I arrived here to read but progressed to writing. I love this avenue of self-expression. I am a blonde but a brainy one. Educated, sophisticated, well read and well travelled. Intelligence, humour, grace and authenticity are important to me. And passion, always passion.
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A lot of people used this referendum as a protest vote, a means to voice their anger with current government policies. They did not really think about the consequences or imagine that the leave side would win. There is a lot of remorse now with the realization that the vote is binding and it is not really what many people wanted. They sent a message to the elites and now have to live with the result. Many wish they had voted remain now.I hope that this is a lesson for Americans thinking about voting for Donald Trump. Never mind what he would do domestically, imagine him on the international stage and with his finger on the nuclear button. A very scary thought. Be careful what you wish for. This uprising of populism with all that it carries as baggage, his xenophobia, sexism, racism, and willful ignorance along with his bombastic thin-skinned temperament make Trump unsuited for the office of President.
I don't. I believe in what we have here and now, being hopeful for the future and not being stuck in the past.
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He has made sure that he uses his own hotels and other resources that belong to him and to pay them from campaign funds. I understand that he has reputation for not paying contractors and others who do work for him and trying to bargain down to a fraction of what is owed when he does pay. He intimidates his creditors in that he is not reluctant to be in litigation and has much deeper pockets to finance it than they do. Would he transfer this purported business acumen to government, perhaps refusing to fully pay on US bonds or treasury bills?He does not have the normal infrastructure of a campaign state by state or for fundraising. Of course, he thinks he knows best. This applies to every aspect of foreign policy, governance, and domestic issues. He says he watches Sunday morning television for information. This has been another Trump scam, perhaps the most colossal one he has ever pulled. He has hoodwinked a large segment of the US electorate into believing that he actually has plans and policies to make their lives better while appealing to their xenophobia, sexism, racism and more, giving them permission to say in public things that formerly were said only within their homes. So much for making America great again. He does love the "undereducated".The convention should be interesting. @ Just_A_Guy_You_KnowYou are exactly right. It would be entertaining if it were not so frightening. After the surprise in the Brexit vote, we cannot be sure that he will be rejected.
@ cdlsfI don't know what country you are in or what you know about the criminal justice systems of your country or other countries. In common law countries like the US, Canada, and the UK judges do not hear evidence from both the accused and the alleged victim in many if not most criminal cases in countries where the accused is not obliged to testify. There are constitutional protections that allow the accused's case to be put to the court by their lawyer and defense witnesses. The prosecution has the right to cross examine these witnesses just as the defense has the right to cross examine prosecution witnesses. Judges weigh the credibility of witnesses and evidence in bench (judge only) trials, but it is the jury who makes this determination when it is a jury trial. In this case the judge renders a decision on penalty if there is a guilty verdict. I should also add that there is usually a provision for the alleged victim to remain unnamed in the press unless that victim opts to go public. In the Brock Turner case she published her devastating statement, but remained anonymous.What you have described is not realistic.
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Maybe I'm just being obtuse; but would you mind explaining how having those stories appear on both writers pages, not double posted in the categories; but simply appearing on both writers story list be unfair? Specifically, in what way would others be negatively impacted? I don't see how this would effect anyone beside the writer in question? I would benefit from a detailed example of how another would be harmed.If they could be harmed by this; than how would having the story appear on my story page do so, yet providing a link on my page as Buz suggested; would not? Surly a link is a link? The story would still carry only the avatar of the posting author. No one is suggesting an actual duplicate story on the site. Merely that it appear on both writers page with the award next to it. It has been stated that having those awards appear would also be unfair, and again, who is hurt and why? Again, I fail to see the harm. I would like to understand how an award earned by both writers should only apear on one of their pages. Having them appear on both damages others in what way? I find that thought to be curiously confusing. You seem to discount the earned views, yet we have badges for famous stories, legendary stories and for those with over a million views, so if they were unimportant than why have the badges? Why would adding more badges then be a remedy? That seems counter-intuitive to me. Is this really important at all? Maybe not, but then why do we write at all. I write for myself, but it is pointless if no one reads it. That's why views matter. If that's silly, then why do we have 3 different badges celebrating views? Again, it seems counter-initiative to say those views don't matter. We don't rank authors directly by views anywhere, so who is hurt by giving credit to both writers instead of one? I'd like this explained so I can understand. Writing is a difficult art and one many of us put much of ourselves into. I don't think it unfair to expect a duel and equal recognition for our contributions. The idea that 'someone else' is somehow negatively impacted makes no sense to me and I really would like that concisely explained.Edit. Prinicipessa, I came back later and reread this post. While I feel my point is accurate, I came off much more strongly than I intended. I have tremendous respect for you and our friendship so I apologize for the challenging tone. That was not my intent. I have no objection to co-authored stories appearing in both authors' pages, perhaps with a new symbol posted like an RR or EP to indicate that it is indeed a collaboration as I suggested, this new symbol not being an award but merely information. My concern was with respect to the number of views leading to badges like "Famous Story" and "Legendary Story". Would the number of views on one writer's page or on both writers'pages? Either way there seems to be an issue in getting to 30K or 100K as compared with a story written alone. This may be less of a problem than I realized at first because as you pointed out the story would still be published just once in its category for readers. I may be complicating this too much by hairsplitting and seeing both sides of an argument, but that is how I earn my living. I really have no objection to stories being posted on both writers' pages as I have felt guilty about being the one getting the attention for work that I did not do alone. I just think we have to understand the implications of making this decision before changing how we do things. The fairness interest for co-writers may well be more important than other considerations. There are a small number of co-written stories as compared with the number done solo on Lush. These stories could be posted on both authors' pages with an indication that the story is a collaboration with no negative impact. For some people, collecting views and badges is very important and that is where there may be issues to be worked out.Milik, there is no need to worry. You just asked me to explain myself more clearly. I have the greatest of respect for you and our friendship. Our collaborations have produced wonderful stories and I would work with you again in a heartbeat.
