Topic what superhero/villain would u like to be?
24 Apr 2013 12:34
While I'm a big Batman fan, the whole "revenge for his parent's death" thing isn't really me so I'm not 100% sure that I'd actually want to be The Batman. Still, one of the incarnations of Bats that focusses more on fighting crime and injustice and less on vengeance is mine could be me as a superhero. Kind of a more serious riff on Adam West's Batman. Love the car and the cool toys.
Iron Man is another one who appeals to me and has the bonus of being able to fly, my favorite superpower. I don't why, but the Iron Man armour is my favorite superhero "gadget/vehicle" after the Batmobile.
I think I like the idea of an ordinary guy (well, aside from being bajillionaires as Bruce and Tony are) who makes himself extraordinary rather than someone who just is extraordinary (like Superman or the Marvel mutant crowd) or gets that way by a fluke or gift (like Spiderman or Green Lantern).
Topic Outing ?
05 Apr 2013 09:37
Having openly gay celebrities like Ellen, Rosie, Elton, and the guy from How I Met Your Mother who used to play Doogie Howser (forget his name) has certainly blunted the negative (and positive, really) impact of outing. It basically means that when someone public comes out, they are no longer the first and immediately have a supportive community to back them up. The general public often greets it with a shrug unless its completely out of left field (if, for instance, a ladies' man like Clooney came out, I think that would make some jaws drop, much as Rock Hudson did back in the day when his death from AIDS made his orientation public).
Even in Canadian politics, someone coming out is no longer big news (not sure about other countries, including the USA). The new premier of Ontario is a lesbian and only the gay and conservative communities really made any issue of it (the former to celebrate, the latter to criticize). The mainstream media didn't even talk about it much, which is good. This province has some bigger fish to fry than who our premier goes home to at night (deficits, f-ed up healthcare system, etc.). We have several gay MPs in our federal caucuses at the moment and the only time their sexuality seems to get talked about nowadays is when a bill affecting it comes up.
That said, with loud conservative communities in US and Canada still willing to use homosexuality as a reason to target celebrities and politicians, I'm not sure that the days of "outing" are quite over yet. As long as there is a potential for harm from coming out, some people will stay in the closet and other people will try to find them in there and get them out.
Topic dressing as a game character=hot??
05 Apr 2013 09:23
I'm not much of a gamer, so the character aspect doesn't mean much to me. IOW, I'm not going to get off on pretending to do Lara Croft or whoever. However, any woman who wants to dress like Lara Croft (old or new) around me is more than welcome to do so. I do think Princess Peach is rather cute in those big pink dresses so I suppose if a woman wanted to do a Mario (or Luigi) with Peach fantasy with me, I wouldn't say no.
Topic This will require some deep thought.....
04 Apr 2013 13:09
Is anyone offering cyber-baptisms/christenings? Maybe those cyber-priests we're going to have doing the cyber-weddings can take this one on, too?
Topic Would you date a Porn star?
04 Apr 2013 08:54
I'm not going to deny that her being active in the biz would make me uncomfortable. One who was retired would be less problematic, I suspect. Still, if we connected on some level (besides sexual) and enjoyed being together...I couldn't totally rule out the possibility.
What I do hope is that I would be dating HER, not her porn persona (because the two are not necessarily the same thing). IOW, that I would want her for being her not for what I've seen her do on screen.
Topic Do you have a goal as a lush author?
04 Apr 2013 08:04
I enjoy writing and have never had an audience before. My goal is simply to get some stories out there and get some reactions to my writing. I do have grander plans for doing something more (a novel, but likely not an erotic one) so it's a bit a of playground for me to get my style and such worked out in front of an audience. Kind of like the amateur singer jumping up on stage on open mike night, I guess.
Topic What's Your Story Pet Peeve?
04 Apr 2013 07:59
I also can't stand it when an Author uses character names in every single sentence 3 or 4 times, " Jane slid her hand ever so slowly up John's leg, John enjoyed that." " Jane loved that John enjoyed that.", "John stroked Jane's her slowly while Jane snuggled her head on John's shoulder." ... it happens.
I find that I spend a lot of time on this sort of thing when I'm editing and rewriting stories. I generally agree with you so I try to mix up my character references as much as possible. Throw in some pronouns, phrases like "his wife" or "her sister" or whatever is appropriate. With two people having straight sex, it's fairly easy to mix in the pronouns and other references.
Once there's more than one of the same sex (e.g. in a gay or lesbian scene, or group sex of various configurations), you need to be awfully careful about pronoun antecedents or things get confusing. Even saying things like "his wife" in a scene with two couples could be problematic. You do need to mix up your character references, but sometimes names are the easiest way to ensure that the right body part is in the right other person's body part.
Topic This or That
03 Apr 2013 10:32
Across so you can stare into her eyes (and down her top if so inclined).
