Forum posts made by seeker4

Topic Number of story views
Posted 30 May 2016 08:01

depends on a lot of things. the catagory. if it's a new writer or a well established one. things like that. a good way to get more views is to become visible. that means posting in the forums, using the chat rooms, making friends and connections, and, of course, writing a kick ass story in the first place. :)

What she said.

I have stories from early in my Lush days (I've been here since 2013) that are still below 10,000 and I have more recent ones at famous level (>30,000) so there is clearly a lot involved in getting readers to look at your work.

Promotion through various means (your blog, your forum sig, the Self-Promotion forum, Twitter or other social media if you are okay with people on them knowing you're here) helps. I find that if I put in some effort to promo a story I haven't promo'd in a while, I do get a boost on it, though factors like category still come into play even then.

Topic Your First Erotic Story
Posted 28 May 2016 13:36

Authors, what was your first erotic story or poem you had published here?

The one entitled " One Beautiful Morning ". It is no longer first in my list because it was withdrawn and substantially re-written.

Reading it back now, is there anything you would change if you were to re-submit it?

Given that it has already been re-submitted, I guess, yes. I doubt that I would revisit it a second time, though. The first time was because of some personal discomfort with how I did something in the first version and also because it was my first Lush story and wasn't as well done as it would have been had it been done later in my Lush writing.

How do you feel your writing has developed since then (if at all)?

My stories have gotten longer (on average) and a bit plottier, I think. I'm a bit more thorough with proofing and editing now, too, I would say. Experience and a stint as a moderator helped encourage that.

It shows, too, in that the much later " Summer Storm " is a better riff on the same theme as "One Beautiful Morning" (older man deflowers young woman). It even got an RR.

Topic Muirfield Golf Club - Blatant Sexism
Posted 25 May 2016 13:48

So, what's with all that 'private' that's often used? Why should discrimination should be allowed just because it's in a inner circle, just because it's 'private' ? I do understand all that 'i do what I want in my lawn' but, in the end, what those clubs do isn't to treat genders differently just because they can? Why can they do that? On what basis!? This is what I can't understand. My private jnterest and freedom shoudn't infrige others, right? If it's a private property, then, I can stop whoever I want to walk on my lawn. Why? Because it's my property and I have almost absolute rights for/on it. But, as humans, do we have equal rights or we don't? Do we understand that concept?


The problem is that we have accorded organizations (as corporations) the right to hold and control property, too. And therefore, they also get to control what happens on the property that they own just as we individuals do. Ideally, some kind of minimum human rights code would apply to all incorporated organizations but I'm not sure that's been done anywhere that I know of (though it kind of happens here due to human rights provisions in our employment laws but those affect hiring, not membership). Depending on the organization, other rights may come into play that affect how they can be made to "conform" as well. Same sex marriage is allowed in Canada but churches that choose not to perform weddings for LGBT couples are protected from prosecution because of freedom of religion. In some areas, civil marriage officiants are the only option for same sex couples because no churches will do them.

Topic Muirfield Golf Club - Blatant Sexism
Posted 25 May 2016 13:45

There's a big overlap between "keep change from happening" and ensuring that something will "stick" of course ;)

Of course. The trick is to find the balance between stability and change. You don't want to be charging off willy-nilly just because of a whim that a bunch of people happen to support but you don't want to fossilize either.

Topic Who is your favourite James Bond?
Posted 25 May 2016 11:07

Okay, I guess I'm the iconoclast here. I chose Timothy Dalton. He played the character just the way I was looking for and brought some edge back after the rather soft, overly comic Moore era.

I used to put Connery on top and probably still would on some days. He's very much his own Bond, not Fleming's, but at least in the early movies, was believable in the role. He should have stopped after You Only Live Twice though. Diamonds was horrible, even him.

Lazenby had a great movie but was a so-so Bond.

Brosnan wasn't the Bond I thought he'd be but maybe I need to give him another whirl.

Moore ... I tried rewatching The Spy Who Loved Me (nominally my favorite Moore) a while back and gave up. He's even worse than I remembered.

My wild card is that I haven't watched the Craig movies yet and from what I've read, he could end up on top of my list if I ever get around to watching them.

Topic tips for jacking off
Posted 25 May 2016 11:01

Doing it outside is good. I, myself, have no desire to get in trouble with the law but masturbating outside, in broad daylight , in a location where you won't get in trouble, is hot. Outside at night, totally nude, is exciting. Don't know if you're up for it but masturbating - out in the 'open' - occurs regularly in gay bathhouses, saunas.

I wish I had the nerve to do this (or anything sexual in a semi-public place). The idea turns me on but I'm a bit of a chicken. Closest I've come is a washroom stall at work (actually, I've edged at my desk the odd time before heading to the bathroom to finish) but even that is fairly private. I like doing it out in the open in my home, on the kitchen floor and such but, again, that's fairly private.

Can't say I've done anything too kinky. Love coating my hand with lube and fucking my fist. That gives me some of the best orgasms. I've done some assplay, too, and that feels nice if you can "hit the spot".

Fantasy: Being watched. Not by someone in the room but from a distance. Knowing they can see me but with no option for going beyond watching each other.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 25 May 2016 10:57

What's happening? Well, my local hockey team (the London Knights) are one game away from the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. Haven't lost a game since March 26. They are playing so well it's actually getting boring. They even got profiled in the sports section of the New York Times because of the number of good NHL players they've produced (Corey Perry is probably the best known right now, but Patrick Kane played a season with them, Max Domi, Olli Maata, and Nazem Kadri all played junior in London).

Topic The Girlfriend Experience on Starz
Posted 25 May 2016 10:39

I have not seen it. Not even sure who has the rights in Canada. It was discussed a bit on a board I'm on for local escorts and their clients (yes, I've had a GFE) but that was when it was first in production and no one has posted on the thread since it came out.

Topic Heaven or Hell?
Posted 24 May 2016 13:56

It matters not what you believe. That is different than reality. You can believe frogs fly but that ain't gonna make it so.

You did note the smiley, right? I do not believe in reincarnation (though it makes more sense to me in some ways than heaven/hell) and was just making a joke riffing on your post.

Topic Heaven or Hell?
Posted 24 May 2016 13:07

Even if you believe in life after death, this is a unerversal truth. We don't have yesterday, or tomorrow. All any of us have is the here and now. Celebrate life. It's your only shot.

Well, unless you believe in certain forms of reincarnation. Then you get to keep coming back until you get it right. evil4

Topic Muirfield Golf Club - Blatant Sexism
Posted 24 May 2016 07:08

I feel that when a two-thirds majority is set as the required number for anything, is used to keep change from happening, that is just personal opinion.

It may not have been set specifically for this vote. Corporate by-laws for organizations like this often specify a 2/3 majority for votes to change the by-laws or other key corporate documents to avoid the controversy that can come with a "50+1" (ie. 51%) vote (meeting was stacked with supporters of the change, only had a bare quorum so not really representative, etc.). I've seen decisions made on a 50+1 vote revisited and changed back on another 50+1 vote. You don't want that kind of instability around corporate by-laws and things like the name of the organization. That's less likely with a 2/3 since it is unlikely that there will be 17% shift vs. a 2% shift. So it isn't so much to keep change from happening as ensuring the change really has the membership's support and will "stick".

Topic Muirfield Golf Club - Blatant Sexism
Posted 20 May 2016 13:10

The article is quite clear that it failed because they required a 2/3 (66.6%) majority. There could have been a decent majority in favour and still have it fail. At my church, we had a vote on changing the name once. We had 60 or so % in favour but the rules required 2/3 so it failed. IOW, this does not necessarily mean that a majority of the members are sexist, only that a large enough minority are to scuttle the vote.

Posted 20 May 2016 13:00

Due to a recommendation from our corporate parent to avoid 10 for now (there are some issues with running it in a corporate environment, notably some changes designed to force more businesses to spend big bucks for the Enterprise version instead of using the OEM Pro version that comes with computers), I'm running 8.1. So far, so good. I did put Classic Shell on to get a proper Start menu but otherwise it's vanilla 8.1.

I've tried 10 and don't really see that I'm missing anything by not running it. In the end, I just need my computer to work and every version of Windows since about XP has been more about piling on features than just giving me a basic, working system.

