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Reading, writing, films, travel, scuba diving, sailing.
Favorite Books:
Kafka on the Shore, Henry and June, The Catcher in the Rye, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, A Confederacy of Dunces, On the Road.
Favorite Authors:
Haruki Murakami, Anais Nin, JD Salinger, Hunter S Thompson, Henry Miller.
Favorite Movies:
Delicatessen, Trois couleurs, Amelie, City of the Lost Children, Lost Highway, Pulp Fiction, The Piano, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover.
Favorite Music:
Radiohead, Faithless, Grandaddy, Interpol, Blur, New Order, Leftfield, Iron and Wine, Portishead, Stone Roses, John Butler Trio.


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Topic: Moderator of the Month for December
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 04:55

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And when the site gets busy, and the story queue is growing out of control, there's always one person who pitches in, and helps rally the troops.

A huge thank you to Buz , for helping out tremendously over the hectic holiday period.
Saucymh, Sweet as Candy, KatieElizabeth, Ruthie, Jen and Delphi, also deserve a mention, for putting in a lot of hard yards in December, on the story queue in particular. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/2407_group_hug.gif" alt="2407_group_hug">

I am sure you can find a use for the $100 prize Buz. Perhaps head to a Wildcats game? <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/kekekegay.gif" alt="kekekegay"> (I had to look that up)

Topic: Announcing the Winners of our "Holiday Hijinks" Story Competition
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 04:31

This competition brought out some very entertaining and creative stories. It was nice to start the New Year with some light-hearted relief.

There were so many good entries, we decided to create a Top 12. Even so, many of our more "established" authors, didn't make the list. That's testimony to the quality and depth of authors we now have on LS.

Well done to Sprite, NaughtyAnnie, and Burquette, for your winning entries:

1st Place ($150) - Oh Christmas Goat, Oh Christmas Goat , by sprite
2nd Place ($100) - It's Behind You! , by naughtyannie
3rd Place ($50) - Fifteen Shopping Days 'Till Christmas , by Burquette

Making up the Top 12, were these excellent stories:

Platinum Haze , by MadMartigan
Stuck On You , by Jen
Muff Nudge , by WannabeWordsmith
Dear Diary , by Saucymh
Masquerading , by browncoffee
Getting Off , by NymphWriter
My Secret Santa Sucked , by bad_mann_ers
The Xmas Buzz , by GoNE68
Mrs. Patterson , by jhmik_88

Thank you to everyone who took part in this competition. The standards were really high, and it was a difficult task to draw up the shortlist, let alone decide on the winners.

A fair number of the stories were very well crafted, but didn't really encapsulate the theme, which of course, is a major judging criteria.
Talking of which, I'd also like to thank all the judges, who took time away from their festivities, to read through the stories. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/2407_group_hug.gif" alt="2407_group_hug">

A new competition will be announced shortly.


Nicola x

Topic: Competition
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 03:40

The results were actually scheduled to be announced on the 12th.

The date of the results being pencilled in for announcement, is always shown on the competition page, whilst the competition is open. It's generally around 10-14 days after the competition closes off, to allow the judges enough time to read all the entries carefully.

I'm totting up the results now. Stay tuned <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

Topic: Happy Birthday Carl_h! Many many happy returns of the day, from Tonya and Moon
Posted: 04 Jan 2017 07:45

Happy Birthday Carl.

Wishing you a wonderful birthday.

<img src="/forum/images/emoticons/occasion1.gif" alt="occasion1"> <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/occasion18.gif" alt="occasion9"> <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/occasion16.gif" alt="occasion7"> <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/occasion13.gif" alt="occasion4">

Topic: New Year's Resolutions - What's Yours?
Posted: 31 Dec 2016 05:35

Considering 92% of New Year's Resolutions fail , I don't think I'll bother. The odds are already against me! <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

But if I did have one (ok, two), it would be to meditate and exercise more.

What is / are yours, if you are going to participate?

Topic: Scavenger Hunt - Win a Platinum Membership
Posted: 28 Dec 2016 06:12

Congratulations TonyaL! You look good wearing the new badge <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

Well done Oceanrunner, for running such a fun and spicy promotion =d&gt;

Topic: Rest in Peace: George Michael
Posted: 28 Dec 2016 04:03

This has been a terrible year, for some musical greats to depart this world.

David Bowie, Prince and George Michael. 3 artists who gave their all for their craft.

R.I.P. George Michael.

Topic: Catherine Tate with George Michael
Posted: 28 Dec 2016 04:01

R.I.P. George Michael. You were one heck of an entertainer:


Topic: Happy Holidays!
Posted: 24 Dec 2016 02:37

Well, 2016 was a rather "eventful" year. I'll be very glad to see the back of it. Hopefully 2017 will be an improvement.

A big thanks to all our Moderators who did an exceptional job throughout the year, to Gav, for all his hard work on the servers and behind the scenes, and to all our contributors, members and readers, who make this such a wonderful community (best run-on sentence ever!).

I wish you all a Merry Xmas, and a Happy New Year.

Take care, and look after each other.

Nicola xx


Topic: Leave a positive word for 2017, that starts with the third letter of your name.
Posted: 20 Dec 2016 09:53


New word of the day for me!

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