About WannabeWordsmith


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The Usual Suspects, Primer, Se7en, Arlington Road, 15 Minutes, Memento, A Scanner Darkly, Inception, Ghostbusters, Shaun of the Dead, Ronin, Children of Men, V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Fight Club, Sin City, Sophie Scholl, The Lives of Others, Dead Man's Shoes, Run Lola Run, Head On, Weekend at Bernie's.
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Breaking Bad, X-Files, Still Game, Spaced, The Day Today, Brass Eye, Black Books, Green Wing, My Name is Earl, Scrubs, 24, Flight of the Conchords, Yes (Prime) Minister.
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Frank Turner, The Prodigy, Muse, Eminem, The Beatles, Noisia, Knife Party, Cheryl Crow, Morcheeba, Enigma, Portishead, Rimsky-Korsakov, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, early Linkin Park, drum 'n bass, breakbeat, dubstep... anything that is engineered well, makes a statement and sounds good loud.


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Topic: Competition Story Winners
Posted: 15 Mar 2017 17:03

As one of the top three in the On the Road competition, I'd love to say I'm well placed to answer this, but I'm not. However...

What characteristics are present in winning stories, compared to the rest?

Liz pretty much nailed it. The whole package. A well-conceived plot and character development seem to factor highly, especially where a story uses the characters and situations to drive the sex rather than a story where the setup is just the sex. I feel I'm gradually improving at plot, but if you want character development, don't read my stuff (nobody learns much!), go read puddleduck, or browncoffee, or RavenStar, or Jen, or Milik_the_Red, or Verbal, or Burquette, or, ... well pretty much anyone else in the top 10 of the competitions.

What styles of writing are favored, and what are disliked?

There isn't a template. I know some people dislike the way I write. Some people are okay with it. Some prefer quirky stories (hi, sprite!) while others prefer densely layered pieces. Preferences vary wildly. That's why there are many judges from across the spectrum of authors here to make things fair and provide balance. I've scratched my head at some of the top three, as I'm sure some will do if they read mine, because it's not to everyone's tastes.

to what degree does the writer's previous contributions here on Lush influence judging? Does a lot of work here help? Do high reader scores help?

None. I get pretty much consistently the same number of votes and comments each time I write something (probably because I write the same shit over and over, haha). I don't promote my work via spam, ever. I have one thread in the self-promotion topic. I don't work that hard here compared to some, but I do try and read as many stories as I can in the spare time I do have, and dedicate effort to helping others as best I can. My first few competition entries didn't even factor. Then I scraped the top ten, then crept higher, mid-table, bounced around a bit like Tottenham Hotspur. This time I hit the top three. Next time I'll probably be mid-table again with the same amount of effort and similar scores. Ergo, previous entries, amount of work and votes don't matter. It's all on the content of the piece itself.

what other factors help make a winner?

Read, read read, then try, try, try.

has competition victory helped you promote yourself as an author?

Nope. I'm not going to change my ways. Well, okay, I'm posting in this topic area for the first time, but I won't cram my stories down people's throats. If someone stumbles across my work and likes it, or it's recommended by word of mouth, brilliant. I'm grateful for every reader, even those who have the guts to say why they don't particularly care for something I write, as long as it's constructive. I'll still continue to read and comment on as many other stories as my limited time allows, because I like the way this site is run, its focus on quality, and I like the diversity of styles represented. There are some authors here that rival professionally-published works, and I'm proud to be part of it all. For me, the competitions are a bit of fun on the side and a way to find new authors and styles of writing that I wouldn't normally try.

Topic: Joining the badgers
Posted: 15 Mar 2017 03:02

Toot toot!

That's the sound of my own horn, because my competition entry Worth the Risk has just come runner-up in the On the Road competition against some seriously awesome other stories. I'm so thrilled that I had to share the link again.

And if you haven't had time to check out puddleduck's winning entry and, in fact, the entire top ten , plus others that should have made it in there if there were more than ten spaces available, then now is the time to make amends. This competition brought out some fabulous creativity from aliens to ghosts to fashionistas to drug dealers and, of course, plenty of hitchhikers. Read, read, read...

