Whoosh! Issue 48 - September 2000
Letters to the Editor

The 2nd All Fan Fiction Issue

From: Trisha Von Doss
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000
Subject: Letter to the Editor

I greatly appreciated your recent Second Fan Fiction Edition of Whoosh! I found it interesting and insightful, as well as informative.

Since I first *discovered* Fan Fiction on the WWW, I have been amazed at the creativity, diversity, and volume of stories available. I have been equally as impressed with the generosity of Fan Fiction writers on the whole, as well as that of the many Web Site hosts who support their (our) efforts.

I only recently began my own foray into the world of writing Xena Fan Fiction. I can now say with sincere conviction, that the goodwill of the Xenaverse is nowhere more evident than amongst the readers, authors, and Web Site Hosts of Xena Fan Fiction. I have been overwhelmed by the gracious and giving nature of the people I have met via this endeavor: Readers and other Bards sending complimentary and encouraging words and constructive feedback...assisting with proof and Beta reading. Web Site Hosts who are not only happy to post our efforts, but the many revisions sent to them as well.

The common threads throughout the stories, be they Traditional, Alternative, Uber, or other, are those themes that are truest to the best of the Xena cannon ... the purities ... love, hope, faith, courage ... and a belief in the greater good. How appropriate that the Fan Fiction community consistently behaves in such a manor as to reflect these same tenets.

Surely much of this goodwill originated with the fans themselves ... many of we who have been drawn to the series tend toward altruism. But, historically, I also believe that Steven Sears had a great deal to do with setting the tone for such interactions early on, via his open and honest interactions with fans.

Sir Sears gave *back* to fans from the beginning, generously and consistently, despite the fact that, in doing so, he often left himself more open to criticism from the flame throwing faction of fandom. Additionally, he encouraged fan fiction through his participation in pertinent discussions at conventions, his willingness to interact with aspiring writers on line, and through his serious considerations and comments on the value of fan fiction in allowing fans to *resolve*, in their own way, the often unresolved story line issues from the series.

So too, have Mr. Tapert and Mr. Stewart contributed generously to the realm of Fan Fiction. Critics and cynics endlessly declare the actions of TPTB at Xena as motivated only by need and greed. I would point out that the first two seasons of XWP were the most highly rated and successful of the series ... and that the members of fandom who had computer access, let alone interactive access, were significantly fewer than they are today. In terms of advertising, computers were hardly the medium of choice at that time, and in actuality, what little advertising they may have provided probably had little to do with the success of the show in those first two years. Still, they generously allowed fans to infringe on their copyright of the characters and stories without repercussions.

Ultimately that generosity has resulted in the development of some incredibly talented writers, many of whom cut their teeth on fan fiction and have since had their original work published to "hard copy". One of the most popular and well loved of these fan fiction writers is Melissa Good. Surely the greatest nod of respect to both fan fiction writers and fandom at large, was the decision by TPTB to break their own rules and hire Ms. Good to write for them in Season 6.

Melissa, like Steven Sears before her, has always demonstrated an open and generous nature. Her charm, talent, and integrity are palpable not only in her writing but in her interactions with fans. The themes and messages of her stories reflect an innate and intimate awareness of the principals of the purities originally set forth by TPTB ... love, faith, courage, and hope. Qualities perpetuated by the citizens of the Xenaverse, the Fan Fiction segment in particular ... encouraged by example. How stunningly appropriate that Ms. Good's first ever episode is titled, "Legacy."

Sincerely yours,
Trisha Von Doss AKA Xenamour

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000
From: Vanessa Hoy
Subject: Whoosh Issue 46 Feedback...

Whoosh Generally

First off, I really rate Whoosh! Its one of just a couple of sites I visit most days (along with MaryD's AXIP, and Merwolf's Cave - obviously).

The Episode Guide is a wonderful resource for Xena starved foreigners like me. Beth Gaynor's commentries, in particular, are great. Her take on the show is similar to mine, I think (she doesn't take it all _too_ seriously) and some of her observations are just hilarious. And the volume of factual information you have about each episode is just amazing - second to none!

I also really enjoy reading Bret Rudnick's (and other) interviews in the back issues and one or two of the other more factual and lighthearted articles.

Although, I must confess I find some of the more scholarly stuff a bit difficult.

