Forum posts made by seeker4

Topic No transgender individuals in the U.S. military
Posted 26 Jul 2017 13:44

We've allowed transgender personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces since 1992 (they were allowed at the same as openly gay persons). Some of them served alongside the US in Afghanistan. Haven't seen any sign that affected our ability to do the dirty job in any significant way. And, yes, their medical needs are covered under the CAF's benefits. The Brits are, per tweets I saw from the Second Sea Lord today, similarly accommodating and supportive of diversity in their military. So, really, the US is moving in the opposite direction of two of its closest allies The fact that Trump himself is once again reversing a past position suggests that, once again, he's playing politics with people's lives, not taking any kind of principled position. Between that and his increasingly dubious approach to running the government (publicly attacking an A-G that you appointed?), he's just proving that he wasn't suited to the job in the first place. And I don't even need to cite allegations of collusion with the Russians. Just his behaviour over the past 6 months is sufficient, even if it isn't impeachment-grade material.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 26 Jul 2017 12:49

Man, if she'll kiss you for one RR, think what you could get for two? Or more?evil4

Topic 2017 Emmy Awards
Posted 26 Jul 2017 12:48

Not a fan of awards shows in general. I do find it interesting that made-for-cable and direct-to-streaming shows together now dominate the major categories. The over-the-air networks are really going to have to step up their game or they will be completely shutout before too long.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 26 Jul 2017 10:50

Lunch has passed and it's a lovely day here in Ontario. A margarita seems appropos.

Finally wrote the story that I've been trying to get out of me (about Julia, the bride from the Bride/Groom duo). Unfortunately, I'm at 8400 words and don't know how to end it. If I can keep the ending to a reasonable length, I'll keep it as one long piece. However, I could also split it as I did for Model Client when it became clear it was going to run past 10K. Decisions, decisions. Alcohol might help, though.

Topic Multiple notices for reading queue
Posted 26 Jul 2017 10:45

I just put it down to a glitch of some sort and remove the multiple notifications in my timeline.

Which is how I used to handle it until I had to remove like a dozen of them at once. dontknow

Topic Multiple notices for reading queue
Posted 26 Jul 2017 10:44

First world problems bro. I don't have any such issues since no one adds my ramblings to the queue. I guess I'm the lucky one. Regaeman Man

No one adds yours to their queue because they always read them right away.Regaeman Man

Topic Orphan Black fans?
Posted 26 Jul 2017 10:41

Haven't seen it but I'd love to. Tatiana looks poised to be the next big Canadian star (yes, she's a Canuck and the series is shot here) based on the number of awards and nominations she's landed just for Orphan Black.

Topic Multiple notices for reading queue
Posted 24 Jul 2017 15:38

When someone adds one of my stories to their reading queue, I sometimes get multiple notices on my timeline (anywhere from 2-5, maybe more). Every now and then is fine but someone added about eight of my stories today and several generated multiple notices. I mean, I love seeing that my stories are getting into reading queues but I don't really need 5 notices for the same person adding the same story. Is this a known issue or am I cursed?

Topic if wife suggested pegging
Posted 23 Jul 2017 11:18

Not sure mine would ever actually suggest it, but I'd be open to it (any pun you see there is intentional).

Topic We're getting a New Doctor!
Posted 22 Jul 2017 06:05

mother of the little boy murdered in the first season.

This is Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 21 Jul 2017 11:39

An even bigger mistake than appointing Spicer as press secretary? Sounds like a "pot - kettle - black" situation to this ape.

Two fingers of CC, neat.

Topic What does it feel like to have a boner?
Posted 21 Jul 2017 11:37

Once the comfortable position is achieved then the feeling is one of increased sensitivity which is normally accompanied with pleasurable feelings.

Yeah, that's one I left out. I'm circumcised and the head gets really sensitive when I'm hard. Not sure how that feels to someone who still has a foreskin.

Topic What does it feel like to have a boner?
Posted 21 Jul 2017 05:36

My cock actually feels different hard than it does soft but I can't describe it better than that. I do have the odd one that is very hard (rock hard) that kind of aches. Means I need to deal with it in some suitable fashion.

Topic New Competition: Write Sprite's Profile.
Posted 20 Jul 2017 13:13

Tempted but I'm finally making progress on a story I've been trying to write for a month so we shall see if something comes to mind for you. Good luck with this in any case. I'm sure someone will come up with something wickedly appropriate.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 20 Jul 2017 13:10

Apparently this device was found in some offices in the 1950s. Could the bar use something like this when a bartender is unavailable?

I am so requesting one of these for the lunchroom in our new building. What the worst that could happen?

Meanwhile, some Canadian Club on the rocks would be nice this afternoon.

Topic Rejection
Posted 20 Jul 2017 13:04

Never been in the situation. The only time a friend was attracted to me, I was also attracted to her and a wedding and child resulted.

