Topic Please do not contact us about "low" votes on your stories / poems
12 Oct 2014 18:13
Twice I've had someone give two different stories a 1 and I was upset by this... not because they felt it was only worthy of a 1, but because they didn't have the courage to tell me why. Actually, that's not entirely true. I did contact the two that did this, one said it was an error and asked if they could change it... which now thanks to Gav and is wonderful skills, is doable. The other person, was trashing several stories in a particular category.
It would be nice if someone would either leave a comment or send me a PM if they don't like something I wrote and tell me why (poor writing skills, lousy plot line, etc.)
I don't expect all 5s. I'm honored when I get a lot of them, but I don't let the scores bring me down. I write what I like... and luckily for me... others like what I write as well.
Topic The Rage Cage
11 Oct 2014 08:13
The mortgage company who currently holds the mortgage on the house I own is fucking stupid. In May my account was reassessed and because of something I arranged and forgot about (I'll own this part) my payment went up over $200 a month. Yet, they failed to notify me (best guess, it got lost in the mail) that my payment would go up in July. I had my payments on an automatic payment so I wouldn't be late (I thought it was smart) and thus, didn't look at my statements (again, my fault) and was short on my July & August payment. Now, do they call me in July or August to tell me I'm short (now almost $500) NO! They send me a registered letter.
And why didn't they call? Because in November 2013, they were calling, harassing about my "late-payment" that was 2 days not late as I had until the 16th of the month, and they could see by my record I make the payment between the 10th and 12th. When I told them they couldn't get paid before the 10th due to when I get paid, and asked they not call unless it's AFTER the 16th, they agreed, and put me on a "Do Not Call" list. IDIOTS!!!
I call in a panic and a fury to get this resolved. I agree (though I'm not happy about it) to pay the almost $500 shortage. BUT, I tell them it will take me a few days to get the money from a savings account that takes 2 days to transfer the money. I was told as long as I clear it by Aug 31, it would be fine. Still not happy, I do what I must and send the money with just over a week to spare in the exact same method I send my monthly payment, though my bank's on-line bill pay service.)
At the end of August, I discover to my horror that my payment has been returned! WTF?!? I call back even more panic stricken to find out why. Now, I had asked they help with the higher payment as it was more than my budget could handle, and they did. They also refunded the two months of late fees (not upset about this in the least mind you) and now my "shortage" was just under $400 (not upset in the least about this either.) I send them the new lower payment just as I had before, though my bank's on-line bill pay service (because I'm not paying an extra $10 to use their website.)
Three days before my regular monthly mortgage payment is sent, they send me back the 2nd payment (the almost $400 to get my account current.) WTF?!? I'm tired of wasting my time calling them. So, I send an email that takes multiple tries demanding they credit me the shortage. They claim I'll hear back in 5 business days, I don't hear back for two full weeks. They send me a big envelope to my home saying they have NO RECORD of my so called refunds.
After I peeled myself off the roof from hitting it so hard... I sent them yet another email with a pdf of my bank statement showing them the three payments and the two refunds. I still have yet to hear from them, but I will continue to make my regular payments because I'll be damned to have this POS company steal my house that I'm not renting because I've had to move for a job opportunity. I am in the process of trying to refinance it to get it away from these idiots once and for all. They weren't the company I started with, but the one my mortgage was sold to. I would tell anyone I know who has this company to get away from them ASAP.
I even filed a complaint with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) for all the good it's done me. I hate how banks can sell your mortgage and it's a crap shoot on who you get. I got a crappy company with piss poor customer service.
Topic Nails-colour and comments?
04 Oct 2014 22:02
Because I'm a manicure killer, I've gone to the gel polish. It lasts me 2-3 weeks without chipping and unlike acrylic nails, I can still wear my contacts. As far as color goes, I tend to go with a "professional" looking color. Currently it's a mauve like color. I might go a bit more pink or purple (those two colors look really good on me) and in the summer, I'll get a bit crazier with my color choices. I will say my female students have noticed and asked. I find the nail polish give me a bit more of a professional look and I don't mind paying the extra cost because it will last longer than an hour or two (not a joke, I really have ruined a manicure that fast.)
Topic Make up...why?
04 Oct 2014 21:56
This year is the first time I've worn make-up on a regular basis. And by that I mean eye shadow and mascara. I don't usually wear make-up, but as I'm not working as a middle school teacher this year, I want to show my girls you don't need to wear 50 lbs of make-up to be pretty. I don't like to wear much more as it's more of a hassle than it's worth.
Now, if I'm going out on a "date night" with my hubby... I'll go all out. Can't do the eyeliner as it causes a reaction (why I have no idea) but I will do the rest.
Truthfully, my hubby doesn't care if I wear make-up or not... he knows I do it for me to feel pretty, but he feels I'm beautiful as is.
Topic Suggestion to create an Account Credibility system
23 Sep 2014 19:40
I don't understand this issue. I find Lush to be a very friendly environment. I've had a few people who didn't like my stories. Hell sometimes I don't like them either. If you really want crazy try Literotica. Two days ago I got an email that said, "I hope you and your wife die and your children grow up as orphans. Now that's negative feedback.
Must have been the same asshole who sent me two harassing emails with bogus emails as in "email@example.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" telling me I couldn't write or take criticism and that I needed to drop dead. Or something like that... I deleted the emails after I reported them to Literotica... and for the record... they did NOTHING about it.
At least if I got that kind of hate mail here, Lush would at least address it & take it seriously.
Topic HAPPY BIRTHDAY to SPRITE!
22 Sep 2014 19:28
Topic Suggestion to create an Account Credibility system
21 Sep 2014 20:19
How about requiring fingerprints, DNA, an anal probe, an NSA background check, and a letter of authenticity from Interpol? And toss in your credit score.
This made me laugh... thanks for that Buz.
Every member here has joined for his or her own reason. I joined because a fellow author (who has since left for his own reasons) joined and liked the way this site was. I started posting my stories, made some great friends, and read some great stories, and some that weren't quite my cup of tea.
Trolls are on every story site. That's a given. You can't escape them. But, IMHO, Lush does more to keep the trolls out of this site than any other story site I've had any experience with. The members here are mostly friendly, but everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. This is why we have so many wonderful and kinky categories. There is something for everyone.
Topic Add Transparency to your Profile
01 Sep 2014 17:55
It definitely needs a dark background to make the CSS work.
Yeah... I had to go through a few tries before I found the best one... & I think I finally did!
Topic Add Transparency to your Profile
01 Sep 2014 16:29
I just did this to mine & I love it. I did change my profile background image though... but wow! what an amazing change!!! It looks amazing!! Big time thank you to Gav & Nic!!!
Topic Swallowing.. any hints
31 Aug 2014 12:31
For me, I swallow it as quickly as possible. My husband enjoys it except the tickle he gets after he cums that my lips & tongue irritate. Knowing when it's going to happen helps a lot.
Topic prefer fiction or retelling what actually happened?
31 Aug 2014 12:22
I have taken real-life event and morphed them into a fictional tale. An example of this for me is my story How I Got My Job , where the character meets a man for an interview at what turns out to be a Starbucks kiosk in a grocery story. Now, I really had an interview at a Starbucks kiosk in a grocery store, but that's were the reality ends. What happens in the story (the lunch at Applebees and events that follow) were all fictional.
Real life can be a great launching point for fiction. I know someone once said to write what you know, but maybe what they meant was, use what you know and add to it with your vivid imagination. I do think all authors use elements of what they know, they embellish or enhance it to make the story better & more interesting.
I mean... I don't think Edgar Allan Poe ever murdered anyone (at least... I'd like to hope not.)
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
31 Aug 2014 09:33
I'm sure someone else has suggested this, but I feel this should be considered.
I know we, as authors, can require that when someone votes, they leave a comment as to why. I personally don't have this on (for reasons I don't feel I need to share in a public forum.) However, today I had a story get a 1 with no apparent reason. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, or others I know. Now, I do feel that people have the right to vote how they wish, but for any scores below a 3, they should be required to say why. What did the author did that was so wrong? Was the writing that bad?
I do feel they have the right to their opinion, but I would like to have the right to respond, or at least say, "You have a valid point."
