About principessa

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.

Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
Art and architecture, travel, reading, movies, politics, good conversation, good food and wine and laughter- especially laughter.
Favorite Books:
Too numerous to list here. I read constantly.
Favorite Authors:
Again too numerous to list.
Favorite Movies:
Old classic Hitchcock: "North by Northwest", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Dial M for Murder" , other classic films like "Sunset Boulevard", and film noir, many foreign films, and current movies that are not mindless.
Favorite Music:
Anything but hip hop and American country music.
Date Joined:
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Latest Forum Posts
Topic: HELP!!! Before I submit
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 20:13

May I ask why LushStories does not permit the publication of fan-fiction? I have a friend who is currently in the middle of writing her 47th chapter on her fan-fic', and she was distressed to find out that LushStories won't publish her work. She's spent the best part of 7 months writing her piece. It's saved into 48 individual documents (prologue is seperate from the rest) so that all the chapters can be uploaded at once so anyone who reads it won't have to wait too long for the next chapter to be uploaded. If a mod can get through 47 chapters in 2 days, then the entire thing could be up in two days, from whenever she's done. But I'm rambling. As my original question asks, how come LushStories won't permit the publication of fan-fic' based novels?

For the record, any author may post only one story per day. So, in theory, it would take forty-seven days at minimum to post this story. That assumes that each part meets Lush standards and does not have to be sent back for editing. As well, given that the queue is steadily at about fifty stories daily, it would likely take longer for all parts to be posted. Even without the rule limiting one story per day, to ask that forty-seven chapters be done in two days is not a realistic expectation.

Topic: Lush's high standards
Posted: 05 Mar 2015 14:44

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 !

While a good idea in theory, this would not be feasible for a number of reasons. Moderators have a difficult enough time keeping up with the stories in the queue without rating them. For now they look for technical and compliance issues, and leave the judgment to readers and their taste. They have the ability to award RRs and nominate EPs for quality and exceptional work respectively. There are many stories on Lush which would merit neither but are nonetheless popular with readers. Moderators get enough push back from writers regarding required edits to stories without adding this subjective judgment to their responsibilities. I frankly do not think writers here, whom I have been reminded are amateurs, would appreciate such a system.

(I should add that while I am no longer a moderator, I was one for about three years.)

Topic: Twitter Writing Challenge: 140 characters of sexyness
Posted: 31 Jan 2015 12:13

She basked in his radiating warmth, alabaster skin cool against him. His heat and her light in the darkness were as heady as a summer storm.

Topic: Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 11:11

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

Topic: How To Win An EP By Accident... (A lecture on writing poetry...)
Posted: 26 Jan 2015 15:14

RRs are given out by moderators to work that they think is exceptionally good, work that might not be noticed otherwise. The standard is the quality of the story or poem, not the author or whether they have received an RR or EP before. They are not meant to be handed out indiscriminately. Individual moderators may award them based on their own judgment.

EPs are awarded much less frequently and voted on by a panel composed of some of the site's best writers, not all of whom are moderators. There is also a Series award for a multi-part story that is exceptional. It is voted on by the same panel.

Given that any and all of these are awarded for excellence, it is not surprising that some of the talented writers here have more than one.

I think that Stephen's "by accident" reference was meant to communicate that he was surprised, and maybe that you cannot set out to win anything when you write it except perhaps for a competition entry.

Topic: How To Win An EP By Accident... (A lecture on writing poetry...)
Posted: 26 Jan 2015 11:40

Actually, you got the EP because you finally wrote something without using "all caps". Congratulations, Stephen.

Topic: Advice before submitting a story
Posted: 25 Jan 2015 16:46


Can you tell me how to format dates and times in stories? Where I come from (England), dates would be written in DD/MM/YYYY format (my birthday is 25/09/1950, for instance), and times in textual format as either something like 14.02, or 2.02PM.

How do you want them formatted in stories that go in Lush. A story I've submitted has a time in it of 6.00PM. Is this acceptable? If not, then how should I write it?

Any advice you can give will be gratefully received.

Many thanks,

I happened to notice this. I am no longer a moderator, but am happy to help with your question.

I think that as with the -or/-our or s/z issues in UK versus US spelling, that day/month/year or month/day/year are acceptable so long as they are consistent within your story. I do think that in North America, we generally do not use the 24-hour clock if not in the military, except perhaps in Quebec (where it would be rooted in French custom).

Topic: What Are The Most Memorable Movie Scenes That Have Stayed With You Always?
Posted: 20 Jan 2015 19:34

In "Out of Africa", the scene where Redford takes Streep up in a plane with the lush beauty of Kenya below them and music to match. It is a two-seater and she reaches back to hold his hand as they soar through the clouds. Be still my heart.

Topic: Ray Rice - What are your thoughts?
Posted: 11 Sep 2014 17:08

Let us imagine that instead of hitting his fiancée, he hit another man the same way. We would not be having this discussion. He would be charged with some form of criminal assault. Period. He would be charged and tried based on the evidence.

The difference here is that the victim is woman, his fiancée. Domestic violence used to be treated as a private matter. This was a remnant of women historically being seen as chattel, as one of their husband's possessions. Thankfully we have progressed beyond that to prosecuting it. Unfortunately, we have not reached the point where we do not have these discussions, wondering why she stays and what she did to provoke him. Battered woman syndrome is real. They are rendered fearful and powerless by their aggressor. Many have no resources of their own, nowhere to go and no one to help them. It takes tremendous courage to break this cycle. Watching the woman in this case speaking and hearing about her tweets made me think about Stockholm syndrome - where people identify with their captors.

I hope that we will treat all violence, no matter which gender perpetrates it or which gender is victimized by it equally and without all of the second guessing and discussion.

As to losing one's job, many employment contracts have a clause regarding behaviour that is beyond what is accepted by the employer. In such circumstances, firing is permitted.

Topic: How much emphasis do you place on your story's readability?
Posted: 06 Sep 2014 11:00

Precision in language is important in my work and this carries over to my creative writing. I agonize to find exactly the right words to express what I want to say, and, with English being such a rich, nuanced language, there are always many choices. I try to write in a straightforward way without convoluted sentences or florid over-the-top language. I hope that all of this makes my work easily readable.

There are two other elements to my writing: character development and description. Characters should come across as believable people, not one-dimensional pawns moving about your story. Their traits can be revealed through the telling of the story rather than all in a single paragraph. Description,whether of a place, a meal, a painting, or anything else is paramount in capturing your reader's imagination. I generally write about things that I know and have experienced and use my sense memory to construct images and descriptions that (hopefully) bring the reader right there. Sometimes a phrase will come to you that encapsulates what you saw, felt, or heard and you know that it will resonate with your reader.

Editing carefully is crucial to readability as well. Other than catching typos and other errors, you can check for repetitive use of words, inconsistencies,and the flow of your story. Even dividing your prose into paragraphs of a reasonable length makes your story more readable.

In the end, other than expressing ourselves, captivating the reader is the goal when we write.

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