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September Members of the Month

Happy September everyone! It is going to be a doozy of a month and we've got so much headed your way later, but first, it's time to once again shine the spotlight of awesome upon two of your own. Give it up for our September Members of the Month: lovesdaryl and kaoscraze82!


lovesdaryl: September Author of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship?


It's the way she is the first person EVER to look beyond his attempts to push people away before he can be hurt by them, the way he's been hurt by the people who should have cared for him the most. It's the way he sees her strength when she bashes Ed's head in, crying, when everyone else is still only seeing the battered housewife.


It's the way they truly respect each other and treat each other as equals. They always accept each others' decisions and choices. They might voice criticism ("... don't tend to your bloody fists and act like you don't care ..."), but they never tear each other down, and they admit when they're wrong ("... sorry 'bout what happened this morning ...").


It's the way they say so much without words. This, of course, is mostly due to the two amazing actors portraying them, but their communication through looks, minute changes in the expression on their faces - sometimes it's only the twitch of a single muscle - or a slight change in posture is just out of this world.


The slow burn between these two is killing me - but at the same time I kind of want the writers to drag it out endlessly, because "once it's done, it's done". Watching them tiptoe around each other, approach and withdraw again, is so painful because you know that each of them thinks they don't deserve the other and nobody would ever feel about them "that way" - but it hurts so good. They have the most beautiful relationship in any media franchise ever, in my opinion. Seriously, look at his face just before and during The Hug.


Who are my writing influences?


Although I know that he is frowned upon by many "serious" readers and writers (I am constantly lobbying for my book circle to read and discuss one of his books) purely because of his preferred genre, I will put myself out there and say that it is Stephen King. (Admin Comment from FM: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!)


Not only do I love the world he has created, but I have read every book he has ever written in English (I don't even own the German versions of most of them) and would estimate that I owe roughly one quarter to one third of my everyday English vocabulary to him. This is relevant here because all of my hobby writing is done in English.


He writes believable characters in a believable way. They speak the way real people speak. You can relate to them in the (sometimes very weird) situations he places them in. He sets up his scenes in a way that makes you *see* what is happening on the page. You get hot and cold with his characters, you hear their voices, you feel their terror.


And on top of that, he raises some real issues - Green Mile and death penalty, anyone?


I love everything he has ever written, and am so grateful that he survived his horrific accident.


How do you handle writer's block?


Um. *crickets*


Ever since December I have been writing nearly every night because I am unable to fall asleep unless I've written at least one page or chapter about our favorite couple, with the exception of the week right after I had finished "Never get to know you" which truly haunted me for the nine months I was writing it. During that week I was so physically and emotionally exhausted from completing that story that I slept like a log every night. Right now I'm on vacation and on absolute overdrive, plotting Sand in your fingers, plotting a new SF AU based on one of the prompts here, and continuing Rhino's 30 Days challenge from last year.


That said, when my fingers itch and I don't know where to start I resort to the prompts here or from the writing blogs that I follow on Tumblr. One of the "Bubbles" stories started from such a prompt, and right now I am writing a new story also based on a first sentence prompt from Tumblr, so I guess looking for prompts in the NL "Prompts" section or over there, or asking for some at either site would be a good way to start.


Also, if the muse refuses to inspire me for the multi-chapters I'm writing, I do several shorter ones, maybe oneshots, to stretch my writing muscles and air out my head. Plus, I feel that taking a break from writing every now and then is okay. ;-)


Anything you want to say to your readers?


Where do I start? How do I express this?


The readers/reviewers here are so enthusiastic, kind, and supportive. This community feels like a family in so many ways. I have received reviews and messages in answer to my stories baring hearts and sharing memories that had me in tears, and I am not exaggerating. The exchange of messages over some of my stories was how I found my amazing beta reader, Emmy, who was one of my first constant readers on NL and who definitely deserves a huge Thank You here. The warm welcome given to every new writer, the close relationships among the writers and between writers and readers, and the love that we get for our stories here definitely set this site apart from the others I know, and I am so very grateful for that.


I never expected to receive this honor, and I am stunned and humbled by it. Thank you all so much.


kaoscraze82: Reviewer of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship? 
A simpler question would be what DOESN’T draw me in haha. I remember becoming a Caryl fan during season 2 with the hunt for Sophia…heck maybe before that but it was the first time I remember thinking ‘wow this could totally happen and it would be completely amazing’. It was cemented for me after her death as I watched them both transform from these two damaged people into warriors who have now overcome so much adversity in their lives and have only come out stronger on the other side. I knew that they were a force to be reckoned with and it gave me hope that we would someday get to witness an even more amazing transformation. Watching their intricate dance is something I will NEVER get tired of.


What do you look for in a story to keep reading? 
Uniqueness and viability. Just a few months ago I decided to make my own challenge (before the real one came along hehe) and I tried to read as many of the stories on the NL site as I could and I ended up finding dozens of stories I loved and had never even known were there. I really look for something that draws me in quickly, like a really great plot point or just someone who knows the characters well and can carry the story along. Nothing pulls me out of a story quicker than when the characterization is off. If it’s an AU story and the setting is Mars and I’m warned in advance that this is the general plot, then I’m okay, but if you’re trying to write a story based in their true world and they are doing and saying things that aren’t in character, then it is tough for me to keep at it. Also-punctuation. I can’t stress enough how important beta-ing can be to a story just for spelling errors alone. I use two betas-sometimes three-before I post things because we ALL make honest and silly mistakes that can just throw someone right out of a story. It’s important to make sure that the audience understands what it is the story is trying to get across.


What are your top five favorite stories? 
THIS may be the toughest question of them all lol. There are SOOOO many and for so many reasons. Right now my biggest obsession is Birmingham Safe Zone by Rhinozilla. It was a story I got into thinking I wasn’t going to like it (I won’t give anything away but it does involve a serious injury of one of our beloved characters) and I was greatly concerned it would take me out of the moment but in fact it actually made it better. Using a tragedy to strengthen the characters and bring them together in a new way is just such a beautiful thing and Rhino does it perfectly. Crazy by BSparrow is one that I have impatiently waiting for updates on and is another wonderful Caryl AU that just drew me in from the start. I can feel Carol’s tension reading it, it’s insane. Five Veils by Argent Gale is just amazing as well and instantly sucked me in too. It’s a world I couldn’t imagine writing Caryl in but that’s why I love it. The Sunny Side of You and Me by Stephtron312 is another awesome AU story (can you tell that I like AU’s much?? LOL)  that caught my attention because I LOVE John Hughes movies and this was inspired by that so it was really high on my list to read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.


I also enjoy McReedus stories and the one that really pulled me in was The Surrogate by liveinadive because it was is extremely unique and although I don’t necessarily thing that these two people will find themselves in a similar real-life situation, I did enjoy the journey they took as in the story.


Anything you want to say to all the Caryl authors out there? 
Yes, thank you. You guys have gotten me through some really difficult times in the last two years. I lost my mother in 2014 after a long battle with illness and this past year has been one of my own personal hell living with a mentally abusive family member, but I am happy to announce that because of a wonderful, caring individual (who also happens to be a Caryler herself) I am less than two months away from moving across the country to start life over on my own terms and I know that if it wasn’t for this community and it’s wonderful supportive people that I wouldn’t be making the changes I needed to make. You are all very special in my heart and I thank you a thousand times over for your love and support!!



--FM, Ikkles & Subs on September 02, 2015 10:42am 1 Comments
V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N In The Summertime!

Greetings and salutations to all the members of our Nine Lives family: 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. Luckily for us, we have had quite the eventful summer here on Nine Lives so far!


Our Round Robin teams are still going strong & putting out amazing new chapters to kill us with feels. We’ve done Smutfest!, Featured Flashbacks, Awesome AU Featured Stories, the AU Prompt-A-Thon, all while continuing our monthly traditions of Members of the Month and our ongoing Writers Chats series.


What more could we possibly bring you for August? Well, I’ll tell you. The theme for August here on Nine Lives is... VACATION! 


As in: we the administration staff are taking one.


That’s actually not as terrible as it sounds. There is a LOT cooking behind the scenes of Nine Lives, stuff that has been simmering between FM, Ikkles & subs for months now and it’s all about to come to fruition in September. The three of us really need to take the time to make sure everything is ready for those upcoming events; so in August, there won’t be any writing challenges. (Emphasis on the writing – you’re still getting a challenge! You didn’t think we’d leave you guys with nothing, did you?) We’re also putting the Writers Chats on hold until September. However, as always, the chat room itself is open to our members for their use & we highly encourage you guys to take advantage of it!


All of us – FM, Ikkles & subs – will still be on Nine Lives every day doing our usual admin tasks, writing and reading all of the amazing stories the archive has to offer. So while we’re on ‘vacation’ from all the extra stuff, we won’t actually be gone. (In fact, we'll be working harder than ever - you just won't see it for a while.)


“But what are we supposed to do for all of August?” we hear you ask.


Summertime vacation is all about relaxing and the ideal summer day is spent lazing about in the sunshine reading a good book. With that in mind, we present to you your challenge for August:


THE CHALLENGE


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read and review as much Caryl OR McReedus fanfiction as this site has to offer! (And that’s a lot!)


The fun part? WE WANT PROOF! This is a Photo Challenge! Take your laptop or phone or Kindle and read new stories, or your old favorites: on your porch, in a hammock, in a tree, at the beach, by the pool, in a coffee shop, at the mall, with your pets, with your friends (for those of you lucky enough to live near other Caryl fans!), using Carol and Daryl Funko pops or action figures, wearing TWD merch. Anywhere and any which way you can think of. You do not have to show your face in these photos – we know that’s not everyone’s jam and that’s ok! Just have fun with it.


THE RULES



  • Read and review stories here on NL!

  • Take a picture! Take LOTS of pictures – multiple submissions are not only allowed, but encouraged!

    • You do not have to include your face in the photo

    • Photos must show a story on Nine Lives open on your phone, computer, Kindle, whatever

    • It must be a different story open per photo!



  • You must leave a review on that photographed story for each photo submitted. We will be checking!

  • Submit your photo via one of these methods:


  • Submissions must include the following in addition to the photo itself:

    • Your Nine Lives username

    • What country you’re from

    • What story you’re reading in the photo



  • Photo submissions are due by August 29!


We will be doing some cool stuff with the photos submitted, so stay tuned for more on that later! In the meantime, get out and get reading! As always, if you have any questions, please PM an admin.


Happy reading and Caryl on!



--FM, Ikkles & Subs on August 03, 2015 8:43pm 4 Comments
August Members of the Month!

Hello Nine Lives family! The time has come once more to honor two of our own. One author, one reviewer, both of whom bring a lot of style, pinache and enthusiasm to Nine Lives. Give it up for our August Members of the Month: Argent Gale and AmalynJon!


