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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
October Challenge Caryl Bingo: Masterlist

Feast your eyes on the huge turn out for the BINGO challenge! Tropes mixed with tropes and sprinkled with more tropes, just how we like 'em!


Strawberry Snuggles by pookiedixon

Kids In Love by Redvelvetunicorns

From Beneath the Facade by Amanda Hawthorn

First Ride by coreenfw

When it's Over by Marie1063

Seclusion by CharlotteAshmore

The Retreat by CharlotteAshmore

Live For the Moment by Ethereal_Wishes
 
the learning curve by lilabut

Lost in Haunting Pictures by BettyBubble

A Brief Moment in Time by Geektaire

Seventeen Seconds by silversundown

Angel Wings by Geektaire

Apartment 316 by Shannonsto

the strawberry room by thekittenking

this world we live in by thekittenking

Absolution by murk free

Forged in Fire by jaibhagwan


Daybreak by Shae



--The Challenge Mods on October 22, 2017 1:21am 2 Comments
October's Challenge: Caryl Bingo

Come one, come all! For October, we have a challenge we hope you will all enjoy, a game we have all played at one point in our lives or another made new: Bingo. But this isn’t your average bingo game. It’s Caryl Bingo! What do you ask that is? For anyone not familiar with the game…. “A game of chance in which each player has one or more cards printed with differently numbered squares on which to place markers when the respective numbers are drawn and announced by a caller. The first player to mark a complete row or other pattern of numbers is the winner.”


However, with Caryl Bingo, the card below has fanfic tropes, phrases, and nouns printed on it. In order to get “bingo,” the writer must include all of those elements in their story. (Sorry giffers and artists. Next time!) You must include all of those elements in either a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical row. The card below is a 5x5, which means there are five elements in any direction you must include in your story. If you decide to attempt “bingo” with one of the diagonal, horizontal, or vertical rows that includes the middle “FREE” square, that means you may add an additional element all your own. YOU get to add an additional trope of your choice. Depending on which row you pick, McReedus fics are accepted. And as always, multiple entries are encouraged and most welcome!


 


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Now for the Rules:



Challenge Dates - Submission date is October 21; Posting date is October 22.


Open to - Fan Fiction (Caryl and McReedus)


The Prompt - Caryl Bingo. Include all five in the row to get ‘bingo.’ Please remember, however, as this is a Caryl archive, the story must feature both Carol and Daryl or McReedus prominently.


The Deadline - All submissions must be turned in by midnight on October 21 Pacific Standard Time (PST).


Send a PM to Sira, 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.*


For FANFICTION:


WRITE! Stories must be at least 100 words.


Multiple entries are allowed (and so veryyyy welcome)!


Do not upload it yet!


Submission Day is Saturday, October 21st – 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! 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.)


Publication Day is Sunday, October 22nd – Just in time for the Season 8 premiere! In celebration of this momentous occasion, the 100th episode, the publication date will be October 22nd. We will post the master list and all of the challenges entries so everything shows up at once.


Any challenge fics posted before October 21st will be deleted. IF FOR SOME REASON you are unable to post on the 21st, please send a PM to one of the challenge mods - we will work with you.


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



-- on October 01, 2017 5:00pm 1 Comments
October Writers' Chat: Finding Your Writing Style

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What do Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, and Stephen King all have in common? If you answered that they are all authors, you are correct. However, the comparisons tend to stop there.  


When you think about some of your favorite authors, it’s probably easy to put them into a specific category based on their writing styles. While the genre may play a large part in helping you decide what type of book you want to read, the style is more about that author’s take on that situation and how they bring it to life. It should set them apart from all the other writers and make them stand out in their own unique way, just like a personalized signature would.  And just like people, writing styles can change and evolve over time, giving us new ways to branch out and help us discover even more possibilities!  


So whether you’re new to writing, a seasoned veteran, or you’ve never written a day in your life—come join us on Thursday, October 5th at 10pm Eastern time (click on the Timezone Converter under "Events" to find your local time) and let us know your thoughts! Think about what makes a story or a certain writer stand out in your mind and why. Get tips on how to make your own writing style even more recognizable. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to message kaoscraze82, jaibhagwan, or whoswhatsitwhich and let us know about it! Hope to see you there!



