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August 29th, 2011

Announcement From Blue Feather Books
The wait is over. Lingering Shadows , the final book in the Shadows series featuring archaeologists Kim Blair and PJ Curtis, is now available. Readers have come to expect action, adventure, fantasy, friendship, and love in the diverse tales crafted by expert storytellers K.C. West and Victoria Welsh. Lingering Shadows delivers all that and more.

In Canyon Shadows, book four of the Shadows series, our heroines endured an arduous test of their commitment to one another. Confronted with a situation of kill or be killed, Kim made a choice that left her physically battered and emotionally drained. Try as they might, Kim and PJ couldn't find their way back to the harmony they'd come to rely on. Canyon Shadows ended with the two women, who'd promised to love each other forever, living apart and searching for ways to go on without one another.

Lingering Shadows picks up where Canyon Shadows left off. Kim feels unworthy of PJ's love and is determined to set PJ free, whatever the cost. But Mother Nature herself intervenes and throws PJ and Kim back together in a dangerous struggle for survival. Their love and devotion are literally and figuratively purified by fire, and they emerge on the far side with greater insights into each other, themselves, and the strength of their union.

Join Kim and PJ in this, their last triumphant foray, and experience a love that sprang into being in past lives and endures beyond time, safe and strong in the Lingering Shadows.

Order your copy now at Lingering Shadows will also be available in print and as an e-book in a few days from Bella Books.

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 19: The Day My Hero Died by Bard Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The road comes to an end and Prometheus' prophecy comes true.

August 28th, 2011

A Message From Kim Pritekel
It's a music, docuvid we made regarding gay rights to the song 'Utopia' by Within Temptation. We just want to share.

Welcome to a New Bard, Jett West, to the Academy!

Gabrielle's Impossible Dream by Jett West [Classic/Alt/Complete]
This is another "first time" story. Xena and Gabrielle finally realize they want the same thing from their relationship...and it's not just to be best friends! It's an explicit account of how friends become lovers...finally!

August 25th, 2011

We would like to welcome Animism to the Academy!

The De Lucas Family by Animism [Original/Alt/Complete]
Summary pending

Blades of the Red Sun(Revised Version) by Saul Trabal [Classic/Het/Complete]
In Africa, Xena and Gabrielle set out to stop Marc Antony's supporter Lepidus from obtaining a powerful weapon he will use to defeat Octavian and take over the world. In the process, Xena and Gabrielle encounter a second group of warriors who are also after this weapon-and who may prove to be far more dangerous than the Romans.
Important Note : This story was written a year before 'A Friend In Need'.

A Big Step For Bards And Warriors by Norsebard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Looking for some peace and quiet after their recent fight against the warlord Abraxus, Xena and Gabrielle set up camp at a picturesque lake at the foot of a waterfall. Plans for a romantic evening are soon forged, but before those plans can be carried out, an old friend stops by causing unwanted complications for Xena and frustrations for Gabrielle...

August 23rd, 2011

Announcement From Bedazzled Ink
Bedazzled Ink would like to congratulate Roberta Roberti, author of What No Meat? Traditional Italian Cooking the Vegetarian Way ( ), for receiving a James Beard Foundation Scholarship. We already know she's a great chef, it's good to see the industry giving her the recognition she deserves.

Barbara L. Clanton brings us another great book in the Title IX series, Side Out --just in time for volleyball season.

Seventh grader Dina Jacobs feels like she's landed on another planet when her family moves from Long Island, New York to Indiana. She tries out for the seventh grade volleyball team, and her new friend, Christine, introduces her to Olympic volleyball. Now Dina dreams of playing in the Olympics like her newfound idol, Logan Tom. Indiana doesn't seem so bad after all until Dina's Jewish faith crashes against her coach's win-at-all-costs attitude. Miserable, Dina is torn between staying true to her religious customs or putting them aside to play the game she loves.

For ages 9 and up

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Xena Warrior Princess Episode 18: Thorns by Bard Classic/Alt/Complete]
Life goes on and there are plenty of warlords to go around. This one likes them young and ... now that would be telling, wouldn't it?

When It Comes by Artemis Callaghan [Poem/Alt/Complete]

August 21st, 2011

The Frog Becomes a Prince? by Orhea [Original/Alt/Complete]
Part 4

August 20th, 2011

A Dog's Breakfast by Geonn [Original/Alt/Complete]
After transforming in an alley, Ariadne Willow finds herself lost, naked, and far from any of her stashes. Her attempt to find clothing, shelter and a phone leads her to a bigger predicament. (My seventh Underdogs story. This story involves a threat of sexual assault, but nothing actually happens. Still, reader discretion is advised.)

In the Company of Wolves by Geonn [Original/Alt/Complete]
It's Dale's turn for romance, as she tries to juggle the responsibilities of helping Ari with the thrill of starting a new relationship. (The eighth story in my Underdogs series)

August 18th, 2011

Announcement From Kim Pritekel
Brand new stories available on my ebooks website, ! I've begun an anthology - 101 Strange Ways To Meet the Love of Your Life, which will literally be 101 individual short stories, which other authors will also join me in, so come check it out! Also, I've added a Xena fanfic page, where I'll be posting some Xena fanfic to be downloaded for free from the site. New stories are being added all the time, so come take a look see! Kim

August 16th, 2011

Announcement From Del Robertson
if you write it, they will....oh, wait. that was from a movie. just wanted to thank oz, the academy and the readers for the support and the hof nom again this year.

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 17: The Ties That Bind by Bard Classic/Alt/Complete]
Atrius stands at the center of the storm. Xena, Gabrielle, and Athena are severely tested. What is stronger: love or hate?

Added Part 13 of Bless You Arrow by Lois Kay [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
In a quiet, rural town in New Hampshire, Pastor Sigrid Meyers finds a dead body in her church. It is the beginning of a maelstrom of events in which she will find new friends, discover enemies she didn't know she had and realize it takes a lot to stop a tenacious murderer.

August 15th, 2011

Announcement From Ann McMan
It must be some other Ann McMan.
It has to be. Right?
It's somebody else.
Some OTHER upstart just got catapulted into the Academy Hall of Fame. It wasn't ME.
I mean, that HAD to be somebody else.
Maybe it was Ann McMan 2.0 . I heard there was an upgrade in the works.... And I think she's supposed to be taller, better looking, and use fewer adverbs.
Wherever that version of Ann is, I know one thing: she's dying of embarrassment (she knows she's unworthy); she's humbled by the company she's in (how do they walk in those shoes?); and she's eternally grateful to all of those wonderful people who took a chance on her -- and on a debut novel called "Jericho."
Thank you all so very much. This is a singular honor.
And since you're all my new best friends, I want you to know that I heard through a reliable source that Ann is hard at work (between film offers) on the full-blown sequel to "Jericho." I can tell you this much: it involves a big wind, a red Camaro with a mind of its own, and a little dog named Astrid.
[There also were rumors that Maddie might start dating guys.... but I think that is a scurrilous falsehood, engineered to coerce Claudia into upping Ann's royalties. I'll let you all know how that one comes out....]
Ann McMan

Added Part 12 - The Conclusion of Broken Arrow by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Complete]
(Sequel to Sweetwater, Rolling Thunder, and Fireweed)

August 14th, 2011

Announcement From Lady D
Okay... I remember running into the Academy website years ago... way before I started writing, and I never, ever thought I would be inducted into the Hall of Fame! That was a shocker. And I am beyond proud to see my first fan-fic I had ever written be seen in the stories hall of fame. You all remembered that oldie and it warms my heart. Thank you so much my awesome readers who voted for my work! It was totally unexpected. I found out the news from, guess who... Our kudos under fan of the year. So... just thank you Academy! I feel the love! Take care everyone! - Lady D

Announcement From Claudia
Congratulations to new Bedazzled Ink author Ann McMan. Three of her stories are inductees into Academy of Bards 2011 Hall of Fame. The top vote getter for Stories is Ann's Jericho. Look for the published edition at the end of August. Her story Dust also made the list. Look for the published edition of Dust at the end of 2011.

New from Bedazzled Ink . . .

We're proud to present Clara's Story by Doreen Perrine

The ebook edition is available now. The print edition will be available in a few weeks.

Claire's passion for the New York art scene is overshadowed by her fascination with a quirky—and stunning—Italian artist, Isabelle. The only thing bolder than Isabelle's paintings is her flirting and, try as she might, Claire can't shake the charming girl from her mind—and heart. Like a new world explorer, Claire breaks away from a nagging, uptown mother and her nearly-estranged downtown father and journeys across an ocean and cultures in search of life and love.

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Khimairal Ink ezine will be available within a week...Lots of great stories!


August 13th, 2011

A new bard has joined us. :) Hello and welcome Wendy Arthur!

