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Re: How to Avoid Scaring Away Male Readers - Too Much Touchy Feely Stuff (literally)
If there really is a gender difference here, it's probably a vestige from the days when women were expected to be much more bashful about their sex drives than men. But I've seen way too many romance novel covers with shirtless, physically idealized male characters to believe there aren't women who, just like men, like fantasizing about sex with attractive partners.

Oh, no, really.  I read it for the articles the historical details.

June 05, 2015, 02:44:32 PM
Re: How to Write a Sentence & Paragraph And it's up:'the-eye-of-argon'-for-fun-and-mutual-edification-part-1/

Have at it.

June 10, 2015, 01:50:13 AM
Re: Editing "The Eye of Argon" for fun and mutual edification: Part 1 Well, mission #1 (fun) achieved.

Laughed out loud at ' "Go to hell, barbarian. Oh, that's right. Your mother's there already." ' even before I poured my coffee.

And "He disemboweled the other guy.  //  He celebrated disemboweling the other guy." made me dream up the following while I poured my coffee.  (Likely awful, since I'm less than halfway through my first cup.)

Spoiler for Hiden:
"Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of hell, barbarian", gasped the first soldier.

"Prprtmbrcyrcrtrsnthstgnhntshllbrbrn," rumbled Grignr, with a jaunty wiggle of his hips.

The soldiers both puled their horses to a stop and gaped openly at the display.

"Um, what the hell?" the second said.

Grignr turned away and wiggled his hips again, spitting over his shoulder, "mwhtthhll.  Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time."

"What are you doing?" the first asked in utter disbelief.

"Whtrydng -- Hah!  I disemvoweled you, you big turd blossom!  Rocket, now!"

Behind them, Rocket Raccoon had just finished repairing the Hadron Enforcer, which Drax the Destroyer was now pointing in their direction.

It was all over but the special effects.

June 11, 2015, 11:18:32 AM
Re: Personal spelling habits Just wait until our children and grandchildren get into flamewars about misspelling things in emoji.


June 30, 2015, 04:09:57 PM
Re: Pets This is Hagrid.

July 01, 2015, 01:43:12 PM
Re: What's your take on italics? An alternative I saw a long time ago for truly alien speech was to leave the text in normal font but change the quotation marks.


"What are you?" she asked.

*I'm a Spyder,* the beast replied.

It looks clunky at first, but it gets transparent as you go on.  Good for maintaining the alienness of your aliens.

July 16, 2015, 08:47:27 PM
Re: Magical Sex Change There's nothing new under the sun.

Going back to Greek mythology, the blind prophet Tiresias was turned into a woman for seven years.  The version I like links it to Hera and Zeus arguing over which gender gets more pleasure from sex.  They transformed Tiresias so he could experience both.  When he announced that women get more pleasure from sex (specifically ten times as much), Hera was so mad she struck him blind.  In compensation, Zeus gave him foresight and an unnaturally long life.

Moral: Never take sides when a married couple is arguing.  Especially if they are petty and powerful.

July 25, 2015, 01:40:52 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? Finally reading The Martian.  Really enjoying it.
August 27, 2015, 03:58:28 PM
Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?

... Or reading books on writing.

I resemble that remark.


August 28, 2015, 09:00:14 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Writing Group Add me to the waiting list, if you please.

Just over a hundred posts and my fourth Contest submission this month.  (Though you might want to disqualify me on the title alone...)

August 29, 2015, 10:17:41 PM