I don't see how it could not affect the friendship, though. The attracted friend's feelings for the unattracted one would colour things for a while at least until they got over the rejection. Maybe some time apart would even be needed. Hard to say without being there.

Topic Guys-would you be interested in a woman who had been abstinent for a long stretch?
Posted 20 Jul 2017 09:44

If we otherwise clicked, I could see it. I can see issues arising depending on why she was abstinent (e.g. if it was a bad relationship that made her give up sex due to trust issues) but that doesn't mean we couldn't give it a go if there was mutual attraction and interest, just that we'd have to deal with those issues in some way as they came up. Basically, I'd try to take it at her pace and see how things evolved.

Topic Naming Inantimate Objects
Posted 20 Jul 2017 07:25

My Honda CRV is named Harvey.

I have a CR-V (nice shiny new 2017 model, in fact) too (hey, we have something in common besides Lush) but I have not named it. The whole naming inanimate objects thing has kind of escaped me.

However, Verbal was talking about naming his IT gear (computers and related) after kaiju (Japanese monsters) over in Rump's and that got me thinking about how I might name stuff like that.

I rarely name objects, but I often think of them as gendered. My laptop is male, i.e., "What is he doing to me? Why is he making that beeping noise?"

I have been guilty of this at times.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 20 Jul 2017 07:20

the news about John McCain being diagnosed with the same form of cancer that took the lives of Sen. Ted Kennedy and VP Joe Biden's son, Bo. (sigh)

Canadian rock singer Gord Downie of the band Tragically Hip (How well known are they in the US? They are one of Canada's biggest bands at home.) has it, too. Their tour last year may have been their last. He's still working, but as a solo artist and indigenous rights activist and no one knows how long that will last. Depends on how he progresses in his illness, I guess.

Coffee with BBB to kick things off.

Topic Gun
Posted 20 Jul 2017 07:16



Oh! Now I get it!

Non-Canucks should be aware that school boards in Ontario (schools are provincially governed so governance varies across the country) are a funny bunch. They are elected and often consist of local activists, disgruntled parents, and people using them as stepping stones to higher political offices. Most of their power (specifically their control over school taxes and finance) was taken away and given to the Ministry of Education two or three decades ago. So, they tend to be rather busybody-ish.

And, really, this thread is just someone shooting off their mouth. They were probably loaded when they discharged the OP.

Topic We're getting a New Doctor!
Posted 19 Jul 2017 13:14 who female driver road traffic.jpg

{Edit} All references to her driving as I drive, removed Shhh

I would love to know who put in the effort to build that thing. Looks cool. However, would a male Doctor be subject to jokes about his driving? Because, really, many of them have been terrible drivers. Just ask Sarah Jane Smith (got dropped off in the wrong place when Four had to go home to Gallifrey and couldn't take her along).

Topic Is Writing Erotica Worth It?
Posted 19 Jul 2017 11:21

I have a couple friends who make a small but reasonable amount of money writing genre fiction (one does horror/SF, one does YA). They churn out a LOT of work, and they really know how to market on Amazon. From what I've heard and read, erotica is the same way: study the market, do a ton of promotion, and churn out like a book a month and it can be done. I've contemplated it myself, but am not sure I have the time or inclination to do all the groundwork (website, Amazon page, newsletter, email list) PLUS churn out 1000-5000 words a day. I am also not sure I am commercial enough.

There are some people here who have done it. Seek them out and pick their brains - I have.

Oh, and thanks for reading my story :)

If I was going to write for money, I wouldn't be doing erotica. I'd head for one of my favorite genres where I know the niches and tropes better. Probably fantasy or horror. I find myself limited in writing erotica because there are places I just won't go sexually (all but the mildest BDSM for instance) and I really haven't read much professionally published erotica, just this place and other online sites.

Footnote: In fact, I've been contemplating writing less erotica and more genre fiction anyhow but somehow I keep getting dragged back in. Probably because I love Lush so much and know the community here.

Topic Doctor Who: The 13th (technically 15th) Doctor
Posted 19 Jul 2017 11:18

Actually, most of them aren't sexist racist anything. They're just trolls, who delight in stirring things up. If we just ignored them, they'd soon go away.

Honestly? I don't buy the whole "I just do it to troll people" argument. Anyone who freely tosses around that kind of speech is being racist and sexist. If someone started spewing sexist, racist garbage on the board I admin, they'd be shown the door unceremoniously, even if they yelled "I was only trolling" all the way out.

Topic Is Writing Erotica Worth It?
Posted 19 Jul 2017 09:13

Writing is worth it to me, because it relaxes me. I agree with Nicola in the fact that most will not make a cent from writing. I own a small bookshop and I can promise you that fact. However, never lose your dreams, if that is what you aspire for. I write only for fun.

I might write more seriously once I'm retired but even then it would be more of a hobby that might occasionally bring in a some extra change than a "career". Right now, it's a hobby and one that I have damn little time for at that. IOW, quite agree with you (but owning a bookshop, now that's cool).

