Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Just submitted my first story... Eek!
Posted 25 Dec 2015 02:43

I've just submitted my first story for moderator approval. How exciting! When did you first submit a story to LUSH?

If I remember correctly, I submitted 32 stories here the first day I joined...a little over six years ago...damn, is it really that long ago?

Topic What's the weather like where you are?
Posted 25 Dec 2015 02:40

It is 70 degrees, humid, and wet. Not like the normally cold and snowy December we have here.

You must live by me...yeah, it was in the 70's earlier with 80% humidity...but it felt like it was about 100 here...


https://upload.lushstories.com/1004317134-Parlin Weather 12-24-15..jpg

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 17 Nov 2015 00:42

JJ Cale, Eric Clapton (After Midnight & Call me the Breeze)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/5WUeOEkl270

Topic This guy became a bestselling poet, thanks to the internet...kinda gives hope to the rest of us...
Posted 14 Nov 2015 10:22

This guy became a bestselling poet, thanks to the internet...kinda gives hope to the rest of us...

"Seven years ago, Mr. Gregson, 34, was scraping by as a freelance copywriter, churning out descriptions of exercise equipment, hair products and medical imaging devices. Now, thanks to his 560,000 Instagram and Tumblr followers, he has become the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a best-selling celebrity poet."

Web Poets’ Society: New Breed Succeeds in Taking Verse Viral
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/business/media/web-poets-society-new-breed-succeeds-in-taking-verse-viral.html

Topic Three good sites for writers that may be of interest to my friends here...
Posted 13 Nov 2015 10:59

Three good sites for writers that may be of interest to my friends here...

THE WRITE SITES

Writers Reign
http://writersreign.co.uk/
A huge collection of competitions, articles, Q-and-A, links/resources and software for writers, served with a healthy dose of the editor's tongue-in-cheek humour.

Advice To Writers
http://www.advicetowriters.com/
Interviews, quotes, links, tips, book reviews, just about everything related to writing. "Writerly wisdom of the ages".

Words With Jam
http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk
"The eZine for writers and publishers." Lots of interviews, discussions and opinion on the current industry trends, also competitions and some fun stuff. Subscribe to their free newsletter for their monthly issue.

Topic A third grade class reading my 9/11 poem...very touching, and well done I might add...
Posted 28 Oct 2015 21:17

This is indeed very moving and expresses the honor and rememberance we all owe these brave first responders. Let's never forget their generous spirit and sacrifice.
Thank you for giving this to the world and I'm so happy it was taken up by the children and schools.

It's actually gotten pretty darn enormous, almost immediately, and way beyond just children and schools...to give you some idea, I did this post over on the blue site back in 2011, which is the first year the poem was out btw...I do realize that some of these links no longer work, but most of them do...you'll see church bulletins, police, schools...even an Air Force Base...

My 9-11 Tribute poem has been "in print" at least fourteen times in 2011...
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_postst538_My-911-Tribute-poem-has-been-in-print-at-least-fourteen-times-in-2011.aspx

Here's someone else reading it btw...someone told me they saw this on TV, so managed to find this ceremony out in LA County, California...if you click on the 27:00 in my comment, it will go right to where my poem starts...so you don't have to watch the whole ceremony...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/_0cKTqQaY48?list=FLDDemW46yNrl0_RxXVLvw3w

Here's the newspaper article about that ceremony btw...you'll see my name mentioned in there somewhere...

Local tribute marks 9/11 anniversary
http://theavtimes.com/2013/09/11/local-tribute-marks-911-anniversary/

Every year though there's always something really cool though it seems...I happened to think this one was really cool this year...Human Rights Org in Sacramento, California tweeted my poem to their 42k followers again this year...they did it last year as well...and note who they tagged along with me btw...

Human Rights #HRV 9/11
https://twitter.com/HumanRtsV/status/642416009761026048?t=1&cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D&sig=be0e06467ba4289d56f7bba7b269e0a13e58b259&al=1&refsrc=email&iid=f26e03dc53644b4ab5c36b47ec1a87ec&autoactions=1441998887&uid=203231877&nid=4+1489

Yep...I get tagged in stuff along with the President and Vice-President of the United States...how many people here on Lush can say that?

Topic A third grade class reading my 9/11 poem...very touching, and well done I might add...
Posted 28 Oct 2015 08:44

It's best not to have videos of children on a site like this, regardless of the subject matter.

I've linked to it instead.

Sorry about that Nic...thought it fairly harmless...

I would love to read the poem. Is there a place I can? Hard to understand all the children. But a huge CONGRATULATIONS!


Here you go Elizabeth...and thanks...

We Shall Never Forget (9-11 Tribute)

Let the world always remember,
That fateful day in September,
And the ones who answered duty's call,
Should be remembered by us all.

