NightMary 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 01-23-06, id: 976424
Author has written 8 stories | 13 Ghosts, Hills Have Eyes, Misc. Movies, and Jhonen Vasquez.
β : NightMary is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
WARNING: I curse, so if you're offended by that, that's your perogative. But cursing's mine, so there's your warning, in case you're up-tight or something.
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I a, a college student- currently on summer vacation. Because of the fact that I spend most of the year at college, it takes awhile for me to answer, sometimes, when you send me requests or for me to answer you back at times. I apologize beforehand, and I ask for your patience.

With that out of the way, here are my specifications for what it is I am willing to do. I have been known to be very flexible at times when asked to do anything outside of what I list here, but you have to really stick out to me as somebody worth spending that crucial time with to do it.

I don't re-write things for people- but I do mentor and give the good look-over at what you have written, armed with my particular writing program's set of highlighters. And I enjoy doing it. If you need help, a blunt critiquer, or anything else other than someone who can participate in a hand-holding relationship with you, contact me, and I'll see what I can do.

With me, you're going to have to have a mastery over the English language to even be considered- or at least a humble attitude towards it- and you're going to have to check your attitude- and anything less than the English language, in all of its beauty- at the door. If you do anything out of turn (insist overmuch that I break my own standards and hold your hand through a story, P.M me all the time for no reason other than to harass me, bitch and otherwise moan about something or another, or be an ungrateful prick) I hold the right to stop helping immediately, block you, and/or report you if you take it too far. As you can tell, I demand the best of behavior, as I myself practice in my own life. Watch you mouth, and at least attempt to sound older than seven, or it's out the door for you.

Now, for all of the guidelines I insist you will follow with me, what you get in return is the help of a very much committed young author who is more than willing to help with almost anything you can request- within reason. Every fandom I've marked as ones I accept requests in I can assure you that I know well enough to help with with the basics, in the very least. With many of the choices, however, I know the fandom like the back of my hand, so you can rest easy with the knowledge that I can assist you to the best of my ability. I have a love for the original characters, and I hope that it shows.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Spotting issues with:

Spelling

Grammar (I don't know the exact terminology for everything, but I know when something sounds godawful or just not right)

Canon.

Assisting With Character Building- whether with a character already from the fandom or O.C.

I'm also a great person to turn to if you don't know where to go next. I can also just always be there for you if you need tips or advice on something dealing with your story. I can be a great P.M buddy.

I am a very accomplished reviewer/critiquer. WARNING: I tell the truth. I do not, usually, honey-coat, but neither do I "flame". If you ask for a review- privately or posted for the world to see- you'll get the same treatment that you would from an English teacher- if an English teacher was bent to curse and to demand "more sex" or "more violence" in certain situations, and was as friendly as I. I AM pretty friendly, actually, and I do try to be funny.

Recently, I have discovered that I make a somewhat unconventional, but also a skilled plot midwife. In simple terms- you have the idea for a new story, and I can be your braintrust. If you're willing to deal with some possibly weird ideas- and don't mind the idea of brainstorming- then this is a great process to go through with someone else. If you don't have anybody else to create with, I'm always here.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I refuse to re-write everything for you, so don't even ask. I point out where serious problems are, I answer questions, and I can create the beginnings/ the ending bits with you. I am a writer's Wikipedia.

I also read- if you want a critiquer's eye on board that is blunt and not afraid to tell you how it is (good OR bad), then I may be the choice for you. I'll try to read as much as you want me to of it, but if I say that it's too godawful for even me to continue reading, then you need another beta. One who's willing to hold your hand. Because I do not lie- I may honey-coat when and IF I feel like it- but I refuse to lie.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
If you want an idea, just look at what I write myself. Also, I may not look it, but I have a weakness for cartoons (something you probably did not know about me)- I'd love to beta ANYTHING I have in my Turn-Ons on my profile. Pretty simple. My greatest genre strengths are Horror, Comedy, and Romance- but don't worry, I just haven't had much of a chance to exploit my ability on the other genres as much. Anything I have marked I can truthfully say that I am confident to my abilities to handle.

Also, story concepts are fun for me to help in revising, advising, and aiding in creating. Yeah, "fun"... I have a very strange sense of fun, I now suppose.

