MONDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 12/28/98
[Previous report was for 12/25/98]
That crazy Australian had some free time on her hands again so thanks to MaryD there's a new Web site for Missy Good fans - THE DAR ROBERTS AND KERRY STUART FAN PAGE in honor of that beloved duo from Missy's TROPICAL STORM. Featuring art and trivia the new page is located at: http://ausxip.com/dak/index.html
Also, Simahoyo has recently added some new resources to her WRITER'S TOOLBOX page which includes links to writing and HTML guides, as well as information on everything from armor and weapons to clothing, food and medicines used throughout history. Check this site out at: http://www.blarg.net/~simahoyo/writers.html.htm
I'm VERY happy to report that one lost story is lost NO more! Thanks to K.P. West, Karen Surtees and PruferBlue the uber story ALL I EVER NEED is now once again available. I've included its review below with the updated URL. We also have four new ones tonight and a whole slew of terrific updates including the conclusion to a very special story...
THE CUSTOMER by Bel-wah
A powerful new tale about an old soldier turned keeper of the dead, a "customer" determined not to cooperate, and a love strong enough to even thwart death itself. Bel-Wah combines excellent writing here with a masterful use of shifting point-of-views to give us a riveting look at the horrors of war, the struggles of those who become part of it, and the fortitude of the human spirit as it grasps for the one thing that will one day see it beyond the confines of a physical shell. An exceptional MUST READ that comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [some subtext in this] - 12 pgs.
BARD TIMES by Catkin
Cute little story that has Gabrielle and a VERY reluctant Warrior Princess taking part in a talent competition. The ex-warlord's patience has never been tried quite like this ;-) - 12 pgs.
A PROMISE NOT KEPT by BikerBard
This bard's first fanfic offering is a very short but intense futuristic uber tale about the power of love in even the darkest of times. - 3 pgs.
WHEN THE SUN BEGINS TO SET by PruferBlue
Parts 2-4 are now available. Determined to make sure Ares never gets his Warrior Princess back, the goddess Discord decides to try to frame the God of War for the murder of a certain blonde bard... This is a well-written, action-packed story with lots of angst. [unfinished] - 9 pgs.
PRINCESS FASCIA by Nene Adams
Based upon the fairy tale RAPUNZEL this latest addition to Nene's XENAVERSE FAERY TALES, chronicles the efforts of a rather frustrated Xena as she is called away from some crucial shopping plans with the bard to rescue a princess who doesn't need as much rescuing as her family seems to think ;-) Nene's very unique sense of humor will keep you grinning throughout this delightful look at a typical work day for the Warrior Princess. DO NOT MISS! - 7 pgs.
ALL I EVER NEED by K.P. West
Returning to the Web, this first story by K.P West is a rather original uber piece set in the present day which finds loner Jaime Bennet unemployed and in need of physical therapy after she's diagnosed with a mysterious illness. Her existence becomes a predictable routine until the day a new physical therapist comes into her life sporting the most beautiful green eyes Jamie has ever seen...Nicely emotional storyline with a contemporary feel and a good treatment of a very serious issue. DO NOT MISS!! - 24 pgs.
Pt.1 - http://members.aol.com/surtees1/all.html
Pt.2 - http://members.aol.com/surtees1/all2.html
AFTERMATH: THE TREE OF LIFE by XWP Fanatic
Part seven of this story is now available. Set in the world of Xena the Conqueror we first met in the HERCULES episode ARMAGEDDON NOW, this OUTSTANDING tale has the ruthless empress holding a contest to try to determine what "truth" is...with dire consequences for the losers. Undaunted and despite having first- hand knowledge of the woman's cruelty, Gabrielle chooses to participate, driven by this stubborn need to somehow reach the ice cold heart no one else seems capable of breaching. It marks the beginning of a difficult journey for both of them as the Conqueror finds herself intrigued by the young upstart and Gabrielle finds herself suddenly a part of the empress' life - forced to join her on a campaign against the very enemy that helped to make her into the dreaded Destroyer of Nations. In this latest part the Conqueror's army meets Roman steel but it's the heart of a young bard that will decide the day. Very well written, with a fascinating premise and great characterizations of the Xena and Gabrielle from that alternate world, this one is GUARANTEED to keep you hooked. XWP Fanatic is particularly excelling here in the depiction of the Xena/Gab relationship giving it a gentle quality that is deeply captivating in light of the Conqueror's innate harshness. Put this one at the top of your MUST READ list - with this latest updated it gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! - [unfinished] - 12 pgs.
OF DRAG KINGS AND A WARRIOR PRINCESS by Susan Smith
Chapter 21 has been updated. This talented writer tries her hand at uber fiction this time around, producing a very different, very original contemporary story. Rosalind Olchawski considers herself a fairly ordinary college professor leading a fairly ordinary life - a life so ordinary and so bland, in fact, that recently Rosalind has started to wonder whether she's even capable of feeling that passion others seem to feel. It is a concern that is answered one evening when she accompanies a friend to a club and discovers in the startling blue eyes of a drag king the destiny she had been waiting for. In this latest update Rosalind faces some new ompetition. Very well written, with characterizations that are sensitively done, a twist of the uber theme and an intriguing storyline this one should keep you hitting that page down button. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 11 pgs.
CIRCLE OF LIFE by Melissa Good
The conclusion is now available. Possibly more anticipated than the fourth season of XWP, this latest entry in Missy's beloved Xena/Gab series in a story which continues the tale from FESTIVAL but is actually set after the events in the episode FAMILY AFFAIR. Still recuperating from their recent ordeal, the warrior and bard are back in Amphipolis awaiting the birth of their child and treasuring their time together as never before. With Amazons visiting and word of friends and family in trouble, however, their tranquillity is short-lived as the two, reunited once again, prepare to face whatever life throws their way. Emotional and heartwarming, this final update marks the end of a long journey for warrior and bard and the beginning of a new one as together with their friends and family they welcome a new generation, reaffirming a love and commitment that will keep them together through the worst of times and inspire their children into the distant future. Missy's very special style is clearly in evidence throughout this novel placing the Xena/Gab relationship center stage and infusing the story with a unique blend of delightful humor, poignant drama and enchanting characterizations. If you want to treat yourself to the work of a master storyteller DO NOT MISS this story or any of the others in what is considered by many THE premier fanfic series in Xena fandom. This gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - [finished] - 17 pgs.
A PRESENT UNDER THE TREE by Melissa Good
An update is now available. A wonderful Christmas surprise for the many Missy fans out there, this DELIGHTFUL follow-up to the extraordinary TROPICAL STORM finds Dar and Kerry feeling increasingly comfortable in their relationship as they enjoy the holidays and make plans for Dar's upcoming birthday party. It is a time for friends and family - for reflecting on the change their lives have taken - and perhaps even for taking more of those emotional risks...As usual Missy excels here in capturing the magic of the relationship between her two heroines. Set in Merwolf's home town, this uber series has a terrifically authentic flavor to it (and this is coming from a fellow Miamian so I KNOW ;-). Dar, Kerry and the entire supporting cast are extraordinarily well-drawn characters brought to life by some very skillful storytelling. One for the top of your MUST READ list, this Solstice gift gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [Note: In order to avoid overtaxing the servers Missy's stories are available from lets please split our use of these guys - if your first name starts with the letters A-M use the first URL below, if it starts with N-Z use the second.] [unfinished] - 31 pgs.
For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.