Argent Gale - Author of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship?  
Caryl is just...amazing.  Who would have thought the unlikely pairing of a battered housewife and a surly redneck would stir so many feels in me.  I love their special bond.  I love how they are always there for each other.  They know when to approach and when to step back.  They see each others strengths.  They know each others weaknesses and help each overcome those weaknesses.  The cornerstone of their relationship is a profound respect for one another.  When Norman says Carol and Daryl's relationship goes beyond being siblings...he is right.  I feel they have a soulmate thing going on.  They love each other very much. 


Who are your writing influences? 
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sidney Sheldon. Those are my top three. I remember when I was about 11, my mom let me read Salem's Lot. God how I loved that book. I devoured it. I love how Stephen King will write the scariest scene, create these really horrible characters, and yet he manages to interject just a bit of humor to make you chuckle while he is scaring the crap out of you. Stephen King's books were a huge part of my youth, lol. I would have to say he is a huge influence on my writing. I always loved how he described things, brought you into the story. 


How do you handle writer’s block? 
Ugh. Writer's block.  Yeah...I just had a rather nasty run in with that not very long ago.  It was getting to the point where I was getting upset for not writing...not updating.  Writing wasn't fun anymore.  It was this awful looming task.  Finally I just said to myself, "It's okay. You can quit. You don't HAVE to write."  I didn't think about writing at all for a few days. And like magic the desire came back.  So in the future if it happens again, I'll give myself  permission to rest and step back a bit.


Anything you want to say to your readers? ;) 
I love you guys.  Seriously.  Whoever nominated me for this amazing honor, I just love you to bits and I am so thrilled my work touched you so.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  I hope my writing continues to add to the Caryl fandom.


 


AmalynJon - Reviewer of the Month



Wow! To say I am shocked would be an understatement. I am extremely honoured. Thank you to whoever nominated me! I will do my best to review as many fics as I can to fully deserve this title! 


What draws you to the Caryl ship?


 Initially it was a picture. I was a late comer to The Walking Dead fandom. I literally just watch the entire series in October. I had always wanted to watch but I'm a bit of a wuss and anything slightly horror'ish' freaks me out so I figured I wouldn't like it. After the season 5 premiere my twitter dash was going nuts and Caryl's reunion gifs/photos were splashed all over. I thought it looked like the most beautiful reunion ever. I was certain they were married or at least together and I shipped it. I shipped them based on a photo basically. I had never seen them interact, didn't experience the build up of their relationship, had never even seen MMB or NR act before but I just wanted those two characters to be happy and together. I took the plunge and watched the entire series in two weeks and I loved it and I was definitely still aboard the Caryl train.


 I guess to answer the question more directly, I continued to be drawn to Caryl because it is so unique. There is really nothing like their relationship on television. Just these two lost souls, with much in common, who found each other when the world went to hell. Even if it never goes romantically canon we have been witness to a beautiful friendship.  It helps that Norman and Melissa have mad chemistry as well!


 But also, MMB basically came to own my soul in those two weeks so Carol's happiness is a top priority for me and I totally think Daryl makes her happy.


What do you look for in a story to keep reading?


 Characterization is huge. If I am starting a story and I get to a point where Daryl or Carol do or say something totally off the wall, I'm out, Like if Daryl is all “Hey baby, how you doin'?” and the story isn't some freaky Friday type thing then I will slowly back out. That doesn't mean that the story is bad, it's just not something that I am interested in.


 I think we all establish mindsets of things we are not interested in seeing in a Caryl fic (or fics in general). Interestingly enough, there have been times where I have went into fics where I was certain I would not enjoy what I was about to read because of those mindsets, but then I have my mind blown by an amazing and well written story. I have learnt that I need to be open to all the possibilities, you never know when you will fall in love with a genre you thought impossible to love. (ie. I'm looking at you Stephtron312 and your HS AU that had me giddy with every update!)


I won't lie, a slow burn tale chock full of emotion and sexual tension really does it for me!


What are your top five favorite stories?


 I don't think I have read even half of the Caryl fics out there. There is so many more than five that I count as favourites but I won't list them all! I am going to cheat though (like most have) and include a few more than five. These stories in particular either were ones I couldn't stop reading and/or were ones that left a lasting impression on me. The Long Road Home – Tinkerbell99, If It Helps – sweettooth7, Down in the Willow Garden – Praxid (on ff.net), Broken Mirrors – ramblinrose, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades – NotLaura, The Sunny Side of You & Me – Stephtron312. The next four are works in progress but are all amazing and have me longing to find out what is going to happen next! Mad City – Fairies Masquerade, Five Veils – Argent Gale, the midas light turning your limbs to gold – queenpeletier, and Little Do You Know – Sweet Little Bullet. Seriously though, so many fics in this fandom are pure gold!


Anything you want to say to all the Caryl authors out there?


 Thank you! Thank you for your creativity, your time, all your sweat and blood that you put into each and every story. I think it is important to remember that you should write for yourself first. Write what you want and write it in a time that you are comfortable with. In another fandom I got so bogged down by trying to churn out fast updates to please others and it nearly turned me off of writing. Also, don't ever be afraid to put your stuff out there, especially here on NineLives. It is so worth it! You are all amazing and I look forward to all the adventures that await!  



--FM, Ikkles & Subs on August 01, 2015 12:12pm 0 Comments
AU Prompt-A-Thon Challenge List

Happy Weekend, Caryl fans! Today, we round out our All About AUs theme here at Nine Lives with our final challenge event of the month - the AU Prompt-A-Thon!


Nobody wants to hear us ramble on when there are new stories to read, so here is the list of those brave folks who took our challenge head on:



Many challenge participants sent the admins some frantic PMs going "OMG THIS HAS GOTTEN TO BIG WHAT DO I DO?!" which (aside from making FM cackle with glee to the point she started scaring people) opened up the door to several multi-chapter stories getting their start with this challenge. We have noted those stories whose authors have intended to go on longer than your average one-shot.


You can find the full list of prompts the authors had to chose from here.


THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN ALL ABOUT AU MONTH! This has been a resounding success for the Nine Lives Archive! Repeat next year? We think so!


Happy reading and Caryl on!


 



--FM, Ikkles & Subs on July 31, 2015 11:49am 2 Comments
Awesome AU Featured Stories

Hello Caryl fans & Nine Lives family! As you are all aware, July has been All About AUs here at the Nine Lives Archive. As part of our theme, we’ve been presenting the incredibly popular Awesome AU Featured Stories every week. We received almost 200 total nominations for this event! (You broke FM’s inbox!) We’ve proved without question the AU is a die-hard staple of fanfiction and of the Caryl fandom. Way to go, everyone!


As July, and All About AU month, comes to a close, we present the final master list of all the stories featured for the Awesome AU event:


Week One



  • When the Levee Breaks by Haitus80

  • To Never Get To Know You by lovesdaryl

  • The Sunny Side of You and Me by Stephtron312


Week Two



  • Gator Babies by wndrw8

  • When Carol Met Daryl by Liddym2113

  • Whiskey Heat by EnglishPoet18

  • Contrapposto by darylsdiva1


Week Three



  • Shotgun Messiah by Argent Gale

  • Mad City by Fairies Masquerade

  • Sweet Junction by ramblinrose

  • Out of the Ashes by Starfur733

  • Arcus by The Readers Muse


Week Four



  • Snake by Axelrocks

  • Ain’t No Paradise in Eden by clare009

  • Cuckoo for Carol by jaibhagwan

  • Love Hurts by PixieGrunger

  • Little Do You Know by Sweet Little Bullet


If you haven’t read an AU before, or are looking for something new, this is the place to start! So Caryl on, my friends, and happy reading!



--Fairies Masquerade on July 29, 2015 1:51pm 0 Comments
AU Promp-A-Thon

Happy “All About AU” month, everyone! Can you believe we’re halfway through the hiatus already? Season 6 will be here before we know it! The response this month for our AU theme has been huge, so thank you to everyone that has participated so far! To continue with our theme for July, we decided to present the next challenge in our 2nd annual Summer Survival Series. It’s an AU Prompt-A-Thon, y’all!


THE CHALLENGE: Write your very own Caryl-AU story based on one of the prompts listed below (No McReedus this time – sorry, folks!)


THE DEADLINE: Submissions are due by midnight PST on July 30! Posting day is July 31.


THE RULES: Our oldies should know the routine by now, but for our wonderful newbies, here’s how this works:



  • Send a PM to Fairies MasqueradeIkkleosu or subversivegrrl stating that you’re going to enter the challenge. This is very important! If we do not get a PM, you won’t be on the list.

  • Write your fic!

  • You can submit multiple entries – as many as you like, but each must be based off a different prompt provided

  • Each story submitted must be a minimum of 100 words

  • DO NOT UPLOAD IT YET! Wait until July 30 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.

  • Submission Day is July 30 – post your story. It will not appear on the archive, but will enter our validation queue. Make sure you submit it under the Nine Lives Challenge category!

  • Posting Day is July 31 – 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 30 will be deleted.


THE PROMPT LIST: I have to say, there was much hilarity between the admins as we combed through dozens and dozens of prompt ideas for this. In the end, we tried to go with AU ideas that we haven’t seen put forward as often within the Caryl fandom. Some are silly, some are way out of the box, but all should be loads of fun to write and read! Here is what you have to pick from for this challenge:



  • “We both tried to rob a bank at the same time”

  • “That one jerk customer who always comes in 5 minutes before the store is about to close”

  • “Person A’s band plays a gig and Person B is drunk as hell dancing in front of the stage”

  • “Person A calling Person B while having a breakdown and Person B running as fast as they can to comfort Person A”

  • “Person A works at an aquarium, Person B is a regular visitor.”

  • “Person A is a prince/ess, Person B is a servant. They weren’t supposed to fall in love but it happened anyway.”

  • “Person A knows nothing about camping and comes across Person B while freaking out because they think they heard a bear”

  • “Caryl in the Old West”

  • “A mutual drunk friend called both Person A & B to come pick them up from a party. Awkwardness ensues.”

  • “Person A slapped Person B’s ass thinking it was their friend but realizing Person B is a stranger”

  • “Person A stole Person B’s car without realizing Person B was asleep in the back”

  • “Both woke up in the middle of nowhere together with no memory of who they are or why they’re there.  From ID cards/licenses, they figure out their names but that’s it. They have to work together to remember what happened and get back to civilization.”


Who is Person A and Person B for each prompt? Well, that’s entirely up to you! We’ve given you 12 possible starting points. You have 2 weeks. What are you still reading this for? GET WRITING ALREADY! 


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As always, PM an admin or comment here if you have any questions.


Happy writing and Caryl on!



--Fairies Masquerade on July 20, 2015 1:45pm 6 Comments
Alternate Universe: Embracing the Wild Side

Guess what everyone?! Oh wait, you probably already know.  Oh, I don’t care – I’m gonna say it anyway!


