Forum posts made by nicola

Topic Competition Entries should be primarily SOLO efforts
Posted 22 Feb 2017 12:08

I am utterly surprised by the continued dialogue and fascination about co-written stories.

I agree partly with comments that several good authors, working on a piece, would be very unlikely to displace one of our site's rockstar writers (you know who they are). However, their effort, would likely better one written by a good author working alone.

Competitions are meant to be for individuals to compete against each other. They aren't meant to be collective efforts.

Head to any other story site, and you'll notice that every one of them, either directly stipulates, or heavily infers, that submissions should be individual efforts.

I have no desire to discuss the subject of co-written stories, further. They are not accepted in normal competitions, end of story.

The first post in this thread, has been amended, to sum up where we're at. I'll keep this thread open for comments for a few more days, then close it off.

Now you've all got me thinking it might be fun to have a competition specifically for co-written stories... Competition title ideas; "Ruined Online Relationships", "Forever Unfriended", "Never Again", "One's Company" "Creativity Quashed" "Coming Together" f-hihi Joking aside, it could be fun if there's enough demand.

Topic Today, Steven Irwin would have turned 55. Happy Birthday, Steve.
Posted 22 Feb 2017 04:06

He was a real character, with his heart in the right place.

It was quite unbelievable the way in which he died.

R.I.P. Crocodile Hunter.

And good work by his wife and kids, who carry on his legacy and great work.

Topic Competition Entries should be primarily SOLO efforts
Posted 22 Feb 2017 02:35

My original post, was a bit of a kneejerk reaction to the issue which has arisen.

I'm still giving this some thought, but looking at the feedback, we may need to relax these rules somewhat. I take the opinions of our regulars very seriously, and am open-minded and flexible in my approach to how the site is run. It's a community, not a dictatorship (!).

The whole point of mentioning it, is that some people are getting a lot of editorial assistance. And making it obviously known. So much so, that the stories are essentially, partly co-written.

Is that fair to a newcomer to the site, who doesn't have any support network, and is flying totally solo?

We want stories to be primarily, the efforts of individuals.

I don't personally see much harm in asking someone to proofread a story, or them pointing out the grammatical errors. Particularly if you're dyslexic, or weak technically. None of us are perfect, and another set of eyes often helps.

It's the heavy editing and co-writing which has become an issue.

So, would we all be happier, if the rules were altered, so that proofing and light editing are ok, but anything more involved, shouldn't be allowed?

At the end of the day, it's an honour system, and totally unpoliceable. The message we're trying to get across, is that we want submissions, to be as close to your own work, as possible.

Feedback welcome.

Topic Competition Entries should be primarily SOLO efforts
Posted 18 Feb 2017 03:53

This has arisen, because some authors have started adding things like, "Thanks to PookieBear, for editing my story", to their competition entry.

Competitions are meant to be a challenge to yourself. Not you, a friendly Editor, and your collective network of helpful friends.

I think that's fair enough.



Topic Competition Entries should be primarily SOLO efforts
Posted 17 Feb 2017 13:13

This makes me feel better about the couple of warts I found in mine after posting!

I love your sig Emerson!

Great movie.

Topic Competition Entries should be primarily SOLO efforts
Posted 17 Feb 2017 09:15

Updated 22 Feb 2017.

I will amend the standard competition rules, but in the interim, I wanted to make our policy very clear on competitions.

We want competition entries to be solo efforts, as much as possible. That's common sense. They are competitions, after all.

We're intestested in seeing what you have written, warts 'n' all. It's a good way for us to see how far authors have come on, and makes it fairer to all concerned, particularly newer members, who haven't yet established a support network.

With that in mind, and following a lot of discussion amongst our membership and moderation team, we've decided that:

- Proofreading and light editing of competition entries, by friends, is fine.

- Heavy editing and co-writing of competition stories, is disallowed.

If you have any questions which haven't already been raised in the following posts, please let me know.

Feedback is always welcome.


Topic Almost Famous
Posted 17 Feb 2017 03:42

Congratulations Vanessa!

Topic For Valentine's Day, a murmuration of starlings!
Posted 15 Feb 2017 10:43


Attenborough is my all-time favorite! I love him so much that ATTENBOROUGH was the name of my fake band in college...which is much more of a compliment than it seems ;)

My mother is reading one of his most recent books at the moment. She says it's a brilliant read (I think it's entitled, "New Life Stories", or it may be his autobiography). I'm going to borrow it once she's finished.

He's perhaps the most accomplished narrator / broadcaster, to have ever graced our screens and airways. Big call I know!

Topic forum rank
Posted 14 Feb 2017 12:29



Ooh, I'm Gold hello1 but I don't know how to change my forum rank. I'm always the last to know... drunken

Edit - ah, perhaps if I read ALL the thread... Fugly



Ping me your rank request and it will be fixed up.

You know I deliberately keep it a little obscure so I have to do less admin evil4

Will fix you up ginger.

Topic For Valentine's Day, a murmuration of starlings!
Posted 14 Feb 2017 12:16

Starlings migrate to my neck of the woods this time of year. Watching their flocks undulate across the sky is one of my favorite things to do in the winter. Thanks for sharing Big Hugs

You're welcome!

