Forum posts made by seeker4

Topic Maple Syrup
Posted 08 Sep 2017 13:39

If I use maple syrup I tend to use it as a marinade or baste for salmon.

Mmmm. Love maple on salmon.

We used to pour it over ice cream to make a maple sundae.

Pancakes, of course, but we also had it drizzled over bran muffins IIRC.

Topic Types of tea
Posted 08 Sep 2017 10:10

Never tried it. Anyone have any experience of it?

Seen it in stores but not a fan of licorice so it's not something I'd ever try.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 08 Sep 2017 09:00

So barring a last minute valid suggestion, what about a simple, old-fashioned, 'Gorilla Killah'? That's a tall glass filled with 151 proof rum, an ice cube or two and a splash of Coke. If you don't like the taste, just save it in a well ventilated place to use as a fire starter this winter.

Gorilla not amused. Gorilla not like drink called "Dystopic Gorilla Killah". But, in the interests of ape science, let's have one over here.

Draft one of comp entry done. Not sure it's as interesting and exciting as I thought when I came up with the idea. Though a glass of 151 proof rum might make it better.

Topic Anyone into "Furring"?
Posted 07 Sep 2017 13:31

Furry is actually about more than just sex for many of them. It's a whole subculture where they build personalities around their animal identities. My late friend Mike was a furry with a horse as his alter ego. Edited a furry webzine and generally active in the culture. I didn't really find out until he passed away. Though the evidence was there, we weren't seeing each other much during those years for various reasons (living in different cities, I was raising a family, etc.).

Topic Introducing our new "Bookish" Stories Competition, $150 1st Prize
Posted 06 Sep 2017 15:44

i really hope you enter. Big Hugs

300ish words written, but I'll likely ditch some of that and start over. Not quite getting the atmosphere I want.

Big Hugs back.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 06 Sep 2017 05:31

I did get my degree in Library Science.

Woo hoo, another librarian on Lush!!! I haven't worked in a library since '99 but I have an MLIS and my wife actually teaches in the library school where I did my degree (we met there). Have Rump charge your next drink to my tab. We bookish types need to look after each other.

As for me, it's morning and I'm back to work after 2 weeks vay-cay. Tea, black, strong, with a shot of BBB (yeah, it may not go as well in tea as coffee but I'm really a tea drinker).

Topic Introducing "The Spa" Discussion Forum
Posted 05 Sep 2017 13:40

Nice concept. Should sticky this thread, though. It's starting to move down as new threads get started.

Topic If Trump can be President, can Kanye??
Posted 05 Sep 2017 13:39

Please no. Please elect someone sane and levelheaded, Americans. Kanye may be the former but has more than once demonstrated a lack of the latter. He is a good musician and producer and should stick to that.

(And remember, Kanye in the White House means a Kardashian as First Lady. *shudder*)

Topic Should the U.S.
Posted 05 Sep 2017 13:35

I generally oppose conscription but I also generally oppose countries engaging in overseas military action. It usually does more harm than good (witness Afghanistan and Iraq, which continue to struggle even after the invasions have supposedly ended in "success"). There is a case to be made if one is acting against another country's offensive actions (e.g. stopping Hitler's invasions of neighbouring countries in WWII) but beyond that, I think it is better for a nation's military to be focussed on self-defense. Switzerland has most of its adult population trained as reserves (it is mandatory for Swiss citizens to do so), but rarely engages outside its borders. The only purpose is to resist invasion from outside. I would be okay with a system like that in Canada, but other than UN peacekeeping, we should be staying out of overseas operations.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 05 Sep 2017 13:21

Clearly, the world is not ready. Although the idea of a tentacled librarian has crossed my mind for the current comp. "Do you have any books about Cthulhu?" she asked the librarian tentatively.

tentacle-tively shouldn't that be?evil4

I am toying with a supernatural concept for mine (yes, I'm probably in for this one) but not Cthulhu Mythos. Though an erotic counterpart to the Necronomicon could be ... interesting.

And, since I'm likely back to being a regular again, Rump, hit me with a traditional BBB, hold the coffee (I'll save that for tomorrow).

Topic Introducing our new "Bookish" Stories Competition, $150 1st Prize
Posted 04 Sep 2017 17:46

As a (non-practicing) librarian, I love this theme. Not sure if I'll get something written, but I'll take a stab at it for sure.