Posted 20 May 2016 12:53

Getting literature professors (and, to be honest, I've read stuff recommended by lit profs that was artsy pablum crap) to review Lush material is pointless. We know that this isn't exactly Penguin Books here. It's a fun site for people to put their stories up for others to read. We have mods to try to maintain a minimum level of quality, not to turn this into high art. The RR and EC awards are a way to encourage those writers who rise above the run-of-the-mill crop. They aren't equivalent to a Man Booker or anything, just a way to highlight stories that the team thinks are worthy of the attention of the readers.

As for your questions:

1. When you get an RR, it tells the writer who gave it. Since it is really just a way of highlighting a story that the mod in question thinks others might enjoy, I don't see a point to making it public knowledge. Again, the RR doesn't mean it is great literature, just that the mod thinks it's a story that is better than Lush norm and that others might enjoy.

2. Why? If a writer is putting out consistently good material, why shouldn't they be able to reward them again? You're assuming Mods are simply handing them out to their friends but that's not what I've seen.

3. Not sure how much that accomplishes. I have people on my friends list that are barely casual acquaintances and some who I message/converse with regularly. Just because someone is on someone else's friend list doesn't mean they actually are friends in any real sense so a mod awarding an RR to a friend doesn't automatically mean bias.

4. There are no staff to send to directly. The Mods ARE the staff so bypassing them means the stories go directly to Nic. The whole point of the mods being there is because Nic doesn't have the time to vet and reward stories herself (Lush is a business and she runs it) and created the mod team to do that job.

Short version: The system works just fine for what this board is about. If you think Lush is about "art" or should pass muster with literature professors (who I find are often as full of s**t as anyone else where literature is concerned), then you're on the wrong board. Lush is, IME and IMHO, about well-written, entertaining and, most of all, arousing stories. And we have plenty of those that are the deserved recipients of RRs.

(Bias statement: I was a mod for two years but never handed out an RR that I can recall. Maybe one. I am the recipient of several RRs.)

Topic ... in my pants
Posted 20 May 2016 12:30

Time in a Bottle ... in my pants. Jim Croce.

Topic Have you Ever...
Posted 20 May 2016 12:28

The odd time, but not normally.

HYE gone streaking?

Topic Movies A-Z
Posted 20 May 2016 10:46

Kiss Me Deadly

Topic Have you Ever...
Posted 20 May 2016 10:45

It's happened.

HYE contemplated a major change in your life but held back because of how it would affect others?

Topic Use My Last Word First - in a 5 word sentence..
Posted 20 May 2016 10:42

Appetizers taste so very yummy!

Topic The person below me is...
Posted 20 May 2016 10:40

I hope no one leaves Lush (save the odd troll).

TPBM owns a motorcycle.

Topic This or That
Posted 20 May 2016 10:39

Have them flirt with me. I'm not very good at it.

Take a plane across the country or drive so you can see more?

Topic Would you rather...
Posted 20 May 2016 10:38

Same one, generally. Will change occasionally for special occasions (e.g. using a monkey this year for the Chinese Year of the Monkey).

WYR take a cruise or stay at a resort?

Topic Guilty or Innocent.
Posted 20 May 2016 10:37

Innocent. Probably staying where I am until retirement at this point.

You wish you had the means to just quit working and live it up.

Topic Ask Me A Sex Question!
Posted 20 May 2016 10:35

Sometimes. A finger in the right place at the right time can be very enjoyable.

Have you ever fooled around with a same sex partner (or opposite sex partner if you are gay) just to see what it is like?

Topic Forum Game: Sexual Choices
Posted 20 May 2016 10:34

During or before for me.

Use a toy or just enjoy your own hand?

Topic Arm Hair
Posted 20 May 2016 10:30

Arm hair is neither a turn-on nor turn-off for me (though I do, as stated in past threads, love a full bush). If I can look like a freaking gorilla, why can't she?6 Not that I've ever met a woman as hairy as meEmbarassed .

Topic Use My Last Word First - in a 5 word sentence..
Posted 16 May 2016 05:55

Thanks for the lovely night.

Topic This or That
Posted 16 May 2016 05:54

Fall. There's something about the colours and the atmosphere that gets to me.

Continuing the theme, winter or summer?

Topic Use My Last Word First - in a 5 word sentence..
Posted 15 May 2016 19:07

Expected event did not happen.

Topic The person below me is...
Posted 15 May 2016 19:05

Not really but I have a day off tomorrow so ask again tomorrow night.

TPBM needs a week off. Badly.