Not big, not clever, just determined.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who has less than ten minutes to spare might like to cast their gaze over my latest Flash Erotica piece entitled The Zip which focuses on, ummmm, a zip and its travels downward to reveal... well, you'll just have to read it to find out.Enjoy.
Congratulations to the winners and all entrants. I feel honoured to even be considered among the top ten of such great writers; even more so for the unexpected and fabulous Editor's Pick. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read, vote and comment on all the stories in this fun competition. I certainly wouldn't want to have been a judge.
Continuing my monologue, I'm going to pimp my latest creation, because, well, that's what this forum category is for.After a short break to write other characters, The Last Mile hails the return of bad boy Ryan Noble and his antics with a minibus full of women on their way to a Hen party. If the notion of being stuck in motorway traffic makes you want to belt-sand your own face, this story might well change your mind. Emphasis on might .Would love to hear from anyone who reads it. Thanks in advance.
This is a tough call. So many high-quality options to choose from... and without wishing to put any noses out of joint among fellow moderators and those on my followers' list.If I was forced to pick a top spot, I'd currently pin my rosette on puddleduck. Her stuff just consistently oozes awesome, painting such vivid scenery and complex, movie-esque characters that fill my head.But snapping at her digital heels, in no particular order, are a whole bunch of writers who I feel craft amazing stories time and time again. And just when you think it can't possibly get any better, it somehow does: saucymh, RavenStar, Varrick, Dancing_Doll, and of course the insanely talented Liz. And probably a host of others the alcohol has obscured, that I'll remember the second after I press 'Post'.Honourable mentions go to a pair that, sadly, appear to have all but dropped off the Internet in their entirety: Frank_Lee and SITTING/papergirl.But really, if I've read, voted or commented on one of your stories, it's because it got to me in some way, so thank you for writing and inspiring me to write. You're all terrific for different reasons.
Alright, I know I implied I wasn't going to do another Flash story, but one called Anniversary Need had been floating around on my hard drive for months -- maybe longer -- and I finally decided to throw it in.A much more straightforward moment of lust between a couple than my last over-ambitious attempt at the genre, it's light on setting, heavy on macro-level detail, which might not be to the tastes of people who prefer to exercise their imagination while reading. Have I managed to propel you into the midst of a husband and wife enjoying a grabbed night alone, or does it leave you cold? Either way, I'd like to find out what you think -- especially as I muck about with present/past/present tense to tell the story as partial flashback -- so please feel free to give it a spin. Thank you.
"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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At first I thought I'd imagined her aura from across the room simply because she was heart-stoppingly beautiful. Blamed a product of too many movie moments in my head: the slow-motion swish of her charcoal plait and an orchestral swell as her head turned, those malachite eyes connecting with mine, set atop high cheekbones. But on second look, the shimmering full-body halo remained. Singled...
Added 25 Dec 2015 | Category Supernatural
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