Topic We're getting a New Doctor!
Posted 19 Jul 2017 09:09

I actually met Colin Baker at a Dr Who convention in Inverness about 25 years ago. Think he was the 6th or 7th Dr. I was having a drink in the lounge bar of the then Caledonian Hotel while waiting to meet a client. He was taking a break. We chatted briefly; quite a nice guy.

6th. I think he's done some Big Finish audios plays as The Doctor, too. I missed most of his run (kind of stopped watching for a while during Five and Six, then started again when Seven made it over here). He's well-loved among Who fans for precisely the reason you state: he's a nice, friendly guy. His run is a bit more controversial, with a lot of the blame directed at the writers rather than him, though.

Topic Is Writing Erotica Worth It?
Posted 19 Jul 2017 07:54

You really need to talk to some of the authors here who actually self-publish their stuff on Amazon, either on their own or in association with the site. They are the ones who can shed more light on the money side of things. Those of us who are just doing this as a hobby and maybe winning the odd comp (I haven't won any yet myself) really can't offer much insight into that side of things. The short version, I think, is that you won't make much $$ on a place like Lush alone but would have to then take your writing to the next level and get it published in some way, whether by a publisher or through some kind of self-publishing. If you were popular enough, I suppose something like Patreon would be an option, too, but I can only think of a small number of Lush authors who might have a big enough following for something like that.

The eBooks page can give you a sense of what's happening on that side on things. Hopefully some of those authors can chime in and help you out.

The blue site to which you allude is a different beast from Lush. Rather quiet, with fewer forum posts in some weeks than Lush gets in a few hours, and with far fewer readers and stories. There hasn't been a comp in quite a while, either. I have one story up on there and it has had a fraction of the views of even my least viewed Lush story.

Topic We're getting a New Doctor!
Posted 19 Jul 2017 07:46

I thought it passed its sell-buy date years ago

I've had mixed feelings about the revival. I was quite excited at the start and I do like the new series as far as I've watched. However, as time goes on it feels like a different show in so many ways that I kind of see it as a semi-reboot and therefore kind of its own thing rather than a real continuation. I rewatched some old favorite episodes (mostly featuring Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor) when NF Canada had them for a while and I can't think of any of the current series that I like as much as those old classics.

Topic Doctor Who: The 13th (technically 15th) Doctor
Posted 19 Jul 2017 06:15

sprite actually started a topic on this after the announcement came out:

I don't know Whittaker's work well enough to know if she's a good choice, but having the Doctor become a woman isn't a problem. As I keep pointing out in these threads, The Master, who is also a Time Lord, regenerated into a woman (Missy) a few seasons ago. The fact is, Doctor Who fans have been putting forward women's names for the role at least as far back as the casting of Eleven (Matt Smith), with Tilda Swinton and Whittaker's Broadchurch co-star Olivia Coleman having been championed by fans in the past.

So, as far as I am concerned, most of the roar has been from the usual "we have to save white, hetero, cis-male privilege or Western civilization is doomed" crowd. The same guys who whine about the lack of a white male hero in the new Star Wars trilogy and that sort of thing. These aren't true fans, just sexist, racist assholes with axes to grind. Most of the serious Doctor Who fans I know online are cheering the decision.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 18 Jul 2017 12:10

Another comp passes without my presence. Oh well, we'll see what comes up this fall. Maybe something inspiring will come out.

Meantime, pour me a drink and I'll tell you some lies. Or something like that. A double of Scotch, please.

Topic Omar Khadr Receives 8.24 Million (U.S.) settlement
Posted 18 Jul 2017 11:42

One thing I'm not sure everyone, inside or outside Canada, is clear on: Khadr was getting compensated sooner or later. Our highest court ruled years ago that the Canadian government violated his rights by allowing him to be tortured and not repatriating him as other countries did with their Gitmo detainees. The only issue was when and how much. This is no reflection on the right or wrong of what Khadr did. He has not been exonerated or convicted in Canada. It is a reflection on a wrong that the Canadian government committed in its handling of his case.

As for the family, they are welcome to apply to our courts for enforcement of the US judgement. Canadian courts can, and often do, accept such applications. Whether the court ultimately sides with them isn't something I going to guess. It did not accept their application to freeze his assets (including the settlement) but that was a preliminary remedy anyhow, not a final judgement.

Personally, I am with Trudeau on two grounds.

First off, I agree with the Supreme Court ruling on the government's handling of the case. Two governments from two different parties played political games with him and that's wrong.

Second, the government was facing a lawsuit for twice that amount and with the Supreme Court judgement already in hand, there was no doubt he would win the suit. It was just a matter of how much. Settling for half what he asked for saves a ton of court costs (both his and the government's since he would likely have been awarded costs in a judgement) as well as controlling the amount of the settlement.