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June Writers Chat: Thursday, JUNE 8TH, 10PM Eastern time (click on the Time Zone Converter above to check your local time.) TOPIC: Elements of Scene Construction


Salvage our Revelations by Noxid Anamchara M
  Daryl and Carol are stuck. Stuck in a salvage yard, stuck surrounded...
Defying Gravity by Amanda Hawthorn E
When he turned around to face her, Carol couldn’t seem to tear her eyes...
The Luck of the Draw by Axelrocks T
Buying a lottery ticket was something Carol had wanted to do the moment she...
A Rose In The Desert by silversundown E
When Daryl appears in Carol's infirmary, shackled and bleeding and cuffed...
Counting Stars by Shae G
The real story starts with a little girl lost in the woods. 
we conquer, we fall by lilabut M
A collection of (mostly) unrelated drabbles.   Latest addition: Carol...
Bad Seed Rising by foreverlovingdaryldixon M
What happens when who you're expected to be and who you want to be are two completely...
Trouble by WednesdayRain E
When Daryl Dixon drops everything to reunite with his estranged brother, he...
apartment twelve by lilabut M
Eager to start over, Carol moves into a new apartment. When she meets Daryl...
Trying Not To Love You by WednesdayRain E
Set between Season 3-4. Canon compliant up until 3/16, then AU but still ZA...
All Things Lost by ramblinrose E
Caryl, AU/ZA. When everything was lost, they had to hold onto what they had...
Barriers Within by ICanStopAnyTime M
  The Saviors are conquered. Refugees have moved to Alexandria from a...
Glory Box by Becky Thatcher M
Art inspires a new future for Carol and Daryl; references to mythical love...
On Vacation! by Amwaaker E
Carol and Daryl meet on vacation with their daughters. AU. No zombies Disclaimer:...
Fire and Ice by Ravenheart E
Twenty years ago, Daryl proposed to Carol, but instead of saying “yes”...
Live on. by ourkidswouldbemartians M
For Daryl, succumbing to thoughts of violence and revenge is tempting after...
Sugar, Sugar by AlannasTara T
    "It all started with the damn funnel cake." County Fair/Carnival...
Relive the same pull by YokaiShinari M
In her life and in the dreamworld of hers, beautiful memories have always been...
Gorging in a Ghost Town by ICanStopAnyTime T
Carol and Daryl go for a supply run and learn a bit more about one another. 
Inquisitive by AmalynJon G
Daryl's not quite sure when he became the go-to-guy for all of Judith's questions...
Aghast by coreenfw G
G-spot Challlenge... a little suspenseful Caryl story.
Brought to you by the letter G by marybethorama G
Daryl isn't back yet, and Carol is worried
Don't kiss! by BettyBubble E
Seven years ago, Carol had a chance to start over,  but she was still locked...
His to Protect; Hers to Love by CharlotteAshmore E
It had become a festering ache beneath the surface of his skin, this need he...
Teenage Dirtbag by krissyg927 M
So this came to me when I was listening to music, as usual. Don't let the title...
Possibility by Marie1063 M
The group is back together and have coordinated with the other colonies to...
Random Story
Proposed Love Connection by TheWalkingCaryl T
Eugene has many brilliant ideas. This is not one of them.
Shannonsto 06/28/17 06:43 pm
Gah! I was so busy with my move that I missed the challenge! Bummer. I love fic challenges. Looking forward to reading all of the submissions.
Amwaaker 06/28/17 07:16 am
On vacation
BettyBubble 06/27/17 10:56 pm
Amwaaker, which one?
Amwaaker 06/27/17 07:44 pm
Anybody available to spitball some ideas on my Fic in progress
bzzgirl 06/27/17 02:24 pm
I just wanted to thank all the authors I love this website :)
ICanStopAnyTime 06/26/17 07:39 am
It was my first challenge. So much fun to do. A good inspiration-point to jog some writing.
Fairies Masquerade 06/26/17 06:58 am
LOL that was my thought exactly Yokai! 😉 such a great challenge, you guys! Thank you writers who participated! I hope to see all of you and more for the next one!
YokaiShinari 06/25/17 04:08 pm
Funny how none of the stories is about a literal "g-spot" (I don't know yet about the Big Story, I'll get to it soon). I guess the forces are being cumulated for the smut fest, ain't they ;)
NotEnoughTimeOnMyHands 06/25/17 11:14 am
Loving the challenge responses! 😃
YokaiShinari 06/25/17 07:47 am
okay I see it now :)
YokaiShinari 06/25/17 07:01 am
how about masterlist?
AlannasTara 06/25/17 06:51 am
Submissions will be posted shortly! Stay Tuned! Woohoo!
AlannasTara 06/24/17 10:24 pm
Just 2.5 hours to the deadline for submissions. If you're going to need an extension, please PM one of the challenge mods or myself, so we can be sure to include your submission on the Masterlist!
Shae 06/23/17 08:32 pm
Sent you a message. At least I think I did, lol.
the-space-between1013 06/23/17 07:37 pm
Shae if you DO want to be added, let me know ASAP so I can add you and let me know if you're validated (meaning you don't have to wait for posting) so we can turn that off for you to set up the chap in the queue.
the-space-between1013 06/23/17 07:36 pm
Shae, no worries, you can post the first chapter if you like and simply continue writing it AFTER the challenges are posted. Many do that. They don't have to be one shots or all completely done by the date of release
Shae 06/23/17 06:41 pm
I so wanted to participate in the challenge, but RL and Cindy have really limited my writing time this past week. Unless I experience a sudden surge in creativity overnight, I just don't see how I can finish what I've been working on in time. Guess it's a good thing I didn't officially commit. ;)
AlannasTara 06/23/17 05:59 pm
Woot!! Validation has been turned off for those who are participating in the Challenge. You may begin to upload your submissions. If anyone would like to participate and you haven't done so yet, please notify an admin that you wish to participate. :-)
marybethorama 06/22/17 10:57 am
361 words into the G-spot challenge and I'm on Word 1. I think I'll make the length requirement ;)
CharlotteAshmore 06/21/17 03:04 pm
that sounds good! i might be able to wrangle geektaire and CLADD into joining us :D
Marie1063 06/21/17 03:03 pm
CA, I don't know. Do we want to say 9 30 EST?
CharlotteAshmore 06/21/17 02:37 pm
i'm free, marie. what time?
Marie1063 06/21/17 02:18 pm
Rescheduled random chat tonight anyone?
YokaiShinari 06/21/17 09:09 am
I've been reding Barriers... when it was originally posted on ff net, I know it's awesome!! <3
coreenfw 06/21/17 04:55 am
Barriers Within rocks!! Read it!!!

