|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I am a part-time editor and book reviewer for an ezine known as The Rose & Thorn, and I have just recently begun offering my services as a private editor. I love reading, writing, and reviewing - and that includes movies and concerts, too. I've had a handful of reviews published online, nothing major, but it's good exposure in the long run.
I'm very picky with my fiction. I know most of the finer points of grammar, spelling, and word choice, but my primary focus will be on narrative style, character development, and fluidity - because those things, in my humble opinion, are what really makes a great story. You should also know that I don't mince words. If I feel like something in a given story needs changing, can be improved, or is just plain bad, I'll say so. I try to keep a mix of both positive and negative feedback in my critiques, but do not ask me to read something for you unless you really, really want to know what I think.
I don't pretend to be perfect with my own writing, and as we all know it's okay to let some things slide with fanfiction - I see this site as a practice arena, and I'll keep that in mind when I do this beta-ing thing.
(Just as an aside - for some reason, the beta-pref. thing is assuming that I've authored stories for all the fandoms I highlighted. While that is the case, most of them were deleted in a massive site clean-up about four years ago, and I was under the impression that I was just pointing out the fandoms I'm willing to READ for. Just so there's no confusion.)
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
In my own writing, I'm best with dialogue, character development, and pacing. When I read, I watch for the things that I have trouble with myself - but I'll leave you to read the 'weaknesses' to go through them.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
My weaknesses in writing are repetition, cliche situations, and an over abundance of adverbs. (Descriptive words ending in -ly.) And for some reason, I sometimes leave out words without even realizing it. It's because I think faster than I can type, I guess. Also, I procrastinate. A lot. Typically it can take me up to a week to even respond to requests, but I am trying to work on that.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I'll read just about anything, but my favorite kinds of stories are horror-fantasy, science fiction, adventure, mystery, and myth-based fantasy. (Meaning anything to do with preexisting ancient cultures - the Greeks, the Celts, the Egyptians, etc.)
As far as fandoms go, I'd prefer to beta for those that I'm more familiar with. As far as I can tell, those include (but are not necessarily limited to) Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Kingdom Hospital, The Ring, Firefly, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
Also, I happen to love AU stories - they tend to be more original, and that's the key to a good fanfic as far as I'm concerned.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Please, for God's sake, don't send me any sappy love stories. I mean it! "But Rhoda, how can you be a Twilight fan if you don't like romance?" Stephenie Meyer got lucky with me; she hooked me with that dry, sarcastic narrative voice and her unique spin on the vampire myth. My patience for long, gag-inducing declarations of eternal love - particularly between teenagers - hangs by a very slender thread. Do not test me.
Having said that, I will tolerate the odd Mary Sue if it's done well. It's not easy, but it's not impossible.