Whoosh! Issue 61 - October 2001

INSIDE THE HEAD OF ARCHAEOBARD
By Amy Murphy
Content copyright © 2001 held by author
WHOOSH! edition copyright © 2001 held by Whoosh!
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Introduction (01-03)
Archaeobard's Head (04-173)
Archaeobard's Stories
Acknowledgements
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF ARCHAEOBARD



Introduction

[01] One day while scanning the Internet for new stories, I came across a story named Nipple. I thought, ummmmmmm okayyyy. I read it and laughed my *ss off. I had to write the bard. She wrote me right back and it went on from there.

[02] I've known Archaeobard on and off for a couple years now. Our personalities clash often, but we still like one another. She thinks I'm whiney and I think she's an arrogant little s***. LOL! She is highly intelligent, great writer, and there when you need her. Usually to point out your whining and need to move on. So let us get to know Archaeobard. She also goes by the names of Diggy, AB, and her real name Katia.

[03] Archaeobards Sites:

The Dark Huntress by Katia Davis
http://members.spree.com/entertainment/katiadavis/huntress.htm

Archaeobard's Den of Antiquity
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/

TheWriteAdvice
http://www.geocities.com/twadvice

Katia's list is: TheWriteAdvice@yahoogroups.com



Archaeobard's Head

What do we do today, 
Janice?  Same thing we do every day Mel -- try to take over the world!


What else is there to do in the desert?


AMY MURPHY:
[04] Why did you start writing?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[05] I started writing stories and poems when I was 16. It was a way of me dealing with my mother's death, I suppose. I penned hundreds of poems and began to write fantasy stories. I think the first thing I wrote was a huge trilogy called The Singing Sword. I threw it out a few years ago, now I wish I hadn't. I started writing Xena fan fic basically because I was bored when I was working overseas in the United Arab Emirates in 1999. I was sharing a house with a bunch of English archaeologists and they asked me to write a sex story. So I wrote my first Janice and Mel story, Decisions, and ran from there. I had been browsing Xena fan fiction for a while and thought I could do the same, and the Brits gave me the incentive. Strange to have a PWP [Plot? What Plot?] story read out to a group of sex deprived archaeologists in the middle of a desert, though.

MURPHY:
[06] If you had to do it all over, would you be a bard? Would you write?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[07] Yes, I would write. It's a great way to express myself and I have a decent imagination, so if I have a tale in my head, I'm going to share it.

MURPHY:
[08] Give us a brief day in the life of Katia?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[09] These days? I've become domesticated. Here you go:

5:15am - wake up and snuggle with my partner for a bit before she gets up for work.
5:30am - go back to sleep
7:30am - get up, drag myself out of bed, make bed, go to the loo. See if the dog has p**d on the kitchen floor. If it has, I clean it up, if not, I do a happy dance and take the little bastard outside before it does p** on the floor. I have a fag while doing this.
7:45am - make coffee (an essential thing), have breakfast.
8am - drag myself back upstairs and check my e-mail, settle in for some web page work or writing.
9am - field a phone call from my partner to make sure I am alive and still in the country. Then I take the dog out again. Before continuing to write or html or whatever I am doing.
12pm - field another phone call . Take the dog out, make lunch.
2pm - sign off the computer and do household things like the dishes, empty the cat box, take dog out, vacuum, take the trash out, do whatever needs to be done.
3pm - meet my partner at the door and the rest of the day is none of your business .

MURPHY:
[10] How do you handle stress?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[11] I generally get stuck into something I am interested in and try and forget about what is stressing me.

MURPHY:
[12] Years from now, how would you want to be remembered?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[13] As a good person.

MURPHY:
[14] What is your pet peeve?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[15] People who whine about being in a situation when they have every opportunity to get out of it but prefer to stay there so they can whine.

MURPHY:
[16] Who is Katia?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[17] Katia is an honest, open, upfront kinda gal with a degree in Classical and Near Eastern archaeology who is currently going through a life/career change in order to be with her partner.

MURPHY:
[18] What is the most sensitive part on your body?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[19] LOL [laugh out loud], that's a leading question, depends what mood I'm in. I'd have to say my nipples.

MURPHY:
[20] What do you see yourself doing in the future? Future projects?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[21] Well, I'd like to see myself settled. I'm trying to get enrolled in a teaching diploma in ancient history. So, I might end up being a teacher, which is what I was going to be before I switched to archaeology 8 years ago. But as long as I am comfortable, I'm happy.

