Forum posts made by principessa

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.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 28 Aug 2014 06:42

Would it be possible to have the "like" grey out once you have used it? This would allow you not to repeat likes and to know where you left off on a list of comments.

Topic Why are civilians being killed in Gaza?
Posted 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 If you could bring one band or solo artist back from the dead, who would it be?
Posted 17 Jul 2014 16:45

I second Etta James and Edith Piaf. I would add Ella Fitzgerald.

Edit: I should have included Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse.

Posted 14 Jul 2014 14:10

Topic A Story, 5 Words At A Time
Posted 14 Jul 2014 13:34

French silk and lace lingerie

Topic Haiku...Lushly speaking
Posted 10 Jul 2014 14:28

Skin on skin
Quickening breaths
Flashes of lightning
Thunder roars
Orgasmic release

Topic Big bust up over 'gay cake' Who do you think is right?
Posted 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?
Posted 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
Posted 04 Jul 2014 13:52

Summer days and nights
Humid and ephemeral
Sensuality blooms
In the heat

Topic Acronym Game
Posted 02 Jul 2014 18:07

Ever true, ever romantic, now I treasure you.


Topic Quotes from sports figures...
Posted 02 Jul 2014 10:53

Yogi Berra was a master of the quotable quote. Here are a few:

“It’s like deja vu all over again.”
“The future ain’t what it use to be.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Supernatural / Sci-Fi" Stories Competition
Posted 01 Jul 2014 19:47

Congratulations to Liz, Billy, and Lupus. Kudos to those who placed in the top ten. The stories were all incredibly good and interestingly different from each other. Difficult to choose among them and rank them. This only goes to show that even with a less conventional theme the writers on Lush have extraordinary talent. Well done all of you.

Topic Word for the day
Posted 26 Jun 2014 17:00


Topic What's your writing process for erotica? (shorts or longer works)
Posted 24 Jun 2014 13:39

I begin with an idea, usually one that includes some images of both the characters and the situation. I have been told that description is my strong suit so I try to translate these images as I write. Memories of people and places I have been, things I have done, feed my imagination and my writing.

I tend to work it all out in my head before writing a word. The story usually comes to life in big bites. I rarely write anything out of sequence to add in later unless I am particularly inspired with a scene, image or dialogue and am afraid that I will forget the details if I don't write it immediately. I do a lot of writing in my work, so I tend to write quickly. I leave the story when I have run out of words at that sitting and continue again later or the next day.

Words are very important to me. I agonize finding the ones that will express exactly what I want to communicate as I write. There are nuances between words that will cause me to choose one over another and I may edit as I go. I leave the finished story alone for a day before doing a thorough edit, looking for repetition, errors or anything that I think I can improve. I spend quite a while doing this. Once the story is as polished as I can get it, I submit it.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 18 Jun 2014 15:57

Could there be a way to turn off the music that some people have on their profiles? It is sometimes inconvenient or inappropriate for that to be heard when on the site.

Topic Annoying things that people say
Posted 17 Jun 2014 15:47

Ummmm... what? scratch

I meant that I hate when people say with regards to instead of with regard to.

Another one is coronate. A king gets crowned not coronated at a coronation.
Similarly a commentator comments on a subject. They do not commentate.

Topic Annoying things that people say
Posted 16 Jun 2014 18:05

You send regards to someone if you want to say hello. But it is with/in regard to (singular) when you mean about, not regards as many people say.

Topic content question
Posted 15 Jun 2014 13:15

Sorry, you will have to find a way to convey his racism without using that word. We do not allow any racist, homophobic, or other such slurs in stories.

Topic Say something nice about the profile of the person above you
Posted 13 Jun 2014 14:21

Beautiful, smart, and a great writer.

Topic Level of Detail?
Posted 13 May 2014 15:03

I am pretty descriptive in my writing. I would suggest that you find ways to work the details of your characters' looks into your narrative. The list of attributes that reads like a description to the police of a missing person with added sexy bits is not the way to do it. For instance, you can say that a female character is tall and redheaded and later say that a male character looked into her green eyes as he spoke to her. You can leave the description of her body to a later point in the story if and when she gets undressed. Feeding the reader the information slowly allows them to build up the picture as they read. Bra sizes and penis lengths are not necessary. Leave room for something to be imagined by the reader.

Topic How to deal with bilingual text?
Posted 30 Apr 2014 18:25

Although site rules specify that submissions be in English, we have allowed some foreign language phrases in stories. These are usually translated immediately in brackets, unless it is something like bonjour in French which most people know means hello. You have created a story with much more than a phrase or two in Italian. You have actually stated your choices. You can either rewrite it to be in English only or translate the Italian. You could cut the amount of Italian so that translation would not hinder the telling of your story.

Topic Spoil my Wish
Posted 25 Apr 2014 10:39


However, this one has never heard of Berkshire Hathaway. Yours lives in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Topic This or That
Posted 25 Apr 2014 10:36


Red wine or white?

Topic What is the most important "life lesson" you have learned?
Posted 24 Apr 2014 19:08

Everything passes, everything changes. If it's good, enjoy it while it lasts. If not, it will not last forever and the good will come.
So, all we can wish for is the wisdom and courage to deal with both.