THE BARD'S REFERENCE LIBRARY
XENA COLLECTION
Managed by Lunacy, M.L.S.
Last modified: November 03 2012 12:33:12

Introduction - Rules and Regulations

Guides, Manuals, And Directories

XWP Fanfic Articles REVISED

X:WP Reference Sources On The Net

X:WP Fan Fiction Contests And Auctions

X:WP Fan Fiction Events

X:WP Fan Fiction Indexes

X:WP Fan Fiction Reviews

X:WP Fan Fiction Art

XWP Audio Resources

XWP Video Resources

Foreign Language XWP Fan Fiction

XWP Virtual Seasons

XWP Fan Fiction Awards

General Fan Fiction Directories

General Fanfic Articles

Other Fanfic And Writing Resources On The Net REVISED

Notable Women Throughout History

Historical And Mythological Resources On The Net

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INTRODUCTION - RULES AND REGULATIONS:

Listed here you will find documents, articles and how-to manuals written by Xenites about the writing process and/or about XWP fan fiction. You will also find links to other sites on the Net that might be of interest to writers. You will find everything from technical instruction on how to construct a sentence to advice on how to develop characters and plots. Do keep in mind that the writing process itself tends to be a very personal thing. What works for one bard may not work for another. There are bards who can write without planning their stories first - they enjoy the spontaneity that comes with discovering what a character is going to do almost at the same time that the character decides to do it. There are others who prefer to meticulously plan their stories from start to finish. There are bards who pride themselves in producing technically well-written stories, who seriously want to improve their writing, who sometimes even aspire to write commercially - there are others who just want to tell a story and don't like to spend a lot of time on the technical aspects. In fan fiction there is nothing wrong with either approach. The MOST important thing to keep in mind is that fan fiction both for writers and readers should first and foremost be FUN! The documents listed here are NOT "official" guides on writing XWP fan fiction. They are simply contributions from fellow Xenite bards in which they share what works for them. Locally hosted documents include the date they were added to the library's collection at the end of the item description.

RULES OF THE LIBRARY: Feel free to check out anything you like. No due dates are imposed and no late fees although failure to refer to the librarian as "The Goddess" will lead to severe punishment. It behooves us all to remember that Librarians these days talk softly but carry a big whip ;-)


GUIDES, MANUALS, AND DIRECTORIES:


XWP ARTICLES:


X:WP REFERENCE SOURCES ON THE NET:


X:WP FAN FICTION CONTESTS AND AUCTIONS:


X:WP FAN FICTION EVENTS:


X:WP FAN FICTION INDEXES:

  • THE ATHENAEUM by Bardeyes
    The present-day descendant of the first XWP fanfic index on the net, Xenos' XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS FAN FICTION INDEX, Bardeyes' newly revised THE ATHENAEUM indexes over 1500 works, and includes an amazing 17 category indexes, a series index, an author index and an index of NetForum titles. The story listings feature a rating, the date a story was released on the Web, the number of pages, a short description and links to longer reviews when these are available. The Athenaeum stopped indexing new fanfic in April 1999. It now only lists stories that are actually hosted by the site but the more comprehensive index of older titles available throughout the fandom remains available.
  • CASA DE UBER by LilTrain
    A very comprehensive index to Uber-Xena fiction with separate indexes for crossover, series and Mel/Janice stories.
  • CONQUEROR STORIES INDEX by Angharad Governal
    An index to Xena fanfic featuring the character of Xena the Conqueror introduced in the HERCULES episode "Armaggedon" or set in that alternate world.
  • FIRST TIME STORIES by Kelley Piper
    This is an interactive index that lists first time stories in a number of different categories and allows readers to contribute new story listings and reviews. The site offers an extensive search feature.
  • SHADOWFEN'S XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS FAN FICTION INDEX by Shadowfen
    Currently offering author and title indexes, as well as indexes of Uber-Xena stories, children's stories, lost stories and NetForum titles, this site's strength is an excellent WHAT'S NEW section. The story listings feature the number of pages, the release date, a short description and links to longer reviews when these are available. Shadowfen's index also includes e-mail links for many of the bards whose stories are listed.
  • ‹BER ‹BER ALLES: THE 24 HOUR ‹BERXENA PIT-STOP maintained by ‹ber Roos Family Productions
    An EXTENSIVE guide to all-things uber. Includes essays on the uber phenomenon and a comprehensive index to uber-Xena fanfic stories listing title, author, characters, plot details, locations, time periods, author e-mail addresses and a host of other details. Awesome. - 7/8/99
  • UBER XENA/ORIGINAL STORY LIST compiled by Eileen Marks
    Comprehensive breakdown by character names, occupations, title and author of all uber titles in Xena fanfic.
  • THE ULTIMATE FAN FICTION DIRECTORY by Absinthe, Barry, Bonn, CNWinters and a staff of reporters
    This site currently offers indexes of general and alternative fiction as well as indexes of Callisto stories, Amazon tales, uber pieces, stories featuring the men of XWP and stories centering on the families of Xena and Gabrielle. It is the only site offering a poetry index. The story listings feature short descriptions and recommendations from those maintaining the directory. The site also makes available a forum for discussing XWP fan fiction.

