sweetPixiesmile 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 09-18-07, id: 1379177
Author has written 19 stories | Kim Possible, Harry Potter, Misc. Comics, and My Little Pony.
β : sweetPixiesmile is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I am a Canadian Chinese who was raised in Canada since the age of one and a half. I have tutored foreign students for their aptitude and proficiency tests and have been an Editor-in-Chief of a student bi-monthly magazine in my university days. I also proofed other people's theses papers, although this was more of an informal basis.

HISTORY AS A WRITER/READER Although I have only been posting since joining ff.n, I have been both an avid reader and a writer since I was ten. Authors that I truly enjoy include William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Jacqueline Carey, Robert Jordan and Tad Williams. I read primarily Fantasy and Science Fiction, although I do have a soft spot for Edwardian Gothic, Victorian Literature, Steampunk and Cyberpunk genres. I have always been enamoured with Greek, Norse and Gaelic mythology.

WHAT I CAN DO Let me know what level you'd like me to do.

* what I consider low level proofing, such as spelling, grammar, and readability. There is potentially some discussion on word choice or awkward phrases.

For those interested, and have thicker skins or are willing to get honest critiques or be questioned beyond the low-level, I am willing to:

*what I consider middle-level proofing such as word-choice, localization of slang, continuity, consistency, emotion and flow.

*what I consider high-level discussions on things like plot, plot-devices, characterization, scientific credibility, social and psychological continuity, metaphors, allegories and mythical references.

HOW I DO THIS You can send me a Word Document or DocX file. For low-level such as spelling and grammar I use track changes, replacing the words and suggesting replacements. For higher level changes or questions I have, I will highlight the portions in question and make use the comment features.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Besides great at spelling (American, British, Australian or Canadian) I am pretty good at grammar and word choice.

Below are higher level stuff I'm not bad at:

Continuity and Believability: From plot to characterization, continuity and believability should be intrinsic to a piece unless the story explicitly calls for absurdity and grandiose, over the top events, behaviours etc.

Style: I am able to give comments without affecting the style a writer wishes to pursue. Unless they ask specifically for high-level criticism, the focus of my non-low-level beta-reading would be impact, consistency and plot.

Plots and Planning: For those unfamiliar with plot planning, I can help people get started there.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Fight scenes: If you are looking for a fight choreographer, I am not your man. I have no martial arts or military background, and so do not have a sense of tactics or strategy. Beyond the academic, I do not know why capoeira may be better than five animals kung-fu in specific situations, or the choice of a specific martial arts to counter another form.

Tendency to Like Rounded Chapters: My personal philosophy of chapters may or may not be something people will like. I like well rounded chapters that have a clear beginning and end. Not that they cannot be strict continuation of events, but that each chapter should have a hook and a kicker.

Humour: I know what I think is funny, but I can't help you get better at being funny. Goofy, maybe, but not funny.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I will read practically anything, as the profile says, from Romance to Action Adventure to Historical Drama to Crime to Horror. Although Kim Possible is my series of choice, I can also do most anime/manga stories as well.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I will not proof-read stories about psychotic killers as the protagonist and fiction that celebrates rape or murder. Also, I won't do yaoi (male x male ships.)
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Bubblegum Crisis
Misc Cartoon X-overs
Anime Claymore
Cartoon Kim Possible
Book Kushiel's Legacy series
Anime Mai HiME
Misc Mythology
Book Tad Williams
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for