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7th-Jun-2009 11:27 pm
General-Writing-FanficBeta, FanficBeta
Category of the fics you'd beta: Almost anything; I most prefer humor, team, drama, gen, and/or preslash/first-realization, but will beta most anything (including death, slavery, and non-con), subject to the restrictions in the next prompt.
Category of the fics you won't beta: PWP. Character is raped and thereby discovers a new kink/learns to like it. Non-consensual slavery as kink. Sexual trauma resolved by magical healing ... ahem, member. Highly experimental or dense style/structure -- innovation is fine, but nothing that leaves me going "... whuh?" or feeling I've just watched a David Lynch film. Songfics.
Fics with extensive explicit scenes, especially het (but brief explicit scenes are okay). I'm fine with higher ratings for dark themes or in-passing sex, but if you're aiming for a higher rating only because of explicit sex, I'm not going to be a good choice: Sex scenes do little for me and I tend to skim them, which is not useful in a beta.
Pairing of the fics you'd beta (if applicable): I prefer Rodney as one of the pairing/grouping but will try most anything. I'm put off by Elizabeth/anyone, Kavanagh/anyone, and Cameron Mitchell/anyone, though -- although they're fine if they're not the focus.
Pairing of the fics you won't beta (if applicable): See previous prompt.
If not pairing oriented, character fics you'd beta: Basically anybody, but I do have trouble warming to Elizabeth and Kavanagh, so I might not be your first choice for fics about them.
If not pairing oriented, character fics you won't beta: None.
Type of beta you'd do: Grammar, spelling, punctuation. Phrasing/language flow. Continuity and canon. Character voice, to an extent. Plot/structure (basic level). Reality checks on various elements, including entry-level medical/trauma content. I'm happy to do multiple passes.
Length of the fics you'd beta: No restrictions, but I need to know upfront what turnaround is needed, and figure I'll need at least one day per 5k words (negotiable).

Status 3 September 2009: Yellow.
22nd-Jun-2009 08:22 pm (UTC) - Beta for gen/preslash story
Hi! I'm looking for a beta for a gen/preslash fic, main characters Sheppard and Lorne. I'm looking mainly for a "sanity check" and comments on character speak, canon/logic and immersion (descriptions, dialogue etc.). Have written before but this is my first SGA concoction... About 6 pages/3300 words. No hurry! Hope you can help!
23rd-Jun-2009 04:22 pm (UTC) - Re: Beta for gen/preslash story
I'd be happy to. Please send the story or a link to it (whichever you prefer) to my user @livejournal.com; that'll redirect to my private email, so responses will come from a Comcast address. If you have any preferences regarding text markup, let me know; I typically use Word97 (!) and inline comments (set off by square brackets) unless otherwise instructed.
23rd-Jun-2009 07:35 pm (UTC) - Re: Beta for gen/preslash story
Great - much appreciated! Sending over shortly :)
14th-Jul-2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Hi -
I'm relatively new to SGA and (oh dear) completely obsessed with John & Rodney at present. After extensive reading (!) am about to write an AU fic where Rodney is a virtuoso neurosurgeon and John is a psychiatrist/therapist who refers a female patient (Atlantis metaphor) on for surgery for a brain tumour. There will be a developing McShep r/ship, of course.
Don't know the length. Not short but not more than 20,000. Not an endless WIP.
I wanted to pre-organise a beta and also (as I'm new to this fandom) to ask if you've ever read anything with this plotline. Tricky when you're new to tell if you're repeating something others have done to death already. Yeah, I know it's kind of String Theory with doctors, but never mind. It's my field so I think I can make it work.
So - any interest? I do write explicit NC-17 level slash scenes, but that wouldn't overwhelm the characterisation/plot aspects of the fic. I'm an experienced fanfic writer in 2 other fandoms and am fine with spelling and general prose flow, but my work can bear feedback from someone a bit more obsessive about grammar. Also I'm not as up with the canon details as some (but I will do the necessary research) however it would be good to have someone vet the canon aspect.
Any chance? No urgency, as I'm mildly overwhelmed currently with other deadlines, both in RL and the fanfiction world.
16th-Jul-2009 07:42 am (UTC)
I'm not saying no, but I should ask whether you've tried anyone else in the comm for a possibly better fit. Going by the current status list, beahorgana, enviropony, kimberlyfdr (no WIPs), rilestar, and scifijunkie are all green and sound as if they might be better fits. I don't object to explicit sex scenes, but I have a bad habit of skimming them even when I'm trying to read closely, so I prefer to recommend folks with more liking for them.

I would prefer that you at least take a look to see if one of the others might be a better fit. If you don't see anyone suitable in that collection, or really don't mind that I might not notice if you have things like impossible body parts in the sex action (heh), I could take it on, especially if you're only really looking for grammar and canon rather than the full-bore approach. I am a little overwhelmed currently with a big bang first in the queue and Writercon prep on top, and I am not swift, but you don't seem too worried about timing.

