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Jingle
Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2011 11:02:57 AM

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Some stories describe everything in numbers - his cock was 7.5 inches long, she was a 34C, he was 6'7" tall, she was 42 years old.

Some stories describe everything poetically - his cock was long and slim as a snake, her breasts were round little apples, he was taller than I was and forced me to look up to meet his eyes, she could have been as old as my mother.



My question is, which one do you prefer? Which one is more erotic? Which helps your mental movie more? I prefer the latter; when people list numbers as details my mind just skips over them. I'm not very good with numbers to begin with.

If you like the latter too, can you remember what your favourite description was?

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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2011 11:25:32 AM

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Me personally I like an actual description more rather than numbers that bores me to be honest. I'd rather have a good visual

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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2011 11:44:07 AM

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There is certainly a place for numbers in certain stories, but I agree that it is usually unnecessary to be so explicit about dimensions. They don't really mean much to me and don't give me a great impression of how someone actually looks. I have never, in any of my stories, stated the length, size, height or weight of my character in numbers.

However, in the story I am writing just now, uncertainty about age is quite a central idea (both the youth of one character and 'maturity' of the other) so I have been using actual figures. I haven't found this detracts much from my descriptions.

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DirtyMartini
Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2011 11:48:51 AM

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I prefer the latter, though a limited amount of numbers is not a bad thing...saying "he was about 6 feet tall" is not bad, but if you start saying "he was about 6 foot 2 inches, 187 pounds approx, with a trim 33 inch waist" it starts to sound like you're writing a technical manual, and not an erotic story...

I've heard some people say they don't like too much description because they like to imagine themselves in the story, so for that reason they prefer the characters to be deliberately vague description wise...

I don't really do that myself, as far as put myself in the story when I read it...but, I do think authors should use numbers sparingly for the reasons I mentioned...


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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2011 8:46:04 PM

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I love stories that allow me to use my imagination so I prefer poetry(word description) than numbers. Numbers are a turn off for me.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2011 8:47:39 PM

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Poetry as it allows imagination to run free versus hard clod facts and logic.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:14:05 PM

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I think people use numbers on this site because they don't know how to write descriptively. (That is rather uncharitable, I admit.) A few numbers here and there are o.k.

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:27:01 PM

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I was thinking this thread would be actual math vs actual poetry, Issac Newton vs. Robert Frost.
I was a bit disappointed to see it was just descriptions with numbers vs good descriptions. When it comes to writing I prefer written descriptions as opposed to plain number measurements.

I'm pretty positive that Leonhard Euler would destroy Walt Whitman in a no holds brawl.

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Jingle
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:28:48 PM

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Jillicious wrote:


I'm pretty positive that Leonhard Euler would destroy Walt Whitman in a no holds brawl.


I'd bet on that.



... no I wouldn't. That's way out of my league, lol. Who is Leonard Euler? happy8

joanne84
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:59:49 AM

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Hi, Jingle. I'm not a writer, but I personally prefer poetry when reading descriptions. I sometimes feel like it breaks the mood when I read maths / measurements / vital statistics when reading a good erotic story.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:50:40 AM

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Jillicious wrote:

I was a bit disappointed to see it was just descriptions with numbers vs good descriptions. When it comes to writing I prefer written descriptions as opposed to plain number measurements.



I was thinking we could start sort of a "sub thread" for people who prefer the numerical descriptions...

You know...the usual questions could be discussed...stuff like...

Do you prefer base ten measurements to binary?
How many places to the right of the decimal do you normally round off to?
Is scientific notation ever appropriate in a sex story?
When describing the angle of an erection, do you prefer degrees or radians?

I have no doubt that you could suggest a few more...happy8


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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:09:31 AM

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Hi Jingle. Have to say I prefer poetry to maths every time.

With the maths there can be misunderstandings and, of course, people can use numbers to their advantage. Which would you prefer? 152mm or 6 inches of cock? In Britain, for example, when some people talk about the temperature in the summer we use fahrenheit to emphasise it "It was 77 degrees yesterday". But in the winter the same people use celcius "Its minus 3!" to emphaisze how cold it is.

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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:23:35 AM

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Would have to admit..I prefer poetry easily over math. Granted I don't really need a 500 word verse in ode to a cock in the middle of a story, I would read that as a separate item. I prefer to let my imagination do some of the work, perhaps bring back some very pleasant memory I had long left in the back of my mind ages ago.

