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We are the home of 247 authors from among our 2881 members. There have been 56982 reviews written about our 2228 stories consisting of 11165 chapters and 24717493 words. A special welcome to our newest member, gracemargaretsayshi.

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Caryl Events

December Writers Chat:  Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10:00 pm Eastern Time (click on the time zone converter for your local time.) Topic: MEMBERS' BRAINSTORMING SESSION - 2018 CHAT TOPICS! Check the blurb under News for more details.


Pillow Talk by Michelle Del Vale G
A late-night conversation leads to more than Daryl or Carol ever hoped for.
In Another Life by foreverlovingdaryldixon M
Caryl, but in an series of alternate universes. Newest chapter prompt: first...
Sweet Memories by Redvelvetunicorns M
Daryl and Carol were childhood best friends that grew apart in their early teenage...
Where the Light Enters by ICanStopAnyTime M
Carol and Daryl make their way to the quarry camp at the onset of the zombie...
Queen Bitch and The Archer by foreverlovingdaryldixon E
So I felt it was time to create a new prompt collection since there's over 100...
Flood Relief by Booksrbetter M
Daryl volunteers to help remove debris from the recent flood. He meets Carol...
Beauty Within by LeeLeeWoflpack M
Carol is a Physical Therapist, and Daryl is a veteran in need of healing. Life...
The Retreat by CharlotteAshmore E
A weekend retreat with all their friends … no.  A new man already...
Echoes In the Blood by sienna27 E
Caryl - Season 1A night at the CDC.  Some angst to start, smutty bits to...
The Broken Road by silversundown E
It's the journey that matters, not the destination. Daryl's quiet and lonely...
I Need You by foreverlovingdaryldixon T
Only Carol can get him out of his own head.
Crossroads by darylsdiva1 M-RPF
Every year for the last five years—the first two didn’t count because...
Region Thirty Three by ramblinrose E
Caryl AU. The government is working to round up the wilds that won't assimilate...
Accidents Happen by ramblinrose E-RPF
McReedus story.   When an accident on set happens, it sends Norman on...
Something to Talk About by Shae M
A collection of Caryl drabbles, ficlets, and one-shots all based on dialogue...
Don't Kiss! by BettyBubble E
Seven years ago, Carol had a chance to start over,  but she was still locked...
The Dixon's Guide to the Apocalypse by coreenfw E
The Walking Dead from a Dixon (mainly Merle's) perspective.  This is my...
to every man comes a season by serpetinefire T
Daryl finally makes a move, with some assistance from an unlikely source. MY...
Getting Somewhere by RandomCat T
What if the trip to rescue Beth had been successful? What if instead of despairing...
Surprise Gone Wrong by Redvelvetunicorns E
Daryl is tired of Carol constantly sneaking up on him and tries to get his own...
A Demon's Fate by Ravenheart E
What if Daryl was a demon?   Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters...
Moonlight by Shae T
This is all your fault.    Basically born from my desire to put...
Loose Ends by ramblinrose E
Caryl, AU.  Seasons 2 and 3.  When a group rips apart at the end of...
In Your Eyes by Equuleus86 G
My take on a conversation we all want to see taking place. Carol relives the...
Forged in Fire by jaibhagwan M
"But the truth he knew; she was forged in fire, and thus, too strong to break...
When it's Over by Marie1063 M
Finding Carol in the slaughterhouse was the end of it, or so Daryl thought...
Random Story
Losing Hope by ramblinrose G
Caryl, short. S2, Ep4 "Cherokee Rose." What kind of mother could lose hope for...
Michelle Del Vale 11/16/17 09:22 am
Wow, thanks, guys! @chemfemme you're always so kind, thanks so much for your support and lovely encouragements! <3<3
chemfemme 11/14/17 09:09 pm
Congrats Michelle Del Vale on FSOTW. I've heard that smut stories get more love, don't let the G-rating fool you! It SIZZLES!
Ikkleosu 11/14/17 11:31 am
Congratulations to Michelle Del Vale on FSOTW with some lovely cute Pillow Talk.
Amanda Hawthorn 11/12/17 03:41 am
Thank you everyone for all of your birthday messages. I had a lovely day ☺
briel 11/10/17 07:01 pm
Happy B-day Amanda. You are an amazing writer. Have a nice day.
sagramore 11/10/17 02:45 pm
Happy Birthday Amanda. You're the kindest and the nicest person I've ever been blessed to know. Happy birthday too to everyone who has a birthday today!
BettyBubble 11/10/17 12:00 pm
Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day so far! Also Happy Birthday to all the others we forgot! 🍀
Amanda Hawthorn 11/10/17 11:47 am
Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone. Big hugs to you CharlotteAshmore and coreenfw ❤❤
pearlseed 11/10/17 09:27 am
I apologise for hogging space at this time, however miz Casuality, Happy Belated Birthday. I celebrate for a month. It's just easier on friends, little laugh.
pearlseed 11/10/17 09:22 am
I have enjoyed your stories, so I too would offer Happy Birthday to Miz Armanda and greenjasper. Also 15--snow--oh no! I know it pleases some, but I get grumpy below 80 degrees, little latitudes.
pearlseed 11/10/17 09:12 am
If you have fluffy time to just watch, check out the Ride Diaries (addendums). Oh my word, the things Mr. Reedus says are funny. Ride is a good time.
CharlotteAshmore 11/10/17 08:49 am
greenjasper 11/10/17 07:00 am
Thanks all and happy late birthday Casualty. I got 15 cm of snow overnight...well, it's pretty.
coreenfw 11/10/17 06:15 am
Happy B-day Amanda & GreenJasper!!🎈🎂
Amanda Hawthorn 11/10/17 04:54 am
Happy belated birthday Casualty
coreenfw 11/09/17 06:20 pm
Happy Birthday Casualty!! Saving Amanda and GreenJasper for tomorrow!! ❤️
Casualty1987 11/09/17 05:49 pm
@Trogdor19 Thank you
Trogdor19 11/09/17 05:46 pm
Not in the UK, sorry! :( But happy birthday Amanda and greenjasper and Casualty1987!
Casualty1987 11/09/17 05:13 pm
Happy Birthday!
Casualty1987 11/09/17 05:12 pm
It was my 30th yesterday, my Mun didn't even get me a card
Amanda Hawthorn 11/09/17 03:52 pm
@greenjasper Happy Birthday to you too 😙
greenjasper 11/09/17 10:34 am
Amanda H...happy birthday's my birthday too. Hope you get your Ride DVD...and maybe Norman will lose that damn hat!
Amanda Hawthorn 11/09/17 06:46 am
@Trogdor19 I was looking yesterday but it wasn't listed. But as it's my 50th birthday tomorrow my kids are looking to see if they're on DVD yet. Are you in the UK? If you found them on Amazon UK I'll tell them. Thank you for letting me know ☺
Trogdor19 11/08/17 08:22 pm
Amanda Hawthorn- have you tried buying Ride episodes on Amazon? That's how I do it.
YokaiShinari 11/08/17 05:40 am
Hey, littleshelly - when I read a story here on my phone I click on the 'print' icon (this version is cleaner) and rotate my phone horizontally - I don't know if it will help you but it works for me :)

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
Additional content warning now available

[CW: discussion of appropriate tagging of rape and dubious consent in fanfiction.]


Running a fanfiction archive is more complicated than any of us admins ever expected. We're lucky here, in many ways, because we don't have ship wars to contend with - we can float along in our happy little ocean liner and enjoy our OTP.


Sometimes, though, we have a problem - usually one that wasn't taken into account when the site was built, and hasn't come up before, so it's never been addressed. When that happens, we have to talk it through among the three of us: how do we handle the current instance that raised the issue, and how can we reduce the possibility of it being a problem again going forward? (You'll notice we didn't say, "prevent it." That's because we've learned that it's almost impossible to perfectly anticipate the scope of human behavior.)


We recently had occasion to review the list of content warnings Nine Lives provides for authors to use, which include "attempted rape," "rape (implied)," and "rape (actual.)" There was no provision for "dubious consent," which an author might use for a situation they considered potentially questionable (consent is unknown or uncertain, as distinguished from consent being definitely absent), and we felt that omission could lead to situations where a fic might not provide adequate warning to allow readers to avoid content they would find problematic.


So we've added "dubious consent" to our warnings. Some may think that doesn't go far enough, but after discussion that's how we've decided to approach this issue. If you have a different idea on this, let us know.


The existence of an additional warning doesn't automatically mean an author will use it. Like anything else, we have to rely on our authors to consider the applicability of and then use the appropriate warnings, or to put something in the story notes to alert readers to possible difficult content. There also are going to be instances where the author truly doesn't see the content as troublesome. That's where our readers come in.


If you have an issue with a story, you can PM an author directly and have a respectful conversation with them about your concerns. If you'd prefer not to contact the author, you can PM one of the admins (subversivegrrl, alannastara, or ikkleosu) and let us know what your concerns are. You can also contact us via the "contact" link at the bottom of every page, but please note that those site emails don't get checked every day.

However you decide to approach the issue, PLEASE come to us directly. Whisper campaigns, or sending complaints about story content to third parties, like on Tumblr, or a Facebook group, or anywhere else that does not directly connect to the people who can do anything about it, doesn't address or resolve the problem. All that does is stir up hostility and gossip. We've had instances in the past where back-channel sniping has nearly caused authors to stop writing entirely. We're very lucky that this instance was solved by civil communication, but it could easily have gone the other direction.

As always, if you have a suggestion for how the Nine Lives archive can better serve our members and authors, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of the admins or use that contact link below. We're here because you're here, and we want to make the site as welcoming as possible for everyone.

--Nine Lives Admins on November 01, 2017 1:52pm 0 Comments
NOV. WRITERS' CHAT -- Growing Pains: Improving Your Writing



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Think back to that first story you wrote. Remember that? Take a good, hard, honest look. Was it the best thing you’ve ever written? Chances are, it wasn’t.

Now think about your most recent story. What’s changed over time with your writing? Probably a lot. Where have you improved? What are your writing challenges?

Improving the craft of writing takes time and plenty of practice. We pour our hearts and souls into our stories; it can be painful to receive critical feedback. Sometimes, that’s just the push we need to grow.

Whether you are new to writing or an old hand, please join us for the next writers chat on Thursday, November 2 from 10pm-12am EDT. We'll be talking about ways to improve your writing so your Caryl stories can become even better. Bring your ideas, questions and enthusiasm for writing.

Readers, we also encourage your participation. Your feedback on our stories is very much appreciated and welcomed. Even if you've been too shy to share your thoughts with a specific author, this forum will allow you to do so in a more general manner.  Tell us what you think makes an amazing story, what turns you off and stops you from reading further. We want to hear from you!

Have suggestions for a future chat topic on Nine Lives? Send a PM to jaibhagwan, kaoscraze82, or whoswhatsitwhich with writing topics you'd like to discuss. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Our goal is to motivate you to keep writing!

--Chat Mods: jaibhagwan, kaoscraze82, whowhatsitwhich on October 28, 2017 4:25pm 0 Comments