Toratchi888 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 06-25-09, id: 1983559
Author has written 3 stories | Warhammer, and Power Rangers.
β : Toratchi888 is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Primarily, I would like to read chapters/sections that are substantially complete (90%), formatted, proofed at least once by the author, and reflected on, with any explanatory notes the author feels complement the manuscript.

Essentially, I want a "cleaned up first draft"; call it the "second draft".

At that stage, I would nitpick for spelling, punctuation, grammar, narrative flow, narrative consistency, etc.

I would return this cleaned up draft to the author for further reflection and refinement.

Once the autnor is satisfied, I can if desired check the final draft copy, make any minor corrections, suggest any last-minute edits, and allow the author to post.

I am also willing to help plan stories as they progress, both the longer-term or overall narrative as well as ad hoc suggestions for dialogue or action.

If I receive a request, I will respond to it as soon as I can; I hope to make a 48h reply.

On accepting a request, I'll look at the work to do and see if it might take one or two weekends to work on.

I will try my best to format a story properly (or keep the formatting you have), though I can't make any guarantees about formatting. I will also do my best to respect the spelling conventions you use for names or foreign words. I'm a native speaker of (Canadian) English, and I speak some French (Canadian-idiosyncratic). I know a little standard-Japanese as well. If a word is misspelled, I would correct that. Any other languages, you should probably look the word up yourself first.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I focus on making sure that everything written has the intended meaning and that the speaker is clearly defined and recognized. I focus a lot on grammar and style. I also look for little things, like punctuation that is out of place, unwieldy, or that interrupts the narrative flow.

In short, I work on making each written thing look right, sound right, and mean the right thing.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Some times I focus too much on the trees and not enough on the forest.

I procrastinate, and I get distracted. I am blunt. I need to be interested in the work or I won't give 100%.

I know I am not perfect, and I respect those who work to improve their work as I work.

I don't want to cut you off if I accept a beta request, but I need a certain amount of interest in the story, otherwise I'm not going to be able to focus well on it. (I'm really not that objective when it comes to plot, unfortunately; I have to like something to care about it.) But, I promise I won't drop you after the third chapter, unless the chapters are epic-length (in which case I'll let you know sooner) or unless the chapters are quite short (in which case I'll probably last longer).

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I like alternative timelines or alternative explanations of events, or exploring possible "side" events: things that could feasibly fit into the story or be a cause or effect but weren't given screen-time.

I like fantasy and sci-fi, action, adventure, comedy, slice-of-life, some hurt-comfort, some suspense/thriller, some romance. Depending on my mood, I'll take fluffy, whimsical, straightforward, or serious.

I like some shipping and some sex, depending on the ship. I prefer straight (MF) couples as well as yuri (FF). Polygyny is take it or leave it.

Philosophical introspection is also interesting.

My likes:

I enjoy historical fiction-real people or real events, retold, reinterpreted, reexplained, or "what-iffed?"

I enjoy strategy or simulation games, particularly Total War-Shogun 2, Rome II, Attila. Also Hearts of Iron IV and Age of Empires II.

Among my favourite authors is Jack Whyte, who wrote the Dream of Eagles cycle about 5th century Britain and the Templar Trilogy. Naturally enough, I also love Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion.

I love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; when the writing and the songs click, it's phenomenal.

I've loved Power Rangers since I was a kid. Though my interest waned in the last decade, I've seen summaries like Linkara's and still like the analysis. I also like the Sentai source material.

I love Warhammer 40,000/40K. I've read Ciaphas Cain, Gaunt's Ghosts, Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Ultramarines, Space Wolves, Soul Drinkers, and Grey Knights, own the majority of the Dark Heresy and Only War RPG sourcebooks, and own several 3rd/4th/5th edition tabletop-game Codices (mostly Imperial Guard and Space Marines).

I enjoyed the Justice League cartoon, as well as the ore mature DCAU animated movies.

Favourite movies: The Princess Bride, Terminator 2 (and 1), Top Gun; Ip Man, Fearless

Webcomics I enjoy: Questionable Content, Sleepless Domain, and Ménage à 3.

Manga: Negima, Karin (Chibi Vampire), Black Cat, Kagetora.

Anime: Evangelion, Coyote Ragtime Show, Afro Samurai, Nerima Daikon Brothers, PaniPoni Dash, (original, reboot, and OVAs)

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I despise horror. Whether it be daemonic, alien, or mutant, that kind of mind-bending crap keeps me up at night.

I don't like gratuitous or unrelenting violence or gore, gratuitous rape or sadistic sexual practices (consensual or not), drug abuse, domestice abuse, physical or psychological torture, or suicide.

I understand there is a place for violence; compare, say, Saving Private Ryan or The Terminator-which I enjoyed-versus the idea of the Saw franchise.

I'm not into yaoi (MM). If they're just kind of there, I'm totally fine with that. If there are occasional references to their sex life, okay. I just don't want to hear all the gory details, is all.

I'm not interested in thinly-veiled political, religious, nationalist, or other similar commentary or bigotry; that is, you may wish to explore the merits of facism or socialism in-story, but if the President of New 'Murica is a blonde-toupée-wearing, spray-tanned idiot strawman, I'm out.

TL;DR I'd like to read stories written by and for decent human beings. :)

Beta Preferences
Language: English & French
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Black Cat
Game HuniePop
Cartoon My Little Pony
Anime Negima! Magister Negi Magi/魔法先生ネギま!
Anime Pani Poni Dash!
Tv Power Rangers
Game Tales of Symphonia
Game Total War series
Game Warhammer
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Poetry
Adventure
Mystery
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Tragedy
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship