Topic Which published author can you not get enough of at the moment?
14 Apr 2014 14:58
I, too, like Alan Furst. Another writer whose books are about same period is David Downing.
I like reading mysteries, but not the usual ones. Henning Mankel is wonderful. There is also a series by Donna Leon about an Italian detective in Venice, Inspector Brunetti. Her books are wonderful because they combine his cynicism about Italian politics and bureaucracy with wonderful descriptions of life in Venice, and of course all of the wonderful meals he has. The stories are complicated and never tied up neatly at the end. There are always moral ambiguities to think about.
12 Apr 2014 09:26
I am a senior story moderator on this site. Publishing stories here is a privilege, not a right. The owner and the moderating team have made an effort over the last two years to raise the level of literacy of the stories published here. We have provided many writing resources and advice with every story rejection as to what to do and how to do it. Along with that, writers have learned and improved their skills. Part of that process is putting in time to edit and perfect their stories. Moderators are here to help you do that, not do it for you.
If you are unwilling to learn and improve, I suggest you take your stories to another site where they will be posted without requiring further work from you. Of course, that would display your problems with written English in public, but with that audience, it may not matter.
I am aware of your communication with the moderators who have tried to help you. If you put that time and effort into improving your stories, they might be published by now.
Topic Cover picture on stories?
01 Apr 2014 15:36
I think that it can help you convey the mood of the story. It can give the reader some context as they read your story and provide a starting point for their imagination.
Topic A reminder on Incest Fantasy stories
31 Mar 2014 12:58
Incest fantasies are something a large number of readers wish to avoid. If there is any hint of this in a story you are submitting, please remember to put it in this category rather than Taboo or anything else. Finding this in a story in another category is an unhappy surprise for many readers and moderators.
Thank you all for your cooperation.
Topic The introductory story one liners.
29 Mar 2014 10:10
Since we are talking about the beginning of stories, I want to add this. Please do not repeat your title and byline in the body of your story. If you are copying and pasting from another source and it is there for identification, delete it once you have your story ready to submit here. Thank you.
Here is some helpful information about all of this.
Remove or correct the following:
• ALL CAPITAL LETTERS — Please correct to title case.
• Closing punctuation. — Remove periods (full stops) at the end of titles. They are titles, not sentences.
• Emoticons ;-) — Take 'em out.
• Bylines — The author's name is already listed; it doesn't need to appear in the title too.
• Typos and Spelling Errors — Correct these, but if you have any reason to believe a misspelling was intentional, send a PM to the author.
• "Untitled" is not an acceptable title.
• Tags are required and should always relate to the story.
• "None" or "no tags" are not acceptable tags.
• Check/correct the spelling. Misspelled tags do little good in helping people search for stories.
• Ensure that the tags do not break our site guidelines.
Keep the following in mind:
• Stories with sex between or among family members must go in Incest.
• Stories featuring any magical entity or occurrence belong in Supernatural.
• Stories about dominance and submission need to be in BDSM.
• Stories in which any party is hesitant should go in Reluctance.
• If you have a question about what category a story belongs in, please consult a Senior Mod.
• The one-liner (a short sentence describing the story) is not required. If included, it should pertain to the story.
Topic Question re prohibited content
28 Mar 2014 19:54
We cannot give you an advance ruling regarding compliance with site guidelines based on a summary. The issues will have to be assessed in the context of the story for a final decision to be made.
I can however tell you some general principles. We expect the site guidelines to be complied with in letter and in spirit. Descriptions of rape will not be published here. Any sexual activity must be based on consent. Mental illness would diminish the capacity for someone to give that consent, so the sexual activity would not be permitted in a story.
Topic Bad timing to publish story... can we schedule the publishing of our stories?
28 Mar 2014 08:18
Thank you, Asleep. I think that there is a misconception out there that moderating is a paid job. It is not, as NW explained. It would be nice to see more thank yous from members as they receive notice that their story has been posted. Now that I think about it, a thank you should be forthcoming for taking the time to list all of the edits needed, advice as to how to do that, and providing links for related resources that come with a rejection instead of the angry responses we occasionally receive. Every story moderator is willing to answer questions to help that process as well.
It is more difficult to read a badly written story and figure out what has to be fixed and how that should be done. We receive stories that have to go back three or four times for corrections, so that can take four days or even longer when the writer either cannot or will not bring their story to a standard worthy of publication here. The moderating team has worked over the past couple of years to make this the most literate erotica site available. It is not "just porn" or "just smut". The stories here are worth reading for precisely that reason. If it were "just porn", many writers and moderators would not be here.
In the end, how long it takes to publish is really up to the writer and the amount of work they put into their story. Let's call that sweat equity. The more you put in, the better your story, and the more likely it is to be posted without delay.
Thank you to those who have expressed their appreciation for what we do. Perhaps this thread has explained what a difficult job it is for others who were unaware.
Topic Bad timing to publish story... can we schedule the publishing of our stories?