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Jillicious
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:33:48 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:


I was thinking we could start sort of a "sub thread" for people who prefer the numerical descriptions...

You know...the usual questions could be discussed...stuff like...

Do you prefer base ten measurements to binary?
How many places to the right of the decimal do you normally round off to?
Is scientific notation ever appropriate in a sex story?
When describing the angle of an erection, do you prefer degrees or radians?

I have no doubt that you could suggest a few more...happy8



At what velocity is your penis moving when it enters the vagina?
What is the acceleration of sperm as you achieve orgasm?


By the way, I prefer three and occasionally four significant figures.

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DirtyMartini
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 7:44:01 PM

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Jillicious wrote:


At what velocity is your penis moving when it enters the vagina?


Wouldn't that, of course, be dependent on the coefficient of friction which would be a function of temperature and viscosity of the vaginal fluids?

I usually like to throw in a couple of simple equations in my stories...just to set the mood...




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DirtyMartini wrote:
Jillicious wrote:


At what velocity is your penis moving when it enters the vagina?


Wouldn't that, of course, be dependent of the coefficient of friction which would be a function of temperature and viscosity of the vaginal fluids?

I usually like to throw in a couple of simple equations in my stories...just to set the mood...



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She slowly unbuttoned his trousers, licked her lips, and revealed his magnificent hard penis, which resembled f(x) = 10^x

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Jillicious
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:21:45 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
Jillicious wrote:


At what velocity is your penis moving when it enters the vagina?


Wouldn't that, of course, be dependent of the coefficient of friction which would be a function of temperature and viscosity of the vaginal fluids?

I usually like to throw in a couple of simple equations in my stories...just to set the mood...



That is a very interesting statement. You could say that if vaginal fluids were lacking the coefficient of friction would be static and upwards of 0.9. After all, you can still get into a dry pussy it just takes a lot of force, so it wouldn't exactly be 1. Now if vaginal fluids are present then you could easily say that the coefficient of friction would be approaching zero. Perhaps it would be good to take the limit of pussy with vaginal fluids as the penis approaches zero, of course zero being the distance between both genitals. dpenis/dpussy = (0.001)(vaginal fluids). If we include the specific heat of each genital and calculate the energy exchanged then we could come up with an answer in Joules or Watts.

The work done by sex could be easily shown by using the Work and Energy equation. Integral from point A to point B of other forces = (Change in kinetic energy) + (change in gravitational potential energy) + (change in spring energy) Spring energy must be included when making love on a bed or couch. Gravitational potential energy would be present or absent, depending on sexual position. Kinetic energy would of course be included because both lovers have mass and at least one of them would have a velocity. The integral from point A to point B of other forces would have to include the chemical energy expended by both parties, and that would make the solution much more difficult.

Lets not forget to use the impulse momentum equation each time the fella bottoms out. The collision between the two would be neither perfectly elastic or inelastic. That would make the solution even that much more difficult. Of course we could just assume perfect elasticity in the collision of the two bodies in motion to simplify our answers and the amount of calculations necessary. This would be sufficient for our purposes but I doubt the answer would hold up in the court of law.

With enough fortitude and a hell of a lot of calculations I do believe we could describe sex mathematically. Or we could just take nicola's word for it that all penises resemble an exponential function.

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Jillicious wrote:
Or we could just take nicola's word for it that all penises resemble an exponential function.


I would have thought they would more likely have resembled a linear equation...

I can see I have to start reading your stories...then again, maybe not...laughing6


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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:30:12 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
...then again, maybe not...laughing6


That is probably a good idea.

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It maybe a fault of mine dontknow. I prefer no description of things that can be imagined. Instead, I like to leave the picture open for personal interpretation leaving the description for the experience or motion of the story.

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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 7:48:59 AM

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Words and descriptions...not numbers.

And only when they need to be described. There's no need to start a story with the main characters vital statistics!
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 2:59:10 PM

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Unless the author is writing a technical manual, I think descriptions and similes are the way to go.

Having said that, and as one commenter has already said; sometimes even the description can be a little too detailed, leaving the reader feeling that he/she cannot be part of the story because the character is too far removed from the reader's reality.



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