EDIT: I did hear from the reader and they said it was an error. Thank GOD Gav has allowed us to change our scores when we fuck up (and I'll even admit I've goofed a score... but at least I could fix it quickly.) Sorry if I sounded thinned skin (which some have said I did not sound that way), but it was rough way to start my day... but now... it's getting much brighter.
Topic Robin Williams has died...
11 Aug 2014 21:04
You picked a great scene lucky_dragonfly. This is by far one of my favorite movies. As an English teacher, I want to impact my students' lives the way he did. He got them to think, to believe, to take chances, to live.
Robin Williams was a unique and amazing man who made us laugh until we cried. Who knew he was truly crying behind that amazing smile of his. So, in honor of his memory, a man who was an amazing actor and comedian, I wish to share this scene from Dead Poets Society to remind us all... to Carpe Diem .
Topic Honestly... (Are YOU a little bit Racist?)
10 Aug 2014 10:20
This thread caught my eye and after reading it, I feel I can add a bit to it.
I was "told" not to judge people by their skin color, but then would hear my parents & grandparents use racial slurs and I was confused. It wasn't until I got out into the world that I started to see how people would behave differently from me.
But it was when I became a teacher that I really saw this. I have seen "the race card" played by young children who learn it from the adults they know. I'm not saying they learn it from their parents, but they learned it from someone.
The worst was when I had two female students almost get into a fight in my classroom. One girl was black, the other was white. Both girls were told that due to their choices, they would lose out on field day since I couldn't trust them to behave. The next day, after the field day fun was over, the mother of the black girl showed up in my classroom questioning me about my decision. She said the other girl used racial slurs toward her daughter, and I said both girls were using inappropriate language toward each other, including racial slurs. When the mother realized I wouldn't cow down to her she left... or so I thought.
Then I hear the mother tell a young boy (please know I was teaching 9-10 year old children at the time) that I was a "piece of white trash someone pulled out of the trash can." There is a silence that can take hold of a classroom in a moment, and this was one. The mother returned and screamed a slew of racial obscenities and slurs in my face. Now, I wanted to return the language until I saw the faces of my students. Since my class was a wonderful mix of white, brown, and black faces, anything I said could and would hurt them. So, I said nothing. Well, not nothing, I said, "I'm sorry you feel that way," and "Please leave my room."
When this woman finally left, one of my kids said, "Jerk." Then another said, "Loser." I had to stop this immediately and I did. The kids did ask why I didn't reply in kind and I told them I wasn't going to lower myself to her level. I did report her for the verbal assault and she was banned from our school. I would have done the same thing to anyone who chooses to scream at me in front of my students.
So yes, after an incident like that I am a bit racist. I'm tired of people acting like they are entitled to be jerks because their skin color is different than mine. But I don't regret my actions. I was able to show my students how to turn the other cheek, so to speak.
Topic Lush V2 Bug List
06 Aug 2014 15:24
Hey Gav... I tried to post some pics in the forum just like you told me (no spaces in the title) and they aren't showing (again.) Now, if it's an issue with the file type (.png vs. .bpm or .jpg) I can make that change... if not... could ya look into it, please. Note... I access Lush on Chrome (I personally hate IE and Firefox makes me nuts.)
I'm sure you'll solve this one even faster than my last problem (& you though I'd never talk with you again... lol)
Topic Stealing content
06 Aug 2014 15:19
Someone sent me word that fantas.com was dead so I checked and... it's true!!!
I don't really fucking care why... I'm just happy we as a team (Mods & members alike) won this battle!
Topic Stealing content
06 Aug 2014 08:14
FUCKER!! He seems to like taking Recommended Reads...is it possible that he's just doing a mass pull up from that list? My "My Favourite Word" is over there, apparently he hasn't picked up any others. I swear to G-d, five minutes, a room, me, him...he wouldn't have fingers left to steal copyrighted material with ...
Not all the stories are Recommended Reads, though a lot are. One of the two they took from me is not an Recommended Read. I got the impression that they picking certain genres (cuckold for example) and stole a lot of pieces.
I find this all depressing and frustrating. At least Dancing_Doll has given us a weapon to help us with this fight.
Topic does anyone here have a favorite musical?
05 Aug 2014 08:58
My son and I are going to see it for our 3rd time in October in Las Vegas. I have the soundtrack and I love this show. If they ever make it a movie... I'm so there!!!