Announcement From Mickey Minner
A great big thank you for including me in this year's inductees, what a tremendous honor. And thank you for all the work you do at the Academy. I am truly honored.

Announcement From Silverwriter01
I got on the internet Thursday to find a lot of e-friends telling me, "Congrads!" I said, "Thanks! For what?" They replied, "You've been inducted into the Academy of Bards' Hall of Fame! Go look!" So I went and looked. I think I stared at the page for ten minutes. I was so shocked and then I was flying high on a kite for the rest of the day. The Royal Academy has been bookmarked on my browser and heart since I first stumbled across it as a curious teenager. Years later and here I am, joining the company of such great writers. This is real right?

Now I want to say thank you. Thank you to the people who keep RAOB up and going. Thanks to all my readers. Thank you to those who send me messages, post reviews at the Athenaeum, or just say to themselves, "No! Not another cliffhanger. I hate you, Silverwriter! I need the next adventure of Brice now!" Thank you and I hope to keep providing you with lots of entertaining stories for years to come.

Announcement From Cheyne
I am also one who never thought I would get to say, "I'd like to thank the Academy..."
Thank you to the Royal Academy of Bards for inducting me into their Hall of Fame and to the readers who voted me in. It is a high honor and, in the words of VP Joe Biden, "a big effin' deal." My dear friend, The Raven, introduced me to the Academy, so it's all her fault. I mean, credit. And the loyalty of the readers who like my work kept me afloat.
Again, I am honored to be in such talented company.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Cheyne

Announcement From Medora MacD
How great is THIS? Having my favorite story inducted into the Academy's Hall of Fame? And in such marvelous company? I am so excited that I could – yes! – just SCREAM!! And go hog wild in the intemperate use of exclamation points!!! LOL. Seriously, folks, this is an absolutely amazing honor and one that I will long cherish. The Academy has not only provided me with a wealth of great reading material over the years, beginning with the inspiring works of Missy Good, but also with friends that have enriched my life beyond measure. I am so pleased to have been able to repay that in some small way by writing a story that others have deemed worthy of this kind of recognition. Thank you!!!!

After the Storm by Wendy Arthur [Uber/Alt/Complete]
When Special Agent CJ Carson took a long overdue vacation into the Rocky Mountains,
she never anticipated finding Kate Marshall, a strong, determined actress… in the middle of a snowstorm.
Lives thrown together in the strangest of ways, they fell in love, but CJ's worst nightmare just won't go away.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Brice Johnson, Bus Driver: The Seventh Adventure by silverwriter01 [Original/Alt/Complete]
No longer Brice Johnson, she has to learn to be someone else. However, changing her identity doesn't mean she will stay safe.

Added Part 23 of January Thaw by CJ Wells [Uber/Alt/Incomplete]
( Part One can be found at our hosted website Cousin Liz )

Added Part 7, Part 8 and Part 9 of A Guardian's Eternity by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Unfinished]

August 12th, 2011

Announcement From KG McGregor
Gobsmacked! It's a term I'd never even heard until I ventured into the Xenaverse and began chattering with new friends from across the pond. Now I can't imagine how else I'd describe the sense of surprise and joy I felt at receiving this honor. All of you readers who have visited here and taken the time to drop me a note about a story or a character have done more to make me a writer than all the writing classes, workshops & how-to books combined. The Royal Academy of Bards is such a special place, a true cornerstone of our fandom. In addition to keeping the essence of Xena & Gabrielle alive in our hearts, the Academy has given thousands of storytellers like me a creative outlet to nurture and grow their skills as writers, a sense of community, and arguably millions of hours of utter delight for readers worldwide. What touches me most is that it also gives a remote audience in rural settings and oppressive societies the opportunity to read stories they might not otherwise ever see. I'm so very proud to be recognized by the wonderful (& satanic) people behind the curtain of the magnificent RAOB, and truly grateful to join the company of the others who have won this award. Like I said, gobsmacked!

Announcement From Geonn Cannon
First of all, I'd like to thank the Academy. (I've ALWAYS wanted to say that!)

When I saw the list of winners, I freaked out (just a little). Then I had to go back a few times. "Well, you're tired. Just make sure... you may have misread what they were saying, just go and check one more... well, just in case..." But apparently it's true! When I first started posting here, I had to be nudged to actually send the story. I didn't feel like my work belonged among the stories I'd seen here. But I was welcomed into the fold with open arms. I was (and still am) honored to be asked to participate in the various Invitationals. It's because of this website that my first novel got published (I now have six books out, with at least that many in the pipeline), and I've gotten so many readers I don't think I would ever have reached otherwise.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the readers who voted for me!