27 Mar 2014 12:31
Absolutely not. No one is guaranteed a time when their story will be posted, even if they are gold members. (Something about those last two words just struck me funny.) If you are a gold member, you will get priority, but that may still get you posted at an inconvenient time in your terms.
In this respect, everyone who submits takes the same risk as to when they will see their story on the front page. It depends on how many moderators are working, how many stories are in the queue, how many are ahead of you, and of course how well your story is written. This assumes it will not get sent back for corrections.
Other sites take days and weeks to process stories. Unless the queue is flooded, and it has been much of the time lately, you should see your story up within 24 hours, barring it being sent back for edits. That is the only time it would take four days for a story to be posted - when it is sent back for edits. Then it depends how quickly the writer gets their story to a standard worthy of being published here. There are often forty stories in the queue and submissions keep coming as we all work, keeping the number steady at 40. Remember this is all volunteer time. A thank you for the work done when your story is posted would be good manners and appreciated.
Topic Favorite Line You've written
25 Mar 2014 15:24
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.
From "Stacey's Choice".
Topic First Story
20 Mar 2014 15:47
In addition to what Milik_the_Red said above, I would suggest using the Writers' Resources for information that is useful in writing and editing your story.
Do not rely on spell check alone as it allows many mistakes that are words. If spelling is an issue for you, have a friend proofread your work.
As was mentioned before, the story moderators volunteer their time to review submitted stories. They ascertain that the stories comply with site guidelines and are written with a literacy level expected on the site. Incidentally, the benchmark has been raised over the past two years to have more literate stories on the site. While they may do a few minor edits in an otherwise well written story, they are not here to provide proofreading and editing services for members. If there is work to be done on your story, you must put the time in to make corrections to get it published. You will be provided with editorial notes and related information links if and when your story is returned to you.
A good beginning for some information is this general advice:
Please do not be like the person who submitted a story that was frankly a mess. She then complained that she had spent fifteen minutes writing it and that we were causing her to spend even more time making corrections. Writers spend days and weeks creating, proofreading, editing, and polishing their stories. Those who do not want to commit any time to this should perhaps reconsider.
19 Mar 2014 19:23
DD, I agree with almost everything you have said. In the end, the decision belongs to each one of us. No one can force us to have shots that we don't want. My point was to be aware of our sources of information in making an intelligent decision.
19 Mar 2014 16:38
I don't think blanket statements pro or con are helpful. We all have a responsibility to make informed decisions about our health and that of our loved ones. I would only trust respected sources like the NIH or other such sites. Reading something on some obscure internet site does not make it the truth or reliable. Taking health advice about vaccinations from C-list celebrities (e.g. Jenny MCarthy and the purported connection between autism and vaccinations) is also not wise.
Do your research, talk to your doctor, and decide for yourself. There are many childhood diseases that have been eradicated because of vaccinations.
Topic Summer Jones!!!
19 Mar 2014 15:14
Is there anyway to read any of her stories. Really enjoyed them, heck i just registered to ask about this.
When someone deletes their account, their stories are also deleted. This is why people are advised to think a lot about this before doing it. An interim measure is to put your account in abeyance, which preserves your stories. Moderators have enough work to do without reviewing the stories of members who delete their accounts and then return shortly thereafter.
Topic Fuck- and Suck-fest versus erotic story
18 Mar 2014 17:22
As one of the story reviewers, I can assure you that we do not look for what you have called a suck- and fuck-fest in each story. This being an erotic website, we do look for some sexual content, but it can be a small portion of the story and be subtle or romantic or whatever you want to write that is not a suck- and fuck-fest (using your terms again). If that were the case there would be many stories that would not be published, including mine. I have to add that many readers prefer these erotic stories with some elements of romance to the others. I love anticipation, so I don't have to be convinced of its place in telling a story. Have a look at some of the stories that have been awarded Editors' Picks. You will see a wide range of stories there.
Please feel free to write your kind of story and submit it. So long as it complies with site guidelines and is not rife with grammar and other errors, it will be published.
If you have any further questions, you may PM me.
Topic Story Titles on Lush
13 Mar 2014 10:49
I have bumped this post as a reminder to writers. There have been a lot of stories submitted with the title and author's name repeated in the body of the story recently.
As well, please move any Author's Notes to the end of your story.
Topic Best job interview tip?
11 Mar 2014 08:53
1. Keep your CV brief and to the point. Employers hate reading detailed job descriptions. It is boring and timewasting. We already know the responsibilities and we will go into detail during the interview.
2. Be honest. Employers use Google too and also do there own checks.
3. Don't waffle or babble on
Absolutely to all of the above. Try to keep your CV to one concise page. You can always add that further background will be provided on request if your work history is a long one. It is your more recent experience that is of interest to prospective employers.
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
10 Mar 2014 14:22
Maybe having weekly Story Picks would be cool? The monthly ones are sweet, but at least if they were weekly it would give more people a chance of having their story picked. Like imagine how many awesome stories get published in a month and only 10 get recognition for it?...
That's a great idea. In the meantime, you can certainly look for stories in your favourite categories that have been awarded a Recommended Read by a moderator. These are given more frequently than the Editor's Pick awards.