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We are the home of 247 authors from among our 2884 members. There have been 57206 reviews written about our 2234 stories consisting of 11201 chapters and 24799929 words. A special welcome to our newest member, dihotomiya.

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Caryl Events

December Writers Chat:  Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10:00 pm Eastern Time (click on the time zone converter for your local time.) Topic: MEMBERS' BRAINSTORMING SESSION - 2018 CHAT TOPICS! Check the blurb under News for more details.


I Know Somebody by Starfur373 M
Carol needs a date to take her to a work event but doesn't know anyone who...
Region Thirty Three by ramblinrose E
Caryl AU. The government is working to round up the wilds that won't assimilate...
The Weight by Shannonsto M
Daryl had tried to be sympathetic toward these people—he really had. But...
Sweet Memories by Redvelvetunicorns M
Daryl and Carol were childhood best friends that grew apart in their early teenage...
Loose Ends by ramblinrose E
Caryl, AU.  Seasons 2 and 3.  When a group rips apart at the end of...
In Another Life by foreverlovingdaryldixon M
Caryl, but in an series of alternate universes. Newest chapter prompt: Carol...
Love Finds A Way by ramblinrose M
Caryl, AU.  One thing they'd learned was that, even through the most seemingly...
Where the Light Enters by ICanStopAnyTime M
Carol and Daryl make their way to the quarry camp at the onset of the zombie...
Beauty Within by LeeLeeWoflpack M
Carol is a Physical Therapist, and Daryl is a veteran in need of healing. Life...
The Dixon's Guide to the Apocalypse by coreenfw E
The Walking Dead from a Dixon (mainly Merle's) perspective.  This is my...
Safe by fricks75 T
When you've been fighting all your life, peace can be a tough adjustment. And...
When it's Over by Marie1063 M
Finding Carol in the slaughterhouse was the end of it, or so Daryl thought...
Queen Bitch and The Archer by foreverlovingdaryldixon E
So I felt it was time to create a new prompt collection since there's over 100...
Accidents Happen by ramblinrose E-RPF
McReedus story.   When an accident on set happens, it sends Norman on...
Something to Talk About by Shae M
A collection of Caryl drabbles, ficlets, and one-shots all based on dialogue...
Crossroads by darylsdiva1 M-RPF
Every year for the last five years—the first two didn’t count because...
A Common Condition by silversundown E
"They all have ptsd now. Some handle it differently than others but the affliction...
the hands of fate by lilabut E
He believed what he had with the others was a family. A home. But all that changes...
Someone Else's Star by Amanda Hawthorn E
All those years that Ed had blamed her for being a dried up, barren bitch and...
Entering Alexandria by Amwaaker E
Set when Carol,, Ed, and Sophia were original residents of the ASZ and the group...
Three by whowhatsitwhich G
She'd said those words to him three times and each time was different. 
Don't Kiss! by BettyBubble E
Seven years ago, Carol had a chance to start over,  but she was still locked...
Flood Relief by Booksrbetter M
Daryl volunteers to help remove debris from the recent flood. He meets Carol...
The Retreat by CharlotteAshmore E
A weekend retreat with all their friends … no.  A new man already...
Echoes In the Blood by sienna27 E
Caryl - Season 1A night at the CDC.  Some angst to start, smutty bits to...
The Broken Road by silversundown E
It's the journey that matters, not the destination. Daryl's quiet and lonely...
Random Story
Out of Hiding by ramblinrose G
Somewhat McReedus.  Oneshot.  Andrew just wants his friends to be...
Trogdor19 11/22/17 08:45 pm
I love that story! All Silversundown's AUs are amazing, just read them all.
Edaj180 11/22/17 06:29 pm
I just got finished reading silversundown’s “Coffee & pie” (amazing story, btw) and I am now obsessed with the waitress!Carol AU. Does anyone have some other recommendations? Thanks!
coreenfw 11/20/17 09:04 pm
Love Starfur373's story, it is really good, nice choice....
Ikkleosu 11/20/17 05:16 pm
Starfur373 is the writer behind this week's FSOTW. Show them much love!
coreenfw 11/19/17 09:21 pm
Hi DixonVixen!! Welcome to our happy world!!
Trogdor19 11/18/17 08:22 pm
Hello and welcome, DixonVixen! I know, it's like somebody made a website of my happy place. <3
DixonVixen 11/18/17 03:45 pm
Hey everybody! So happy to there is a place for Caryl lovers to unite! <3
Michelle Del Vale 11/16/17 09:22 am
Wow, thanks, guys! @chemfemme you're always so kind, thanks so much for your support and lovely encouragements! <3<3
chemfemme 11/14/17 09:09 pm
Congrats Michelle Del Vale on FSOTW. I've heard that smut stories get more love, don't let the G-rating fool you! It SIZZLES!
Ikkleosu 11/14/17 11:31 am
Congratulations to Michelle Del Vale on FSOTW with some lovely cute Pillow Talk.
Amanda Hawthorn 11/12/17 03:41 am
Thank you everyone for all of your birthday messages. I had a lovely day ☺
briel 11/10/17 07:01 pm
Happy B-day Amanda. You are an amazing writer. Have a nice day.
sagramore 11/10/17 02:45 pm
Happy Birthday Amanda. You're the kindest and the nicest person I've ever been blessed to know. Happy birthday too to everyone who has a birthday today!
BettyBubble 11/10/17 12:00 pm
Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day so far! Also Happy Birthday to all the others we forgot! 🍀
Amanda Hawthorn 11/10/17 11:47 am
Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone. Big hugs to you CharlotteAshmore and coreenfw ❤❤
pearlseed 11/10/17 09:27 am
I apologise for hogging space at this time, however miz Casuality, Happy Belated Birthday. I celebrate for a month. It's just easier on friends, little laugh.
pearlseed 11/10/17 09:22 am
I have enjoyed your stories, so I too would offer Happy Birthday to Miz Armanda and greenjasper. Also 15--snow--oh no! I know it pleases some, but I get grumpy below 80 degrees, little latitudes.
pearlseed 11/10/17 09:12 am
If you have fluffy time to just watch, check out the Ride Diaries (addendums). Oh my word, the things Mr. Reedus says are funny. Ride is a good time.
CharlotteAshmore 11/10/17 08:49 am
greenjasper 11/10/17 07:00 am
Thanks all and happy late birthday Casualty. I got 15 cm of snow overnight...well, it's pretty.
coreenfw 11/10/17 06:15 am
Happy B-day Amanda & GreenJasper!!🎈🎂
Amanda Hawthorn 11/10/17 04:54 am
Happy belated birthday Casualty
coreenfw 11/09/17 06:20 pm
Happy Birthday Casualty!! Saving Amanda and GreenJasper for tomorrow!! ❤️
Casualty1987 11/09/17 05:49 pm
@Trogdor19 Thank you
Trogdor19 11/09/17 05:46 pm
Not in the UK, sorry! :( But happy birthday Amanda and greenjasper and Casualty1987!

