Subtext Reports
Those crazy posts about the episodes originally posted to the nutforum and saved here for posterity in their error riddled entirety (since they were written 'on the fly'). 
Homecoming Series
A series of five (not so short) stories about Xena and Gabrielle building their life together as a couple. 
Magic Series
Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas find love as they uncover more writings of Gabrielle about her warrior princess. 
Conversations by Campfire Series
Set during Season Four, parts of the episodes are worked into chats between Xena and Gab, particularly the subject of Najara and the bard. 
Changes of Heart Series
My take on what happened after Gabby got Chakram'ed upside the head by Xena in the Season Five ender. 
Bonding of Souls Series
This series picks up where 'Changes of Heart' ends with Xena and Gabby back together. Each 'episode' is an expansion of the episodes of Season Six.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
How DID Ares get stuck in that tomb from the Xena Scrolls? This story answers that question. 
The Play
Xena and Gabrielle have to play the leads in a performance for a ruthless king to save Salmoneus' neck. Unexpected consequences and confessions are the result. 
The Queen, the Regent, the Warrior
Xena leaves Gabrielle in the care of the amazons, only to have Ephiny and Gabby fall in love. Xena does return and chaos and secret confessions follow.
The Contest
Ares and Aphrodite battle over Xena's spirit. 
Loss of Virginity
Romantic musings from one of our gals. 
Moment of Truth
Gabrielle does anything it takes to keep Xena out of a battle that's foretold to take the warrior princess' life. 
Thank the Gods For Henbane
At an Amazon festival Gabrielle has one too many henbane brownies, which results in a funny and sexy night for Xena. 
As It Should Be
The Queen gets taken by the Warrior Princess at the Amazon Village.
Family Ties
Xena takes Gabrielle back to home to spend a little time with the 'in-laws'. 
Dueling Cousins
Xena's look-alike cousin, Sappho, has always been competitive but now the Tenth Muse wants the ultimate prize - Gabrielle. 
The End
Alternate 'demise' of Xena and Gabrielle based on the Season Four crucifixion. 
Truth or Dare
Sexy romp between Callisto and Gabrielle set during 'A Necessary Evil' 
November 29th, 1942
A little romance fic between Janice and Mel. 
Inside Outside
Set after the events of 'A Family Affair', it's a scene told through the eyes of four people - Gabrielle's Father, Mother, Gabrielle herself and Xena.
Something To Talk About
Xena and Gabrielle's friends are all surprised that the pair aren't lovers so they consider why not.
Henbane, Horsenappings and Other Obstacles
A 'murphy's law' comedy where everything that can go wrong for Xena and Gabby but, of course, they still end up saving the day.
All That Matters
During Gabrielle's birthday party in' Takes One To Know One', Xena reflects on her love for the bard.  
Warlord
What if Gabrielle was actually the one behind all the folks who influenced Xena's journey toward good? 
Have Yourself a Merry Little Solstice
A little Winter Solstice tale that's available in general (not lovers) and alternative (lovers). .
Little Moments: A Day in the Desert
A tale told through the eyes of Janice and then Mel while on a dig.  
Candy or Chaos
'Classic Xena' general Halloween story with Xena and Gabby return for the Potiedaia Harvest Festival.
Conquering Heroine
Gabrielle is the Conqueror in this piece. How exactly? Give it a read and find out. 
Watching and Waiting
Set after FIN II, Xena watches from afar as Gabrielle moves on with her life. 
1971
Police Office Carol and Protestor Erin clash but find they're fighting for the same things. A short story based on my novel, 'One Belief Away'. 
Xena Fanfiction

People ask how I got into Xena fanfiction. Well, one day I was channel surfing, not really paying attention, then whoa! What was that?! Two girls in a tub?! I clicked back, and sure enough, there were two girls giving each other a bath on national (U.S.) television. That's when I realized that one of the women was that Lucy Lawless chick that just broke her ass on The Tonight Show. I was intrigued and watched the rest of the episode, which was absolutely campy, hilarious and tender. I later learned that episode was called, 'A Day In The Life'.  Needless to say, I was hooked. I showed up week after week and then in 1997, I got a job that had Internet access. I typed Xena into Netscape Navigator (remember that?) and I found all these fantastic Xena fanfiction stories! I'd never written a fan fiction story in my life, but I did like writing original fiction over the years. I thought, "Heck, I could do this," and my time in the Xenaverse (and as a fanfic writer) snowballed from there. Over the years people, like Lunacy, have told others about my tales so the stories kind of spread word of mouth, which has been great.  I've collaborated with other bards as well as artists (Sunset, Ice & Snow) during that time. 

I was on the Netforum at USA studios (nicknamed the Nutforum for those who members who remember) and I met a great group of women out there that we called 'Amazons' who became an improv writing group. I had a lot of fun with them as their 'Queen'. The reason I became Queen was because I pulled an Autolycus - I called myself the 'self-proclaimed' Queen of Subtext (not because I'm an egomaniac; I thought it sounded funny and goofy since I'm far from regal). 

A member named Zwolf would give their humorous take on upcoming episodes but it was often missing 'the good stuff' (aka subtext moments). So I offered my take on all those subtexty times in the show (as well as my deep love for Gabrielle: 'I love Gabby. Have I mentioned that?'). Those posts became Subtext Reports I did each week. In fact, my parents had a satellite dish so I'd get up every Sunday morning at 7 AM to haul my butt to their house. I could watch the new episode and report on them before they were released that week via syndication around the nation. Subtexter and maintexter alike seemed to enjoy them and we had our fair share of heated debates out there. 

Since I could get the eps early, TNovan and I planned a get-together infin-xena.jpg (99918 bytes) Columbus, Ohio to watch the last episode on that Sunday it aired. We were certain we'd finally get a genuine kiss between Xena and Gabrielle because it was such a 'maintext' season. Instead of being a celebration, the event turned into a wake since Tapert decided to 'off' his main character (Xena) and send the sidekick (Gabrielle) sailing home alone (Thank goodness Joss Whedon learned from Tapert's mistake and didn't off Buffy in some half-assed, plot hole riddled script. I'm not bitter. Not at all :). I guess I can take some comfort in the fact he didn't off Gabby too like he planned with Varia the amazon as the last one standing (~sigh~). Anyway...

I have to say (and many fans, rather than critics, agree), it was one of the worst series finale's in TV history. In truth, I never really wrote anything more after that (at least in the Xenaverse). People have asked if I'd ever come back to Xena, and while I'll never say never, I honestly don't know. I have ideas rolling around in my head, like a Sappho 'musical' tale that could have kept the subtext sub while sneaking in a kiss. For the moment though, I try to focus on what made the series great when I re-read these stories because writing about their future when one of them is dead, well, it's kinda hard to feel inspired. But who knows... perhaps my Xena muse might strike again someday. 

With all that said... onto the Xena fanfic concoction of CN's Caldron...

THE SUBTEXT REPORTS
finsfemmesgems-xena.jpg (95075 bytes)Subtext Reports - Rather than try to list them all here. I created a page for them. So, if you'd like to 'walk down memory lane' and remember all those great moments that made Xena, well, Xena, you can.  Keep in mind, these were all written 'on the fly' so there are errors abound. I left them as/is their postings as they appeared on the nutforum. 

 

THE HOMECOMING SERIES
btdt-xena.jpg (42565 bytes)Homecoming - The first story I ever wrote was Homecoming (although the first released story was Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace). I wanted to do a Sappho story with her being a female Autolycus - a real ladies lady <G> who had eyes for the bard. It would force Xena to make a decision. But I needed a plot to put around my simple 'first-time story' so I made a simple murder mystery. 
ditl-bedroll-xena.jpg (83403 bytes)Coming Home - People reacted enthusiastically to Homecoming so I created the sequel - Coming Home. In Coming Home, I had the warrior and bard returning home to tell their families of their joining on Lesbos. I used my own personal 'coming out' experience with my parents - my father was upset and (although he didn't react quite as harsh as Gabby's dad) it didn't sit well with him at all. It took him awhile to feel comfortable around me. My mom told me the next day that she was my mom no matter what choice I made in life. I saw Gabrielle's parents in a similar light with mom being the more accepting of the two. An online fan wanted to see something with Artemis so I added a 'God Problem' <G> to it for conflict. It also gave me the chance to spotlight Cyrene, which I was hoping to do. 

