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Members Of The Month

I am excited to introduce a new initiative here on Nine Lives that has just been run at Elysian Fields.  This is our way of saying thank you to our supporters, to our reviewers, and to help our members know how much we appreciate their support of the site.  I am putting Susan’s write up here from Elysian Fields as she explains it much better than I ever could, but please feel free to jump in wholeheartedly.  Your support is what makes this site a success, and your reviews are what makes authors want to join and post here…I hope you approve of the new incentive!


From Susan’s fingertips to your eyes…


We have so many wonderful authors and reviewers here at Nine Lives, and now you have the chance to help us recognize some of the members who make NL such a great site. Every month we will have two members of the month, one author and one reviewer. So, how are the members of the month chosen? That's where you come in! Starting on the 1st of every month, nominations will open and you can head over to the nominations page to fill in your choices. Not sure who you want to nominate? You have until midnight on the 25th to get your nominations in. Also, if you change your mind, you can change your vote since the nominations aren't counted until after the 25th (your nomination only counts once no matter how many times you change your vote or hit the submit button).


Since nominations are open for most of the month, we're choosing for the following month (for example, right now nominations are for the September members of the month). After voting is over, the members with the highest number of nominations in each category will be selected. If there's a tie for the highest number of nominations, the tie breaker will be chosen at random. The members of the month will then be displayed for all to see in the new section on the main page sidebar.


There's some more information over on the nominations page, so be sure you read that over before submitting your nominations. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.


Susan



--Megan on August 04, 2014 11:59pm 0 Comments
Nine Lives Challenge Results:

Hi everybody! We had some seriously wonderful submissions for the Nine Lives Summer Survival Series Challenge #2: "What If?" You had two options available to you:



  • What if the group never found the prison?

  • What if Carol & Daryl went on a run & somehow got lost?


Here is the master list of the submissions we received:



Thank you to everyone who participated! Everyone read and enjoy. We'll see you at the next challenge. Caryl on!


 



--Fairies Masquerade on August 01, 2014 1:24pm 0 Comments
Nine Lives Summer Survival Series: Challenge #2

MY PEOPLE! I am here-what, Peta? Excuse me a sec, folks. *furious whispering* Ok, fine. *sigh*


OUR PEOPLE! ;) Peta & I are psyched to bring you the second challenge of our Nine Lives Summer Survival Series! It's time to get our Caryl on, folks! *intense dramatic music*


The theme for this challenge is 'What If?' I'm ging to present two scenarios. You guys will have 2 weeks to write a little somethin' somethin' using one of the scenarios. Sounds good? All right, time for the down low:



  • THE PROMPT: It’s a Caryl "What If?" scenario! You have 2 options available:

    • Option 1: What if our merry band of heroes never found the prison?

    • Option 2: What if Carol & Daryl went on a run & got lost somehow?



  • It must be at least 100 words.

  • THE DEADLINE: All entries are due on July 31, 10pm MST. (Yes, I'm making you all work around my ridiculous time zone. I regret nothing!) Everything will be posted on August 1.

  • THE RULES: Here is how you enter the challenge:


    • Send a PM to myself or Peta stating that you’re going to enter the challenge. This is very important! If we don’t get a PM, you won’t be on the list and you kinda need to be on the list for this one. ;)

    • Write your fic!!

    • DO NOT UPLOAD IT YET!! Wait until July 31 to upload your fic – we will be suspending automatic validation for that day for all authors who enter the challenge.

    • Submission Day is July 31, post your fic. It will not appear on the website, but will enter our validation queue. Make sure you submit it under the Nine Lives Challenge category!

    • Posting Day is August 1 – We will post the Master List and post all of the challenge entries so everything shows up at once. That way, we’re all surprised by what we get to read! Any challenge fics that are posted before July 31 will be deleted.



We also decided that, if one of our scenarios sparks something for you that could grow beyond a simple one-shot, just let us know! We will accept new WIPs with at least 2 chapters as part of the challenge submissions, so once the challenge is over you can continue growing your new story.


So there you have it! Get crazy, get kooky, get on it! We've had so much good Caryl news lately and I can feel more on the horizon. Let's celebrate by stretching our imaginations and celebrating our OTP!


If you have any questions, holler at me or Peta. Let's have some fun!



--Fairies Masquerade on July 17, 2014 7:18pm 0 Comments
Nine Lives Summer Survival Challenge: McReedus Master List

Greetings and salutations, O lovely Carylers! The first of our Summer Survival Challenges is complete. Here is the master list of all the entries:



Thank you to all of our participants! Readers, enjoy and spread the love to these awesome authors. 