A few things I should say to anybody reading this- there are a few tricks out there, so you can learn to take care of yourself, and, consequently, your writing, for the long run. Also, so that you don't give your beta a potiental nightmare/headache. And that includes moi.

1. Read your writing out LOUD. Trust me- you can spot things that don't sound right when reading things aloud.

2. In a continuation of number one, record your audio of what you say aloud, if you think it would help you more to hear it like an audio book. If you think you'll look like a loony doing this, find somewhere where you'll get some privacy to recite- then to play back. As long as you are not a stutterer (as I constantly am) then this might be a good idea for you if simple recitation does not spot some of the problems.

3. I canNOT stress this enough, but, for the love of god, (and as a favor to me) if you plan on some revisions (and you SHOULD, even Stephen King has to sit at his desk like he's a kid wearing a Dunce cap and correct EVERY DAMN PAGE of his work), then please, please, please, PLEASE let it sit. Let some dust settle between the time you write the last period, and when you're itching to see what a genius you are. Don't lie, you SO do. I cannot explain the aging process, except to say that revisions done in this fashion will show you how worth it it was to wait as long as you did for revisions. You are detached from the work, and your howling ego is less apparent. Trust me. Even a day. An hour. Please.

4. This may just be because I am an honorary and card-carrying member of the school of minimalism in description, and I am biased naturally to a paragraph-long description of a girl with "flowing blond tresses" and her friend's "sparkling amber eyes", but here are two quotes that encompass what my point is. "Less is more" and, "Kill your darlings".

Both are alot less painful and easier to accomplish when following guideline number three. And both deal with those long blond tresses and those sparkling eyes. "Less is more" because it IS possible to bludgeon a reader with an overpowering amount of description- much like adding too much pepper to a hot dish, it IS possible to send even some of the stronger-stomached dinner guests away from the kitchen table in search of a pitcher of water in a panic. "Kill your darlings"- I am not too certain as to the exact wording of this quote, but what I believe it said is this: "Kill your darlings. Even if it breaks your incessant little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings, kill your darlings."

Confused? Basically, it means that, you know that one piece of description, narration, dialouge, "extra" character, or that epilouge or prolouge that is as useful as a tail on a frog once it is no longer a tadpole that you are holding onto? Clutching close to your heart, willing to bite anybody's head off that would EVER dare to ask you if it's neccesary? Do yourself a favor. Kill it.

Alright, alright, don't glare at me like that. You can save it. Yes, yes you can. To help with letting go, as you can say, I recommend a writer's journal. It is basically a journal with nothing but tidbits that you salvage from the mess in your mind (parts of dialoge that you catch out of nowhere, and MUST SALVAGE, plot ideas, a character you adore, ect.) and NEVER let anybody else see. They'd think you were a loony if they ever got their hands on it. Also, again, guideline three really, really helps.

And last but not least...

5. Know the rules, and,

5.5 Know when to BREAK the rules.

In the order above- Know THEN Break- it is important to learn when to apply one or the other to your writing. I've heard these obnoxious little twits wandering around, mouthing off to critiquers that they can break rules if they want to. These are the words that only a fool would utter (aside from the fact that it's rude). Learn to run before you learn to fly, or you'll look like an ass when you reach the ground and smash your dumb little head all over it.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm not going to lie- and it's obvious, from the way I type in full English and how I insist you do, and to the way I present my attitude, but I do favor other real-life writers, or, at least, people who make the honest effort to become a real-life writer. Sorry- you're allowed to pick your fandoms, I'm allowed to favor other people who write well already.

Why?

Other genuine writers (and my definition of a true author is a person who truely studies it- not for some English class- and who reads for the love and fun of it, as well as practices writing on a near regular basis) for the most part, know more of what they should assume from me and from themselves, and the work I do for others is the type that is meant to aid others grow as artists- give them new ideas with how to write, aid in things they have problems in that doesn't require the damn A-Team to come bursting through the door, and, in the end, perhaps give me new ideas. Do I sound bad because I prefer others more like myself? Maybe. Do I sound like I'd rather help others that I can be used to helping/ them helping me somewhere down the line than helping the fourteen year-old whose dream it is to write a story about the super hawt American girl who becomes Kagome's super duper bestest friend 4- evar? I absolutely should! But if you begrudge me for thinking this, then take your P.M's somewhere else. Please.

