Original]
Added part 4 of Licit Cusp by Weebod
Added part 2 of The Collector by Kim Pritekel
Added part 2 of Identity by Lena
AddedPart 6 of Extended Intentions by Jynaki
Blue Feather Books, Ltd., is pleased to announce that it is now
open for submissions.
Emily and Caitlin
It's no secret we love short fiction. We love producing Khimairal Ink. We jumped at the opportunity to publish a collection of Barbara Davies' speculative fiction stories, Into the Yellow and Other Stories. We enjoyed working on Into the Yellow so much and are so pleased with the final product that we decided to put out a series of small books, in the spirit of literary chapbooks, devoted to lesbian literature. These story collections are by authors we enjoy and by authors we've yet to discover.
We're especially excited that our first Zerynthia's Tales book is devoted to the stories of Sias Bryant. Readers will remember her unique and entertaining stories in Khimairal Ink.
Join Sias Bryant at the Amazon Bookstore Cooperative in Minneapolis on July 24th at 7:00pm to celebrate the release of Remnants of Shadow and Light.
Zerynthia's Tales 1 Remnants of Shadow and Light by Sias Bryant Order at: http://nuancebooks.wordpress.com/order-books/
Every living moment houses a story and an author's greatest challenge is to flesh these stories into existence. Sias Bryant pens a collection of beautiful, sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, moments experienced by women as they face life's unexpected crossroads.
"Sias Bryant has written an exuberant new treasure chest of short fiction. While these stories defy categorization, at once dark and light, painful and sweet, they resonate with a deep clarity and an even deeper honesty about women's lives. I couldn't recommend this collection more highly."
- Ellen Hart, 5 Time Winner of the Lambda Literary Award
"Sias Bryant writes with an unerring ear for dialogue and a sensitivity to human emotion. Every story packs a punch and leaves you gasping for air, surprised and amazed by its intensity. Five-star reads all around."
- Lori L. Lake, author of Stepping Out: Short Stories
July 18th, 2007
Gravity by Lucid Dream (revised version)
July 17th, 2007
Added part 6 of Two Part Harmony by Colleen
July 14th, 2007
Birdie's Song - Rachelle by Onesockbard [classic/alt/unfinished]
Added part 2 of Living in the Past: Book One - Ripples in the Water by Xenamungrrr
July 13th, 2007
Added part 6 of Missing by ME Tudor
July 12th, 2007
Added part 14 of The Message by JA Breeze
July 11th, 2007
The Collector by Kim Pritekel [original/alt/unfinished]
July 10th, 2007
My Life as Cheese by Kelly Aten [über/alt/complete]
The Bard Challenge #17-CrissCrossover entries are now up for your reading pleasure. Check out the stories and then vote for your favorite one. Voting will run until July 29th, midnight.
July 9th, 2007
Identity by Lena [Über/alt/unfinished]
July 8th, 2007
A Waltz Round My Subtext by Fialka [classic/alt/complete]
July 7th, 2007
The Academy Munchkin is hard at work coding the stories and that the entries will be up and available for reading and voting soon. At that time we will also announce the winner of, and the answers to, the PUNzle Contest as well. Stay tuned.
Welcome to a new bard at the Academy, Lani!
Added part 3 of Unconquerable Heart by Gabrixena2007
July 6th, 2007
The Museia by LM Townsend [classic/alt/complete]
Added part 6 of Flight of the Falcon by MBInc
July 5th, 2007
Crossing Lines by Kim Pritekel [alt/über/complete]
Tales of the Airaito: In the Crimson Tide by N.D. Matsunga and AJ Akechi [alt/unfinished/original]
Added part 3 of Licit Cusp by Weebod
Added a revised version of A Different Peace by Sais2cool
Added part 11 of As the Xenaverse Turns by Jenny D. Maher
July 4th, 2007
The Raggedy Bush by Barbara Davies [alt/über/complete]
July 3rd, 2007
Blessed Solitude by LM Townsend [alt/über/complete]
Fashionable Disclosure by Ri [alt/über/complete]
Added part 6 [conclusion] of The 2H'ers by Phair
It's July and you know what that means...while other folks are eating dogs and burgers, we'll be feasting on alphabet soup. Hope you're hungry.
P.D. Publishing announcement:
28 June 2007: We are very excited to announce that L.T. Smith (Fingersmith) has signed her story, Once, to be published. This will be the third manuscript that Linda has signed with P.D. following Hearts and Flowers Border (released last June) and Beginnings (to be released in a few months). Look for the release of Once Spring 2008.
Again, Barb and I thank you for supporting our authors!
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