What's new at the Book?

November 16, 2015 * Added my entry to the 2015 Royal Academy Of Bards Halloween Invitational. It's a Mel and Janice Halloween Story titled "Who's Jack". My thanks go once again to Norsebard for proof-reading, and of course to the Academy for the invite :)

July 14, 2014 * If you've already read Crazed Ramblings, I encourage you to go back to the very ending, where I've hidden a little easter egg. Be warned it's not exactly G-rated.
If you haven't read the story yet, what are you waiting for? ;)

July 12, 2014 * I never thought I'd say this, but the conclusion of Crazed Ramblings is now up and ready for your perusal. Yes, it is finished! Special thanks to Norsebard for giving it a once-over.

July 2, 2014 * Part 5 of Crazed Ramblings is now complete. Part 6 is in the making. This might be the final part.

June 10, 2014 * Added a few paragraphs to part 5 of Crazed Ramblings. Still not complete, but the plot thickens....

September 08, 2013 * Long time coming: a small addition to part 5 of Crazed Ramblings. Still not complete.

June 20, 2013 * Added the first half of part 5 of Crazed Ramblings. It's not complete; bits of it might change before the part is complete.

April 21, 2013 * Fixed some minor inconsistencies in previous parts of Crazed Ramblings

March 13, 2013 * Part 4 of the rewrite of "Crazed Ramblings" is up! This part also contains new content - the section is now complete.

February 26, 2013 * Part 3 of the rewrite of "Crazed Ramblings" is back up.

February 20, 2013 * After it's been gathering dust for ten years, I finally dug this up and finished it: Birthday Bard - the 17th TellMe-Story. Post-FIN, if that still makes a difference after all this time. The girls, of course, have their own way of dealing with stuff *G*

August 16, 2012 * Part 2 of the rewrite of "Crazed Ramblings" is back up.

August 13, 2012 * I decided to try and get Isabelle an Xena of "Crazed Ramblings" out of that corner I wrote them into over a decade ago. No promises yet, but I have started by taking down all the parts for a slight rewrite. Part 1 is back up.

July 23, 2012 * Added the Xena Online Community to the links section

February 17, 2012 * Updated/weeded out the links section

May 02, 2009 * Cleaned out a few dead links. There were less than I feared, which makes me happy.
* I hear that people are still getting enjoyment out of my old stories. This also makes me happy :)

April 15, 2008 * Nearly ten years ago, a friend made my first little website for me, holding "Possibilities" and the first chapter or so of "The Warrior, The Witch and the Nightmare", back then titled something terribly goofy that I won't repeat :). I've learned much about making websites (and hopefully about writing) since, and I'm only glad you can't see my first hesitant steps anymore - heh. Ahhh, the memories. (the counter was reset during one of my moves, in case you're wondering.)

July 30, 2007 * Xandra's Model, our ill-tempered but well-loved cat Cilli, passed away today, at the age of nearly 20 years. She was with us for more than half my life; my parents' house won't be the same without her.

August 9, 2006 * Added a somewhat older short story to Original: Survivor - Trading Places
* Yah, still here. Not writing though, sad to say. Don't let this update fool you.

March 22, 2006 * Thanks all who have tried my guest book - I assure you I read each and every entry =)
* Cleaned up the links section and removed broken links

December 14, 2005 * The guestbook is fixed. Hooray for speedy customer support! =) Why don't y'all give it a test to make sure?

December 13, 2005 * There is a glitch in my guestbook and I've had to disable it for the time being. I hope the error is fixed soon. Happy Holidays to you all!

April 19, 2005 * Ahem... repeating myself but apologizing again for the lack of new content...
* Added a link to ICQ2Go to the Links/Chat section. It's a web version so there is no need to install any software (except for the required plugin, I'm afraid)

January 10, 2005 * Happy New Year everyone! Sorry, I haven't really been inclined to write lately... just dropping in to let you all know I haven't forgotten about this site! :o)

Old News

October 21, 2004 * Added a link to Roselle Graskey's Website. (Click on the hyperlink or go to the "Bards" category on my Links page)

October 14, 2004 * Houston, we have a lift-off! Welcome to my redsigned site! Let me know if you have any trouble navigating

October 4, 2004 * Added a link to the "That Girl Band" homepage. Check them out! (Click on the hyperlink or go to the "Others" category on the Links page)

September 28, 2004 * The rewrite of Worlds Apart, Book 1: Below is now complete! Do keep in mind that this is a draft.

August 30, 2004 * Added to the rewrite of Worlds Apart, Book 1: Below.

August 5, 2004 * Added the prologue and first chapter of the rewrite of Worlds Apart, Book 1: Below. This is original fiction, featuring original characters with an original background. In short, this is not fan fiction anymore, but ALL MINE! Okay, and Katia's too, as she wrote it with me <G>.

June 24, 2004 * The Guild Of Tales, my chat room, has received a facelift. Go to SpinCHAT to get one for your own website, if you like!

"Classic" Xena Story Listing

While most of the stories found here are rated G or PG, a few of them have content that may not be suitable for or to the taste of everybody, so please look at the individual disclaimers before deciding to read any of these stories.

The Sad One  ALT, post-FIN
Like many others, I could not leave the Show the way it ended. It left me wondering how Gabrielle would have fared... here's the result.
Set about two decades years after the finale, Gabrielle's life of pain and loss is about to be changed by an old man's visit... and not in small part by a camel named Fate.
It's a bit on the somber side, but I promise there is a ray of sunshine at the end.
Old Warriors Never Die, They Just...  ALT
("Alte Kriegerinnen... Sind Knackiger")
This little comedy was written during a four-day visit with Kamouraskan and Lariel. If you know either of these bards' writings (see my links), you might get a general idea what this little piece is like <G>
The Bet  ALT
This was inspired by the infamous "Triplle XXX Review", performed by Alexandra Tydings and Claire Stansfield at the 2001 Pasadena Convention. Let's just say that Aphrodite finds herself compelled to seduce a rather unlikely... person.
A Musing Bard  ALT
Finally, time to write, with Xena gone on an errand. But alas, no story will come. What's a bard to do?
Okay, I realize a few of you are going to hate me for this little piece... what can I say, I aim to tease <G>
The Door  ALT
("Verrath's Tür")
This was originally written as part of a tribute for a German fanfic archive (symbiont.de, now bibliotheca.de). As such it was, of course, written in German first ;-) There is no plot worth mentioning - just an image I couldn't get out of my head.
The Dumbbell Is Mightier... or: Joxer's Dilemma  ALT
("Die Hantel Ist Mächtiger... oder: Joxer's Dilemma")
Another one I wrote in German and translated later. This was for a sort of contest on a German mailing list - to write a story to do with dumbbells. Xenites get these weird ideas sometimes... <G>
The Warrior, The Witch And The Nightmare  ALT
Xena and Gabrielle prevent an execution of a supposed witch and get a little more than they bargained for. A story about dreams, nightmares, and a very twisted evil creature.
This was the first piece of fiction I ever started writing, and is therefore the longest ongoing project I've had so far. If you read carefully, you might even notice the changes in the way the text flows as my writing style changed over time. Other than that, this is just a little creepy story that started out as something entirely different and all too soon took on a life of its own - they all do that somehow, but this one more so. :-)
Mission Report  ALT
The truth about Argo. The Journal of an alien biologist. (Ongoing project)
This is one of those absolutely crazy ideas that just stick and won't let you really do anything until you relent and write them out of your head. I'm planning to update this fairly frequently with short bits of a sentence or paragraph each. But it's also quite possible that it won't go much further than where it is now. I just don't know.
Possibilities  ALT
My first. Gabrielle gets whacked on the head during a fight, and has some interesting insights into her relationship with a certain warrior...
As the first story I ever posted to the web, this one is of course special to me. Other than that, there isn't much to be said for it...


Any comments are of course welcome - you can reach me at Verrath@gmx.de

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