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We are the home of 251 authors from among our 2913 members. There have been 59401 reviews written about our 2281 stories consisting of 11560 chapters and 25628461 words. A special welcome to our newest member, Meyra.

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Caryl Events

February Writers Chat:  Thursday, February 1, 10 PM Eastern Time - Topic TBA!


illuminate the heart by lilabut M
Whatever had happened between them, it most definitely was not supposed to...
Expectation vs Reality by silversundown E
What we expect to happen and what actually does happen are rarely the same thing...
Don't Kiss! by BettyBubble E
Seven years ago, Carol had a chance to start over,  but she was still locked...
The Threads of Fate by CharlotteAshmore E
He had loved her for so long.  Carol was the one constant in his life which...
Deep Roots by ICanStopAnyTime M
When disease and famine sweep Virginia, Daryl and Caol set out to find a new...
I Never Stood a Chance Did I? by Redvelvetunicorns G
Daryl and Carol reunite in Alexandria after the events of 7x16
Teach Me by foreverlovingdaryldixon E
Carol's a virgin who's tired of being she decides Daryl Dixon...
Starting Over Yet Again by Amwaaker E
Carol navigates the world of online dating.  Eventual Caryl, but with lots...
Predestination by silversundown E
He's in the emergency room on Christmas day, nursing a broken thumb and scowling...
Beauty and the Beasts by Trogdor19 E
Daryl is a foul-mouthed construction foreman. Carol is his new biologist. AU...
Potential by Adina Rosa M
Carol and Daryl are strangers in their own bad relationships. Finding each other...
On Vacation! by Amwaaker E
Carol and Daryl meet on vacation with their daughters. AU. No zombies Disclaimer:...
Loose Ends by ramblinrose E
Caryl, AU.  Seasons 2 and 3.  When a group rips apart at the end of...
Beauty Within by LeeLeeWoflpack M
Carol is a Physical Therapist, and Daryl is a veteran in need of healing. Life...
Some Things Never Change by That1VT M
AU no ZA. Carol and Daryl were best friends from the ages of 8 until they were...
Happy Home, Happy Hearts by Brownfoxx M
Carol's a divorced mom about to buy her first house on her own on a tight budget;...
The Happiest Place On Earth by Axelrocks T
He was an idiot. This was a stupid idea, bound to get them killed. But he...
Someone Else's Star by Amanda Hawthorn E
All those years that Ed had blamed her for being a dried up, barren bitch and...
New Best Friends by Natasha-Dixon T
7x10 Reunion.   This is how I wanted the reunion to go down.
Another World by That1VT M
What if the ZA never happened? Would Daryl have ever met Carol, Rick, and the...
A Demon's Fate by Ravenheart E
What if Daryl was a demon?   Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters...
The Dixon's Guide to the Apocalypse by coreenfw E
The Walking Dead from a Dixon (mainly Merle's) perspective.  This is my...
That's Interesting by Brownfoxx M
In this AU comedy (no zombies) T-Dog, Glenn, Abe and Axel all work at Daryl...
the hands of fate by lilabut E
He believed what he had with the others was a family. A home. But all that changes...
Blame It on Our Stars by Booksrbetter T
Michonne is worried because Daryl is withdrawn and depressed. Carol is the new...
The Heart of War by DixonVixen M
When Carol goes missing during the height of the war against the Saviors, Daryl...
Random Story
Northern Stars by ramblinrose E
Sequel to Phantom Hearts but written to stand alone as well. The group must...
coreenfw 01/18/18 08:43 am
Natasha-Dixon... yeah, we like him okay around here, lolol. 😉😜
chemfemme 01/18/18 07:31 am
Congrats to Lilabut for FSOTW! Lovely story with a terrific opening passage!
Natasha-Dixon 01/17/18 12:23 pm
Hii :) thank you for the welcome!! Haha almost like Daryl Dixon is a fan favourite or something? :P
lilabut 01/17/18 11:13 am
awww thank you guys so much for the FSOTW :)
DixonVixen 01/16/18 01:11 pm
Welcome Natasha-Dixon! There's a lot of us Dixons here :D
subversivegrrl 01/16/18 09:01 am
Don't forget to sign up for the January "cliches" challenge!
coreenfw 01/16/18 05:22 am
Such a good story!!!
Ikkleosu 01/15/18 07:55 pm
Illuminate the Heart by lilabut is this week's FSTOW! For all those who enjoy a good baby fic.
Natasha-Dixon 01/15/18 05:06 pm
hiii :) thank you for the welcome
TeenageWerewolf 01/15/18 03:02 pm
anyone wanna do an extremely angsty vid/songfic with the song "the ice is getting thinner" by death cab for cutie? can't stop listening to it and thinking about them!
subversivegrrl 01/15/18 09:47 am
Welcome new author Natasha-Dixon!
subversivegrrl 01/14/18 12:53 pm
Wow, 250 authors and closing in on 3000 members!!
Miss Starfire 01/13/18 04:33 pm
Shout-out to Angela Kang! Please bring us canon Caryl!
princessdeirdre1 01/13/18 06:30 am
Really loved the" featured story"aspect of the site. You get to discover some gems and REDISCOVER some too. "Pretty" was so good and I read it awhile ago but never reviewed. Happy to see it pop up!
littleshelly0619 01/12/18 10:00 pm
EleanorK!!! ❤️❤️❤️
EleanorK 01/12/18 05:25 pm
hey yall - fun to drop back in these parts and enjoy some Caryl!
Amanda Hawthorn 01/12/18 03:22 pm
He's home but we're all totally exhausted. I'll attempt to get the next chapter up tomorrow. Thank you for the support ❤
coreenfw 01/12/18 01:46 pm
He seems to be stable and home again... I am sure Amanda will be here soon!!
CharlotteAshmore 01/12/18 11:23 am
Poor Goober *sob* I hope he's going to be ok.
coreenfw 01/12/18 05:21 am
Tied up, not toed up... lol.
coreenfw 01/12/18 05:20 am
Amanda wants everyone to know she has been toed up and her next chapter will be late. Her dog has been having health problems... she has had to deal with that right now. She asked me to let you all know... ❤️
Trogdor19 01/11/18 09:52 pm
Yup, should be a once a week thing!
subversivegrrl 01/11/18 03:48 pm
Crap, that looks like it would have been fun but I missed it. Looks like they'll be doing it next week too?
Trogdor19 01/11/18 10:39 am
Hey guys- there's a new fanfic writer's chat event on Twitter, Wednesdays at 1pm EST, organized under the hashtag #FICWIP. Here's a link for more info:
YokaiShinari 01/11/18 06:49 am
Carylers Happy Place! Yes! Congrats! Much love!


