Sunday, September 04, 2016

Friends are the family we choose for ourself

No matter who we are, how we define ourself or the way life throw us around, we need a family. Family is our history, the starting point of our future, and the backdrop to all the happenings of our lives.

Family are our blood relatives, our parents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, cousins ... however far apart we may seem in distance, in age or how we choose to live our lives.

But family is not just about blood, it's really about who you are, and who you choose to settle with. Who you trust and who trusts you in return. Friends may just be the family that you trust the most because they are your friends, not a relative "just" by blood, but trusted because you earned that trust by being the best friend you possibly could.

In the world of lesfic, some has no choice in the matter of family. Blood relatives may die or choose to distance them self from a way of life not conforming to their beliefs. If you are an old hand in the world of lesfic you will know that we do find a good number of lesfic protagonists travelling a lonely journey through life in our neck of the wood, that is at least until they can find that elusive someone to share their lives with.

And a lonely journey through life might just have been where Kyri was headed had it not been for a chance meeting in the woods with a band of armed men and a lone Amazon fighting for her life. Yes ... I'm talking Amazon as in "woman clad in leather" - and not just for a fun night of dancing ! I know I don't usually go there, back to the ancient or the land of fantasy fiction, but why not ? If the writing is entertaining why let it pass you by ? 

If you're game then tag along as I travel with Kyri, who is almost at the end of her training as a master Fletcher (the), when she finds herself on a journey to a new beginning and perhaps in time a new family among the tribes of Amazons. For Kyri and the reader this is a journey into the Greek myths of women warriors and I promise the Amazons are fierce warriors as well as gentle lovers and true friends.

You might ask how Kyri - a young woman who has spend most of her life training with her father learning the craft of fletching arrows - will do among a band of marry sword wielding maidens but do not worry, Kyri has what it takes to make a place for herself among the Amazons. While she might not be a warrior at heart she will fight for her new family of friends even at the possible cost of her own life. Does it ring true ... i don't know .. who cares - I love the fact that Kyri masters not only the craft of fletching but is also above and beyond any Amazon as an Archer (the) a fact that Kyri will prove in battle as well as in the numerous tests put to her on her way to gain a place with her new Amazon family. 

Is this a romance ? ... well if you are the "love them and leave them" type of reader going for a fast "kill" then look elsewhere. The Fletcher is a slow paced start on a long journey of finding a new place in life and gaining a family of your own choice. If the myth of the Amazons are well known to you, you might find this to be a bit long winded but then just scroll on for a bit, and catch up with Kyri as she prepares for her initiation with the Amazons and catches the eye of the Queen. 

I can hardly remember where "The Fletcher" (1 part of the series) ends and "The Archer" (2 part of the series) takes over, but I do remember that the first and second instalment of the story of Kyri are paced differently. With "The Archer" Kelly Aten has decided to give us a more fast moving storyline where the daily life, battles and rituals of the Amazon tribe are interwoven with the romance needed to make this a true lesfic ;-) ... but if you are looking for LHEA be warned ! When I left Kyri and her Queen to write this post they where far from happy ! ... I'm not telling you why but I'll let you know that Kyri will need all her abilities and perhaps a little help form her friends to make it back into the arms of her Queen.  Right now Kyri's faith is entirely up to the bard - the third and final ? part of the story is still on Kelly Aten's writing desk - I for one hopes that she will soon find the time to lend Kyri a helping hand - she really needed it when I saw her last !  

Just want to let you know that The Fletcher and The Archer are available on Archive of Our Own in re-edited versions. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Another pen unveiled

If you know your way around the world of published lesfic you'll be quite familiar with the fact that a number of published lesfic writers started their career as f/f fan fiction writers offering their works online for free. 

Should you need a hand finding published fics from your favourite fan fiction pen then take a look at the list of pen names/authors on the page "Unveil the pen". I just recently came across another two fan fiction writers who has had stories published (Minerva and Zipplic).

Leave a word if you have a name or two that could be added to the list.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Back in business

Thought that You should know that The Athenaeum is back in business. Well it never really went completely off the grit, but it has been a few years since the regular updates came to an end... and now the updates are back ... !

The Athenaeum is a great place to look for online f/f fan fiction / lesfic as the archive lists 6955 works from 1589 authors.

One of the best features on The Athenaeum is The Forum. It is a great place to chat with fellow readers and writers about fic's and whatever, and the members of The Forum are really good at lending a helping hand identifying that special fic that you just have to reread.

So help yourself to a good reading time and hop along to The Athenaeum. If you do find a story that you like then take the time and write a recommendation. It's an easy way to "feed the bard" and help your fellow reader choose where to spend her reading time.

See You around The Athenaeum! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Reading list ...

No words just a list

A few fic's on the topic of reunion:
  •  "Beach Encounter"  by Mickey Minner - a high school reunion and a new chance of finding love?
and if you take your reunion a bit unplanned but perhaps even sweeter ...
  • "Hindsight" by Lois Kay - they where meant to be together but something or someone broke them apart
Please add any stories on the theme of a planned f/f reunion with friends from high school/college/summer camp ....with a romantic twist!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Reading list

No word's just a few fic's that you might find worth your reading time
  • The Grand Old Lady by Lois Cloarec Hart - a Valentines Story of a love lost but never forgotten - a little sweet something.
  • Eye of the Beholder by Lois Cloarec Hart - a baby, a number of stuffed animals and a couple of hearts ready for Love. 
  • Snowbound by Margaret A. Helms - a reunion and not purely by chance.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

True Love in pictures

"True Love" will find You, not when You need it, not when You're looking and not always in places that society deems respectable or legal. 

True Love has no colour, gender or age. It's bound by no law, it sees no limits and it has no label.

True Love has no pride. It can't be measured or balanced on a scale. It's freely given, has no price and You can not fight it or turn it away when it finds You.

True Love is a feeling, a voice that speaks to You from Your heart. You might not recognise the voice when You first hear it or understands the words spoken to You, but whether You listen or not, You'll find yourself following the voice of Your heart.

"True Love" is simple. It's takes no elaborate storyline or exotic screen shots to convey. There is no need for naked bodies or heated encounters. It's just a look, at word, a risk taken and a hand held.

Don't miss out on this short story of love in the wrong places, but still "True Love" no matter what.

"True Love" Episode 3 BBC One
If you would rather take the the student/teacher theme of your f/f romance in writing try "The Essay" by Fletcher DeLancey. This time the professor acts with a bit more restrain, and while we are on this theme you could try out "Jaeger's" by Dragonjuls. Once again restrain or perhaps patience is the operative word 

And if you want a longer more elaborate storyline of finding love in the wrong places but still as "True" as it comes then don't miss out on "Kyss Mig" (trailer), it's among the best F/F movies - perhaps this link works .
"Kyss Mig"

Saturday, June 04, 2016

An update

This just to let You know that "Beyond The Corner" has been updated. You'll find lists/links to general fiction and movies with a "girl love girl" content.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The best of ....

Some pen's seems to never stop but keep on turn out a never ending stream of fics. Even today in the "dry season" of online Lesfic you can still find Kim Pritekel posting stories with The Academy of Bards when they run their specials for Valentines Day and Halloween. 

You will recognise the formula of LOVE and the steamy exchange of affection when you venture out with Kim Pritekel, but if you take the long way round the writing from this pen you will find quite a number of well written fic's, especially those penned in what I take to be the early days.

It properly won't take You long to catch that the "fan" part of the equation with Kim Pritekel is "feisty blond", "tall and dark" or just the "bluest eyes meeting green" ... we are as often is the case talking Uber Xena fiction.

So if you are game I'll start you out with my favourite Kim Pritekel story "Again"(****). You'll find a little of every romantic theme in this story. A young love lost, a life torn apart by critical illness, a friend that will stand by you through it all and not the least of all a new chance of finding love and LHEA. If you aren't familiar with Kim Pritekel this is not a bad way to meet up for the first time.

When you've overcome the seriousness of a brain surgery with Caden and Laurel in "Again" you might want to go "Bible Thumping"(*). We are still on the issue of a young love lost by the interference of parents not quit happy with a daughter looking to find love with a fair maiden ... 

If you want to go further down the road with Kim Pritekel You'll have to have a stomach for a bad start in life as in child abuse and serious neglect or if we are talking mature women it's "battered wife" and the likes. It's not as if "bad times" take over the storyline, but it's on the other hand often present as the setting and often not just as hint of bad times passed. If you are OK with this premise you might want to spend some time with "Control"(**). Alexa Hofmann helped pen this long and well developed storyline unfolding the lives of Garrison and the girls Keller and Parker, and how they came to be a loving family.

You'll find a similar harsh family situation in a number of stories by Kim Pritekel but if you go for the longer fic's as in "The Long Road Home"(**) this plays in well with the storyline of love "Lost and Found" (**) and the "Outcome"(**) is a given. Alexa Hoffmann also helped pen this last fic which seems to help with the romantic build up and reduce the formalistic steamy affection, but don't worry You'll never be left at the wrong side of the bedroom door when Kim Pritekel is around.

There are more ways than one to get over "Old Wounds" and have a new beginning and with Kim Pritekel we get a lot of different story lines for the same eternal road to love and LHEA. The stories are mostly contemporary and you will find no werewolf's or "Twilight" (**) setting but if you do go out one night to the Ditterman's bridge in Oklahoma you might just for a minute think that You've landed in just such a Twilight zone as Willow in her clown suit dive into the ice cold water after a leather clad figure. Do dive in with her and follow the slow building of friendship, a not so usual family setting and perhaps a looong way down the road .... some love and affection.

If You do want to get up close and REAL personal You probably should have a go at "Safe Word" (*) this is PWP as in "Plot what Plot" but it's written for the 2007 Valentines Day invitational on The Academy so romance is part of the equation even if it starts out as a "no strings attached" party of black clad figures hunting for fresh meat in the shadows of darkness.... Be Safe! Don't get to close to the action unless you know the Safe Word !

A few of the fic's by Kim Pritekel are no longer available at The Academy but if you want to have a look at these you can go back in time with a little help from the "The Waybackmachine" and find working links to "Collector" and "Wild" (-) be warned "Collector" is way past my comfort zone.

I'll leave you with a "Lesson" (**) another extra long fic on the theme of young love that never dies penned by Kim Pritekel and Alexa Hoffman. This is - as a number of stories by this pen - a tale of young love rekindled when girls turn into women. This time you find the story in a college setting and the women joining forces in Psyche 101.

I say You've got a lot of reading on your hands if you want to get yourself acquainted with the pen of Kim Pritekel. Do let me know if you find that one of Kim Pritekel's fic's made their way to your personal "Top 10" ... and while you read on I'll go update "Listmania" and "Top 10s" with a few stories I find missing on my lists.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Top 10s ... this time it's not mine!

 In no particular order .. the recommendations from an Anonymous guest  
  • "Passions Fool" by Kim Pritekel - step back in time to an era of castles, handmaidens, miladies, sword and armour ... and a woman passing as man to secure the safety of her family.
     
  • "The Dar and Karry stories" a long series by Melissa Goods - a contemporary storyline with a couple of lovely ladies  - so if you like them "tale and dark and blond with a pair of green eyes" this is it Xena and Gabrielle in disguise or Uber I should say. You'll be well entertained if you chose to spend some time in the Dar and Karry universe. 
  • "Denial" by Omega13 ... this story is for those of you who takes your stories long. I should let you know that it's a favourite story for quite a number of readers even if it didn't make my Top 10.  The core of the storyline is an attraction between Celeste and her brothers fiancée Amy so do prepare for a lot of angst ...  
  • "Chance" by Windstar and Zee - An alternative universe fic filled with werewolves and other para normalities - sorry not my style so I haven't checked it out for you
  • "The Fellowship" and sequel "Up In the Air" by K. Darblyne
  • "Clandestine" by Cheyne - a burned out and drunken CIA still has a chance to redeem herself even if the circumstances look bad ...
  •  "Darby" by Azurenon 
  • "Coward" by Phair -  (sci fi)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Afterlife ...

Don't worry nobody died ! Well not in RL anyway, but I do think that a part of an era in the life of online f/f fiction is coming to an end. 

You might say that it's a LHEA kind of end, one where the "girl" gets the "girl" and wander of into the sunset to live happily ever after.  And why would you say that ?
 
Well because our favourite writers of f/f romance fiction seems to have found new homes. They no longer need to peddle their crafts for free at the fanfiction sites. Today they have loads of different paying outlets to choose from. I understand why. Who wouldn't charge for the time and effort put into mixing words, laughter, love and imagination into a story of romantic love and lust. If I had the inclination, time and talent maybe I would too?

On the other hand when I first stumbled on f/f fanfiction I found the online communities to be a close knit network of writers and readers united by a common love for romance and a shared interest in the life of "women who love women". It was almost a "home away for home" to look in at The Atheneaum "What's New" or "The Royal Academy of Bards" Author Index and browse through the stories of f/f love and lust. The writers or bards shared their hard work and the readers their reading time. It was entertaining, fun and a good time all around I think. 

Some years back The Atheneaum started to slow down as in fewer and fewer new reads and after a while the updating ended. No new fic's has been added since 2013. The Academy is still updating but a lot of the news posted at The Academy tells us about new published books at the many publishing houses for lesbian fiction. You'll still find new on line f/f fiction, but you have to hunt for the new places of posting .... AO3, Fanfiction.net might be the new places to go, but - sorry - it never felt as "home" to me. 

And it seems that I'm not the only one who found that things has changed. The ladies "Tamara, Elisa and Ze" at Uber Ect has ended their many ears of service to the community of fanfiction readers. A few month back they posted their last update of links to new fic's. 

For quite a few years I was a faithful follower of their daily posts on fiction and everyday life. I for one appreciated the time and effort they put into the daily chore ! Ladies - following your lives and thoughts was like having a loved one holding your hand while venturing out on new exploits .....

So in other words we find our self in "The Afterlife" but it's not a bad place to be if you ask me. The "Good Stuff" is still available online just follow the links at The Corner pages Listmania and Top 10s. Should you find "A missing link" do let me know I might be able to scramble up an update.  

But hey I might be mistaken here. Perhaps there is still interesting places to go, great online f/f fiction to read and communities to be part of ? If you feel like sharing your favourite hunting grounds or perhaps the fic's you like the most then feel free to post a comment. As you must have gathered by now I'm not "getting out" much any more ... well I'm OUT and about but not in our shared universe of f/f fiction.

See you around The Corner ?