Topic Night of Terror - Paris - Nov 13, 2015
16 Nov 2015 11:26
A view from John Oliver:
The day after the deadly attacks in Paris, Parisians began posting photos of themselves “en terrasse” in cafes and bistros around the capital. Social media has been full of pictures with the #JeSuisEnTerrasse hashtag. Many of the photos were accompanied by messages of support for the city and its residents, to the effect of “We must keep living!” as the ultimate resistance to terror.
Topic Night of Terror - Paris - Nov 13, 2015
14 Nov 2015 16:40
To me, Paris is a symbol of all that is good and fine in the world. I've been there three times, my most recent visit being in May, and have a deep affection for the people there. It's so sad to see what happened there. Even more saddening is the senselessness of terrorism. How do people get to a place where killing innocents is viewed as somehow acceptable? I don't understand it.
I was in Paris again this summer. I love it. And it is the home of intellectualism, arts, democratic values and so much more. They pride themselves on their secular society. All of this is anathema to the terrorists.
I think that we are dealing with people who operate in an alternate universe from ours. They love death and destruction of any and all who are not like them. What we consider to be common human values do not apply. They hate. They hate modern society and freedom of expression. They hate Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims not like them, and everyone else. They subjugate women and hate them too. The threat of death means nothing to them as they believe they will enter paradise on the basis of their barbaric acts. They wish to change the world to mirror their world view.
I worry that attacks like this will multiply and become more frequent in Europe and in North America. The Atlantic will not shield us from this now declared war. I fear that it will cost us not only in blood but in the very values of liberal democracy that the terrorists abhor. There will be pressure to give up on civil liberties in free societies inch by inch to fight this scourge. If we let that go too far as a price for feeling safe, they have won because they will have undone the freedoms that we all take for granted.
After a couple of weeks of optimism here in Canada after the election of a new Liberal government, this changes everything. Innocent idealism does not survive well after this.
I wish Parisians the strength and courage to get through this. I wish that for all of us.
Topic Elizabeth, you're a lazy bitch.
31 Aug 2015 13:47
I try to post thanks on the walls of readers who are my friends, but do not individually message others who are not friends who have left comments on my work. More recently we can like or leave a response to a comment on a story, but I do not always keep up with that. I guess that makes me a member of this lazy ingrates club.
I would like to thank all of those who read my work and the collaborations that I have done with Alphamagus and Milik the Red. I appreciate the time that you have taken to read, vote, and/or comment more than I can say. The satisfaction of writing requires readers.
I especially have to thank all of those who have read "Stacey's Choice", the first story I wrote on my own. It is now just over fifty views away from a badge for 30,000 views. If you want to help push it over the top, here is the url:
Again I appreciate all of those who read the stories. I take your comments to heart.
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
13 Aug 2015 14:53
I don't think that this has already been suggested, and if so I apologize.
I would like to see the "like" in the comments section below stories change to another colour once you have clicked it so that you don't click it again when you return to your story at another time. It is not always easy to remember where you left off if you have posted several stories.
Topic Announcing our "Money Talks" Story Competition, $250 First Prize!
09 Jul 2015 08:10
I have not entered a competition in a while, but had an idea that I thought would work. I would appreciate your taking the time to read it and perhaps letting me know what you think with a comment.
It is "Prescription for Ennui" and here is the link:
Topic Congratulations Milik_the_Red
01 Jul 2015 13:43
Well deserved recognition for one of the premier writers here. I am proud to have collaborated with you. Cheers to you.
Topic Pizza: Settle a disagreement!
26 Jun 2015 07:30
If your pizzeria has a wood fired oven it will have some burned bits like that one. I would leave the worst of it but eat it. I would rather have that than pizza with pineapple on it which is sacrilege.
Topic 9 Killed in the Shooting of Historically Black AME Church
19 Jun 2015 13:52
President Obama has stated that the place for the Confederate flag is in a museum and not flying over the state house. It is time for it only to be visible there.
