Forum posts made by magnificent1rascal

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 08 Apr 2014 05:51

Thinking about this some more, the answer is simple.

This site is not set up for co-authored stories. I don't know any that are. Without a great deal of coding (unavailable), it will never be.

We set it up this way, as the vast majority of people, will write their own stories / poems. Writing is a personal thing, I'd not even envisaged people would wish to co-write short erotic stories when I started it (not that it's a bad thing).

Co-authored stories need to be allocated to one person's account here, that's the long and the short of it. Credit will be given to the "other" author (s) by way of a link (the current wording needs changing).

That's all we can do given the setup and resources available, and I think it's fair enough.

Quite fair, and it is more than most sites offer. icon_smile

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 07 Apr 2014 08:16

The wording on the submission page needs to be changed if it's only meant for co-written stories. Right now it says, "Enter one or more username's of authors who helped or contributed to this story," so I didn't realize that giving credit to people who helped me and contributed to a piece by critiquing it would result in them receiving a byline equal to mine.

Steffanie and Gypsy made some great suggestions, but I wrote it.

Maybe putting contributors in the title bar could be optional? I really do like the idea of being able to "officially" credit people who have helped with a story, but it isn't right to list them as equal co-authors when that isn't the contribution they made.

Topic New recommendation symbol
Posted 20 May 2013 07:57

OMG I HATE it, I'm never submitting anything of mine again. binky


As for me, I like the thumbs-up much more than the check mark. Thanks. wave

Topic New recommendation symbol
Posted 14 May 2013 15:11

I'm sure the people in charge are quite happy to listen to suggestions, but I'm sure there's a better way to do it than by people stating that they "hate" what's been put up, that's not supporting the site, that's unnecessarily harsh.

I've edited my comment to acknowledge that "hate" is, indeed, too strong a term. I never meant to hurt the poor little check mark's feelings so badly! crybaby

Topic New recommendation symbol
Posted 14 May 2013 13:47

I hate the check mark. I would much prefer a thumbs-up or as I said on Stories Space, where I'm a moderator:

I'd go for something simple, like a blue star:

To me, the check mark evokes a ballot, which would imply that a vote has been taken — but recommendations are made by individual moderators without being put to a vote.

A star feels more like when we were kids and the teacher would sometimes bestow a star on the paper of someone who'd done an assignment particularly well. It just seems a more fitting symbol to me.

C'mon, are you trying to tell us you really can't come up with a simple star that doesn't look militaristic? That's just silly.

Edit: I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said I "hate" the check mark. I don't like it in its current use as an icon for the Recommended works for the reason outlined above, but I have nothing against check marks in general, nor do I intend any disparagement against the designer.

Topic How long does it take you to read 1000 words?
Posted 18 Mar 2013 19:44

I got confused and pressed the "continue reading" link before I realized we were only supposed to time how long it took to read what was in the post, not the entire story. Luckily, I stopped the timer because I didn't know how long it would take the rest of the story to load.

And after that long prelude, the answer is...


It was my first time reading the story, and I wasn't skimming, but neither was I lingering over it.

Topic Separating parts within a story
Posted 12 Feb 2013 14:18

If I saw that in a story, I would strip that formatting. Please don't do that.

But in rare cases, it works quite well to italicize one character's POV.

Topic What no images?
Posted 12 Feb 2013 14:08

Scooter and I are organizing a band to play 'Nearer My God To Thee' in case Gav wants to bury the sucker at sea. BTW, we could use a good kazoo player.


This is one of those things I will regret admitting, but...ahem, I am an excellent kazoo player. Embarassed

Topic Multiple Links at the End of a Story
Posted 05 Feb 2013 13:20

If your "options" are wordy enough to pass the minimum character count, you can try to set them up to be in the "You may also like" links by putting them all in the same category and using unique tags throughout the series. Also be sure to use variations of the same title for each part of the story.

It's not guaranteed, but it might work. dontknow

Topic Help Me Understand Why The Change?
Posted 29 Jan 2013 23:18

...part of this is having a really solid mod team at present ...