X:WP FAN FICTION REVIEWS:

  • BARD PICKS Managed by Katrina
    The site features reviews written by different readers so it is reflective of the many different tastes in Xena fan fiction.
  • THE BARD'S VILLAGE FANFICTION REVIEWS by Taleweaver and Blondi
    Fanfic reviews by two members of the Bards Village mailing list.
  • BARDS TO LOOK OUT FOR by JTD
    Features a listing of selected bards with reviews of favorite stories, online bibliographies, excerpts from stories and links to related sites.
  • BARRON'S FAVORITES by Barron
    Featuring reviews of Barron's favorite fanfic stories, this is a small, selective site with nicely written, often very funny reviews. The story listings feature ratings and where available links to Barron's excellent graphical fan fiction covers.
  • BLURB: RECOMMENDATIONS OF XENAVERSE FAN FICTION maintained by Anima and Laler
    The site features reviews by Xenaverse bards. There's a permanent staff of reviewers as well as a growing number of associate reviewers. Reviews are organized by title, author and a number of category indexes.
  • CASA DE UBER REVIEWS maintained by Liltrain
    Features uber reviews. Contributions from guest reviewers are welcomed.
  • CEE'S FANFIC REVIEWS maintained by Cee
    Making its debut March 4, 2001, this site features reviews of classic and uber Xena tales.
  • DEL'S FAN FICTION REVIEWS by Del_kaidin
    Started in September 1998. Del_kaidin reviews both general and alternative fan fiction.
  • DREAMCATCHING REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS by Lariel
    Features recommendations by Xenite bard Lariel.
  • FANFICTION.NET by Xing Li and Trizung Nguyen
    Features reader reviews and comments.
  • FOREVAXENA FANFIC REVIEWS
    Offers reviews by staff reviewers and also accepts reader contributions. Bards can request reviews of their online works.
  • JUST LIKE BUTTAH REVIEWS by Judith BardNutcase
    Features reviews by Xenite Judith BardNutcase. The reviews are currently arranged by title.
  • LUNACY'S FAN FICTION REVIEWS by Lunacy
    The Lunacy Fan Fiction Reviews site includes reviews of Xena fanfic organized in a number of different indexes. Currently there are indexes of reviews for alternative, general, Uber-Xena, Warlord/Slave, Conqueror and Holiday stories. There's also an index of reviews for lost stories. The reviews include an approximate release date, mention of any awards a story has garnered, links to fanfic art and story descriptions. The site features crosslinks to sequels, prequels, and/or other stories in a series.
  • ONLINE FICTION RECOMMENDED BY MERPUPS maintained by Anne Vespry
    This site keeps track of the fan fiction that has been recommended or mentioned on the MerwolfPack mailing list. It also features reviews by pups Anne Vespry and Helen Smith.
  • VERSI”N ORIGINAL: FAN FIC EN ESPA—OL by Cruella [SPANISH]
    Accepts and makes available reader reviews of Spanish XWP fanfic.
  • THE XENA E-XINE
    This web site archives the issues of the XENA E-XINE, an online e-zine devoted to all things Xena which, in addition to news about the show and the fandom, also includes fanfic reviews and articles about fanfic.
  • SIEMPREXENA by Atenea [SPANISH]
    Xena site featuring just about everything in Spanish including episode listing, episode reviews, fanfic (original and translations), fanfic reviews, art, and links to Spanish resources.