Topic: Announcing the Winners of our, "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted: 13 Mar 2017 12:15


What an amazing and unexpected surprise to place in the top three among such talent. I am honoured and proud. After puddleduck (a surefire winner), I thought browncoffee and Gillianleeeza or VirgoGo or Stormdog or, hell, any of the others in the top 10 had it wrapped up. I think I read pretty much all of them and really enjoyed everyone's take on the photo. Such an excellent idea for a competition.

Thank you especially to Nicola and all the judges, and of course anyone who reads, votes and comments on what I write. Although I write stories I like, without an audience to appreciate them, they'd be way less fun to dream up.

@browncoffee: I totally dedicate my success to you this time around. Without your entry, mine would have been less than half the story it turned out to be. Thank you for being awesome and inspiring me to do better. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/bighugs.gif" alt="Big Hugs">

Topic: Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted: 05 Mar 2017 00:51

I see "too" and "to" confused a lot when moderating. Difficult to spot with a spell checker alone. "She thought he was going to fast." <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/eusa_doh.gif" alt="d&#39;oh!"> Stop eating? Really?

And for anyone stumbling upon this thread who has problems with stationery vs stationary, you buy station ery from a station er . Works for me every time.

Topic: Joining the badgers
Posted: 12 Feb 2017 10:46

My "on the Road" competition story has been published, in which I've interpreted the competition photo as a hitchhiking girl running from her out-of-control boyfriend in the middle of a Nebraska heatwave (yeah, I know it's in the tornado belt, but stick with it).

When the blonde and her luggage are picked up by a stranger, each few miles of their journey unravels more of her past and the circumstances under which she found herself hitching. Can the guy who picked her up, hold it together in the light of everything she's done? Well, you'll just have to read Worth The Risk to find out...

Topic: Share some of your stories - invitation to self-promote
Posted: 16 Jan 2017 16:54

Okay, I'll bite, since I suck at self-promotion and don't ever do spam posts to friend lists.

1) The one you wish more people had seen

Basic Parameters . I knocked this sci-fi piece out in under a week, which is about fifty times quicker than normal, yet I'm super pleased with the way it turned out. The reader is plunged into a vivid exploration of a dictatorial future, but that quickly becomes peripheral to the encounter of the protagonist with a virtual AI woman in a tight jumpsuit. I especially love the way that the story layers are peeled back along with their clothes, and the conclusion isn't just "guy gets off with computer chick" but actually relates to the world in which they inhabit.

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

Melody Kramer from Damaged Goods . She represents what I call "a real woman". Someone who is confident and strong enough in herself and her less-than perfect wobbly bits, to face the world without feeling the need to cover up her insecurities with tonnes of make-up and fake tan. Sassy, slightly out of shape, but able to hold her own and give as good as she gets. Yes. please.

3) Most interesting female character

Lady Mallory from Reawakening Rebecca . I wasn't entirely sure how this one would go down, but proud of it for attracting my first Editor's Pick award. A snooty posh bitch confessing her affair to a psychiatrist didn't seem the most likely place to carve out a sex story. But the way her character developed and revealed her insecurities as the two women sparred, made her a fascinating study piece. Especially sine I know nothing about therapy so it took some research *cough* watching movies. I also loved the realisation that, despite money and power, the women weren't all that different underneath. I think that maybe resonated with readers more than I thought it would.

4) Most interesting male character

My 'likeable rogue', Ryan Noble, who's actually a bit of a tosser, addicted to women, claims he can "read" them, and I have no idea how he's managed to stay disease free so far. But there's something about his confidence, bordering on arrogance, that's appealing so I keep coming back to him and writing more. He's featured in six tales so far, and I've spent nine months (on and off) working on a two-parter which I'm now reticent to publish, and sketched out two more which I hope will see the light of day here on Lush.

5) Story whose success surprised you

Whatever it Takes . I didn't think anyone would identify with a womanising employer seducing a new recruit in his company, by deciding not to seduce her! I thought the reverse psychology would put people off. Plus it's loooong, but did fairly well, which I'm dead pleased about because it took some hefty editing sessions over many months to keep the story interesting via flashbacks, while propelling the narrative. A real labour of love.

6) A story you were nervous about posting

Alone in Her Hotel Room because it was the first time I'd written solely from the female perspective and had no idea if what I was writing would make all the girls go, "yeah yeah, whatever, clearly a bloke trying too hard: that's not how we feel at all." As it turns out, a few females actually liked it and sent a PM to say so, which made me all fuzzy inside.

