Forum posts made by rejectreality

Topic does lush have some kind of relationship with
Posted 21 Apr 2017 08:19

Looks like the same pack that have been in operation under an ever-evolving name since the early 2000s. The name is always some variant of sexstories and odds are there's already a back-up site in operation under a similar name, stealing the same stories, ready to take over when the current big one gets shut down for malware, DMCA notices sent to the host, etc.

There's no shutting this bunch down. The best you can do is reduce their visibility for a brief period while they switch over to the new domain.

As with any of these fly-by-night sites, it's not worth the effort to pursue it. It's a never-ending game of whack-a-mole. Concentrate any such efforts on shutting down scumbags who are actually selling your work as Ebooks.

Don't forget Amazon's policy that something can't be cheaper elsewhere. Free is cheaper, so reporting a stolen Ebook and linking to your story on Lush is often enough to get it pulled from the store.

Topic Copyright Law and protecting your work
Posted 14 Apr 2017 00:40

As long as I'm here, I'll bring up a trick you can use against Amazon thieves who take work from sites like this and publish it for pay on Amazon.

Amazon has a policy where the work can't be available elsewhere cheaper than it is on Amazon. Free qualifies. Use the reporting functions to link to your original work. I know several people who have had near instant satisfaction getting their stolen work removed from Amazon with that simple trick.

Topic Copyright Law and protecting your work
Posted 14 Apr 2017 00:37

Does it cost anything to copyright ones stories?

Yes, a formal copyright has costs. You can look it up on the U.S. copyright site, which is linked above, I believe. You can alleviate some of the costs by collecting several of your stories as "anthologies" and registering them all together. It protects every work in the collection for the price of a single registration.

That said, unless you're going to sell your work as Ebooks, it's not really worth getting a formal registration through the copyright office. A formal registration is only necessary to seek damages, and if you're posting on a free site, you've already given it away for free, so there's no monetary damages.

The legal costs and shady, fly-by-night nature of most thieves means that even with a formal copyright and established profit through and Ebook, it's still not really worth the effort. Publishing houses with lawyers on retainer are the only ones who can really take advantage of formal copyright protection.

Topic Share some of your stories - invitation to self-promote
Posted 12 Apr 2017 22:57

1) The one you wish more people had seen .

As always, it's Merchant Princess. It's what I consider some of my best work, and being multi-part + Sci-Fi&Fantasy means few people ever take a look.

2) Character that you've written that you'd most like to spend a night with

I have to say Jill, because there's so much of my late wife in her personality.

3) Most interesting female character.

Well, as far as stories here go, I guess Valerie. There's just something about her that's so completely off and makes you wonder what's motivating her from moment to moment.

4) Most interesting male character .

Mindblind. An outcast with minimal patience and anger issues who still manages to be the best person in the room when the chips are down.

5) Story whose success surprised you.

Boned, without a doubt. It's more or less been on the top of the Milf stories list since it posted and passed legendary status quite a while ago.

6) A story you were nervous about posting . How come?

That's Merchant Princess again. Why? Because I already had an inkling of how multi-part fantasy stories played here, and the thought of it languishing in obscurity when I love it so much made me hesitate.

7) your raunchiest story.

Hmm... I guess that's probably a tie between Good Will and One Incredible Costume. They're both that younger person you shouldn't be having sex with because it's a daughter's friend or neighbor's son thing, combined with some pretty down-and-dirty seduced into it sex.

8) your sappiest story

Merchant Princess again. But, Friend of the Wood is right up there with it.

9) the one you're proudest of.

Merchant Princess again LOL Also really fond of Lowborn in this regard. However, I'm really pretty proud of Nude Holly Day as well. It started off as nothing more than my standard romp, and ended up transforming into something quite a bit more.

10) a story you want to mention just because.

Recycled... Because it's the story that's currently closest to "Famous" that hasn't made it there yet in my list. ( Closely followed by Double Dip ) Only needs about 3k hits.

Topic Competition Entries should be primarily SOLO efforts
Posted 23 Feb 2017 18:51

The change to the first post makes this sensible. For me, the bare minimum of finishing a story is to have someone else read it and make sure the multiple passes of self-editing haven't missed anything. That's what my primary editor does for me. He catches one or two little things every time.

I'm assuming that's what "Light editing" means.