Stay tuned! The Summer Survival Challenge Series is just getting started. ;)



--Fairies Masquerade on July 15, 2014 2:21pm 0 Comments
Nine Lives Summer Survival Challenge Series

Greetings and salutations to all our members, old and new, young and small, tall and… something else. The days are long and warm, the sun is shining but alas, the lack of The Walking Dead, and more particularly Caryl, tears at our souls. Never fear! We have a solution for all our hiatus withdrawals. The magnificent Peta and I are pleased to announce the Nine Lives Summer Survival Challenge Series has begun! *cue dramatic music*


This will be a series of challenges that we have worked out, designed to amp up our creativity and bring tons more fun to the awesomeness that is Nine Lives. Guess what we picked for our first challenge? The oh-so-popular, always delicious… MCREEDUS!


Here is the scoop: I’m gonna give you a prompt in a minute. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something including the details given in the prompt. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Now, to the important stuff! 



  • THE PROMPT: It’s ComiCon time! The story must take place at or around a con of your choosing and must include a photo op. It must be at least 100 words.

  • THE DEADLINE: All entries are due on July 14, 10pm MST. Everything will be posted on July 8.

  • THE RULES: Here is how you enter the challenge:

    • Send a PM to myself or Peta stating that you’re going to enter the challenge. This is very important! If we don’t get a PM, you won’t be on the list and you kinda need to be on the list for this one. ;)

    • Write your fic!!

    • DO NOT UPLOAD IT YET!! Wait until July 14 to upload your fic – we will be suspending automatic validation for that day for all authors who enter the challenge.

    • Submission Day is July 14, post your fic. It will not appear on the website, but will enter our validation queue. Make sure you submit it under the Nine Lives Challenge category!

    • Posting Day is July 15 – We will post the Master List and post all of the challenge entries so everything shows up at once. That way, we’re all surprised by what we get to read! Any challenge fics that are posted before July 14 will be deleted.




That’s it! This is a great chance for us to embrace our random creativity and see just what wild paths we can all take from the same starting point.


This is just the beginning – we’ve got lots of challenges lined up to take us through this hiatus! So if this isn’t quite your thing, stay tuned, because we’ve got more on the way!



--Fairies Masquerade on June 30, 2014 9:55pm 0 Comments
Caryl Writer's Unite in Chat

Have you been hoping to kick off your first fanfic venture but not sure you're getting things quite how you wanted?  Do you need the enthusiasm of others to help you take the first step and give you that extra push to put your work out there?  Do you need feedback or advice on what you are/want to write?  Well, this is for you.


A Caryl Fanfic supporter chat group is a great base to help you with these issues and any more you might think up.  To kick off this venture, a little input is required in selecting the best time available to everyone.  If you're interested, reply to the indicate when might work best for you.  Majority will rule.


Your options are sometime Thursday - Sunday this week. The link to give your available times is located at:


https://doodle.com/rs7r68hksht8bkf3        (Meeshie will close the scheduler on Wednesday night.)


 All Caryl fic writers are welcome! Chat will take place in the Nine Lives chat room and we will post the date/time decided on Thursday.



--Megan on June 10, 2014 9:17am 1 Comments
Prompts

A little while back a few members of Elysian Fields made a couple of suggestions for the prompt section over there, so I did a bit of work to fulfill their requests. Megan asked me to bring the changes over here as well. When you look at prompts, you'll notice that at the bottom there are 2 new options. If you see a prompt that piques your interest that you might want to respond to at a later date, just click the first option [Save this prompt] and the prompt will be stored on your saved prompt list, which is accessible on your account info page. If you see a prompt that you don't want to take on, but feel like it's a great idea that you'd love to see come to fruition, click [Second this prompt]. You can see how many members have seconded a prompt on the top row next to the number of responses. In the example below, you can see a '+1' because one member decided that my prompt is awesome and should definitely be brought to life (and they're right!). If 2 members seconded the prompt , it would show a '+2' and so on...



Also, on the prompt browse page, there are new sort options. Before, you could only sort alphabetically or by most recent, but now you can sort alphabetically by the prompt author, by most responses (i.e. the number of stories created from each prompt) or most wanted (i.e. the number of members who have seconded a prompt).



--Susan on June 03, 2014 9:05pm 2 Comments
Tips & Tricks

(Admin Note: I originally posted this on April 21, but I think it is relevant to share again. -- FM)


Hey everyone,  


It is great to see so many new members joining our madhouse! To all of our amazing authors, thank you so much for choosing Nine Lives to share your work. I have discovered so many wonderful new stories in the last couple of weeks alone! I can't wait to see what new adventures show up in the archive every day. There are crazy levels of talent happening here. It is so awesome!