Umm, should my feelings be hurt? crybaby


Topic Huck Finn - unusual?
Posted 03 Dec 2012 18:42

It wouldn't have been unheard of for Huck's father to retain custody if that's what he wanted, which clearly it was. Usually children were sent to live with relatives when the mother died, but since they were regarded as little more than property, if the father demanded Huck stay with him, so it had to be.

Back to what happened to Huck's Tom Sawyer, didn't Huck tell Tom about his parents' constant fighting and how it only stopped when his mother died, or am I remembering it wrong?

Topic Forced Commenting for Writing Improvement
Posted 16 Nov 2012 23:22

I don't care for it myself. I like to give the immediate feedback of a score, but may want to ruminate a bit before going back to comment.

Another drawback of forced commenting is that a person has to be logged in to comment. I know a lot of the votes on my work are from guests, so I'd be losing out on their feedback by requiring a comment with each vote.

My 2 cents

Topic Can I Pick Your Brains?
Posted 09 Nov 2012 14:50

The poem does not emasculate males. It embraces, celebrates and empowers womanhood.

For the record, I have never been hesitant to declare my unabashed feminism, nor have I ever felt the need to explain or apologize for it. My behavior — measured, thoughtful and rational — speaks for itself, and I don't have a lot of use for those who would judge me based on a label.

Topic Copyrighting Stories
Posted 04 Nov 2012 23:13

I include a copyright notice on all my work. The wording of it is fairly standard:

"© 2010-2012 by the author. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without prior permission. Please be respectful of my intellectual property."

The last line has no standing whatsoever, by the way. It's just a little dig at those who would steal my work or mine it for ideas so they don't have to come up with anything new themselves.

Topic Happy Birthday STEPHANIE
Posted 11 Oct 2012 21:06

Happy Birthday, Dear!

(I know, a day late and a dollar short...forgive me?)


Topic Lush V2 Bug List
Posted 18 Sep 2012 15:51

The "To" field should be blank, the subject line the same, with FW: at the front, and the body message should be there, with a line break above it: ================================

If that's not happening, please send a message to Gav via the Help link up top, letting him know what browser you are using icon_smile

I don't know if that feature works on smart phones, are you trying to forward messages using one of those or your laptop?

Trying to forward a sent message has always opened a blank message field for me, even when using my desktop computer.
I shall inform Gav of the specifics. hiding

Topic Incest Stories on LS
Posted 17 Sep 2012 11:54

As an aside, for what reason are rape fantasies not permitted, granting they could easily be required to include a warning of some kind? I mean, all of these stories are fantasies, so why put any limits on them? Is it simply to appeal to the largest number of people as a whole?

Rape fantasies are allowed in stories submitted here. As spelled out in the A to Z Guide for Lush Stories Authors , it must be clear from the outset that what is depicted is a fantasy and not an actual rape.

Topic Sent Messages - Why you no delete
Posted 16 Sep 2012 16:14

Well, they're gone, I see.

I would have appreciated a wee bit more notice, since I no longer visit Lush every day and didn't know this was happening until after it was done. As a former moderator, I had some sent messages I was saving as "official" Lush correspondence should any questions about them arise in the future. Oh well, c'est la vie, I suppose.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 19 Aug 2012 20:05

I'd also like (aside from the pop-up) the option to be able to send a message to the mods on submission or re-submission of an edited story, to explain anything I might need to. For instance, if I'm simply changing a spelling mistake, why make them trawl through the whole thingy just to try and work it out? If I could tell them, it would be easier for all concerned. Sure, they'd have to make sure I didn't change a huge chunk and have things that break the site rules, but it would make it easier, surely?

I could add a note into the beginning, and hope that they delete it, but I think that's being presumptuous, and they have to then remember to delete that bit. I could also say if I wasn't sure which category a first-time submission would fit into, and ask for help. You can't PM, because you don't know who will pick the story up.

