Forum posts made by principessa

Topic Justice Scalia Dead - President Obama Pledges to Nominate New Supreme Court Justice
Posted 16 Feb 2016 21:09

Justice Scalia had what he called an originalist view of the Constitution, not allowing anything to be read into its meaning to deal with issues of our time as opposed to the time of the framers. That being said, an honest application of his theory would say that the US Constitution gives the President his power until January 20, 2017. He has every right to appoint a successor to Justice Scalia under article 2 section 2 of the Constitution. The Senate may advise and consent to the nomination. They do not have the right to bar its submission.

What a way for the GOP to honour Scalia's memory, by continuing to be the party of "no". But we are dealing with people who stated bluntly that their mission was to make Barack Obama a failure, never mind finding consensus and working to improve the lives of the American people.

Topic I Am An Atheist. (Does that offend you?)
Posted 16 Feb 2016 20:18

Funny, atheists don't offend me. Anti-semites do.

Topic Should creationism be taught in schools?
Posted 16 Feb 2016 20:14

Absolutely not. Teach religion in religious institutions or parochial schools. Creationism is not an alternative to evolution any more than the theory that the earth is flat is an alternate scientific theory about our planet.

Topic The person below me is...
Posted 16 Feb 2016 14:32

Mildly amusing is a polite way of putting it.

TPBM knows he is a charmer.

Topic The person below me is...
Posted 16 Feb 2016 14:27

No. All is well in my world. I'm not angry with anyone.

TPBM longs for a stable relationship.

Topic Drop letter, add letter ..
Posted 16 Feb 2016 14:23

Amuse - Dames

Topic The amount of time for story approval...
Posted 06 Feb 2016 10:30

Of course Buz is right. I wanted to add a couple of points. The best way to ensure that your story is approved and posted by the moderator reviewing it is to edit carefully and comply with site guidelines. The fewer spelling, grammar, and formatting errors in your story, the more likely it will be approved. Stories can be delayed because they are sent back to writers to make corrections that are beyond the amount of tinkering that moderators will do for you.

As well, make sure your story meets the minimum but does not exceed the maximum word count for a single story. If your story is part of a series, remember that only one story can be submitted daily. You should not submit any part until the previous part has been approved and posted to maintain the story sequence.

I wrote a cheat sheet for story submission some time ago when I was a story moderator. It can be seen here:

Finally, as Buz mentioned, there are dozens of stories submitted each day. The hours of time to review them is given by volunteers. A thank you when you receive your approval note is appreciated by those who do the work.

Topic Sex vs Story
Posted 05 Feb 2016 14:14

I guess that I am one of the writers who has the view that Verbal mentioned, one different from his.

For me description to give the reader a sense of the time and place is important, as well as some idea about the characters. I hate what we generally call the laundry list for character description (e.g. 5'6", blonde, green eyes, 36C breasts and long legs, or some similar list for a male character including penis length) because I think it is lazy writing. I do like to include information about the characters as the story is told to paint a picture in the reader's mind. I might describe the room they are in or the meal they are eating, with the intention of appealing to and using all of the senses, not just turning people on with graphic connect the dots sex. Readers have remarked that I really take them into the story.

I think that either Verbal's way or mine can work. It really depends on the ability of the writer to convey their story in a meaningful manner.

Topic *Your Thoughts On IOWA CAUCUS Result?*
Posted 03 Feb 2016 14:13

Maybe I made this connection because I saw "Trumbo". I think that Cruz bears an eerie resemblance to Joe McCarthy of the infamous 1950s witchhunts in looks and opinions.

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 02 Feb 2016 16:37

James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Jack Kerouak couldn't get published here.

I think I can say that basic rules of literacy apply first. One can develop a style as a proven talented author later.

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 02 Feb 2016 09:53

I must say that I am now here under a different name and as an observer only. But I first came to lush to post my stories and after posting my first story here I waited and waited with no response. Months later I finally get one saying it had been rejected due to poor editing even though I have Microsoft word which does all the spell check and everything for me catching any mistakes I made including punctuation and grammar

This same story I submitted to other sites (Literotica being one) and (Bdsm Library being another) and it was accepted posted and published in a matter of a few weeks. Now if it was good enough for them and the editing passed their inspection what makes Lush so special that they cannot? There is none that I can see.

So do not tell me you really want to publish them you do not. So thanks for nothing. I will post my stories where they are more appreciated and the mods and editors who approve them here can stay on their high pedestal.. I do not need them

I have just noticed this post and cannot leave it unanswered.