2nd All Fan Fiction Issue

Okay, I like fanfic. I read lots of the stuff. So this was an interesting issue of Whoosh for me. I read pretty much all of the articles (which is unusual) but a couple really stood out from the rest:

Predictably, I enjoyed Lunacy's article on Missy's work. Her comments on the older stories made me want to go back and read them all over again. Which of course I am (just about to start re-reading Home Is Where the Heart Is...)

I was also impressed by Rooks' article about what its like to be a man in a womans world. I've always been a little bit wary of 'boy bards' but what he said convinced me he was on the right track and after reading the article I went off and read some of his work. Its good stuff. I'm a convert.

I also loved the Xena Conqueror spoof "Armageddon Tired of Conquering" by Joanna Sandsmark. Brilliant stuff.

Okay, thats about all I wanted to say but I do have a question for you...

At the beginning of the Season 4 episode The Play's The Thing (I know, its not the best but bear with me) X and G discuss the lost scroll thus (according to your transcript):

G: "It's no use. I can't get it out of my mind, even with yoga."

X: "Well, ya can't say thatcha didn't try. And ya can't say that _I_ didn't try."

G: "I appreciate that. But, Xena-- it was one of my favorite scrolls-- a new one-- charting our history through the prism of time-- it was-- "

G and X: "-- a more intimate-- "

X: "-- examination of our relationship and on and on. You've been talking about it ever since we left Paraeus."

G: "I can't recreate the beauty-- the essence."

X: "Then, Gabrielle, go back for it."

Now it struck me when I heard that the first time that they were making an oblique reference to Whoosh. I mean, "...charting [their] history through the prism of time...a more intimate examination of [their] relationship..." sure sounds like a plausible Whoosh Research Project to me! And given the number of in-jokes and references found elsewhere in that episode, its got to be a possibility. So, I'm wondering...has anyone else pointed it out to you (I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere)? And do you know for sure if it is or not?

This enquiring mind wants to know. Thanks for listening.

Best wishes,
Vanessa Hoy aka Sniffer

From: Bo
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000
Subject: Letter To The Editor

I wanted to let you know how interesting I found your second fan fiction edition and that it caused quite a lot of discussion over on the newsgroup alt.tv.xena. I also wanted to share some feelings I've had on the subject.

I first started watching Xena Warrior Princess in its first season, but it wasn't until the end of Season Four that I found an online community. It was about the same time that my partner found fan fiction and shared her findings with me. I can't say that I'm an expert on the subject, primarily because I don't have the patience to sit at the computer as long as it takes to finish reading a story. But I've found many which have interested me in traditional Xena/Gabrielle genre (Missy Good comes to mind) but even more in the "alt" and "uber" genres. In many ways I prefer the uber genre because of the freedom and creativity which the genre seems to lend authors; Vivian Darkbloom's works and the Exposure series stand at the forefront of my mind. But I've also noticed an interesting trend, which I hope continues.

The advent of the Conqueror stories provided readers with a Xena who wasn't the Xena they were accustomed to, let alone one who exists in the XWP canon (Xena the Conqueror existed in the parallel universe offered in the Hercules episodes Armageddon Now). This Xena is much harder and bitter, with more burdens to bear and often without apology. This Xena also tied in nicely with the "kink" erotic genre which surmised her involvement in BDSM. And so we are offered stories like Dark Angel's "Thrall" and "Chattel", interesting. if not difficult reads, for some. Recently, you can even see threads of this "kink", bondage and domination, as well as some light sado-masochism, weaving their ways into the most traditional and popular of series including Ms. Good's X & G stories and recent episodes of Exposure.

So what would result if Xena the Conquerer showed up in the uber genre? Or perhaps she already has? A few months ago, I announced to the alt.tv.xena, alt.tv.xena-subtext, and alt.tv.xena-subtext miscellaneous newsgroups the availability of Morrig's second Sacrament, Penitencia. I called it an uber Conqueror story. Those who have read the Sacrament series seem to agree and on at least one review site, it is categorized as such (the only one that is). Morrig may be the first Xena fanfic author to have her titles officially named uber Conqueror, but the roots of it may be found in other, darker stories. Penumbra's "The Kink and How You Work It", "The Speed of the Beat of My Heart" a work in progress by Michal Salat and Joan Muscolo, and even S. Bowers' "Lucifer Rising" come to mind as examples of what planted the seeds of the uber Conqueror. The uber Xena in these stories is tough and dark, but finds salvation in the uber Gabrielle =E2=80=A6 sometimes. That makes them different from Morrig's stories because her uber Xena, Magali, is bad, very bad, and without apology. My theory is that the uber Conqueror genre will grow and be the next evolution of fan fiction.