Topic Villains (Mwahaha)
Posted 01 Sep 2017 05:46

While the Batman villains, who are splendid in their psychological problems, most villains are the product of slowly breaking down their moral character. And almost any character can become a villain. Even if the 'good' protagonist is developed right, they should be villainous to a degree. Some of the best villains who morphed into their villainy over time are religious leaders, politicians, etc. Those who've lost touch with their original intent. A great villain is one who started good and becomes villainous.

Unfortunately, that transition is rarely handled well in the movies. Usually, they just kind of blunder into well-intentioned villainy. Just look at the how badly Anakin's fall in Star Wars was handled in the prequels. Admittedly, that's largely on Lucas' head but Hayden was miscast as well, IMHO. An actor who can handle the nuance of the fall was needed, not a pretty boy. In general, I'm with you. But well-intentioned villains rarely seem to work as well on screen as they do on paper.

And I think a villain who skirts the line, rather than transitioning from good to evil, can be very interesting as well. Catwoman (in some of the better portrayals, at least) is the classic example but The Master has done it at times, too (though his/her redeeming moments are usually related to a need for self-preservation rather than outright altruism).

Topic Villains (Mwahaha)
Posted 31 Aug 2017 08:56

Batman has one of the best rogues' galleries of any superhero and The Joker stands at the top of the heap in that group. And when you get into films and TV, there are so many great portrayals to choose from, too: Romero, Nicholson, Ledger, Hamill (Mark Hamill voices the Joker for many of the DC animated series and movies). One of the complaints about the Marvel universe has been a lack of solid, interesting villains (aside from Loki). That should not be a weakness for the DC-verse if they do things right (alas, that has been an issue so far). Interestingly, they are looking at doing a standalone (ie. not part of the DC cinematic universe) Joker origin movie and have brought Martin Scorsese in as a producer, apparently planning to give it some of the gritty, street-smart feel of his classic crime movies.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 30 Aug 2017 17:22

One can only imagine.

Oo, a witty one. Or just a dirty mind. Anyhow, give the man a drink. And put it on his tab.

Topic Stories that ARE stories
Posted 30 Aug 2017 14:14

This is generally what I shoot for. There's a couple in my oeuvre that could be considered "Stroke stories" but generally I try to set some kind of plot and character context for things. IOW, feel free to read my stuff. It pretty much all fits what you're after, I think.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 30 Aug 2017 14:09

Hey folks, I'm back from the desert with narry a rattlesnake bite or scorpion sting to show for it (did get a surprisingly close look at a small rattler, though). Not around for long, though. Vacation, phase 2, otherwise known as shipping the kid off to university, looms. A Hannah would go down nicely, Rump.

Topic Unfinished Terry Pratchett novels lost forever
Posted 30 Aug 2017 14:04

Sir Terry was a wise man in this case (and many others). One's literary legacy should not be reams of posthumous works completed by other authors, esp. ones that you, yourself decided not to finish for whatever reason.

On the up side, those needing a Pratchett fix have the Good Omens TV series to look forward to. The writer and showrunner is Neil Gaiman, who co-wrote the original novel with Pratchett, and a company owned by Pratchett's family is backing it so there's a good chance this will actually be done right.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 18 Aug 2017 09:39

Incidentally, my wife got a picture from her sister over in China of a slot canyon in Xinjiang province (the far West of China) that could have just as easily been taken in the Southwestern US. Apparently there's a region out there that is quite similar to the formations in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 18 Aug 2017 09:36

Canyons of Utah? I honeymooned in the Maze in the Canyonlands, and have done a ton of camping and backpacking out in the Needles too. A few times at Arches, though it's a little too crowded there for my tastes. Those canyons of Utah?

Thanks for the props on the Shards? There's an audio up for Click now, it's on the sig line below.

Can you just fill my bathtub with coffee, and I'll slip in?

Yep, Bryce Canyon first, then over to Moab to see the two you mention, then Page (via Blanding and Monument Valley) to see Antelope Canyon, and then a couple days in Zion National Park. Flying into and out of Vegas and renting wheels there.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 18 Aug 2017 05:33

My last morning here for a while. Bertha's brew with BBB, please. The canyons of Utah are beckoning but I'm curiously not that enthused about this trip. Probably because the follow-up is moving my son out (and six hours drive away). Anyhow, I might slip by on and off today and then I'll get gone for a while.

I've started reading the Shards kind of randomly here and there and, as others have said, they worth the effort. Verbal really has mastered the art of saying a lot in a few words.