Thank you for confirming what we already know, that the standards on Lush are higher than on other sites. I was a story moderator for about two years and there was never a story that waited months for a response, so there must be more information surrounding your submission that you have not supplied. As to your dependence on spell check and grammar programs, they are not entirely reliable. Spell check allows mistakes that are words like there/their, too/to and many, many more. Grammar and syntax errors could be missed as well as punctuation mistakes. The difference between Lush and other sites is literacy and the willingness of writers to put the time in to meet that standard.

Topic Official (not really) Announcement of New Story Policy - please read
Posted 01 Feb 2016 14:28

Seems the Republicans are doing well in Iowa....xo

This is not the election. The primaries/caucuses are part of the process to choose the party nominees.

Topic Co-Authoring Stories Question
Posted 01 Feb 2016 14:23

I have co-written several stories. What worked in both situations was to share the stories in google docs and work on it in tandem. Most of the time this was done in the order of the story, but occasionally one of us would be inspired and write a section that would fit in later. I think it is important for you to be working on the same document to maintain the flow and continuity of the story and see if there are jarring changes. I should mention that we did not necessarily write for our own genders in the stories, carrying on with the story as it unfolded. You will have to see what works for you and who should post the story as it will appear on their profile page with the co-author credited on the story page.

I hope that helps.

Topic Keeping Your Mouth Shut or Speaking what is on your mind.
Posted 31 Jan 2016 10:05

I used to be that way. But my livelihood/career path kinda demands that I don't do that. I've really had to learn to step outside of myself and just tell people that some shit just isn't okay. And I've learned to incorporate that into other aspects of my life. It's uncomfortable, and it can be very mentally/emotionally taxing, especially for someone like me who would just rather shut down in the face of conflict, but it's definitely worth it.

I have also learned to pick my battles. If all it's gonna do is waste time and energy that could be spent elsewhere, then it's really not worth it.

And if I find myself in a situation where I have to ignore the battle for the time being, I just bide my time until I know I'll win the war. It all comes out eventually. And when it does, you'll regret not saying anything.

I just stick to my guns, and I never let anyone dictate how a circumstance should make me feel or convince me that their own feelings in regards to a situation are more valid than my own. If that requires speaking up, I do so. And if it requires shutting up, I do that too.

This. Sometimes you have to ask yourself what good can come of this before you express your honest opinion. There is something to be said for timing and diplomacy on occasion.

Topic Say something nice about the profile of the person above you
Posted 25 Jan 2016 15:03

Prolific poet

Topic Honestly... (Are YOU a little bit Racist?)
Posted 24 Jan 2016 10:07

I wholeheartedly disagree with the highlighted sentence. Let's use the words for what they mean. If we group all these things under racism, then it becomes very hard to fight racism. There may be the same us vs them mentality at play, but let's not conflate different words because of that. The thing is that immigrant and foreigners can be racist too. People with the same religion can be racist towards each other as well. It just becomes much more complicated if we don't call things for what they are but instead lump them all unto a big pile and call it all racism .

You are entitled to disagree. I stand by my opinion. It is complicated and, unfortunately, members of every group are capable of it. In my view there is no hierarchy of racism.

Topic Honestly... (Are YOU a little bit Racist?)
Posted 24 Jan 2016 09:42

While I agree with Dani's post, let us remember one thing. Racism includes those who rage against foreigners, immigrants, and anyone who does not share their religion. Everything she said about denying humanity and creating an other who does not look, act, speak, worship the way we do applies to genocide in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa and in the Balkans in Europe, to the long history of anti-Semitism, to anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and elsewhere even before the Syrian refugee crisis, and to many more groups and places. There was a time when politicians used code words to tap into this, but with the emergence of Donald Trump as the leader in the GOP nomination race and several right wing figures in Europe and elsewhere, it has become more blatant and overt, even socially acceptable in some circles. We have seen where this leads. The question is how to stop it.

Topic Happy Birthday Sally Anne Playful :)
Posted 23 Jan 2016 15:28

Happy birthday, Sally. xoxox

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 16 Jan 2016 15:24

Last movie was "Spotlight", well worth seeing. The ensemble cast was fantastic.

Want to see "Carol, "In the Shadow of Women", and "The Benefactor".

I missed "Trumbo" and will stream it when it is available.

Topic Rest In Peace - Alan Rickman
Posted 14 Jan 2016 15:09

What a wonderful actor. He could display so much without uttering a word as in "Sense and Sensibility". And then there were performances like the one Nicola mentioned in "Robin Hood". No one could sneer better.