Look, in all honesty, fan fiction has been a blessing and a curse to fans. There are some really talented and creative writers out there, but there is also an influx of people who now "think" they can write. Instead of offering something new and interesting, they simply re-hash what has already been done. Unfortunately, because of the discomfort level of many of the stories that will be uber Conqueror, these stories, like the darker BDSM-themed stories won't receive the accolades of their more accessible counterparts (Amazon Ice Awards, Swollen Bud Awards, etc.). I tip my hat to MaryD and her Xippy Awards because she has bestowed these awards to "kink" stories she has admitted make her uncomfortable. Yes, I am biased, after all, I share a life with Morrig, but though I don't particularly always enjoy her subject matter, I can appreciate the talent of her writing. I hope that as the uber Conqueror genre takes hold in the Xenaverse, other readers will choose to be adventurous and try something new. And I encourage them to embrace the differences in the stories and acknowledge a writer's talent regardless of whether or not they feel comfortable with the action of the story.


August Editorial

From: Julie Nelson Hill
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000
Subject: Re: your comments on Whoosh!

You don't know me, but I read your comments on the Whoosh editorial page and wanted to just let you know my dad also didn't live to see the 50th Anny of Korean War. He didn't even live to see the War Memorial set up at The Mall in D.C., but I know he knows "Freedom Is Not Free"...cuz he told me so in one of our last conversations over 7 years ago.

Anyhow, just wanted you to know I read your comments and was touched by what you said about your dad and his involvement in the Korean "Conflict".

Julie Nelson Hill

Gabwhackers: A Comparison

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000
From: Jim Yuen
Subject: re: GabWhackers and Merkins

What a laugh! If it wasn't so hilarous, it would be embarrasing.

Two thoughtful gents from Great Britain pointed out to me that the term "merkin" in the June 2000 Whoosh article, "GabWhackers: A Comparison" can signify not only a mop for swabbing cannons, but also a pubic hair wig.

Without further comment and with their permission, I quote :

In June, Jasper Hedger wrote:
" Secondly, Merkin. Well my dictionary, Chambers 20thC, defines it as a, "Hairpiece for the pubic area." It does not explain why Gabrielle would want one on the end of her staff, though I liked your idea of telling which end is up."
In July, Andrew .L.Shaughnessy wrote:
"I really enjoyed your "Gabwhackers" article, but an entry in last weeks "TV & Satellite News" here in the UK cracked me up. One documentary included an interview with a maker of merkins, or PUBIC wigs! Suddenly the thought of Gabrielle in possession of a fuzzy merkin was too much to bear. Oh well, we English are easily amused..."
Maybe that's the *real* reason Gabrielle tossed her staff away in "The Way".

With a bit of humor and aloha,
Jim Yuen

Antony and Cleopatra

From: L Jones
Subject: Antony and Cleopatra
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000

I just watched this episode on UK TV - having seen a video of the US version - and it struck me again why I love watching this show (having suffered thru Fishsticks and Lifeblood). And it's better on a third viewing.

I thought the guy who played Antony was cute - reminded me a little of a young Sean Connery around the eyes and mouth. But how come he was the ONLY Roman wearing trousers? And bright blue ones at that? Did he have puny legs? Another case of 'Nice face, shame about the legs' do you think?


Pasadena 2001 Convention

From: Jack McClure
Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000
Subject: Letter to the Editor

I am Aghast At the Timing of The 2001 Pasadena Con!

WHY of All Weekends did the Creation Creeps choose the First Saturday in May? The Most Important Weekend in the Entire Year!

This is DERBY DAY G'd*mm*t, and the whole world is focused on Churchill Downs in Louisville, and that is where LL and Rob and ROC and Steve should be, showing the New Zeland flag.

Heck, If Creation couldn't get them a box (which is about as easy as getting an invitation to tea with the Queen), they should have called me!

D*mm*t I think I still can - all they have to do is just reschedule Pasadena, Simple what?

Jack McClure,

Fifth Season Survivor

Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000
From: Susan M. Schulz
Subject: Letter to the Editor

I am a loyal reader of Whoosh, a "never-for-profit" fan fiction writer, a big fan of "Xena:Warrior Princess", and ultimately, a LONG TIME fan of Renaissance Pictures productions, beginning with a drive-in theatre viewing of "Evil Dead" back in the early 80's. Since then, I've been there for the Renaissance gang for most everything (there's not a Sam Raimi or Bruce Campbell production I haven't seen!), including stuff done by those on the fringe of Renaissance, like Josh Becker. I ultimately watched Xena because I was Renaissance fan, and mostly then because I was a "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" fan and had seen the character of Xena there and was intrigued. She was new and different, bold yet feminine, and the female television role model I had longed for in my youth.

