Forum posts made by overmykneenow

Topic Question about Character Introduction
Posted 26 Mar 2015 05:23

When is the best time to introduce characters (descriptors) into a plot? I have started writing what I suspect will be around 8,000-10,000 word story. It begins with an email from an ex-lover and the main character teetering on whether to re-enter the relationship and then remembering what had happened the last time they met in explicit details. Then moving to further introduce how they met and further background information and experiences.

Is this wrong or do I need to build some basic character information into the beginning of the story? I apologize for such a basic question, yet I am finding it difficult to introduce the main characters in the beginning and want the reader to develop their own opinion with the use of subtle clues regarding the individuals instead of just stating who the characters are and what they look like, do, preferences. Is it wrong to begin with an explicit beginning?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Don't be afraid of giving the reader some work to do - let them fill in the blanks or anticipate (rightly or wrongly) where the story is going next. Don't let your descriptions slow the pace of the story but if you really need to impart some bit of information about a character (or event or location even) then do so. You can always go back in the next draft and move the information around to other parts of the story if you wish.

Topic Women react to cock pics
Posted 23 Mar 2015 14:05

Topic Editor's Picks and Recommended Reads
Posted 23 Mar 2015 13:45

Nice to see a sensible discussion on this.

I don't think there's any magic formula for getting RRs other than getting as many mods as possible to read it - it only takes one of them to think it's good enough.

Neither of my RRed stories were awarded on verification but they were both awarded by people on my friends list. Draw whatever conclusions you want about that - I choose to think that it didn't influence their decision to award but did make it more likely they would read it.

My EP was a huge surprise, I honestly didn't think it would be approved. Personally, I don't think it's the best thing I've written here but some people obviously did. The most important thing is to write for yourself and not get hung up on what are, in my opinion, arbitrary awards.

Topic HELP!!! Before I submit
Posted 10 Mar 2015 17:18

You really don't want to know how many times my Golden Girls slashfic has been turned down here

Topic Lush's high standards
Posted 03 Mar 2015 01:15

Self publishing resource: I think it implies generality instead of quality, or a place for novices and amateurs. I also think that comparison of Lush with other story sites is inappropriate as in addition to the stories, Lush is also a adult social media.

Qualitative improvement is a continuous process and one of the method may be that after approval of a story, a team of distinguished mods grade and score that story. I think three shades can be worked out as Excellent, Good and Average. Stories with excellent and Good grading should remain visible to all and Average shade stories may only be visible to author or their friends. However, members may score stories as they like. In this way, quality stuff would remain in forefront !

This idea has merit but given the amount of butthurt some people get when their stories are scored with 4 or how they perceive awards are handed out, I don't think Lush is ready for this. From what I see on Lush, few authors improve their writing in a technical sense; the majority of improvement you see in authors is in a growing confidence in skills they already possess but haven't really used before.

Topic Do people navigate using pages?
Posted 28 Feb 2015 10:32

Thank you for the feedback re the spidering.

After spending many hours researching, I have a solution which will be implemented in the coming weeks. It will be both useful for surfers as well as helping spider the site more effectively. It will make greater use of our tag database.

Oh, you wicked tease. Xx

Topic Do people navigate using pages?
Posted 28 Feb 2015 02:56

Interesting point.

However, at the moment, only pages 1-10 and then the last 2 pages are linked. So that's only 12 pages.

Any idea how we could get google to spider the site more deeply? You seem a bit of an expert on these things. Any help always appreciated!

The number links aren't that effective on SEs as the information and links on them are always changing. Google already spiders the site pretty well for each category and looks to treat them as landing pages in their own right. I know in the past that Google itself recommended there should be less than a hundred links per page - this sounds a lot but they soon add up - if you can get rid of less effective links, you really should. The fewer options the spiders have, the more likely they'll go where you want them to.

The home page currently contains 546 link tags

Topic Do people navigate using pages?
Posted 27 Feb 2015 07:41

For shits and giggles, does anyone here actually use the page numbers at the bottom of the story lists (home page)? I’m not sure what the value is with them, especially as the numbers grow.

If I remove them and replace with a links instead is anyone going to contract kill me?