After dinner - out to a movie or home for some fun
Topic Gay without Anal?
02 Apr 2013 11:31
I started out in kind of the same place (bi-curious but not really into anal) but anal is now working its way into my fantasies. Plenty for two men to do that doesn't involve it, though. I've written one gay story (unsubmitted but will rectify that soon) and didn't intend to have anal at first but somehow it got in there. A case of the story taking me where it wanted me to go, I guess.
Topic Do you guys like to see butt crack?
28 Mar 2013 06:48
I can't say it is a big turn on. I'm not much of an ass man to start with, though I do like a nice, shapely behind. Crack is something I expect to see at a certain point in things and can be a turn-on then (e.g. taking someone from behind), but I'm not really into seeing it all over the place.
Topic Does anyone else crank their speakers up and dance around the room?
28 Mar 2013 05:58
Been known to happen, mostly when my family isn't around or I'm wearing headphones (they don't like loud, danceable music). Even started bouncing and bopping to a tune on Slacker while on the stationary bike last night (don't worry, it's fairly sturdy and stable).
Topic Do you read your own work to get off?
28 Mar 2013 05:55
I find that by the time I've come up with the scenario (which is where I'm most likely to get off on it), built it into a story, written it, and read and edited it a dozen times or more, it ceases to get me going. It either becomes too familiar or I'm still in editing mode and focus more on the text than on the arousing bits. That said, I have gone back to a story after ignoring it for a while and it may get me off again at that point.
Topic What's Your Story Pet Peeve?
27 Mar 2013 14:01
The "Laundry List" for sure (I've actually stopped reading some writers who I found prone to it).
Second person I can live with IF it is done well. The problem is that there more writers who do it than can do it well.
My biggie, perhaps bigger than laundry lists (which, let's face it, can be slipped in subtly so that they lose that feel), is stories that start of by telling us what they are about. I hate stories that loudly announce where they are going in the first paragraph. If your story is tagged "Gay Male" and "First Time" you do not need to open with "This is the story of my first time with a guy." Use that as the one liner if you feel you need to be clear about it. In the narrative, just get on with setting up the characters and setting.
Topic Would you let your partner have a once-in-a-lifetime fuck with a dream date (without you)
27 Mar 2013 13:20
My partner isn't the type, so not likely to ever confront the situation. I'm kind of waffling between the first and second options (I know I'd let her do it, just not sure I'd be as enthused as the first option suggests) but I went with the first. I'd likely want to hear about it, if only so I could be jealous that I wasn't there to make it a threesome.
Topic Desert Island Scenario - Show your creative side...
27 Mar 2013 13:10
Since basic necessities are covered, I guess that leaves luxuries to while away the hours:
- A box with all of the extent volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire (the novel series that Game of Thrones is based on). Because being stranded alone on a desert island is the only way I'll get that sucker read at this point.
- Writing materials (a notebook and some pens ideally).
- Something soft to lie on while I sleep, read, etc. Maybe a Snugly?
- A Fleshlight or comparable toy (my hand might get boring after a while)
- A big bottle of lube (for both toy and hand use)
Topic breast size
27 Mar 2013 12:56
At the risk of repeating myself (since I'm sure that I've said this on other threads), it's what looks good on the woman which is generally what she was born with. I'm love tits but there's no magic formula for size or shape. I've lusted after big ones and I've lusted after small ones. Right now, I'm kind of going for bigger, but there are some in the small to mid range that still get my eye.
Topic Sales Tax
27 Mar 2013 09:06
As a single male university student I spend roughly 17% of my budget on food if I eat at home every meal. If I go out at all, that number climbs, so I'm sure LadyX's 25% number isn't too far off for a woman with children.
In Ontario, we've seen the sales tax drop from 15 to 13% due to the federal government reducing its portion of that tax. This may seem extremely regressive to some of you, but I think our society has found a good way to balance that. There are no taxes on unprepared food items. Food from a restaurant is taxed, but food from a grocery store is not. This way struggling families aren't hit with added costs for items they need to survive.
Sales tax in Canada is a funny beast. Every province except Alberta has it (provinces are not allowed to directly tax income, though most have a provincial income tax that is collected for them by the Feds, so they have to use income and property taxes) and then we have a Federal sales tax (5%). In some provinces, such as Ontario where Rembacher and I live, the provincial sales tax is harmonized with the federal sales tax to create a single tax (13% in Ontario, 5% to the Feds, 8% to the province). In others, they are charged separately though the Feds have made it clear that they want harmonization to be the norm. Sigh. Confederation is wonderful when it works.