The Republican presidential candidates have to stop framing this as an anti-Christian act and acknowledge what is in front of their noses. It is blatantly racist. The shooter said so himself, accompanying his shots with a racist rant. He said he wanted to shoot blacks and to start a race war. So, white right wing politicians should stop couching this in terms of religion, and thereby somehow connecting it to their coded racism by denying it is a racial hate crime. They have been playing this game for generations, and unfortunately it still flies in certain areas of the United States.
We should all be thinking about the lost potential of those killed and the tragedy of an 87-year-old women who lost her life this way. Yes, this is about the easy availability of guns, but it is on its face a racist act.
Topic Milik's Erotic Menagerie
10 Jun 2015 13:31
I was happy to partner with Milik the first time we discussed it. Anyone who has read his work knows that he is more than capable of writing on his own. That this collaboration on "Legal Intrigue" would carry on with a five-part story, "Power Play", was unexpected. We seem to work effortlessly together. I am grateful for this experience and the stories that we created. We hoped to write something compelling, that would keep readers wondering what would happen next with both stories. I believe we succeeded. It would be my pleasure to collaborate with Milik again.
Topic HELP!!! Before I submit
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
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 How To Win An EP By Accident... (A lecture on writing poetry...)
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 Advice before submitting a story
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.
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 Ray Rice - What are your thoughts?
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?
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.
Topic Why are civilians being killed in Gaza?
23 Jul 2014 18:38
Would everyone be happier if more Israelis were killed? The civilian casualties are grossly unequal not only because of the differential in arms between the parties, but also because as even supporters here of the Palestinians have admitted, Hamas uses its own people as human shields. They use schools, hospitals, residences and other such locations for their arms caches, rocket launchers, and hiding places for their leadership. They knowingly put their own people in danger with the intent of bringing international condemnation for Israel. Israel has been warning people in advance of action they will take. The problem is that there is nowhere for them to go. Egypt won't accept them. Neither will any other neighbouring Arab country. No one talks about that. The Saudis and others finance Hamas but do not do anything to improve the lives of their Palestinian brothers and sisters.
Let us not be so convinced that it is the Israelis who do not value human life in general and Palestinian lives in particular. It is their own people who do not value them.
I must also ask another question. Is there any other country in the world that would be asked to accept that hundreds of rockets should fall on their civilian population every day and not respond? I think not. Imagine this scenario. Rockets are being launched in similar numbers from one western European country into another. Would that country be asked to do nothing? Never.
Those in Gaza must be allowed to travel and earn a living. The millions of dollars from the oil rich countries and from the UN and other international institutions must be spent on improving the lives of the people rather than on arms.
A ceasefire has to happen now. That is the bottom line.
Topic HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLA!
14 Jul 2014 14:10
Topic Haiku...Lushly speaking
10 Jul 2014 14:28
Skin on skin
Flashes of lightning
Topic Big bust up over 'gay cake' Who do you think is right?
08 Jul 2014 16:39
If your religious beliefs disallow something, no one will force you to do it in your personal life. However, you cannot impose your religion or your views on members of the public in doing business.
"Why didn't he use a gay bakery in the first place?" Because we do not advertise our ethnic or religious background or sexual orientation along with provision of goods and services to the public with the intention of excluding those that are other than we are. That would bring back the days of signs posted in windows many years ago that said, "No Blacks. No Jews. No Irish. No Dogs" or some variation thereof. That is not the world we live in now.
We are all entitled to our beliefs and opinions. We are not entitled to impose them on others.
Topic Big bust up over 'gay cake' Who do you think is right?
08 Jul 2014 13:17
If you are providing a service or product to the public, you do not have the right to choose your customers or impose your views on them. That is discrimination. It is the same as African-Americans being refused service at lunch counters in the American south prior to the civil rights movement and legislation in the United States.
There are exceptions, of course, like age restrictions regarding sale of cigarettes or alcohol to minors, but that is for completely different reasons.
Edit: To be clear, to do this is illegal in most countries that have laws regarding civil rights and discrimination. You cannot opt out of the law by posting terms and conditions of your business that are illegal.
Topic Haiku...Lushly speaking
04 Jul 2014 13:52
Summer days and nights
Humid and ephemeral
In the heat