--kaoscraze82 on September 27, 2017 1:43pm 0 Comments
Beta Reader Profiles - it's fall clean-up time!

ALERT: In correcting the ratings, something else broke, so now when you try to edit your beta profile it won't let you. We're working on it. (THANKS E-FICTION, YOU OBSOLETE P.O.S.)



Hello, lovely Nine Lives members!


It’s time for us to do a semi-annual updating of our beta resources.


If you are listed as a Beta in Nine Lives’ Beta section, we would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to look over your Beta preferences and complete/update any information as you see fit. Click on “Account Info > Edit Beta Profile” to update any preferences you have for material you will accept reading for Beta purposes. (NOTE: the ratings previously shown on the beta profile don't match the ratings we currently use. The beta profile template has now been changed to reflect the rating system Nine Lives uses, so please don't forget to check those and mark the ratings you are willing to beta!)


If you would no longer like to offer Beta services, now would be the time to remove yourself from the list. Click on the tab “Account Info > Edit Beta Profile > Beta Reader Status > I do not want to be a beta” and then submit, to remove yourself from the list.


Once you have completed/updated/deleted your profile, please send a PM to AlannasTara to let her know you have completed updating/deleting. You have until October 1st to update/delete your beta profile. On October 2nd, any beta profiles not updated/deleted will be removed by the admins.


We, and the many authors and readers of Nine Lives, thank you for offering your services!



--alannastara on September 24, 2017 10:39am 3 Comments
Staff changes

Just realized we forgot to tell you about some further changes to NL staffing --


Meeshie is stepping back from her role as chat moderator, but she'll continue to be involved with the tech end of things.


subversivegrrl will sort of oversee the chat function but mostly leave the nuts and bolts to the chat mods, jaibhagwan, kaoscraze82, and the newest member of the team, whowhatsitwhich! We're glad WWW is back on the scene with new fic (and bringing back some old favorites as well, yay!) and are also tickled pink that she's available to lend a hand wrangling the monthly chats.




--subversivegrrl on August 31, 2017 9:33am 0 Comments
September Writers Chat: Priorities: Making Time to Write

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Dog needs to be walked? Kids making a mess in the other room? Out of whiskey milk? Let’s face it, everyone has an excuse, but unfortunately a story doesn't write itself. With so many things competing for our attention, it’s easy to forget to make time to write. Luckily, it’s never too late to take writing off the back burner!



Please join us for the next writers chat on
Thursday, September 7 at 10pm-12am EDT. We'll be sharing tips and providing support to help you overcome those pesky obstacles that are holding you back from writing that amazing Caryl fic you always wanted to write.



Have ideas 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!



-- on August 31, 2017 7:41am 0 Comments
Summer Survival Series: August Challenge 50 First Dates: Masterlist

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Caryl’s first date...what an amazing idea to contemplate. We could wax poetic about how we think they would act and all, but I think we all know what we really want - the fic! So without further ado here’s the master list of 50 First Dates. Happy reading!

Impractical Magic by NotEnoughTimeOnMyHands

Lady and the Tramp by coreenfw

Missed Connections by silversundown

Falling by Amanda Hawthorn

a difference of opinion by thekittenking

Apocalyptic Dating by AmalynJon

The Accidental Date by the-space-between1013

Operation: Hookup by Shannonsto

Fired Up by Shannonsto



--The Challenge Mods on August 27, 2017 1:06am 0 Comments
HAPPY FANFICTION WRITERS' APPRECIATION DAY!!!

As promised, here's a selection of recommended fics from our list of Nine Lives' authors - more stories to be added as the week goes on, so if you haven't had a chance to submit your reccs, you can continue to send them to me until Friday 8/25.


Check them out and show them some love!