There are pluses and minuses to the this system. The exemptions for things like unprepared foods and some children's things (like baby clothes and diapers) keep the sales tax from being too onerous on those who are living with less keeps it focussed more on being a consumption tax. It is easier for ordinary people than income tax. You just pay your extra 13% and you're done. No returns to file or credits and refunds to fritter with. For merchants, of course, it's another matter, esp. in health care where we have to be careful about what is exempt and what isn't (not always easy, I'm afraid). OTOH, in a world where we should really be consuming less, do we want our government programs dependent on consumption?
Income tax has it's problems, too. The patchwork of credits and deductions that has built up over the years (I hear the US tax code is similar) needs to be streamlined and simplified. Just doing that streamlining might help us lower tax rates. One of the reasons loopholes exist is simply that a complex system that is somewhat cobbled together isn't very efficient and inevitably gaps open up.
In the end, we need to decide exactly what government should be doing, exactly how much we are willing to pay for it, and then build an appropriate tax system.
Topic Would you date a transgendered woman?
26 Mar 2013 06:07
I have no real issues with the idea. We'd have to click on some level, of course, just as with any potential partner but being transgender alone wouldn't be a barrier.
Topic Happy birthday Rumpleforeskin
25 Mar 2013 11:53
Wow. Go to a conference for a few days and I miss the party of the year. Happy very belated b-day, Rump!
Topic Favorite position?
08 Mar 2013 09:56
For position, I'm partial to woman on top. I find the view is better and my hands are free to roam.
For what drives me crazy in the sack? Hmmm. Lying on my back while she brushes the tips of her breasts against me. Getting a nice blow or hand job. Lots of mouth and tongue action (kissing, sucking, licking various body parts).
Also, a woman who knows what drives her crazy and lets me know how to do it; who's a bit aggressive about getting her own pleasure out of the sex.
Topic Where do you sit on the Kinsey scale?
07 Mar 2013 06:45
Good points by Sprite and Doll. I can't say for sure if I would develop a romantic relationship with a man, only that I desire a physical one. Now that I think about it more based on these comments, that's likely why I decided that I lean towards the straight end of the spectrum. Sex with a guy would be more likely a "fling" while sex with a woman is more likely to lead to something deeper.
Topic Bisexuals: have you ever had doubts about your sexuality?
06 Mar 2013 06:46
I haven't dispelled my doubts yet. I've always been straight in my actual activities and find women very attractive (Hell, I married one and I've had more than few crushes even now in my middle age years). Yet, there's this niggling attraction to the fantasy of having a guy that's become stronger over time. I can't really say that I've been attracted to or even crushed on any specific guys but the general idea of sex with a man enthralls me and I certainly get off to gay porn and images. So, I'm not totally sure that "bisexual" is the right label yet but I'm increasingly thinking it is.
Sex researchers (forget if it was Kinsey or M&J) seem to think there's a continuum running from gay to straight rather than discreet points so I'm likely somewhere on that continuum leaning towards the straight end but a long way from being at that end of the line. Speaking hypothetically (since I don't have time to do real research on this) if we had a scale from -5 to +5 where -5 means one is attracted to sex with opposite sex only, 0 means one is equally attracted to both sexes, and +5 means one is attracted to same sex only, I'd probably fall around a -1 or -2 rather than squarely on a 0. Mostly attracted to sex with women but open to sex with men as well. Then again, if I were to let go and actually have a sexual relationship with my own sex, who knows? Maybe I'd find I'm more or less into it than I currently think.
Topic Horror genre has been killed
01 Mar 2013 13:00
The original material is still there but in book form, like the novels of Robt. McCammon, Dan Simmons, Richard Matheson, and the early Necroscope books of Brian Lumley.
And even in book form, I'm not really sure what's good anymore. So many of the back of the book blurbs suggest to me the same old ideas being hashed out over and over again. When I need a chill these days, I find I'd just as soon go back to a classic like M. R. James or H. P. Lovecraft as try some of what's out there now unless I've had a specific recommendation from a source I can rely on like a friend with similar tastes or an author that I like. All the ones you mention go back to the nineties or earlier but I agree that all are modern horror at its best when they are on their game. Matheson in particular is pretty much into the classic category now.
Topic What's the most peculiar story genre you've heard of
01 Mar 2013 12:34
Steampunk and Weird West are odd but hardly the most peculiar. Then again, as a longtime reader of pulp fantasy, which is often pretty strange (try reading some Clark Ashton Smith) I may be a bit jaded where s-f & fantasy are concerned.
The whole transformation/furry thing is something I've long found peculiar. Stories in which characters, often self-inserts by the author, change bodies and have relationships (including sexual ones) with others who similarly transform. A late friend (who was a furry himself) edited a webzine of this stuff. They had an ongoing shared universe series about a world where a virus transformed people into animal forms. Even some of the columns were often written by the editors in their animal personae. Oddly, he did use a fair straight-up horror story that I wrote back in university, so it wasn't all furry stories but that seemed to be the lion-share of the material.