As for the plot, I've seen one AU in which McKay is a neurosurgeon, but everything else was functionally canon. That's the closest thing I can think of, but I certainly haven't seen anything out there.
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29th-Aug-2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not myself a medical professional; I work with hospital laboratory software and have a nurse for a mother, so I have resources for a fair amount of medical content but not for more esoteric or specialized issues. If you think that's sufficient, sure -- especially if you're flexible with timeframes. (heh) I've been enjoying the series so far. I tend to do the full-bore thing when I'm beta-editing -- I try to warn folks because it can look pretty alarming and it's easy to forget that everything is only suggestions -- so if you want me to avoid doing that and stick only to certain content or review types, you should emphasize that.

You can reach me at my username @livejournal.com; that forwards to my real address, which will give you responses from a Comcast address. Please also indicate what edit method you prefer -- I'm currently using "track changes" in MS Word 2007 but can use other methods (including bracketed notes in plaintext).
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29th-Aug-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm probably getting pretty yellow here -- I'm halfway through a big bang and have a virtual season episode next in queue, as well as a new WIP incoming, and I'm slower than I anticipated. Given that, and considering you're heading for explicit sex, you might be better off checking with one of the folks I suggested to mific in an earlier comment thread in this post. That's not a no, just a recommendation. If you still specifically want me, you can drop me a note at my username @livejournal.com.
5th-Jan-2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
would you be interested/available to help me with a story? It´s only about 700 words, but I´d like you to be as "mean" as possible. Downside: it´s a side story to a 88,000 words fic you´d need to know (although I´m quite sure that you already read it, and if not, you should: fantasy AU, very mild slash). I already sent it to one beta about three weeks ago, but I haven´t heard back from her (?) since; it would be wonderful if I could get it back this or next week.

6th-Jan-2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Absolutely! If I haven't read the main story referenced, I'll probably need into the weekend to knock that off first; but otherwise, sure, send it along and give me a day or two. (700 should be quick but I don't want to overpromise.) I generally work in MSWord using "track changes" or highlighting; let me know what you most prefer. You can send to my username @ livejournal.com; replies will come from a Comcast address. Looking forward to it!
5th-Dec-2010 09:17 am (UTC)
Title of the fic: None just yet.
Category of your fic: Slash but with gender/bodyswap issues. An angsty take on a normally cracky trope. Alternative universes.
Pairing (if applicable): John/Rodney UST and John/Mer but none of this is explicit.
Secondary pairings: Mentions of Teyla/Kanaan
Type of beta you'd like: I have someone I bounce ideas off of so I'm really looking for help cleaning up spelling, grammar, and punctuation mostly, though any comments/concerns/ideas about plot and characterization are not unwelcome.
Length: Currently about 15k. I have maybe a thousand words left but it will be done tomorrow.
Summary: Typical trope taken seriously. Rodney's mind gets swapped into his alternate reality female body. Not meant to be crack. Quite angsty.

For sga_santa, so I would need this back before friday afternoon. I thought I had someone else lined up for this stuff but she doesn't have the time right now so I apologize if this is short notice and completely understand if you can't take the time. Thank you.
5th-Dec-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
At that length and deadline, I can't promise in-depth commentary but should be able to get basic SPaG back to you within a couple of days. You can send your fic to my username @livejournal.com, and that will forward to my Comcast address; if you'd rather use a different mechanism, let me know. I generally edit in MSWord with change-tracking turned on, so again, if you'd prefer a different method, just let me know. Good luck!
12th-May-2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hello, I was just wondering if you're still available to Beta?
I'm writing my first ever fic and really need some help. I've published about 3.5K and have a couple more chapters drafted.

It's a death fic. McShep established relationship, previous McKay/Lorne relationship. Characters: Radek, Elizabeth, Lorne, Carson.
It's rated M at the moment for violence and language, PTSD and hints of suicide.

A prompt turnaround would be appreciated if possible.

I need help with everything you mentioned really, Grammar, spelling, punctuation. Phrasing/language flow. Continuity and canon. Character voice, to an extent. Plot/structure (basic level). Reality checks on various elements, including entry-level medical/trauma content and to call me on it when it's just plain crap lol

Edited at 2011-05-12 09:50 pm (UTC)
15th-May-2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Hi there. Sorry for the delay in responding, but work is crazy busy for me lately, so I haven't had much time for catching up with email and comments. Considering that and your preference for a quick turnaround, I may not be your best option. That said, if a couple of days is acceptable, I'm willing. (I'm guessing your chapters will be under 5k each; if the wordcount per installment is higher than that, my turnaround is slower.)

I don't normally read WIPs, and as a beta I prefer to address full stories so I can give feedback on structure and arcs, but I'm willing to work in that format as needed. If you do still want me as a beta, you can send to me at my username @gmail.com (and if you do, please let me know whether you prefer to receive back a "rewritten" copy or an annotated one). Good luck with your story regardless!
14th-Nov-2011 05:20 am (UTC) - R U still available?
Hi, perusing through with hopes. The piece I have is gen, fluff/humor and crossover, a request on Fall Fandom Free-For-All. The prompt: SGA/The Incredibles: Edna Mode designs the team's outfits.

