Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Twitter for Authors: Part one - build your tribe...
Posted 17 Nov 2013 13:48

@lushstories could create a list of lush authors that have twitter?


Works for me...this is me btw...I am @Exakta66

Twitter - Alan W. Jankowski
https://twitter.com/Exakta66

Topic New user question: Saving a story to my computer
Posted 17 Nov 2013 13:44

Thanks for your replies. My intention is not to offend, or steal, so I will not pursue this.

Yeah, if you got permission from the author first, it would be different...

Btw, I had somebody do something similar once...a reader took my first story, and put herself in it...and made a few minor changes, and sent it back to me...I thought it was kinda flattering actually...but, better to get permission before attempting something along those lines...

Like others pointed out...there is so much plagiarism and bad intent these days, some authors may be taken aback by your actions...no matter how innocent your intent...

Topic For all you story writers out there Question,how do you start your Stories?
Posted 16 Nov 2013 18:04

Once that's done, I often work at different parts of it at different times. Only rarely do I start at the beginning and just write through to the end.

Interesting...I do that with poems, but never with stories...at least not yet...so far, I've always started at the beginning and sort of kept writing until it ended...

Btw, I don't like to start a story until I have a pretty good idea as to how the whole thing will go...otherwise, I end up staring at a blank screen...

Topic Pope Francis on Gays - "Who am I to judge?"
Posted 07 Nov 2013 04:51

I'd like to know the Pope's position about how we see Jesus' face in all kinds of different places...



Oh, that's too funny Jeff...I wonder how high you have to be to stare at your dog's butt and try to see Jesus' face...anyway, maybe I don't really want to know...Regaeman Man

Getting back on point...I do think the Roman Catholic church is slowly progressing, and that's a good thing...the church will always be at least 50 years behind the times, but at least they're moving in the right direction...

Topic How long are your cocks, boys?
Posted 01 Nov 2013 17:28

I don't know...I just had to post this somewhere...

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Topic I'm included in a book to raise awareness for breast cancer...
Posted 29 Oct 2013 19:03

I'm in a book that just came out to raise awareness for breast cancer, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, appropriately enough...here's the link to the book, and you can find out more about it on the site btw...

WX Breast Cancer Anthology
http://word-xpress.com/page/anthology

Here's their Facebook page btw...

"Word-Xpress is launching a breast cancer awareness and community project. Includes videos of personal stories and an anthology of poetry, testimonials, etc"

Word-Xpress Breast Cancer Awareness Video Campaign and Community Project
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Word-Xpress-Breast-Cancer-Awareness-Video-Campaign-and-Community-Project/355145827835061

The poem of mine that is included is I Can Only Be There For You ...which was written for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2010 btw, and I'm sure is here on Lush somewhere in my profile...

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Topic ISBN Numbers...where to get them, and how much they cost...
Posted 25 Oct 2013 22:00

This little bit here may be of interest to anyone considering the self-pub thingy...check it out my writer-type friends...happy8

How to get an ISBN


In the US you can only buy ISBNs from http://www.myidentifiers.com/,
a site run by Bowkers. You can buy 1, 10, 100 or 1000 ISBNs. At
the moment a single ISBN costs $125, and a pack of 10 costs $250.

In the UK you can only buy ISBNs in packs of 10, which currently
cost £126. You need to obtain them from NeilsenBook.
http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=123

In Canada ISBNs are free! The process of getting an ISBN in Canada
is, however, quite convoluted, but this blog post explains it all:
http://randolphlalonde.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/getting-your-free-isbn-in-canada.html

In Australia, you purchase ISBNS from
https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/. A single ISBN costs A$42, or
you can buy 10 for A$84.

For other countries around the world, I suggest you visit this
handy ISBN information page:
http://isbn-information.com/isbn-administration/isbn-agencies.html

Please note that having an ISBN for your book does not copyright
it. The ISBN is simply a means of having your book identified in
databases and by libraries.

