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since: 12-08-10, id: 2648333
Author has written 1 story | Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
β : random shoes is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
My fanfiction focus is television. I do read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies, so if you're looking for crossover help feel free to message me, but there's something about television that draws me in, keeps me there, and forces me to write more. My big obsession is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As a beta I will read for everything: grammar, flow, structure, character, plot. Also, I'm a big believer in careful punctuation. I will never ever be mean or snooty, and if I tell you something is a problem, I will also tell you WHY. I care about basic grammar (your vs. you're, noun-verb agreement, consistent tense, etc.) but I also believe in being creative with your language. I don't subscribe to overarching rules such as "don't split infinitives," "don't end with a preposition" etc. As a writing teacher of mine once said, "If there are any rules in fiction, I don't know them." Essentially I believe in play, in experimentation.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am particularly good with sentence flow and am very sensitive to character consistency. I have an embarrassingly obsessive knowledge of BtVS/AtS story, mythology, trivia, etc and getting to a silly level with new series Doctor Who. I'm open to pretty much any type of story, and although I WILL point out when someone is acting out of character, feel free to ignore me. In general I have an ear for what sounds good in language and what doesn't.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I think I can be a little too detail-oriented, particularly with flow and wording, and maybe occasionally lose sight of the forest and become obsessed with the trees. On the other hand, I guess I think the forest is sort of your problem. If you ask me to read specifically for the trees or specifically for the forest, I'm sure I can accommodate you.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
TV Shows in General Order of Nerdy-ness: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, The West Wing, Doctor Who (new series only, sorry), Veronica Mars, Torchwood, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Bones, Firefly, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

I also watch/have watched: The Good Wife, The Office, True Blood, Dollhouse, Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, Sports Night, The Mentalist, ER (first 4 or 5 seasons), Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Sex and the City, Pushing Daisies, The Newsroom (first season, working on the second), and a bit of Orange is the New Black.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Crossovers between two worlds that each have their own systems of magic can kind of drive me crazy (such as Harry Potter and BtVS); it's nearly impossible to integrate the rules of both universes in a way that is at all coherent. If you're going to pretend these issues don't exist, then I'm not the beta for you. However, if you've got a brilliant way to make it work, then I'll listen.

Important: I'm not interested in fics centered on OCs. I prefer fanfiction about cannon characters. Obviously most fics (especially future or AU stories) require new characters, but I'm only interested in betaing stories whose focus is on a cannon character.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Angel
Tv Bones
Tv Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Tv Doctor Who
Tv Firefly
Tv Studio 60
Tv Torchwood
Tv Veronica Mars
Tv West Wing
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for