 


Lost and Found by Lynn Saunders


Everything by Wanderings


The Things We Do for Love by WillowFaerie82


The Camera Doesn’t Lie by knowing-she-has-wings (McReedus)


Home is Wherever I’m With You by muchmoxie


She Knows For Sure by thisoldlady


Companion to Our Demons by red77


Evening Watch by rubinegoslay


Traditions by ghostofzanarkand


9 Lives by AffairWithACrossbow


Fancy by daisylou2013


Meet me at the lighthouse by Stellamare


Broken by mamatito40


It Had To Be You by NotEnoughTimeOnMyHands


Settling Down by reeeeedus


Confrontation and Repercussions by coreenfw


Alone Time by imorca


Operation Caryl by ghostofzanarkand


Out of Mind by stellamare


It’s who you’re with that makes it home by daisylou2013


It's Time by coreenfw


All The Way by NotEnoughTimeOnMyHands


Walking Toward the Sun by geektaire


Exodus by Mayrwyn


Take one for the team by daisylou2013


Price of Admission by KingdomFlower


I don't dance by Marie1063


Under Morning Sun by Raelis


Help me forget (for I long to remember) by Ab0810


Repercussions by coreenfw


Easy by fricks75


Not without him by ourkidswouldbemartians


Glory Box by adistantfire


 



--subversivegrrl on August 21, 2017 6:53pm 2 Comments
Support Your Local Less-Prolific Fanfic Authors!

 


Monday, August 21st, is going to be a day for marveling at amazing things - not just the solar eclipse, but also the wonders of fanfiction!


Yes, it's Fanfiction Writers' Appreciation Day, and here at Nive Lives we're celebrating by bringing to your attention some authors whom you might have missed.



We've done this once before - created a list of authors with only one or two stories published here, and encouraged you to check them out and give their stories some love.  We're doing it again this year for those authors who have 3-5 stories on Nine Lives - your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to click on the names below and READ some terrific Caryl fanfic!


From now through next week, when you find a story you particularly like, please send the story link to subversivegrrl via PM - beginning Monday, we'll be putting up a list of your favorites, so everyone else can enjoy them as well.


Ready, set-- INDULGE!!!




 


Nine Lives Authors with 3-5 stories


Imorca
adelicateflower08
Lynn Saunders
psychoanthrowalker
WillowFaerie82
Rodgerse
needysaurusrex
heartwarr
peanutlee33
AffairWithACrossbow
alliesob
cheyenneRoseff
daisylou2013
knowing-she-has-wings
Margot
Red77
Wanderings
pia-lexandra
muchmoxie
pharmtechgirl71
Oasis Haze
ghostofzanarkand
HobxNob
ashippersheart
princessdeirdre1
Stellamare
Helloed
Rubinegoslay
mamatito40
hickandhousewife
Raelis
mayrwyn
thisoldlady
Geektaire
NotEnoughTimeOnMyHands
Ab0810
reeeeedus
adistantfire
coreenfw
mellovesall
My Life Is
KingdomFlower
fricks75
Marie1063
ourkidswouldbemartians
I I O P A L I I



--subversivegrrl on August 18, 2017 8:37am 1 Comments
Summer Survival Series: August Challenge 50 First Dates


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Last month we hit it out of the park with the ever popular Smutfest 2.0! This next challenge will hopefully knock your socks off and inspire you all to write, write, write.

This month’s challenge theme is 50 First Dates. That’s right. 50 First Dates. Based off the movie of the same name (which all of us loved), we invite you to head-canon the heck out of Caryl’s first date. Would Daryl ask her out or would Carol take the initiative? What would they do? Where would they go? Is it even still possible to go on a ‘date’ in the Zombie Apocalypse?

We invite you to write about their first date, whether it’s goofy and innocently awkward, first-date-gone-wrong (we’ve all been there, amirite?), pure perfection, or somewhere in between.

And not to worry, fan art, graphics, gifs, cartoons, paintings, drawings, vids and other creative visuals are definitely permitted and welcome. This challenge will also include McReedus entries.

Multiple entries are welcomed and encouraged!


Now for the Rules:


Challenge Dates - Submission date is August 26; Posting date is August 27.

Open to - Fan Fiction, Fan Art, Graphics/Gifs, Videos etc (Caryl and McReedus)

The Prompt - 50 First Dates - Tell us what happens when Caryl (or McReedus) go on their first date. Please remember, however, as this is a Caryl archive, the story must feature both Carol and Daryl or McReedus prominently.

The Deadline - All submissions must be turned in by midnight on August 26 Pacific Standard Time (PST).


