Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic Anyone have a life-motto?
Posted 21 Sep 2017 10:03

When you've exluded the impossible, whatever remains however improbable must be the truth.

Topic Question for Writers
Posted 02 Sep 2017 03:46

Considering the current political climate and with ethical dilemmas constantly challenging us as individuals, I was wondering how you as a writer feel about the following quote.

To be an artist and to be political is the same thing.
-Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei #WritersLife #AmWriting

Personally I don't write intentionally with an agenda. But with the emotionality of my characters and the "why"of it, I do at times tackle relevant issues that can be an indication of my personal politics. The fact that I always include racial diversity in my writing is an example. Not all writers of color do. I've been criticized for including interracial relationships. Or, I've been told that removing either would help me have more of a mainstream audience. So I agree with the quote.

Note: Please answer the question presented; this is not a forum to debate your actual political views.

I wouldn't describe any of my writing as politically motivated. Having said that, I would say that our politics can inform our writing to some extent, though I feel my upbringing and my education are far more relevant. I don't know the Chinese dissident in question, but I imagine that writing and politics are more likely to be conflated when you're raised in a country where self expression isn't encouraged.

Another point which makes this question harder to answer is that in the UK politics is often confused with party politics. I don't think I have ever made any statements around socio-economics in my stories, although I have included political things as plots or sub-plots, but I don't think this question is about that.


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Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 22 Aug 2017 21:43

If I'd been on before the eclipse I'd have posted this. Here it is anyhow, and it is especially dedicated to Danny...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GD2Znr7kFG4

Lol. Thank you, Buz lol

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 21 Aug 2017 10:29

We're watching it on NASA TV. It's so cool

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Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 20 Aug 2017 00:37



Actually, that's one of the other states which begin with the letter M Missouri .

99.7% totality beyotches! evil4

Ah, I wondered who would spot my deliberate mistake Fugly

Embarassed

I've edited the OP now. The resource I used just gave the state codes and I must have got this one in a muddle.

Thanks

D x

Topic Was there a time before the universe came to exist?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 22:20



An example? Heh heh

Communications satellites
Smart phones
Human footprints on the moon
Computers you could put on your desktop, or in your pocket
Hypersonic aircraft
Laser weapons
Self driving cars
Living humans with bionic implants
Genome editing
Companies offering to sequence your DNA
Robotic observatories around other planets
Hundreds of confirmed extra solar planets
An earth orbiting space station with a multinational crew
A global communications network that supports sites like this one
Drones that can remotely monitor the health and safety of a single elephant

That's just a fairly shallow scratch of the surface.



I thought you would say something like that. Yes, some technology would have been bamboozling to my Grandparents but nothing on your list is beyond conceptualisation. For example inter-stellar travel and supersonic flying cars at the moment are totally impossible, but it's not outside my comprehension or acceptance that it might one day be possible. That is in a wholly different ball park to explanations of what happened before the big bang by using theoretical constructs.

Danielle

Topic Was there a time before the universe came to exist?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 13:47



Think for a minute just how much of the things you take for granted every day were "science fiction" in your parents' and/or grandparents' time.

Do you have an example?

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Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 16 Aug 2017 13:43



You seem to be under the impression that I care about what is or isn't apparent to you. I don't.

I'm happy to have been able to clear that up for you.


*Goes for some popcorn*

Topic Was there a time before the universe came to exist?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 11:56

I think some of these theories are bordering on science fiction. The way forward in understanding the universe will come in landmarks, as it has thus far. The next big landmark has to be discovering what is responsible for gravity.

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Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 16 Aug 2017 11:49



I'll ask my friend who was there with me in '99 if she remembers. I don't care much for cold, so perhaps I just didn't pay attention to it.

I wonder, if you walk from the sunlight into the shadow of a building for instance, does that represent a similar temperature difference? dontknow 15ºC is quite a lot.


I asked my Dad. He said it definitely was colder. Maybe not 15ºC but noticeably. I thought I had heard him say that before, even though I wasn't aware of it myself. Also, the air pressure dropped.

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Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 15 Aug 2017 22:23





I don't remember it getting colder as if it was night, and this doesn't really seem to make sense to me either as the eclipse only takes a couple of minutes.

Thank you for the input, Noll and the reminiscence. Maybe I got that wrong, but I thought it did. There were boffins measuring that kind of thing. Also we were by the coast and maybe that makes a difference?

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Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 15 Aug 2017 14:25

For those who don't know and for those who do, there is a total solar eclipse visible in the United States on 21st August of this year.

