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Hey everybody! My name is sparklyscrunchies. I'm an American girl who recently graduated from college with a degree in biology. I love science, but if I had my way, I would have a job involving either film or creative writing.
I only have one story published right now; I read and review stories much more quickly than I can write them (I know, crazy, right?). However, on the rare occasion that I do actually publish something, I like to use this site partially as a tool to become a better writer, so reviews mean a lot to me. Especially if I'm doing something wrong, I would genuinely like to know. Even if your review is, "Hey, I started reading this, but I got bored at X part, so I stopped," I would appreciate that much more than seeing that my story got a hit and being left to wonder what the person thought of it, or if they even finished it. Hours and hours go into any piece of writing, so reviews are greatly appreciated, even short, one-sentence reviews if that's all you have time for.
I really enjoy proofreading/beta-ing, so if you're looking for a person to do either, feel free to PM me! I'm always happy to help if I can. As of chapter 83, I am beta-ing the Harry Potter story "Always" by aterriblebeautyisborn. Her story is fantastic, and I can't recommend it enough. It's like having another Harry Potter book to read. Check it out!
Other things about me:
Religious views: Christian
Favorite books: Atlas Shrugged, the Harry Potter books, the Twilight books (I know, you've just lost all respect for me), Frankenstein, Matilda, the Moorchild, the Animorphs books, too many others to list
Favorite movies: Titanic, The Shawshank Redemption, Megamind, When Harry Met Sally, The Emperor's New Groove, About a Boy, old Disney movies, Mean Girls, Life is Beautiful, Dark Knight, lots of others
Favorite TV shows: The Office, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, Sienfeld, Friends, Teen Titans, Arthur, Glee, House. I grew up watching programs like Recess and Pepper Ann, and those shows still have a special place in my heart.
I am anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, anti-ILLEGAL immigration, pro-Second Amendment, pro-gay marriage, and pro-individual rights.
I am a vegetarian.
I hate it when people use the word "retard."
I hate it when people use the word "gay" derogatively.
I love cats.
I love fish (as pets, not to eat).
If you're curious, my background as a gymnast was the inspiration for my username. The leotards that we wore often came with matching hair scrunchies, and both the leotards and the scrunchies were often sparkly. Hence, sparklyscrunchies. :) (I'm unfortunately unable to find the website where I got my avatar, but I just want to make the disclaimer that I did not take that picture and do not own the image in any way.)
Here are some of my pet peeves when it comes to grammar/spelling. On this website, writers are always begging people to read and review their stories. Well, as a reviewer, these are some of the things I look for. If you think that grammar is unimportant, just know that if a story is filled with a ton of these errors, I probably won't read more than a couple paragraphs, and I don't think I'm alone in that. Of course, it's difficult to be perfect. There are probably a few typos in my stories and even in this profile. But a few typos here and there is different from poor grammar that makes a story unreadable. If you want your stories to be taken seriously, you need to learn this stuff.
So, with that in mind, here is my list of grammar pet peeves (this is going to be a long list):
-Conceited means thinking really highly of oneself.
Ex: The contestant on America’s Next Top Model was incredibly conceited.
-Conceded is the past tense of concede, which means to admit as true, give up, or grant.
Ex: I conceded that Party in the U.S.A. was shrill and annoying, but that it was still somehow addicting.
Faze/phase (I see this a lot in Teen Titans fanfiction)
-Faze means to perturb, or to cause to be disturbed.
Ex: Beast Boy was unfazed by Raven’s flashing eyes and dangerous tone.
-Phase as a noun means a stage in a process, and phase as a verb means to synchronize, to do something gradually, or, in Raven’s case, to go through something.
Ex: Raven surreptitiously phased through the floor as Starfire chattered obliviously about her trip to the “mall of shopping.”
-Raven did NOT faze through the floor. Starfire was not unphased by her sudden disappearance. Please do not mix these two up. They are not even close to being the same thing.
-Peak as a noun or adjective means the top of something, and peak as a verb means to reach the top or the maximum of something.
Ex: At the peak of his leap, Robin roundhouse-kicked Slade in the face.
-Peek means to look at something surreptitiously.
Ex: The lazy student tried to peek at his textbook during a test, but the teacher caught him.
-Pique means to excite curiosity, anger, etc.
Ex: Her curiosity was piqued when she heard whispering around the corner.
-Except as used in the field of psychology, affect is usually a verb. It means to act on, or to create a change in, or to impress upon a mind or emotions.
