Forum posts made by charmbrights

Topic Harvey Weinstein
Posted 25 Oct 2017 07:51

Don't forget that the standard of proof required in a criminal trial is higher than that in a civil trial. Weinstein does not have to be found guilty of criminal charges for him to be judged appropriately fired from his job. In the United States legal system, there are two standards of proof that must be met before the judge decides who wins a case. Civil courts use a lower standard of “preponderance of evidence”, while criminal courts use a higher standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

There is a third standard: trial by news media. It requires no proof and can never be undone or corrected. We have seen it in the last few years in a number of cases where someone has not actually done anything but has been accused of something which the media deem to be wrong. On a few occasions something a man has said has been taken out of context and has cost him his career, even on one occasion a Nobel prizewinner lost his job for a misjudged attempt at a joke.

So I no longer make any points anywhere without carefully judging what the reaction may be. For this posting I expect to be thrown out of all the Porn sites of which I am a member and to have all my writings banned in every soi disant civilised community, even the text book I wrote on computer security.

Topic Inspiration and Celebrities
Posted 27 Mar 2017 04:35

I never willingly describe a character's physical appearance. The readers of my stories know exactly what each character looks like in their own mind . Anything else is either unnecessary or off-putting. I hate stories that start off with a paragraph about the principal's appearance that reads like a forensic pathologist's report (5'6",195 lbs, bald, blue eyes, 16" prick, 32yo, etc.). That said, when it is necessary to the plot I will give some details, but only when necessary. In my "Delights" series of a dozen novels, the main character, the Emir, is never described, and the only clue I give is that he is not as tall as his head bodyguard, but as Maktum is "almost seven feet tall" that isn't giving much away!

Topic Writing a Whole Novel...?
Posted 17 Jan 2017 01:55

but... but... i want fame and moneeeeyyy.

They will come. The difficult bit is getting your first novel published.

Oh, and knowing when it is finished.

Topic Post a random fact
Posted 03 Jan 2017 01:26

You are more likely to be killed in a domestic kitchen appliance incident than to win the UK national lottery if you buy one ticket for every draw.

Topic Why Did You Choose the Avatar You Use?
Posted 03 Jan 2017 01:17

Because it is me being unloaded from the Ffestiniog Railway. It tells people how old I am and that I won't suddenly appear on their doorstep out of the blue and that riding on trains is my second favourite pastime (and is more available and less effort than my favorite).

Topic What food are you craving right now?
Posted 03 Jan 2017 01:11

Breakfast time here - toast with lamb dripping generously spread on it.

Topic New Year's Resolutions - What's Yours?
Posted 03 Jan 2017 01:08

I'll try to keep my 1/1/2000 resolution which was never to make any New Year's resolutions.

Topic Post the title most recent song that you listened to
Posted 03 Jan 2017 00:58

O mio babbino caro by Amira, but then I am an old man.

Topic Do you hate your job?
Posted 03 Jan 2017 00:53

Job? Job? Oh yes, I remember, I had one of those back in the last century, but it took up too much of my time so I ¿retired? I think they call it and now I get a pension.

Topic As a reader which do you prefer. A first person or third person view point?
Posted 03 Jan 2017 00:47

I know it has been a long time since this thread was live, but nobody pointed out the great problem with first person narratives.

In a third person "fly on the wall" composition there is no limit to what information can be passed to the reader. In first person only what that person actually knows, sees and experiences can be told.

"Is this love?" (s)he asked me. is fine but not (S)he was wondering if this were love. as the first person narrator can only guess at the other people's thoughts.

Similarly, the narrator needs to be told by a someone else what happened when (s)he was not there.

All my writings are in the third person because it allows me to relate activities which are forbidden in first person, such as events my hero(ine) did not witness and the feelings of other characters.

Topic Can you feel it?
Posted 25 Dec 2016 01:41

Thank you Bethany. That's what I thought from my own experience with my (serial) wives.

Topic Can you feel it?
Posted 24 Dec 2016 03:58

As an author, and reading lots of stories which mostly have detailed descriptions of the experience, I wonder:

When having bareback sex can you actually feel the semen being deposited inside you?

Topic Have you had sex with someone you not suppose to,e.g wife of a friend,married co-worker etc ?
Posted 24 Dec 2016 03:51

Yes. A friend's wife (at her instigation). Various holiday romances.

Topic Is equality such a difficult concept to grasp?
Posted 06 Dec 2016 00:15

We're discussing gender - so I'm not going to travel toward age or religion discussions.

Gender . . . all girls schools?

Why? Is your workplace going to be strictly all male or all female?
So why learn separate? Grades aren't the only thing to work toward in school.

Every moment of your life is spent around people of opposite or neutral gender (etc). Part of growing up and attending school is learning how to deal with those types of related matters. that's LIFE. You can hide from it or pretend that's not how it IS just to isolate and seclude yourself.

If people - both males and females - are forever encouraged to shut-down in the presence of the opposite gender, withdraw or remove themselves . . . then they'll never figure out how to make it in life. Life is isolated.
A child spends only a small proportion of its waking life in school, so why shouldn't that be aimed at grades primarily?

Consider the figures 36 weeks school a year, 6 hours on 5 days in each week. Awake perhaps 100 hours a week,say 5,200 hours a year of which only one fifth is spent in school, and that for only twelve years. Nobody is suggesting single sex education over the age of 18.