For more advice on self-publishing check out our archives here:
http://writing-world.com/publish/index.shtml

Topic Are you a Writer?
Posted 25 Oct 2013 17:31

I think of myself as a poet and storyteller. To be a writer would require greater understanding of the technical intricacies of the written word than I possess. I can look at a sentence and know whether it is correct, I can sometimes compose one as well, but I can rarely tell you why in a way that a person with an English degree would consider valid.



See...I would think that by your own definition you are a writer...editors are the people who know where commas go and stuff like that...I think people confuse writers and editors sometimes...

I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that many popular authors out there don't necessarily have all that knowledge someone with an English degree might possess...they just happen to have good editors...

Topic Are Beards Sexy?
Posted 25 Oct 2013 12:51

i hate beards. that's just my prejuidices showing thru, tho.

You know...come to think of it, I'm not so sure I like people named "Sprite" anymore...just could be my prejudices showing through though...ahem...

Yeah, beards are totally sexy...as everyone and anyone with any sense already knows...this picture was taken of me last month...I mean, what could be sexier?

Second thought...don't answer that...


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Topic AUTHORSdB is an author database site for consolidating all your book listings, social media, etc...
Posted 25 Oct 2013 10:12

Got this e-mail earlier today...happy8

Semi-finalist - I Often Wonder by Alan W. Jankowski
Inbox
x

General
8:54 AM (1 hour ago)

to me
Congratulations,

Your cover is in the semi-finals of the 2013 Book Cover Contest at AUTHORSdB.com. Over the next couple of days, we will be contacting authors who's book covers were entered into the 2013 Book Cover Contest and have qualified as a semi-finalist in one or more categories.

Please forward a large, clear image (minimum 800 pixels wide) and a blurb (300 minimum - 1000 word maximum) by replying to this email, pasting the blurb and attaching the image before October 31, 2013.

We know that this is an exciting time for authors, and we hope to ensure all authors are contacted prior to the promotion of your qualification into the semi-finals until all authors have been notified.

To maximize the full impact of the promotion, please take a moment and visit your author's page to ensure all covers are uploaded, and content is up-to-date. We will notify you prior to the semi-final voting start date.

Enjoy the extra exposure and best of luck,

Paula
Website Content Manager
www.authorsdb.com

Topic Announcing our "Put a Spin on it!" Story Competition, over $500 in LELO goodies to be won!
Posted 24 Oct 2013 19:59

Does anybody else think the badge that says "Comp Entry" on their story is amusing?

No...but then again...you're the only one so far with one of them fancy badgers...

Just shared the contest link over on Facebook btw Nic...

Topic Are you a Writer?
Posted 24 Oct 2013 16:33





Anybody who writes stuff is a writer.


Yeah...I would tend to sort of agree with something along those lines of reasoning...and yeah, I've reluctantly admitted to being a writer...and I guess I have been since I started writing in 2009...

Btw, someone over on the blue site posted a musing last year, if I recall correctly, that raises the question of why we are still called 'writers' when really what we do nowadays is type...shouldn't we be called 'typers?'...

Just something else to ponder here on Lush...Regaeman Man

Topic which tablets are Lush friendly?
Posted 22 Oct 2013 12:20

I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet. In general it really SUCKS at everything. It's not Lush friendly & is basically a weak frustrating device. It's Wi-Fi ability is weak too.



Speaking of wi-fi ability...I got one of these earlier this year...works great, totally extends the number of signals it picks up...they say it will pick up a wi-fi signal a mile away...not sure about that, but it picks up enough for me to always get a signal from somewhere...

C. Crane US3 Super USB Wifi Antenna 3
http://www.amazon.com/Crane-Super-USB-Wifi-Antenna/dp/B004UR72IM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382469103&sr=8-1&keywords=super+usb+wifi+antenna

It was definitely worth the money...for me anyway...

As far as tablets go...I am not a tablet person...I write too much, so I need a real keyboard...I just got a new HP Pavilion 15 Sleekbook...my Toshiba netbook was giving me problems after three years, and I decided it was best just to get a new computer...the HP has everything I could possibly want, except a built in CD drive...it was $350.00 at Best Buy, in a kit which includes a wireless mouse, case, flash drive, and maybe something else I can't remember...

Looks like this btw...same screensaver and the whole nine at the moment...

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Topic which tablets are Lush friendly?
Posted 22 Oct 2013 12:10

paracetamol and aspirin

Yeah...sounds like something I would say...these tablets look pretty Lush friendly to me...Regaeman Man

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Topic Do you guys like to see butt crack?
Posted 20 Oct 2013 13:33







Yeah, thanks...I'll drink to that...Pour Wine Pour Wine Pour Wine

Topic Today in Pictures (post a picture representing your mood)
Posted 15 Oct 2013 18:05

Yeah...this is about right...

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Topic How to make money from erotica
Posted 14 Oct 2013 17:02



It seems you need to be writing prolifically for 2-3 years, and develop a following, to get anywhere. !

Yeah...I've read quite a bit on the subject of books and promotion...tons of discussions on blogs, social media, pricing, author events, you name it...the one thing everyone agrees on is "keep writing"...

Other than that...nobody will agree totally on anything...

On another note Nic...just mentioned you over in the Lush Facebook group...thought you might like to be aware...the big discussion of the day...

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, KOBO: Drop the clause of removing Erotica and self-published Indie authors
http://www.change.org/petitions/amazon-barnes-and-noble-kobo-drop-the-clause-of-removing-erotica-and-self-published-indie-authors?share_id=ecrKvjPzoD&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Topic One of my poems was read tonight as part of a poetry festival in Northern Ireland...
Posted 07 Oct 2013 08:04

Ken is now my latest Facebook friend...he just posted this on my wall...thought it of interest...

Hi Alan,
I was asked by Flive Festival committee, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, to read a poem at Enniskillen Fire Station during National Poetry Day (Great Britain). I am a poet betimes and I was a fire-fighter in Enniskillen for almost 30 years. I was asked to read a poem by a poet who had written poems that I thought would be relevant to the site. I found your poem which I thought was very suitable. It is a powerful tribute to fire-fighters and rescuers world-wide. I will have a copy of the recoding soon and maybe a photograph which I will send to you. In the meantime good luck with your poetry. pax Ken

Topic Poems in every category
Posted 07 Oct 2013 08:03





Lush did publish certain things at one time, but with growth and changing needs, other things were or were not allowed, and are constantly under review, even now.



At the time my incest poem posted on the site in 2009, it was a non-issue...I don't think that whole incest in the forum ban was around yet...but, quite a few things have changed here on Lush in the four years I've been here...and mostly all for the better btw...

Topic Poems in every category
Posted 06 Oct 2013 23:09



It is very funny (incest aside) but as far as I was aware, incest wasn't allowed in the poetry category, nor in the forums (sorry, DM, I love you loads). Has this changed now?



What do you mean incest isn't allowed in the poetry category? Why, some of the most classic poems in that category are all about incest, and just like the stories on this here fine site, they get more views than everything else combined...

Why, I'll have you know that the most viewed poem on this fine site known throughout the world as Lush Stories is called "Incest Is Best"...here, I'll make it easy for you to find...

Incest Is Best
http://www.lushstories.com/stories/love-poems/incest-is-best.aspx

And thanks for the kind words there Royal Rachel, though I know you just like that poem I posted here because it mentions ginger...maybe I will submit it...if you give it a Recommended Read...

Topic Commonly Confused Words
Posted 06 Oct 2013 22:58

Alright...this should end a lot of confusion about when to use the various forms of this here word...

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Topic Top Ten Book Recommendation Platforms...
Posted 06 Oct 2013 22:55

I'm sticking this here because it seems sort of appropriate...

The Laws of the (Amazon) Jungle—Eight Rules Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe
http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-laws-of-amazon-jungleeight-rules.html

Topic Please support Liz in her marathon this weekend, for Cancer Research
Posted 06 Oct 2013 18:22

Yeah, congrats on beating your PB...not sure what that means, but it sounds good...Regaeman Man

Btw, if you ever see me running 26 miles, assume that something is about to explode in the area...and you should probably start running as well...just sayin'

Topic Kanye West announces that he is the biggest rock star on the planet?
Posted 06 Oct 2013 14:57

People say and do things all the time to get attention, and there's an old adage about there being no such thing as bad publicity...and now here we are, talking about him in a forum thread, as are millions of others on the internet...so, he got exactly what he wanted...