My parents are up on the coast, and there are literally thousands of geese honking their way back to base each night, flying over their house. It's a spectacle, and they don't half make a wonderful noise. They fly so low, you can hear their (collective) wings flapping.

Topic For Valentine's Day, a murmuration of starlings!
Posted 14 Feb 2017 03:19

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Isn't nature wonderful?

https://upload.lushstories.com/1785675233-starlings.png

Topic i know this is the serious forum but...
Posted 13 Feb 2017 04:56

This one made me laugh. Really well done (helps if you know the politics behind it - that's the Australian PM there, for those who weren't aware):

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qKADdK2c8j4

How did this turn into a Trumpfest? dontknow

Topic HAPPY BIRTHDAY MASTER_JONATHAN
Posted 11 Feb 2017 10:19

Happy Birthday Jonathan Hugs

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Topic Happy Birthday to JessicaX!!!
Posted 07 Feb 2017 08:02

Happy Birthday Jessica.

I hope you have a lovely day being spoiled rotten!

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Topic Moderator of the Month for January
Posted 07 Feb 2017 04:18

This should really be an award for Moderator of the Year for 2016, as this particular Mod has been absolutely brilliant for us this last year, and indeed, since she joined the team.

Check your inbox Sweet As Candy 3601

Thank you for everything you've given to the site over the last 5 years. You have been stellar Hugs

Topic Announcing our "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 31 Jan 2017 14:58



Write it anyway. :)

This.

Topic WINNER! Recommend a story, maybe win a Gold Membership
Posted 31 Jan 2017 06:11

Congrats _Jhene_!

Your Gold Membership has been awarded, although nobody can tell as you've hidden the wreathe on your avatar, and hidden profile badges! I hope it's worked! lol.

Well done Burquette for running such a great contest, and thank you again for supporting the site in the manner you do. Hugs

Topic Announcing our "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 31 Jan 2017 02:58

Be warned though, the plots are super sleazy and super raunchy.

That's the spirit!

Who needs another stolid Valentine's Day story competition snooze fest?

Topic Announcing our "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 30 Jan 2017 11:47

I'm glad to see this competition has sparked a lot of interest, and that the majority of people understand the basic premise.

I don't think I could have made it any clearer, particularly as ideas were given for likely themes:

"To make things interesting, we decided for this competition, to use a photo, from which you can draw inspiration, and create your own theme. Your story should in some way, use the character in the photo ."

"Maybe she's going to a music festival or just exited a relationship or job and she's going cross country and ends up getting picked up by a bad boy, a rich older man, a trio of hot girls, a frisky couple?"

If anyone has any questions concerning this competition, please feel free to message me.

Good luck everyone!

Topic Announcing our "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 28 Jan 2017 13:17



I got the impression from Nicola's post that all entries should feature the girl in that specific photograph. Obviously you have to fabricate your own plot around it. Who she is, where she's going, etc.

Precisely.

Topic Announcing our "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 28 Jan 2017 04:20

It is often quoted: "A picture is worth a thousand words."

To make things interesting, we decided for this competition, to use a photo, from which you can draw inspiration, and create your own theme.

Your story should in some way, use the character in the photo:

https://upload.lushstories.com/508148278-ontheroad.png

Competition Theme

Maybe she's going to a music festival or just exited a relationship or job and she's going cross country and ends up getting picked up by a bad boy, a rich older man, a trio of hot girls, a frisky couple?

Maybe it's a roadside encounter or she gets taken to a cool party, a beach, or maybe enjoys hanging out with a gang of horny bikers?

We are deliberately leaving this theme open to interpretation, so use your imagination and see where it takes you (and her!).

In our case, and as a challenge to authors, this picture must be worth a story of 5000 words or less!

Full details here.

Topic Think long and hard about deleting your account, we may not re-verify previous stories
Posted 27 Jan 2017 12:25

Update from our Technical Department: "We don't keep incremental backups of the database, simply because of the size and costs associated with it. All we have is a daily snapshot, so once this is rolled over there is no way to recover."

So, if you decide to delete your account, that's it.

Topic Best Selfies!
Posted 27 Jan 2017 06:17

https://upload.lushstories.com/656698529-selfie.jpg

Topic Why I voted for Donald Trump
Posted 22 Jan 2017 07:54

Let's hope his governing, is better than his spelling:

https://upload.lushstories.com/1121250475-honered.png

On books - “I read passages, I read areas, chapters, I don't have the time,” Trump said.

Figures.


Topic COFFEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 21 Jan 2017 08:03

I haven't been through the other 20 pages of this thread, but hopefully it hasn't been posted already! coffee

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tn0JA28sIFA

Topic Unable to access lush on my iPad
Posted 20 Jan 2017 02:03

Thank you flyer_uk.

It's the first time I've heard of this issue.

Glad it's all sorted out.

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. 2407_group_hug

I am sure you can find a use for the $100 prize Buz. Perhaps head to a Wildcats game? 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. 2407_group_hug

A new competition will be announced shortly.

Cheers,

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 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.

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