thequest-ephany2.jpg (194098 bytes)Home Sweet Home - People reacted enthusiastic to Coming Home as well and kept asking - 'what happens next?' I answered them with Home Sweet Home. Home Sweet Home is a title built on irony. There's nothing 'sweet' about it. I felt the series was getting too sugary sweet and the characters cartoonish in their love for each other. Stories lose interest to me when the terms of endearment get me nauseous <G>. Don't get me wrong - love is grand. But it can also be hell. I wanted Xena and Gabby to have a rift more believable than the third seasons <LOL>. But I wasn't sure what it should be. Given Gabrielle's mothering, affectionate nature the choice was easy - motherhood. Something that Xena, a woman who would give Gabby the world if she asked, couldn't give her. It's also something that Gabrielle herself doesn't understand until Zagerus (the warlord buffoon from 'ADITL') lays siege on the Amazons. But I wanted to add a modern day element, which the series often does. So I did - Couples relationship therapy courtesy of the village healer.
btdt-xena-gab.jpg (150293 bytes)No Place Like Home - In the next tale, No Place Like Home, I did the unthinkable. And boy did I catch Hell over it at the time (LOL) SPOILER ALERT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW........ I killed the bard at the very end. Xena and Gabby get their wish of a child (two children actually thanks to a screw up by Cupid (G)) but their happiness is short 'lived' when Gabrielle has complications with the pregnancy. When my own daughter was born I got an infection that they didn't identify for three days. She was fine. I was not. But as you see, it did work out because I'm still here (G). 
debt_xena_kiss.jpg (47186 bytes)Home At Last - I wrote, Home At Last, instead of giving up after catching hell for No Place Like Home (again spoiler alert ahead!). The reason you may ask? It wasn't because of the hate mail. It was because of all the people who said they actually cried as they read Xena struggling with her loss of the bard. It was for all the people who begged me to continue but didn't bully me. It was for those kind folks that I continued the series. As for the story, Hades calls Gabrielle to his realm so she can 'straighten things out' for when the duo finally arrive for good. That means tying up the loose ends with our favorite red shirts (G) Perdicus and Marcus. Of course Xena has to deal with her grief. Of course the Gods have to be petty. And since I loved 'Clash of the Titans' it felt like a wonderful way to put Xena in the situation like she did in Ulysses. Of course the bard is returned in the end and Hades reveals himself to his daughter who's very thankful to have her wife home with their children. I'm not sure if I'll continue this series anymore. I've considered jumping forward to the children being young all the way to them being teenagers. Inspiration hasn't struck yet but if it does you just might see another tale of gals and their youngin's (G).

 

THE MAGIC SERIES
magicegypt_xam.jpg (222519 bytes)Magic of Egypt - When I first saw the Xena Scrolls I hated it (LOL). I did but then I fell in love with wonderful tales by Bat Morda and Della Street and I realized there's a lot to Janice Covington and Mel Pappas than the one ep allowed. Magic of Egypt was born from the first scene. I tried to be very descriptive. Big Band Music. A crowded dance floor. A smoky room and a gorgeous dame in blue (G). I also wanted to 'femme' Janice up a bit, but keep her in true forum - absolutely lovely in shimmering gold, but incredibly uncomfortable (G) in the process. I loved the way it turned out and their story of discovering Xena and Gabrielle had been lovers was a wonderful prelude for them to take the step as well. As for the 'subplot' of Xena and Gabby, I loved the end of King of Assassins and wanted to use Cleopatra. And as for the ending for Mel and Janice, I was stuck for two weeks on how to wrap it all together. One night at 2 in the morning I woke up and said 'That's it!'. I hoped on the PC and the rest is Xena fanfiction history (G).
xenascrolls_janice_mel.jpg (194769 bytes)Magic of Paris - Again fans asked so I delivered Magic of Paris. I wondered once more what could cause a conflict big enough to shake up Mel and Janice's relationship. The answer was a child. Unlike Home Sweet Home I wanted to add elements of 'modern day' to the dilemma. I also wanted to show the 'cocky, fearless' Janice in a new light - 'uncertain and scared'. I added many other issues into the story such as health as we age, parenthood, lesbianism and a few Sinatra tunes (G). I also wanted to deal the Xena's past and how that would effect her future in every step of her life. I'm very proud of this work as well. My computer crashed on the last chapter (I'm not sure what it is about tying up this series but it feels like bad karma (G)) but it turned out to be a blessing. I think my revision turned out better than the original.