Announcement From D
I wanted to take the time to thank the Academy readers for voting another of my stories into the Hall of Fame. What an honor - and completely unexpected at that! I can honestly say I never thought to see it happen, so thank all of you for taking the time to add Devil to my 'streak' and to the Hall of Fame. It was a fabulous surprise!

Thanks especially to the Munchkins who continue to remain at their posts and the Boss and Phil for keeping things on track. You are all greatly appreciated.

August 11th, 2011

Announcement From the Royal Academy of Bards Hello Bards and Readers...
It's time to announce all the WINNERS from all the different events the Academy of Bards had going on in July but first...

  • Thank you to all the Bards who wrote entries and competed in the BC#25: The Powers That Be. I hope you enjoyed the experience enough to join us for the Winter Solstice Challenge later this year.
  • Thank you to everyone who took on the challenge of the PunZle. Anyone still need some Advil? Hold that thought. <.g.>
  • Thank you to all the rabid reader voters. Your efforts have given us a WINNER in the Challenge and several new inductees to the Academy Hall of Fame.
  • Thank you to all those who participated in the Feed The Bards Campaign. I sincerely hope that you keep it up throughout the entire year. The writers are willing to share their talent with everyone for free...please take a moment and acknowledge their efforts.
Okay...onto the announcements.

Let's talk Bard Challenge. The premise was to write a story involving super powers of some kind. We got 12 awesome story entries. How awesome? Every story received a multitude of votes. You want more awesome?
The number of votes separating first place from second place (the honorable mention) was ONE vote. If we ranked the stories one to twelve...the difference in votes from first to last was fourteen votes.
Yeah, it was that close.

We had a great mix of new competitors and returning favorites.
Check out the page to see author information...and FEED THE BARDS.

Our WINNER of BC#25 is Entry 9:
Speed of the Beat of My Heart by Catrina Wolfe
Our Honorable Mention is Entry 7:
Honor Among Thieves by Del Robertson


We have some special prizes for both of these Bards.

Now about the PunZle. Y'all might want to take me up on my offer of Advil.
We aren't going to crown a winner. No one got the original 20 pictures correct. I'm thinking y'all made this way harder on yourselves than it needed to be. I told you what the theme was way back when I announced the PunZle.

I quote:
"It's a coincidence that we are going right before we drop the most Beastly, Atrocious, Diabolical, Devilish, Iniquitous, Evil, Sinister PunZle challenge on you."

B-A-D-D-I-E-S PunZle.

It was all about villains. Uh huh.

We are not going to put the answers up online just yet. If you HAVE TO know the answers, drop me an email. But give it another try. I had a killer bonus prize for the first one to get the correct answer to the question.

Now let's talk about the Hall of Fame. We have six new Bards and nine stories going in. I am soooooooooooooooo glad to finally see some 'other' fandom stories getting recognition. We have a SVU story, a B5 story and a DWP series being inducted. Plus some great recent stories and an incredible classic. Onto the list...

The Academy Hall of Fame is proud to present the 2011 inductees:

Hall of Fame (BARDS):
Hall of Fame (STORIES):

The streaks continue for Del and D. Way to go y'all.

Ann McMan gets a hattrick for 3 stories, including the top vote-getter.


Our Fan of the Year is once again Carpe Chakram ( )
But Kudos to as well. It was a good close race.

We have one more announcement to make...
The Academy of Bards Lifetime Achievement Award. For that we go to the BIG BOSS herself...take it away Steph.

As the big kahuna of the Academy of Bards, it's my privilege and honor to consider the wealth of talent we have driving us to keep doing what we have been doing going on eleven years now. There are so many contributors to our site and to the Xenaverse in general, it's always so hard to choose our annual recipient for the Lifetime Achivement award. This year, however, I was able to come up with a name quickly - someone who has been around for a while now enriching my life and hopefully yours as well. The only hard part for me was coming up with words good enough to describe why I think she was deserving so I asked some friends to help me this year.