Who left the comfort of their home,
To face perils as yet unknown,
An embodiment of goodness on a day,
When men's hearts had gone astray.

Sons and daughters like me and you,
Who never questioned what they had to do,
Who by example, were a source of hope,
And strength to others who could not cope.

Heroes that would not turn their back,
With determination that would not crack,
Who bound together in their ranks,
And asking not a word of thanks.

Men who bravely gave their lives,
Whose orphaned kids and widowed wives,
Can proudly look back on their dad,
Who gave this country all they had.

Actions taken without regret,
Heroisms we shall never forget,
The ones who paid the ultimate price,
Let's never forget their sacrifice.

And never forget the ones no longer here,
Who fought for the freedoms we all hold dear,
And may their memory never wane,
Lest their sacrifices be in vain.

09-30-10b.

Topic When A Child Dies, The Whole World Cries...
Posted 28 Oct 2015 08:39

This is a poem I wrote for this upcoming anthology...and I think I posted about this one somewhere in the forum...

World Healing World Peace 2016
http://www.worldhealingworldpeacepoetry.com/

They're taking submissions until the end of the year, if anyone's interested...anyway, I wrote this up...it's an idea I had for a while, and I guess it's rather timely, unfortunately...

When A Child Dies, The Whole World Cries

Two young brothers are left at home,
All by their lonesome selves,
The older one notices a new toy,
Sitting high up on a shelf.

He climbs up and brings on down,
What he believes is a toy gun,
He thinks about the games they’ll play,
Boy this sure will be fun.

He aims the ‘toy’ at his little brother,
And shoots him in the head,
But that gun was not a toy at all,
And soon the three-year-old is dead.

When a child dies,
All the stuffed animals cry,
Alone on a shelf,
They sit by themselves,
In a cold lonely room,
Like a final tomb.

Johnny’s tired of being bullied at school,
But every dog has its day,
Though all his classmates seem so mean,
Johnny will make sure they all pay.

The next day at school will be different,
From a knapsack he pulls out a gun,
Suddenly he starts shooting his classmates,
Shoots them in the back as they run.

Soon most of the class has been shot,
And their young bodies are lying there dead,
With one bullet left in the chamber,
Johnny puts the gun to his own head.

When a child dies,
All the angels cry,
The tears flowing down,
On the sad little town,
It’s a cold, cold rain,
But it won’t numb the pain.

For Jose this is the biggest day in his life,
It’s his gang initiation in the ‘hood,
He must seek out a rival gang member,
With a couple of shots he’ll be good.

Jose packs his piece and extra clips,
And his driver takes him to the spot,
He takes aim at his helpless victim,
And another is dead with just one shot.

But that one bullet it ricocheted,
You hear a young mother scream and cry,
As she realizes her young son is hit,
On a cold dark street he is left to die.

When a child dies,
The whole world cries,
All lives matter, big and small,
I ask you people, heed the call,
Please stop the hate, before it’s too late,
For the future of us all.

10-27-15.

Topic An Interactive List of Book Promotion Sites & Free Submission Tool...
Posted 21 Sep 2015 07:06

And a related article...

Call to Arms – Book Marketing Results
http://nicholasrossis.me/2015/06/12/call-to-arms-book-marketing-results/

Topic An Interactive List of Book Promotion Sites & Free Submission Tool...
Posted 21 Sep 2015 05:51

Here's a list that may interest some here, and seems pretty current...it is described as "a plethora of book promotion sites have sprung up over the last few years"...check it out my hard working author friends...and the rest of ya'll too...

An Interactive List of Book Promotion Sites & Free Submission Tool
http://www.readersintheknow.com/list-of-book-promotion-sites

Topic A third grade class reading my 9/11 poem...very touching, and well done I might add...
Posted 11 Sep 2015 12:52

Third graders from Sunset Park Elementary School reciting my 9/11 poem...not sure exactly where this is, as a Google search turns up about five schools by that name...but I found it very touching, and well done...heck, my eyes were tearing up watching this one...come on now, you gotta like this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mEdrJ0umQQ

Topic Another chance to get a poem in print...and an interesting project btw...
Posted 02 Sep 2015 11:29

I am going to BUMP this one...and note that it is time for the 2016 Edition my friends...submissions are now open...check it out people...

World Healing, World Peace Poetry 2016
http://www.worldhealingworldpeacepoetry.com/

Topic Happy Birthday LauraLee_Sugah!! ♥
Posted 02 Aug 2015 17:33

Happy Birthday Miss Laura Lee Penguin...

Regaeman Man Pour Wine occasion1 occasion6 occasion7 occasion9 occasion4 Regaeman Man https://upload.lushstories.com/1259074351-Birthday Penguin 6.jpg

https://upload.lushstories.com/309156592-Birthday Penguin 5.jpg

https://upload.lushstories.com/523466562-Penguin Birthday waiter drinks.jpg

https://upload.lushstories.com/1776701661-Birthday Penguin 3.jpeg

https://upload.lushstories.com/449115210-Birthday Penguin 2.jpg

https://upload.lushstories.com/375822111-birthday_penguin_by_skipperofotters05-d2xht6s.jpg

Hope you great Penguiny Day...<(")

Cheers,
Alan.

Topic *IT'S THE BOSS'S BIRTHDAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! NICOLA IS 39!!!*
Posted 27 Jul 2015 01:07

Oh damn, somehow I missed this...I really need to stop by here more often it would seem... Happy Birthday Boss Nic...slightly belated, I know...hey, at least I'm in the right month...

Pour Wine Regaeman Man hello1 occasion6 occasion4 occasion1 occasion9 occasion7 occasion5 Regaeman Man https://upload.lushstories.com/4099528-Martini with Butterfly moving gif.gif

https://upload.lushstories.com/752613242-Martini Olive moving gif.gif

https://upload.lushstories.com/105549470-martini mouse moving gif.gif

Hope you had a good one anyway...

Cheers,
Alan.
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Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 28 Jun 2015 11:51

Unquestionably one of the greatest guitarists of all time...here's a whole club gig from 1987...

Roy Buchanan - Live At Joseph's Foodliner '87

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZDqs1Fu9cWI

Topic Hearst Corp. Seeks Freelance Contributors/Writers for WomansDay.com...
Posted 29 May 2015 16:57

Here's another big women's mag looking to give out $100 bills...

Cosmopolitan.com, run by the famous Cosmopolitan magazine, is building a network of contributors for their website. They pay $100 per essay. They are actively seeking new submissions.

They want stories about college experiences...800 words or less btw...

SurveyMonkey - Cosmopolitan
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TSCYKT5

Topic Hearst Corp. Seeks Freelance Contributors/Writers for WomansDay.com...
Posted 24 May 2015 22:57

I'm putting this here...I have a feeling it will interest more than a few of the female writers on the site...

Hearst Corp. Seeks Freelance Contributors/Writers for WomansDay.com
Hearst Corp. is seeking more writers to compose personal stories for WomansDay.com by joining The Mix, its contributor network. Writers also have the opportunity to write for GoodHousekeeping.com, RedbookMag.com and CountryLiving.com ...
Payment: $100/article

Get Paid To Write For WomansDay.com!
http://www.womansday.com/life/work-money/a50447/add-your-voice-to-womansdaycom/

Topic Rest in peace BBKing
Posted 15 May 2015 21:01

I never did see B.B. live...I have been fortunate enough to see a number of blues greats though, like Albert King, Buddy Guy with Junior Well, Johnny Copeland, Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, and no doubt a few others I can't think of at the moment...

If any of the writers here feel like expressing their B.B. experiences, or other musical experiences, now's a good time...check this out...I plan on writing a poem about B.B...it's about a page of notes at the moment, but that's a good thing actually...

A cool $200.00 U.S. here if your work gets accepted...

Stories of Music - Submit A Story
http://www.storiesofmusic.com/submit-a-story.html

Topic Rest in peace BBKing
Posted 15 May 2015 01:05

R.I.P. Mr. Riley Blues Boy King...

BLUES LEGEND B.B. KING DIES IN LAS VEGAS AT 89
http://abc13.com/723692/

B.B. King - Live In Cook County Jail (Full Album)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pn7Jc1sWGg4

Topic Remember your loved one – by putting their ashes in a dildo...
Posted 06 May 2015 15:15



Imagine when grandma passes away too and her children then having to deal with the dildurn. Like, what do you do with it?


I have to assume you can pass it down from generation to generation, and after a few generations, you can no doubt amass quite a collection...you're next of kin will surely love you all the more for it...

Imagine being present at the reading of Grandma's will, and suddenly you hear "And to my favorite grandson, Felix, I leave Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Harriet's Dildurns"...

I mean, how can you not help but feel truly loved...btw Felix, I have to admit I'm more than a bit impressed with the name "Dildurn"...just did a quick search, and apparently the URL Dildurn.com has yet to be registered...

Dildurn.com - Search Results
http://dildurn.com/?reqp=1&reqr=

Yeah, I'll tell you...talk about a golden opportunity for some entrepreneurial type...I mean, we're talking about an opportunity here the likes of which we may never see again in our lifetime...Regaeman Man

Topic The Punctuation Guide...
Posted 04 May 2015 12:04

Excellent resource, with easy to follow examples. thumbright

Thanks Nic, and I do try...I do believe that although Lush has tons of good stuff here in the forum for writers, there is more over on the blue site...this section in the forum is most definitely worth a look for anyone serious about writing...

Resources for Writers
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_topics14_Resources-for-Writers.aspx

The blue site is more strictly a writing site, though we do get our occasional share of idiots causing drama, we try to suppress it as soon as it starts...teargas and Taser guns work pretty well we find...

Topic Worst Writing Awards, 2008
Posted 28 Apr 2015 21:34

Just want to point out that for those among us who would like to receive the lofty title of Worst Writer of 2015 , there is still time to enter...the deadline for the contest is June 30, 2015...I know Reverend Rump wants to get in on this one...

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/

Topic Remember your loved one – by putting their ashes in a dildo...
Posted 26 Apr 2015 22:56

Ah yes..don't let a little thing like death keep you apart from the one you love my friends...

Remember your loved one – by putting their ashes in a dildo
http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/26/remember-your-loved-one-by-putting-their-ashes-in-a-dildo-5168393/

Topic Plagiarism alert
Posted 24 Apr 2015 13:27

Don't know if anyone is interested in this one, but there are definitely Lush member's stories here...I sent a note to Whysoserious? about his story, and the Lush member who wrote "A Ride To The Lake" hasn't signed in to Lush in 184 days, so I didn't bother...I haven't really gone through them all here, but I did send DMCA takedown notices for my three poems...

Blogger - Writing Reveals All
http://writingrevealsall.blogspot.com/

Here's the online DMCA submission form for Blogger...it's not that bad, and doesn't take that long...it's for all Google sites btw, and I've filled it out quite a few times in the last couple of days...but that's another story...

Google - Legal Removal Requests
https://support.google.com/legal/answer/3110420?product=blogger&rd=2

Topic An excellent resource for anyone looking to get paid writing...
Posted 17 Apr 2015 12:13

Here's an excellent resource for anyone looking to get paid writing...as it says "An anonymous, crowdsourced list of which publications pay freelance writers, and how much."...check it out my writing friends...

Who Pays Writers?
http://whopays.scratchmag.net/

It's nice because it includes commentary about lead times and the like, sort of like you get with DuoTrope, except it's free...not sure I would use it as a replacement for other sub call sources, but it's good to check for verification...

Btw, have a sticky thread now over on the blue site for submission calls and contests...sites that are reliable, and regularly updated...

WritingCareer.com is a free online resource to find paying markets for your poetry, fiction, and non
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_postst1557_WritingCareercom-is-a-free-online-resource-to-find-paying-markets-for-your-poetry-fiction-and-non.aspx

Have fun...and Good Luck...

Topic Plagiarism alert
Posted 17 Apr 2015 10:33



OMFG ...I want to strangle someone! Or multiple people! I took one line from one of my earlier stories ("Falling") and fuck if Google didn't come up with SEVEN fucking sites with the story on them...some didn't even bother to change the names of the characters...now I have to decide if I want to check all my other stories, or just take a deep breath and possibly a sedative and call it good.

Yeah...I can tell you from experience, and I have quite a few stories and poems posted out there since 2009...don't be surprised what you find...

Nowadays, because the problem is so pervasive...I usually don't bother trying to get something taken down unless it's being used either for commercial purposes, or if they're trying to take credit for one of my stories or poems by posting it under their name...

If someone just takes a story of mine that's here on Lush, say, and posts it on another site using the DirtyMartini name I usually don't bother trying to get it taken down...you'll find out too that most of these sites posting free erotica that they stole are almost impossible to contact anyway...

Topic Plagiarism alert
Posted 16 Apr 2015 12:52

Here's the most recent I found...someone just made me aware of it...haven't searched for all the Lush Publishing titles, but I did find this...

Hard Candy (2013) by Ashleigh Lake
http://www.nerdebooks.com/hard-candy-2013-by-ashleigh-lake-p-108708.html

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 15 Apr 2015 17:14

SAM AND DAVE I thank you 1969 Soul Survivors Family WMV V9...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/WxQM7GXA8Tc

Topic The Punctuation Guide...
Posted 08 Apr 2015 20:03

I believe the name pretty much says it all here...

The Punctuation Guide
http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/index.html

Topic So You Want to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel? 5 Steps to Getting Rights to Lyrics...
Posted 05 Apr 2015 15:24

Here's a blog post by my friend Anne R. Allen​ that I believe will be of interest to more than a few friends here...about using song lyrics in fiction...check it out my music loving fiction writer-type friends...

So You Want to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel? 5 Steps to Getting Rights to Lyrics
http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/03/so-you-want-to-use-song-lyrics-in-your.html