X:WP FAN FICTION ART:


XWP AUDIO RESOURCES:


XWP VIDEO RESOURCES:


FOREIGN LANGUAGE XWP FAN FICTION:


X:WP VIRTUAL SEASONS:

  • XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS SUBTEXT VIRTUAL SEASON 7
    Collaborative effort by a number of Xenites to create a web-based seventh season of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS with a subtext slant. "Episodes" air Wednesday nights at 10pm EST. Season premier is October 31, 2001.
  • XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS VIRTUAL SEASON 7
    Collaborative effort by a number of Xenites to create a web-based seventh season of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS with the same "feel" as the TV series. "Episodes" air Monday nights at 8pm EST. Season premier was September 24, 2001.

X:WP FAN FICTION AWARDS:

  • THE AMAZON ICE COMPANY AWARD FOR MATURE FANFICTION maintained by B.L. Miller
    Given to stories which should DEFINITELY be avoided at work, this award is for explicit tales that move us in ALL sorts of ways ;-) Readers are invited to nominate their favorite fanfic sizzlers.
  • THE EDDIES
    Started by MaryD when she was a fanfic editor at TOM'S XENA PAGE, the Eddies are no longer distributed but the site maintains a listing of winners from April 1997-August 1999.
  • THE EX-GUARDS XENA FAN FICTION AWARD
    This award recognizes excellence in fanfic written by members of the Ex-Guards mailing list.
  • FAN FICTION AWARD BY XENA.DEMON.NL
    An award given by the WWW.XENA.DEMON.NL site to people/writters/websites who have done something for the Xenaverse. Nominations are accepted.
  • FOREVAXENA'S BARD OF THE MONTH maintained by Forevaxena
    Given by Forevaxena on a monthly basis to bards whose works she feels should receive special recognition.
  • LO + PLUS by Atenea
    Given by Atenea from the XENAVERSO site to outstanding Xena fanfic written in Spanish.
  • MURPHY SLURP AWARDS maintained by Murphy
    Given by Murphy to bards, artists, poets and web sites.
  • MUZZA'S FAN FICTION AWARDS maintained by Muzza
    Accepts nominations for favorite stories in a number of different categories.
  • PREMIOS OL… by Atenea
    Given by Atenea from the XENAVERSO site to outstanding Xena fanfic. This is a Spanish site but the award is given to stories in other languages.
  • THE SWOLLEN BUD AWARDS
    Given by a committee of Xenite bards and readers dedicated to recognizing "spectacular pieces of fan fiction".
  • XENAVERSE GOLD FAN FICTION AWARDS maintained by Pansdemic and Invidere
    Very selective award given periodically. Stories can be nominated for consideration.
  • THE XIPPY AWARD by MaryD
    The Xippies are bestowed by webmistress/bard MaryD on stories she considers notable. Awards are given on a weekly basis.

GENERAL FAN FICTION DIRECTORIES

  • THE COMPLETE KINGDOM OF SLASH ARCHIVE by The Archivist
    Huge collection of slash fanfic from over a hundred different fandoms.
  • FAN FICTION DIRECTORY by Rayhne
    With the goal of listing all the fanfic-related sites on the Internet, this site is well organized featuring a number of different categories and fandoms.
  • FAN FICTION LINKS INDEX (THE)
    Comprehensive site featuring links to fanfic from hundreds of different fandoms. Kept very current.
  • FAN FICTION ON THE NET by Karen Nicholas
    HUGE site featuring links to fanfic web pages for practically every show and fandom out there.
  • FANFICTION.NET by Xing Li and Trizung Nguyen
    Large comprehensive site hosting fanfic from just about every type of fandom out there including TV shows, movies, music groups, cartoons, etc. Readers are invited to contribute reviews.
  • SATYRICON AU GO GO by The Riddler
    Huge slash archive featuring fanfic from many different fandoms. The collection of links to other sites is particularly impressive.
  • SHACK'S FANFIC CLEARINGHOUSE by Shack
    "Shack's Fanfic Clearinghouse is an archive of detailed links to sites carrying fan fiction of every type".

