NOTE: I do not update these reports after they are posted so some of the links may not work after a while. If you find a broken link check the title in the alphabetical lists of alternative or general reviews at the end of this report.

MONDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 6/29/98
[Previous report was for 6/28/98]

Hi guys,

Thought tonight I would spotlight once again a group of VERY creative Xenites out there who in addition to our bards are also doing a great deal to enhance the fanfic experience - our artists! Below is a listing of some OUTSTANDING Web sites featuring drawings, paintings, digital art and other graphical creations inspired by fanfic. Make it a point to visit these Web pages and check out how our artists envision that favorite fanfic character! Afterwards make sure to drop them a note to let them know you want MORE! >:)

THE XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS FANTASY ART GALLERY
Make sure to take the "tour" starting at: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Coffeehouse/2147/index.html
The excellent Fan Fiction Gallery is at: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Coffeehouse/2147/page3.html

XENA FAN FICTION CHARACTERS PORTRAIT GALLERY
Features a number of wonderful fanfic interpretations by Barbara Maclay.
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Bungalow/2591/

XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS ARTWORK
Great collection of artists here. In particular DO NOT MISS Lunar's piece "My Heart's Desire" inspired by the stories of Missy Good.
http://ausxip.com/artwork/index.html

Pink Rabbit Productions DIGITAL ART AND STORY FRAGMENTS PAGE
A truly BREATHTAKING collection of digital art pieces by the the very talented team that make up Pink Rabbit. Many of the pieces are accompanied by short vignettes since these creative artists are also among our best bards!
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/digital.htm

BARRON'S ART GALLEY AND FAN FICTION COVERS
You've read the stories now see the covers!! DO NOT MISS Barron's now famous fanfic covers for many of our favorite XWP stories. The site also features Xena Scrolls Art based on the episode and Bat Morda's delightful renditions of Mel and Janice.
http://barron.simplenet.com/Content-Xena/Gallery.html

Once again Xenites, if you appreciate the talent of these artists DO make sure to drop them a note. They like to hear from those who enjoy their work just as much the bards do. As for you artists and would-be artists out there - if you make available a new Web site which INCLUDES fanfic related art please drop me a note at lunacy@lunacyreviews.com so I can spread the word. Note that Shadowfen also lists these sites on her Fan Fiction Index so you might want to let her know as well. Her list of sites is at: http://shadowfen.simplenet.com/ffindex/fanficst.htm

Talking of fanfic sites, I've been meaning to draw your attention to some changes at the XENAVERSE CODEX. The fine folks there have been remodeling the site. They've added a page featuring their own favorite fan fiction stories at: http://xenafiction.net/FAV.HTM

They also now have an EXCELLENT, very comprehensive list of all the fanfic sites out there. Featuring brief descriptions of what's available at each site, this list is VERY nice guys. It can be found at: http://xenafiction.net/sites.htm

The main page for the XENAVERSE CODEX remains at: http://xenafiction.net/

Whew!!! Large announcement section there tonight! :) Now at last we get to the fanfic - just two new offerings tonight but both very enjoyable - a new one from D. Joan Leib and another of those incredibly satisfying bits from the Merwolf.

ALTERNATIVE FICTION:

DENY OR EMBRACE by D. Joan Leib
Intriguing new story which finds the warrior and bard on a seemingly normal day enjoying the countryside when a terrifying vision brings them to a standstill. Determined to learn more about what may have sparked that vision the two decide to spend time at a nearby village where preparations for an annual ritual have come to a halt after an important part of that ritual turns up missing. With two chapters now available, Joan is already doing a skillful job of building the sense of mystery in this. Solid writing in a tale with great promise.
http://www.englishchick.com/fic/xena/deny.htm

PROMISES KEPT by Missy Good
Part five is now being posted. After another of her LOOOOONG absences ;-) this bard-extraordinaire returns with the sequel to LEAP OF FAITH which finds the warrior and bard getting on with their lives, making plans for both the weeks ahead...and the years they plan to spend together. For Xena this involves some final preparations for their upcoming trip to see friends and family...for the bard it means taking the first steps in turning a wish into reality. This latest section beautifully captures the special magic between warrior and bard as they share a very welcomed discovery. There are things about a Missy story that just seem automatic these days - solid, sensitively drawn portrayals of our two heroines, beautiful writing with rich images and lots of heartfelt exchanges, a terrific supporting cast and one of the most heart-warming depictions of the Xena/Gab relationship in fanfic. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
http://www.merwolf.com/xena.html

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.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)