Cheers, gav

I do, but only when i'm cooking up stats to throw around the forum. That said, I usually monkey with the query string to get to where I think I need to go rather than using the numbered links

Topic Replace One Word in a Song or Movie Title With "Orgasm"
Posted 26 Feb 2015 14:21

Bring Me The Orgasm Of Alfredo Garcia

(One for BBC Radio 4 fans out there)

Topic I disagree!
Posted 24 Feb 2015 16:14

Thread Locked. bootyshake

How egregious

Topic What's Your Current Mood.
Posted 24 Feb 2015 15:29


Topic I disagree!
Posted 24 Feb 2015 15:27

I can't help but be reminded of that time when someone posted something hilarious. Really, it was the funniest thing ever.

Anyway, I digress.

Oh, hang on…

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 23 Feb 2015 06:36

Oops. Sorry, I missed this post.

EVEN though I would like to stay in a cranky mood and pout, I will agree it might be a good thing. binky

I think it's a great idea to split stories and poems and it has the potential to improve the site for poets.

Instead of being limited to two categories of poem, with its own section of the site there could be as many categories for poems as there are stories. If the community drives it, it could even lead to designated poem verifiers, Recommended Poems and more poetry based competitions.

Of course it will be a long road to get to that position but the opportunities created by splitting poetry from stories seem, to me least, to outweigh the disadvantages.

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 19 Feb 2015 08:58

So you know every poet personally and how they think?

I'm just curious.

Not at all, but I know grief junkies when I see them

Topic masturbation leads to impotence in men??
Posted 19 Feb 2015 01:39

What amazes me in this thread is the number of men who don't know the difference between impotence and infertility

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 19 Feb 2015 01:12

Bear in mind the POETRY contest for Valentine Day 2015. I'm assuming that had a significant part in the drastic jump in poems.

Writing can be good for the soul be it "happy" or "unhappy".

Even if you remove the poetry competition entries from this year's figures, poetry still accounts for 34% of all content on the site - another huge increase.

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 19 Feb 2015 00:10

Nerdy will suffice.

Go to the home page, track through the pages until you get to Jan 1 for each year, multiply the page number by 30 to get the number of stories in each year. Go to your settings and block the poem categories - repeat step 1 and subtract the figures in column B from column A

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 19 Feb 2015 00:03

There is a broader problem with "downer" poems - especially for those who repeatedly produce them.

Yes, sometimes we all feel a bit blue, maybe moved enough to put our thoughts down to help them makes sense. But routinely writing this stuff can set you down a dark path. Attention and praise can have a powerful effect for good but they also enforce negative behaviour. If someone is writing 100+ poems like this it's easy to imagine that no amount of positive comments, or 5 votes are going to break them out of their fug. If anything it just encourages them to stay in that mind-set - the perpetual victim. It moves away from catharsis and into dependency.

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 18 Feb 2015 10:11

Not to be nerdy, but how did you get these stats?

It's impossible to answer that in a non-nerdy way

Topic NOT an official stance, but... prospective poets, please read.
Posted 18 Feb 2015 08:21

Poems are taking over Lush. Mind you I think you mods have to shoulder some of the blame for that - you're even accepting haikus now!

Look how bad it's getting...

Total Stories Poems
2010 2761 2403 358 (13%)
2011 4943 4378 565 (11%)
2012 5711 4858 853 (15%)
2013 5501 4422 1079 (20%)
2014 8153 5797 2356 (29%)
2015 1197 743 454 (38%)

*Bear in mind that figures don't include the deleted category

Topic trimming the fat
Posted 17 Feb 2015 05:26

If it's just the bit around the middle it'll be more to do with the diet than the exercise.

Keeping it off permanently would mean sticking to an ultra low-carb diet. Most actors who have to take their shirts off in films will go hard on zero-carbs so they're super-lean for the poster shots - which is why three months later you'll see them being papped on their yachts with a paunch. They also dehydrate themselves to get the ripped look - which is no good for anyone.

In the end it all comes down to choices - do you want ripped abs or do you want a varied diet.

Topic An app to improve your writing skills (maybe)
Posted 17 Feb 2015 04:29

Brain training applications are nothing new but most of them tend to lean towards maths and logic problems: mental arithmetic, pattern recognition and so on.

I've been playing around with Elevate for the last couple of weeks which puts its emphasis on improving the way you communicate. Each day it gives you three games to play from five categories: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Maths.

The games test your grammar skills, your ability to process information and your vocabulary. The maths tests are also firmly placed in real world situations - discounting, tipping etc

The app is free if all you want to do is play the games it offers for the daily tests. You can subscribe for more features and games but it's not cheap.