For four seasons, through storyline highs and lows, I stuck with the show because I loved the characters as much as any Xenite out there, and watched both Herc and Xena faithfully so that I knew the storylines of BOTH shows (and YES, I caught ALL the "Evil Dead" references, thank you!). In this past season, however, I have been terribly disappointed and dismayed with the administrative decisions occurring within Renaissance, and particularly to Xena as a show in particular.

It all began toward the end of Season Four. No sooner do we gain joy from the impending birth of the Taperts' baby, Kevin Sorbo bails out on his contract and effectively ends the show halfway into the sixth season. The show ended well thankfully, but I, and many others, still miss it for it's well-choreographed action, fun and morals.

Then, word comes about that a fan fiction writer of questionable (and in this writer's opinion, potentially plaigaristic) talents is being hired first to consult on, then to actually write, episodes for the sixth season - a writer who has been quite honest and vocal about the fact that she hasn't watched the show since the Rift Saga of the third season. As a longtime fan of Xena who not only stuck it out through the Rift Saga, but also waded through the India mess altogether, I must ask: How dare she assume, and presume, to write episodes for those of us who have waited for next week's episode with baited breath, while she hasn't a clue what happened last week!?

Next, the show goes on a strange forward time tangent that not only sees the death of stock character and comic relief Joxer, but perhaps of the very show as we once knew it, since the rumors suggest that there may be no plans to return to the regular timeline before the show comes to a halt.

Now, throw in the VERY QUESTIONABLE firing of Josh Becker, a long time associate who has faithfully directed every show of Hercules and Xena thrown his way, not to mention his work above and beyond the call of duty on numerous Renaissance productions prior to those shows!

THEN, top it off with the EXTREMELY LAMENTABLE loss of Chris Manheim, and I would say we've just about got a recipe for a disastrous sixth season of Xena, and it is going to kill me to see this glorious, wonderful, and empowering show die a whimpering death after battling so boldly for so long!

With new directors who do not know the show, and dubious writers who haven't a clue who and what they're writing about, Xena will sadly go the way of the original Star Trek in its final season, when executive power was wrestled from the hands of its founder and prime visionary, Gene Roddenberry, and given over to producers and writers who had no idea what show they were working for. Ask any Trekker out there, and they will tell you how sad and continuity-violating some of those last season shows are, and then ask them how easily these episodes are often dismissed from within the realm of the Star Trek Universe fan base (a very STRONG cult fan base, I might add)?

The sixth season of Xena seems inevitably doomed to suffer from this same lack of familiar faces and names, and sadly, Robert Tapert is STILL in control of his own vision!! The creator himself appears to be destroying his own creation by pulling it apart limb by limb, and I am sad to be seeing it happen after almost twenty years of devotion to Tapert, Raimi, Campbell, Becker, and numerous others who used to be, and still are, in the Renaissance Camp.

As a fan, I am sorely disappointed at these turns of event, as I know many others are, and like them, I know not what else I may do but complain to the Xenaverse itself, and commiserate with those others like myself who see the tarnish building on the once-impeccable sword of the Warrior Princess and long for the "good ol' days" of Xena and Gabrielle..

Sincerely yours,
Susan M. Schulz
aka Scribe, the Lady Outlaw

XWP and Xena Fiction

From: Trish Shields
Subject: XWP and Xena Fiction
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000

Why is XWP so popular? There is a real draw to see yourself in something that looks so good, so right, so...normal. If Xena were a guy, they'd be the perfect couple in society. They'd rival Beauty and the Beast, IMO...because although Vincent was truly a being tortured by the rage within, he was too different and thereby too hard to identify with.

Xena, on the other hand, is Everyman...or Everywoman, if you will. She is strong, relatively silent, a take charge woman who has issues with rage. She looks like anyone, which of course she transforms herself into at the drop of an episode. She's easily identified with, IMO, because although many of us certainly can't measure up to the raving beauty of the woman, we can (most of us) make parallels in our dark and somewhat violent pasts.