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Four years, folks. Four exciting years since Ravenesque had the original idea to create a Caryl-only fanfic archive. Four years since we became an island in a sea of fandom madness. Four years of community-building, fabulous stories, experiments (some more successful than others), occasional drama, and camaraderie. It's been a wild ride, and we're glad you've been around to share it with us.

So how do you celebrate four years? Is that the tin anniversary? Paper? (that would be appropriate.) Egg salad? Glitter?

We've already announced the next challenge, with prompts designed to get your creative juices flowing, but the other thing we're really excited about is THE RETURN OF MEMBER OF THE MONTH!!

The point of taking Member(s) of the Month offline and revamping it was twofold: 1) to encourage community involvement, and 2) to eliminate the perception of MOTM--valid or not--as a popularity contest. (We didn’t intend for that revamp to take more than a year, but--it did. Sorry.)

It's a whole new game this time around: whereas before we had two members of the month, one author and one reviewer, under the new system there will be only one per month. Whereas the Members of the Month were previously selected by nomination by other members, now they’ll be randomly selected from among those Nine Lives members who in the previous two months have either 1) published or updated a story, or 2) contributed at least 5 reviews.  

The selection process is all automated now, thanks to the stellar tech skills of silversundown, fairiesmasquerade, and meeshie. The list of eligible members is generated automatically: all the admins have to do is push a button and the system randomly spits out the name of one member from that eligible group. Then we get in touch with that person, ask them a series of nosy questions related to fanfic and our favorite ship, and have one of our fabulous graphics team members make them a spiffy banner to go in their member profile!  Winners are then eliminated from the pool for the next 12 months, after which they’ll be eligible for selection again.

