Topic The Ukraine Crisis
02 Mar 2014 12:43
This reminds me of Hitler manufacturing reasons to invade other countries, such as protecting ethnic Germans in the then Czechoslovakia.
Putin had just had a public relations success with the Olympics. At the least it went off safely and no incident. He longs for the old Soviet Union, or at least that style of authoritarian government, with the addition of all of the money now floating around Russia. He also loves the limelight.
What the EU and NATO can do is start economic sanctions, freeze assets held by Russians, and limit their ability to trade and carry on business. Limiting the Russian oligarchs ability to do business would then cause them to pressure Putin to relent. They can also decline their invitations to the next G8 meeting that is to be held in Sochi and is in the planning stages now, and remove whomever of their teams are involved in that. That would hit Putin where it really hurts him, in the ego. Ultimately the G8 can also revoke the associate membership he has in that group. The loss of face would be infuriating for him.
Representatives from Canada including our Foreign Minister have just returned from Ukraine. I think Canada was offering to help the new provisional government. We have recalled our ambassador from Moscow. I doubt that we would go to war over Ukraine. I suspect the same is true for the US and the Europeans. Economic and other sanctions will have to work.
Topic The Official Olympics Thread: Sochi 2014
25 Feb 2014 14:39
how much sex are the athletes having in Sochi? Beautiful, in their prime, lots of testosterone .... It's got to be good.
I heard somewhere that they had handed out more than 100,000 condoms.
Topic Word Limit/Ideal Story Length?
25 Feb 2014 14:13
Another point to add to what Sprite said is that only one chapter may be posted each day. This being the case, you will have to wait for each one to be approved and posted before submitting the next one or they would be out of order if there were edits to do on a chapter.
Topic The Official Olympics Thread: Sochi 2014
25 Feb 2014 14:08
I loved the Canadian coach giving a Russian a ski to replace his broken one so that he could finish his event with dignity. That is sportsmanship.
I don't want to annoy the Americans here, but the comeback of the Canadian women in hockey was inspiring. They never gave up. It was a true demonstration of grit and heart.
Topic Favorite Line You've written
17 Jan 2014 13:52
"Her face wore an enigmatic smile reminiscent of the Mona Lisa."
From "Out for Dinner", an earlier effort written with Alphmagus, and still a favourite story of mine.
Topic Story Titles on Lush
16 Jan 2014 13:17
This is written just as a reminder for all Lush writers. Titles of stories and poems should never be formatted in all caps. Please format them normally. As well, there is no reason to repeat the title and name of the author within the body of your story. If you are cutting and pasting from Word or some other program to submit, please take the time to remove this from the beginning of your story.
Topic Question about Prologue for all you authors and writters on Lush Help!!!
15 Jan 2014 14:35
I agree with the above advice. Perhaps you can take the time to read some of the stories on the site that have been awarded an Editor's Pick. They will give you an idea of how some of the best writers here introduce and describe their characters.
I think that many people will agree that they do not like reading what has come to be called a"laundry list" of character attributes, e.g. John was tall, dark, and handsome with washboard abs and hazel eyes. Mary was petite, brunette, had 34C breasts, narrow hips and green eyes.
You can find ways to work the description of your characters' looks and personalities within your story.
Topic Happy Birthday Buz!
15 Jan 2014 08:32
Happy birthday, Buz. Have a great day.
Topic AUTHORS - 6 New Categories - Please move any stories you have which would be better suited to the ne
14 Jan 2014 18:53
Where do you find this? I've check in "My Stories" but it just gives me movement, or editing, or hiding or deleting. The Category column doesn't seem to have a Stories List Manager.
PA, go to "My Stories" and choose the "edit" option for the story whose category you want to change. Then pick the new category and click continue and then update in the following window. That's it.
Topic Grammar and literacy videos
08 Jan 2014 15:02
Bump. Just to bring these to everyone's attention again.
I also wanted to remind all writers not to rely on spell check alone. Spell check will not catch mistakes that are words or errors like possessives without apostrophes. It is necessary to read through your story carefully. If spelling is not your forte, perhaps ask for some proofreading help.
Topic Picture your favorite perfume
20 Dec 2013 15:29
When I depart from Lauren, these days it is likely to be Flowerbomb
Topic Rest in Peace - Nelson Mandela
05 Dec 2013 14:39
May he rest in peace. He was the epitome of courage and taught us the value of forgiveness and reconciliation even in the most trying circumstances.
Topic The Rage Cage
19 Nov 2013 16:03
To the idiot who woke me at 2:45 am and did not apologize for the wrong number: Your number is on my call display. Perhaps I will call you back at a similar time to say hello.
Topic Guidelines for images posted with stories
12 Nov 2013 18:56
The rules for cover images at the top of stories are the same as those for avatars. No hardcore shots, closeups of genitals, or photos depicting insertion are permitted. This list is not exhaustive. Moderators retain the right to remove images deemed unsuitable for this site.
If a story can be approved but the image is not permitted, the story moderator will remove the image, approve the story, and send a note to the author to let them know their image wasn't suitable.
Topic Happy Birthday Stephanie!
12 Oct 2013 09:05
Happy Birthday, Stephen. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Never mind the cake. We know what you like.
Topic This or That
09 Oct 2013 13:14
George Clooney or Brad Pitt? (or for those of a different persuasion, Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johannson?)
Topic This or That
09 Oct 2013 12:51
mountains or seashore?
Topic Malala - Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
07 Oct 2013 15:44
This young Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls. She is probably the bravest girl in the world, and she speaks for millions of girls who also want to go to school. She was shot at point blank range in the head and miraculously survived.
She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Topic What's your opinion on abortion?
22 Jul 2013 08:20
I am pro- choice, especially in cases of rape and incest, for the mother's health issues or those of the unborn child. Abortion should be legal, available, and accessible for the poor. It should not be a substitute for birth control, but I do not believe in bringing children into the world to circumstances where they will be abused and neglected.
I respect those who do not agree with abortion. That is their choice. No one who is anti-choice will ever be forced to have an abortion. They should not have the power to choose for the rest of us. They should channel their efforts to adopting children in the child welfare system who are unwanted rather than imposing their views on others.
Topic Skincare 101
19 Jul 2013 14:40
I use Clinique products and some from other companies. The best thing you can do for your skin is keep it clean and the best way to do that is with a Clarisonic device and your favourite cleanser. Literally one minute morning and night. Best money I ever spent on skincare.
Topic Male or Female authors?
17 Jul 2013 14:56
I find this an interesting question as I have co-written with two men now. People reading the stories have said that the writing is seamless and that they could not tell which parts were written by each of us. While I understand that men and women may bring different sensibilities to writing, it is possible to speak to everyone without it being specifically a male or female voice.
Topic Happy Birthday to Nicola!
13 Jul 2013 14:53
Happy birthday, Nicola.