Send a PM to Sira, 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.*



For FANFICTION:


WRITE! Stories must be at least 100 words.

Multiple entries are allowed (and so veryyyy welcome)!

Do not upload it yet! Wait until Saturday, August 26th 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, August 26th – 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, August 27th – 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 August 26th will be deleted. IF FOR SOME REASON you are unable to post on the 26th, please send a PM to one of the challenge mod - we will work with you.



For FAN ART/GRAPHICS

Send a PM to Sira, silversundown, or the-space-between1013 on the Nine Lives site that you want to enter the challenge --OR--

Send an ask to the Nine Lives tumblr account (ninelives2.) Anonymous submissions are not allowed! Your Ask must include your Nine Lives username if different from your Tumblr URL.

CREATE!!

Submit your challenge piece via one of the following channels:

Nine Lives Tumblr submissions box (include your NL username if different from your Tumblr URL) OR

Email your submission to challenges@ninelivesarchive.com Email title: 50 First Dates

Emails must include your Nine Lives Archive username along with any other information you want to be posted with your artwork.

Submission Day is August 26th - We need to have your artwork submitted to our Tumblr or email by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on 08/26.

Publication Day is August 27th - We will post all artwork via the Nine Lives tumblr account and add them to the master list of challenge entries on the Nine Lives Archive.




For FAN VIDEOS:


Send a PM to Sira, silversundown, or the-space-between1013 on the Nine Lives site that you want to enter the challenge --OR--

Send an ask to the Nine Lives tumblr account (ninelives2.) Anonymous submissions are not allowed! Your Ask must include your Nine Lives username if different from your Tumblr URL.


CREATE!!

Upload your video to YouTube - ensuring you select "UNLISTED" as the privacy setting. You will have a URL for your video.

Send a PM to Sira, silversundown, or the-space-between1013 with the URL for your video, along with a title and the name you use on YouTube, plus your Nine Lives name (if different from the one you use on YouTube) --OR--

Email all of that information to challenges@ninelivesarchive.com. Email title: 50 First Dates


Submission Day is August 26th - We need to have your video link submitted to our inbox by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on 08/26.


Publication Day is August 27th - We will post all submissions via the Nine Lives tumblr account and add them to the master list of challenge entries on the Nine Lives Archive.

You can change you video's privacy setting to PUBLIC once it has been listed on Nine Lives.


Any questions? please PM a challenge mod.





--The Challenge Mods on August 08, 2017 9:36pm 0 Comments
August Monthly Writers Chat: AU Addicts Club

This month's Summer Survival Series Challenge will focus heavily on AU's, so we think there's no better way to kick off our Monthly Writers  Chat than to focus on AU's of all shapes, sorts, and sizes! 


Join us tomorrow, Thursday, August 3rd, at 10pm Eastern, as we AU Addicts gather to discuss AU's, what makes them great and how to keep characterization intact in alternative universes and situations! 


As always, readers are welcome of course! We love input.



--Ikkles, Subs, AT on August 02, 2017 7:47pm 1 Comments
Summer Survival Series: July Challenge Smutfest 2.0 Masterlist

The smut has arrived! We had a big turn out from a lot of pretty awesome authors.


Enough said, right? We all know you're really here for the stories and not this news post, so without further explanation here is the masterlist of super fabulous, totally hot, very sexy smut fics!


A Case Of You by Amanda Hawthorn


The drunken birds and bees by Marie1063


It's Time by coreenfw


Close Call by LeeLeeWoflpack


just one last time by lilabut


Yours by eyeslikewildflowers


Trifecta by silversundown


The Dixons by Amwaaker


SDCC '17 by eyeslikewildflowers


All The Way by NotEnoughTimeOnMyHands


We are in this. Together by thisoldlady


A Softer Place To Fall by alatarielgildaen



--The Challenge Mods on July 30, 2017 2:10am 0 Comments
Quick Reminder!

Hello to all you beautiful people! 


Just a quick reminder: Please direct any messages you have (questions, comments, ideas, etc) to Ikkleosu, Subversivegrrl, or AlannasTara. While Fairies Masquerade is still an admin, she is responsible for handling larger projects behind the scenes, such as site security. She is no longer active in the day to day running of the archive, and as such, is not able to respond to messages. If you would like your concern to be addressed, again, please make sure you PM Ikkles, Subs, or AT.  Thank you!    -AT, Ikkles, and Subs



--AT, Ikkles, and Subs on July 22, 2017 9:42pm 0 Comments
Summer Survival Series: July Challenge Smutfest 2.0

Hey, everybody!


 


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Are you ready for the second part of our Summer Survival Series? Yes? YES???


This time, as previously hinted at, we‘re going to revive an old favorite.


 


Ladies, let‘s hear it for Smutfest 2.0!


 


We want YOU to tell or show us how it would look like if Carol and Daryl finally decided to throw caution to the wind and gave in to what has been building between them for what seems ages.


 


Would you like to write a story about their first time? Please do. If it‘s tender, awkward or an explosion of passion too long denied, please, we‘d love to read this story.


 


Would you like to write a story with Caryl as an established couple while they‘re enjoying a well-deserved break or maybe one about a time when they just can‘t keep their hands off each other? Please, with cherries on top, show us.


 


Would you like to write a McReedus story, celebrating the sizzling chemistry between these two actors, yes, please!



The same goes for any kind of artwork (of the more mature kind), may it be a graphic, a gif set, something painted or drawn or a video to celebrate Carol and Daryl consuming their relationship.



There‘s only one rule, really. We want it hot and we want it heavy.


 


 


To sum up everything you need to know about this challenge:


 


Challenge dates:  Submission date is July 29; Posting date is July 30.


 


Open to: Fan Fiction, Fan Art, Graphics, Fan Videos (both Caryl and McReedus)


 


THE PROMPT: Smutfest 2.0 – As the title says, we want you to write smut (wild, kinky, naughty, romantic, however you prefer it, really.) Please 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 July 29th.


 



The Rules: (okay, there‘s more than one, sorry) Send a PM to Sira, 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.


 


For FANFICTION:


 


WRITE! Stories must be at least 100 words.


 


Multiple entries are allowed!


 


Do not upload it yet! Wait until Saturday, July 29th 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. Otherwise… a mess.)


 


Submission Day is Saturday, July 29th – 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, July 30th – 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 July 29th will be deleted. IF FOR SOME REASON you are unable to post on the 29th, please send a PM to one of the challenge mod - we will work with you.


 




 


For FAN ART/GRAPHICS


 


Send a PM to Sira, silversundown, or the-space-between1013 on the Nine Lives site that you want to enter the challenge --OR--


 


Send an ask to the Nine Lives tumblr account (ninelives2.) Anonymous submissions are not allowed! Your Ask must include your Nine Lives username if different from your Tumblr URL.


 


CREATE!!


 


Submit your challenge piece via one of the following channels:


 




  • Nine Lives Tumblr submissions box (include your NL username if different from your Tumblr URL) OR




 



 


Email title: Smutfest 2.0


 


Emails must include your Nine Lives Archive username along with any other information you want to be posted with your artwork.


 


Submission Day is July 29th - We need to have your artwork submitted to our Tumblr or email by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on 07/29.


 


Publication Day is July30th - We will post all artwork via the Nine Lives tumblr account and add them to the master list of challenge entries on the Nine Lives Archive.


 




 


For FAN VIDEOS:


 


Send a PM to Sira, silversundown, or the-space-between1013 on the Nine Lives site that you want to enter the challenge --OR--


 


Send an ask to the Nine Lives tumblr account (ninelives2.) Anonymous submissions are not allowed! Your Ask must include your Nine Lives username if different from your Tumblr URL.


 


CREATE!!


 


Upload your video to YouTube - ensuring you select "UNLISTED" as the privacy setting. You will have a URL for your video.


 




  • Send a PM to Sira, silversundown, or the-space-between1013 with the URL for your video, along with a title and the name you use on YouTube, plus your Nine Lives name (if different from the one you use on YouTube) --OR--




 



 


Email title: Smutfest 2.0


 


Submission Day is July 29th - We need to have your video link submitted to our inbox by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on 07/29.


 


Publication Day is July 30th - We will post all submissions via the Nine Lives tumblr account and add them to the master list of challenge entries on the Nine Lives Archive.


