Author has written 6 stories for Twilight.
This picture was taken at the 2011 New Orleans Obesityhelp conference photo booth. Aren't Savannavansmutsmut (the redhead) and I beautiful! LOL!
I'm a huge Twilight fan!! I love fan fiction and getting to beta good stories. I used to work as a proofreader and typist many moons ago, as well as done lots of secretarial and clerical work. I have several degrees, love to read, and I'm learning that I love to write fan fiction as well! I have written lots of poetry and lyrics, but Blue Monday is my first totally original fanfic to write. All poetry and song lyrics in my stories are original works of mine unless otherwise noted.
*BETA NOTICE: CURRENTLY, I AM ONLY TAKING NEW BETA CLIENTS ON A BY-INVITATION-ONLY BASIS DUE TO HIGH DEMAND AND MAXED WORK LOAD. THANKS!!!
*NONE OF DOLLYBIGMOMMA'S STORIES OR ORIGINAL WORKS MAY BE USED, COPIED, REDISTRIBUTED, OR TRANSLATED WITHOUT EXPRESSED CONSENT, AND CURRENTLY NO SUCH ACTIONS ARE AUTHORIZED. ANY SUCH UNAUTHORIZED ACTIONS SHALL BE REPORTED AS THEFT AND PLAGIARISM. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE RESERVED BY DOLLYBIGMOMMA. ALL TWILIGHT-RELATED CHARACTERS, EVENTS, AND REFERENCES ARE PROPERTY OF STEPHENIE MEYER. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, PROFIT, OR PLAGIARISM OF TWILIGHT OR OF ANY OTHER FANFICTION.NET AUTHORS IS INTENDED.*
VICTIMS OF HER OWN HILARITY blog atis a compilation of stories and such from various authors based on a picture of the week. I'll be posting my entries for the blog in my new "story" of the same name. Check out the link for the corresponding pictures since I can't post them on here.
My two biggest writing pet peeves:
1. Nasty reviews and PM's by people who aren't writing as well
I love hearing from readers and getting reviews as much as the next writer, but I also don't need snarky, hateful comments that are meant to be hurtful and malicious. If you don't like my stories, my beta skills, or how I write, that's fine - move on. If you have something constructive to offer about errors, plot or style, I'm all ears - PM me. Otherwise, keep it to yourself. My writing and beta work is something I spend lots of time on, when I could be doing something else for my family, so unless you're writing as well and can be reached for a rebuttal, I don't feel you have room to be issuing non-constructive criticism about other writers' efforts. And no one has the right to be rude, condescending or malicious. EVER.
It's a highly-overused word in MANY fan fics and lots of other books in general. It's very easy to overuse, and sometimes hard to catch yourself doing it. If you use the word "that" in a sentence, please make sure to check the flow of your sentence without it first. IF IT STILL MAKES SENSE WITHOUT IT, PLEASE LEAVE IT OUT!! A few other words that vex me regularly: led/lead, chose/choose, lose/loose, breath/breathe, slid/slide, there/their/they're, your/you're, then/than, met/meet, and definitely/defiantly just for scorpio11! These drive me crazy!!
Here is a quick tutorial on some of the most common need-to-know writing issues you'll encounter:
Punctuation and upper/lower case uses around quotation marks. It's a pain, I know. I did some on-line research trying to figure this out, and finally went to Half-Priced Books and picked up several texts on writing to help me, because I was doing it so badly, plus I wanted to be a beta and wanted to do it right for you all as well. I’m still by no means perfect, but at least I’m trying!
If the words after a quotation mark CANNOT stand alone as a complete sentence in themselves, place a comma (or question/exclamation mark) INSIDE the quotation marks, then finish the sentence WITHOUT capitalizing the first word after the closing quotation mark.
"I told you not to come here," she said as she held the door.
"Don't you want to go?" she asked sadly.
"You know you really do!" she teased.
If the words following the quotation mark make a complete sentence by themselves, place a period (or question/exclamation mark) inside the quotation mark, then start the sentence following WITH capitalization:
"I told you not to come here." She closed the door in my face and refused to speak to me any further.
"Can we bring you anything?" She always took care of me, anyway.
"Well, be that way!" I couldn't believe she said that.
Capitalization of pronouns.
Pronouns like mom/mother, dad/father, son, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, and sometimes "love" ARE NOT capitalized if they're used in the possessive form or are referred to impassively.
"My dad wants you to come over, Grandma Ann," my mom said to my excited step-grandmother. My grandma and my brother, Emmett, were characters.
Those same pronouns ARE capitalized if the person is being addressed directly, including titles Sir, Ms., Mrs., Mr., Ma'am, Madam, Miss, etc.
"Come on, Dad. You know our grandma's friend is hot," I said mischievously. He pointed for me to go to my room. "Yes, Sir. I'm sorry," I said sadly.
Emmett shook his head, "You know, Edward, we're going to tell mom you said that, right, Dad?"
"I know your grandma's friend is pretty, Son, but she's not my type." Dad was just kidding himself.
Usually, terms of endearment ARE NOT capitalized.
"Hey, princess! How's my girl today?" he asked. "Come on, sweetheart; give your daddy a big smile!" He sounded like an idiot talking to our little darling.
"Thank you, love. That makes me happy." She was truly the love of my life.
"Hey, baby, come to papa!" I held out my arms, and she jumped on me eagerly.
When a person is being addressed or referred to directly, a comma is placed before the name to set it apart, and after if it is in the middle of a sentence.
My brother, Brady, will be here tomorrow.
“Thank you, Mrs. Hanson, for the wonderful cookies.”
“What do you want, Tyler?” she asked hotly.
A comma is used to set apart words that interrupt, contradict, introduce, or modify a sentence
Well, it was a good game.
“However, you won’t find it here, Mr. Jones.”
Finally, we were alone.
"We want to go to the store, too, just so you know."
I didn't like it, really. I didn't want to go, anyway. You want some, too?
Too many people were there, though.
He decided, however, not to go.
What is your decision, Joe, about the job?
A comma should be used to separate introductory and prepositional phrases and clauses from the main clause of the sentence.
Plagued by doubts, he could not make up his mind.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
After the ball, we went to dinner.
Use commas to set off non-restrictive or descriptive elements in a sentence. A non-restrictive element is something that is not essential for the meaning of the sentence.
The new teacher, who was born in Idaho, turned out to be brilliant.
Her daughter, normally a sweet child, started throwing a tantrum.
A comma should separate items in a series. AP style advises that in a short series, a comma is not necessary between the next to last item and the conjunction. (The flag is red, white and blue.) Some see this as a style choice, so do as you are comfortable. Longer items, however, definitely need the comma before the conjunction.
He began his day by getting up, washing his face, pouring himself a cup of coffee, and looking at the morning paper.
She had bananas, apples, cherries, and peaches in her cart.
I wanted fudge sauce, whipped cream and cherries.
A comma is used in a compound sentence that contains two or more independent clauses, and these clauses should be separated by a comma and a coordinating conjunction.
I wanted to go to the game, but I did not have a ticket.
She slammed the door, and no one really understood why.
We drove all night, so you should be happy we’re here.
Good Grammar is love.What can I say? It’s more than just the old lady that bakes cookies for you and pinches your cheeks. If you don't have a spelling and grammar check feature, please please PLEASE, get a good beta! It's so hard to enjoy a story, when you have to spend half your time trying to figure out what the author was trying to say.
The main reason all this means anything to me is because there are lots of young readers who come to this site, and everything we put on here is what they learn from, be it the content of our stories, or the way they're written. If you care about the future writers of the world, do your best to make sure they learn the highest quality lessons they can from you. I know I still screw up, A LOT, but I'm trying to do the best I can. Please join me!
This was one of the most helpful sites I found if you need help with grammar rules:
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