I just wanted to point out a couple of helpful hints to our authors, and to any of our members who haven't posted their fics yet:



  • Chapter Notes: I notice a lot of people using this section to place their authors notes. This actually is the summary post for each chapter that ends up in the index page of each story. I'd suggest placing any author's notes in the actual story text, or at the 'End Notes' section.

  • Copy/Pasting: If you're copy/pasting your story text from a program like Word or even Google Docs, click the button on the Story Text box that looks like a clipboard with a W on it. It will keep any special formatting (paragraph spacing, bold, italics, etc) that you have already done. It's a bit faster than copying and then reformatting within the system.

  • Series: You do have the option of posting not just stories, but a whole series! A series can be a series of several stories, submitted by different authors, all within the same "universe". I'll give an example (and it's a cracktastic one, too): So let's say Peta2 decided to start a non-zombie AU that takes place in a circus, with Daryl and Carol as circus performers. She posts the first fic, but then invites me to post another story, separate from hers but set within the same universe. I can post my story to her series, so the separate stories link together. 


There are lots more, but those are the three big ones I wanted to point out.   


Also, for any authors who are nervous about their work and want a second opinion, feel free to take advantage of our BETA page! Any Nine Lives member can sign up to be a beta reader. Just log onto your account page and update your beta profile information. If you need help, just ask. You can ask in the Shoutbox so anyone can reply, or you can sent a private mesasage to any member directly by clicking on their name, then selecting the envelope to the right of their name.


I hope all of this helps! You guys are amazing! Thank you for making Nine Lives a wonderful home for all Caryl fans!  


Fairies Masquerade  


(P.S. I have no intention of starting a circus AU series. I just needed an example and for some reason, that's what came to me.Wink)



--Fairies Masquerade on June 02, 2014 10:14am 0 Comments
Tumblr McReedus Challenge

As self-proclaimed Queen of Promotion for All Caryl Events, I have another seriously cool tumblr event to share! However, this one is actually... a McReedus challenge! *cue the dramatic music* This is being hosted by our friends at BetterTogether. Check out the challenge details below:



  • Submissions are open from May 7 - May 18. Voting on the submitted entries is open from May 19-24.

  • All entries must be based from at least one option of the provided list of song lyric prompts. For the full list of prompts, click here.

  • There is no word limit or limit to how many of the lyrics you can use in your entry. The only specific rule regarding content is that the lyric prompt used is to be “quoted" in the text directly.

  • You can submit your entry by emailing it to sanja_marie@hotmail.com

  • All entries will be posted on the BetterTogether tumblr on May 19th. The entries will be posted completely anonymously for the vote to make it as fair as possible.

  • Voting is open from May 19 - 24.


This information is taken directly from the BetterTogether's McReedus Challenge page.


Have fun, McReedus writers!



--Fairies Masquerade on May 15, 2014 11:01am 0 Comments
TheCarylDaily Fanfiction Awards

Hi everyone!


I wanted to share a seriously cool event that is being hosted by our friends at TheCarylDaily on tumblr. They are hosting the first round ever of the Carol & Daryl (Caryl) Fanfiction Awards! The cool part here is, you don't have to be on tumblr to participate. Here's the scoop, taken directly from the Fanfic Awards page:


Nomination Rules: 
1). You may nominate two (2) authors/stories/series/etc per category.
2). You may nominate your own work.
3). You do not have to make a nomination in every category.
4). Nominations are not anonymous.
5). When nominating a story/series/etc, you must provide the correct penname and correct title. A link to the nominated author/story/series/etc would be most helpful.
6). Copy & paste the following form into an email and send it to the following email address - thecaryldaily@outlook.com 


Nomination Form:



  • Best Author

  • Best Angst

  • Best AU (Alternate Universe)

  • Best Characterization

  • Best Comedy

  • Best Drama

  • Best Episode Re-write

  • Best Fluff

  • Best Multi-Chaptered

  • Best NC-17

  • Best Oneshot

  • Best Plot

  • Best Quickie Fic

  • Best Romance

  • Best Series

  • Best Song Fic 

  • Best Unfinished


NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL MAY 16! EDIT: TheCarylDaily has announced nominations are open until May 31!!


So get those nominations in fast and let's get ready for the first Caryl Fanfiction Awards from TheCarylDaily



--Fairies Masquerade on May 13, 2014 10:30pm 9 Comments
Private Messages

This is cross-posted from Elysian Fields, so forgive me if you've seen it before.