I've learned a lot from K.G. MacGregor since our first meeting - she has a quick wit and a sharp tongue, but rarely cuts anyone with it. She's a consummate professional in her chosen field, and woe be to anyone who gets between her and a deadline. Despite life altering changes over the last few years, she continues to plug away at the keyboard, attend conventions, and generally make every one she speaks to feel that they are the most important person in her world. Her dedication to the craft of writing amazes me no end.
~~D. Jordan Redhawk

K.G. MacGregor conjures up characters who are complex, challenging, and therefore completely captivating and puts them in stories that you want to read again and again. And AGAIN.
On this basis alone, she merits an award from the Academy for lifetime achievement.
K.G. is so much more, however, than a best-selling, award-winning author. She has not only held herself to the highest standards of creative writing, she also has encouraged others – commanded them even – to do the same. And she has shared generously of her time and talent to help them accomplish that. As someone who wrestles all day with words, I have appreciated her contributions to raising the quality of lesbian literature and publishing every bit as much as the entertainment her stories has given me.
Thanks, friend, for showing us how it is supposed to be done. I "shutter" to think of where we'd be without your sterling example.
~~Medora MacDougall

While KG continues to grow as a writer, creating engaging characters & their memorable “worlds”, she has never lost touch w/her roots, the Xenaverse. There's no doubting she sincerely enjoys interacting w/fans and friends while continuing to give back to the community.
… even if she is a TarHeel.

What can I say about KG?

Well, I could say lots of stuff.


But...she'd hurt me. So I'll be nice. LOL

I can tell you that she is an award winning (and deservedly so) published author and still she graciously took the time to play in some of our Academy Bard Challenges.

I can tell you she is an incredible human being who apparently has a thing about gold mouse ears.

Thankfully, she did not kill the delivery person. <.whistling innocently.>

And I can tell you that she is one of my favorite people in the whole world.


Which I may or may not deserve.

However, she DOES deserve the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congrats KG.


August 10th, 2011

Bard and the Conqueror by Demoka[Conqeror/Alt/Complete]
Xena, the Conqueror, wrecks retribution upon The Fates' temples for allowing Lyceus to be slaughtered in front of their temple. They return the blow in kind and transform her into a beast. The spell affects her entire kingdom, turning her soldiers and servants into various animals. Ares tries to reverse Xena's predicament, but can only allow Xena and her kingdom the power of human speech. Also unable to reverse the spell, Aphrodite alters it by borrowing an idea from a certain Disney classic and gives Xena an ultimatum: mutually fall in love before the rose dies, or you'll stay a panther forever.

A Switch Of The Role (Revised Version) by Saul Trabal [Classic/Het/Complete]
Three warlords want to gain access to the last ambrosia on Earth. In order to do so, they need the help of a god or demigod.They bring the Sovereign-Hercules' evil twin-back to life to help them. Xena must stop the three warlords, and return the Sovereign to his own dimension

Soul Searching At Twilight (Revised Version) by Saul Trabal [Classic/Het/Complete]
Meg is on her deathbed. Her two children, Virgil and Maria, are at her bedside. They reflect back on the life they had together. Final Meg/Joxer fanfic by the author, once again dealing with Meg and Joxer as serious, three-dimensional characters.

Crossroads Of Destiny (Revised Version) by Saul Trabal [Classic/Het/Complete]
A series of circumstances put Gabrielle in a position where she must face one of her most challenging, dangerous missions ever. It will push her to the brink of her abilities, and the fate of milllions hangs in the balance.

August 8th, 2011

Added Part 6 of The Old Spies' Home by Phair[Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Braving the Inner Storm (Revised Version) by Saul Trabal [Classic/Het/Complete]
This story takes place one month after Joxer's murder of Criton. Overwhelmed with guilt, Joxer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Meg finds him unconscious near her brothel, and tries to nurse him back to health, physically and mentally. This story is meant to show Meg and Joxer in a more serious light and as three-dimensional characters-something that was lacking in the television series. It is a dark piece-not meant for children.

A Taste of Deja Vu (Revised Version) by Saul Trabal [Classic/Het/Complete]
Joxer, Autolycus and Meg confront a dangerous enemy from Meg's dark past. This story is the sequel to Braving The Inner Storm , and focuses mostly on Meg's past life. As with 'Inner Storm', the focus is on making Meg and Joxer more complex, three-dimensional characters. This story is very dark and intense - and is not recommended for children.

And the Music Goes On by Heidi Dum [Original/Alt/Complete]
The story of Heather and Jade's life together as they struggle with the curveballs of everyday life and the death of Jade's father. Through the laughter and tears can their love for each other keep them together through even the hardest of times?