Summer Survival Series 2017: The Find Your G-Spot Challenge Masterlist


Without further ado, we present the 2017 Inaugural Summer Survivial Series "Find Your G-Spot" Challenge Masterlist.

We had a lovely turnout with some great submissions from both familiar authors and brand new authors. Check them out!


Brought to You by the letter G by Marybethorama

Aghast by Coreenfw

Inquisitive by AmalynJon

Gorging in a Ghostown by ICanStopAnytime

Relive the Same Pull by YokaiShinari

Sugar, Sugar by AlannasTara

Counting Stars by Shae

Glory Box by Becky Thatcher

-- on June 25, 2017 7:00am 0 Comments
June Challenge and SSS Announcement!

YES, thanks to our awesome new challenge mods Challenges are BACK BABY.


The (hopefully not so elusive) G-Spot Challenge, aka 2017's First Summer Survival Challenge


We know it’s been some time since our last challenge but good things come to those who wait, right? Due to real life having all of us chasing our own tails it’s been some time since the last challenge, but we hope y’all are still properly motivated to get back into the groove of things.
For this challenge we want to try something (hopefully) fun and well… challenging.

As the title hints at, this challenge revolves around the great, giving and gripping letter G. We want you to use the random word generator, see the link below, grab a bag of six words starting with the letter G and write a story incorporating these words featuring our favorite couple.

I’m sure you always had the strong urge to explain what:

And Grin

(as an example only. Get your own words.)

have to do with Carol and Daryl.Or how about giving  your random words a McReedus spin? The result can be funny, angst-y or steamy (if you take the challenge title literally) for as long as it features your random words.

I really hope we can interest you in giving this a go. Carol and Daryl on the show might still be waiting for their (oh so deserved) happy ending but you get the chance to write them one right here and now, or if it’s not a happy end this time, then show us what makes their relationship so special and unique.

You can find the random word generator here: here:


To sum up this challenge in a nutshell:

Challenge Dates: submission date Saturday, June 24th; publication date Sunday, June 25th

Open to: Fan Fiction (Caryl AND McReedus)

(no fanart or videos this time. Look out for July and August Chalenges if that's your thing!))

THE PROMPT: G-Spot challenge (a mixed bag of words starting with the letter G)

You can basically do with these words whatever you like to,  but remember, this is a Caryl archive, so your story has to prominently feature both Daryl and Carol or McReedus.

THE DEADLINE: All submissions must be turned in by midnight Pacific Time on June 24th.


Send a PM to Sira, the-space-between1013, or silversundown 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!

Due to the nature of  the prompt this challenge is only open for fanfiction.

Do not upload it yet! Wait until Saturday, June 24th 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 June 24th – 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, June 25th – 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 June 24th will be deleted. IF FOR SOME REASON you are unable to post on the 24th, please send a PM to one of the challenge mods - we will work with you.


And now a sneak preview of the Summer Survival Series Challenges coming up:

July - Smutfest! Yes, it's time to visit your favorite challenge theme again to create a sizzling hot July for Nine Lives.

August - 50 First Dates! Inspired by the movie of the same name, we want you to give us every possible Caryl first date imaginable.

-- on June 07, 2017 2:59pm 0 Comments
Put on your hardhats, we're doing scene construction!

Next Thursday! June 8th! Caryl Writers' Chat Room! Be there! 10 pm Eastern Daylight Time (check the Time Zone Converter in the left hand bar, right under "Events", to find your own local time.)

We're going to be talking about how to put together scenes, which are the building blocks for a story - segments that need to have their form, stability and cohesion or your "building" will fall down.

Readers welcome, as always!

--ikkleosu, subversivegrrl, alannastara on May 31, 2017 6:36pm 0 Comments