GENERAL FANFIC ARTICLES:


OTHER FANFIC AND WRITING RESOURCES ON THE NET:

  • CHILLING EFFECTS NEW
    A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and University of San Francisco law school clinics this site addresses legal issues of interest to webmasters, fanfic authors, forum and list owners, and just about anyone who navigates the Web. An EXCELLENT resource covering topics such as copyright and trademark laws, fanfic, linking, anonymity, and domain names.
  • DR. MERLIN'S GUIDE TO FAN FICTION by Dr. Merlin (alias Melissa Wilson)
    An entertaining and very comprehensive general guide to fan fiction - What it is? How to write it? Who writes it and why?
  • ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk, Jr.
    The classic English language style guide listing basic rules of grammar.
  • FREEDICT.COM
    Offers 16 different foreign language dictionaries allowing visitors to translate from English into these languages and back.
  • NAMES:
    • BABYZONE - BABY NAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
      Names organized by geographical location and historical periods.
    • FIRST NAMES AND WHAT THEY MEAN by C. Thomas Wright III
      The site allows you to search for particular names, gives you their nationality and meaning. They have a search engine in the works that would allow you to search by meaning so that you could, for instance, find names that mean "queen" or "strong".
    • ONE HUNDRED ONE AMAZONS by S. Wilson
      Information on a number of Amazons whose names appear in historical and literary texts. An outstanding source of Amazon names.

  • HOW STUFF WORKS by Marshall Brain
    An INCREDIBLY informative site that features explanations of how things work - everything from machines, to diseases, to the human body, to the environment and many, MANY more categories. The articles are clear and comprehensive.
  • THE INTERNET ARCHIVE
    This site is part of an effort to archive Internet web sites. The people working on the project have been saving Internet pages for years now and have now made these available to users through a search engine they call the Wayback Machine. If you're interested in a site you can type the URL into the Wayback Machine and see a list of all the old versions of the site the Internet Archive has saved. The site can be quite useful to Xenites in that if you have the URL for a lost story or a web site that is no longer on the Net, you can type it into this Wayback Machine and see if the Internet Archive ever kept a copy of the story or any of the pages from that lost site. THE INTERNET ARCHIVE doesn't archive all the pages from a site - just selected ones so what you're looking for may or may not be there. Also, be aware that the site has proven extremely popular since opening to the public in October 2001 so you may experience delays in trying to connect or get results.
  • ONELOOK DICTIONARIES
    Awesome site which allows you to search over three hundred specialized and general online dictionaries for definitions. When you type in a term you can choose what types of dictionaries you want to search in or you can simply search ALL the dictionaries. The dictionaries available for searching include general, legal, medical, computer, slang, religion, art, sports, and science dictionaries among many others.
  • SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITERS OF AMERICA, INC.
    A fantastic resource for sci-fi/fantasy writers featuring articles on the craft and business of writing science fiction and fantasy. In particular, do not miss the article ON THUD AND BLUNDER by Poul Anderson - a very practical and often humorous guide to writing sci-fi/fantasy that makes sense.
  • WRITER'S WRITE - THE WRITE RESOURCE
    One of the finest resource Web sites for writers and would-be writers. Makes available a monthly publication called THE INTERNET WRITING JOURNAL with articles on every facet of writing from the technical aspects to the creative ones, advice on getting published, legal issues, etc. The site also features author interviews, book reviews, best sellers lists and classified listings of jobs and opportunities for writers, editors, publishers and agents.

HISTORICAL AND MYTHOLOGICAL RESOURCES ON THE NET:

