Topic Votes only with comments - a polite request for your thoughts
18 Apr 2017 05:38
I'm not a fan of forced commenting. Sometimes I'll read an excellent story and write a comment immediately, then add a score afterwards (because comments don't refresh the entire page, but scores do). If my proposed score then pops up a box asking for a comment, well, I've already left one so I cancel the score: no point writing a second comment for the sake of it. Plus, I don't like the popup comments box as it's not very conducive to writing longer comments: you have to scroll too much to read it back.
Yep, this says it for me too.
Topic Awesome Award 4/17/17: HeraTeleia
18 Apr 2017 05:16
I don't really know Jennifer, but I feel I do due to her constant, positive presence around the site and in the forums. This is so very well deserved. Many congratulations Jennifer and good call Rachel!!
Topic Share some of your stories - invitation to self-promote
10 Apr 2017 14:54
What a great thread Mike! I've really enjoyed reading it so thought I'd contribute.
1) The one you wish more people had seen.
I'm really proud of this one: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/end-game.aspx
I took a real person who died by their own hand in 1821 and turned it into a vampire story, very much in the style of Sheridan LeFanu who wrote much later in the nineteenth century. I tried to take all the elements of early nineteenth century London, the details of the last year of Polidori's life and weave in that spooky Gothic feel of LeFanu. The character Marcella was named after LeFanu's vampire story Carmilla.
2) Character that you've written that you'd most like to spend a night with (or an hour, or whatever) if they were "real."
Oh dear god, none of them!! My characters spend enough time in my head without wanting to spend any more time with them when they're down on the page!
3) Most interesting female character.
Hm, that's a tricky one. Maybe the unusually liberated Mrs Rakesfield from: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/a-compromising-marriage-1.aspx
Or the sweet and lubricious Betsy from: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/passions-magical-alchemy.aspx
Then there's the compelling vampire Marcella from: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/end-game.aspx
4) Most interesting male character.
My favourite male characters are my both fictionalised real life people. Firstly, the hopelessly randy yet sympathetic Dr Simon Forman from: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/end-game.aspx and https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/passions-magical-alchemy.aspx
Then there's the young, brilliant and far too short-lived Dr John Polidori from: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/the-waking-dream.aspx and https://www.lushstories.com/stories/historical/end-game.aspx
5) Story whose success surprised you.
All of 'em! I'm thrilled when anyone reads my stuff.
6) A story you were nervous about posting. How come?
I get myself in a right old twist about posting any story. I seem to be getting worse with each one.
7) your raunchiest story.
I don't really do raunch. That's why I'm thrilled when people read my stories! :)
8) your sappiest story
I don't so sappy either. But I think this is my most romantic one: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/flash-erotica/blackout.aspx
Topic Paris or Hollywood?
03 Apr 2017 14:57
Oooh!!! So exciting!
As for the setting, that entirely depends on the context of your story idea. Not that I'm fishing or anything...
Topic OMG Shakespeare - WTF?
30 Mar 2017 15:21
I haven't seen these before, so I'd have to take a proper look before having an opinion.
However, I am a huge fan of the Shakespeare Manga series. They have the original language but the illustrations and setting make them entirely accessible to teenagers. They are a great learning aid.
Topic Announcing our "Passion" Poetry Competition
17 Mar 2017 10:40
This is a wonderful idea, Nicola! The notion of passion can be so open to creative interpretation and it's a perfect tribute.
I just have a mundane question as I was looking over the competition guidelines; "We are looking for poems, which convey the emotion of passion. For this competition, they do not necessarily need to be overtly sexual in nature (although they can be if you wish!)."
So, as well as ticking the competition box, if poems are not overtly sexual, or the passion expressed is not completely erotic, which Category should authors choose?
Topic Inspiration and Celebrities
16 Feb 2017 15:31
As my stories are all historical, quite often my characters are (or were) real people so for me it's lots of research and then trying to be true to their character and circumstances while trying to compose a story which flows and doesn't read like a dry history lesson!
Does Lord Byron count as a celebrity??
Topic Your favourite story title?
15 Feb 2017 12:00
I took a look through my Favourite Stories list to see which titles jump out at me.
As someone else pointed out, Average Black Girl has a way with titles, especially poetry.
*Song of the Succubus* is a fine example.
I also seem to like titles that intrigue me or are evocative;
like LeCygneNoir's *Moanin'* which sums up the jazz age in which it was written
*Cake and Boobs* by PervyStoryTeller - who could resist a title like that!
In the same way, Sprite's sublime story *Would You Like Ketchup With That?* takes service and seduction to a whole new level!!
Topic What's for dinner tonight?
29 Jan 2017 16:44
Leftovers from last night's dinner party. Puy lentil and rocket salad, Persian aubergines in a spicy tomato sauce with baby boiled spuds and broccoli and green beans in a citrus butter. Yum!!
Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
28 Jan 2017 17:48
god, this place is empty! where've you all gone?!
I'm here! Chilling after a dinner party and drinking Marsala. Cheers! :)
Topic Sex with a married man
29 Dec 2016 14:13
Never sought out. And if a married man has approached me they always get a definite no.
Topic The Story Submission Issues Thread
16 Dec 2016 13:11
I've got one for you. (Running Firefox 50 on macOS Sierra 10.12.1)
If you maximise the main story field, a feature I think is fantastic, the top of the gray toolbar hides behind the Lush red header and you cannot see the top row of buttons including the one to minimise it back down.
Super-Liz, I had this problem too (on Chrome and Windows 10 and possibly candle power). Have you found any way around this??
Topic Losing your way in writting erotic,how to gain your writers mojo back.
27 Nov 2016 14:25
My best advice is to read. Take advantage of the slump and read. Reading was most likely what brought you to writing.
Step outside of yourself for a while and just let your imagination go. Read for fun, read about writing, even read bad writing. It inspires thought, sometimes raises questions and can often challenge you. It works for me.
Topic What do you find harder?
27 Nov 2016 14:17
story is easy. sex scenes are harder, not because they're hard, but because you need to make them interesting, and there's only so many ways to write sex.