Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic What's Your Greatest Fear In Life?
Posted 02 Jun 2015 14:27

The large hadron collider creating a quantum singularity and sucking us all up our own bottoms!

Topic What are your erotica pet peeves?
Posted 01 Jun 2015 14:01

'Cumming' winds me up. Cum as a noun yes, but the verb should be coming.

Danielle x

Topic The Quality of Stories and Poems
Posted 29 May 2015 04:22



My question was purely hypothetical, and based on the scientific premise that you try to prove that something is not true, a line of enquiry that is not widely understood by non scientists. The discussion has been very interesting, and mainly serious, and of a quality that was not always true of my tutorials. The responses, I believe, show that Lush has just about got it right, thanks in no small way to the moderators.

I understand that your post was purely hypothetical and approached it as such. I don't think you need to apologize, as it's purely valid debate.

Danielle x

Topic If aliens came to our planet...
Posted 26 May 2015 22:18

I like the idea of a sexy time traveller who is involved in all kinds of temporal anomalies. Has given me ideas :)

Topic How do I attract a female audience?
Posted 26 May 2015 11:54

It's all pretty patronising that we are so shallow that we can't enjoy any genre, if it's well written.

I know we're meant to want to read about white horses and sex on the beach, but if you look at the breadth of the genres that some of us write, you get a very broad cross-section of comments and followers. It's not something that I'd write about but some of the gay male stories that I moderate are very enjoyable and well-written!

Actually mad now cussing

*stomps off*

Topic Summer Sex!
Posted 26 May 2015 06:23

What's the deadline for this? I'll probably give it a go! :)

Danielle xx

Topic How do I attract a female audience?
Posted 24 May 2015 23:54

This has gotten a little off track. here's my advice for writers. write like yourself and FOR yourself. don't try to write for an audience, don't try to write like someone whose work you admire. write what comes naturally. sure, take chances, experiment with styles, etc, but always be true to yourself - the longer i do this, the more i realize that, if i am not telling a story that i enjoy no one else is going to enjoy it either.

This. You just have to write and write some more. Practice and experimentation will pile up the armoury of writing styles available to you. If it's a good story it shouldn't matter about the gender of the reader. Obviously certain genres will appeal to different tastes, whether girl or boy.

Danielle x

Topic The Quality of Stories and Poems
Posted 24 May 2015 23:24

As a scientist I have been wondering about how one might measure the quality of a story or poem.

There seem to be only four criteria:
1. Number of reads - quantitative
2. Number of scores - quantitative
3. Average score - quantitative
4. Comments - qualitative

To maintain the high quality of Lush, it might be that stories and poems should be removed after a decent interval of time, say 9 months if they failed any of these criteria:
1. Fewer than 3,000 reads for a story or 100 reads for a poem
2. Fewer than 30 scores for a story or 10 scores for a poem
3. Average score below 4

Another suggestion could be that there should be two ways of scoring each story or poem:
1. Quality of the writing
2. Level of eroticism

I realise that if a quality control system were imposed most of my stories and poems would be removed, which might be a reflection of their quality, but I would still be interested in other authors views on this topic.




I think you over-looking some confounding variables in your assessment of the erotic story.

The number of reads is not associated with the quality of a story as such, in an isolated sense. It is associated with the popularity of (i) the author and (ii) the popularity of the genre.

The number of scores is probably correlated to the number of reads, but I have no data on that.

The average score is a good measure, but can be biased by 'forced comments.' Forcing a comment deters trolls and mean people, who are less likely to score low if they have to justify it with a comment.

I agree that Comments are a good measure but difficult to quantify. Maybe you could agree on a selection of key words and rank the words.

Using your second scenario, there are more problems:

How do you measure quality of writing? This has a very high, though not entirely subjective element.

Level eroticism. I don't know how you would measure this, since what some people find erotic, others find a turn off.

Danielle

Topic What's for dinner tonight?
Posted 24 May 2015 07:53

I'm doing Aberdeen Angus burgers from Waitrose.

I'm going to grill them with sliced red onions and then put inside slightly warmed sesame seed rolls.

I add the slices of red onion on the grill for a few minutes when the burgers are nearly done and it makes them nice and soft.