  • ANCIENT/CLASSICAL HISTORY
    Terrific collection of links and documents about ancient civilizations. Among other things you can find maps, information about what people wore, weapons and warfare, sexuality, descriptions of what daily life was like. Includes also a nice biography section on notable women in Ancient history.
  • ANCIENT CLOTHING
    A glossary of clothing terminology along with hundreds of illustrations of ancient costumes.
  • ARGOS
    A peer-reviewed area search engine for those seeking ancient and medieval resources on the Net. ARGOS is maintained by academicians active in these areas of study.
  • ARMAMENTARIVM
    A very comprehensive reference source on Roman arms and armor.
  • BULFINCH'S MYTHOLOGY by Thomas Bulfinch
    The online version of one of the definitive reference works on classical mythology. A truly extraordinary site with a mind-boggling system of cross-links. Includes a listing of the major Olympian gods with images showing how they've been represented in art and references to their appearances in ancient texts.
  • THE COSTUME PAGE by Julie Zetterberg
    Very comprehensive site featuring a wealth of historical information on clothing, armor and accessories used through the ages, ethnic and folk costumes, and theatrical costumes as well as links to hundreds of sites featuring detailed information on the construction of these costumes.
  • THE COSTUME SITE by Lauren Podolak/Milieux
    An extraordinary collection of links to Web sites containing information on historical costumes, clothing and armor used through the ages as well as costumes used in film, theater and TV.
  • A DETAILED CHRONOLOGY OF GREEK HISTORY Compiled by Charlie Kyriacou
    A very nice, detailed chronology of Greek History from 70,000 B.C. to modern day.
  • DIOTIMA: MATERIALS FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE ANCIENT WORLD by Ross Scaife and Suzanne Bonefas
    A resource for the study of gender around the ancient Mediterranean, the site includes links to many on-line articles, book reviews, databases, and images as well as a searchable bibliography.
  • INDIAN MYTHOLOGY
    Very comprehensive and easy to understand site featuring a character guide to the gods and heros in Hindu mythology as well as a number of the most popular legends and stories.
  • MYTHING LINKS Compiled and maintained by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
    "An annotated and illustrated collection of worldwide links to mythologies, fairy tales and folklore, sacred arts & traditions". The site features links to very informative essays about the various creation myths, rituals of birth, rituals of death, rituals of puberty and other traditions in cultures throughout history.
  • MYTHS AND LEGENDS by Christopher B. Siren
    Excellent collection of links to sites featuring information on mythologies, legends and religions from around the world and different historical periods.
  • OSSHE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ATLAS RESOURCE A project of the University Of Oregon
    This site makes available some nice geographical, historical, political and economic maps of Ancient Greece and Rome. Also available is a Cultural Image Library showing what buildings, bridges, private homes, and other every-day things looked like. Maps of 18th and 19th century North America are also available for those of you writing those uber stories.
  • PERSEUS PROJECT Gregory Crane, Editor-in-Chief, Tufts University
    Described as a "digital library of resources for studying the ancient world", this growing site includes ancient texts and translations of these, essays on a number of different topics, pictures of ancient art contributed by over 70 museums and a VERY impressive interactive atlas that allows you to zoom in on specific areas of the ancient world and pick which cities/towns/sites you want actually listed in the atlas. [Note: You must have a Java-enabled browser in order to use the Atlas]
  • PLANTS, HERBS AND OILS THROUGHOUT HISTORY by Interactive Technologies, LLC
    Discusses the use of plants, herbs and oils for medicinal and superstitious purposes throughout history. Includes a list of plants and what they've been used for in the past.

NOTABLE WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY:

  • THE AMAZONS
    Lots of pictures and historical references.
  • THE AMAZONS AND THESEUS AND THE AMAZONS compiled by S. Wilson
    General information about amazons.
  • AMAZONS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY by Interactive Technologies, LLC
    An overview of Amazons in Greek mythology. Includes a listing of legendary Amazons.
  • ANTIQUITAS FEMINAE - A JOURNEY THROUGH AMAZON TIME compiled by Nene Adams
    Articles about women warriors.
  • ONE HUNDRED ONE AMAZONS by S. Wilson
    Information on a number of Amazons whose names appear in historical and literary texts. An outstanding source of Amazon names.
  • THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE EURASIAN NOMADS (CSEN)
    Talks about the recent archeological findings of tombs and artifacts belonging to women warriors in ancient Russia. Includes pictures of costumes, weapons, head-dresses with some familiar feathers :-)
  • DISTINGUISHED WOMEN OF PAST AND PRESENT by Danuta Bois
    Awesome site with information on just about every notable woman in history. For information specifically about warriors look under FIELDS OF ACTIVITY and select MILITARY AND WARFARE. Make sure to read about Fuhao - a Chinese queen and military leader who at one time commanded an army of 10,000 - this at a time when she very well COULD have met a certain Warrior Princess ;-) Also interesting is the Syrian Queen Mavia who led a SUCCESSFUL revolt against Rome in the 4th century A.D. Mulan is listed here as are other VERY IMPRESSIVE sisters! :-)
  • WOMEN WARRIORS
    Long, OUTSTANDING study of women warriors during the past 6,000 years. Talks about women warriors from Ancient Greece and Rome to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.
  • WOMEN WARRIORS OF JAPAN: THE ROLE OF THE ARMS-BEARING WOMEN IN JAPANESE HISTORY by Ellis Amdur
    Good, thorough study of notable female warriors in Japanese history.

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