I think that's why, for me, the hurt/comfort genre is so...hard to do. You don't want the warrior to look like oh gee...all she needed was the love of a good woman to set her free. Bleck. Or she's just been waiting for the right person so she can sit down and have a good cry, unburden herself and see that perhaps she CAN live happily ever after. Double bleck. I like the h/c stories that show X being the uncompromising, rather stoic, hard to manage, ain't gonna change any time soon warrior from season one or two. It's very hard for me to get a bead on the character of the bard, however, so as long as she isn't this two dimensional thing having a terminal blonde moment, I'm pretty happy. It's always so nice to close your eyes after reading a passage and actually 'see' the actresses reading the lines. Although certainly not an X/G story, Persistance of Memory by Paul Seeley did that for me.

As for showing realism in the portrayal of lifestyles...well, Two Girls in Love was good for me in that respect because the movie doesn't end with them riding off into the sunset, or beating the bad guys (Bound), getting the money, and just by that one nice deep throatin' kiss you KNEW they were gonna be pulling off soon for some wild have-at-ya sex. Sex is good, even great, but I think I'd die happily tomorrow for some of that nice fanfic sex today. I do sometimes wonder just how many legs and arms they seem to sprout while making love...many skills, indeed!

I find it validating to see a happily (pretty much) well adjusted lesbian couple on the air...even though tptb have not and probably will not ever jump off that fence. I find it infinitely more enjoyable to read about it, knowing that as much as I'd love to see LL and ROC doing a gay version of He and She, it ain't gonna happen in my living room any time soon.

So I go along writing my lesbian erotica/romance stories, having my characters breathe and live the life I long to...in the open and for the most part accepted...hoping that one day these fics won't sound so farfetched or immoral or needing of sex disclaimers. And perhaps some producer will come along and take a chance on an independant tv show about a loving, caring, believeable, funny, very real couple who just happen to be women.


Joxer Angst

Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000
From: Rebecca Littlehales
Subject: To the editor - fed up with hypocrisy

A few months ago I swore I would never visit your ezine again, but a friend told me to check out the 2nd annual fanfic issue and her letter regarding it. So I did. Amazing - just when I think you can't offend me more, you do. Kym - is there something pathological with you, that you can't speak about a group of Joxer fans without insulting them? This time it's not the "Joxer/Gabrielle nonsense" (which was the final straw in driving me away before), it's openly insulting the Joxer articles that you have run.

Direct quotes: "I am sad to admit that the Joxer papers tend to be not as well written as many other articles, but I run them nonetheless because there are such a dearth of articles on that topic." Was that *necessary*? As a former author of one such article for your publication, I have to laugh. Because your very next sentence is this: "I find it ironic that WHOOSH is still accused of purposely avoiding Joxer articles." Avoiding? No. Driving away? Hell yes. Did you just happen to *miss* the irony of putting those two sentences together?

You make a statement like that, and still expect us to believe that you *want* and *value* pro-Joxer articles? You beckon with one hand and shove away with the other. Perhaps the quality of my article was low. But there have been other stinkers (unlike you, I will not single any of them out); articles that have seemed pointless, confusing, downright untrue. To solicit articles and then sneer at what you get, claiming that you only print them because you have to, is unprofessional editing.

Which surprises me, because you have in truth been excellent at what is obviously a very demanding job. The time you put into the publication is clear, but only when it's in regards to something you really *care* about. When you don't care about something, somehow, the time, the effort, the *professionalism* - it all quite clearly disappears.

If you aren't just playing dumb and hiding behind the old "I don't get it" line - if you really *don't* understand why you get so few Joxer articles - look around your site. You claim to be Joxer neutral, yet the majority of mentions Joxer gets - in the "Directory of Guys", in the rumours sections, etcetera - are overtly negative. Then you slap Gabrielle/Joxer romantics in the face by calling their interests "nonsense". Then you insult the few people who *have* had the bravery to submit their Joxer articles for print, opening themselves up for flames, by saying that it's sad that they're not very well-written. And THEN you act surprised that no one sends you Joxer articles?! You are well in the process of driving your hardcore Joxer audience away, Kym. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, and even your token honey is pretty sour. In short, you don't care about Joxer - you don't care about his fandom - and it shows. We can tell, and we avoid you. Pure and simple.

On the other hand, maybe all of this will finally stir up some new blood and you'll GET an influx of Joxer papers. Wouldn't *that* be a kick in the head?