I'll serve them with a side salad of sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado and a tiny drizzle of green Tabasco.

Very nice

Danny x

Topic Eurovision Song Contest
Posted 24 May 2015 00:44

I thought Russia were robbed. Clearly the best song, but got voted down for political reasons. Voting was a disaster. Portugal, Estonia and Georgia had to come back at the end of the show, cos their string and tin can failed (only funny thing that voice over man said.) England came nowhere - AGAIN! What I don't get, is that Britain is overflowing with talented singers/groups. Why not send Adele?!

Laura says we deliberately lose cos we can't afford to host it.

Graham Norton was clearly not interested this year. He had no knowledge of geography and kept saying stupid things.

Danny x

Topic If aliens came to our planet...
Posted 23 May 2015 11:31

@Danielle- Actually, what the fossilized evidence shows is that we are descended from "Neanderthal man" the "missing link" between "Neanderthal man" and the apes that Darwin theorizes we AND Neanderthal are BOTH descended from has never been found. That leaves TWO possibilities.

One is as simple as no such fossils having been found BUT Darwin is 100 % correct.

The OTHER possibility is that Neanderthal man was BROUGHT to this planet due to something having resulted in them BEING hostile and overly aggressive and the "aliens" who left them returning from time to time to check on their "experiment". Which would account for a great deal! To include those constructs at Giza that modern builders who work with massive stone construction have stated could NOT be built within the 25-30 year time frame those supposedly were if we were to employ modern quarrying methods and transport to do so.

You weren't know this, but I'm quite well read on anthropology. We ain't descended from Neanderthals.

"Neanderthals are the extinct hominid group most closely related to contemporary humans, so their genome offers a unique opportunity to identify genetic changes specific to anatomically fully modern humans. We have identified a 38,000-year-old Neanderthal fossil that is exceptionally free of contamination from modern human DNA. Direct high-throughput sequencing of a DNA extract from this fossil has thus far yielded over one million base pairs of hominoid nuclear DNA sequences. Comparison with the human and chimpanzee genomes reveals that modern human and Neanderthal DNA sequences diverged on average about 500,000 years ago . Existing technology and fossil resources are now sufficient to initiate a Neanderthal genome-sequencing effort."