We now have a new way to contact other members here at Nine Lives. Before, the member contact link had you send an email, and a few people mentioned to me that they were leery of sending out their email addresses. So, after much coding (and a little frustration), we now have a new method. When you click the envelope icon in a user's profile, it will allow you to send a private message. The message will be stored here, and will not force you to include your email address.


When you receive a private message, you will be sent an email notification with a link to the PM (don't reply to the email because the PM sender won't see your reply). Also, you'll know you have a new PM because there will be a little envelope icon in the top menu (the envelope wont be there if you don't have any unread messages):



If you hover over the envelope, it will tell you how many new private messages you have, and if you click on it, it will take you to your inbox. There is also a link to your inbox on your account info page. Once you're at the inbox you can view and reply to messages.


This was a big project for me, so the possibility that I've forgotten something or messed something up is definitely there. If you notice anything not working as you think it should, be patient and let me know about it (with a PM, perhaps Wink) . If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.


Thanks!



--Susan on April 24, 2014 10:16pm 5 Comments
Tips, Tricks and Pixie Stix

Hey everyone,  


It is great to see so many new members joining our madhouse! To all of our amazing authors, thank you so much for choosing Nine Lives to share your work. I have discovered so many wonderful new stories in the last couple of weeks alone! I can't wait to see what new adventures show up in the archive every day. There are crazy levels of talent happening here. It is so awesome!


I just wanted to point out a couple of helpful hints to our authors, and to any of our members who haven't posted their fics yet:



  • Chapter Notes: I notice a lot of people using this section to place their authors notes. This actually is the summary post for each chapter that ends up in the index page of each story. I'd suggest placing any author's notes in the actual story text, or at the 'End Notes' section.

  • Copy/Pasting: If you're copy/pasting your story text from a program like Word or even Google Docs, click the button on the Story Text box that looks like a clipboard with a W on it. It will keep any special formatting (paragraph spacing, bold, italics, etc) that you have already done. It's a bit faster than copying and then reformatting within the system.

  • Series: You do have the option of posting not just stories, but a whole series! A series can be a series of several stories, submitted by different authors, all within the same "universe". I'll give an example (and it's a cracktastic one, too): So let's say Peta2 decided to start a non-zombie AU that takes place in a circus, with Daryl and Carol as circus performers. She posts the first fic, but then invites me to post another story, separate from hers but set within the same universe. I can post my story to her series, so the separate stories link together.


There are lots more, but those are the three big ones I wanted to point out.   


Also, for any authors who are nervous about their work and want a second opinion, feel free to take advantage of our BETA page! Any Nine Lives member can sign up to be a beta reader. Just log onto your account page and update your beta profile information. If you need help, just ask. You can ask in the Shoutbox so anyone can reply, or you can sent a private mesasage to any member directly by clicking on their name, then selecting the envelope to the right of their name.


I hope all of this helps! You guys are amazing! Thank you for making Nine Lives a wonderful home for all Caryl fans!  


Fairies Masquerade  


(P.S. I have no intention of starting a circus AU series. I just needed an example and for some reason, that's what came to me.Wink)



--Fairies Masquerade on April 21, 2014 8:19pm 0 Comments
Welcome to Nine Lives, the first Caryl archive of its kind!



When I first went looking for Caryl fanfiction, I was looking for an archive like I’d been used to in the Buffy fandom, that held all the treasures, new and old, of the fanfic world in my chosen pairing. I didn’t find it, and was more than a little surprised to find I could only read Caryl on private blogs, on fanfiction.net and on AO3. I believe there is a great need to foster community around our ship, gathering all our fantastic fanfiction in one place so that anyone seeking it out can find it easily. With this site I hope to foster that sense of safety within our own community, support for writers and readers with the inclusion of the chat box and chat room, a beta service, a moderated service that helps those entering the fandom to improve their work and thus improving the reading experience of all Carylers that want to read quality fanfiction. What we are about is acceptance and support, love of Carol and Daryl, Melissa and Norman, and hopefully a place where our detractors can recognise that this is not their space to impose upon.


So, please come on in, join up, submit your work, read other people’s work, shout out a hello, get to know the place and above all, ENJOY THE CARYL AND HAVE FUN!


Your administrators for the site are Peta2, Spikeslovebite, Atoizzard, and Fairies Masquerade. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you find any hiccups with the site, remember we are new and still ironing things out, so let us know if something doesn’t work. You can follow fic updates on Tumblr at ninelives2.


I hope you all seize this opportunity to build the most kickass Caryl archive there can be.


Stay Safe!




--Peta2 on January 24, 2014 1:20am 2 Comments