Murky Heron 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-29-13, id: 5356371
Author has written 1 story | Naruto.
β : Murky Heron is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
My native language is Russian, but I studied English (British variant) for more than half of my life, so hopefully I do a passable imitation of knowledge. I believe that your text can be improved without changing your style. While good grammar, punctuation and formatting make it easier for your readers to get immersed in your fic, we are all here to satisfy our desire to create. Unusual plot twists and truthful narration capture attention, so we should all strive for a higher level of writing in each new chapter. I may be either strict and demanding or tactful and kind. The length does not matter, neither does the rating. I might even think of betaing fics with mentions of necrophilia, bestiality and other... controversial topics. Which absolutely doesn't mean that those are the only themes I enjoy! If I notice plot holes or inconsistencies, you'll curse the day you asked me to beta read for you. I like things to be logical, especially concerning laws of nature. Basic knowledge of physics, biology and chemistry will rule your world unless your characters are of a magical/extraterrestrial descent or have superpowers. Everybody who needs help with translation into Russian and from it are welcome. My experience includes works of 4 Russian and 2 English-speaking authors.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Fairly good at grammar, punctuation, spelling, expressive means and writing styles. I do love long intricate phrases that characterize good literature (from the point of view of a non-native speaker), but sometimes simplicity is the best. If your grammar is especially bad, I'll nag till you hate me. Beware, I am armed with several dictionaries wherein lies my power. I always read texts through several times. On the first go I correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Then most of my attention is focused on the structure of sentences, plot and narration style. Tautology is not tolerated. If you wish, I could even explain your mistakes in detail with rule references after an overview of your creation. Also I may suggest embellishing the narration with epithets and such, considering that you ask me to do so, of course. If there is some unclear or disputable moment in your story, I will consult you before changing anything. Each month you will receive a reminder to send me another chapter. I get intrigued as to what else your little twisted minds thought of. And I never abandon my authors. You won't get off the hook that easily. I check my inbox every Friday when I post a new chapter of my translation.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Speed and opportunity. I work full-time and need to get back from work, cook and relax later. I'm not sure if working diligently should be a strength in case it might take longer than necessary to check everything. And I might, possibly, from time to time, mix up punctuation rules of English and Russian. The latter has more commas than you'd like to. Warning: formatting geek - can't you see the beauty in those perfectly aligned texts with proper spaces? My sense of humour may be somewhat twisted and I am no stranger to sarcasm. I will try to curb my urges, but know that I mean no harm and intend them as friendly jabs.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I like adventures and challenges that characters have to overcome. It is very interesting to see them grow and develop. The more realistic the emotions and character's decisions get, the better. I do not distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual couples. Love is universal, just be truthful about it.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Poetry and songs I will only read through and leave a review. I don't feel I could advise where I am not competent. Too much of fluff is not appreciated at all. Male pregnancies go against biological structure of humans and animals, so even magic won't help you there. Your OFC Mary Sue and OMC Marty Stue will be thrown into the dark abyss of reality. Their ultrasonic screams, full of desperation, will echo loudly from the steep canon walls, making other Authors cower in quiet terror. Those wails will cease only when their bodies, mutilated by editing, will meet the sharp rocks with a horrid crunching sound and smash into pieces, painting everything around with their naive blue blood.
Beta Preferences
Language: English & Russian
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie Aliens/Predator
Anime Cowboy Bebop
Tv Doctor Who
Anime Evangelion
Tv Hannibal
Book Harry Potter
Anime Inuyasha
Tv Lie to Me
Book Lord of the Rings
Tv Mentalist
Anime Naruto
Anime Rurouni Kenshin
Anime Samurai Champloo
Tv StarTrek: The Original Series
Tv Torchwood
Anime Vampire Hunter D
Book Witcher/Wiedźmin, Andrzej Sapkowski
Anime Yu Yu Hakusho
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for