LAST UPDATED - 9/29/21 8:30 PM MST

Welcome to the Shipper Seasons, a virtual fan fiction spin-off of Xena Warrior Princess with a shipper twist! We intend to bring you new episodes of Xena where, for the first time, Xena's relationship with Ares takes center stage.

A little bit about this project: in April of 2001, several months before Xena ended, a group of online friends decided to get together and start a new virtual season of XWP once the show wrapped up and the credits rolled for the last time. The plan was to have the focus be on Xena and Ares because we were all shippers and we wanted to take their relationship in the direction that it deserved to be taken in. We also felt that Xena and Gabrielle had more adventures to embark upon and that Xena's death in Jappa was not going to be her final stand. Thus, the Shipper Seasons were born.

So, sit back and relax and journey into the heart of the Shipper Seasons, where the show may have ended but the Xena legacy and more importantly, the undeniable bond between Xena and Ares, lives on!

September 29, 2021
8:30 PM MST

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Shipper Seasons! On this day we aired our first episode in 2001, "Letting Go".

It started us on a wonderful ride that has so far lasted 76 episodes. This series is still important to me and I wanted to acknowledge it.

A few weeks ago, to celebrate the Shipper Seasons anniversary, I decided to create the necklace that Ares gives Xena in "What Dreams May Come"; his rune symbol circled by her chakram. I made it out of clay. It's not perfect but it's a little physical piece of the Shipper Sesasons I can admire.

I also was browsing through my SS files, trying to think of what to post for this anniversary, and came across an old photo of my desktop setup that I did all my SS work from years ago. I recently made some desk updates for my work, but I still am using the same desk so I wanted to share the difference 10+ years makes. :-)

I have no real news on new episodes. I have been thinkig about them a lot, even working on writing, though progress has been slower than I had hoped. Know that they are a work in progress, though!

Thank you to all those who continue to support the Shipper Seasons!

April 29, 2021
1:30 PM MST

It's the 20th anniversary of the Shipper Seasons this year. The concept for this series began in April 2001 (I don't know the exact date), though the official anniversary isn't until September when the website launched. I wanted to do something fun to celebrate so I decided to digitally draw and then paint on wood a design of Xena and Ares.

March 16, 2021
4:20 PM MST

I have finally gathered all of my official Xena/Ares images and included them on a new Scans page. All of these images are from my personal collection I've been adding to over the years. Enjoy! (today is also Kevin's birthday, wanted to make an upload thinking of him :-) )

February 10, 2021
3:05 PM MST

Been doing some updates to the website the last week or so (though they are updates no one can really see because they're all hosting related). We are on an all-new hosting platform now, under the same hosting provider. I've been purchasing the shipperseasons domain name since February 10, 2006. It's been 15 years, how is this possible?

I have also been making some small cosmetic updates to the website (as I had to migrate the site and re-upload all the files).

This year is also the 20th anniversary of the Shipper Seasons so I do hope to have some nice updates in the coming months!

October 16, 2020
1:10 PM MST

Happy 25th Anniversary to The Reckoning!

Today is the anniversary of the episode "The Reckoning", Ares' first appearence in the Xenaverse! A great introduction to an amazing character that has honestly become one of my favorites in any fandom. His wit, his looks, his bravado, his charm, his heart. Kevin Smith breathed life into him. He made you enjoy the God of War. I will probably be doing a tribute re-watch of this episode tonight!

October, 2 2020
10:30 PM MST

Happy 25th Anniversary to Xena: Warrior Princess, 19th Anniversary to the Shipper Seasons and 20th Anniversary to Coming Home!

I can't believe it's been so long since "Sins of the Past" on September 4, 1995 (it has been as long as the ice cave sleep in season 5!) I didn't start watching the series until 1999 (season 5 was my first season to watch as it aired--is it any wonder that I became such a huge fan of Xena/Ares because my impressionable 16 year old self was exposed to that awesomeness? :-D ) so it's only been a little over 20 years for me but still, it's wonderful to celebrate this milestone!

This is also the 19th anniversary of the Shipper Seasons (site launched on September 18, 2001, but the first episode premiered on September 29, 2001). What an amazing ride it has been.

And I wanted to launch this update on the 20th anniversary of Coming Home, where Ares' one-in-a-billion chance sparked us to create this continuation!

As you can see, I decided to update the website design. It hasn't had an update since 2007. With the anniversary and all I was feeling more inspired and creative than I have in recent years and so I wanted to make something new. I was a little rusty in working with HTML but I think I got the hang of it again. This has been a work in progress since June so I hope you all enjoy!

I may attempt to create an alternate mobile site at some point, too, and I still have things I want to add (like finally getting ebook files up -- for my use if nothing else, I want to read them on my kindle!) so there should still be updates in the months to come.

I've really been into Ancient Greece and Rome lately (the bug has hit me once again!--Assassins Creed: Odyssey has really helped me scratch that itch) and so I decided to use that as the basis for the theme. The two landscape images came from the game: the background is Amphipolis from the game and the header image is Athens.

I've been getting back into the Shipper Seasons this year, too, beyond just a site re-design. With everything going on in 2020, I have been doing a LOT of walking down memory lane and finding things that I loved in years past. I decided to finally print out all of the Shipper Seasons episodes and made my own physical booklets of these stories that I can look at on my shelf and read whenever I want. (I also printed out quite a few X/A fanfics that I loved and had been wanting to read again for a while). It makes me happy to see them as part of my collection, given that the Shipper Seasons were such a huge part of my life for so many years.

I've also been really loving Ares recently. Back in the early 2000's, I made cassette tape recordings of all of the Xena/Ares scenes so I could listen to them whenever I wanted. Earlier this summer, I was able to do this again, but all in digital mp3, so now I have "The History of Xena and Ares" as a playlist on my phone, that I can listen to whenever I feel like it! I have also made an Ares cosplay to go with my Xena one, intended for the Xena 25th anniversary convention,as well as a custom Ares funko pop that can sit next to the official Xena one (which I did make some slight changes to, including making her chakram the yin-yang one--I have a second Xena funko in another part of the house that is un-altered) and I plan on making a season 5 Gabrielle sometime soon, too. It makes me so happy every time I see them standing on a shelf side-by-side!

As I have been getting back into the series, I've also been trying to working on the remaining episodes after a long lack of motivation, focusing on other fandoms, other creative projects and real life taking precedence. Still working through it but I hope and would love to have all this completed next year for the 20th Anniversary. There have been so many ideas floating around that I've been adding to a notebook for years and it needs to finally get done!

Stay tuned for updates!

Battle On!

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