Part 14 of Grappling With the Girl Next Door by Sofia Antonia Milone (aka Antonia Matheson) [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Kirstin Hart is a filmmaker working in New York. Trying to move on from her tempestuous but closeted relationship with one of America's most well known anchors, she takes an unusual job in order to raise capital for her first feature. The journey turns out to be a hectic and challenging one for her in many respects. Facing a few of her demons she collides head on with her past, presented in the formidable form of Megan Rogers, someone who knows a thing or two about rocking peoples worlds. Is true love really unconditional? If so she has a hard choice to make, especially when someone is intent on fighting.

Down Girl by Geonn [Original/Alt/Complete]
Ariadne Willow is forced to take a case during a potentially awkward time. The sixth story in my Underdogs series....

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 16: The Ties That Bind by Bard Classic/Alt/Complete]
Joyous is the family reunion. Or is it?

A Solstice Miracle by ShyBard [PostFIN/Alt/Incomplete]
Post FIN. Gabrielle returns to Greece only to unexpectedly meet up with Eve and both travel to Poteidaea to spend time with Lila and Sarah over the upcoming Winter Solstice. Aphrodite makes an appearance and no matter how well intended her plans may be, this can only lead to one thing....trouble!

August 7th, 2011

Affirmation by Mochamaker [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
Affirmation is a Rizzoli and Isles tale where Maura and Jane go on a talk show as guests. The story is told from the host's point of view and the questions get uncomfortably personal for the two leading ladies.

Reflection by Mochamaker [Law & Order: SVU/Alt/Complete]
Reflection is a Law and Order SVU story, told from the point of view of Olivia. It's her birthday and Alex stood her up. She's upset and enters her dark apartment, but a surprise awaits her in her bedroom in the form of a naked Alexandra Cabot. Happy Birthday Olivia...

Frayed Threads by Mochamaker [Law & Order: SVU/Alt/Complete]
Frayed Threads is a response to the Birthday challenge put out my Rae D Magdon last month. An intruder startles Olivia as she rests in her bed late at night. Alex creeps in and shocks her girlfriend. She suggests a new type of loving and Olivia is all for it. This tale is rated Mature for adult themes.

August 5th, 2011

Added Part 6 of Deadtown by Phair and Anders [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

August 4th, 2011

The Race of Warriors by The Guardian [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 16 of the Guardian Series) As Queen of the Amazons, Gabrielle wants to hold a traditional Amazon race
and invites two of their sister tribes to participate. But before the Race hcan even begin, there is a lot of drama and the participation of three young underdogs is endangered. What does the Loyal get herself into trying to help her friends? This is a story about learning, guidance and teamwork.

The Negotiation by Jennifer Alexander Robinson [Original/Alt/Complete]
I negotiated with a rapist for my life. This is my story. - A narrative combining poetry and film. It is a heartbreaking fact that those of us who have suffered violent attacks remain wrongfully ashamed and silent, because of the continued arrogance of the judiciary and their ambivalent attitude to the crime of rape.

August 3rd, 2011

Announcement from the Royal Academy of Bards
Oz here...
WHEW...July is over. It's always the busiest month around the Academy.

BC#25 is now over. I want to thank everyone who read the stories and voted. Based on the voting, I'm guessing a lot of readers had a hard time deciding on just one story. All twelve incredible stories received votes and it was a very, very tight race from start to finish.

I also would like to thank everyone for sending in their nominations for the Hall of Fame. I am now going to go through all the emails and tally them up to see who gets inducted. I will also go through the FTB emails to see who will be named Fan of the Year.

We will announce all the winners this weekend. Stay tuned.

Announcement from Being Anders
Just an update for readers following deadtown. Phair and I appreciate all the love being sent our way, so much so we setup a FB page. Yes, you heard right - we're gone all facebook on you - so we're inviting you die hards to come visit and write us a note or two on the wall - let us know what we're doing wrongly (or rightly) - deadtown FB ( - don't forget to LIKE us now and yes, since you asked nicely - chapter 6 is out -

Added Part 11 of Broken Arrow by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
(Sequel to Sweetwater, Rolling Thunder, and Fireweed)

August 1st, 2011

A Shaggy Dog Story by Geonn [Original/Alt/Complete]
Beat cop Diana Rios runs into an old girlfriend on an otherwise routine night. Or is it? (The fifth story in my "Underdogs" series, and a birthday present to Lara Zielinsky, who paid me a very nice compliment on this series when it started!)


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