 

THE SHORT (AND NOT SO SHORT) STORIES
xena-gabby-wedding.jpg (92618 bytes)Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace - Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace was the first story I ever released. It was the second one that I wrote (see Homecoming). I think Joxer is a great character with lousy scripts. I wanted to make Joxer the hero - someone who could be braver than Xena in fact. I also wanted to include many of the other Xenaverse characters. After seeing the Xena Scrolls I asked 'what was that battle between good and evil all about? and how DID Ares get stuck in that tomb?' And there you have it. My first 'first-time story'.
missamphipolis_02.jpg (69407 bytes)The Play - My next story was The Play. I love Salmoneus. The only Sal ep I saw at the time of writing this was Miss Amphipolis. When I saw the Herc eps and The Greater Good I almost fell out of my chair. I thought - People are going to think I copied this!! I just had more of a handle on Salmoneus than I realized. . .I just didn't know it (LOL). My goal was to write Sal as I saw him, but also to write the story as an episode - going a lot further too I should add (G). I knew the censors wouldn't let Xena and Gabby kiss unless it 'wasn't real' (for lack of a better word) so I figured a theater play would be the most perfect place to start. A story within a story within a story (yes you read that right) is incredibly difficult to write but folks said I pulled it off very well (G). And it's probably still one of my favorites today.
qrw.jpg (97821 bytes)The Queen, the Regent, the Warrior - If Xena isn't the right woman for Gabby then who is? I couldn't help but see how Ephiny lit up in 'The Quest' when Gabby announced she was staying with the amazons. Only trouble was how did I get Xena out of the picture? Once I managed that I had a new problem - what would Xena do once she returned? After I managed that I wondered, how can I keep them all as friends? Like the old saying, if it's not one thing it's another (LOL). After I answered all these questions, my next fan fiction was born - The Queen, the Regent, the Warrior.
quillismightier_xena.jpg (233055 bytes)The Contest - People asked if I ever planned on doing a story of the Gods. I wanted to have the bickering siblings of Aphrodite and Ares taking on each other in a battle over the warrior princess. With that came The Contest. I should say of all the stories I wrote this is the one I think I fell flat on. If I knew why I could change it, but for some reason it just doesn't 'fit'... and I don't know why. People did enjoy it though and I think it does have some good scene but as a whole I don't consider it a 'shinning moment' in fanfic.
tsunami_xena2.jpg (251133 bytes)Loss of Virginity - Loss of Virginity was a short little tale. I wanted to do something ambiguous in the narration - Something the reader doesn't understand until the end. I think I succeeded with this tale. It's not as long on lust as many of my tales and it's a bit romantic and raw. 
momentoftruth_xam.jpg (121715 bytes)Moment of Truth - Moment of Truth came next. I wanted to be original. I wanted to be fresh. I copied someone else work (LOL). Not intentional mind you. I try to read as much fan fiction as I can and use premises other folks have not, but someone pointed out to me that it felt similar to another story on the web - I check it out and sure enough there it was (LOL). I don't mind though, I enjoyed this story because my premise was 'Would Xena turn away from battle to please her bard?' If you read the story you know the answer (G).
callisto-xena.jpg (28944 bytes)Thank the Gods For Henbane - Thank the Gods For Henbane is one of my favorite passionate, comedy pieces I've written. Gabrielle's henbane induced 'YOU . . .ARE. . . BEAUTIFUL!' was priceless. I figured after a few years on the road together and Xena would see her this time as a passionate woman and not a hero-worshiping teenager like years before. Let's face it... an intoxicated bard is always good for a laugh (G). Trust me, I've been around enough of them to know<G>.
