Forum posts made by principessa

Topic What is your pet peeve
Posted 29 Aug 2012 11:06

Stupidity and ignorance.

Topic Favorite male body part?
Posted 29 Aug 2012 10:51

Face. followed by tush.

Especially the eyes and mouth. And tush, yes. I could go on - broad shoulders, strong hands capable of being gentle. I do not like muscles so defined that he looks like an anatomy diagram.

Topic Phrase of the Day
Posted 29 Aug 2012 10:46

"What fresh hell is this?" (Phone calls, emails, catching up after time off. With credit to Dorothy Parker. It is her phrase, not mine.)

Topic What is the most important "life lesson" you have learned?
Posted 29 Aug 2012 10:45

There are three:
Nothing is forever, so enjoy the good while it lasts, and when things are bad remind yourself that it will pass.

You do not always have to respond or show how smart you are. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just be quiet and listen. You learn so much that way.

A sense of humour will get you through almost anything.

Topic Recognition for work performed??
Posted 15 Aug 2012 14:45

A private thank you would be the polite thing to do and appropriate. A public one might be too much to expect.

Topic Most annoying txt speak
Posted 15 Aug 2012 14:42

All of it. I hate it. It is lazy anywhere except in that context and I am not sure I like it even there.

Topic Bug slayer badge
Posted 15 Aug 2012 06:28

I thought about giving something back to the community for all your efforts in finding bugs with my code. From now on, all worthy bugs (to be determined by me Read it) reported to me, the reporter will be issued a new a shiny Bug Slayer badge for your profile page.

Happy slaying.

Are they retroactive? I found an inconsistency for you a couple of days ago. I have to mention that you fixed it very quickly.

Topic Describe yourself in one word
Posted 14 Aug 2012 14:20


Topic Moderators
Posted 14 Aug 2012 09:02

Topic Mod Appreciation Thread
Posted 13 Aug 2012 12:26

Looks around why do I think I fall into that category? confused5

Thank-you for your kind words, I can't speak for everyone else that helps to moderate the site. However I can say this site is the best and at times we do have to work pretty hard (big shout out to the story verifying team) but it's a ton of fun at the same time.


Thank you everyone - including those who have thought about it, but not written. Unfortunately, people are sometimes more likely to voice issues rather than positive feedback.

We really try to be efficient and helpful while upholding the standards of quality and content for the site. Sometimes it is not easy, but it is always satisfying.

Topic Post something NICE about the person above you.
Posted 10 Aug 2012 11:40


Topic Post groundless lies about the person above
Posted 10 Aug 2012 11:04

Wears a tuxedo when he takes his pet penguin out for a walk so that they match.

Topic Things that scared you as a kid and maybe still do.
Posted 10 Aug 2012 10:59

Perversely, I love thunderstorms. Fearful of snakes.

Topic Describe yourself in one word
Posted 10 Aug 2012 10:58


Topic What is the most romantic movie you have ever seen?
Posted 07 Aug 2012 17:15

A Man and A Woman (French w/subtitles)


It is. I had forgotten about it but you are right. And the French dialogue and music just add to it.

Topic Happy birthday, Nicola!
Posted 15 Jul 2012 06:54

Have a wonderful day and good wishes for the year.

Topic Calling All Scrubbers!
Posted 05 Jul 2012 06:37

I love the lavender, lilac or pink peony from Perlier. All made from real flowers.

The Citrus Flowers from Yves Rocher is refreshing and great in the morning.

Topic The Comma
Posted 03 Jul 2012 14:25

Thank you, C.

Topic The Comma
Posted 03 Jul 2012 12:56

Hey Clum -

Something to add to the list when you get back to your punctuation/grammar lessons: the gerund.

I have noticed a spate of that verb form used alone in sentences, which makes them sentence fragments, as there is no active verb anywhere further along in the sentence.

I am looking forward to the primer beginning again.

Topic The Rage Cage
Posted 01 Jul 2012 06:12

This was useful. I feel better now. No point leaving it up.