I hadn't thought about the "double-dipping" issue, but you do make a valid point. However, I still feel that the co-writer is cheated. At the very least, the story should at the very least post on the pages for both authors. If there was a "Co-Author" badge (VirgoGo had a great idea for this) it might help. Now, there aren't that may co-written pieces and if Lush want to encourage this... then a solution needs to be found. Perhaps (and this is just a suggestion Gav) there can be a setting for those who don't care about the counts (like clicking a box for opting out of the votes, awards, etc.) I like the idea of a Co-Author badge to be awarded when you have written in collaboration. Given that it is unusual, adding more parameters such as multiple co-writers or a threshold number of stories seems unnecessary to me. It is enough to have two egos set aside to work in tandem to produce something that is often more than the sum of its parts. There is a certain synergy that happens when people write together, at least that has been my experience. The counts issue could be partially resolved by having the ability to turn that off if the posting writer did so, presumably in consultation with their writing partner. For those who were not concerned about the views being counted on the posting partner's page, it could be left on. As well, you could add a symbol like the RR or EP that is not an award, but is an indicator that there are two authors for a particular story. At least this would be a way to give some recognition to the effort made by various members to write together and produce some of the great work here on Lush.
I have been the writer who posted the stories that I have written with collaborators. I have always felt a little guilty about getting the recognition attached to those stories but for the mention of the co-writer's name at the beginning of each story and the acknowledgement note that most writers (including me) added to the stories. Anyone who reads the stories knows who the other writer is so the praise in comments is shared. I realize that there is some inequity in the poster of the story getting the views, badges, and possible awards. However, the suggestions that have been made so far to remedy this would put those who collaborate on stories in a better position than those who write alone in that each story would be doubly posted, doubly awarded and double rated and ranked. For those who count views towards hundreds of thousands and millions, it would be a sort of double dipping to allow the story to be viewed and have those views counted on two members' pages. Dividing the views between the two writers does not make sense either.I understand that it rankles to see a story you have worked on garner views and awards for your co-writer that cannot be shared, but I can think of no equitable way to fix this to make it fair between collaborators and at the same time remain fair to the other writers on the site. I would be open to any suggestions that could do that.
Monday morning. Susan awoke and found herself alone in bed. Michael, her husband, had gotten up very early and gone off to the airport to catch a flight for a business trip. Susan stretched across the width of the bed and thought that she was missing him already. They had been married ten years and still had sex often. She reasoned that this was because they maintained their curiosity about...
Added 24 Mar 2016 | Category Seduction
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Janice Rheingold was a pampered woman. She had been born into a wealthy family, sent to the best schools and universities, and had travelled the world through her twenties. She was sophisticated as well as educated and spoke four languages. Janice had married Larry and produced the requisite son and daughter. Her city and country homes were both beautifully and comfortably decorated. She...
Added 24 Jun 2015 | Category Straight Sex
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It was one of those perfect June days that we wait for all winter. The sun was warm, the sky a clear and intense blue without a cloud in sight. It felt like slipping into a warm bath rather than the sauna that the heat and humidity of August would bring. There were even people out sailing at midday this Friday as Stacey gazed out of her office window toward Lake Ontario. They were starting...
Added 02 Mar 2014 | Category Love Stories
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Frances had done what was expected of her for most of her life: a good student, private school, art classes, and a degree from a top university. Now, finally, she had gained her independence and was living life on her own terms. Her friends and colleagues called her Frankie now. She had a job as a project manager in a design firm, had rented her first apartment, and was dating someone her...
Added 05 Apr 2014 | Category Love Stories
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I love the weekend for many reasons, but foremost is morning lovemaking. We are both busy with work all week so this is not a weekday thing unless we wake up early. Even then it is not conducive to either inhibition or romance to be having sex with one eye on the clock. Even for a hit-and-run quickie. David and I both like staying in bed and recovering slowly rather than rushing to shower,...
Added 23 Mar 2014 | Category Flash Erotica
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“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ― Oscar Wilde 'Rebecca Weiss is a seventeen-year-old junior at Rosemont High School. She was referred to me by Principal Burton for consultation regarding potentially inappropriate and unsafe sexual activities allegedly committed on school property.' 'The initial report, filed by Mrs. Elaine...
Added 22 Aug 2014 | Category Straight Sex
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This story is a collaboration between the talented Milik Redman and myself. I am happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to write with him. Philippe gazed at the leather bound documents with a trepidation he had not felt before. Oh, Mon Dieu! What am I doing? he thought to himself. He was usually a man of intellect and analytical certainty. The growing conflict between...
Added 21 Jun 2013 | Category Love Stories
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This story is the seventh in the series of stories written in collaboration with Alphamagus about Robert and Juliana and their love. It is different from previous stories in the series as it is the first part of a much longer story. We hope that you will enjoy it and look forward to the next chapter when you reach the end of this one. Juliana came into the house around 9 PM, exhausted...
Added 12 Oct 2012 | Category Love Stories
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“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ― Oscar Wilde Over the next few days, Ted began to realize how profound an experience he and Marcia shared that night. She found the freedom to give in to her desire, and he learned how powerfully impacted he was by her being unafraid to sexually express them. In his mind, the fact that he lied about his...
Added 23 Jan 2015 | Category Straight Sex
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“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ― Oscar Wilde Ted felt a surreal calm settle over him as he made the short walk to the deli. The shock of Becca's appearance and the torrid sex they had just shared in the garage left him feeling as if he were having an out of body experience. Now, even the simple act of making his way to get his breakfast...
Added 20 Jan 2015 | Category Straight Sex
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