It will begin in Salem, Oregon around 9.05am and totality will be first seen around 10.15am. It will then pass across the centre of the USA in an arc and eventually finish in Charleston, South Carolina at around 2.47pm.

I saw an eclipse when I was nine years old and I can confirm you don't want to miss this! My Dad says it's the best thing after me being born! binky

A total eclipse occurs when the moon passes in a direct line between the Sun and Earth at such a distance that for a time, the moon's disc completely obscures the sun. All the stars will come out, birds will think it's bed time and it will go as cold as if it was night.

The duration of the total eclipse depends on some very bad ass geometry, but the maximum will be visible from Hopkinsville, Kentucky and last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. In most places it will last for around 2 minutes.

Below is an at a glance guide to what time the eclipse will be visible at key locations:


https://upload.lushstories.com/178484093-Guide.jpg

Ideally, you should be in the path of totality to have the full experience. While a very near total, of say 90%+ is spectacular, you won't experience all the wonderful things associated with a total. Below are links to where you need to be, in order to see the total eclipse. The path of totality is a notional line, where the angle of the moon and sun give the observer a view of a total eclipse. The further you are from this path the more you are away from being able to see a total eclipse. In this instance you will see pen-umbra and only a percentage of the sun will be obscured.

If you live in Oregon, click here

If you live around Oregon and Idaho, click here

If you live around Idaho and Wyoming, click here

If you live around Wyoming and Nebraska, click here

If you live in central Nebraska, click here

If you live around Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, click here

If you live around Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, click here

If you live around Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, click here

If you live around Georgia and South Carolina, click here


Please note: Under no circumstances should you look directly at the sun before the total eclipse with the naked eye. Do not look at the sun directly with binoculars or a telescope as this can result in permanent blindness.

If you wish to view the sun before the eclipse, a welding glass with allow you to do this safely.

Happy watching

Danny x

Topic Where do you get your news?
Posted 13 Aug 2017 04:08

I get my news from Radio 5 Live and Al Jazeera.

Topic Writing With Accents and Dialect
Posted 05 Jul 2017 11:19

It's possible to make the reader believe the character is speaking in an accent by employing some cunning literary tricks.

For example:

https://www.lushstories.com/stories/seduction/the-au-pair-part-1.aspx



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Topic 8 Million Views
Posted 25 Jun 2017 08:36

Wow! That's amazing!


#We'renotworthy!


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Topic Breaking News - UK Genral Election - June 8th
Posted 11 Jun 2017 09:24



The Tories have a majority of 2 with the DUP, not great.

I've been reading up on this. Because Sinn Féin don't take their seats and because the speaker and deputy speaker don't vote, the government's working majority will actually be 11.

The supply and confidence arrangement will allow the government to limp through the basics, but they'll be effectively held to ransom by the DUP, who have a very different agenda. They're going to want a big payout on Northern Irish infrastructure, while Wales will say 'Where's our share?'

This is like a Frankenstein Coalition as my Dad called it. Also, as has been pointed out by those who know, having the government cosying up to one of the sides in Northern Ireland will put strain on the Good Friday agreement.

There needs to be another election, and I suspect there will be and this time Labour will win.

D x

Topic Breaking News - UK Genral Election - June 8th
Posted 10 Jun 2017 10:53

This was an awful result, because no one won! The Conservatives failed miserably, because Theresa Meh is hopeless and is probably actually a automaton. She didn't appear at any of the debates so that people wouldn't see her batteries being changed. My Mum says she's Margaret Thatcher all over again.

The Labour Party failed because they did better than everyone expected but still came second.

The Scottish National Party failed by losing a load of seats, despite Nicola Sturgeon having the best shoes in the debates.

The UK failed because it's left a lame duck Prime Minister with no real mandate when we've got Brexit to negotiate.

On a positive note, my amazing MP Luciana Berger got back in with a 79% share of the vote! cheerleader

Topic Turnout At Elections - A Democratic Dilemma
Posted 20 May 2017 07:41

With so much high-profile political activity in the last few years, not just here in Scotland but around the world, this question has been coming to mind a lot. I can't quite make up my mind what I'd prefer - I'm torn.

Here I've used the term "your side" to mean your preferred candidate or outcome - I want to capture as many scenarios as possible.

Would you prefer a higher level of participation even if it meant your side losing, or having your side win at the cost of democratic apathy?