We'll be announcing the first MOTM selected under the new system on January 28th. Going forward, the MOTM will be announced on the first of the month, like they were before.

Like with MOTM, we continue to try to find ways to improve the site. As always, if there's any improvements or changes you'd like to see made to the site, let us know! Sometimes we find they're not technically possible to accomplish (as we learned a couple of times this year), but we'll always try to make things work better for you.

So - happy anniversary, bring on the champagne! We're so glad you're here with us.

--Nine Lives Admins on January 09, 2018 9:37am 1 Comments
January Fanfiction Challenge: Goofy Cliches & Phrases

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Kill two birds with one stone...a bird in hand is worth two in the bush...the pot calling the kettle black…


Chances are you have heard one of these phrases before. Trite phrases and goofy cliches -- that is what our January Nine Lives Fanfiction Challenge is all about! We’ll give you a list of cliches and phrases, and you must pick one to use in your fanfiction piece. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Amirite?


List of suggestions:

  • In for a penny, in for a pound
  • Like a house afire
  • Never say never
  • The pot calling the kettle black
  • Easy peasy lemon squeezy
  • All is fair in love and war
  • All is well that ends well
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Time heals all wounds
  • They all lived happily ever after
  • Read between the lines
  • Fall head over heels
  • Waking up on the wrong side of the bed
  • The quiet before the storm
  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea  


If you do not see a phrase above that strikes your fancy, here is a link to a list of more phrases from which you may choose.

Now for the Rules:

Challenge Dates - Submission date is January 27; Posting date is January 28.


Open to - Fan Fiction (Caryl and McReedus)


The Prompt - Pick a trite phrase or goofy cliche, from the lists provided, to use in your fanfiction piece.


The Deadline - All submissions must be turned in by midnight on January 27 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Send a PM to silversundown  or the-space-between1013 on the Nine Lives site that you want to enter the challenge. Even if you're not sure you'll have anything ready in time - let us know you're planning on it. *YOU MUST DO THIS TO BE INCLUDED.*


WRITE! Stories must be at least 100 words.


Multiple entries are allowed (and so veryyyy welcome)!


Do not upload it yet! Wait until Saturday, January 27th to upload your fic – just like in challenges past, we will be suspending automatic validation for that day for all authors who enter the challenge. (This is one of the main reasons why you need to let an admin know you'll be participating.)

Submission Day is Saturday, January 27th – post your fic. It will not appear on the archive, but will enter our validation queue. Make sure you submit it under the Nine Lives Challenge category!

Publication Day is Sunday, January 28th – We will post the master list and all of the challenges entries so everything shows up at once. That way, we’re all surprised by what we get to read!

Any challenge fics posted before January 27th will be deleted. IF FOR SOME REASON you are unable to post on the 27th, please send a PM to one of the challenge mod - we will work with you.

Any questions? Post here or privately to one of the challenge mods. Happy ficcing!



--The Challenge Mods on January 08, 2018 3:12pm 2 Comments
December Writers' Chat: It's Your Turn!

January's coming soon! But, wait, weren't we talking about December? Well, yes, but we need to talk about January in December. Just go along with us for a minute here.

Because in January we're going to be celebrating Nine Lives' FOURTH ANNIVERSARY. Four full years of Caryl goodness, and you've been at the heart of it all.

So this time out, the chat is going to be about looking forward to our fifth year - what kinds of things would you like the chat to tackle? What topics would you like us to revisit? Have you found it helpful to your writing when we do writing sprints? Are there technical areas you're unsure about and would like some help with, like dialogue tags, or punctuation? Do you need help punching up your action scenes? Are you stymied by that tricky old adage, "show, don't tell?"

This is your opportunity to help guide where the chats go in 2018! Please join us on Thursday, December 7th, at 10 pm Eastern time (click on that handy-dandy TIME ZONE CONVERTER at the top of the Events section to check your local time) and bring your fondest hopes for the upcoming year's chat topics to share!

(FYI: We're skipping the January 4th chat, due to the proximity of the New Year's holiday.)

--The Chat Team on November 14, 2017 5:40pm 0 Comments