Topic Daily Message Limit
Posted 05 Oct 2013 10:33

We have spam traps in place now, so the limit will shortly be removed.

Oh cool...I'd be curious how those traps work though...I hope they're not too cruel, and don't actually hurt the spam which I assume would be later released back into the woods...

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Topic Bid or Bade?
Posted 05 Oct 2013 10:29

Personally I don't know anyone who would say bade.

Also, do you pronounce bade like blade or like bad?

Danielle xxx



Let's just say that I am fairly certain that I have never once used the word "bade" in my entire life...I have heard it though, and it rhymes with "blade"...

Topic Time to throw out Congress?
Posted 05 Oct 2013 10:23

Just in case anyone here needs an explanation of what this whole government shutdown thingy actually means...this should explain it...

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Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 05 Oct 2013 09:49

Good Afternoon Lush-type people...what's happening over here? Business looks a bit slow...I see more than the usual amount of cobwebs on Coma and Tose, must be the maid's year off...

Ah yeah, been busy as of late...it's bad when you get too busy you forget to drink, probably just old age setting in...I was going to stop in yesterday for National Vodka Day, and order a martini...I figured you probably had something that might resemble vodka available, but wasn't too sure about vermouth, olives, or a clean glass...so, I figured I'd pass on that one...

Let me get a tall bucket of that house draft Old Possum Piss...as long as it has alcohol in it, it should work for me...maybe I should get a mug of Beaver Breath on the side as a chaser just to make sure...

I'm sure you got the tap working now, and once again got a handle on things there Reverend...

Cheers,
Alan.
occasion5

Topic One of my poems was read tonight as part of a poetry festival in Northern Ireland...
Posted 04 Oct 2013 20:34

And did he read "Incest is Best" as an encore? An opportunity missed, in my opinion lol.



Funny, I'll have to ask him...yeah, when I did my reading at the Dowdell Library last month, I thought about going into "Master At Your Craft" a couple of time when I sort of got nervous...I could only imagine if I started reading those opening lines, that's this one, if you've missed this classic...

Master At Your Craft
http://www.lushstories.com/stories/love-poems/master-at-your-craft.aspx

Anyway...I found out who Ken Ramsay is...he's apparently a local poet and writer from Enniskillen, well-known in the area...and I know this because Diane Jardel, who is also a member of the blue site, lives in Enniskillen...this is she btw...

Stories Space - Courage2bfree
http://www.storiesspace.com/courage2bfree

She sent Ken a note, she knows him...we're all curious now how this came about...I'll stop back when I find out myself...

She didn't see him read my poem, she was at another event that was part of the festival...the Bram Stoker's Dracula talk...she wasn't aware my poem was being read apparently, in fact she had to sort of read it twice on the page before it sort of sank in...lol...I mean, like what are the odds somebody you know from Stories Space is going to have one of their poems read at a festival near you?

Yeah, this whole thing is sort of bizarre to me still, starting out writing sex stories four years ago and now having my stuff read at festivals half way around the world and stuff...then again, you can get on the New York Times bestseller list these days writing erotica...so, I guess anything's possible...

Topic R.I.P. Tom Clancy
Posted 04 Oct 2013 20:05

FYI, I hear that there's one more novel in the pipe, due for publication in December, so we haven't heard the last from Tom Clancy yet.

Yeah, I read that too...someone on FB posted this obit from the Baltimore Sun...good article, I didn't know much about him...

Baltimore Sun - Tom Clancy
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-tom-clancy-20131002,0,2435189.story

He was a rather wealthy and successful author...heck, if you can afford $350,000.00 per year in property taxes alone, you must be doing something right...reminds me, I really should get back to writing more...

Btw, don't recall reading any of his books...liked the "Hunt For Red October" movie though...