Forum posts made by principessa

Posted 27 Dec 2013 14:14

We could have turned off the submission page.

People really should have better things to do at this time of year!

A good idea for next year.

Topic Picture your favorite perfume
Posted 20 Dec 2013 15:29

When I depart from Lauren, these days it is likely to be Flowerbomb

or Chloe

Topic Rest in Peace - Nelson Mandela
Posted 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 Drivers randomly stopped and asked to volunteer to give DNA samples..and more
Posted 21 Nov 2013 15:42

Clearly unconstitutional. No doubt being asked to volunteer by a cop can be intimidating. It should be challenged in court.

Topic The Rage Cage
Posted 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
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 09 Oct 2013 12:51


mountains or seashore?

Topic Malala - Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Posted 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.

Your thoughts?

Topic Overrated authors?
Posted 27 Sep 2013 08:43

John Grisham

Topic Alphabet Songs (A-Z)
Posted 23 Sep 2013 15:58

Someone Like You - Adele

Topic what is your favorite movie quote
Posted 24 Jul 2013 15:38

"Snap out of it!" Cher in "Moonstruck"

Topic Thoughts on Anthony Weiner's wife - Huma Abedin?
Posted 24 Jul 2013 15:23

Huma Abedin has a long history with the Clintons. She is politically savvy. I would guess that this is a political decision, not naiveté.

Topic What's your opinion on abortion?
Posted 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
Posted 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 Apostrophes - A Primer
Posted 18 Jul 2013 14:31

ooops, posted in error.

Topic Male or Female authors?
Posted 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!
Posted 13 Jul 2013 14:53

Happy birthday, Nicola.

Topic Structuring Conversation
Posted 11 Jul 2013 13:16

I agree with Lisa. Use contractions in dialogue and avoid them in your narrative. Also you should review the resource for formatting and punctuating dialogue and follow the examples there. Here is the link:

Topic Lecturer shagging uni student, taboo or no?
Posted 03 Jul 2013 13:12

Not at all. The power difference, duty of care, perception of bias and all the complications that this would cause remain the same. As well, the prohibition in most university employment contracts or rules of professional conduct would not make an exception for a mature student.

Topic Lecturer shagging uni student, taboo or no?
Posted 02 Jul 2013 15:03

I believe that although it is not illegal, at most colleges and universities a professor/lecturer carrying on with a student would be considered unprofessional conduct. There are multiple reasons for this: the duty of care, the power differential, and the possibility of bias. So, while they may be consenting adults strictly speaking, this is not a relationship of equals and is generally frowned upon.

Think about it. It opens the doors to all kinds of problems especially if it goes wrong. Allegations of sexual harassment. Allegations of unfair treatment/marking because of the sexual relationship or its end. Not a good idea.

Topic Ratings and comments
Posted 26 Jun 2013 17:38

Seems there's a little resistance to the scrapping of the forced commenting feature.

I gather some people would go further and want to be able to choose which scores they'd like comments to be forced on? I can't help but think that would cause more scoring bias. If people are forced to comment on a 1 or 2 score for example, then someone who doesn't want to leave a comment, is either not going to vote it a 1 or 2 (maybe a 3 instead), or simply not vote at all. That's not going to help the author long term, it will artificially keep their scores higher than they should be.

Random thought - it would be good to have the option to turn commenting on / off, and voting on / off, at story level, rather than across the board.

I think that is what 1ball is after.

Topic What's your kryptonite?
Posted 23 Jun 2013 17:39

Leaving well enough alone. I want to keep editing, looking for repetitive words, finding just the right ones to express what I want to say. Wanting precision can be a curse as well as an asset.

Topic Happy Birthday Liz!!
Posted 20 Jun 2013 14:30

Happy Birthday, Lizzy. Have a wonderful day and year. xxx

Topic Agree/disagree
Posted 18 Jun 2013 16:01

absolutely disagree

stupidity is immutable

Topic If you could bring one band or solo artist back from the dead, who would it be?
Posted 10 Jun 2013 15:26

Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Amy Winehouse.

Topic Talk in song titles
Posted 10 Jun 2013 08:48

Monday, Monday (The Mamas and the Papas)

Topic The Gentleman's Charter
Posted 09 Jun 2013 16:08

Interesting thread.

I have found that a true gentlemen does not have to advertise that they are respectful, nor do they need to implore they have manners.

True gentlemen are found in all walks of life, all ages, any profession and any status. They wear jeans, or board shorts, some wear suits, others wear uniforms. It's not how a man looks, but how a man treat another person .... regardless of gender or age or status. A true gentleman in my books has compassion, empathy and a sense of his own worth (not selfish, nor conceited, nor arrogant) that he wants to share with you and others.


Topic This or That
Posted 09 Jun 2013 16:03


Italian or Thai food?