Oh, and speaking of Gabrielle/Joxer romantics (which I was doing a while back), I found your editorial particularly funny as you suddenly decided out of the blue to speak "for" us. Frankly, Kym, your inclusion of why G/J enthusiasts would have hated season five is entirely uninformed - it looks like it's based on your interpretations of what YOU saw this season, and how you think GJRs would react to that: "You have the Gabrielle/Joxer Romantics who saw their storyline tossed out the window." To be entirely honest, many of us saw nothing of the sort. The only thing that "tossed" that storyline, for me, was his death, and even in *that* I saw some hint of romance sparks that could imply lingering romance, particularly in the original script... Everything was carefully open-ended, despite the death. The entire season was more romantic than every season leading up to it, combined. If you want Joxer fans out of your hair, fine, be that way. But don't be condescending enough to deign to speak for a faction you admittedly don't understand.

Rebecca Littlehales

Autographs in the Xenaverse

Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000
From: Mist
Subject: Sword & Staff: Autographs

Once again I'm posting a reminder about purchasing items autographed by Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor. If you are purchasing autographed items, please make every effort to know the seller, and if possible, check the "pedigree" of those autographs (i.e., find out where the seller bought them or how they acquired them). It seems that some unscrupulous vendors and fans are selling their own merchandise and saying it came from Sword and Staff. They are hoping to authenticate what may be real or forged autographs that way. So I caution you to be careful.

Whenever an autograph goes up for auction through Sword and Staff, I'm satisfied that the signature is authentic and that I know where the donor got it and how it was acquired. If I have any doubts to the authenticity of any autograph, it will not be auctioned. On a sad note, I currently have a rather large collection of forged LL autographs that unsuspecting fans bought and donated to us. It is why I ask that you not buy LL or ROC autographs with the intention of sending them to Sword and Staff. Some of these forgeries are so good I would have bought them myself. So please, be careful about your autograph purchases.

I have received notice from some fans who have bought items that the sellers claimed they purchased from Sword and Staff, either through a fan event or through an auction. In several cases this has been absolutely untrue, and the fan has purchased an autograph that immediately becomes suspect. Sword and Staff does not issue certificates of authenticity. They are not, in my opinion, worth the paper they're printed on because they can be printed out and forged far more easily than the autograph. The only forms of verification anyone with a Sword and Staff item would have is the email from me indicating that they had high bid in one of our auctions and/or the mailing envelope with the S&S return address and the postmark indicating it was mailed from Floral Park, New York and on what date the item was mailed. If that email or packaging wasn't kept (and I recommend that anyone intending to resell photographs they buy from Sword and Staff keep that email), you can contact me at MistNY@aol.com and I will attempt to document the purchase from the Sword and Staff records. Please do not assume that because someone said they bought it from Sword and Staff that that is the case.

Another problem that still plagues us is that some people who are in business of selling Xena merchandise and celebrity autographs are representing themselves as being from Sword and Staff in order to acquire autographs from cast members. Those autographs are then sold. No one should be representing themselves as being associated with Sword and Staff for the purpose of acquiring autographs. Fans are free to tell the cast members at conventions or other events that they will be donating the autographed items to Sword and Staff for auction. But please do not introduce yourselves as representing Sword and Staff. No one has the authority or any permission to speak or act on behalf of Sword and Staff. Absolutely no one should be approaching the cast members for autographs in the name of Sword and Staff with the intention of selling them for their own profit. It is precisely for this reason that all formal requests for merchandise or autographs for Sword and Staff come from me. It is why all online communication about Sword and Staff comes from me. I want no one to be confused or concerned about donating autographs to Sword and Staff, or who is representing it. Vendors making a living from selling autographs absolutely do not represent Sword and Staff and do not sell autographed photographs for us, nor do we supply them with autographed items. No one should post anyting to any list or message board using the name Sword and Staff, regardless of whether or not that message is charity related.

For the record, absolutely no one has authority or permission to sell autographs for Sword and Staff. All our items will be auctioned or raffled at Xena Fests or other fans conventions, on the Sword and Staff auction page, or they will be offered on the X:WP Marketplace page. No individual or company should ever be selling "Sword and Staff celebrity autographs" or merchandise for any reason. If they claim that is what they are doing, walk away.

On a happier note, donations have just topped $168,000. And for those of you who can get it, there will be a short article on Sword and Staff in the September edition of Realms, a Canadian Sci-Fi magazine.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at MistNY@aol.com.

Sword and Staff is a fan run organization. It has no official affiliation with Universal Studios, StudiosUSA, Creation Entertainment, Renaissance Pictures, Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, or any other person or entity associated with the television show Xena:Warrior Princess.


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