the-ring-xena.jpg (73481 bytes)As It Should Be - As It Should Be was written in 45 minutes. I wrote and wrote and wrote. Didn't even answer my phone when it rang! Why? Because the story just poured out of me. I wanted something loving and sensual and down right sexy. I wrote it for my friend Dexterus - the consort to me, 'The Queen of Subtext' in a little role playing group I belong to. After a flame war on the netforum our little amazon tribe was born (aka improv writing group) and Dex won my hand. As my gift for her well fought battle (G), I dedicated this story to her. I found out later that she was 'kinda' seeing someone at the time who wasn't sure about moving forward in their relationship. After this and the dedication, her better half figured she better make the jump or loose Dex to the 'Queen'. Although I considered Dex a friend, and not a romantic interest, I'm glad it was the push they needed and I'm happy to report they're still together. This tale is also is one of my favorites that I look back to now and then.
forgetmenot_01.jpg (159029 bytes)Family Ties - Family Ties started much like Magic of Egypt - one scene that I couldn't get out of my mind. It was meant as a short, subtle comedy but ended up being over 20 pages long (LOL). I loved the idea of a broken down Xena, crying for her mommy. I knew of only one man that Xena would ever 'bow' to - Gabby's dad. Not for his sake mind you. . .but for her bard. I liked exploring Gabrielle's relationship with her parents and the part that Xena played as well. I wrote this story before Xena's foot shuffling, toe digging, nervous to the core scene in 'A Family Affair'. After that fourth season ep, I patted myself on the back (LOL). Like 'The Play', I got it 'right'.
lm-xena.jpg (84543 bytes)Dueling Cousins - Dueling Cousins came next. People were up in arms about rumors that subtext was dead and on and on. It happened from time to time (although season five was a washout 'subtextually'). It was also talked about that LL would be playing Sappho in season four (although the producers couldn't find a way to keep the subtext 'sub'). They didn't know. .but I did (G). I wanted Sappho to be a relative of the warrior - a rival of sorts she's had for years. Gabrielle's 'commitment' is suddenly the prize in their latest 'fight'. Once more I wanted to put Xena and Gabby in a do or die situation. Not the death of their actual lives but a death to the partnership. If a woman who looked like Xena and sounded like Xena had wanted her - what would Gabby do? This story is 'relationship' heavy and if anyone's every been in unrequited love they would surely understand this little tale much, much better.
xena-gabby-cell.jpg (67532 bytes)The End - I hit a slump in my writing. Nothing about the rift inspired me to write and I found myself starting season four wondering if I'd ever write Xena fan fiction again. Then I saw Sin Trade and the crucifixion scene. I didn't know if they would use that scene in the series at the time, but I had to write my own story about it. Many folks said this was a real tear jerker for them to read. I simply called it The End.
callisto-xena-2.jpg (213339 bytes)Truth or Dare - I still wasn't up to writing too much but Tim Wellman asked me to write a story for his racy page (now defunked site called Callisto's Dirty Stories). I titled it Truth or Dare. He wanted someone to do something with the campfire scene from 'ANE'. I had my idea for a 'cutting room floor scene' from the ep and ran with it. I was reluctant because I never thought I could write Callisto but the fans who have strong heart rates and don't shy from erotica says I hit the nail on the head with this tale. Be warned. It's not for everyone and certainly not for those under 17 - maybe not even for those under 21. . 
xenascrolls_mel_pappas.jpg (38598 bytes)November 29th, 1942 - November 29th, 1942 was a little Janice and Mel story I couldn't get outta my head. Hard as nails Covington struck me as a real romantic gal once you won her heart. I played with the idea now and then and finally decided to put it on paper. As for the date - it's my dad's birthday (G). 