Things I usually always refuse to help in creating... rape stories, troll stories (of course), badly-written parodies, incest-fics (if it's NOT canon., in which case, it usually isn't), anything with writing so bad even I don't know where to start on critiquing it. No poetry, I like the stories I write myself to have a plot in it- so nothing you would consider "artistic" but senseless, and, if you want me to read fluff, make it believable.

No pedophilia, no scat/MUCH BDSM (I start to draw the line when the guy is wearing a mask and a collar, and the guy is told to lick the girl's booted feet... eew) /"golden showers", nothing M+ (unless it's located on another site), nothing "goth" or "emo"- none of that hackneyed "Harry's Uncle Vernon beats him twice a day with a belt, then he is molested with a broomstick and a can of lube while at Hogwarts"- just an example, but I do not do well with "poor, pitiful me" type stories. Waah, waah, waaaahh.

No Mary Sues or Gary Stus- if your character EVER says "konnichewa!" and ain't from Japan... if your character has the cliched eyes that sparkle like gems... and if they are ever, ever, EVER likened to some super famous, super "hottie" real life person, only "super hotter"... then go slit your wrists. Please. Just don't come anywhere near me, I'll turn you down. Politely, but I will not be impressed at all.

If you INSIST on song lyrics or otherwise copy-writed material, I will only stand for one or two lines of it, and it must have the credits posted somewhere. Also, on that note, if I think that a fic is in bad taste for any reason whatsoever, I will not just turn you down- I may report you if it breaks site rules. Got it?

And speaking of site rules- anything given to me to look over and it's in bad grammar, or if you yourself just use bad grammar to converse with me, I will most likely ask you to take your business elsewhere. Also- no chatspeak, for the love of god, no fics written in script form (could you at LEAST try?), and if you have a chapter amounting to a brainless author's note, I WILL TURN YOU DOWN. I may be a retired flamer, but I still have the heart of a flamer beating powerfully in me. And the standards tied in with a "true" flamer/critiquer. Don't worry- I haven't the energy or care to ever take up flaming again, so your shit-fic will just be reported for abuse to the admins and nothing further, I should hope. :)

BIGGEST RULE- IF THE STORY MUST TAKE LIBERTIES WITH THE ORIGINAL IN SOME FORM (CONTRADICTIONS WITH THE ORIGINAL IN SOME SHAPE, WAY, OR FORM) THEN YOU MUST MAKE ME BELIEVE THAT YOUR STORY'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME TO ACCEPT IT. If it's not good enough- meaning, VERY good- then don't even bother. I WILL turn you down.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie 10 Things I Hate About You
Movie 13 Ghosts
Comic 300
Tv 3rd Rock from the Sun
Movie A Christmas Story
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street
Movie Addams Family
Movie Aladdin
Book Alice in Wonderland
Movie Alice in Wonderland
Cartoon American Dad
Movie American History X
Movie American Psycho
Movie Anastasia
Cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Movie Aristocats
Cartoon Atlantis
Game Azure Dreams
Movie Beauty and the Beast
Cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head
Movie Beetlejuice
Cartoon Beetlejuice
Book Beowulf
Movie Blair Witch Project
Misc Book X-overs
Cartoon Boondocks
Movie Breakfast Club
Game Bully
Comic Calvin & Hobbes
Cartoon Camp Lazlo
Movie Cars
Misc Cartoon X-overs
Movie Casper
Movie Cast Away
Movie Cats Don't Dance
Cartoon Catscratch
Book Cell
Book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Movie Child's Play
Cartoon Chowder
Game Civilization Series
Movie Clerks
Book Clive Barker'
Movie Cold Mountain
Movie Corpse Bride
Cartoon Courage: The Cowardly Dog
Anime Cowboy Bebop
Book Crucible
Book Cujo
Game Dark Cloud
Movie Dark Crystal
Book Dark Tower series
Movie Dawn of the Dead
Movie Dead Poets Society
Movie Death Race
Game Disgaea
Cartoon Disney
Movie Dogma
Book Dolores Claiborne
Movie Donnie Darko
Anime Dragon Ball Z
Cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy
Book Edgar Allan Poe
Game Elder Scroll series
Cartoon Emperor's New Groove
Movie Evil Dead/Army of Darkness
Game Fable
Book Fairy Tales
Cartoon Family Guy
Game Fatal Frame
Movie Fight Club
Game Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
Game Final Fantasy: Tactics
Movie Finding Nemo
Movie Forrest Gump
Cartoon Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Book Frankenstein
Cartoon Futurama
Misc Game X-overs
Comic Get Fuzzy
Movie Ghost Ship
Book Good Omens
Movie Goonies
Book Goosebumps
Misc Greek Mythology
Cartoon Grim and Evil
Movie Grindhouse
Movie Halloween
Book Harry Potter
Game Harvest Moon
Comic Hellboy
Movie Hellraiser
Movie Hide and Seek
Movie Hills Have Eyes
Book Holes
Cartoon Home Movies
Movie Homeward Bound
Movie Hostel
Movie House of 1000 Corpses/Devil's Rejects
Movie House of Wax
Movie House on Haunted Hill
Anime Howl's Moving Castle
Comic I Luv Halloween
Movie Ice Age
Movie Identity
Movie Incredibles
Anime Inuyasha
Cartoon Invader Zim
Movie IT
Book It
Tv It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Movie Jeepers Creepers
Comic Jhonen Vasquez
Movie Juno
Movie Jurassic Park
Movie Kevin Smith
Movie Kill Bill
Movie King Kong
Cartoon King Of The Hill
Tv Kingdom Hospital/Riget
Movie Labyrinth
Tv Law and Order
Game Legend of Zelda
Cartoon Lilo & Stitch
Movie Lion King
Book Lisey's Story
Movie Little Nicky
Cartoon Looney Tunes
Book Lord of the Flies
Game Luigi's Mansion
Game Mad World
Game Majesty
Movie Mallrats
Game Mario
Tv Married with Children
Book Matilda
Game Megami Tensei
Book Memoirs of a Geisha
Movie Men In Black
Cartoon Metalocalypse
Movie Mirrors
Misc Misc. Books
Misc Misc. Cartoons
Misc Misc. Comics
Misc Misc. Games
Misc Misc. Movies
Misc Misc. Tv Shows
Movie Monsters Inc.
Movie Monty Python
Misc Movie X-overs
Movie Mulan
Movie Neverending Story
Movie Nightmare Before Christmas
Movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Cartoon Oblongs
Game Odin Sphere
Book Of Mice and Men
Tv Office
Game Okami
Book On Writing
Movie Osmosis Jones
Tv OZ
Movie Pan's Labyrinth/El laberinto del fauno
Movie Pebble and the Penguin
Book Pet Sematary
Game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Movie Pineapple Express
Cartoon Pinky and the Brain
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean
Movie Pocahontas
Movie Pulp Fiction
Game Radiata Stories
Movie Ratatouille
Movie Reaping
Book Red Dragon
Tv Reno 911
Movie Reservoir Dogs
Game Resident Evil
Movie Ring/Ringu
Movie Rocky Horror
Book Rose Madder
Tv Rose Red
Cartoon Rugrats/All Grown Up!
Game Rule of Rose
Book Salem's Lot
Movie Sandlot
Movie Saw
Tv Scrubs
Movie Secret Window
Game Secret/Legend of Mana
Movie See No Evil
Book Series Of Unfortunate Events
Movie Seven
Game Shadow of the Colossus
Movie Shaun of the Dead
Movie Short Circuit
Movie Shrek
Movie Signs
Movie Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal
Game Silent Hill
Game Siren/Forbidden Siren/サイレン
Movie Sixth Sense
Game Skies of Arcadia
Book Sleepy Hollow
Movie Smokin' Aces
Cartoon South Park
Movie Space Jam
Movie Spaceballs
Anime Spirited Away
Movie Stay Alive
Game Suffering
Movie Suicide Kings
Game Suikoden
Game Super Smash Brothers
Cartoon Superjail!
Movie Sweeney Todd
Play Sweeney Todd
Tv Tales from the Crypt
Movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Game Thousand Arms
Movie Titanic
Book To Kill a Mockingbird
Movie Toy Story
Anime Trigun
Movie Truman Show
Tv TV Commercials
Misc TV X-overs
Tv Twilight Zone
Book Valdemar universe
Cartoon Venture Brothers
Movie Village
Movie WALL-E
Comic Watchmen
Movie Wicker Man
Movie Willard
Movie Wizard of Oz
Misc X-overs
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Horror
Parody
Angst
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Tragedy
Western
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship