Forum posts made by principessa

Topic Last Two Letters ....
Posted 27 Mar 2013 13:31


Topic What turns you off immediately?
Posted 25 Mar 2013 16:11

Lack of manners
Lack of sense of humour
Bad personal hygiene

Topic Help...I've been arrested by the grammar police
Posted 25 Mar 2013 15:00

There are 1637 pages of stories to read on Lush, with twenty stories/poems on each page. That is over 32,000 stories that have been read and edited and improved by volunteer story moderators over the four or five years this site has been available.

Perhaps the bar has been set higher than it was a few years ago, but that means that you all are reading more literate stories. Moderators offer advice and resources for those who need help to meet an acceptable standard of spelling and grammar. We are not critics and do not judge the content of the stories and poetry other than to insure that it complies with Lush guidelines (e.g. underage sex). Deciding on the merit of work is up to the readers.

I am really dismayed that this work is taken for granted. It seems that some writers feel entitled to have editing services to clean up their stories for them or deny that there are any issues if they are advised to do the work themselves. I remember a story that was accompanied by a note from the writer asking that we excuse the mess her story was in as it was just a first draft.

Please understand that we do this to improve your work and its literacy and so that Lush remains the best site of its kind. Perhaps a thank you after you have been helped or your story is posted may be too much to hope for, but the complaints that I have read here from some are really inappropriate.

Topic Help...I've been arrested by the grammar police
Posted 24 Mar 2013 09:57

To me the argument that it is only a sex story makes no sense. The story mods are not enforcing standards worthy of graduate school in English. If we were, the content of the stories would be judged as well, which is not the case other than for its compliance with site guidelines.

The expectation is that stories be written with correct spelling and grammar and with appropriate punctuation. All of this is taught in most English-speaking countries in middle school and/or high school. It is the same in writing a business letter in your job or a written presentation for your colleagues. It is not optional, but rather the accepted norm of written English. This is not an elitist standard that Lush imposes on writers.

If your story is rejected, you will be given a list of resources to read and notes from the story moderator about corrections that are necessary. Read the notes and the linked resources carefully and you should be able to edit your story. If you have questions, ask them in a PM to the moderator who read your story. They will usually assist you. Aggressive denial of the necessity of being literate is not helpful. You show respect for the site, your stories and your readers by doing things correctly.

Topic Help...I've been arrested by the grammar police
Posted 23 Mar 2013 13:35

A lot of people struggle with formatting and punctuation of dialogue. The above link will take you to a primer on the subject that will answer all of your questions and provide examples of how to do this correctly.

This is the form that we want to see in all stories on Lush.

Topic Before You Submit?
Posted 28 Feb 2013 13:02

Daisy is correct about the amount of work necessary and about the point of view of the story moderators. I would prefer to verify and post every story that I read, but sadly, that is not possible.

I find that many mistakes are the result of a lack of time and care being invested in the story. If a story is sent back with a list of issues and links to resources that should be read to assist, writers should read them before trying to fix their story.

I had a note from a writer today who wanted "some pointers". The questions she asked me would all have been answered by the resources I indicated should be read. I admit that I am more likely to want to help someone who is willing to put some effort into their work, rather than expecting to have it done for them. The standard that we want to see is not more stringent than that which would be expected by any site that displays stories that are literate.

Topic Editor needed!
Posted 14 Feb 2013 06:15

Hi Looking for someone to help me edit my storys please
drop me aline if anyone is intersted thanks

If you are serious about writing for this site, the first thing you should do is read the information available here in the Writer's Resources. Editing input from someone else can help you, but the quality of your work will only improve if you learn and put some effort into it. Basic things like spelling and grammar do matter, so even if your story idea is a good one, it will be ruined if it does not meet a standard of literacy.

Read some of the stories on this site that have been given EP awards as exemplars.

Topic In Submitting a Series
Posted 13 Feb 2013 16:40

If you have not actually decided to carry on to novel length, you should submit each part under the category that fits it best. Given that it is a continuing story, I imagine that there will be some similar themes and threads throughout all of the parts, so the category is likely to remain the same, perhaps with the tags changing depending on what is emphasized in each installment.

Please submit one part at a time as only one story per day can be posted by any author. When a part is verified and posted, you can then submit the next for review.

I hope that helps.

Topic Use My Last Word First - in a 5 word sentence..
Posted 11 Feb 2013 15:25

feet are pretty - new pedicure

Topic Chat and Cybersex on this site question
Posted 11 Feb 2013 12:04

You can also change your status to "away" so that the chat boxes will not open from strangers. I discovered that quickly when I was new. If you do this you can still open one to chat with someone who interests you. If you wish to be here entirely under the radar, you can go into your account details - settings - and change your online status to "invisible".

Don't let the idiots get you down. They can be avoided.

Topic Chapters or a very long story?
Posted 07 Feb 2013 15:34

It is hard to answer without reading your story, but I will try.

You are permitted to go to 10,000 words in your story, so you have that option. Alternately, you can stop wherever you come to a logical break in your story. While a sex scene may seem mandatory, if your story is compelling enough, people will come back to read what happens next. The choice is yours but interestingly both avenues rely on the same thing: holding the interest of the reader.

I have written stories that stood alone and an episodic series with a friend here. In the episodic series, we tried to finish each chapter at a point where more was expected to happen soon.

Topic Help Me Understand Why The Change?
Posted 25 Jan 2013 12:03

There is one exception to the limited use of italics for emphasis. You may use them if you include the text of a letter in your narrative to set it apart from the rest of the story.

