|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm Shimmer. :) I generally just help with grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, repeated words (including when one uses the same word over and over again in a paragraph), as well as word structure. I will usually fix them myself and send you back an edited chapter, instead of making you correct the errors yourself. However, unless they are simply typos, I will generally give explanations as to why something should be typed the way it is, to help you stop making the same mistakes. As for expectations, I only have a few, but they are important. I expect you not to rush me on my beta-ing, as I am a pretty busy individual. I have two monster stories of my own, as well as two original novels and several fanficition oneshots that are currently being written. I also expect you to allow me to reword areas of text if it sounds better a certain way. I'm not saying I'd rewrite a chapter - gosh no, I don't have that kind of time anyway - but just make it sound prettier. View my profile for examples of my own personal work. PM me if you would like me as a beta.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am very strong in the grammar field, as well as an advanced writer. English is my first language as well. Not only do I know how to use grammar, but I am actually rather nitpicky and will notice errors almost immediately, if not that. I can also explain to you why, exactly, certain things are the way they are, in efforts to increase your skills as a writer and keep you from repeating past mistakes. I double, sometimes triple or quadruple, check my work before resending the chapters.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I occasionally put too many commas, but I'm getting on top of that. I'm also somewhat slow at reading over chapters, as I am rather busy. Spelling is not my forte, but I have spellcheck and Microsoft Word, as well as a tendency to tell if a word is misspelled.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
My preferred categories are: (Anime) Naruto, Durarara, Ao No Exorcist, D. Gray-Man, Toaru Majutsu no Index; (books) Outsiders, Caster Chronicles, Divergent, Hunger Games; (cartoons) Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender; (movies) How To Train Your Dragon, Rise of the Guardians. My preferred genres are Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Romance (not extremely fluffy and generally when paired with another of these genres), Tragedy, Drama, Suspense, Humor, Parody, and Horror. As for pairings, I support all types, from Yaoi to Hetero to Yuri even. I am fine with most pairings, but there are a few I would rather not beta for that are listed below. My all time favorite pairing, though, is Durarara's "Shizaya", and I will beta their stories no matter the genre. Second is Laven and third is Yullen from -Man. NaruSasu, ItaKyu, Human!KyuNaru/NaruHuman!Kyu and GaaNaru - in those orders - are also high up there. I prefer long stories rather than short and chapter stories over oneshots.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Crossovers are no completely. I would prefer a category, pairing or genre stated above, but I will beta SOME others anyway. No SI stories or ones of reincarnation or falling into a whole new world from the real one. I WILL NOT BETA STORIES OVER THE T RATING. I will not beta stories with lemons or excessive sexual references. I will not beta stories with the over-use of swearing. I will not beta stories in a language other than English. Pairings I would rather not do are: These are pairings involving genderbending, incest pairings (Namely Uchihacest (Naruto), Hyuugacest (Naruto), Sandcest (Naruto) and KomuiXLenalee ( -Man)), NaruHina, NaruSaku, & NarutoXKyuubi unless Kyuubi is a human (Naruto), and AllenXLenalee & AllenXRoad ( -Man). I will add more as I see fit.