 


You can change you video's privacy setting to PUBLIC once it has been listed on Nine Lives.


 



Any questions? please PM a challenge mod.



-- on July 07, 2017 7:25pm 0 Comments
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




IT’S TIME TO SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS AND LET OUT YOUR MUSES TO PLAY



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:



Guttural
Grudie
Grove
Glowstone
Gun
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:



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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.



THE RULES:



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
Hey, kids, do you know what time it is?


It's (almost) Writer's Chat time - tomorrow night, Thursday the 4th, 10 pm Eastern Daylight Time (check the Time Zone Converter, above the Events box on the left, to figure out your local time) and we're going to be talking about Beta Readers -- how to be one, as well as how to work with one!


There's a reason we're revisiting this topic (besides the fact that we are strong believers in the process of working with a neutral reader when you're writing) and that's because we're getting ready to revamp our list of available beta readers.


We haven't talked much about this since NL launched, and as a result there are quite a few people who once signed up to act as beta readers for our community here but are no longer active on the site. Recently we've had some frustrations when writers have been looking for a reader and can't find anyone on the list who's still offering those services. So it's time to clean up and rebuild the list!


SO: if you're currently a beta reader listed here on Nine Lives, you might want to take a look at your beta profile (go to "Account Info" and click on "Edit Beta Profile" under "Profile and Preferences) to make sure it's up to date as far as your availability and what assistance you're willing to offer.


If you're NOT already listed, but think you'd like to work with other authors to help them with their stories, fill out a beta profile! And if you're not sure, take a look at the information under "Writing Resources" on "Beta Readers 101."


In either case, we hope to see you tomorrow night!



--subversivegrrl on May 03, 2017 6:34pm 1 Comments
Staffing Changes & A Return to Activity


We’re baaaaack!


Greetings and salutations, Nine Lives!


It is of the opinion of the Nine Lives team that we have been quiet for far too long. It’s not entirely our fault - we were all hit with some massive real life issues all at the same time, so some things had to take a back seat while we handled our various insanities. Well, they’re not done but we’re back in action anyway. Even while we all went individually crazy, we still talked and planned and came to some awesome decisions and cooked up some wild ideas.


It’s hiatus time, after all. This is where we shine.


With that, I’m here to drop the first of our big announcements on you. When last we spoke, we were taking applications for an open position - another Tech Guru, particularly a Coder, to assist meeshie and FM in their ongoing mountain climb to take on the technical struggles of the Nine Lives Archive. We are extremely excited to announce that our new coder is none other than silversundown! Welcome aboard, girl! With her help, we’ll be able to move forward with our plans at a much more rapid pace.


BUT WAIT - there’s more! While we were reviewing applications for our coder, we were also discussing something we’ve wanted to take on for a while: expanding the admin team. Frankly, Nine Lives is too massive for just three of us to handle on our own anymore. We needed a fourth. So we reached out for recommendations and then considered our options. After many lengthy discussions, we’re incredibly pleased to announce to you all that AlannasTara has been promoted from Challenge/Chat Moderator to a full fledged Administrator of Nine Lives! She turns the Trio of Terror into the Fantastic Four and will help bring Nine Lives into the next stages of awesomeness.


Welcome aboard to both of you! We’re excited to see our team grow as our archive evolves.


We’ve got something that you’ll all hopefully be very excited about coming at you tomorrow and soon there will be challenges headed your way! Gear up, folks - it’s hiatus time and that means it’s the Summer Survival Series! Stay tuned, stay frosty and, in the meantime, congratulate our newest NL staffers!


As always: Caryl on…



--FM, Ikkles and Subs on April 29, 2017 11:49am 1 Comments
April Writers' Chat: WRITER'S BLOCK


You know that feeling. The one where you want to write all the things, and you can’t get any of the words out of your brain? Or perhaps, you have the ability and words, and can’t come up with a story? Maybe you are halfway through a story already, and you’re just stuck?


 


We can help!


Join us for our Monthly Writer's’ Chat on Thursday, April 6th, at 10:00 pm EST, where we will focus on the nemesis of every writerWRITER’S BLOCK. We will discuss how to clear the imaginative and creative pipes, and get your story flowing!



--alannastara on March 26, 2017 5:24pm 0 Comments
Calling All Coders!