Topic When is a story 'finished'?
Posted 03 Dec 2016 06:46

As someone once told me "Your writing is finished only when you are totally fed up with it."

Topic Question for authors ...
Posted 03 Dec 2016 06:36

I write fiction all under one pen name, but my non-fiction is technical and written under my 'real' name. The problem with that was persuading the bank to open an account under my pseudonym so that I could bank royalties separately from normal income.

Topic Is equality such a difficult concept to grasp?
Posted 01 Dec 2016 08:34

The idea of equality meaning the same laws apply to me and you and everyone else . . . this makes perfect sense and is entirely plausible.

No, it neither makes perfect sense nor is plausible with the self-contradictory laws we now have.

In Europe age discrimination is illegal, yet it is apparently OK to have different rules for different ages in many fields, driver's licence is the most obvious, or buying booze.

In the UK discrimination on religious beliefs held is illegal, but the courts have ruled that a lifelong honestly held Christian belief that sex is for one man and one woman who are married is now to be over-ruled by the honestly held lifelong belief that two men may indulge in sex in private wherever they wish, even in a hotel room owned and rented out by holders of the first belief. Clearly these two positions are incompatible, but the older, less noisily pursued view has had to give way.

The Roman Catholic church has had to close its adoption schemes because it refused to allow adoption by unmarried couples, on pain of being forced to hand children over to such couples or pay them compensation.

Another aspect of this is that all should have equal opportunities in education. That does not mean that mixed-ability teaching works, anymore than a mixed ability sports team would. It does not even mean that co-ed schooling works better than same-sex schools. It has been shown, in the UK at least, that girls do better when educated in an all-girls school, but anyone who says this will be shouted down by the "equalists".

The answer to the question is " Yes , equality is a difficult concept to apply ".

Topic Where do you write and save the drafts?
Posted 01 Dec 2016 07:07

Maybe this sounds paranoid but I save two copies on separate external drives attached to my own desktop, both password protected.

I wouldn't use the cloud, or any internet site's facilities for work in progress because you have NO guarantee that other people can't read your work. Furthermore you have no control (or even knowledge) over where any of that is stored as back-ups.

It isn't that I have had a bad experience, but until I retired my job was computer security, and I know how much power I had to access other people's work. I know that “XYZ Inc.” are a reputable company and only hire trusted people, but in my forensic work I saw so many crooks ...

Topic Sprite's Pet Peeves - writers should check this out before submitting stories - it's just go
Posted 29 Nov 2016 05:52

Good job here, sprite.

Might I add:
Then and than, too and to, there is a difference.
Be careful with breath and breathe.
To make a word plural do not use 's; it's either s, es, or ies. (stories not story's; 's refers to possession)
Read your story out loud to someone. Their ears or yours will likely pick up some issues.

I actually take the 'laundry listing' ban a little further, (though I call it 'forensic pathologist's report') in my thirteen published novels about Kobekistan the main character, the Emir, has only one reference to his physical appearance, and that is that he is not so tall as his principal bodyguard, but Maktum is also described as almost seven feet tall, so that does not give too much away. The reader will always see someone in their mind's eye and that image will always be exactly right for them . I do describe clothing, however.

As to reading aloud, there are products on the market which will read your work aloud automatically. Microsoft had a product which read .lit format aloud to you, but I don't know if it is still available. A word of caution though, some technical terms can be mispronounced - as JKR found out when Hermione was pronounced Her-my-one.

Topic Spelling Mistakes?
Posted 04 Sep 2012 05:19

Photographed today:

Topic Sexy paintings and illustrations.
Posted 28 Aug 2012 01:16

What, exactly, was Eve doing before the snake distracted her?

Topic The way of a Man with a Maid
Posted 24 May 2012 01:10

The full text is available free at because it is in the public domain.

Topic punishment
Posted 24 May 2012 01:04

Agree a safe word.

Then gag the slave.

Then say, "You can use the safe word any time you want me to stop."

Topic FAIL Thread
Posted 24 May 2012 00:59

Lush Stories ...more entertaining than daytime television... That is not difficult.

Topic No wonder we live in such a kind & gentle society today
Posted 24 May 2012 00:34

You may notice that all the best insults in this clip do not include obscenities. See, for example, the lady starting at 1 minute 20 seconds into the play. I'm sorry I don't recognise her, but I am not a film buff, nor do I watch much US TV.

Topic Describe yourself in one word
Posted 23 May 2012 01:31


Topic What is the meaning of life?
Posted 23 May 2012 01:30

Life is a sexually transmitted terminal condition.

Where are the Monty Python fans? :( What has HHGG to do with Monty Python?

Topic WTF?
Posted 19 May 2012 02:43

What does "FREE" mean? does FREE mean 1.jpg does FREE mean 2.jpg

Topic It was a mistake to give women the right to vote?
Posted 19 May 2012 01:12

... 2) It is a fundamental human right to have say in one's government. ... Does that come under "Life", Liberty", or "the Pursuit of Happiness"?

No government gives you life, though they may take it away.
No government gives you liberty, though they may take it away.
No government gives you happiness, though they may take it away.

Topic 5 seniors suspended and janitor fired for senior prank with Post-It Notes? WTF
Posted 19 May 2012 01:00

When I was in high school, some friends and I turned every single book in the school library backwards. ... We reshelved a lot of ours by colour of binding and size. It took a long time to put them back!