|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I've never done any actual betaing for fanfiction. However, I proofread lots of my friends' papers for school—I can generally find a way around clumsy wording, for example.
I'll tend to list out everything I think needs checking without saying, "Uhh, I think this might possibly be a mistake here, but I don't want to hurt your feelings so I'll try to say it nicely." I'm not trying to be rude, just economical with space. However, if you just want me to check plot, or just grammar and spelling, or whatever else is your weak point, I'll stay out of the other stuff. Anything specific you want me to check out, go ahead and mention it to me.
If I'm in a situation where I can't get your story back to you in two days or less, I'll probably be on hiatus rather than actively accepting stories. That obviously depends on the length of your story...I'm talking average chapter-length here: 1000 words, give or take.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am an absolute stickler for good grammar and spelling, though I do have minor typos in some of my own work. That's because it's my own. When reading others' work, I see almost everything. Still, don't fault me too much if I miss something out and someone else points it out to you! If you use UK spelling, I don't mind betaing for you, but there is a larger chance that I'll miss something or even change something by mistake.
One of the most common grammatical mistakes I come across in fics I read is incorrect tense flow. For example, when I write, I do so automatically in the present tense. However, some stories just feel better in the past. So sometimes, I'll come back to a story and start writing it in present tense for a couple of paragraphs before I realize and change everything back. If you have situations like that, don't fret—that's what betas are here for.
With characterization...there's a reason why I only beta for a few fandoms. I'm very familiar with all the characters, so I usually know when someone's completely OOC. I don't judge by pairing, just individual characters. There are some things that I read in fanfic that are completely unacceptable, that I could never see a character doing. However, there are other things that are in the realm of possibility, and I'll usually let those be. On the other hand, if you've written someone completely OOC, I'll make a point of telling you.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I suck at plot devices and suchlike. My own stories sometimes have gaping plotholes that I don't notice until months later, so, yeah—go to someone else for that.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Okay, I'm a femslash fanatic. You give it to me, I'll devour it before betaing properly. I'm not squeamish about kink or any of that stuff, but you might want to give me a warning about what your fic contains if it's super NC-17. Just so I know what's in store.
Don't get me wrong, I like het and guy-slash pairings too. Send 'em in. Again, any level of explicitness is fine with me.
Generally, PWP is okay, I guess, but some element of a plot does do wonders for a story.
I like canon over complete AU, but some kinds of AU work. Send me a summary and I'll think about it.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
No RPF. Kay? It's just NOT COOL. I really don't think I should have to explain why.
Ugh, incest. No. The word itself gives me the creeps.
Those are the things I really can't stand, but I'm cool with almost anything else.
Oh yeah, one more thing—I don't really like long stories...by long, I mean anything over 20 chapters. Just personal preference.