Topic Most important aspect to sexual satisfaction
Posted 17 Aug 2017 10:13

I think I largely agree with Bethany here. Not really looking for dom or sub in my relationships, but someone I can share with on a more or less equal plane.

For me, the most important aspect to sexual satisfaction is feeling connected to the person I am with. Doesn't have be a love for all time, but at least feel like there's more to what we are doing than rubbing body parts together. Even when I was seeing escorts and literally paying for sex, my favorite was one with whom I shared interests that we could discuss during down times in our meetings. Some other were great physically but the aftermath was kind of a letdown because we didn't click outside that very visceral level.

Even with my spouse, the best encounters have been the ones that ended with naked cuddles rather than the ones that were physically mind-blowing.

Topic Where would you take her?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 13:10

A nude beach/resort. Needless to say, how to dress isn't an issue. She can wear whatever she likes until we get there when the (un)dress code takes over.

Topic Moderator of the Month, for July
Posted 16 Aug 2017 13:09


(Had to the be the first to say it).

Congrats and thanks, Candy, for keeping the queue moving.

Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 16 Aug 2017 11:43

Boy that escalated quickly. ... writing note to self....."don't make RACIST jokes on lush"

Fixed yer typo.

Topic Tolerating Intolerance
Posted 16 Aug 2017 11:42

Think Tank Lite? You mean a place where we can discuss issues without it devolving into name-calling, trolling and "humor" within two pages? Count me in.

Like that's even possible on the Internet.

Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 16 Aug 2017 10:04

Actually, I generally stay out of the Think Tank (I have other places to go for drama and political shithole threads) so I have no idea what's going on in other threads (and probably don't want to). Just came into this thread to see what folks were thinking about the DPRK situation and saw your post, which triggered alarm bells. Trink, I'll forgive you that post but your reaction suggests you still aren't getting what I'm saying. You really need to think before you post sometimes. That's advice, not criticism BTW.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 16 Aug 2017 09:53

Yay! Jen's a forum mod! She gets to spend her time on the forum dealing with drama queens, troublemakers, and trolls!

Oh, wait ... angry7

Have some alcohol, Jen. Lots of it. On me. Pour Wine

And for myself, it's lunchtime. Haven't had a three martini lunch in a while, but I think one is enough to start. Vodka martini, shaken not stirred, as my man Daniel will be ordering at least one more time.

Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 16 Aug 2017 07:44

That was NOT a racist comment. It was a joke.

A RACIST joke. I'm inclined to let you off for ignorance, but mocking Asian speech patterns like that was a cliche in some very racist Hollywood movies where white actors in "yellow face" played Asian characters, usually catering to every possible stereotype assigned to Asians in that era. Racism is racism, joke or not. And my wife is Chinese and DOES NOT speak like that so you're skating on some very, very thin ice with me on this, trink.

I'll accept your apology (it was actually me, not Dani, who called you on it in the first place) but you really need to educate yourself about racial stereotypes and the harm they've done to various groups.

As for Borat, he actually was called out for racism by some Kazakhs here.

Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 15 Aug 2017 12:33

Wow...fake Asian accents is where we're at now?

You left out an adjective: RACIST fake Asian accents. Seriously. That's right out of an old yellow-face Hollywood movie.

Topic Writing Basics
Posted 15 Aug 2017 11:37

The only point I disagreed with was point seven.

There is no magic to writing in short sentences. In fact, I think if you use too many of them, you get a staccato feel and an inability to vary the pacing (short sentences are great for action, less so for description, in my opinion). Poetic language only works if it doesn't get in the way of the story.

Agreed. There are times when you want to describe or develop a feeling and need more words, there are times when you want to give the feeling of movement and action. It isn't a matter of long or short being better in general but which one is best for the job at hand. And there is, as in many things, a middle ground. Just because you aren't saying something in 5 words doesn't mean you're bashing out a 40 word run-on.

Avoiding the chronology trap is something I have to remind myself of. The reader doesn't care what's going on every second. Nor is it important to the story how many steps it is to the bathroom....

Usually about the third run-through of a story, I find myself tossing large chunks of writing because I realize there is no point to it being there. That said, sometimes you need to get down to that level of detail to explain a scene or set a certain mood. So, as above, it isn't necessarily always wrong to have a lot of detail, but you also need to make sure that the detail is needed to develop plot, character, and mood and isn't just filler.