December Writers' Chat: It's Your Turn!

January's coming soon! But, wait, weren't we talking about December? Well, yes, but we need to talk about January in December. Just go along with us for a minute here.

Because in January we're going to be celebrating Nine Lives' FOURTH ANNIVERSARY. Four full years of Caryl goodness, and you've been at the heart of it all.

So this time out, the chat is going to be about looking forward to our fifth year - what kinds of things would you like the chat to tackle? What topics would you like us to revisit? Have you found it helpful to your writing when we do writing sprints? Are there technical areas you're unsure about and would like some help with, like dialogue tags, or punctuation? Do you need help punching up your action scenes? Are you stymied by that tricky old adage, "show, don't tell?"

This is your opportunity to help guide where the chats go in 2018! Please join us on Thursday, December 7th, at 10 pm Eastern time (click on that handy-dandy TIME ZONE CONVERTER at the top of the Events section to check your local time) and bring your fondest hopes for the upcoming year's chat topics to share!

(FYI: We're skipping the January 4th chat, due to the proximity of the New Year's holiday.)

--The Chat Team on November 14, 2017 5:40pm 0 Comments
Additional content warning now available

[CW: discussion of appropriate tagging of rape and dubious consent in fanfiction.]


Running a fanfiction archive is more complicated than any of us admins ever expected. We're lucky here, in many ways, because we don't have ship wars to contend with - we can float along in our happy little ocean liner and enjoy our OTP.


Sometimes, though, we have a problem - usually one that wasn't taken into account when the site was built, and hasn't come up before, so it's never been addressed. When that happens, we have to talk it through among the three of us: how do we handle the current instance that raised the issue, and how can we reduce the possibility of it being a problem again going forward? (You'll notice we didn't say, "prevent it." That's because we've learned that it's almost impossible to perfectly anticipate the scope of human behavior.)


We recently had occasion to review the list of content warnings Nine Lives provides for authors to use, which include "attempted rape," "rape (implied)," and "rape (actual.)" There was no provision for "dubious consent," which an author might use for a situation they considered potentially questionable (consent is unknown or uncertain, as distinguished from consent being definitely absent), and we felt that omission could lead to situations where a fic might not provide adequate warning to allow readers to avoid content they would find problematic.


So we've added "dubious consent" to our warnings. Some may think that doesn't go far enough, but after discussion that's how we've decided to approach this issue. If you have a different idea on this, let us know.


The existence of an additional warning doesn't automatically mean an author will use it. Like anything else, we have to rely on our authors to consider the applicability of and then use the appropriate warnings, or to put something in the story notes to alert readers to possible difficult content. There also are going to be instances where the author truly doesn't see the content as troublesome. That's where our readers come in.


If you have an issue with a story, you can PM an author directly and have a respectful conversation with them about your concerns. If you'd prefer not to contact the author, you can PM one of the admins (subversivegrrl, alannastara, or ikkleosu) and let us know what your concerns are. You can also contact us via the "contact" link at the bottom of every page, but please note that those site emails don't get checked every day.

However you decide to approach the issue, PLEASE come to us directly. Whisper campaigns, or sending complaints about story content to third parties, like on Tumblr, or a Facebook group, or anywhere else that does not directly connect to the people who can do anything about it, doesn't address or resolve the problem. All that does is stir up hostility and gossip. We've had instances in the past where back-channel sniping has nearly caused authors to stop writing entirely. We're very lucky that this instance was solved by civil communication, but it could easily have gone the other direction.

As always, if you have a suggestion for how the Nine Lives archive can better serve our members and authors, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of the admins or use that contact link below. We're here because you're here, and we want to make the site as welcoming as possible for everyone.

--Nine Lives Admins on November 01, 2017 1:52pm 0 Comments
NOV. WRITERS' CHAT -- Growing Pains: Improving Your Writing



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Think back to that first story you wrote. Remember that? Take a good, hard, honest look. Was it the best thing you’ve ever written? Chances are, it wasn’t.

Now think about your most recent story. What’s changed over time with your writing? Probably a lot. Where have you improved? What are your writing challenges?

Improving the craft of writing takes time and plenty of practice. We pour our hearts and souls into our stories; it can be painful to receive critical feedback. Sometimes, that’s just the push we need to grow.

Whether you are new to writing or an old hand, please join us for the next writers chat on Thursday, November 2 from 10pm-12am EDT. We'll be talking about ways to improve your writing so your Caryl stories can become even better. Bring your ideas, questions and enthusiasm for writing.

Readers, we also encourage your participation. Your feedback on our stories is very much appreciated and welcomed. Even if you've been too shy to share your thoughts with a specific author, this forum will allow you to do so in a more general manner.  Tell us what you think makes an amazing story, what turns you off and stops you from reading further. We want to hear from you!

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

--Chat Mods: jaibhagwan, kaoscraze82, whowhatsitwhich on October 28, 2017 4:25pm 0 Comments