Greetings and saluations, Nine Lives-ers! Hope this post finds everyone happy and well in Carylland. 


As we continue to grow, we find ourselves in need of another tech person to assist meeshie and FM with repairs, rebuilding and expansion for Nine Lives. We need someone who is very familiar with MySQL and PHP coding, with enough patience to deal with an archive whose base code was written sometime in the stone age and is held together with virtual duct tape. 


Interested applicants should email admin@ninelivesarchive.com with the following information:



  • Nine Lives Username

  • Real Name (first only)

  • Valid email address

  • Previous experience with PHP/MySQL coding

  • Regular availability (weekly/monthly basis)


All applications need to be in by 12pm PST (high noon) on Sunday, March 26. If you have any questions, just drop a PM to me, Fairies Masquerade.


Thank you and, as always, Caryl on!


-FM



--Fairies Masquerade on March 19, 2017 5:44pm 0 Comments
Master List - International Fanworks Day 2017

Nine Lives Tumblr Art Show - International Fanworks Day 2017


46 artists. 64 individual works. Original art, edits, manipulations, and videos. The breadth and depth of the talent in our little corner of the Walking Dead fandom is ASTONISHING. 


The works represent a wide range of styles, and were chosen by Nine Lives admins and staff. Included are works by each member of our new graphics team!


Many of these artists are members on Nine Lives - some use a different username here than on Tumblr, and unfortunately there wasn't enough time for us to match up the art with the appropriate NL username on the Master List. Please know that we are eternally grateful for your artistic celebration of our ship!


With such a lengthy list, we've put the links into a separate document, linked at the top of this post. Or, you can go to the Nine Lives Tumblr and see the whole array as they are posted! (Roughly at a rate of two per hour. Also, due to Tumblr queue limits, the "show" will spill over into tomorrow.) 


[Try http://ninelives2.tumblr.com/tagged/art%20show to filter out just the IFD art show posts.]



--subversivegrrl, ikkleosu, fairiesmasquerade on February 15, 2017 8:56am 0 Comments
Nine Lives celebrates International Fanworks Day!

Starting late tonight and running through Wednesday, February 15th, Nine Lives will be featuring a day of Tumblr’s Caryl fan artists–original visual art, edits/manips, and videos–selected by Nine Lives’ admins and other staff members (and including a sample of work from each of the members of our new graphics team!)



--Subs on February 14, 2017 9:47pm 1 Comments
March Writers Chat: Writing Sprints

Kermit the Frog typing madlyYay for our March chat topic: Writing Sprints (formerly Word Wars)!! Relax now... these sprints won't make you winded. They're designed to let you stretch your writing legs for 4-10 minutes at a time. We've called them "Word Wars" before, but truly, there's no competing here. Though sharing is encouraged, you don't have to show anybody what you've written during the sprints. It's completely up to you!


This chat will focus more on the writers, but readers are welcome to join. So, bring your sense of humor, your anxiety, your patience, and a stopwatch/timer. We’ll have a good time, and hopefully no tears will be shed. (Well, maybe just a few tears from feels. We’ll bring some tissues, too, just in case.)


Join us on Thursday, March 2nd from 10pm-12am EDT!

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


(gif from GIPHY)



--meeshie on February 06, 2017 6:56pm 0 Comments
Welcome New Staff!

Hello Nine Lives family and friends!


We kicked off the new year with two announcements: that in the first moves towards our expansion and growth goals, we were looking to expand our Nine Lives team with a new squad of Challenge Moderators: creative and enthusiastic individuals willing to help the NL admins plan, coordinate, promote and oversee our events, games and fanfic/art challenges. We also opened another spot on our Chat team and, in a separate announcement, put out a call looking for graphic artists for special projects. We received an overwhelming number of responses for all of our open positions, and after weeks of review and discussion, we have made our decisions!


Fairies Masquerade, Subversivegrrl, Ikkleosu, and meeshie are pleased to announce the new additions to the Nine Lives Staff:


Challenge Moderators



  • AlannasTara

  • silversundown

  • Sira

  • the-space-between1013


Chat Moderator




  • kaoscraze82




kaoscraze82 joins our existing chat team of jaibhagwan and AlannasTara under the direction of Chat Admin meeshie in planning and hosting our monthly Writers Chats.