It seems obvious on the face of it that we should strive for high turnouts - that's the democratic thing - but sometimes you just feel so strongly about something that you just want the opposing side to go away.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

I would sooner more people vote, even if my side loses. There is a particularly high level of voter apathy in the UK. I think this comes from a disengagement with politics and low levels of education and ignorance. When you consider what the Suffragettes went through to get the vote, every woman should want to put their cross in the box. Those that don't should be ashamed.

The higher the turnout, the more democratic the result; a fact especially true with simple plurality. I'm always hearing people say 'my vote won't make any difference.' This election is so important - I think now than at any time, people need to get out and stop the Tories. It doesn't matter to me personally if Theresa May wins, but I have a conscience and the poor people will go the wall if the Conservatives win. That can't be right.

Danny xx

Topic Your profile views
Posted 18 May 2017 09:54



I'd wouldn't mind being on the cusp of that big round pale english ass. kekekegay



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Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 07 May 2017 10:10

Was thinking about apostrophes as a result of this thread, and why they can be so difficult for so many.

Came up with a bunch of reasons:
-As people's usage gets weaker, there are fewer correct examples to see around as guides.

-There is anxiety associated with them, and adding an apostrophe when you're not sure probably feels like you're "doing something." Sort of a hyper-correction (i.e., error) along the lines of: "between you and I ," or "I'll give a present to whomever cleans my garage."

-The plurals of certain names just look funny, so when you're addressing a letter to an entire family whose last name is, for example, "Hannity," writing, "The Hannitys" looks funny, as it contravenes one's general sense of making -y words plural in English. As a result, many write, "The Hannity's," because that seems better than what is more obviously wrong: "The Hannities." I think people assume that apostrophes can make plurals in situations like that, even when the name is simple, e.g., the "Carson's," when it should be the "Carsons."

(I even had an apostrophe added to one of my stories here in such a situation during the verification process. I had written something along the lines of, "...the Maldens live next door..." which got changed to, "the Malden's," before I requested that it be fixed back.)

Yes, apostrophes ought to be used correctly, but I think when we all ought to be gentle when we see mistakes, unless they are both glaring and crucial to understanding, or from people who really ought to know better. As I've gotten older, I've run into more and more people who have their own personal litmus tests for others' literacy. That is, mistakes that each person finds indicative of gross incompetence in English.

Such include:
-thinking that "bemused" is a synonym for "amused."
-"in and of itself"
-"at this point in time."
-not knowing the difference between disinterested / uninterested; continuous / continual; aureole / areola; sensuous / sensual; etc., etc.
-using "hopefully" to mean "I hope that," rather than, "in a hopeful manner."
-and about a gazillion more.


Realistically, very few of us are perfect on all of these, and who knows what invisible tripwires of others we are setting off, so always best, I think, to try to be gentle when you see someone else making a mistake. If it matters, and it's appropriate for you to point it out, do so. But to go looking for trouble? ("Dude, your sign's wrong").

I'm reminded of a classic joke.
"Excuse me, where's the cafeteria at?"
"At Harvard (or Oxford, or lushstories), we don't end our sentences with prepositions."
"Okay, where's the library at, asshole?"




Great post! clapping

D x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 07 May 2017 09:44


When I first read Danielle’s posting where she said ‘We stay on Texel in a little cottage on the east coast.’, my first thought was that that can’t be. I know Holland (Netherlands) is part of Western Europe, so there can’t be an ‘east coast’. I went back and read her statement again, thinking I’d misread it. When I saw what she said, my next thought was that she had made a typing error, and meant to say west instead of east. I’d never heard of Texel before, but the phrase ‘on Texel’ should have given me a clue, but as I said in my posting, my mind isn’t to sharp. Not only that, but it’s been a long day, it’s late and I’m sleepy. Her next sentence of ‘…and fell in love with the island.’ cleared everything up. Now I knew how she could be on the east coast. Danielle, you saved yourself there.

icon_smile Now all I need is a spy to let me know the next time she rents a cottage there so I can get one nearby. Sorry Danielle, but I couldn’t resist adding this remark.

Thanks again Noll, for your information. You are a good instructor.



It's a beautiful island with spectacular sandy beaches. It's very quiet where we stay. Out of our window we have a lake with birds and a lovely windmill. If I go out of the cottage and 100 metres I can look at the sea. The nearby village has a lovely pub with a beer garden. My favourite snack is pufetjers, which are a kind of mini pancake. You get about 10 with lashings of hot butter and icing sugar eat

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Topic 2 spaces between sentences
Posted 01 May 2017 13:20

Do you mean spaces between lines or spaces between the period at the end of a sentence and the next letter?

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Topic your favorite female authors
Posted 01 May 2017 12:21

TonyaL
DanielleX
Burquette
Sweetsinner
Simplicity

They all have something that I really liked and put into my favorites section here on Lush.


Big Hugs

Topic Insects are totally cool but butterflies will fuck you up
Posted 01 May 2017 03:34



And for the record (and despite what my daughters wrongly think), daddy longlegs are not the most venomous spider in the world, but cannot bite into humans because their fangs are too small. They are not even venomous! THEY ARE NOT EVEN SPIDERS!!! They are arachnids, so I guess they aren't insects either.

https://upload.lushstories.com/1923955284-IMG_0374.JPG

Daddy Long Legs refers to two different animals. Daddy Long Legs is also a name for the Cranefly, which is a fly (Diptera). The Daddy Long Legs Spider is an Arachnid, hence a spider.

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Topic Insects are totally cool but butterflies will fuck you up
Posted 01 May 2017 03:28

Lady and gentleman (this is lush, there's like one of each - rest of you are a bunch of pervs) may i present to you.... the spiny flower mantis!

https://askentomologists.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/spiny-flower-mantis.jpg

Butterflies are also insects

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Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 01 May 2017 02:05



Texel is actually part of Holland. Holland consists of two Dutch provinces: North and South Holland. It's only a small part of the Netherlands.

https://youtu.be/eE_IUPInEuc

Ah, Simon addressed this already.

Back to apostrophes now.

I think you will get these anomalies, but I think this is a linguistic thing, not a geographical one. While it might be technically incorrect to say Holland when travelling to your country, everyone in England calls it Holland and knows it's The Netherlands. Really, shouldn't I say I'm travelling to Nederland?

This is a bit like objecting to people ordering a panini, when it's actually a panino? Some names and words become Anglicized.

Having said that, I'm grateful to you pointing this out. I kind of knew there was something about Holland being not right name, but this is the first time I've bothered to research it.

Dankjewel

D x



Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 30 Apr 2017 11:48



Oh but then it's time to learn it's the Netherlands, not Holland, though that might be the part of the country you're visiting then ;)
You go there for work or for pleasure?

Pleasure. We stay on Texel in a little cottage on the east coast. Me and my girlfriend went there for a wedding in 2014 and fell in love with the island. I was told that it was Holland. What's the difference?

D x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 30 Apr 2017 10:54

Seeing a lot of bad examples doesn't make it easier if English is not your first language to start with. Then again, many of those examples may be from people for who it's not their first.

We have something similar in Dutch with spaces, where writing words separate that should be combined gives a whole different meaning. Many people make mistakes like that, including those for whom Dutch is their mother tongue. But reading a lot of English, where words are hardly ever combined to one new word, makes it seem more natural to keep them apart in Dutch as well I guess. It gets even more difficult when some words are burrowed from English, which is the case with a lot of new words.

Thanks. Didn't know you were Dutch. I go to Holland a lot x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 29 Apr 2017 23:59

From reading some story submissions and looking at the various signs on shops and so on, it seems that a large minority, if not a majority of people don't understand how and when to use the apostrophe.

The way I see it, is that a lot of folk have never really got to grips with the apostrophe, but as it's been raised in the media, it's in the back of people's minds. So when they come to write words that end in an 's' they think, 'Well, I know there's this apostrophe thing, so I'll stick one in here, just to be on the safe side.'

This leads to sign like the one below:


https://upload.lushstories.com/1372061308-Unneccesary apostrophes.jpg


This is a particularly bad case, and to be fair to Lush writers, I feel we're better than average.


Adding unwanted apostrophes to words ending in an 's' seems to be the prevalent error, but it works both ways, as in the sign below:



https://upload.lushstories.com/332659817-Missing apostrophe.jpg


This type of error is less frequent, but that might be because signs using the genitive or possessive case are just less common than plurals.


But after all is said and done, does it matter? Are apostrophes the preserve of grammar and punctuation geeks like me, or should we be making a point of sorting them out and encouraging their correct use? Would anyone go as far as to challenge a shopkeeper on their sign, if it contains a misuse of the apostrophe?

D x

Topic First World Problems
Posted 29 Apr 2017 00:16



I'll be right over with as much of it as you like Danielle! Big Hugs

I'll be ready with the pitta bread Big Hugs

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