7) Your raunchiest story

The second part of the two-parter: A Woman Too Far ( Reassembling the Night was part one). That was just balls-to-the-wall crazy sex as Ryan gets his come-uppance after hooking up with a girl in a nightclub. Includes pegging and foot play, which was fun to write as it's unfamiliar to me. Took a loooot of research *cough* porn, which was such a drag :-)

8) Your sappiest story

A toss-up between Timestones and Unbanished . Both had supernatural/sci-fi elements, which I love to write, but they both ended up far, far from my original plan in terms of character development. The pieces had kind of neatly wrapped-up happy endings, the characters less complex than my usual fare, which kinda pissed me off because they sounded great in my head and less enchanting when written. I've since learned to spot these and scrap them early instead of inflicting them on you.

9) The one you're proudest of

151 Reasons . It has comparatively few views, votes and one of my lowest scores, but for me, it represented a huge challenge to smoosh a lot of backstory about my recurring character, Ryan Noble, into the competition's 3.5K word limit. Everything I'd written up to that point had the luxury of space and I could ramble. This was a completely different editing regime change and taught me how to be terse, while still trying to deliver scene setting and snappy dialogue. Probably the story I learned most from about the craft of writing.

10) A story you want to mention just because

Another Editor's Pick tale, Exercising Restraint , because who wouldn't want to be tied up and tormented by a girl in yoga pants on an exercise bike?

Topic: Announcing the Winners of our "Holiday Hijinks" Story Competition
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 10:21

Top notch writing, and a well deserved top three. I just knew that goat would steal the show, it was such a brilliant story that totally captured the spirit of the competition.

Congratulations to all who entered. With almost 60 entries I'm totally stoked I placed anywhere near the top, and got my third EP badge as a bonus. W00t!

Thank you to the judges for taking the time to read the stories. And of course to all the readers who make Lush what it is. You're all marvellous.

Topic: Joining the badgers
Posted: 19 Dec 2016 00:26

My Christmas competition piece is available for immediate consumption. It's called Muff Nudge in honour of all horny hairdressers out there. And if that doesn't make you wonder what it's all about and how it's related to Christmas, nothing will. Thanks in advance for checking it out.

Topic: What do you find harder?
Posted: 27 Nov 2016 01:44

with me it's more plots sounding really fucking awesome in my head but really fucking lame when I start writing them.

^^ Haha, this, for me. The number of half-finished (no, not even quarter-finished) pieces of work on my disk drives is unreal. Sometimes I'll even abandon a piece I've spent months tweaking in the mistaken belief it was good, because it doesn't 'click'. Painful, but necessary. Other times I'll salvage it or migrate worthy plot elements into other stories instead, but more often than not I'll just ditch it. Explains my sporadic output.

As already mentioned, the sex part is easy to write, but also easy to write badly. Or at least formulaicly (is that even a word?). Delivering - or hinting - at a character's backstory to make the piece seem larger than its word count, and getting dialogue sounding natural, is where the difficulty lies for me. Working on it though, as that's what drives me as a wannabe writer.

Topic: Announcing the Winners of our Fetish Stories Competition
Posted: 17 Nov 2016 15:26

Congratulations to all who entered and of course the winners. Due to time pressures, I only managed to read three stories from the competition this time around... and all three came in the top slots. Cue twilight zone music...

I do intend to read more of the entries. Thank you for writing them so I can stay warm as winter sets in.

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Stories Published By WannabeWordsmith All Stories »

Editor's Pick Worth The Risk

Her thumb was out, but it wasn't the first thing Warren noticed. Had there been any other traffic besides his BMW on the tree-lined state highway, her figure would have stopped it. Honeyed hair, the same hue as the endless scorched road surface upon which he'd been travelling, tumbled down her back and brushed the exposed strip of midriff below the loose hem of her white vest top. Stunning....

Added 11 Feb 2017 | Category Straight Sex | Votes 22 | Avg Score 5 | Views 4,908 | 21 Comments

Editor's Pick Muff Nudge

"Next!" I called, more curtly than was professional. Nineteenth customer of the day can do that to a girl, not that I was counting. My calves ached beneath the cheap, gimmicky costume that was covered in other people's hair. Nobody in their right mind wanted their hair cut by an elf. It was stupid. And to cap it off, fucking Bieber bleated about love on the local station, like he was even...

Added 18 Dec 2016 | Category Quickie Sex | Votes 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 10,986 | 17 Comments

The Zip

I don’t care what the narrow-minded villagers will call us. Kneeling before you in the sanctuary of your lilac bedroom, nothing else matters. My heart gallops, your vanilla scent dancing among other particles that somersault in the rays of sunlight streaming through the open window to strike your lithe physique. Wisps from the glowing caramel waterfall of your hair catch the breeze,...

Added 29 Oct 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.91 | Views 2,815 | 9 Comments

Anniversary need

Ever since you allowed me to go down on you, I've been smitten by your pussy. Especially when wet, like now. Ordinarily averse to “the 'C' word” the cuss falls freely from behind smudged lipstick as you beg me to introduce a third finger. It glides in easily, wetly, back and forth alongside the others, your breathing laboured. I adore it when you're out of control, eyes shut, cheeks...

Added 23 Aug 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.91 | Views 2,132 | 8 Comments

The Confession, 2065

I stand before you, the jury, accused of a heinous crime, and extend my apologies in advance if this account appears somewhat graphic. But I assure you the level of detail is necessary to provide context that will allow you to reach your verdict. First of all, yes, I did it. There's no escaping the fact. Nothing can undo the wrongs I have committed and there's little excuse for my...

Added 20 Aug 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 13 | Avg Score 4.92 | Views 1,235 | 10 Comments

Editor's Pick Exercising Restraint

I know you're in love with my curvy arse, especially the way my cheeks rise and fall in sequence with each revolution of the exercise bike pedals. The taut skin casts barely a ripple in the black yoga pants, save for the faint outline of my cotton knickers and the crease below each globe where their flawless contour joins my thighs. From your vantage point, sat at eye level with my peach, I...

Added 11 Aug 2016 | Category Straight Sex | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 7,737 | 10 Comments

Editor's Pick Reawakening Rebecca

The woman stared up from the recliner at the study's ceiling tiles, their geometry an irritating counterpoint to the tumbling thoughts beneath her silver bob. Consternation creased her exquisitely manicured eyebrows. "Surely one should not behave in such a manner, should one? It’s simply not proper." She brought cherry polished nails to one cheek and gave it an idle scratch. "At fifty-five,...

Added 15 Jul 2016 | Category Cheating | Votes 18 | Avg Score 4.94 | Views 14,156 | 14 Comments

Recommended Read Timestones

I don't need reminding I'm different from the other kids, but they do it anyway, eroding my self-confidence like waves pounding the headland. Sure I wear black jeans, trench coat and eyeliner. Docs, not Converse. Trivium on my playlist over Bieber or Swift. But so what? Dad understands. Says I should live each day in the moment. Carve a niche in the world and to hell with what...

Added 09 Jun 2016 | Category Fantasy & Sci-Fi | Votes 19 | Avg Score 4.89 | Views 1,960 | 13 Comments

Recommended Read Alone In Her Hotel Room

I'm standing alone. Another hotel room, another day away from you, courtesy of this fucking job. Tonight of all nights I loathe the dinner-for-one lifestyle and glass of Chablis. Well alright, half a bottle now: needs must. No, I want to be celebrating day three-hundred-and-sixty-five since we met, lost in your kisses, your hardness sawing inside me as passion engulfs our bodies and nothing...

Added 07 Feb 2016 | Category Masturbation | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 9,613 | 11 Comments

Recommended Read Basic Parameters

The game always took place on the outer rim of the scorched city. An abandoned manufacturing facility long since left to decay by the authorities, far enough out that it was deemed too costly to demolish or protect from squatters, the dust, vermin and time allowed the privilege of sealing its fate. That's why it was perfect. Out of sight, out of mind. Those that picked up the coded...

Added 01 Jan 2016 | Category Fantasy & Sci-Fi | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 3,839 | 11 Comments

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ohhhh.... even the pictures I post go wrong LOL
Let's try that again...

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Thanks for the great comment on Naughty or Nice. I really appreciate it. I hope you've had an awesome time over the holidays and wishing you all the best for the new year.

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Hope you have a wonderful 2017! Happy new year!

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Merry Christmas, Wordsmith!

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Spotted this and thought of you...

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Thank you xxx I love your avatar too- sooo funny Got to go off and find something for mine now. Not that I'm competitive or anything

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