I don't know where my more intensive process I used for my Magic of the Wood series and a couple of other stories here and there would fall. Sandwiched in the middle between my self-editing and my main editor, all of those had an impression reader. Her only job was to point out "huh?" moments in the story, ignoring grammar.

The type of commentary coming back would be things of this nature:

"This is a personal observation here. They were touching a squirrel. Now they’re touching food they’re going to eat? And not washing their hands first? That’s gross even if it is fiction."

(Why or how is it obvious? You haven’t given the reader anything to know that yet. That comes next but it isn’t obvious here.)

(Saying the walk ended in the bedroom gives it a different implication than what you’re meaning here.)

I have done extensive editing such as adding new scenes, dropping scenes, dropping peripheral characters and such based on those type of questions, but most of them simply involved a bit of rewording or pulling a bottle of hand sanitizer from someone's purse.

Not sure where that would fall, although it would be pretty much irrelevant to the competitions here, because the shortest story I've ever added that extra step to was 13k words or so.

Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 24 Nov 2016 18:45

Find a plugin for your forum software that checks against stopforumspam. For small sites, it's a godsend that will weed out the bulk of spammer sign-ups.

My site is a little hole in the wall that's mostly me talking to myself, but the plugin has blocked over 4700 registrations this year — more than double last year. Which was more than double the year before. That's not even counting the registrations blocked by another plugin, those who never validate their email, those I catch because I have the time to check out every sign-up that makes it through, etc.

3000? Eek! I'm getting 2-4 fakes a day at the board I admin and we're worrying about it. But 3000? We'd probably have to shut down. Our active membership is under 100.

Topic Non-Nude Camming Sites - Recommendations, Please! :)
Posted 11 Jul 2016 23:54

I always drop that warning whenever camming comes up. I've seen so many models screw their lives up because they try to depend upon it to make a living that I feel the need to say it.

It's not really competition with free porn. There was plenty of that back when camming got off the ground. The people who go to live chat are going there for interaction, and that hasn't changed. That's especially true of the people who open their wallets.

The problem of too many sites isn't just the enormity of the landscape spreading out the chatters, either. Models often get frustrated with low to no return on their time and end up switching sites. Their biggest fans ( who are in the know ) will follow them, and everybody else is left out in the cold. You end up with a situation where few chatters have any site loyalty, and thus you're not only competing with every model on the site where you are, but also the other half a dozen sites that chatters have in their bookmarks because of migrating models.

Even if you do find a good site, it seems to be inevitable nowadays that the site will go under in six months, forcing you to go hunting for a new home again.

Making anything nowadays is dependant upon spending almost as much time on social media as you do on cam.

Anyway, I know jack-all about non-nude sites. I've honestly never seen one. Just thought I'd drop some ideas about the current lay of the land, considering you said you haven't been on cam for a few years.

Topic Non-Nude Camming Sites - Recommendations, Please! :)
Posted 10 Jul 2016 17:41

If you were modeling in the beginning ( as in, the late 90's, early 2000s ) then the primary thing you need to know, regardless of the site, is that the money just isn't there the way it was back in those days.

It should never be something you depend upon for even a tiny fraction of your necessary income, but that's far more true nowadays than it was back then. If you're not in it primarily for your own entertainment as an exhibitionist, then you're honestly setting yourself up for a fall.

There are too many sites and too many models. Even if you're the most engaging model on the site ( which is far more important than mere looks ) it's still difficult for people to discover you amidst all the barbie dolls with chatbot personalities and girls streaming out of studios in the former Soviet Bloc nations.

You're not going to have anything resembling steady income. Certainly not anything that could remotely finance even minor cosmetic procedures. The days of making $600 to $1000 a week after taxes have been gone for a long, long time — and that's full nude. I can't imagine non-nude camming has even a fraction of that potential without being tied to some sort of shady escort situation.

Do it because you enjoy it, or don't do it at all. If the money is a factor, just say away from the biz. You'll most likely do nothing more than make your situation worse.

Topic 'American English'
Posted 07 May 2016 19:51

To give a Lush specific example, the wait for a story to be approved is the queue to me.

On the computer is a queue. Everything else is a line.

Any other UK English I use can be blamed on Monty Python.

Americans say 'back of the line'.

Now if you're on the computer and it's documents waiting to print we'd say 'queue'. But not in reference to people or actual objects.

Topic Can I get a Forum Signature Code?
Posted 06 Mar 2016 13:11

Here you go. Tracked down the URL for the second story and put it in there. Remember, NO spaces, even if it looks like it in this code. Starting each new tag immediately after ending the previous one is how you prevent a gap between the images.