Ex: Kanye’s career was greatly affected by his despicable behavior at the VMAs.
-Effect is a noun, and basically means the impact of something.
Ex: The effects of the earthquake were horrifying.
I really shouldn’t have to explain these ones. They’re ridiculously basic, and most people learn them in grade school. The frequency with which I see these misused, however, compels me to include them.
-To is a preposition. It has many uses, and if you’d like to see them all, I recommend looking it up on dictionary.com.
Ex: I went to school, so I should know how to spell correctly.
-Two is a number. This should be simple enough.
Ex: I wish I had two cars!
-Too means also, to an extensive degree, or extremely/very.
Ex: When I said that I wanted to watch House, my sister wanted to watch, too.
Ex: My mom told her that she was too little, and that House was too inappropriate for her.
Ex: My mom wasn’t too pleased when I let my sister watch it anyway.
They’re is a contraction of the words they are. If you want to use it in a sentence, try thinking “they are” and see if it fits.
-Ex: “Look, they’re is a cell phone!”
-Does “Look, they are is a cell phone!” make sense? No. It should be, “Look, there is a cell phone!”
Their is a possessive pronoun. In other words, use it when something belongs to somebody.
-Ex: It is their fault the raccoon got into the garage.
There is used to refer to a place, a condition, or the existence of something.
-Ex: I went there in hopes of buying a banana split.
-Ex: There is no reason Twilight fans should scream every time Robert Pattinson touches his hair.
You’re is a contraction for you are. Again, try the trick of substituting “you are” to see if it fits.
-Ex: “No one is going to read you’re stories if you have bad grammar.”
-Does “No one is going to read you are stories” make sense? No. It should be, “No one is going to read your stories if you have bad grammar.”
As you can infer from the above example, your is a possessive pronoun, used when something belongs to someone.
-Ex: “If you promise not to take my iPod, I promise not to use your computer.”
-Except means the exclusion of something.
Ex: I love all of my classes so far except my freshman seminar.
-Accept means, among other things, to receive or agree.
Ex: I wished Harvard had accepted me, but they didn’t.
-Its is a possessive pronoun; use it when something belongs to someone or something.
Ex: The cat licked its lips as the mouse cowered in the corner.
-It’s is a contraction of it is.
Ex: It’s so unfair that I have school tomorrow!
-Its’ does not exist.
-Lose is the opposite of win.
Ex: Beast Boy always seemed to lose video games when playing against Cyborg.
Ex: There was nothing to lose.
-Loose means something that is too big to fit well, to be free, or not to be firm, among other things.
Ex: The wedding dress was too loose.
-Breathe is a verb; that is, the action of breathing.
Ex: I told her to breathe.
-Breath is a noun; that is, it is the actual air or inhalation involved with breathing.
Ex: I told her to take a deep breath.
I know that that huge wall of grammar info isn't the most riveting thing in the world, but it's important. Again, grammar can be complicated and has lots of obscure rules. It's hard to be perfect. But if you want more people to review your stories, then make sure the grammar isn't so horrible that your story is unreadable.
I usedas a reference for some of the above definitions. It's a great resource, and I highly recommend using it.
Another great grammar resource is Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliott. I cannot say enough good things about it.
Other fanfiction things that bother me...
I don't generally read slash, especially if it involves two characters who are plainly straight and would never, ever, ever sleep with each other. Robin and Slade? Where on Earth do you get that? Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy? There is absolutely nothing in any of the books that suggests that either of them swing that way, and plus, they hate each other. There are so many reasons that pairing could never happen, I will never understand why so many people are obsessed with it. Chase and House? No. Wilson and House? No. Edward and Jasper? No.
As you may have inferred from the above paragraph, I'm not a big fan of AU. I mean, some AU is OK, and it's fun to think about and write about situations that could never really happen in the universe of a book/TV show. But there's a limit. For example, when it gets to the point that you're writing Twilight fanfictions where everyone is human, Bella is a rocker/biker chick, Edward comes from a severely abusive past, Carlisle and Esme are negligent hippie parents, Emmett is a playboy, and Jasper and Alice are cheating on each other, there is nothing in common with the original story except the names of the characters. And it's fine to write stories like that, but please, don't say that it's Twilight fanfiction. At that point, it's its own story. And it might be a good story. It can be well-written and engaging (although experience has shown me that stories like that often aren't), but again, it's not Twilight fanfiction, and you shouldn't label it as such.
Those are my thoughts on fanfiction.
And...I think that's it for now. PM me if you'd like to discuss anything written here in further detail!
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