And that voice! I read in The Guardian that Lindsay Duncan, who starred with him in Les Liaisons Dangereuses on stage and for which he was nominated for a Tony, said of her co-star’s sonorous performance that audiences would leave the theatre wanting to have sex “and preferably with Alan Rickman”. She was right about its impact. It certainly worked for me.

If you have not seen it, he and Emma Thompson play former lovers meeting in "The Song of Lunch". He also narrates the story. It is Rickman at his sardonic best.

Topic Readers: Do sex scenes have to be explicit?
Posted 14 Jan 2016 14:42

I think explicit yes, but gratuitous no. The main thing, is that it is an integral part of the story.

Danielle x

This. Sometimes explicit is appropriate, and sometimes what is left out is more of a turn on as it uses the reader's imagination to fill in the details in a way that arouses them the most. Either way, it depends on the talent of the writer. An explicit description written mechanically like the steps in a recipe is not a turn on. Eliding some details in a well written scene can be really steamy. A good writer can do either well.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 10 Jan 2016 19:29

Story moderators can only do so much with what's submitted. Of course the ante has been upped over the past couple of years, but even still, unless a story has serious grammatical and technical errors, most likely it will be passed. Depending on who the moderator is, the author will usually be given tips on how to develop a plot and other things that make a story great. But as long as it's grammatically and technically sound (for the most part) and doesn't violate site rules, then the story is likely to be approved (I know you understand this process, but I'm just expounding for the sake of others reading this post).

This is exactly right unless things have changed since I was a story moderator. If a story has no technical and/or grammar errors and is within the rules of the site it will be passed. There are many stories that I allowed to be posted which I thought were badly written, unimaginative, or worse. Moderators are there to enforce standards, but are not literary critics or gatekeepers in that sense. The quality of the writing is judged by the readers with their scores and comments. Even so, there are certain writers who have found a niche despite not being shining examples of what would normally be considered great writing. Each one to their own taste.

Topic Need a woman's opinion PLZ
Posted 10 Jan 2016 19:16

You can put a pretty bow on it with any sex punishments or gifts, but failing to take responsibility and stop hurting her will end your relationship. Apologize, work on your issues, and let her know you're doing so.

This. Flowers and chocolate are not bad, but a gift certificate for a day of pampering at a spa would be better. Along with a promise to better communicate from now on and an apology.

Topic What is your absolute deal breaker?
Posted 06 Jan 2016 15:35

In no particular order:

Lack of intelligence
Lack of sense of humour
Lack of character/integrity

Topic Christian groups now more accepting of homosexuals
Posted 24 Dec 2015 13:29

What does the memorial for the main synagogue in Munich have to do with anything you said?

Topic Christian groups now more accepting of homosexuals
Posted 23 Dec 2015 20:02

I think BiMale73 has it right. If you offer goods or services to the public, you have to offer them to everyone without prejudice. A kosher butcher cannot be faulted for not offering bacon because he does not sell it to anyone. A hotel by definition offers accommodation to the public. They have no right to discriminate among their customers based on their religious beliefs, ethnicity, language, country of origin, or several other grounds including sexual orientation. Sexual orientation has the same status as other grounds in human rights legislation.

A good example of this clash is the county clerk who refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples after the law changed. Was she correct in upholding her religious views or was she imposing them on others? The legal view is that she was in the wrong. The US Constitution clearly separates church and state. It guarantees freedom of religion for all, but not the right to impose their religious values on others in carrying out civil duties.

So, Steph, I understand your being conflicted, but sexual orientation is no different in this context than nationality or other protected grounds. Discrimination is discrimination.

Topic Christmas Gift Perfume
Posted 23 Dec 2015 17:50

There are gift sets available of trial sizes several scents and a gift coupon for a full size of the one that you like best. That may be a good solution. Remember too that perfume changes with each person's body chemistry.

I like Lauren, Romance, and Flowerbomb. I occasionally wear Chloe and Allure.

If you don't find the tester set I suggested, I would opt for a light, fresh scent as she is not used to wearing perfume.

Topic Merry Xmas Everyone, Thank You For All Your Support This Year!
Posted 23 Dec 2015 17:36

Topic Just submitted my first story... Eek!
Posted 23 Dec 2015 17:29

@ Ophelia

Congratulations. Just keep working at it, taking in any advice given to you by the mods. As well, remember that we all had to start with a first effort. Time and practice will improve your work and your instincts about it. Good for you for passing this first milestone.

@ LloydOxton

Several of the top writers on the site are dyslexic, so please don't let that hold you back. It is understandable if you have to put more time into your work, but please persevere. I was a senior story moderator for about three years and would be happy to offer you any advice you need. It may help to have some people that you can rely on to proofread and edit your work.