If, on the other hand, you want a little whitespace between them, just add a single space after the first /url tag. If you want them one above the other ( which I doubt ) then you put a single carriage return after the first /url tag.

BBcode processes taps of the enter key and drops whatever follows to the next line.

Topic Formatting problems when cutting and pasting
Posted 03 Mar 2016 19:54

I wasn't aware that italics would paste in anyway. It's never worked for me. I've had to add those back in after pasting on every submission.

I get that same formatting problem when I copy and paste my text from Mac Pages into the text submission box. Yes, the extra line space, along with some other spacing/format issues.

The solution is to copy your text and paste into a 'private message' here on Lush to yourself. Then copy the text from your received pm and paste that into the text submission box. The only problem is that you lose your italics or bolds. But it is a lot easier to reapply any italics and bolds rather than have to fix all those spacing issues.

Topic Is there one poem or story you've written that you would like more people to read?
Posted 24 Feb 2016 23:29

One of my favorites, which languishes in the readership black hole of Fantasy & Sci-Fi LOL

Posted 27 Jan 2016 13:14

It's Groundhog Day!

Feb. 2 at 6 a.m.

Sorry, I got to that joke first :)

February 2, 6:00 AM

They say we're young and we don't know
We won't find out until we grow
Well I don't know if all that's true
'Cause you got me, and baby I got you
I got you babe
I got you babe

Topic 10k words guideline
Posted 24 Jan 2016 22:48

Just to be clear, I'm not complaining. I've been self-policing, and not even putting things in the queue that I couldn't break down into parts below the limit - few though they are.

Considering what's come up, I'm going to skip posting this one, rather than potentially becoming a "Yeah, but..." example for someone else who might want to complain.

If you want to erase this thread for fear it might encourage people to push the wordcount boundary, do so with my blessing. I know you don't need it, but you have it anyway.

Topic 10k words guideline
Posted 24 Jan 2016 19:01

we can be flexible, but we do appreciate if you contact one of us, probably me, first, so i know what's coming at us and i am aware of why it's been submitted as a single part. :)

That is absolutely not a problem, and duly noted. Just got the draft back from my editor, so it will probably be ready in a couple of days.

Might consider posting one other that I'd passed on as well. It was just barely over 21k words, and I had a good 2-part split, but couldn't figure out an acceptable 3 part split to keep them all below 10k.

It's usually not a problem, because most of my one-shot stories don't exceed the limit, and most of my longer stories are written as chapters to begin with, so the breaks are already in place.

Posted 24 Jan 2016 17:12

It's Groundhog Day!

Feb. 2 at 6 a.m.

Topic 10k words guideline
Posted 24 Jan 2016 17:07

How solid is the 10k words per submission guideline? My latest ended up clocking in at 11,300. ( possibly a tad more by Lush's counter, which alway seems to be a bit higher ) After looking at it for a while, there's no point to break it into parts that I'm satisfied with. They all cause a serious interruption to the flow, which will be even worse with a day or more lag between the parts posting.

Previously, with stories that have given me this sort of problem, I just scrapped the idea of posting them here. I thought I'd feel this one out, since it's closer to the upper limit.

Topic Re-reading your own stories
Posted 12 Jan 2016 21:32

I read back through my stories frequently. Some of them, like Merchant Princess and my Magic of the Wood series, I read a couple of times a year.

I enjoy my stuff, or I wouldn't write it. Once a year or so has passed, I've forgotten enough of the small details to be tickled by them again when I read them.

Topic People who give low scores on stories and not post their names.
Posted 10 Jan 2016 19:24

No matter what scoring system you use, there are going to be a large number of authors who don't like it, and there are going to be people manipulating it.

It's an internet poll, and thus inherently flawed.

Topic Announcing our "Historical Erotica" Story Competition
Posted 01 Sep 2015 15:58

Dagnabbit... Yes.

Honestly have no idea if I'll finish it in time, though. I've hit a motivation slump and everything I was working on has stalled.

Anyone writing a story about ancient Egypt?

Had a dream the other night about the beautiful daughter of a pharaoh who ends up fancying a redheaded servant girl. Embarassed


Never mind.

