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Being nowhere near as nice a person nor anywhere near as erudite as AvgBlkGrl all I can say is that if, after having a couple stories rejected by story verifiers, you fail to simply learn from your mistakes and move on to something else it's your loss, nobody else's. Very little you, or anybody, can say is sufficiently important for you to exercise yourself over a single story rather than benefit from what those "editor Nazis" tell you and occupy yourself with penning another story as opposed to spending your precious time railing against those "Nazis" trying to help you find yourself and your own niche on Lush. If you actually think the editors here are "too strict" you need to see a tottering, toppling pile of publishers rejection notices before forming any conclusion.
The USA is less a traditional entity of state than it is an idea. One that was put forth to rally a bunch of disorganized farmers and shop keepers to defeat what was then the greatest military power on earth, the British Empire. At this point in history one must decide if he has sufficiently bought into the rhetoric of Thomas Paine, for one, or wants to crawl out from under his blanket of anonymity with a sharp pin with which to burst the founding father's balloon. For a couple centuries we have lived on the surface of this balloon, in some cases happily, in others not so much; we have succeeded to varying degrees economically and politically in ways not at all dependent upon our worth as citizens of the world. Now we have Donald Trump telling us he can make the country great again. I, for one, am highly skeptical of his claims but whatever my opinion happens to be it has come to a point where we must all choose whether we want to support the air that fills our balloon of state or the child-like gremlins with their pins. Taking, I would hope, into consideration the fact that when that particular balloon bursts we will be plunged into global ignominy.
what else would you like to know? Speaking just for myself what I'd like to know is how this site devolved from a place where erotic literature was the main topic of conversation and a member's value was based upon his or her literary talent rather than the degree of radicalism in his politics.
I imagine that having studiously kept a low profile on the site and not being a story moderator on Lush are facts likely to add a deep discount to my opinion but I feel moved to tender it anyway: it seems to me that when it becomes possible to do an end run around the decision of the moderators by posting your work in the forums it won't be very long until Lush is mostly Forum and far fewer published pieces. A tragedy of epic proportions.
Those of you who tend to think normalized relations with Cuba are such a great idea might well read the book "Bothers in Arms" by Gus Russo and Stephen Molton prior to a rush to such judgment. This docu-novel chronicles the extent to which the Castro brothers were involved in the planning and cover-up of the assassination of JFK, as well as the subsequent manipulation of the US government. Whether or not you area a devotee of the Kennedy style of progressive governance or a member of the cult of personality that grew up surrounding the man himself I suspect you will be appalled at how America was pushed into an extremely unpopular and bloody war in Southeast Asia, among other things, by the Soviet handlers of those same Castro brothers. I guess some are more forgiving than others but I also suspect that those who lived through those times will remain less so.BTW, when did Lush morph into such a political, site? Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Just sort of surprised that an erotic lit site seems to have gone in that direction.
Not quite a reply to the OT but IMHO since so many have decided they possess poetic chops I think it might be a good change to give the preview of entries to that category in the poetic form in which the text is written. In that particular genre, form is often as important as phrasing. Returning to the OT: I think there are already sufficient categories from which to choose...or to confuse me, whichever comes first. The aforementioned preview ought to be enough to allow a reader to filter-out a peice he doesn't desire to peruse.
Not going to divulge where this comes from. Trust me, if somebody undertook to hang me up from the skin on my back you'd hear the hollering all the way to the UK. But from what I have been told the phenomenon of body suspension is less to tingle the masochistic nerve we all have on board than it is for erotic effect and to showcase the skill of piercing and/or the body jewelry involved. As repugnant as many of us find the practice it seems there is a highly specialized, very motivated group involved with this "art form".
As in so many of life's pursuits, what you don't say resounds more loudly than what you do choose to verbalize. Where personalities are allowed to trump honest criticism a system of selecting quality is useless. This, as I only learned through trial and error, is the way Lush works. Get over it, you aren't on a site dedicated to improving authors, you're on a social networking site that utilizes erotic vignettes as a draw.
Unless I am sadly mistaken, a not unthinkable conclusion, painful anger can be imputed in the words of one or more of the participants in this topic, empathy in some others, pathos in one or two. In this sterilization scenario, sans the equivocation of temporary this-and-that and the hyperbole generated by emotional involvement, it appears all that's left is to appoint an arbiter of who, and when, a casual user devolves into a hopeless addict and when he or she is to be deprived of his reproductive rights. From amongst which group will you look first, the understanding or the legalistic? Or will the matter be turned-over to what we hope will be the cold calculations of a beneficent government?
As is true in the case of yesterday's "sub-human" slave and the disenfranchised woman of the 19th century, societal mores quickly overtake our tardy identification of what, and who, is guilty of aberrant behavior. Are today's drug addicts new appointed subjects for medically oriented social experiment ala Dr. Mengele?
2005 It was a hot, gritty night. The kind you experience only on the high desert. The long, flat highway rolled-out ahead as would a path through a mountain meadow. Except that here the peaks were rising towers of mist, the valley, sand, wind-blown off the desert floor across which the blue/gray Navy hearse was forced to crawl at snail-speed. A cloud enshrouded full moon did little to...
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