JULY IS ALL ABOUT AUs!


The “Alternate Universe” fic is a staple of fanfiction in all fandoms. Can your favorite characters exist in a different setting but still be the characters we know and love? It’s a challenge many have taken on for themselves, with fantastic results. With an AU, the world truly is your oyster.


We love AUs here at Nine Lives, so we decided to celebrate the AU this month. We started with our Writers Chats by turning them into the AU Addicts Support Group! The first chat has come and gone, but the next chat will be Saturday, July 11 at 1pm EST.


As June was Featured Flashback Month for our Featured Story of the Week event, so July’s Featured Stories will showcase the best of the best AUs on Nine Lives! Awesome AU Featured Stories! Want to see your favorite AU stories in our Featured Story spot? The rules:



  • Awesome AU story nominations can be complete or ongoing stories BUT it cannot have previously been featured, either for Featured Flashback or as a regular Featured Story of the Week. You'll know if there is a red ribbon by the story's title. You can also view the entire list of previously Featured Stories here. 

  • Send a PM to Fairies Masquerade with your nominations. Your PM must include the story title and the author or it will not be counted!


Stay tuned, because it’s us, so you know we’ve got a challenge headed your way soon! Mwahaha…


[Also, a special shoutout to NL member inyoureyes, whose random shoutbox comment weeks ago to FM set the entire ball rolling for AU month here at NL! See what happens when you talk to FM?]



--Fairies Masquerade on July 04, 2015 4:24pm 1 Comments
July Members of the Month

Greetings and salutations, Nine Lives family! The time has come once again to shine the spotlight on two of our members. Nominated from within your ranks, please give a shout of hooray for July's Members of the Month: CarolPeletier and Liddym2113!!


CarolPeletier - Author of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship?
I watched my first episode of The Walking Dead in late September of 2014.  My sister bought me the first season and just said “trust me, you’ll love it.”  And I went out and bought the other four seasons as soon as I finished with Season 1.  By early Season 2, it was obvious to me that Daryl was much more than what he was presented to be at first.  And then when they were interacting more with Sophia being gone, I was totally enthralled by the chemistry between the two of them.  I was already shipping them before I ever even went online and saw there was a whole community of shippers out there thinking the same things I was!


I love the parallels between the characters.  He comes from an abusive home.  She comes from an abusive marriage.  He doesn’t really know how to connect to people, and she seems to flourish after Ed’s death. I love the way they can tease each other and talk to each other and understand each other so easily.  I especially love how Carol has such faith in him; how she believes he’s a good man and a man of honor.  I also love how Daryl so quickly understands that Carol did what she did to Karen and David, knowing she had her reasons and how he knows she would understand if he left with Merle.  They are so connected, even when they’re apart, and it’s just the most fascinating thing to watch.  I hope to see them interacting on my TV for many more seasons together.


Who are your writing influences?
Oh, that’s a tough question.  I’ve always loved to read.  In college, I especially got into short stories, stories that had a punch and really made you think.  I love to read all genres and styles, and I have had a passion for writing since I was young.  Other fanfic writers inspire me.  I hadn’t written much of anything for a few years before I discovered the beauty of The Walking Dead and began to read fan fictions.  I’ve read some beautiful ones here on Nine Lives.  TheWalkingCaryl is one of my biggest influences (and sounding boards) because I am constantly amazed at the beauty that comes out of her fingertips when she writes. 


Honestly, when I read a really good fanfic, and it makes me think, it’ll stay with me, and sometimes, I think that influences the way I write, the way I view things, and the way I want my readers to view a scene.  I love those writers who can really evoke a powerful emotion in their readers.


How do you handle writer’s block?
Admittedly, not very well.  Sometimes I have the hardest time just thinking of something to write.  I will stare at my computer for the longest time, read other fics, watch a favorite TWD episode, and still, sometimes, that inspiration never comes.  I sometimes get on Tumblr and encourage people to send me prompts.  I love to brainstorm.  Sometimes, I will type out a list of scenarios I would love to read in fanfic, and sometimes, I attempt to write them. 


I think my most successful method of handling writer’s block is to just start writing.  Sometimes it’s no good, sometimes it stirs something inside of me that gets me writing like crazy.  No Regrets happened when I was having terrible writer’s block, and so did Kismet.  They are two of the fics I’m most proud of today.


Anything you want to say to your readers?
Thank you!  Just simply, thank you.  I know I don’t always respond to feedback, and my crazy busy life and work schedule keeps me off the net a lot, but I truly appreciate each and every review left, because sometimes, just reading your reactions helps me form the next piece of my story.  Sometimes I’m hanging on the precipice of a decision, and reading a particularly moving review might sway me in one direction or the other.  I sometimes enjoy NOT knowing where I’m going to end, even if I have a general idea of what I want to do, and I like having a sort of interactive approach to it, and you guys have no idea how many times I’ve been inspired by a simple review.  Thank you so much for your support!  You guys are amazing!


 


Liddym2113 - Reviewer of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship?
First of all, I would say it is the AMAZING chemistry between Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus. The two of them on screen together have something incredibly rare and special and it is simply magnetic. I can't help but be drawn to them. Secondly, the characters simply "get" one another. I am a huge fan of the shows Friends and Grey's Anatomy, and I feel like their relationship is a great combination of both being one another's "Lobster" and being one another's "person." I can't help but think of a post I saw on tumblr one time that said, in any world, in any universe, I would choose you. That to me is Caryl defined and what makes me love them so much.


What do you look for in a story to keep reading?
I love it when there is simmering chemistry and tension betwen the characters. Believable, natural dialogue is important to me as well. It doesn't matter if it has fluff, angst, smut, or drama...I just like a story to make me feel things. Stories that jump off my screen and bleed emotions through the words, whether happy or sad, are my favorite thing.


What are your top five favorite stories?
Here is where I'm gonna cheat because I can't pick just five, so I'm going to pick 5 WIP's and 5 Completed ones. (FM knows I'm a rebel.) WIPs: Mad City by Fairiesmasquerade, My Heart is In You by Bonnyblonde, Contrapposto by Darylsdiva1, Sunny Side of You and Me by Stephtron312, The Spare Room by 27 dayz (on ff). Completed: I am the Danger by wndrw8, Caress by Stephtron312, Salt and Stone by FM, Slow Fire Burn by Racerlovesloopy, and Roses and Thorns by Bonnyblonde. Legit, I love so many fics that this doesn't even begin to cover them all, but these are ones I go back to again and again (and again.)


Anything you want to say to all the Caryl authors out there?
I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!!! No, seriously. I do. Caryl fic has gotten me through some of the worst times of my life lately, and it is such a form of escape that I can't thank all of you enough for putting yourselves out there and creating these wonderful works of art! You all are such talented, gorgeous, lovely people. Truly the best in the fandom. And to anyone who is considering writing, don't be afraid. It's scary but so worth it, and you never know whose lives you may impact with your words. xoxoxo!!!!



--Fairies Masquerade on July 02, 2015 2:13am 0 Comments
A Look Back at Featured Flashback Month

Hello to all the new and old members of our Nine Lives family! As you all know, June was Featured Flashback month, where members of the Nine Lives community could nominate their favorite classics to be featured on the archive. We had a fantastic turnout of votes that led to an amazing selection of stories – way more than we had anticipated! We did our very best to feature as many of these fanfics as we could. 


Here it is at last, the full list of stories that were spotlighted for Featured Flashback Month.


Week One



  • The night will not last for much more by leigh57

  • Broken Mirrors by ramblinrose

  • Spark by Tinkerbell99


Week Two



  • What Is A Soulmate? By EnglishPoet18

  • Melting Into You by kaoscraze82

  • Pale Pink by The Readers Muse

  • Just One More Photo by LadySheRa (McReedus)


Week Three



  • Light as a feather by whowhatsitwhich

  • Stray by Bsparrow

  • No Regrets by CarolPeletier

  • Pretty by EleanorK

  • All That and a Bucket of Chicken by Three Little Kittens (McReedus)


Week Four



  • Shiver by Equuleus86

  • Secret Hands by Hellody

  • Opening Doors by Ikkleosu

  • Medicine by sweettooth7

  • A Storm of Salt and Sweat by Stephtron312


Week Five



  • Straight and Narrow by Lena Carr

  • The Letter by lovesdaryl

  • That Thing by Queen Camilla (McReedus)

  • A Map of You by subversivegrrl

  • The Archer’s Mouse by TheWalkingCaryl


There is something for just about everyone on that list! A huge thank you to everyone to participated in Featured Flashback Month. This is definitely something we will do again!


Happy reading, everyone and Caryl on!



--Fairies Masquerade on June 29, 2015 10:15pm 0 Comments
Smutfest! Master List

Hello Caryl fans! This was the down and out dirtiest challenge ever: SMUTFEST! To those who answered the call, we salute you.


Without any further ado, here is the master list of fics for the Smutfest! challenge:



There you have it! The smutiest of the smut from our Nine Lives members. 


A few people made arrangements with FM to post their stories a smidge late due to real life time constraints, so check back periodically - the list may get updated throughout the day! 


Otherwise, Caryl (or McReedus) on and happy reading!



--Fairies Masquerade on June 28, 2015 10:27am 0 Comments
Summer Survival Series: It's Time to Bring the Heat!

Greetings and salutations Carylers, McReedus-ites, fans, friends and Nine Lives family. Our Round Robin is going strong, Featured Flashback month is a hit and so it’s time to bring out the next event of our 2nd annual Summer Survival Series. This is not for the faint of heart, so those of you with dainty sensibilities; avert your eyes for this one! (Don’t worry – we’ll take care of you later with the next challenge!)


Eyes averted? Wonderful! The rest of you, onto the challenge! Inspired by the sultry heat of summer, we decided it was time to get down and dirty. Presenting…


SMUTFEST!


That’s right. We’re going there.



  • THE PROMPT: Write a Caryl or McReedus story. Bring the sexy!  PWP or PWOP, whatever floats your boat.

  • THE DEADLINE:  Stories must be turned in by 11:59pm PST June 27. Posting day is June 28.

  • THE RULES:

    • Send a PM to Fairies Masquerade, Ikkleosu or subversivegrrl stating that you’re going to enter the challenge. This is very important! If we do not get a PM, you won’t be on the list.

    • Write your fic!

    • You can submit multiple entries (1 Caryl &1 McReedus, or 3 McReedus and no Caryl – whatevs)

    • Each story submitted must be a minimum of 100 words

    • DO NOT UPLOAD IT YET! Wait until June 27 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.

    • Submission Day is June 27 – 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!

    • Posting Day is June 28 – 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 27 will be deleted.




That’s that, folks! Happy writing and get ready for things to get very… steamy around here. ;)



--Fairies Masquerade on June 14, 2015 3:40pm 0 Comments
June Members of the Month

Hi everyone! The time has come once more to celebrate two of our own, chosen by you to as stand out members of the Nine Lives family. Your June Members of the Month: wndrw8 (Author) and Rodgerse (Reviewer)!


As always, a huge shout out of thanks to untapdtreasure for creating the MOTM banners. 


Now, onto our featured members! :)


Wndrw8 (Author of the Month)



AWWW this made my day! I’m on vacation right now so my answers will be a bit short but this makes me so happy :))))


What draws you to the Caryl ship?
I'm drawn to this ship because I love Carol and I want her to be with the person that makes her happiest! On many occasions, Daryl's just really proven to be the man. I love how he looks at her--like she's his world. Love like that is rare and beautiful.


Who are your writing influences?
In the real world, I worship Hannah Tinti and Karen Russell. In fanfic I adore Lamport, NotLaura, sweettooth, leigh, and EleanorK.


How do you handle writer’s block?
I don't believe in writer's block. Sometimes you write more and sometimes you write less. Being forgiving of the leaner times is so important. Writing is like everything else--it ebbs and flows.


Anything you want to say to your readers? ;)
I love my readers. Like so much. There are a few of you (and you know who you are) that read and review everything I write. Such support is simply astounding!


 


Rodgerse (Reviewer of the Month)



I am completely floored by this win. I didn't think I had a chance since I haven't been reviewing as much since real life got busy and I have been beta-ing for lovesdaryl. I always keep reading but sometimes I don't want to just say "great job!” But I try to really make an effort in giving feedback. So here are my responses:


What draws you to the Caryl ship?
I am going to be totally honest here. What draws me to Caryl is Daryl. Daryl is a manifestation of all the hurt, anguish, and sadness a man can be while still trying to be a good man. His abusive childhood, dysfunctional love/hate relationship with Merle and his longing to belong make my heart cry. And because I want so much to make him better, I want the best for him and that can only be Carol. Carol has grown through her abusive marriage, loss of Sophia, and betrayal by Rick to become an extremely strong woman --a survivor. She also has an insight like no one else on what it takes to overcome abuse and rejection. This experience gives her the ability to not only understand Daryl but to feel what he feels. Her empathy and understanding of him goes beyond simple love but manifests itself as more like soul mates rather than just mates. And though at times TWD does not emphasize or show directly that bonding, I believe it is always there. Perhaps sometimes hidden but always there just below the surface.


Because this relationship is so different, so unlike other pairings, I am drawn to the possibilities. And it is these possibilities that draw me to Nine Lives. It is here that every aspect of this relationship can be explored. From an A.U. set on an alligator farm, to fighting aliens who have conquered earth, from the dark recesses of a back alley speak easy to the telling of each moment and scene we did not see on TWD—Nine Lives gives me a glimpse, a chance, a moment when the two can come together and just BE.

What do you look for in a story to keep reading?
Honestly, I just keep reading--good, bad, sad, smut, angst, love or just plain bad--I keep reading. I can't stop myself. It's like an addiction. And often, especially on this site, I find the golden moment--the words that give me the profound feeling "he has found her and he is going to be O.K." This moment can show up in a story that makes him laugh, that causes Daryl to give his trademark smirk. The moment Carol's eyes touch his and I just know from what I have read that they both know, they both feel the connection. Her teasing, her disappointment, and her fear for him I find all of these somewhere in each and every story I read. Even in stories where they don't get together--even there as painful as it is to know they won't be together--they really are because in spite of themselves their bond will never be broken and as such they will always be together even when their not. And so I keep reading, always on the look out for the "moment" and I am happy to say the writers on this site do not disappoint.


What are your top 5 favorite stories?
Impossible to answer!! How do I pick five gems from a chest over flowing with precious jewels? I have authors that I return to again and again-- lovesdaryl, bonnyblonde, Booksrbetter, CarolPeletier, clare009, DaisyG80, definitelywalkerbait, EleanorK, Fairies Masquerade, Haitus80, Jennifer_Collins, JJDernhelm, Lena Carr, Little Cinch, liveinadive, meeshie, NotLaura, queenpeletier, ramblinrose, Ravenesque, sweettooth7, The Readers Muse, TheWalkingCaryl, wndrw8, youremykindoftrouble and probably a dozen more that I have forgotten to list.


There is one story though that I have to say is my all time favorite but unfortunately it is not on this site even though I have asked the author to visit and consider contributing. Some of you may know her from Tumblr, her name is Praxid and she wrote "Wild", a story where Carol and Daryl are separated (kind of like FM’s "Three Little Birds"). This story moved me so much that I read it to my husband when we were on a car trip and (he will kill me for saying this) he wept and told me that was the most romantic thing he has ever heard. Pretty powerful stuff so I guess that's why it stuck with me. I truly have to say the authors on this site move me this way everyday and that it is why it is just too difficult to pick just five favorites.


Anything you want to say to all the Caryl authors out there?
First and foremost THANK YOU! You provide for all of us an opportunity to have our dreams become a reality through the thousands of words each of you provide this site. This community this "family" is one of the kindest, caring, and giving of any online community I have encountered. It is so obvious that the respect each and everyone has from writer to reviewer manifests into a loving, safe place. Please, please continue writing your wonderful stories; please continue sharing a little piece of yourselves with us. I know there is always someone's heart inside each and every story and I am so proud of the fact that each of you has the courage to share that special part of who you are with us. Because even though everyone is building around the characters of Daryl and Carol each story is still a part of the author--their baby. So for that reason I thank you again for sharing, for overcoming all obstacles and putting yourself out there. I am humbled by your awesome talent. Live Long and Caryl On.



--Fairies Masquerade on June 01, 2015 1:41pm 1 Comments
June is Featured Flashback Month

Hi to all the members of our Nine Lives family. We just keep growing and growing these days. It is so fantastic to see people coming together to support great fanfiction and have fun together in what has proven to truly be a safe haven for Caryl fans everywhere. We are nothing without you, so THANK YOU for being here!


As you may or may not be aware, each week we promote a Featured Story, usually nominated by our members (via the highly technical system of sending a PM with your rec to Fairies Masquerade) or, if no nominations come in, selected by one of the admins. We pick our Featured Stories based on quality of characterization, storyline, and consistency with the basic Nine Lives submission standards. 


Now, a lot of the times, the nominations FM receives are stories currently in progress, which is awesome. However, we decided June was a prime opportunity to do something a little different. We are declaring June to be FEATURED FLASHBACK month! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: 



  • Go through the archive's completed, older stories. (Stories completed within the last 45 days will not be eligible for Featured Flashback - we want you guys to really dig through the archive.)

  • Read!

  • REVIEW!! - This is super important. Even if you've already reviewed the fic in question, leave another one for the author. FM will be checking for this!

  • PM your recs for Featured Flashback story to Fairies Masquerade. (Please make sure that the story in question hasn't already been a Featured Story. You'll know if there is a red ribbon by the story's title. You can also view the entire list of previously Featured Stories here.)


To really showcase the Featured Flashback stories, we will be promoting more than the usual one story per week, depending on the number of nominations FM receives. (The Round Robin stories will continue to be promoted in the Featured Story sidebar as well, because that's how we roll here!)


So there you go! Something simple, but something incredibly fun. Go revisit old favorites you haven't read in a while or find new discoveries you may have missed from familiar faces. If you have questions, PM FM or leave a comment here. Happy reading and Caryl on!



--Fairies Masquerade on May 28, 2015 9:51pm 0 Comments
THE NINE LIVES ROUND ROBIN HAS BEGUN


At long last, after weeks of behind the scenes planning, of our teams coming together, planning and plotting, of writing, of gorgeous works of art being created, of pimping and promoting and basically the Caryl fandom coming together in the most positive way imaginable to make this happen, it’s finally here. The Nine Lives Caryl Round Robin is alive!



And wow, are we off to a rocking start! FM haas read both and let her tell you: feels. Feels everywhere. Feels beyond measure. But don’t take our word for it. Go read them yourself!



Team Angst presents: Seperari (dividus) To summarize, they simply posted the Team Angst motto - “Nos epulum super vestri lacrima” or “We feast upon your tears”. Our suggestion? Tissues. Lots of them.



Team Fluff presentsWhat’s In A Name It starts with a little fluff and will be followed by more fluff and will then maybe also have a little more fluff and then always added on top, a great big scoop of fluff! It's going to be great. Come ready to indulge in your sweet tooth!


SO GO FORTH, CARYL FANS! Feel the full spectrum of emotions these talented writers are bringing forth and stay tuned, because more is coming! Each team has nearly 20 members, so these stories have a ways to go yet! Members have been randomly assigned a chapter for their team and will have up to 2 weeks each to get their subsequent chapters posted, so keep an eye out for the updates on these two stories. It’s up to you now...



P.S. Thank you to memoriesinatrunk, Stephtron312, liddym2113, and littlecrossbow for sharing your incredible talents and giving us these amazing banners! (Listed in order of banner used) 


 



--Fairies Masquerade on May 14, 2015 10:49pm 0 Comments
May Members of the Month

Salutations, Oh Marvelous and Wonderful Nine Lives Family! The time has come once again to shine the spotlight on two of the chosen: our May Members of the Month! This month's winners: Lamport for Author and NotLaura for Reviewer!


Lamport: Author of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship?
Wow. That is really hard to sum up. I guess for me it's the incredible nuances of their relationship and the seemingly endless ways that those nuances can be interpreted. What really resonates with me is that, whatever else they are, they are equals (even though they don't always see themselves as such). They understand and respect each other in a way that can't be quantified or even defined. People are so concerned with labelling what they are to each other, but the beauty of Caryl is that they defy conventional relationships (and have the potential to be one of the most groundbreaking and significant pairings on television). I think their mutual admiration and care for one another is really beautiful.  It's inspired me to write, write, and write some more.


Plus MMB and NR are stupidly hot - so that doesn't hurt.Roll eyes


Who are your writing influences?
My mom worked as a librarian for many years, and my first job was shelving books. I love all kinds of genres and authors and have been influenced in some way by all of them. I loved the Bronte sisters when I was a teen and full of angst (even more than I am now! GO TEAM ANGST).


I'm also greatly influenced by my fellow fic writers! There are so many ridiculously talented people who contribute their work to this fandom. I could write all about each and every one of the writers on NL and how much they inspire me, but then I'd be at this all day and I have marking to do...


I feel it necessary to acknowledge Praxid (who posts on FF.net) and Rhinozilla who blew me away when I first started seeking out Caryl fic. They are awesome - as are all the writers here!


How do you handle writer’s block?
Umm... I don't? Lol... If a story is not coming to me I usually just wait until the mood strikes and try again. Writing is so much fun for me! I never want it to feel like work. Having said that, it does suck when you're in the middle of a multi-chapter fic and you don't feel like continuing...


One thing I'll do to jog my muse is listen to music. 8tracks has a plethora of Caryl soundtracks to suit every taste. I'll also go back and watch scenes from previous episodes for inspiration.


A wise teacher once impressed upon me the need to schedule time for play everyday, so I give myself an hour in the evening to write if I can. It's like my vacation.


Anything you want to say to your readers? ;)
Okay, so if I spend to much time thinking about this question I will probably start crying because I am a giant sap. The most important thing you all need to hear from me is THANK YOU!


Thank you for reading my stuff. Thank you for your encouragement from the very first drabble I posted. Thank you for your reviews. Thank you for your criticisms. Thank you for recommending my stories to your friends. Thank you for flailing over every new Caryl moment. Thank you for helping me be a better writer (I'm looking at you Lena, wndrw8, NotLaura, and my beta Steph!). Thank you for making me a part of this beautiful supportive community. Nine Lives makes me a happier, more creative, and more fulfilled person - all thanks to you all!


Oh, and I'm working on a companion fic to Landslide - this time about Daryl's life pre-turn. Can't wait to share it with you. Xo!


NotLaura: Reviewer of the Month



What draws you to the Caryl ship?
I was late to the party, for sure. I've been involved in fandom for decades now, I've read and written fic since before I knew what it was. As a result, I sort of... kept myself peripherally aware of the goings on in fandoms I wasn't a part of. I know who the popular ships are, I know who likes what, etc. My dream job would be some sort of fandom anthropologist, because fandom and the psychology of it absolutely fascinates me.


As for the relevance to this question, what happened is this: The day after 4x01 aired, my husband watched it and I asked in passing "how was your show?". He replied that it was pretty good, and he was happy because, and these are his words: "My ship got together".


My husband's inability to grasp the concept of shipping has been a constant discussion for our years together, so to say that I was pleased to hear him using fandom terms would be an understatement. I asked him who he shipped, and he told me Carol and Daryl.


You probably find yourself thinking: But (not)Laura, Carol and Daryl didn't get together in 4x01...


I did a little peeking at TWD fandom places, realized that my husband was wrong, and set out on a mission to prove to him that the pookie scene did not constitute "getting together". A week later I had watched the first three seasons on netflix and was so compelled by this couple and their bond that I pretty much went from zero to one hundred before 4x02 even aired.


My husband's adorable inability to understand how to properly ship a couple drew me in, but the absolutely beautiful development between Carol and Daryl (and their fantastic chemistry) kept me around. There's so much about their relationship that's understated and their love for each other (be it romantic or not, I think you can guess where I stand) is undeniable, and it's those types of stories that I find compelling.


What do you look for in a story to keep reading?
I need to recognize the characters. I love AUs, but if I can't read the couple as an alternate take (or sidestep) from canon, I find it a lot harder to stay engaged with it. Same with non-AU stories: if Carol and Daryl are Carol and Daryl, that's enough to keep me interested.


What are your top five favorite stories?
Alphabetical by title, because having to rank these in any way might kill me:



  • i am the danger by wndrw8 - I love every word wndrw8 writes, but this one absolutely punched me with how much I felt it and how horrifyingly possible it all was. Beautifully written, without a single wasted word.

  • Landslide by Lamport - The best Carol story out there, the most well done and heartbreaking look at her marriage and one of the best "Carol tells Daryl about The Grove" scenes.

  • The Long Road Home by Tinkerbell99 - My all time favourite take on the "In Exile" time period and a beautifully written and developed look at their relationship that also manages to use some of my favourite romantic tropes? Yes please.

  • the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift into me, choking my lost heart by queenpeletier - Featuring the conversation between Daryl and Rick that I wanted to see happen,

  • What The Sky Looked Like by leigh57 - I could read this story every day, there's nothing about it that isn't perfect and the moment Daryl tells her he wants her in his tent just... does something to my heart.


Anything you want to say to all the Caryl authors out there?
Everyone at Nine Lives is incredible. As I said, I'm old hat with fandoms, but this type of friendly, supportive and creative community is a rarity. It gives me a lot of hope and comfort to know that there are so many incredibly talented people who are just as drawn to this pairing as I am.



--Fairies Masquerade on May 01, 2015 3:42pm 1 Comments
Team Fluff & Angst Official Chats

Rightyho Team Fluffinator, 


The first official chats will take place on Wed 29 April at 8pm EST and Fri 1 May 10pm EST (if you need help working out what that is in your local time, drop me a PM!) in the NL chat room. 


Friday will be the main chat to organise a Team Captain, decide if the team is dividing into smaller groups and discuss on an overall theme and story. Wednesday's chat is to accommodate those who can't take part in Friday's chat, but please feel free to come to both if you are able. 


Those who can't come to either chat will be able to get a transcript from both chats by PMing me afterwards. 


ALL Team Fluffy members are equally important, and we want everyone's input, so if you can't make it please drop me a PM to give your opinions on the matters discussed.


Team Angst members will be bustled out of the chatroom during these times by burly security guards. ;)


Note from FM: Hey! Who are you calling 'burly'?!


EDIT 4/29/15: HEY TEAM ANGST! Your team chats are Thursday April 30 at 4pm EST and Saturday May 2 at 9pm EST. Same guidelines as the Team Fluff chats posted above. Be there or be square!



--Ikkleosu on April 28, 2015 10:01pm 1 Comments
Round Robin: Team Angst vs Team Fluff

So it begins...


After many hours, the teams are assigned and it's time to rock and roll! The stage is set for Team Angst to take on Team Fluff in the inaugural Nine Lives Caryl Round Robin!


(I so wish I could play music on the site. I'm blasting 'Eye of the Tiger' in the background right now. Mood music. I'm not even a little sorry.)


Team Angst: wndrw8, Argent Gale, Equuleus86, lovesdaryl, heyanksy99, Peonies01, faegal04, Michelle Del Vale, Piper, inyoureyes, yearningflush, Liddym2113, cheyenneroseff, Lamport, TheWalkingCaryl, The Readers Muse, Hellody, savage, dismantledrose, Denoryl
Team Admin: subversivegrrl


Team Fluff: Stephtron312, vickih, CarolPeletier, Darluvscaryl, Stellamare, LAH, Buttercup, Munchkin78, indigo_bunting, sweettooth7, NotLaura, meeshie, jaibhagwan, Selbyzipper, Caryl Warrior, leigh57, krissyg927, orchid8494, bedlinens, Ravenesque
Team Admin: Ikkleosu


That is a heck of a lineup, don't you agree?! We have several new authors - like, this is going to be their first time writing ever new - on both teams, which just warms all the cold places in FM's black little heart.


For those of you who are not participating but are waiting anxiously for these new stories to read, here is how things are going to shake down between Teams Fluff & Angst:



  • Each team has 1 week to meet, assign a team captain, arrange their rotation schedule, all that jazz. They need to get their chapter rotations to their team admins no later than May 5 or they leave themselves vulnerable to the twisted machinations of Fairies Masquerade herself...

  • Teams have the option of working as one giant unit or breaking themselves into smaller groups within their team to post multiple stories. Again, this has to be decided by the teams no later than May 5 so that we can announce how many stories we can expect to see.

  • First chapters must be posted on May 14!

  • Each member will have 2 weeks max to get their subesquent chapters posted.


That's it! On the surface it seems fairly simple, doesn't it? Now for the fun part - and this is for EVERYONE, whether you are a participating writer, an overanxious reader or just an enthusiastic Caryl fan:


You want people to read these sure-to-be-fantastic pieces of fanfiction and show your support? Then YOU have to help us promote the Nine Lives Caryl Round Robin! Go to Twitter, tumblr, Facebook, whatever social media platform you want! Start trending hashtags that support your team and the Round Robin, create new tumblr tags, make banners & icons & story cover art - GO NUTS! But most of all, show your support for your writers and show everyone how incredible the Caryl fans truly are! This is your time to shine, people. Make it happen.



 



--Fairies Masquerade on April 26, 2015 8:57pm 0 Comments
It's Game Time!

Hello Nine Lives family and Mystery Game participants! Man, what a day to be in the fandom, eh? The sun is shining (well, it is somewhere – it’s raining here), the birds are chirping, filming for TWD Season 6 starts in 2 weeks, the hills are alive with the sound of Caryl and the one question on everyone’s mind is:


What the frickety-frak is this Mystery Game we keep hearing about?!


Ladies and gents, turn the lights down low and shut your faces, because the time has come for the first reveal of our Mystery Game!


We are playing… … … ... for the first time in Nine Lives’ history … … … *drumroll* … … … … 


(Ikkles & Subs: For the love of all that’s holy, FM, just tell them already!)


… … …  A CARYL ROUND ROBIN!


For those who may not know, a round robin is a type of collaborative storytelling in which a number of authors each write chapters of a story in rounds. For example:


My team decides we’re going to write an AU that takes place in a circus, with Daryl and Carol as circus performers. I write the first chapter, then Ikkles writes the second chapter and she has to go along with whatever I’ve posted in mine. Subs gets the third chapter and she has to follow whatever storyline Ikkles & I have started. And it goes around and around until the story is complete.


Make sense? Wonderful!


Those playing the game will be divided into teams. Each team will be given a theme on which their story must center. Each team will work with one of the admins to get themselves settled, including being given the opportunity to utilize the NL chat room for private planning sessions. Teams will have a week to plan, prep and schedule their rotation for the round robin, and then we’re off!


Now here is the really fun part. Remember when I said to let me know what genre you were comfortable writing in? You didn’t know it then, but you just picked your team for the Round Robin game! Mwahahaha… Sorry. I tend to get carried away with the evil cackle. Erm... anyway... Participants will be sent a PM over the weekend to let you know what team you’re on and all the details therein. (Those of you who said you were open to anything or failed to mention a genre are really in for a surprise!) 


If you still want to play but haven’t previously contacted Fairies Masquerade, you have until Sunday, April 26 to send a message to FM. The final teams will be posted at that time in our second game reveal. Remember: the round robin is open to anyone who wants to play, from the first time writer to the next JK Rowling. Bring it on! 


So throw your game faces on, folks. It’s time to get writing! 



--Fairies Masquerade on April 25, 2015 12:38am 9 Comments
Get Ready...

…For the biggest fanfiction challenge you’ve ever seen!



  • Do you want to enjoy some positive Caryl fun this hiatus?

  • Got an idea for a story floating around in your head that seems fun but you just have too many WIPs already?

  • Are you interested in getting to know the rest of the Nine Lives family better?


In addition to the upcoming revival of the Summer Survival Series, we’re going to play a game… a game that, depending on how many of you decide to play, could go on for weeks. Months, even. 


What kind of game, you ask? I can’t tell you yet. It’ll spoil the surprise!


I know, that’s so irritating of me, isn’t it? Put down the pitchforks before you hurt yourselves. All shall be revealed in due course! 


Here’s what I want from you: just PM Fairies Masquerade if you’re interested in playing our game this summer and let me know what kind of genre you would be ok writing in. I’m talking angst, romance, drama, fluffy goodness, comedic shenanigans. Maybe you’re ok with writing anything and everything – rock on with your bad self! But give a girl something to work with. 


You’ve got 3 days - until April 23 - to send your PM – and it must be a PM to Fairies Masquerade to be considered this time! We’re changing the routine on this one and you’ll find out why soon enough…




--Fairies Masquerade on April 20, 2015 7:18pm 2 Comments
Tips, Tricks & Goobledegook

Hello to all the members of our Nine Lives family! Whether you've been around for the past year and a half or you just signed up today, we're so glad you decided to enter our little Caryl madhouse. There are crazy levels of talent happening here. It is so awesome!


There are a few housekeeping items that I feel needed to be addressed. For once, I'm gonna try to keep things short and sweet... It probably won't work, but the intent is there.



  • GREAT NEWS! The Writers Chats have become so popular that, in addition to hosting them twice a month now, we've added 2 people to our staff. Sweettooth7 and jaibhagwan are joining our team as Chat Moderators. They will assist meeshie and the admin team in running the Writers Chats starting in May. Welcome to the team, ladies!


  • Our very own subvservivegrrl has been hard at work revamping the Beta 101 page. She's off to a great start and will be adding even more tips and resources for those looking for a beta and those of you looking to BE a beta. (Something we highly encourage!)


  • The Summer Survival Series is returning! Round 2 of our popular fanfiction challenges will start in May, so get ready for a summer of fun!


  • Speaking of fun... stay tuned for a super-special announcement to occur within the hour! DUN DUN DUUUUUUN...


  • We've updated the FAQ page to be the primary one-stop source for answers. It's absolutely necessary, especially for our newer members, to review this page. It has the information the admin team gets asked about most. If for some reason, you don't find what you're looking for on the FAQ or things don't seem clear, please feel free to PM an admin or even just ask in question in the shoutbox!


  • Speaking of the shoutbox, everyone please take a minute to review the Shoutbox Code of Conduct. Seriously. I'm begging you.


  • We will be utilizing our Twitter account a lot more starting in May. If you're not following us already, do so! @NineLivesCaryl


  • 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 or disclaimers. This actually is the summary post for each chapter that ends up in the index/table of contents 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.




This site exists for you. We work as hard as we can to keep NL a haven for all Caryl/McReedus fans alike. The fact that you're here and you're enjoying the site means everything. Thank you. Thank you for making Nine Lives a wonderful home for all Caryl fans!


Now stay tuned for something amazing... 


Wink


 



--Fairies Masquerade on April 20, 2015 6:28pm 2 Comments
Unauthorized Fanfiction Use

Good news! Update on the situation - check your titles on the site, they may have removed them. (Mine are gone.)




 


The website ebooks-tree.com has somehow made a lot of fanfic works available for download from their site without author permission. (And they're charging, so adding insult to injury.)


If you have ever published a story (particularly on AO3, as that seems to be where the bulk have been culled from) please go to the ebooks-tree-com site and do a search for the name under which you posted the story.


Here's a link to fyeahcopyright on tumblr, with updated info on what you need to file a DMCA (copyright infringement) complaint. (Don't let ebooks-tree's website scare you, they word it as obscurely as possible so it seems intimidating. fyeahcopyright has done a great job of making it much more clear and straightforward.)


Here's the info on how to submit a DMCA complaint (copied almost verbatim from fyeahcopyright on Tumblr.)




Submit all the info via http://www.ebooks-tree.com/info.php?contacts with DMCA Complaint in the subject


Your Name and/or Pseudonym as an e-signature (or the name of the person you’ve authorized to submit this request, with a slash before it and after it):
Link(s) to the unauthorized works (link to the pdf, the mobi and the page hosting all of it): 
Link(s) to an authorized version of your work (whether on AO3, tumblr, LJ or somewhere else): 
An email address of the submitter (include it again even if it’s in the header): 
This statement: I have good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
This statement: The information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


You may wish to submit the same content to Google via this page, or to BING via this pageADDED 4/14/15: You can also send it to Cloudflare, which hosts (we think?) ebooks-tree's site.


Alternative wording from Tumblr user besinaao3:


(according to OTW, AO3 and fuckyeahcopyright, “as a matter of law you do not need to include the legal name of the copyright claimant/the fanfic writer, but  you should include the pseudonym that the fic was posted under if you don’t want to include a legal name or address.”)


My name is [name] and I am the author and owner of the following works:
-        “Of Hunters and Wolves” by “Quicklikelight”
-        “In the Woods” by “Quicklikelight”
-        “This is a Gift” by “AnneinColor” Fill in appropriate titles/author names


These are my intellectual property. I do not give you or anyone else permission to offer these works for download, and I did not consent for them to be available on your website. I am requesting that you remove them immediately. I can be reached by e-mail at [e-mail].
This information is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am authorized to act on my own behalf as the owner of this material.


Signed,
[Name]



--subversivegrrl on April 13, 2015 6:07pm 16 Comments
Wilkommen, bienvenu, welcome!

What does that mean, "Welcome?" We've been here for months!


In fact, we're instituting a new feature that is something we've felt for a while was needed - a sort of orientation to the site.


From here out, new members will receive a "welcome letter" at the email address they used to sign up. Our hope is that it will give them a way to quickly become more familiar with what the site offers.


Take a look HERE - you may find features you weren't even aware were offered!



--subversivegrrl on April 09, 2015 3:45pm 1 Comments
Writers Chat Research: Where You At?

Hello to our wonderful Nine Lives Family! We have been busy little bees working on many things behind the scenes to enhance the community here at Nine Lives. One of the things we get the most feedback/suggestions about are hosting our Writers Chats more often. We are down with this plan and have been taking the steps to make that happen, but if we're going to work at accommodating different time zones, we need to know where you're at! 


So, please complete THIS POLL so we can have all the information we need to make this work. If you don't know what UTC time zone you're in, go to this map. The poll will close on Sunday, April 5, so please submit your answer ASAP! 


As always, if you have any questions, send a PM to Fairies MasqueradeIkkleosu or subversivegrrl, or just drop us a line in the comments. Thanks everyone and Caryl on!


EDIT 4/6/15: POLL IS CLOSED! Thanks for the feedback, everyone! 



--Fairies Masquerade on April 02, 2015 4:26pm 8 Comments
April Members of the Month

Hi everyone! It's that time again: time to celebrate in honor of our Members of the Month! Your April Author of the Month is EnglishPoet18 and your Reviewer of the Month is krissyg927! 


EnglishPoet18 (Author)



What draws you to the Caryl ship?
I have to be honest here and say that I haven't always shipped Caryl. I was late to the game (Hey it happens!). I remember visiting a friend out of town and we ordered dinner in and decided to watch Netflix. We were surfing the channels for something good when I just stumbled on The Walking Dead. The whole first season was already out, but from the first episode I was hooked. What started out as a slow crawl almost immediately transpired into me completely submerging myself into the world of TWD. 


I think it was in season 2 that I started to notice something there between Daryl and Carol. The way those two interacted intrigued me and I began to want to see more of them. Then one day a fellow Caryl shipper introduced me to the world of Fanfiction and I was lost. Yes, my first story ever was not Caryl (Can I say that here?), BUT I had no idea of ships nor did I know too much about the characters at the time. 


Then it happened. I stumbled across Haitus80's story, 'Saints and Sinners'. I binged like no one has ever binged before. I literally could NOT stop until I had read every single bit. I was hooked. That's when I attempted my first Caryl fic, 'Fallen Angels' and from there as they say, the rest was history. 


There's so much history and such a rich friendship between these two that it's almost impossible not to ship them. You would have to be blind not to see it. It is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful love stories without actually being a love story that I've ever witnessed. I'm almost afraid for the writer's to take it any farther just for the simple fact that I'm scared they will screw it up. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that Caryl is my baby and although I may branch out a little, a mother never abandons her babies. 


Did I answer the question? I feel like I danced all around it. I suck at this writing thing. Tongue Out


Who are your writing influences?
Wow. Good question and there are so many ways to answer it.


E.L. James. HA! Just kidding! 


Stephen King, Dean Koontz, VC Andrews...my husband and my fellow fanfiction writers as well. I have met so many wonderful people here and they influence me every day. However at the end of the day - you are your own person and we shouldn't let anyone else influence us too much or then we wouldn't be the unique individuals that we are, now would we? 


How do you handle writer’s block?
Sigh. I loathe these two words. Brick WallI've suffered through so many bouts of writer's block that I should have a surefire solution to it by now, but sadly I don't. 


Music helps. Spotify is my friend and sometimes all it takes is the right song for the moment and everything else can click right into place. 


If music fails then I'll try my hand at a oneshot or simply start writing whatever comes to mind and see where it takes me. This is how 'Soulmates' came into effect and I'm actually pretty proud of that piece. 


Sometimes I've found that simply stepping away from the laptop and digging up the ancient tools known as a pen and paper do wonders for my creativity. It forces my brain to focus on what I'm working and surprisingly does help. (Try it!) 


If all of those fail then I usually find myself on Pinterest or Youtube. If I've resorted to these methods then 9 times out of 10, I usually don't end up producing anything of value because I'm a great procrastinator.


Really...ask anyone. Smile


Anything you want to say to your readers? ;)
What are you all thinking reading my stuff?!? Do you not have better ways to spend your time? 


LOL...Seriously though - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. 


I've been through a lot of ups and downs, had my share of trolls, and waited eons to update some stories *cough* Playing for Keeps *cough*, but even through all of that my readers have stuck by me. You all are some incredible people. Even when I manage to produce a crappy chapter they always make me feel cherished. I can't express enough what you all mean to me, but please know that I see and hear you all and you're much appreciated. 


I'm not sure how I managed to make author of the month, but I am honored. I think someone just got my name mixed up with someone elses, but I'll take it anyway. I'm easy like that (Don't think about that too much) Flowers


 


krissyg927 (Reviewer)



Ok what draws me to the Caryl ship?
Carol first, from the moment she pulled that grenade out of her purse at the CDC I was blown away by her guts. She had it in her purse! She is my hero and I relate to her on a personal level. She has overcome a horrible marriage and tragedy. She is strong. Daryl is in my opinion her soulmate and I believe in soulmates in real life, too. That we meet who we are supposed to meet in life and learn the things we need to learn. So seeing it played out on the show and in wonderful fiction here makes my heart sing, for real. They both had such hard, awful lives. Then they met by some wonderful twist of fate. He showed her that all men weren't out to hurt her and she showed him he has worth. They helped each other grow and change and we get to watch. I could go on and on about this forever, total acceptance, no matter what, no jugement, complete trust, its just so beautiful. The actors, Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus, have created the perfect pair in my opinion. I don't think any other two actors would have done what they did. So what draws me is the soulmate/destiny factor I see in the relationship. It could have gone so different for them had they NOT met. I see them as two halves equaling one whole. They make each other better. Sappy but true for me.


What do you look for in a story to keep reading?
This is hard to answer because I love Caryl in all genres. As long as they are together I will read it. I actually haven't read any other books in over a year! I have read wonderful ZA, AU, Fluff, Smutt, I love all of it. I guess I just need a good story with lots of details. I am a detail person. I also like to know what the charecters are feeling in the moment. I need to know that for some reason. I also love when there's lots of other WD characters in the story. It can be angsty and emotional as long as they end up together. But I truly love everything I read.


What are your top five favorite stories?
Only five? This is not gonna be easy. I love everything I read.



  • 1) Embers by Equuleus86- I totally got everything about it. I love it Big.

  • 2) Of a Certain Age by Ramblinrose- I love Alice!!!, I also Loves Road Dogs :)

  • 3)Fixes by The Walking Carol- I loved her Daryl, I always love him tho.

  • 4) Landslide by Lamport- her portrayal of Carol making plans to escape touched me.

  • 5)Safe Haven by Darylsdiva1- This is an awesome story read it if you havent.


I also really really love Fallen Angels, Atlanta PD, Contrapposto, To Never Get To Know You, Mad City, and every other story I have read here.


Anything you want to shout out to the authors out there?
What I want to say to the authors here is THANK YOU. I never know such a site existed, so thank you to the admin also. I work and go to school, have a family and a little stress in life, This is my escape and sanity sometimes.I love the stories I read and truly appreciate all the hard work everyone does. From the prespective of someone who doesn't write at all I have to say I am in awe of the talent here. Thank you so much.




 


Congratulations, ladies! Thank you to everyone who voted last month. Show these lovely gals some love and Caryl on!



--Fairies Masquerade on April 01, 2015 8:38pm 3 Comments
Fluff-A-Palooza Master List

Hello and happy Day Before the Season 5 Finale Day! Also known forever hence as FLUFF-A-PALOOZA DAY! We are in awe of the overwhelming show of support this challenge received. This fandom amazes me. You amaze me. So without any further ado, I present to you the full master list of Fluff-A-Palooza Challenge Stories:



Far and away, the biggest challenge we have ever put out there! And this list isn't done - there are still 5-6 authors who asked for and were granted extensions, so make sure to check the list throughout the weekend, as even more updates might be coming.


Thank you so much to all of our amazing challenge participants! We love our Nine Lives family. Happy reading and Caryl on!



--Fairies Masquerade on March 28, 2015 10:46am 0 Comments
Fluff-A-Palooza Drabble Challenge

Hello and welcome to all of our Nine Lives family, both old and new members, readers and authors alike! With the season 5 finale coming closer by the day, tensions are high and we could all use some relief. A few members have made similar suggestions to us over the past couple of weeks, so we decided it's time to bring some cheer back into the Caryl fandom.


IT'S FLUFF-A-PALOOZA TIME, Y'ALL! Bring us your happy, your sweet, your overly sugary fluffbombs of silliness and joy. We want them all! Here's how this is gonna work:



  • THE PROMPT: Happiness. Silliness. Fluff. Comedy gold. Sweet tenderness. From slipping on a banana peel to first kisses (or first sexy times), drunken shenanigans to Hallmark-worthy marriage proposals. Caryl. McReedus. BRING IT ON! We want it all!

  • It must be at least 25 words - that's a change from our usual 100 word limit. This is a drabble challenge, so they can be a little shorter. There is no maximum limit! If one of your submissions turns out to be a 4-chapter monster, then rock on! We won't stop you!

  • You can submit as many drabbles as you want! No limit.

  • THE DEADLINE: All entries are due on March 27, 11pm MST. Everything will be posted on March 28 - to give us all a day before the season finale to enjoy ourselves! (Extensions can be granted - talk to FM if that becomes an issue)

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



    • Send a PM to Fairies MasqueradeIkkleosu or subversivegrrl 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. 

    • Write! As many seperate entries as you want!

    • DO NOT UPLOAD IT YET!! Wait until March 27 to upload your fic – we will be suspending automatic validation for that day for all authors who enter the challenge.

    • Submission Day is March 27 - post your drabbles. They 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 March 28 – 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 March 28 will be deleted.



That's it, folks! This is the perfect opportunity for those of you who have been thinking about trying your hand at writing for the first time to come join in the fun! Drabbles are a great way to break into something and find your writing voice. Any questions, just comment here on PM an admin. Happy writing!




--Fairies Masquerade on March 18, 2015 6:24pm 0 Comments
'Everybody Needs a Little Luck' Fanfic Challenge Master Post

Hello Nine Lives family! Let's give a huge shoutout for the 'Everybody Needs a Little Luck' fanfiction challenge. Without further adeiu, here is the master list of all the challenge entries:



Thank you to everyone who participated and to all those who showed support with their cheerleading and enthusiasm for our authors. 


I know there are several participants who didn't make the deadline for various reasons - if you can get your story posted within the next 2-3 days, let me know & I will edit this post to make sure your submissions is included in the final tally.


Stay tuned, because we've got even more fun headed your way soon! Until then, leave these fine authors a review for their efforts. Happy reading and Caryl on!



--Fairies Masquerade on March 16, 2015 2:14pm 0 Comments
March Members of the Month

Greetings and salutations, Nine Lives family! It's that time again, to honor those lucky winners of our Members of the Month contest. The winners for March: PixieGrunger for Author and Buttercup for Reviewer! Woot woot!


PixieGrunger: Author of the Month



 1. What draws you to the good ship Caryl?
Good grief! There's a possibility I could be here all day. For starters the chemistry plays a huge part as to why I love Caryl. From those first major interactions between them, I was hooked. Completely awestruck at how Melissa and Norman were able to bring Carol and Daryl to life, make me feel what they were feeling, make me care about them, not only as individual characters but as a couple too. They're just incredible at what they do.


The infamous Caryl bond is another reason. Their wordless understanding. They just know each other. They've been through so much, even before the ZA, they've come out stronger and have found that connection with one another. It's undeniable. It's beautiful. Long may it continue into new, romantic pastures. 


2. Who are your writing influences?
I remember buying my mum a book for her birthday one year. It was Shadows by Shaun Hutson. It sat gathering dust for a few good months before I said screw it and read it myself. I realised then how much I enjoyed the horror/thriller genre. So every now and then, I'd buy my mum another one of his books and end up reading it myself.


The last few years though, I've been reading work from some home grown talent. Irish authors, Declan Hughes and Tana French. I highly recommend them if you prefer the mystery/thriller style.


3. How do you handle writers block?
It depends on the situation really. Sometimes a lack of Caryl on the show prevents me from getting my head in the game but it's usually rectified by rewatching previous Caryl scenes and I'm good to go. Other times it takes more of a push. Anyone who knows me on social media, knows how much I love music. Sometimes I'll be listening to a random song and it suddenly reminds me of Caryl and it gives me the urge to make some Caryl edits or write. On occasions when you hit that wall, all you can do it wait. If that means starting a new story to help that process, then so be it.


4. Anything you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! From the bottom of my heart. It just wouldn't be possible without the readers. The encouragement has been immense. The passionate reviews are truly overwhelming. If I can get a range of emotions in those reviews, I know I'm doing something right. I'm stoked that I can share something special with the readers through my stories. I'm so very grateful. So again, thank you!


Buttercup: Reviewer of the Month



1. What drew you to the Caryl ship?
I am not a zombie fan or horror fan. But that Halloween night so long ago, I decided to watch this new show because I knew Andrew Lincoln. I loved it and kept watching the next week. Then I saw this mousey woman with no hair and I didn't notice her too much. Then the pick axe showed up with the red neck and I went "hmmmm?" After Cherokee Rose, I was invested. The fact that this woman who was so sad, damaged and coming out of grief and terror could get stronger inspired me. The added value of a man from just as bad a life being drawn to her was impossible to resist. I love Caryl and have infinite hopes for them but I have even bigger hopes for Carol. She is what drew me to the Caryl ship.


2. What do you look for in a story to keep reading?
I look for a knowledge, by the author, of the heart and soul of Carol and to a lesser extent, Daryl. I know who Carol is in my heart and it is very personal. I want the author to find that and put it into all sorts of scenarios. Daryl, to me, is slightly less complicated and there is a Daryl I know but his character has a little more leeway in what I enjoy reading. I like happiness in a story because I don't like to be sad. Sadness is okay if it ends happy. Yes, I know that is asking a lot but I like happy endings. But the most important thing is to be true to the character of Carol and Daryl.


3.  What are my top five favorite stories?
I almost didn't answer this because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by leaving them out. So I went through my reviews, starting at the beginning 52 pages back. After 30 pages, I was so tired. Please don't take offense if I leave you out. 


I like everything. Ramblin Rose was the first writer I read. I love everything she writes but especially Of a Certain Age and All The King's Men and Sweet Junction. Those are epic. All AU but they touched me.


I love sexy stories - smut, if you will, even though that sounds so cheap. Anything by Little Cinch (Cellar Door), Bonnyblonde (Unchained Hearts, A Clean Start, Keep the Home Fires Burning), Emerald Kitten (Hotter Than Hell), Argent Gale, Three Little Kittens (All That and a Bucket of Chicken), Darylsdiva1 (Dreams, Comicconned), Axelrocks, Jennifer Collins....there are so many wonderful writers of sexy times. And McReedus stories make me very happy.


These are stories that moved me beyond words sometimes:


Salt and Stone (Fairies Masquerade), Know You're Enough (Meeshi), Kintsugi (Jaibhagawan), Skin Deep and Suffer the Strangers (Hiatus80), Carpe Diem (Reader's Muse), Embers (Equuleus86), All She Said Was Joy (Not Jane Austen), Finding My Way Home (CarolPeletier), Claimed and Fixes (The WalkingCaryl), Landslide (Lamport), Burn (Stephtron312), Swallow the Wave (Strychnine), and last but not least Healing for our Broken Souls (Hellody). And stories by Sophiecharlotte and Rhinozillla!! 


I know I left out stories by so many of you but I try to review every story, even if it is just to say thank you.


4. Is there anything I want to say to Caryl writers?
I am sure you are tired of me by now but I want to say how grateful I am for you and this site. I have a very stressful life right now. Besides my pets, you are what relaxes me, what keeps me from worrying about every little thing. You have made me laugh, gasp, swoon and cry (and you know who you are!!!). I dread the day you all go away and I hope it isn't for a long, long time. I envy you your talent and so wish I could be like you. Thank you for this honor. Mary (Buttercup)


 


Congratulations again, ladies! Also, once again an enourmous shout of thanks to untapdtreasure, who creates custom banners every month for our winners. You rock!


Caryl on, everyone!


 



--Fairies Masquerade on March 01, 2015 3:21pm 1 Comments
Fanfic Challenge: Everybody Needs a Little Luck

Greetings and salutations everyone! A special shoutout to the newest members of the Nine Lives family - welcome to the madhouse! It’s time once again for another Nine Lives Fanfic Challenge!


Our intrepid heroes could do with a little luck these days – maybe if we throw out enough awesome fan fiction, it’ll do the trick! A little power of the mind, so to speak. We combed through lots of items and other things that symbolize luck, and a few that granted wishes, and picked our favorites.


THE GOOD LUCK LIST




    • Horseshoe: When a horseshoe is up on the wall or above a doorway, the "U" shape will hold good luck inside forever. 

    • Four-Leaf Clover: Finding a four-leaf clover is said to bring good luck. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck

    • Acorn: The Vikings associated oak trees with Thor, the god who created thunder and lightning with his great anvil and hammer. Because the tree attracted lightning, it was sacred to Thor. The Vikings believed that the fruit of the oak tree, the acorn, was spared Thor's wrath, so Vikings placed a lone acorn on their windowsills to protect their houses from lightning.

    • Rabbit’s Foot: Carrying a rabbit’s foot as an amulet is believed in many places around the world to bring good luck.

    • Dream Catcher: An old Native American legend states that hanging a dream catcher over your head while you sleep will catch bad dreams before they reach you. Only good dreams go through the hole in the center.

    • The Number Seven (7):  7 is considered lucky by many different cultures and religions. In Christianity, seven represents self-sacrifice and higher virtue. According to ancient Japanese mythology, there are also Seven Gods of Fortune, who deliver gifts to worthy people on the New Year. It is also said that the seventh son of a seventh son has the power to heal and that the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter has the gift if interpreting dreams. 

    • Saint Christopher Medal:Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. Catholic people often place a Saint Christopher medal in their car or carry them on their person while traveling.

    • Crickets: Crickets on the hearth have been a sign of good luck for centuries. In China and other Asian countries, crickets are seen as watchdogs: At any sign of danger, the chirping will stop. In the Far East as well as across Europe, it is considered very bad luck to kill a cricket, even by accident. Almost every Native American tribe believed that crickets bring good luck and that imitating its chirp was disrespectful.

    • Rainbow: Rainbows are mentioned in the Old Testament. God created a rainbow after the flood as a sign that the earth would never be destroyed by flood again. In addition, Irish leprechauns are said to hide their gold at the end of rainbows, though we all know that a rainbow's end is impossible to find… or is it?

    • Wishbone: If two people tug on the ends of a wishbone and each makes a wish, the person holding the bigger piece when the wishbone breaks will have their wish granted.

    • Shooting Star: Seeing a shooting star is a sign of good luck and is another wish maker – we’ve all wished upon a shooting star.

    • Wishing Well: A wishing well is a place where you toss a coin (or another symbol of good luck) and make a wish. The ancients believed that a token gift to the gods would keep the wells from running dry.



THE CHALLENGE




    • THE PROMPT: Your entry must include at least one of the items from our Good Luck list. It can be Caryl or McReedus – the world is your oyster!

    • It must be at least 100 words.

    • THE DEADLINE: All entries are due on March 15, 10pm MST. Everything will be posted on March 16.

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






      • Send a PM to Fairies Masquerade, Ikkleosu or subversivegrrl 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. 

      • Write your fic!!

      • DO NOT UPLOAD IT YET!! Wait until March 15 to upload your fic – we will be suspending automatic validation for that day for all authors who enter the challenge.

      • Submission Day is March 15 - 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 March 16 – 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 March 15 will be deleted.




So that's it, folks! Let the muses flow and happy writing! 



--Fairies Masquerade on February 27, 2015 3:48pm 5 Comments
Return of the Box

Hi everyone! Well, we asked for feedback on the shout box as well as the site in general and boy howdy, did you guys deliver!


The majority of you want the shout box back – however, most also said there needed to be some changes made. Even those who were indifferent about its return had a few suggestions.  Well, we listened. So behold, the shout box is going to make a comeback! However, it’s coming with a few changes. Let me explain:


Why do we have a shout box?
The shout box is to foster a community feeling for readers and writers so they can support each other.  It’s meant for questions regarding writing, or ‘hey, do you remember the title of this fanfic I’m looking for?’ It’s to welcome the newest members of the Nine Lives family, for the admins to make quick little announcements or post a reminder about something, showing support for our fellow authors, for cheering on our Nine Lives or even Caryl milestones as they happen and a little – key word here being little – chatting between members.


That was its original intent when Ravenesque and Fairies Masquerade started the site and that’s what we’re going to go back to now. The shout box was getting used and abused by some (not all, but some) members, so we decided a little clarification was in order.


So with that, I present to you… 


The Shout Box Code of Conduct 


1) No spoilers for 24 hours after a new episode airs. This was the biggest complaint we received from almost every member who gave us feedback. With new episodes airing, the urge to talk about what we’ve seen is natural, especially when we get those Caryl moments we love so much.  Some members of our family don’t get to see the episode right away, especially our international members, so there is a 24 hour ban on discussing show spoilers. If you just can’t wait for 24 hours, use the chat room.


In addition, keep the spoiler talk Caryl-related. The shout box is not an avenue for dissecting the episode and discussing just how badly we all want to pin Rick Grimes down and shave off his woolly mammoth of a beard. There are plenty of other avenues for show discussion – the chat room, social media, etc. For the shout box, lets focus on the main aspect this fan fiction archive even exists: Caryl.


2) Be considerate of each other. Everyone here comes from different places, different walks of life with totally different experiences and opinions. I’m not asking you all to hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’, but there is no reason not to be respectful at all times, especially in a public forum like the shout box. Fighting between members will be deleted and warnings issued to the members involved.


3) Be positive! Wow, we cannot stress this enough. Nine Lives was built as a positive safe haven for Caryl and McReedus fans, away from the trolls of other fan fiction website and the chaotic mess of tumblr. The shout box is not the place to complain about other ships, the actors/actresses you don’t like, what was said in the latest interview or who said what on tumblr. If you’re really feeling negative about something, we suggest talking via PM, the chat room or other forms of social media.


Do not bring fandom wank from other websites to Nine Lives! Especially tumblr drama – it is not welcomed here. Those posts will be deleted and a warning issued. Multiple warnings will result in harsher judgment from the admins. More on that later. 


4) The shout box is not a private chat room! Be aware that any post in the shout box is automatically assumed to be addressed to the site as a whole.  It’s good to chat, but if it becomes a prolonged or private chat between 2 or 3 members, please be considerate to others and move the chat to private message or other forms of social media.


For in depth group conversations - use the chat room! That’s why we gave you all a chat room! It’s there, it’s open 24/7. Embrace it. Love it.


5) No Self Promotion. This was actually the other biggest complaint we received and we unanimously agreed with you. We’re not longer going to allow authors to post “I updated these stories of mine today” because that privilege has been massively abused and was one of the core reasons we shut the box down.


How will readers know I updated? I hear you ask. There are so many ways that a reader will can see you’ve updated that it’s kind of ridiculous. These have all been in place since the site opened.



  • Mark the story as a favorite!The system sends out an email notification on any story you’ve marked as a favorite every time the author adds a new chapter. *  This is also an excellent way to let an author know you admire their work and is sure to put a smile on their face.

  • Mark the author as a favorite! It’s the same deal as a favorite story, except with a favorite author, any time they post a new chapter or even a new story, you’ll get an email update.*

  • The ‘Most Recent’ tab in the left sidebar shows the updates from the last day or so, depending on how many authors update at a time.

  • The other ‘Most Recent’ tab, which is in the top menu bar (this one goes back a full 30 days).

  • Follow Nine Lives on Twitter and tumblr! Story updates are posted to both automatically.



*If you’re not getting an email, check your spam filters. 98% of the time, the email notifications are going into your spam folder because of how your filters are set up.  Make sure you add ninelives@ninelivesarchive.com to your trusted contacts for your story updates! If you’re still not getting email updates for your favorites, send a PM to Fairies Masquerade, Ikkleosu or subversivegrrl and we’ll take a look. 


There is no reason readers should not know when a story has updated, so authors, no more announcing your updates in the shout box and readers, while we love the enthusiasm please try to keep the majority of flailing to your reviews for the fic instead of the shoutbox.


(P.S. – That email is the system’s auto-update email – please don’t try to talk to us via that email, because it’ll come right back to you. Use the PM system or the contact options via the website.)




So there you go. 5 simple rules to live by and keep the shout box going as a positive bubble of activity for our community. If things get out of control again, we will not hesitate to turn the shout box off again, so please follow the rules and play nice.


Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, damn this post got long. I know it did. Sadly, I’m not done, so please bear with me just a little longer. I have a few more important things to say.


We will be monitoring the shout box more carefully! As such, we will also be more strict with it - we really didn't want to, but we have to (and in fact have been encouraged to do so by many of you). Warnings will be issued and we're working with a 3 strikes rule, with the final judgment being banning of shoutbox privileges. Anything beyond that could include being banned from the site. None of us like being that mean, so don't make us do it!


A Shout Box Disclaimer: The comments stated by members within the shout box do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Nine Lives administration. If you have an issue with something that someone has said in the shout box or even a member in general, PM an admin. We are not omniscient, you guys. We can’t address issues if we don’t know about them.


It also needs to be said that all issues/complaints made to an admin will be dealt with privately. If we issue warnings to a member, it will be privately, one on one between that member and an admin. We will keep track of these items and work accordingly, but we’re not going to air things like that out for the whole site to see.  Just because you don’t see us address something with a news item doesn’t mean we haven’t taken care of it. There is so much that happens behind the scenes of Nine Lives every day – 99.9% of it is good, but if you saw the state of FM’s inbox, you’d faint.


Your admins are Fairies MasqueradeIkkleosu and subversivegrrl. For short, you can call us FMIkkles and subs. We’re all pretty open minded people. We may not always agree with your complaint, but we can promise that we will listen and will discuss any issue brought to us with the upmost sincerity and concern.


Last, but certainly not least, THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to send us your feedback, not just on the shout box, but for the site itself. Many of you took us up on the chance to offer suggestions and ideas. We listened and we are working out the best ways to implement several of your ideas into Nine Lives in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, because we’re working on some very exciting stuff thanks to you!


Thank you for being here, thank you for loving Nine Lives and making it what it is today.


Sincerely,


FM, Ikkles & subs



--Fairies Masquerade on February 22, 2015 6:46pm 13 Comments