i don’t wanna live forever is grand masquerades to hide one’s thoughts, antique timber scents, the secret passing of embossed notes, tangled limbs amongst satin sheets, looking out achingly into distant starlight, dragging fingertips and holding gazes intensely across hotel hallways, grasping of pearl necklaces, deep red lipstick stains, and shattered glass akin to fading hopes, where taylor and zayn deeply evoked the concept of a treacherous love, and captured a kaleidoscope of chaotically torn emotions
Greetings, Nine Lives
family. This is your friendly neighborhood Fairies Masquerade here,
representing the admin team. I have spent days sitting here staring at a blank page, trying to figure out how to say all the things I want to say.
was, in what became typical 2016 fashion, tumultuous for Nine Lives in
every way. To say that we experienced some growing pains in 2016 would
be quite the understatement. Subversivegrrl said something to me the
other night that I wanted to share (with her blessing). She was
speaking about her own writing, but I feel very strongly that what she
said applies to Nine Lives as well. She said: “It’s a little like
metalworking. After you whack at a piece of metal for a while, it gets
brittle and you have to put it back in the fire for a bit so you can
work it some more without shattering it.”
personally, this anniversary is bittersweet. Although my passion for
Caryl has not diminished, I’ve stepped back from being a more active
face of Nine Lives and a member of the Caryl community for my own mental
and physical safety and well being. My stepping back allowed Ikkleosu
and subversivegrrl to come forward together and bring a new energy to
the Nine Lives Archive, one that I am incredibly proud of.
Ikkleosu and subversivegrrl’s level of commitment - to Nine Lives, to
Caryl, to each other as friends and teammates, to their fellow fans, to
their own fandom works - is truly awe-inspiring. Point blank: we would
not have Nine Lives today without these two ladies. We’re also
incredibly blessed to have meeshie, our Chat Admin and
Unofficially-Official tech goddess. Without her knowledge and her
unending patience, so much of what we have on the archive wouldn’t be
possible. I am continually honored and humbled to call these ladies my
friends as well as my co-admins here. If there is a heart to Nine Lives,
it’s the three of them.
The soul of Nine Lives is you.
You brilliant, wonderful, talented, enthusiastic, inspiring people out
there who decided to take a chance on this place. We have said it before
and we will never stop saying it: You are Nine Lives.
You are the lifeblood of this archive, of this communal haven we call
home. Thank you for coming. Thank you for staying. Thank you for being
part of us.
I ask from you today is to share what Nine lives means to you, either
in the shoutbox or the comments below. Share with us why you came, what
stories or events have tickled your fancy, and what your hopes and
dreams are as we march headfirst into our 4th year.
changed a lot - as individuals, as an archive, as a fandom - but we’ve
learned a lot from those changes and I think that 2017 will show our
archive moving forward in incredibly positive ways from the lessons of
last year. I look forward to the growth and expansion of Nine Lives, not
just as a website, but as a community family. There will be new
challenges, new adventures and new stories to tell. I, for one, cannot
wait to see what you and 2017 have in store.
That’s 3 years in the bag. Let’s see what 4 has in store for us!
(and a chorus of “DITTO!” and “YEAH, WHAT SHE SAID” was heard from parts around the globe, AKA where Ikkles and SG hide out.)
Lichen, neonate of clan Malkavian. She once lived in an insane-asylum, but she was given the power of fire and change and since that night she’s been free. She loves her friends, the spiders, because they tell her things.