Forum posts made by principessa

Topic Story Titles on Lush
Posted 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.

Thank you.

Topic Best job interview tip?
Posted 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?
Posted 10 Mar 2014 14:24

I guess reading The New York Times every day has had a bad influence on me. angel7

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 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.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 10 Mar 2014 14:10


Maybe in Scotland, not in Canada.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 10 Mar 2014 12:26

I wished it was not so hard to have a story submiited, quotation marks, paragraphs, ect, maybe the editors that read them and deny them can fix them too

The above is a link to many resources that will help you including some videos on various grammar and editing issues.

I believe that one of the reasons that Lush is growing rapidly is the quality of the stories that are published here. The team of story moderators has been working for some time to raise the bar on the literacy level on Lush and we are succeeding. There is no way that a group of volunteers like this could possibly "fix" all of the stories submitted.

If you have specific questions after reading all of the resources available, please PM any of the story moderators found in "Lush Contacts". We do expect writers to do the work to bring their stories to the standard displayed on the site. You should also read the site guidelines to insure that your story is compliant.

Topic What's your opinion on abortion?
Posted 10 Mar 2014 10:39

I think it is a private and personal decision of the woman and her doctor.

I would suggest that all of the people who are against abortion spend their time and energy working to better the lives of abused and abandoned children. Foster them. Adopt them. Then you make a difference in the lives of children who are already here and live up to your principles, rather than imposing your values on others who disagree with you.

I cannot fathom how the extreme religious right justifies their terror campaigns against abortion clinics, patients and doctors. As we know, the threats have escalated to murder in some cases. How does this value life?

These people have influence far out of proportion to their numbers in many states in the US because of their ability to organize and mobilize votes. They are making it impossible for women to get safe abortions. This will not end abortions. It will only send it back to the 1950s when it was illegal and dangerous. How does this value women's lives?

Topic Best job interview tip?
Posted 10 Mar 2014 10:28

Dress professionally. Arrive a little early. Maintain eye contact with your interviewers. Do some research on the company before your interview so that you can ask some intelligent questions, as is usual at the end of the interview. Don't say trite things like "I am a people person." Be ready to back up your abilities with examples of how you used them successfully for your employers. Listen carefully.

Topic writing a sex story
Posted 09 Mar 2014 14:10

I agree with all that has already been said. Keep it plausible. Describe things in a way that brings your readers into the story. Please, please do not provide us with what we call a laundry list of the main characters' attributes (which are usually improbable) e.g. She was a redhead with green eyes, 5'6", with 34DD breasts, a 25" waist and 34" hips, rounded ass like Kim K. He was 6'2", handsome, black hair, brown eyes, chiseled torso and 9" dick. Allow the details of your characters' appearances come out as you tell the story. We hate those lists, probable or not.

The best and easiest way to understand what to do is to read stories that have been recognized with Recommended Reads or Editor's Picks. RRs are given by moderators independently as they read submissions and posted stories here. EPs are voted on by a panel of moderators and writers and are the highest award for excellence here. Take lessons from these writers and you will not go wrong.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 06 Mar 2014 16:27

Everyone needs to understand that Washington is lying about Ukraine just as Washington lied about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, just as Washington lied about Iranian nukes, just as Washington lied about Syrian president Assad using chemical weapons, just as Washington lied about Afghanistan, Libya, NSA spying, torture. What hasn’t Washington lied about?

Washington is comprised of three elements: Arrogance, Hubris, and Evil. There is nothing else there.

You've been watching "House of Cards" again.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 05 Mar 2014 19:19

@ marktreble: For the record I said this on the first page of this thread:

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.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 05 Mar 2014 14:04

Putin treasures the limelight on the world stage and asserting Russia as a world power among the others. Suspending his membership or association with organizations like the G8 and others would give him the smack in the ego he needs. He seems to be living and thinking in an alternate universe with some messianic vision of recapturing the good old days of the Soviet Union.

Topic Do you prefer Red or White wine??
Posted 05 Mar 2014 13:11

I find myself drinking more red in the cold months and white in the warm ones along with rose. Perhaps it is because we eat heartier food in the cold months and drinking wine cold is refreshing in the summer.

Topic What's for dinner tonight?
Posted 04 Mar 2014 14:16

Shrimp & grits (a delicious southern dish), fried green tomatoes, a tossed salad, and Chardonnay.

Having scanned this thread, I think Buz eats better than anyone else.

I am having spinach lasagna (homemade this weekend) and a glass of red. Perhaps a salad too.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 03 Mar 2014 14:10

I think DD is probably right. No one wants a war, not even Putin. He will want a resolution because so much of his support is from Russian oligarchs who do not want economic, trade, travel and other sanctions, and especially would not want their assets frozen. I agree that the basis of a lot of this is money, but we should not forget Putin's ego and penchant for displaying what Italians call la bella figura - a good face in public. If the next G8 meeting does not take place in Sochi as planned and they throw Russia out of the group, it would be a slap in that bella figura .

Topic My Writing Goal For...
Posted 03 Mar 2014 14:03

I actually have just accomplished it. I have written stories in collaboration and poetry on my own. I have finally done a story on my own.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 02 Mar 2014 19:18

Remember, this isn't about people, democracy, sovereignty, or power; it is about money. Always, always, always follow the money.

That was the lesson from Watergate and always gets you to the answer and the truth in politics.

Topic Oscars 2014: The Best and Worst Dressed List
Posted 02 Mar 2014 18:32

There is nothing else on to watch unless I go to what I have recorded or Netflix.

I think they need to change the shade of spray tan they all use. They look too orange to me.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 02 Mar 2014 15:09

Canada will take a role in all of this as I understand that we have the third largest population of Ukrainians in the world. (Forgive me if I am remembering incorrectly.) I suspect that our Prime Minister will not be motivated solely by concern for the Ukrainian people. We will be having an election in about a year and he wants those votes.

This is a place that has been held in the power of several countries. It has known violence and war. I hope that doesn't happen again.

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 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
Posted 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?
Posted 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
Posted 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 What is your favourite colour of lipstick......
Posted 13 Feb 2014 18:44

Bamboo Pink and Creamy Nude by Clinique

Topic Favorite Line You've written
Posted 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
Posted 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!!!
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.