Topic Last Two Letters ....
Posted 29 Jun 2012 07:00


Topic OOOH! Message Folders!
Posted 28 Jun 2012 13:03

Am I going bananas or is the create file button missing or somewhere else now?

Topic Last Two Letters ....
Posted 28 Jun 2012 12:52


Topic What's making you happy right at this moment???
Posted 28 Jun 2012 09:09

A special friend making me laugh out loud.

Topic Nora Ephron RIP
Posted 27 Jun 2012 09:23

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron is one of my favourite writers. She was the author of several books and perhaps better known as the screenwriter of "When Harry Met Sally" , "Silkwood", "You've Got Mail", "Sleepless in Seattle" and, most recently, "Julie and Julia". There are several books written by her filled with wry observations about life as well as insightful ones. She was a role model for women, writers especially, and a source of wisdom for all.

Topic Getting "Negative" Numbers
Posted 25 Jun 2012 13:39

I have to say that Mazza and Clum have put it well and I agree with what they said above. Like Clum I have had a few moments of being angry or self-doubt with a low score being given, but it the end, I write for myself, to express myself and to please no one else in particular. If readers relate to what I (and my collaborator with respect to stories) have written, that is positive. If some do not, it will not stop me from writing if I wish to or cause me to think less of myself or my ability.

Thank you both, Mazza and Clum, for putting this in proper perspective.

Topic Getting "Negative" Numbers
Posted 25 Jun 2012 13:05

I have no doubt that we have amongst us one, two, possibly three degenerate trolls who get a thrill out of low scoring work that is much superior to anything that their small mind could contrive.

I just wrote in the Rage Cage about this. I accept that everyone does not have the same taste or reaction to various stories. I think that if you leave a low score because there is something you see that can be improved, you should communicate that to the writer. Perhaps constructive criticism would be helpful for their next story. If it is just not to your taste, leave it alone. If it is, as ArtMan describes above, from a negative place of envy, spite, or just ignorance, stop it. It is not nice, not fair, and clearly indicative of your own inadequacies.

Topic The Rage Cage
Posted 25 Jun 2012 11:26

I understand that we all have our own likes and dislikes. I write with a wonderful friend and we have similar taste and world views that are perhaps not shared by all Lush members or those who take the time to read our stories. I accept that with humility.

What I do object to is someone who leaves a score of 3 anonymously. If you have some constructive criticism, let us know where we can improve. I suspect, however, that a low score that is left without a message accompanying it, even if as a private message rather than a posted comment, is one that comes from a different place and not a nice one.

Is it envy, spite, or is it the opposite of schadenfreude - oops, is that too big and foreign a word for you? It means feeling happiness for someone else's misfortune. The opposite, my cretinous friend, would be not being able to stand someone's success or happiness. Is that clear enough for you?

My mother used to tell me that if you have nothing nice to say, not to say anything at all. I will not go that far. If you have something to say, have the courage of your convictions and say it. Don't just pee in someone's soup anonymously.

By the way, this has not discouraged either of us. We will keep writing. You can continue to live in that little mean world of yours and you are welcome to it.

Topic Intelligence is overrated? IQ trumped by EQ, MQ, and BQ.
Posted 20 Jun 2012 09:47

I agree that intelligence is not a guarantor of success in life. EQ and MQ are necessary components of a decent human being. Intelligence without these could be sociopathy. However, let us not contribute to the general anti-intellectualism in society by saying that intelligence is unimportant. IQ is not its only measure, but surely the general dumbing down we are seeing is not a good thing.

I recently saw something on television about young men falling behind young women on every measure of success. Part of it was attributed to their considering reading to be unmanly.

What we all need to be is decent, bright, inquisitive and well-rounded human beings. Ignorance has no redeeming value.

Topic Your Favorite Quotes
Posted 20 Jun 2012 08:48

We plan, God laughs.

And, regarding attention seekers: She has to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral. (Oscar Wilde)