Whether or not game-based learning tools like this can produce measurable improvements in your ability to communicate is uncertain but it seems a fun way to test out your skills


Topic Spanking: Yes, but how hard?
Posted 13 Feb 2015 14:18

Me too please, but only during foreplay (a little roughhousing is fun) or passionate sex.

If someone tried to spank me as a punishment I'd find it silly.

How about not spanking you as a punishment?

Topic Do you insist that a vote on your story be commented upon.
Posted 11 Feb 2015 23:58

Forcing qualitative feedback through quantitive feedback rarely produces anything meaningful. If people are moved enough to say something, they will - forcing the hand of someone who just wanted to vote will result in bland, meaningless platitudes or critiques that won't do your confidence or writing any favours. I think the best way to improve the benefit of your comments is to post plenty of constructive comments on other authors' work . The better feedback you give, the better you get back in return.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 11 Feb 2015 02:57

How about a "back to the top" button to eliminate a lot of scrolling?

If you're on an iOS device tap on the status bar (the bit that tells you the time and how much battery you have) - it'll instantly scroll to the top of the page

Topic tablets vs. laptops
Posted 11 Feb 2015 02:49

I haven't used my old laptop since I was gifted an iPad. The pros for laptops are fast dwindling with decline of physical media and the rise of cloud storage

One of the first things I got for it was a Bluetooth keyboard which makes writing on the tablet a hell of a lot easier. The next thing I got was the camera connection kit - despite the name this essentially adds a USB in port to your iPad allowing you to connect most things you'd be able to connect to your laptop. Both of these cost around £20 each.

All that said though, for interacting on Lush though, a laptop still wins.

Topic Site Security
Posted 11 Feb 2015 02:32

I have contacted Grooveshark on this, I cant see them supporting it anytime soon.

Personally I would rather see Grooveshark gone *ducks*


Topic Three-parent babies - anyone else freaked out?
Posted 04 Feb 2015 05:21

What a weird response. He said "stop women having children they don't want". Seems like a good starting point to me, but there would still be children whose parents turn out not te be able to care for them.

Nothing wrong with better sex education, more awareness in young people of the responsibilities that having kids brings with it, more availability of contraception and better rape prevention.

Read the whole paragraph again. The context, to me at least, was: "poor women have babies for financial gain and then can't deal with them - they should be sterilised".

I agree whole heartedly with what you've said but I can't read that same conclusion in his statement. It should be pointed out that elective sterilisation is freely available in the UK, as is contraception.

Topic Three-parent babies - anyone else freaked out?
Posted 04 Feb 2015 05:09

Sorry I don't believe in mucking around like this - we will be breading people that will live forever before long.
It seems breeding babies like this is ok but euthanasia is against the law. Letting people exist in unbearable pain is not right.

Let me get this straight...

Bringing healthy babies into the world = BAD
Killing people = GOOD

Did I get that right?

Topic Three-parent babies - anyone else freaked out?
Posted 04 Feb 2015 05:04

No. Having a child by these means is purely a personal choice for couples. I was talking about genetic engineering to try and eliminate diseases like Mitochondrial Disease. It is experimental and therefore dangerous IMO, and, it also opens the door to 'super race production'.

What I will say though regarding couples considering fertility treatments is this:

68,840 children were in the care of UK local authorities on 31st March 2014,

6% (3,880) of children looked after on 31st March 2014 were under 1 year old
17% (11,440) were aged between 1 and 4 years old
20% (13,920) were aged between 5 and 9 years old
37% (25,140) were aged between 10 and 15 years old
21% (14,460) were aged 16 and over.

All these children are in need of being part of loving, caring families.

Worldwide, of course, the picture is much, much bigger. UNICEF estimate that there are 100 million street children.

Mankind needs to step back and consider taking steps to take care of those already born before dabbling with science to produce more!

Those numbers are for children in care - in other words being looked after by the community, usually while their parents are sorting their lives out. The figure for children up for adoption is closer to around 8,000 - still a big number but significantly less than the shock figures you've produced.

This new breakthrough will not produce more babies but will help some to not die before they their 5th birthday

Personally, I think I'll trust science with this one. Science has cut infant mortality in this country to less than 1%. It was hovering around the 50% when religion was making the decisions.