Graphic Artists Team



  • untapdtreasure

  • PixieGrunger

  • Na Bruma Leve

  • surrealfantasy3


Excitement! Adventure! Shenanigans ahead!


Truly, we are so excited to welcome some amazing talents and personalities to the inner workings of Nine Lives. Big, big things are ahead for us! Our new staff has yet to go through their full initiation, so please don’t ask them for anything yet. Once we get them situated, we’ll post another announcement letting you know how things will work with our expanded teams.


In the meantime, be sure to congratulate these new team members! They’ll be working hard to make Nine Lives bigger and better just for you.




--FM, Ikkles, Subs & meeshie on January 29, 2017 2:15pm 0 Comments
3 Years and Counting

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And then we were 3.


Greetings, Nine Lives family. This is your friendly neighborhood Fairies Masquerade here, representing the admin team. I have spent days sitting here staring at a blank page, trying to figure out how to say all the things I want to say. 


2016 was, in what became typical 2016 fashion, tumultuous for Nine Lives in every way. To say that we experienced some growing pains in 2016 would be quite the understatement. Subversivegrrl said something to me the other night that I wanted to share (with her blessing). She was speaking about her own writing, but I feel very strongly that what she said applies to Nine Lives as well. She said: “It’s a little like metalworking. After you whack at a piece of metal for a while, it gets brittle and you have to put it back in the fire for a bit so you can work it some more without shattering it.”


For me personally, this anniversary is bittersweet. Although my passion for Caryl has not diminished, I’ve stepped back from being a more active face of Nine Lives and a member of the Caryl community for my own mental and physical safety and well being. My stepping back allowed Ikkleosu and subversivegrrl to come forward together and bring a new energy to the Nine Lives Archive, one that I am incredibly proud of. Ikkleosu and subversivegrrl’s level of commitment - to Nine Lives, to Caryl, to each other as friends and teammates, to their fellow fans, to their own fandom works - is truly awe-inspiring. Point blank: we would not have Nine Lives today without these two ladies. We’re also incredibly blessed to have meeshie, our Chat Admin and Unofficially-Official tech goddess. Without her knowledge and her unending patience, so much of what we have on the archive wouldn’t be possible. I am continually honored and humbled to call these ladies my friends as well as my co-admins here. If there is a heart to Nine Lives, it’s the three of them.


The soul of Nine Lives is you. You brilliant, wonderful, talented, enthusiastic, inspiring people out there who decided to take a chance on this place. We have said it before and we will never stop saying it: You are Nine Lives. You are the lifeblood of this archive, of this communal haven we call home. Thank you for coming. Thank you for staying. Thank you for being part of us.


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All I ask from you today is to share what Nine lives means to you, either in the shoutbox or the comments below. Share with us why you came, what stories or events have tickled your fancy, and what your hopes and dreams are as we march headfirst into our 4th year. 


We’ve changed a lot - as individuals, as an archive, as a fandom - but we’ve learned a lot from those changes and I think that 2017 will show our archive moving forward in incredibly positive ways from the lessons of last year. I look forward to the growth and expansion of Nine Lives, not just as a website, but as a community family. There will be new challenges, new adventures and new stories to tell. I, for one, cannot wait to see what you and 2017 have in store.


That’s 3 years in the bag. Let’s see what 4 has in store for us!


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Much Love,


Fairies Masquerade



--Fairies Masquerade on January 24, 2017 2:17pm 2 Comments
February Writers Chat - Mixing It Up!

"A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order." - Jean-Luc Godard


Are you trying to think of a unique way to relay information in your story? Do you want to draw on a character's past without writing their history from A to Z? Are you looking to create mystery and intrigue for your thrilling AU?


Join us on Thursday, February 2nd, at 10 pm EST, for our February Writers’ Chat, where we will discuss Flashbacks, Dreams, and Nonlinear Storytelling and how to use them in a manner that will have the most impact on your readers!


Readers and lurkers are welcome as well. There's no better way to learn what works than by asking our target audience!



--alannastara, jaibhagwan on January 23, 2017 3:10pm 1 Comments