IDEK, but my muse was intrigued. Anyhoo its not a full out crossover just Edna coming in to measure their new uniforms- so on the crack side. Also each person from both Sheppard & Lorne's teams have superpowers - end/post S5. I'm not exactly finished, but it should be by tomorrow. Atm, my wc is: 2,846. I'd say about another 500 or so to finish up.

I know its late minute and you don't know me... but if you're available/have time I'll take whatever you can do even a quick dirty beta (hope to post sometime Friday) if not no worries!!

Thanks either way =)
14th-Nov-2011 05:28 am (UTC) - Re: R U still available?
At that length and timeframe, sure — and with that premise, absolutely! I'd forgotten that prompt, and I'm delighted to see you actually did run with it!

If you have your fic in any kind of textfile, you can send it to me by email to this username @livejournal.com; that'll redirect to my gmail (which is the same username, if you prefer to send directly). I typically use MSWord with "track changes" turned on for basic edits and notes-in-brackets for questions and commentary; if you prefer anything else, please let me know.

I'm looking forward to this!
14th-Nov-2011 05:59 am (UTC) - Re: R U still available?
Wow that was fast ;) Great, I'll send it tomorrow. I write in the morning so I'll focus on finishing it up first thing and sent it via gmail. I also have word and track changes is great \o/

What I thought would end up as a 500 word snip, isn't *sigh* Honestly have no clue if its any good - so maybe for your sanity keep your expectations low in case its total crap. And no worries I'll leave you an out, but you can judge for yourself when you read it.

Okay then I'm off to read something then roll over. Thank you! and I'll email you tomorrow , night =)

Hee just noticed your icon, love it! ;)

26th-Feb-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hello, I was wondering if you are still available to beta.

If you could do a chapter/month, it would be brilliant (just thought I'd get that out of the way first, before I scare you off)

I'm working with a friend on a story called "Tales of Atlantis" - it's quite the little monster and my friend is a perfectionist (and, I suspect, obsesive-copulsive) so she keeps going back to edit it. To be frank, the first chapter is still a mess, even after four edits and it would probably be a good idea to go over the first four chapters with a fresh eye (chapter 4 is about where we finally hit our stride and it stopped looking like it was written by two different people).

As categories go, this fic is all over the place, usually alternating between drama and crack, but we try to keep it as much as possible on the path of action and adventure with a few different types of romance running throughout. Though the fic is tagged for a mature audience, explicit sex scenes will have to wait until the distant future, so you shouldn't worry about that.

I did say this thing is a monster - it's a novel length monster. 7 chapters posted so far, about 86.000 words, with two and a half chapters pending editing and planned to run for 23 chapters. We really need someone to go over the first four chapters thoroughly and then just check the rest for grammar and language, mostly (we've been accused of 'not sounding like native speakers' and that apparently is a crime now)

I should also warn about the presence of OCs, one of which takes centre stage and is paired of with Rodney and Sheppard (not as a threesome, but as an awkward love triangle where two of the sides aren't really interested in one another but they're doing it to spite the third.) Other pairings include Rodney/Elizabeth, Ronon/the local shrink, Zelenka/OC and minor characters with other OCs in the background.

The cracky part usually involves the local band of fan girls - due to lack of entertainment and being stuck on Atlantis for so long, a bunch of the (mostly female) personnel has created a (not so) secret (anymore) fan fiction archive revolving mostly around the adventures of their colleagues. This is mostly a background plot that explodes all over the place in chapters 4-5 and is returned to its supporting position after that. One of the characters in that plot thread, however, will pop up occasionally as a supporting character/Zelenka's sort of girlfriend simply because she was too much fun to write in the first place. The fan girl plot thread is the only time you will find slash brought up in this story and only in the context of character-written fan fic.

Here is a link to my journal post on the fic with relevant links to everywhere it has been posted so far. I really hope I didn't scare you off before you even took a look.

The biggest problem is the first chapter. We wrote our bits separately and it was hard to make it look coherent afterwards. We had someone look over it and, should you decide to take up this story, I'll send you the unfinished beta-ed version. Unfortunately, the person was forced to give up on us due to RL crisis.

14th-Mar-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
[Ugh, LJ's suspected-spam filter needs to calm down.]

I apologize for the delay.

Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to take on long works or continuing ones. I do wish you good luck, though. There are other folks on this comm, and you could also try DW's BetaPlease comm ....
14th-Mar-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
It's OK and thanks anyway.

It's a monster though and we really need a fresh pair of eyes - we re-wrote the first chapter last weekend and it grew 3000+ more words and my writing partner, who's read it at least 30 times now, was surprised to still find typos.

I'll keep looking. It's the internet, there has to be someone suicidal enough out there to take this on... I'll check out the DW comm. Thanks.
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