Topic Announcing our "Historical Erotica" Story Competition
Posted 21 Aug 2015 20:36

Working on mine. The hardest part is cramming it into 5k words. Only finished the in-depth research for details yesterday -- some of which probably won't even make the final cut because of the word limit. Oh well. I can take advantage of them when I venture back into this territory again, which I almost certainly will.

So far, my time period and setting is unique. We'll see if that holds as the contest marches on.

Topic New Category Poll - Historical Sex Stories
Posted 01 Aug 2015 19:46

I'm honestly not trying to be a dick. This is a feedback thread about creating a new category, and I'm just trying to articulate my opinion on it.

I don't see the need to muddy up the waters of a Historical category with Sci-Fi&Fantasy when there are already two categories for those stories.

Topic New Category Poll - Historical Sex Stories
Posted 01 Aug 2015 10:53

If it's magical rather than technological, it's Fantasy rather than Sci-Fi. Not much difference there.

My hang-up isn't in getting there. You could remove that completely, and the time-displaced character still isn't going to be a historical character. The moment they're a fish-out-of-water because they're from a different time, it's no longer a historical piece. That's the focal point of the story, which makes it Sci-Fi or Fantasy.

This type of story would be accepted in the Sci-Fi & Fantasy categories by the readers without question. The modern man/woman in the past is more than sufficient to scratch that itch even if you never say how they got there.

Even if you do write something where it's accepted that the time-travel is incidental to the story ( which, again, I see no reason to include the time-travel element at all, if that's the case. Replace the time-traveler with someone from a far-away land, and you have the same story with zero fantasy or sci-fi elements. ) you open a giant can of worms for the mods.

That would be especially true if the Historical category is more popular than the Sci-Fi and Fantasy categories. Most time-travel stories would have no place whatsoever in the historical category, and yours is going to present a "but, this!" for people to complain.

Topic New Category Poll - Historical Sex Stories
Posted 01 Aug 2015 00:27

Can't find the website where I saw it, or they've changed it, but that "syphilis of the craft world" used to be a tagline for one of these services.

It's bad enough when used properly. Imagine having it spray at you from a spring-loaded tube.

Topic New Category Poll - Historical Sex Stories
Posted 31 Jul 2015 21:37

As to the time travel element... the whole fish out of water was the whole idea. Everyone keeps focusing on how the person gets stuck in the past... but if that's just a plot device to get them there... and the focus of the story is the past... then it could be historical.

The person who has done the time-traveling is always going to be out of sync. If they're not at least reflecting on the differences between their time period and the one where they are, then what's the point of it being time-travel at all? Once you start doing that, the focus isn't on the past, it's on the sci-fi aspects.

The only way I see it remaining focused on the past is if the time-traveler isn't the POV character, and the time-travel aspects only appear at the end as a twist. BTTF 3 told from Clara's perspective.

Topic New Category Poll - Historical Sex Stories
Posted 31 Jul 2015 12:51

The category description should probably mention Westerns specifically, because the genre is most often split off from other historical fiction in so many places.

As far as time-travel goes, I'd say that belongs in Sci-Fi regardless of the focus. Even if you're focusing on the interaction within the time period, at least one of the characters isn't from that time period, or it wouldn't be a time-travel story. To one degree or another, that character is going to be a fish-out-of-water.

It's a Yes for me, because a couple of genre categories help with placing stories that cross a broader range of kinks.

Topic How often do you write a story that ends up somewhere you didn't expect?
Posted 24 Jul 2015 23:48

Ending up somewhere I didn't expect - very rarely.

Getting from the starting point to the ending point - frequently.

I always have an ending in mind, and rarely deviate from it, but my characters take over and walk their own road there quite often. Usually, if things are shifting away from the ending I had in mind, the story stalls out.

Topic Where do you come up with your story ideas?
Posted 18 Jul 2015 16:05

The only things I've ever used from dreams have been in horror stories. For every good dream I remember, there are 10 nightmares, 1 complete WTF?, and 1 where I work an entire shift and wake up to find out I have to go in and do it for real.

Topic Where do you come up with your story ideas?
Posted 18 Jul 2015 09:50

Pictures. People I see while out and about. Other fiction that I see a naughty right turn to.

As often as not, it's wordplay/puns that I build a story around, and usually ends up being the title or description line.

Topic Standard Benchmark
Posted 18 Jul 2015 04:57

The most often cited authority for U.S. Publishers is the Chicago Manual of Style, but that's not specifically about the nuts-n-bolts of language to the degree of your example.