MURPHY:
[22] How do you handle depression?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[23] I try to hang out with my friends and talk to people about what is depressing me.

MURPHY:
[24] What advice can you give to future writers?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[25] Always enjoy what you write, if you go blank, don't worry, it'll come back.

MURPHY:
[26] How did it feel to be published?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[27] Ah, does that include academic publications? I've got a couple of academic journal articles on my archaeology work, a chapter in a French research publication somewhere and my picture and a write up in a high school text book on archaeology. It feels the same. It's nice to get your name in print, but I don't think it changed me. It's just a formality of research and writing.

MURPHY:
[28] What has the show Xena meant to you?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[29] The show? Not a great deal. I enjoyed watching it. But as a concept, it helped me meet some wonderful people, some of whom I have loved, some of whom I love, and some of whom I don't get on very well with. Being associated with those people helped me become the person I am today.

MURPHY:
[30] How do you feel about its end?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[31] It doesn't bother me, because the friendships I have made through the Xenaverse will hopefully last a lifetime, and after all, they are the things that truly matter, not a TV show.

MURPHY:
[32] What are your dreams? Hopes? Wishes?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[33] Anything is possible. You don't need to dream and hope and wish if you believe strongly enough in yourself and those around you.

MURPHY:
[34] Who do you trust?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[35] I trust anyone until they give me reason to do otherwise.

MURPHY:
[36] What would you say every writer needs?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[37] Something to write on and something to write with.

MURPHY:
[38] Do you believe in prayer?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[39] Now there is a question. I believe in positive thinking and karma. Everything always happens for a reason, even the bad things. As long as you are a good person, that will come back to you, regardless of prayer. But I have had a couple of experiences I suppose. My grandfather was an Anglican minister. People said his prayer worked.

MURPHY:
[40] How do you feel about subtext?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[41] Well, I have no problem with an underlying theme in a story. However a lot of bards have used subtext as blatant maintext (I am also guilty of this), and in a way, the concept of the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle loses something in some crass representations.

MURPHY:
[42] What makes your best friend your best friend?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[43] The fact that I love them, feel comfortable with them, don't worry about silences between us, can talk to them about anything, and that we are there for each other.

MURPHY:
[44] Could you or have you ever experienced, you or someone else reading one of your stories aloud in the public? What did / would you feel?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[45] Yes, the first Janice and Mel PWP story I wrote. I knew it was going to be read aloud when I wrote it, so I had no problem with it. Although it was funny to hear it read by a woman who sounded like Ringo doing Thomas the Tank Engine.

MURPHY:
[46] What's the most romantic thing anyone has done for you?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[47] Taken a chance on me and thrown everything to the four winds.

MURPHY:
[48] What theme would you like to tackle in your next work?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[49] Well, I'm going to write a cross over between Janice and Mel and Cabaret, it should be interesting.

MURPHY:
[50] What was the last thing that made you smile recently?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[51] My partner.

MURPHY:
[52] What made you angry?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[53] The b*st*rd black faced dog chewing on my shoe trying to recover his plastic squeaky ball!

MURPHY:
[54] You now have absolute authority over the world. Omnipotent in all areas. What's your first move?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[55] I give it all back.

MURPHY:
[56] Do you have stalkers? If so, how have you handled them?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[57] Ah, not really. I was once sent a few bottles of rum from a fan in Puerto Rico, does that count?

MURPHY:
[58] How would you categorize your best writing, and give the URL's for them if posted?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[59] Well, I think the best thing I have penned to date is The Dark Huntress novel I am working on. It's a fantasy novel set in Ireland. The URL is: http://members.spree.com/entertainment/katiadavis/huntress.htm

MURPHY:
[60] What stupid thing did you do as a teen?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[61] I couldn't afford to do stupid things as I was looking after a terminally ill mother and then I left home at 17 to go to university, so I guess I grew up quickly.

MURPHY:
[62] What, if anything, can stop you writing, if only for a while?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[63] Stress can stop me, but I try and work through it.

MURPHY:
[64] In your opinion, do you fit your astrological sign?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[65] Oh yes, I'm an Aries all the way.

MURPHY:
[66] What to you is the worst feeling in the world?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[67] Helplessness...seeing something wrong either in your own life or someone else's and not being able to do a d*mn thing about it.

MURPHY:
[68] The best feeling in the world?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[69] Love.

MURPHY:
[70] Favorite song of the moment?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[71] "My Happiness" by Powderfinger.

MURPHY:
[72] What is the first thing you think of in the morning?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[73] Kissing my partner.

MURPHY:
[74] Is there one part of the writing process where you usually get stuck? What have you tried to change that, successful or not?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[75] I generally don't get stuck, but sometimes I lose a voice. When that happens, I wait for it to come back and move on to something else. I can't write if I'm not being spoken to.

MURPHY:
[76] Does the best writing flow for you, or does it come from rewrites?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[77] It flows, like I am the instrument simply writing down the words.

MURPHY:
[78] Which part of writing do you enjoy most and why? (e.g., Taking the original notes, final rewrites...)

ARCHAEOBARD:
[79] Getting an idea and watching it take shape on the page.

MURPHY:
[80] How often do you think about a piece when you're working on it and when do you think about it?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[81] I try not to think, just let it happen. I might go off somewhere and empty my mind, then something usually comes to me.

MURPHY:
[82] When someone walks into your bedroom, what are the first five things that they're likely to notice?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[83] There isn't much in my bedroom, I just sleep there.

1) A lump of a cat buried under the bedclothes.
2) the washing basket with clothes hanging out the sides
3) a few books on the night stand
4) perhaps a pair of dirty knickers in the corner (not always mine)
5) a dog toy lying on the floor waiting to cause pain to a bare foot

MURPHY:
[84] Do you feel in control of your writing, or do you get carried away by your inspiration or characters?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[85] I let my characters write for me, but I keep them on a leash unless I have nothing to do for say 48 hours.

MURPHY:
[86] If you consider yourself to have a muse, what exactly do you mean?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[87] Yes, I have a muse. It's simply the voice that inspires me to write at any given time and allows my work to flow from me.

MURPHY:
[88] Tell the truth--are you your favorite writer, or in your own top five? Why or why not?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[89] No, I'm not my favorite writer or in the top five. I don't write for favoritism, I write because I enjoy it and hope others do too.

MURPHY:
[90] Would the world be a better place if women ran it or would it be basically the same?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[91] I think some women tend to think more clearly and with a different focus. So maybe, but that does not discount the fact that some men think the same way too. I'd need a comparison to make a legitimate decision.

MURPHY:
[92] What is your favorite spot where you live now?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[93] Well, considering I've only been living in Idaho for a month, I haven't seen a lot of it, but the hills are nice.

MURPHY:
[94] What books are you reading now? What about it/them is holding your attention?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[95] I'm reading a biography on John Wayne Gacy and a book about the Ebola virus. I suppose I've always been interested in true crime and virology, so the basic subject matter is keeping me interested.

MURPHY:
[96] What would your friends say is your worst trait?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[97] Procrastination.

MURPHY:
[98] Do you type with your fingers on the right keys?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[99] My left hand, yeah. The fingers of my right hand sit over the 'k' instead of the 'j', so consequently I am always making typos on the right side of the keyboard, my most obvious is using a ';' instead of a '''.

MURPHY:
[100] What is the longest any plant in your home has been with you?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[101] If it's up to me, they'd be dead within a week, but I once had a cactus for six months.

MURPHY:
[102] Do you have any particular bedtime rituals (glass of warm milk, etc.) that you follow every night?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[103] I clean my teeth.

MURPHY:
[104] If you find a spider in the bathtub, do you help it out or squish it?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[105] I help it out muttering, "Oh, you cute little thing, there you go, out the window."

MURPHY:
[106] What was the last thing you bought that you really didn't need?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[107] A beer.

MURPHY:
[108] Have you ever smoked cigarettes--explain

ARCHAEOBARD:
[109] Yeah, I am a smoker. I started when I was about 21. I put it down to stress associated with my Honors degree, and I haven't stopped since although I have tried several times.

MURPHY:
[110] Who is your favorite Greek God?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[111] Dionysus, the god of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

MURPHY:
[112] Why do fools fall in love?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[113] I don't think fools fall in love, primarily because I don't consider myself a fool.

MURPHY:
[114] Do you keep a diary and if so what do you call it? If so, what effect has it had on your writing?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[115] I never kept a diary. I did keep a journal of poems, and I think it helped me express myself (although you wouldn't know from these answers).

MURPHY:
[116] How has online writing affected your life and how you see yourself, your goals?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[117] H*ll. On-line writing sure affected my life, mostly to do with the genre I write. I accepted the truth about my sexuality, fell in love twice, became more confident in myself and the way I deal with other people. I moved countries, am changing careers, have a better relationship with my family, numerous things. My goals? Well, they changed. A little over a year ago I was on the path to being a full time academic with a post-doctoral fellowship in archaeology at some university. How boring, but it would have allowed me to stay in a safe world of denial where I let my work be more important than my personal happiness. Now, I've given denial a kick in the b*tt, am in a solid relationship, and am willing to do whatever it takes to be with the woman I love most in the world. I know, I'm a sap.

MURPHY:
[118] What skill would you like to have that you don't have now?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[119] I'm quite happy with the skills I have, although I should have paid more attention in piano classes.

MURPHY:
[120] Who is your real life hero and why?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[121] I don't have a 'hero'. There are people I admire for their strengths and determination in the face of terrible things though.

MURPHY:
[122] What fan fiction story touched you so much that you still remember it vividly?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[123] I don't think I've come across one.

MURPHY:
[124] If you could only choose a single climate with no variation, would you prefer it to be sweltering hot or freezing cold?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[125] Depends if humidity comes with the sweltering hot. If it's a dry heat, I'd prefer that. Otherwise, I'd prefer freezing cold. One can always get warm.

MURPHY:
[126] What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[127] Whether they hold my eyes or drop their gaze immediately.

MURPHY:
[128] Have you ever done something that accidentally caused something bad to happen to someone?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[129] Physically or emotionally? If it's the latter, unfortunately I have to say yes, but the situation resolved itself to a happy end.

MURPHY:
[130] How is $25 well spent?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[131] It's well spent on anything as long as the spending of it does not hamper your financial situation and you enjoy it.

MURPHY:
[132] Would you rather live in a sociable suburb, or alone in the deep woods?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[133] Depends on my mood. I'm a people person, but I also like some solitude.

MURPHY:
[134] What literary character did you most identify with as a child?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[135] Hmm...once I read a novel by Ruth Park called Playing Beatie Bow. It was a children's novel, based around a young girl who accidentally traveled back in time to 1873 in Sydney to an area called The Rocks. That's the first settled area along Sydney Harbor. A poor family took her care of until she could go back to her own time. I developed an attachment to the young character of Beatie, who was a girl who had suffered from the plague (I think). I remember I once went down to The Rocks as a kid and walked through the old streets imagining that I was stepping in the footsteps of Beatie.

MURPHY:
[136] What is the source of your inspiration?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[137] Anything really. I can be inspired by staring at the sky or sitting on the loo.

MURPHY:
[138] Where do your ideas come from?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[139] Anywhere, they'll just turn up, but I do have a lot of historical influence in my thoughts.

MURPHY:
[140] What do you find most satisfying about your job?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[141] What job? I just abandoned it. But, if we were talking about archaeology, it was gathering detailed information in order to form a constructive opinion of the past based on the evidence at hand.

MURPHY:
[142] What are the three things you enjoy most about writing?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[143] Writing, writing, and writing. No, seriously, I don't have three things. I enjoy the entire process.

MURPHY:
[144] What were your favorite book, TV show, and movie when you were a teenager and what do you think of them now?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[145] To tell you the truth, my favorite books were anything to do with World War II or history, and I didn't watch much TV. My favorite show would have been Dr. Who (although we're not talking strictly teen here). The Daleks used to scare me to death as a kid, until I watched a couple of episodes when I was 25 with my stepmother for fun and laughed myself stupid at the special effects. I never really watched movies as my town didn't have a cinema and I had to look after my mother, but I do remember watching The Great Escape several times on video.

MURPHY:
[146] What's your idea of a perfect world?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[147] How boring would a perfect world be? It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to work with as little pain as possible.

MURPHY:
[148] How real is your fiction to you?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[149] People say I write Janice as myself. In a way that is true, I give her similar character traits to my own. So, with that character, it's relatively real. But the rest is as real as my imagination can make it. If I can see it, hear it, smell it, taste it, feel it, it works well as a piece of fiction.

MURPHY:
[150] What Disney character do you most identify with and why?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[151] I did a net thing on that once. The answer came up as Tweety, but I can't figure out why.

MURPHY:
[152] Who do you read for inspiration?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[153] I'll generally browse an historical atlas or books on various historical times periods or myth.

MURPHY:
[154] What's your favorite website?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[155] I don't think I have one that I would call a favorite. There are those I use regularly, like a time zone converter. These days I tend to use the web as an information tool rather than a spot to entertain myself.

MURPHY:
[156] When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[157] A forensic scientist or an archaeologist.

MURPHY:
[158] What are the limits in sacrifices for true love?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[159] There are none.

MURPHY:
[160] If you could interview your favorite author, what questions would you ask? And, why?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[161] I wouldn't ask questions. I'd just have a beer and a game of pool with them and see what came up in conversation.

MURPHY:
[162] What makes a great kisser?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[163] It's easier to ask what makes a bad kisser, but I would say someone who knows how to use their lips, how much tongue to use, and when to use it.

MURPHY:
[164] What have you learned from your animals?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[165] That if I was more flexible I could lick my *ss, or if I had balls, I could lick those too.

MURPHY:
[166] Does our society glorify violence to the point we have become desensitized to it and the consequences?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[167] I don't know whether 'glorify' is the right word. But I think our society has had an over exposure to violence and that causes us to turn a blind eye in some instances. When flicking through news channels these days, how many people take no notice of a violent report or think nothing of it, dismissing it with, "Gee, someone else is dead." I know I am guilty of flicking over to another channel without thinking of the report or its consequences. I'm sure many others are too.

MURPHY:
[168] What is your motto?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[169] It's simple, be true to yourself.

MURPHY:
[170] What do you think we take too seriously as writers?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[171] Themselves. I think a lot of people allow the fact that they write and have been published to get to their heads. Most writers have a lot of ego. I'm guilty of feeling mine bristle sometimes, but it shouldn't be used as an excuse to be an egomaniac.

MURPHY:
[172] What questions should I have asked?

ARCHAEOBARD:
[173] If you had asked any more you'd have known more about me than I do!



Archaeobard 's Stories

Xena and Gabrielle Stories:

The Nipple Series
This series is focussed on one word...nipple, and the trials and tribulations of a Warrior Princess when Gabrielle starts discussing this particular protuberance in the literary sense, or should that be literal...

Nipple I
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/n/nipple.html

Nipple II - The Re-erection
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/n/nipple2.html

Nipple III - Twin Peaks
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/n/nipple3.html

Nipple IV - Therein Lies the Nub
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/n/nipple4.html

Nipple V - The Second Coming
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/n/nipple5.html

Classic Xena and Gabrielle:

To Feel
Taken from either the perspective of Xena or Gabrielle, the emotion and love that passes between them is expressed.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/tofeel.htm

Warrior's Legacy - Part One
Xena vows never to fight again after the death of Gabrielle, and she struggles to raise a young Eve. Yet all is not as it seems as an evil warlord threatens the safety of Xena's family.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/warrior.htm

I Returned to Potidaea
Xena returns to Poteidaia to find a deathly ill bard.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/i/ireturned.html

Gabrielle and the Phallus of Apollo
What happens when an Oracle has a phallus to bestow on an unsuspecting Gabrielle?
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/g/gabrielleandphallus.html

I Can't Tell You I Love You
My take on the 'I can't tell you I love you because I'm so scared' plot...Xena is well ahead of the bard in this one.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/i/icanttellyou.html

Just Feel
Gabrielle tries to deal with her feelings for Xena.
http://www.crosswinds.net/~archaeobard/justfeel.htm

Feel...What?
And vice versa, Xena tries to deal with her feelings for Gabrielle.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/f/feelwhat.html

Mole
Um...Xena has a mole in a very interesting position.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/m/mole.html

A Thousand Smiles
Gabrielle is suddenly struck by the shopping bug, only thing is, she's shopping for lipstick.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/t/thousand_smiles.html

Sometimes, You Really Bug Me
One word...NITS!
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/s/sometimes_you_bug.html

The Cess Pit
The bard accidentally loses something very important of Xena's down the cess pit, unfortunately we never really know what it is.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/c/cess_pit.html

Occurrences
This is actually a rewrite of Muffy (which is not posted here because I am too ashamed of it so just forget it ever existed, ok?), keeping the first few lines. Hey, I came up with a better idea, sue me. Basically, Xena and Gabrielle find some strange trouble in a tavern where arrows thud into the table top at regular intervals and crusty old men become annoying.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/occur.html

Janice and Mel Stories:

The Bodice Ripper Series:
This is an unfinished series written in the style of Harlequin/Mills and Boon. Please don't ask me why I started writing like this, it probably indicates some form of mental problem, but there you have it. Janice and Mel have to deal with bigoted families, jealous suitors, Nazis, and plain old bad luck.

Rising
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/r/rising-archaeo.html

Falling
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/f/falling.html

A Curse On Both Your Houses
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/a/acurseonboth.html

Our Love, Our Hope, Our Sorrow
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/o/ourloveourhope.html

When Women Love...
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/w/whenwomenlove.html

Other Janice and Mel Stories:

A Sex Scene
Janice returns home to find Mel curled in a sultry state in front of the fire...needless to say, passion ensues.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/scene.htm

And The Walls Came Down
A rather angsty story, Janice has to deal with Mel turning up at the university where she is teaching many months after they have split.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/walls.htm

Decisions
This is the first fan fiction story I ever wrote, it's a vaguely disguised PWP story, but let's just say the girls have fun after Janice turns up destitute on Mel's doorstep.
http://www.crosswinds.net/~archaeobard/decision.htm

The Scroll
There is some slight confusion of the subtext in one of Gabrielle's scrolls...Mel can see it, but Janice is oblivious.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/s/scroll.html

The Sword of Hephaestus
Not blowing my own horn but I actually like this story. Janice and Mel discover a sword on an archaeological excavation that has the power to kill the evil Callisto...unfortunately for them, she's back, as an SS officer by the name of Ursula Gross, and she's not happy.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/s/swordof.html

The Spear of Penthesilea
This story was based on a black figure ware pot by Exekias that's in the British Museum. It depicts Achilles killing Amazon, Penthesilea. Our two glorious heroines rediscover the spear head in the tomb of Xena and all sorts of h*ll breaks loose.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/s/spear.html

The Treasury of Magan Part One
This is an unfinished story and it follows on from Spear. Janice and Mel escape the war by digging in the Oman Peninsula.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/t/treasuryofmagan1.html

The Treasury of Magan Part Two
Janice and Indy travel to the Peninsula whilst Mel and Karl deal with a decidedly Nazi problem.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/tom2.html

Should I Stay, Or Should I Go?
This is a thoughtful piece focussing on Janice working through her feelings for Mel, with interesting results.
\htt p://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/s/should_i_stay.html

Do You?
Another story where Janice deals with her emotions. It's followed by You Do?
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/d/doyou.html

You Do?
In this story, Janice gets the answer to the question she's been asking.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/y/youdo.html

Other Uber Stories:

The Dark Huntress
In a time long ago, when the Tuatha de Danann ruled Erin, a threat rose from across the sea. The Sons of Mil sought vengeance for the death of Ith, and invaded, ravaging the land and creating much slaughter. Many of the de Danann fled in the wake of this terror. Yet, one woman stayed; a human. She was called Dorche Giomanach, The Dark Huntress. Together with the fae woman, Isolde, the Huntress battles against the mounting foe in a desperate attempt to bring peace once more to the land of Erin.
http://members.spree.com/entertainment/katiadavis/huntress.htm

Breathe
This is a dark psychological thriller and the first real uber or vaguely original piece of work I've written in a long time if you don't count Huntress.
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/breathe.htm

Worlds Apart - Book One: Below
A collaboration with Verrath. What happens in a post apocalytic time when a palaeontologist discovers the frozen remains of a long-dead human creature?
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/belowone.html

Poetic Filk:

The Bard and the Warrior,
based on Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat
http://www.geocities.com/archaeobard/Stories/bardandwarrior.htm< /a>

Only This and Nothing More,
based on Poe's The Raven
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/o/onlythis.html

The Soul That Love Forgot,
based on Tennyson's Lady of Shalott -
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/s/soulthatloveforgot.html



Acknowledgments

Thanks to the Bardic Circle for a few of the questions.
http://www.geocities.com/thebardiccircle/.

Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.



Articles

L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy]. One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. Whoosh #49 (October 2000)
http://whoosh.org/issue49/maas1.html



Biography

Amy Murphy Amy Murphy

Twenty-nine-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she's read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing FF, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.
Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (24/124)
Favorite line: Xena: "I Have Many Skills" Various episodes
First episode seen: TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)




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