Lady Nightspike 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 12-10-04, id: 718177
Author has written 16 stories | Final Fantasy VII, Alpha Centauri, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Bleach, Horatio Hornblower, Fire Emblem, Super Smash Brothers, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, South Park, and Warcraft.
β : Lady Nightspike is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
SORRY ABOUT THE RIDICULOUS FORMATTING OF THIS PROFILE. I TRIED TO FIX THE WHOLE DAMN THING BUT FFNET JUST INSERTED ANNOYING BREAKS AGAIN. WTF. It's been edited slightly to try to clean up the issue a bit, but now just looks cluttered. EFF YOU FFNET

I read a lot of fiction on here that I think would be better if they had only cleaned up some irritating plot points/grammatical errors/typos. Assuming that you write fanfic for fun, but that you'd like the final versions of your stories to be clean, or that you write fanfic to develop as a writer, getting help from someone else is crucial. It is also much harder to do for your original fiction, usually requiring a dedicated writing circle or a class. I will read your stuff quickly. If you only want me to go over it once or twice, I can conceivably have it back to you within 24 hours (probably sooner rather than later but it depends on what I'm doing, of course). If you want a more thorough approach, I can sit on it for a couple of days. If I won't be able to meet these time frames, I will tell you right away.

Categories: I will read stuff outside these, but these are canons I am familiar with and that I have read significant fanfic in. The categories list may not be complete (I just realized that I forgot SSB despite having written fic for that fandom...yeah...)br /

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***I AM EXTREMELY SELECTIVE ABOUT MY BETA STORIES. THIS IS FOR TWO REASONS***br /

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1) It's not fair to you if I don't have the time/effort/enthusiasm to beta your story well, andbr /

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2) I prefer to be proud of the works with which my name is associated. Although they aren't clones of my writing/writing style and often reflect different events than I would portray if I were writing the same story, I can assure you of a certain standard of quality which the stories listed below meet. I've done some other work but these are stories which are either finished, or for which I am actively helping someone.

Gloaming Grove-Insects (Bleach); Belladonna-Isabella-Another Horizon (Mass Effect 2); DevilWearsJeans-Marionette (Bleach); theshadowswhisper-The Only One (South Park)/untitled SP story {in progress}; half-pint4-Life (Mass Effect 2) [in progress]

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am extremely skilled at grammar and spelling. I scored in the 96% for verbal on the GREs and even higher than that on the SATs. My own writing is normally grammatically flawless. I can also help you with more subtle things than 'it is correct or not', such as word choice, possible synonyms, awkward phrasing, clarity of expression and impact. I have taken many creative writing courses and have a really critical eye, so I can help advise you on those sorts of things. If I'm familiar with the fandom, I can certainly comment on characterization/canon versus non-canon etc. If I'm not, I will attempt (with your help) to get some background on it. I am also an extremely fast reader. It shouldn't ever take me more than a couple days to go over a chapter, even a long one (I read, thoroughly, the seventh HP in two and a half hours, to give you some idea). I will scrutinize it closely on several occasions to make sure I haven't missed anything. Often I see typos/room for improvement in stories I read, but don't comment bc I'm not sure if the author cares or not.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I might not follow the fandom, so I might not be able to give detailed ic/ooc/canon advice. Also, because I tend to be critical I may be more negative than you would like, even for a beta reader. (Though that might be a positive thing if you can handle constructive criticism; I would never attack someone personally or twist the knife by being especially mean). If I'm not familiar with the fandom, it might be nice to give me a short overview on who your characters are and what canon background you're coming from, just so I can enjoy the story more fully...
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Not really, just see below.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
If you write purely dialogue fics or hyperactive thirteen year old type fics will little regard to grammar, spelling or proper punctuation, I'd rather not help you...it's your job to write in a style that people can read and if I can't read it for fun, I certainly won't beta it.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Game Alpha Centauri
Game Baldur's Gate
Anime Bleach
Tv Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Anime Death Note
Game Dragon Age
Book Dresden Files
Game Final Fantasy I-VI
Game Final Fantasy IX
Game Final Fantasy VII
Game Final Fantasy VIII
Game Final Fantasy X
Game Final Fantasy X-2
Game Final Fantasy XII
Game Fire Emblem
Tv Firefly
Book Harry Potter
Anime Hetalia - Axis Powers
Book Hollows, Kim Harrison
Game Icewind Dale
Tv Inside
Game Kingdom Hearts
Game Mass Effect
Game Neverwinter Nights
Game Pokémon
Tv Rome
Book Song of the Lioness
Cartoon South Park
Game Star Wars
Game Super Smash Brothers
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Poetry
Adventure
Mystery
Horror
Parody
Angst
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Tragedy
Western
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship