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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Let's strike up a conversation here....

This is called "social media" I think ? So let's be social. A few comment's has been posted suggesting that an update on fic's to read would be appreciated. True! This site is not the most lively of places some even call it a dormant site probably because it's mostly a depository of links to online f/f fic's and long forgotten thoughts on the subject.

I for one wouldn't mind a new good f/f read to dive into or a few long forgotten fic's of quality to be recovered from oblivion but I'm at a loss as to how to come by the fic's to read and share.

This site represents a fair amount of online f/f fic's read and appreciated over the years when the "good stuff" wasn't hard to come by. Quality reads used to be readily available at favourite hunting grounds such as "The Academy of Bards" and "The Athenaum" but "game" has become scarce and the hours free to do the hunting in short supply.

This is where we strike up a conversation ....

Let's start it with an inspirational speech - it's not f/f actually it's rather m/m .. but NO not in THAT way!

"Any Given Sunday"
"Now I can't make you do it. You've got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think ya going to see a guy who will go that inch with you. Your gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows when it comes down to it your gonna do the same for him. That's a team, gentlemen, and either, we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals. That's football guys, that's all it is"

If you are in a position of management this quote might be well known to you as it's not unusual for management training to include a viewing of the YouTube video of Al Pacino's inspirational speech from "Any Given Sunday".

So how does management training or football in the "All American" way equate to f/f fan fiction ... You tell me! It was after all just a thought letting Al in on the subject of motivation. Perhaps the link from motivating a team of football players to motivating the unknown visitors at this site ... YOU .... to share thoughts on quality reads is not too closely linked but who cares - the speech is still worth viewing.

So this is the time and place to start sharing Your thoughts on good fic's to read or places to hunt for f/f fic's with your fellow readers at The Corner.

But hey no pressure! Feel free to free ride as long and as much as you like. It is after all what this site is all about - sharing thoughts on "the free rides" I've had with online f/f fiction through the years.

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 ?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Update

Just a short note to let you know that I've updated the links on the pages "Top 10" and Listmania.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

In the closet or Out .... You decide whats best for YOU!

Coming OUT or staying IN ? As in telling your family and friends that you prefer the loving arms of a woman or not telling the people that matters in your life that to you love is found in the heart of another woman ? 

It is all up to you to decide how to live your life - you are after all the one to live it today, tomorrow and all the days to come. To some the thought of coming out is scary but still a road that they chose to travel. Some do it alone, some have a hand to hold when they take that first step out of the closet.

All Women who love Women have their own story to tell on the pro and cons of their closet - maybe it's a small and dark one, maybe it's shared with a few close friends or family members, maybe it's just one used for work or school and maybe it's just a place to stay for a little while getting comfortable with a new way of life. Whatever closet we are talking about it's yours to cherish or to pull down.

This is how it felt to A Lesbian Swimmer from The University of Arizona to come out to family, friends and team mates and with the www she is not just OUT of her closet in her everyday life but exposed to all the world - that must take a special kind of courage!

I hope that you will find this story as uplifting as I did!
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Going Viral... with a kiss!

Going Viral with a kiss - what a way to go!

It started not with a kiss but a hole bunch of kisses between strangers - not by chance but cleverly arranged by an American clothing company Wren promoting it's Fall '14 collection. Next the kissing of strangers went viral and if you visit Youtub you can find a number of videos on just this theme - this is the one I like the best


Produced by Project Q, a website dedicated to the lives of queer women in New York and apparently  launching this spring.