Nature 444, 330-336 (16 November 2006) Richard E Green et al

~~~

"The taxonomic status of Neanderthals lies at the center of the modern human origins debate. Proponents of the single-origin model often view this group as a distinct species with little or no contribution to the evolution of modern humans. Adherents to the regional continuity model consider Neanderthals a subspecies or population of Homo sapiens, which contributed significantly to the evolution of early modern Europeans."

PNAS vol. 101 no. 5 (6 January 2004) Katerina Harvati

Topic If aliens came to our planet...
Posted 23 May 2015 02:17



We all have our own beliefs regarding a great many things. You're entitled to yours, but some of us think that given infinite possibility and probability it's highly unlikely that we are the only intelligent beings in existence. AND, given that there has never been any proof that the "missing link" ever did exist... it's equally POSSIBLE that our original forebears were the Neanderthals. Nor, can we even be CERTAIN that this is the FIRST advanced society to ever have existed on THIS planet. Ice ages and other natural cataclysms (magnetic pole shifts, continental rising and sinking, comet hits that have produced "nuclear winter like" conditions just to name a few possibilities) could easily have eradicated previous societies and left little evidence of their existence.

Fossil evidence shows that we and Neanderthals are species with the same common ancestor. What's that got to do with aliens?

You might find this interesting... Fermi Paradox

You WOULD BE correct BUT the star the Aborrigines were speaking of is CERES, NOT Sirius

To be fair, you did say Sirius, which is the dog star. Ceres is an asteroid.

D x

Topic Eurovision Song Contest
Posted 23 May 2015 00:42

Eurovision means a party in my house! Never miss it! I like the Russian entry.

Was hoping to hear an entry from Czech Republic, but they lost in the semi finals crybaby

Danny x

Topic If aliens came to our planet...
Posted 22 May 2015 13:36

Since we have viewed all the planets in our solar system and found no life, the closest solar system to ours is like a thousand light years away . I highly doubt if they traveled that far, they would want to turn around and go home. So I guess I would think our government would have a contingency plan to deal with extraterrestrial illegal aliens.

On the other hand, we are not able to handle the alien problem we already have. If we can't secure our borders from a bunch of kids crossing, how would we deal with an advanced civilization? I've got a feeling they won't want to pick in the fields.

It's a lot nearer than that. The nearest star to our sun is Proxima Centauri, which is a mere 4.3 light years away. Even so, the fastest speed that man has achieved is escape velocity, which is about 7 miles per second. Assuming we could sustain that velocity (would take a lot of fuel) it would take 260,000 years to reach Proxima Centauri and that's like the corner shop in astronomical terms xx

Topic If aliens came to our planet...
Posted 22 May 2015 13:26

The question should be... why haven't we been visited by aliens? The fact is, even assuming that travelling interstellar distances is even possible, which as far as we know it isn't, we will never know if there aliens out there or not. That's quite a thought, but consider this:

If there's life elsewhere in the universe, it's probably a squidgy thing on planet Zog not a highly functioning, technologically advanced civilization like our own.

Given the vastness of the universe, it seems statistically likely that there should have been circumstances that have allowed life to evolve, but the Earth is in the Goldilocks zone. All the factors that had to happen to make us, are vanishingly small. It is a miracle that we're here.

D x

Topic Big bust up over 'gay cake' Who do you think is right?
Posted 22 May 2015 13:16



I think if I lived close to that bakery I would go and order a cake for a gay Christening just to see what happens.

You know what... I believe you would! kickbutt

Topic Big bust up over 'gay cake' Who do you think is right?
Posted 22 May 2015 13:07

Just bumping this cos the ruling from the courts came this week. The judge fined the bakery £500 because they unlawfully discriminated against the sexual orientation of the gay couple.

The bakery has said it will now only do birthday and Christening cakes


The full case and the ruling can be read here anyone for cake?


D x

Topic Why is the universe so big?
Posted 20 May 2015 09:12



Yes. Hooke's contribution to science at the time was staggering, and some would say of an equal to newtons. Newton was mathematically Hooke's superior, and Hooke was the far better experimenter. Some say because the spent so much time experimenting he didn't develop individual ideas in enough detail, he was apparently an adept mathematician, but probably not to Newtons level. It's just a pity that he was outlived by Newton because with Newtons presidency of the Royal Society Hooke's level of contribution he seemed to be actively written out of history.

It's certainly a long bow to say that Newton is the smartest man that existed. Many people, even at the same time, were similarly brilliant mathematicians and it wouldn't have been long before someone else came up with a mathematical description of the inverse square law of gravitation because it was supposed that it acted in such a manner, but no one had worked out the details yet.


On the question, Why is the universe so big.... Why not.

It may well be a truism, for life of sufficient complexity to develop the laws of the universe, and the length of time needed to elapse, need to be such that the question 'Why is the universe so big?' can't be asked until the universe is so big.

Newton was a flawed genius. He was amazingly arrogant and had no time for anyone except for those who had earned his respect, e.g. Halley and Wren. Hooke was a great scientist but for whatever reason Newton refused to recognize him which meant he was effectively air brushed from history. However Newton was brilliant and clever in ways it's almost impossible to comprehend.