So I don't know if it's possible, but it would be extremely handy. Big Hugs

I have been asking for this for seven months, Daisy.

Although I would really like to see this feature added, if it gets implemented as soon as someone else requests it — as the "read later" queue did — I'm going to start getting a complex. confused5

Topic Announcing our new Story Competition with a $500 First Prize
Posted 07 Aug 2012 21:17

Excellent work, everyone, and congratulations to the winners! Lapplause

Topic Happy birthday, Nicola!
Posted 15 Jul 2012 10:45

Happy Birthday, Nicola! I've got my party hat on for the occasion...

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jul 2012 23:00

You know...there's a way to do that, and I just checked to confirm it works...

Go to any forum thread, and hit "Post reply"...put in your forum sig stuff and hit "preview"...once you get it worked out in a forum thread, and it looks right, just past the mess into the "forum signature" box thingy...

Try works...

What a clever solution! It never occurred to me to do that. d'oh!

Thanks for the tip, Alan! Big Hugs

Topic Re-Write the Classics For Lush!
Posted 26 Jun 2012 10:51

The original is Bad Morning by Langston Hughes:

Good Morning

Here I lie
With my needs all sated.
Lord, I'm pursy!
But consummated!

Topic Interest in You v. Your Writing
Posted 19 Jun 2012 10:59

That was very well put, redlips.

When I originally answered the question, I was thinking in terms of what a reader might learn about my own personal sexual proclivities and practices in my writing, which is very little. However, I agree with others that one could piece together a fair amount about my personality by carefully reading what I've written.

Topic How to link a banner in your sig
Posted 18 Jun 2012 23:12

Well whadya works! Click on the banner within the quote to see.

Thanks for the tutorial, Nicola. thumbup

It seems quite a few people can't work out how to add a banner to your forum sig, and link it to a story.

Here is a quick guide.

This is where the image has been uploaded to:

This is the URL I want people to go to when they click the banner:

First of all, highlight the image location, and then press the grey button with the red sun. That will make the forum software know it's an image.

Then highlight the whole line, including the codes, press the earth symbol with the chain on the bottom, and in the pop up window, put the destination URL, in this case, the Amazon one (you will probably be linking to your story on here).

That's it.

The resultant code should look like this:

Topic Interest in You v. Your Writing
Posted 18 Jun 2012 22:56

It would be easy to test that by creating a second profile with the opposite gender and writing a few stories. I wonder if any authors here have already done that. Plenty of women in mainstream lit and SF have written as men, thinking it would increase their chances of getting published. I think that was way more common when I was a lot younger.

Ah, but then you would run up against this provision of the site Terms of Service:

• I will not create more than one profile for any reason whatsoever. I understand that if I do, all my accounts may be deleted from the site without notice .

It would be a real shame to lose all the hard work that goes into writing stories because the account(s) got deleted.

Topic Interest in You v. Your Writing
Posted 18 Jun 2012 10:08

My stories are fiction and reveal nothing about me. My poems about love and relationships are more personal, but still are not anything close to full disclosure, and some of them are not about what they seem.

To me, the writing is what's important, not the personal details of writer. I am quite content to remain a bit of an enigma. glasses8

Topic Happy Birthday Gav!
Posted 14 Jun 2012 13:09

Hope you had a great birthday, Gav!

occasion9 occasion7 party002

Topic I am Bi-Polar/Manic Depressive. (I suffer from a mental illness called Cyclothymia.)
Posted 10 Jun 2012 01:21

I've never told you this, Steph, but one of my most favorite people in the world has bipolar disorder. Hold on, scratch that...apparently two of my most favorite people in the world have it.

Big Hugs

Topic Categories for multi
Posted 07 Jun 2012 07:44

Each story in a series should go into the most fitting category for that particular segment. Different parts of multi-part stories often appear in a variety of categories.

The Story Submission Guidelines section of the A to Z Guide for Lush Stories Authors includes some tips to help writers select the appropriate category.