one-against-an-army-1.jpg (235290 bytes)Inside Outside - Inside Outside was written after a friend posed the question 'If you think Xena and Gabby are now lovers in the series... when did it happen?'. I was still having a hard time writing and coming up with ideas. As a way of thanks, I dedicated this to her and her lover of 15 plus years. I wanted to have one situation scene through four sets of eyes. . . before the logical conclusion (or consummation - you pick the term (G)). I liked doing this first person present tense style which was new and very hard for me. It was a nice challenge and it was worth it to see how happy I had made my friends with a simple dedication (G).
xena-gabby-joxer.jpg (82621 bytes)Something To Talk About - I contacted TNovan after reading some of her Raising Melosa series stories on MaryD's site and ask if she'd like to work on a project. Not being pretension, I introduced myself and I was surprised to learn that the reason she started writing fan fiction was because she liked my work so much. Something To Talk About was the finished product. I liked the way this little tale turned out. Not so much a slap stick comedy or a high drama - it's a nice little yarn about Gabrielle and Xena trying to pull the wool over their friends eyes and finding love in the process. I just can't stay away from those first time stories (LOL). 
virgil-gab-xena-eve.jpg (166443 bytes)Henbane, Horsenappings and Other Obstacles - People enjoyed it and wanted to know when we would write together again. Sometime later (season six) TNovan and I teamed up again to pen Henbane, Horsenappings and Other Obstacles. We wanted to do a 'murphy's law' comedy where everything that can go wrong for Xena and Gabby but, of course, in the end they save the day. Of the two pieces we did, I have to admit that HHAOO is my fav.
gabby-birthday.jpg (85905 bytes)All That Matters - All That Matters was written more of a challenge than an idea (LOL). My amazon elder smeef (from my writing group), wanted me to put a story together with heart and real feeling, not sex. I think I managed it well. I liked the end of 'Takes One To Know One' with Gabrielle surrounded by her family. With little dialog and mostly Xena's thoughts of the bard, I thought this one was nice - smeef said it caused goosebumbs... and yes that was a compliment (G).
xena-cnscaldron.jpg (70427 bytes)Warlord - Barry Marshall had an inventive idea for a story. What if Gabrielle was actually the one behind all the folks who influenced Xena's journey toward good? That was the making of Warlord. He asked if I'd be interested in writing with him and I was pleased that he asked and happy with the results. This story takes a lot of different twist and I consider it one of the more original pieces out there right now since the fan fiction market is so saturated with stories at this point (VBG). 
solsticecarol_xena.jpg (172504 bytes)Have Yourself a Merry Little Solstice - I wanted to do a Christmas tale that brought all the characters together. I had two versions in mind - one alt and one general. So instead of writing one or the other I wrote both. I enjoyed being able to bring the family of Xena and Gabrielle together and 'home for the holidays' in Have Yourself a Merry Little Solstice (alt or gen).
xs-title.jpg (79776 bytes)Little Moments: A Day in the Desert - This is a Janice and Mel story. I was going to make it a series, but my muse took me elsewhere and I haven't picked it up since. But that's okay. The story - one part is told through Mel's eyes and one through Janice's - stands just fine on it's own.
gab-family.jpg (83725 bytes)Candy or Chaos - I was asked by the merpup site to submit a story for Halloween contest. I don't think I won. I never heard back from them<LOL>. But readers got a kick out of it regardless. Since Xena and Gabby have faced some of the scariest things the world has ever seen, I went with funny instead and tried to 'homage' every Halloween ritual I could in Candy or Chaos. 
smallconqheroine.jpg (119971 bytes)Conquering Heroine - While not a super long story, Conquering Heroine was two years in the making and written by myself and Amy Wilson (aka Murphy). It turned out to be a great story. And no, Xena is not the Conqueror in this piece...it's Gabrielle. How do you ask? Well you'd have to read and find out <G>

 

 

kiss-xena-gabby.jpg (28198 bytes)Watching and Waiting - After the disaster that was FIN I and II, I didn't do much writing at all. In fact, this was actually the last Xena fanfiction I wrote. It's about Gabrielle getting on with her life and Xena making the move into her next lifetime. But who knows, if the writing bug bites, maybe I'll pen another Xena fic at some point.  

 

CONVERSATIONS BY CAMPFIRE | CHANGES OF HEART | BONDING OF SOULS SERIES
conversation_michelle.jpg (46160 bytes)Conversations by Campfire - The next 'series' I did was Conversations by Campfire set during Season Four. I took parts of the episodes and worked them in, concentrating on the relationship between Xena and Gabby. Not my best episode series, but it was a humble start to a much better one called Changes of Heart, which I discuss further down. It does, however, feature some sexy scenes with Najara and Gabrielle as well as Gabrielle and Xena.
changesofhearts_michelle.jpg (58622 bytes)Changes of Heart - This 'story' comes in two series Changes of Heart and Bonding of Souls. Let's face it folks - season five sucked. The warmth and compassion and trust had gone out of Xena and Gabby's relationship. Changes of Heart takes off where the ep 'Motherhood' leaves off, with Gabby walking away from the warrior over the 'Gabchak'. It was also born out of the frustrations I was having with my (now ex) girlfriend at the time so if it seems very 'realistic and raw' at moments then that's why. Changes of Heart was meant to be my last Xena story. Disgusted with a chakram upside Gabby's head in the Season Five ender, I decided I was done. And so was the bard in my story. When Barry Marshall, my UFFD pal, read it his first response was 'there will be a sequel, right?' <LOL>. He wasn't the only one to ask. Lots of people read it and loved it. It wasn't so much my writing ability, but the fact they liked seeing the bard's 'mad as hell and not gonna take it' attitude. So I wrote a 'season' - 24 stories - that deals with Xena and Gabrielle's break up and reconciliation. In fact, people said they tuned back into season six who didn't plan to because my story helped fill in the blanks. No thanks needed Mr. Tapert<G>.
changes_sorcia.jpg (40904 bytes)Bonding of Souls - Bonding of Souls picks up where COH ends with Xena and Gabby back together. Each 'episode' is an expansion of the episodes of Season Six. Tapert gave me great material to work with in season six...well except for that suck ending - and no, I don't mind Xena being killed in the series end, to a point. I do, however, mind a script littered with plot holes and ridiculous reasoning. But Tapert did get his place in television history...the most hated ending ever.

 

THE 'UBERS' AND ORIGINAL FICTION
hippy-gab.jpg (165248 bytes)Myself and the late Xena bard Tonya Muir did a little novelette called 1971. She was a wonderful new bard to the Xenaverse back in 1998 and her descriptive powers blow me away. (She passed away in Jan. 2001 after a battle with cancer.) I'm more of a plot and dialog person myself - so she seemed like the perfect one to 'spiff' it up. About a month into the project she said she wasn't feeling well and two weeks later she told me she'd been diagnosed. Automatically I told her she wasn't bound to working on the project but she insisted on looking it over and lending her descriptive talents. The Xenaverse lost a great bard and an even better person. As for the story itself... before Gabby's trip to India (Heck before the fourth season), I wondered what two uber characters would Xena and Gabrielle be in modern times. My first thought - a cop and a hippy in the early seventies. Both characters fight for the greater good - both go about it differently much like Xena and Gabby. 

oba.jpg (19193 bytes) This story has been totally reworked with the same main characters, Officer Carol Johnson and Radical Erin O'Fallon, with a bit of a harder edge to reflect the time period. It was released in full length novel form by Baycrest Books under the title 'One Belief Away'. The name was changed because the year has changed and another 100+ pages were added. I don't want people thinking they're purchasing the same story only to ask, 'What the heck is this?'. Is it still a good story? Yeah, it is... the road to happiness is just a way bit harder for Carol and Erin in this one and although it's not in print you might be able to find it on Amazon

i.e..jpg (26340 bytes)Irrefutable Evidence was a novel I wrote years before Xena that I dusted off and decided to publish as an uber since the story and characters sounded so much like an uber story. I had to rewrite it a bit but I put it out there for fans to see. It's the adventures of a police detective, Denise VanCook, and her witness, Sara Langforth, whom she's trying to protect to testify at a murder trial. Always being a big 'Cagney and Lacey' fan, I had to write a 'cop story' which is one of the reasons Denise's partner, Angie Michaels, is also a key player in the story. This one is also out of print but there could be copies on Amazon
contractor.jpg (25823 bytes)Contractor for Hire is the story of building contractor Karen Riggs and national lesbian magazine publisher Melissa (Mel) Wright with the pitfalls and passions of falling in love. Again, check out Amazon if you'd like a copy of this out of print book. 
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