I've been around here for longer than I thought (just looked at my join date). My first erotic story was probably written when I was in university. This was pre-Internet (well, the Internet existed, but very few people were using it at that time) and my naughty reading was mostly of the magazine variety. I was already flirting with writing in general and when I read stuff like Penthouse Variations, I kind of went, "Fuck, I can write this stuff, too". However, I never shared any of my erotic (or any of my writing period save one story) until I found Lushstories.Otherwise, I'm in my fifties, in decent shape, and just trying to get some semblance of joy and fun back into my life after feeling a bit bummed for a long time. I have discovered that I am probably bisexual, but that's another whole story.I don't really chat much, save using the Online Message feature (Black Boxes), but friend me and I'm happy to swap personal messages and black boxes.
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Excellent post. Indeed. Like a lot of young horror writers (which is what I wrote when I first started dabblng in writing too many years ago), I started out imitating Lovecraft as well as more contemporary genre writers like King. Side note: Specific to Lush, the thing that will stop me dead in my tracks (or cause me not to click on the story at all, if it's in the first paragraph) is a female character describing herself as if she's at an escort agency, e.g., "My name is Brooke. I'm a college sophomore, petite, with perky 36DDD breasts...". I see that way too often, and maybe there are readers who don't care, but I'm pretty sure that no woman in the history of ever has described herself by listing her measurements in casual conversation. LOL. I called that out as my first thing in the Cliches That Should Die thread. The "laundry list" character description (forget who I picked that term up from. Maybe Rachel?) is a pet peeve of mine.
Speaking of cliches that deserve to die in another thread. How about thread topics that deserve to die?I am a breast man. I love boobs/tits/breasts/whatever. But I don't have a standard for size. What I like are breasts that look good on the woman who has them. That's about shape and proportion as much as size.And a woman who loves her breasts and shows them off well is going to get my attention regardless of what size or shape they are.
or the straight girl who goes lez. same thing :) Amen. My last story had a girl getting down with another girl after breaking up with a guy but it's made clear early on that she's bi and knows it.
This. And the D cup thing. That too. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/regaeman.gif" alt="Regaeman Man"> Nothing wrong with larger breasts. But beautiful teacup size or something would be beautiful. And exquisite. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/my2cents.gif" alt="My 2 cents"> Variety is the spice of life as they say. And that applies to erotic fiction, too. If every woman's boobs were the same size, eventually boobs would become boring (as much as it pains this breast man to say it).
The thing about cliches is that using them in a new, fresh or reinventive way is pretty skillful and interesting. It takes some real talent to make cliches put a smile on your face as you're reading/watching/listening. True enough. Read some pulp s-f and watch some old movie serials and you realize that Star Wars is dripping in cliches, just using them well.But some cliches are so worn out (e.g. the laundry list) or offensive (e.g. the gay person suddenly "going straight") that they are probably beyond redemption.
oh, baby, now that i've had cock, i'm suddenly straight! riiiiight. lol Oh God, that one is awful. And it goes for gay males, too, though I've seen it more with lesbians. One taste of pussy isn't going to make a gay guy straight.Though I must say, the reverse can be bad, too. Straight as an arrow man sucks his first cock and WHAM! gay as they come. Sure, have a straight character discover that they are bi and can enjoy both sexes, but to suddenly swing 180 degrees w/o warning? Usually I try to hint that they have at least entertained the fantasy before, even if it is their first time doing it.
IYou can build a character's description a little at a time as the story progresses, plus let the reader's imagination fill in some of the details. Exactly. You don't need an infodump about the character, though there are times when you can do it. When someone enters a room and another is looking them over, for instance. Even then, you should only dump the info that the person looking would know. If it's a woman they've never seen before, they wouldn't know her measurements, for instance.
Actually, I think giving the characters' specific measurements in a story is one of the worst cliches. I've never had a woman pull out a ruler and measure me either like it's some kind of science project: "He was 6 and 3/16 of an inch long, and 4 and 5/8 inches in circumference. It was precisely the 12th largest cock she'd ever had in her life by cubic volume." I think you could cover all this by saying "He was average and unashamed." Similarly, I've admired many breasts in my life, but the extent of it has always been 'oh, those look nice.' I've never cared about her specific bra-size like I'm going to take her lingerie shopping. Big tits, little tits, firm tits, saggy tits, round tits, bouncy tits, (etc.) are all much better descriptors than a woman's measurements. I reference measurements if it fits, but rarely precise ones. I think I've used, "His cock had to be at least 7 inches." line for instance. Buy usually, I try to stick to using adjectives.
Well, the usual one to complain about is the "laundry list" description of the protagonist. "Hi, I'm 18 years old with 34D tits ... yada yada". Nothing wrong with describing your character but that's not the way to do it.Every woman having D cup tits and every guy having 7 or more inches downstairs. Would be nice to have some realistically described protagonists now and then.
I'm rather with patokl on this one, though not entirely.The better screening of checked bags would definitely make a bomb in a laptop more likely to be detected and stopped. IF there is specific intelligence about using laptops as an attack vector, then this measure makes sense.However, I would also suggest, based on the Note 7 debacle last year and past experiences with faulty laptop batteries being recalled for similar issues (I'm in IT and tend to remember these things), that a bomb isn't the statistically biggest risk of electronics on planes. Faulty batteries are probably far more likely to do damage than a deliberate bomb. So I do not think it would be a good general practice.In the end, this is limited to certain countries of origin and seems to be based on specific intelligence, so I can cautiously say I'm cool with it. I would be concerned about it being done on a blanket basis or ongoing as I'm not sure the probability of it being used as an attack vector is higher than the probability of a faulty power system causing inadvertent damage.
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