Topic Bug slayer badge
15 Aug 2012 06:28
I thought about giving something back to the community for all your efforts in finding bugs with my code. From now on, all worthy bugs (to be determined by me ) reported to me, the reporter will be issued a new a shiny Bug Slayer badge for your profile page.
Are they retroactive? I found an inconsistency for you a couple of days ago. I have to mention that you fixed it very quickly.
14 Aug 2012 09:02
Topic Mod Appreciation Thread
13 Aug 2012 12:26
Looks around why do I think I fall into that category?
Thank-you for your kind words, I can't speak for everyone else that helps to moderate the site. However I can say this site is the best and at times we do have to work pretty hard (big shout out to the story verifying team) but it's a ton of fun at the same time.
Thank you everyone - including those who have thought about it, but not written. Unfortunately, people are sometimes more likely to voice issues rather than positive feedback.
We really try to be efficient and helpful while upholding the standards of quality and content for the site. Sometimes it is not easy, but it is always satisfying.
Topic Calling All Scrubbers!
05 Jul 2012 06:37
I love the lavender, lilac or pink peony from Perlier. All made from real flowers.
The Citrus Flowers from Yves Rocher is refreshing and great in the morning.
Topic The Comma
03 Jul 2012 12:56
Hey Clum -
Something to add to the list when you get back to your punctuation/grammar lessons: the gerund.
I have noticed a spate of that verb form used alone in sentences, which makes them sentence fragments, as there is no active verb anywhere further along in the sentence.
I am looking forward to the primer beginning again.
Topic The Rage Cage
01 Jul 2012 06:12
This was useful. I feel better now. No point leaving it up.
Topic OOOH! Message Folders!
28 Jun 2012 13:03
Am I going bananas or is the create file button missing or somewhere else now?
Topic Nora Ephron RIP
27 Jun 2012 09:23
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron is one of my favourite writers. She was the author of several books and perhaps better known as the screenwriter of "When Harry Met Sally" , "Silkwood", "You've Got Mail", "Sleepless in Seattle" and, most recently, "Julie and Julia". There are several books written by her filled with wry observations about life as well as insightful ones. She was a role model for women, writers especially, and a source of wisdom for all.
Topic Getting "Negative" Numbers
25 Jun 2012 13:39
I have to say that Mazza and Clum have put it well and I agree with what they said above. Like Clum I have had a few moments of being angry or self-doubt with a low score being given, but it the end, I write for myself, to express myself and to please no one else in particular. If readers relate to what I (and my collaborator with respect to stories) have written, that is positive. If some do not, it will not stop me from writing if I wish to or cause me to think less of myself or my ability.
Thank you both, Mazza and Clum, for putting this in proper perspective.
Topic Getting "Negative" Numbers
25 Jun 2012 13:05
I have no doubt that we have amongst us one, two, possibly three degenerate trolls who get a thrill out of low scoring work that is much superior to anything that their small mind could contrive.
I just wrote in the Rage Cage about this. I accept that everyone does not have the same taste or reaction to various stories. I think that if you leave a low score because there is something you see that can be improved, you should communicate that to the writer. Perhaps constructive criticism would be helpful for their next story. If it is just not to your taste, leave it alone. If it is, as ArtMan describes above, from a negative place of envy, spite, or just ignorance, stop it. It is not nice, not fair, and clearly indicative of your own inadequacies.
Topic The Rage Cage
25 Jun 2012 11:26
I understand that we all have our own likes and dislikes. I write with a wonderful friend and we have similar taste and world views that are perhaps not shared by all Lush members or those who take the time to read our stories. I accept that with humility.
What I do object to is someone who leaves a score of 3 anonymously. If you have some constructive criticism, let us know where we can improve. I suspect, however, that a low score that is left without a message accompanying it, even if as a private message rather than a posted comment, is one that comes from a different place and not a nice one.
Is it envy, spite, or is it the opposite of schadenfreude - oops, is that too big and foreign a word for you? It means feeling happiness for someone else's misfortune. The opposite, my cretinous friend, would be not being able to stand someone's success or happiness. Is that clear enough for you?
My mother used to tell me that if you have nothing nice to say, not to say anything at all. I will not go that far. If you have something to say, have the courage of your convictions and say it. Don't just pee in someone's soup anonymously.
By the way, this has not discouraged either of us. We will keep writing. You can continue to live in that little mean world of yours and you are welcome to it.
Topic Intelligence is overrated? IQ trumped by EQ, MQ, and BQ.
20 Jun 2012 09:47
I agree that intelligence is not a guarantor of success in life. EQ and MQ are necessary components of a decent human being. Intelligence without these could be sociopathy. However, let us not contribute to the general anti-intellectualism in society by saying that intelligence is unimportant. IQ is not its only measure, but surely the general dumbing down we are seeing is not a good thing.
I recently saw something on television about young men falling behind young women on every measure of success. Part of it was attributed to their considering reading to be unmanly.
What we all need to be is decent, bright, inquisitive and well-rounded human beings. Ignorance has no redeeming value.
Topic Your Favorite Quotes
20 Jun 2012 08:48
We plan, God laughs.
And, regarding attention seekers: She has to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral. (Oscar Wilde)
19 Jun 2012 13:09
Where are the Grammar Nazis?
They are the mods verifying stories here on Lush.
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
18 Jun 2012 17:49
Now that we have the ability to sort messages into folders, it would be helpful to do so several at once as with deletions rather than having to do them one by one. I am certain that we all have a lot of them to file.
Topic Interest in You v. Your Writing
18 Jun 2012 11:47
I think that writing is an avenue for creative expression. My poetry comes from real emotions, but they may be remembered rather than current ones. The prose that I have written with Alphamagus comes from experience, imagination and fantasy and is therefore different than the poetry. The restaurant story is set in one that I like very much, for example.
I think in general writing must have some piece of you in it to be authentic, but it need not be autobiographical. It can tell in a story some insight that you have come to about the human condition with characters other than yourself.
I cherish my privacy (and anonymity on Lush) and do not share my intimate self or emotions with the world. For me that is unseemly and indiscreet, but we must each do what is comfortable for us.
I know that the poems have helped expiate some emotions for me and that has been very healthy. The stories are fun to write, perhaps because my writing partner makes it such a pleasure and they are intended to be playful as well as sexy and romantic.
The whole real me will never be on view on Lush.
Topic What says Summer to you?
18 Jun 2012 07:40
PIMMS, strawberries and cream, smoked salmon, the sound of leather on willow, cut grass, thunder storms and rain, the mad dash for cover, the sweet smell after the rain
I love these.