Topic DREAM Job???
Posted 24 Jan 2013 16:25

Successful novelist (under a pseudonym) living quietly on the Mediterranean.

Topic Replying to the Moderator who approves your story?
Posted 24 Jan 2013 06:55

Considering the time and effort that goes into reading and editing stories here, the notes about issues and how they should be fixed when a story is sent back, or notes about edits that have been made as hints for next time, why would writers not thank mods?

I appreciate it when a note with a thank you arrives. Personally, I think it is part of good manners. I say thank you all the time to people who do things for me. It costs nothing and makes someone feel good about what they have done.

Edit: I should have thanked Phoenix69 for being so gracious and all of you who have posted thanks here. So, thank you. flower

Topic Formatting Dialogue
Posted 22 Jan 2013 13:04

Here is some further information in response to a question about using italics for dialogue.

I think you can use italics for emphasis, but not as a substitute for properly formatted dialogue. So, it is okay for a word or phrase or sentence, but to use italics consistently is like putting an exclamation point at the end of every sentence. It loses its power and is wrong.

I have seen it and think it would work to differentiate something like the text of a letter from the rest of the narrative and dialogue. That would be the exception that would, I think, be okay.

Topic Sexy Images In Fine Art...
Posted 21 Jan 2013 18:58

Almost anything by Egon Scheile scheile - reclining woman with green stocking - 1917_248.jpg

Topic Script Style Writing
Posted 20 Jan 2013 09:16

I don't know the exact style of script writing, but a friend of mine wrote this, some bits are kind of like reading a script. There was no issue with it being submitted and published, but like I say it's not strictly a script.

I think that the narrative between the script style bits made that one acceptable.

Topic Script Style Writing
Posted 20 Jan 2013 09:05

My understanding is that writing in this form is not accepted as a story on this site. If I am wrong, someone will correct me.

Topic My story has been rejected again: Help!!!!
Posted 20 Jan 2013 08:27

I would second Shylass's advice. Review the resources suggested by the story moderator. Check spelling carefully and without relying on spell check which allows mistakes that are words. A spelling mistake in the title is not a good start. Leave your story alone for a while and go back and check it again with fresh eyes. You have to recognize that there is time and work involved in getting better. Numerous checks and edits are necessary.

Read the additional resources not on the mod's suggestion list. There is value in refreshing your memory about grammar and punctuation.

Look at the stories in the Editors' Pick category as examples of good writing, both in the sense of literacy and the quality of the story. While you may not be able to tell as good a story on your first try, you certainly can work to make it correct as these are.

There is a thread which would be helpful to you:

Topic Bacon how do you like it?
Posted 18 Jan 2013 14:55

What's the yellow crumbles/crumbs on it?
I love Canadian bacon.

It is cornmeal, Chef K, and the meat is cured pork loin. The stuff they sell in the States as Canadian bacon is some form of ham, I think. Here we always call it peameal bacon. I think long ago it was coated with meal of dried peas rather than corn - hence the name.

At St. Lawrence Market, one of the oldest in North America, the traditional thing to eat on Saturday mornings as you shop is a peameal bacon sandwich.

Topic Bacon how do you like it?
Posted 17 Jan 2013 17:46

Canadian back bacon rounds, cooked gently, served with a poached egg, English mufffin and hollandaise sauce....preferably with champagne and OJ

You are absolutely right. The perfect eggs benny.

Topic Bacon how do you like it?
Posted 17 Jan 2013 14:07

Peameal (Canadian) bacon with eggs over easy. Bacon 3.jpg

Topic Top 10 TV Drama Shows
Posted 17 Jan 2013 08:14


Mad Men

The Killing


Downton Abbey


Foyle's War

Sherlock (PBS modern version)


The Good Wife

Inspector Lewis (I know this makes eleven.)

Topic Use My Last Word First - in a 5 word sentence..
Posted 04 Jan 2013 10:37

now tell me everything, darling

Topic Post something NICE about the person above you.
Posted 03 Jan 2013 14:47

Fantastic writer.

Topic Alphabet Movies...
Posted 03 Jan 2013 13:52

Young Frankenstein

Topic Your Favorite Celebrity Crush
Posted 20 Dec 2012 13:25

Today, tomorrow, always.

Topic I find this ad absurd on so many levels
Posted 20 Dec 2012 13:22

Well, clearly they are not going to meet on Lush, although given the past behaviour of several televangelists, some of them are probably members. :-"

Topic Scammers Cashing in on Newtown School Massacre
Posted 20 Dec 2012 12:15

Apparently, there is a legitimate site set up by friends of Noah Pozner's family. The money is intended to be used for counselling and other services that will be needed by his family. His uncle gives information about the real site and its address here.

The real address is:

Topic At least 18 children and 9 others dead in Connecticut school shooting. Does this change your mind ab
Posted 20 Dec 2012 10:40

That's a little unfair. I'm asking legitimate questions and I'm not deflecting from the real issue. But I do want to know what happened, and more importantly, why it happened. Like most people, I was glued to the television immediately after it happened. There WERE several reports of a second shooter, a man wearing black and camouflage that was found hiding in the woods outside the school. I saw and heard it with my own eyes and ears as it was said on live TV. If the man found in the woods had nothing to do with the school shooting, someone should let us know. If he was involved in any capacity, we need to know. Silence on the issue will lead to conspiracy theories.

I have watched a lot of the coverage and not heard or seen any of that. I apologize if that is indeed the case and I misunderstood.