sorry about the double post.

Topic Why is the universe so big?
Posted 20 May 2015 09:08



Yes. Hooke's contribution to science at the time was staggering, and some would say of an equal to newtons. Newton was mathematically Hooke's superior, and Hooke was the far better experimenter. Some say because the spent so much time experimenting he didn't develop individual ideas in enough detail, he was apparently an adept mathematician, but probably not to Newtons level. It's just a pity that he was outlived by Newton because with Newtons presidency of the Royal Society Hooke's level of contribution he seemed to be actively written out of history.

It's certainly a long bow to say that Newton is the smartest man that existed. Many people, even at the same time, were similarly brilliant mathematicians and it wouldn't have been long before someone else came up with a mathematical description of the inverse square law of gravitation because it was supposed that it acted in such a manner, but no one had worked out the details yet.


On the question, Why is the universe so big.... Why not.

It may well be a truism, for life of sufficient complexity to develop the laws of the universe, and the length of time needed to elapse, need to be such that the question 'Why is the universe so big?' can't be asked until the universe is so big.

Newton was a flawed genius. He was amazingly arrogant and had no time for anyone except for those who had earned his respect, e.g. Halley and Wren. Hooke was a great scientist but for whatever reason Newton refused to recognize him which meant he was effectively air brushed from history. However Newton was brilliant and clever in ways it's almost impossible to comprehend.

Topic Why is the universe so big?
Posted 20 May 2015 09:02



I forgot about this thread. I think this is one of your greatest hits, Danielle. It's even greater than when you asked if dogs could tell twins apart or if that was just a myth.

I'm just asking questions. I think you'll find the twins question was in relation to the parent trap.

Topic What did you have for lunch today?
Posted 14 May 2015 11:56

Half a Scotch egg from Tesco deli, some olives, cherry tomatoes and beetroot. A flapjack for pud

Topic A little note about multi-part stories.
Posted 12 May 2015 12:35



Yes, Danielle ... that was my point by bringing up Buz's college sex series .... you (or anyone) can read one and it's a great story in and of itself. Go to another one, and there is enough description about Jennifer or Mary Beth in the individual stories to know who the character is ... little details evolve and are shared throughout the series to make it a whole, but again, the "chapters" are substantial on its own without the cry "Read the prior story so you understand the characters".

I had someone once share with me that he was reading my Secretary and the Student series out of order. Each of the stories worked as a stand alone, yet the whole story began to emerge. That was quite a wonderful compliment from a fellow author.

Cheers!

Van

Okay that's good although I don't think it's virtuous, it's just a different style of writing. The chances are, that you are simply a good author :)

Buz of course is a particularly skilful writer, so maybe as an example, a hard act to live up to, but illustrates the point x

Topic A little note about multi-part stories.
Posted 12 May 2015 12:05

A lot of these comments are spot on.

Personal opinion - multi-part stories should have a feeling of stand-alone stories.


Firstly, I totally agree with Sprite and personally sent back such a story recently.

Van, do you mean that each part of series should work, so that it wouldn't matter whether the reader read the other parts or not?

I think that can be true. I have written stories, which work equally as stand alone stories and as part of a series. In some cases, e.g. 'This one' each part is dependent on the previous chapter.

But in general each chapter should be chunky enough to engage the reader. An interminable number of chapters is a turn off IMO.

Danielle x

Topic What's a good, sexy female name for an erotic story?
Posted 11 May 2015 13:13

It depends on the character, e.g. nationality, social class, age etc

Danielle

Topic Your Politics: Summed Up
Posted 08 May 2015 03:03




Was that really necessary?

Apologies. I was a bit squiffy last night x

Topic Your Politics: Summed Up
Posted 07 May 2015 12:03





I couldn't fault this and and I think it's one of the best posts that I have read on Lush.

Why don't you give him a blow-job and be done with it!

Topic Ideas for chicken skin
Posted 06 May 2015 03:27

The olive oil, black pepper and coriander is the dressing. I assure you, this is delicious cat

Topic Ideas for chicken skin
Posted 05 May 2015 21:40

Like anything, now and again isn't going to hurt. It's so yummy :) x

Topic Ideas for chicken skin
Posted 05 May 2015 12:53

I went to a friend's house for dinner recently and he did chicken, but took the skin off 'cos it's unhealthy.' I was like "Umph! It's the best bit."

Anyway, I have a lovely recipe for chicken skin.

When you have chicken, take the skin off the thighs and put in the fridge for use the next day....

The next day...

1. Get some rocket and water cress (you can either buy it separately or some shops do a rocket and water cress all in one. Use quite a lot cos this is a main course.

2. Grill the chicken skin until it's just turning golden in the centre and remove from grill. (DO NOT BURN) or the dish will be ruined.

3. Take wedge of Stilton cheese, not too much, maybe a piece 2" x 1/2" and crumble over the leaves.

4. Add some olives (black or green) I prefer a mixture.

5. Take the chicken skin and lay on salad.

6. Sprinkle on a little fresh, finely chopped coriander.

7. Finally season with a little freshly ground black pepper and drizzled olive oil.


You'll thank me later!

Danny xxx