Author has written 21 stories for Twilight, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Highlander, X-overs, and Buffy X-overs.
Hi all! *waves*
People have been writing and drawing gifts for me! I'm a lucky gal.
The lovely Jedi Buttercup, as part of the tthdrabbles community at Livejournal, wrote a Percy Jackson and the Olympians cross with Stargate: SG-1 at my request: To Storm or Fire, and a sequel, We Take The Star Trek Express.
My story I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For was nominated for the 2010 Crossing Over Awards for best portrayal of Angel/Angelus. Thank you!
My fanfic interests are all over the place. If it is well written and I'm passingly familiar with the fandom, I'll probably try to read it.
Anyway, a few things I feel I need to point out, since they make me crazy:
(Oh! Hey! Look, here's a handy graphic guide for the ten most egregious errors: 10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling. It's great. Read. Learn. Do.)
accept: verb. To take or receive something offered. "She graciously accepted his gift." Also to agree or consent to something. "To avoid bloodshed, the two sides accepted the treaty." Also to undertake the duties, responsibilties of something. "When he is sworn in, the president-elect accepts the office of president."
choke/choking: verb. What happens when something gets lodged in your throat and you can't breathe; the windpipe is obstructed. "He choked on the hotdog bite and would've died if she hadn't used the Heimlich maneuver to save him."
choose: verb. To select from various possibilities; "I'd choose the red shoes if I were you. They match your dress."
definitely: adverb. unequivocally, positively, unambiguously. "You should definitely spell 'definitely' d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y." or "If she wasn't ticked off before, she was definitely pissed off now!"
dilute: verb. to make a liquid thinner/weaker by adding water. or to reduce the strength or efficiency of something by mixing in other components. "She diluted the too-strong flavor of the canned broth by adding water to the soup." Or "The addition of a jerk to our team diluted our strength as a group; we were no longer unbeatable."
its: possessive adjective: "The car has lots its appeal." or "Its heart started beating frantically when it realized the danger."
Loose: adjective. It rhymes with "moose." Free of restraints, released from attachments. "I have a loose tooth!" or "Bad things happen when children are allowed to run loose!" Also can describe someone who is promiscuous: "That guy is well known for his loose character."
piece: a small section of something: "Can I have a piece of that pie?"
quite: adverb: completely, entirely; actually, truly; to a considerable extent: "I'm not quite done with you." or "That was quite a change in attitude." or "Her hand felt quite small in his larger one."
shudder: verb: "He shuddered at the thought of what his mother would say if she found out." or noun: "She felt the shudder run through her body."
site: noun: the location of a building, town, etc. "The building site is full of construction equipment." or "The site of the crime is off limits to journalists." Also the exact plot of ground where anything is/has been situated. "This is the site of the famous burial ground..."
telepathic/telepathy: communication from one mind to another via extrasensory means. "Edward has some telepathic ability because he can read minds." or "Luaxanna Troi, like other Betazeds, is telepathic; able to both read minds and project her thoughts."
their: possessive adjective: "We are going over to their house now."
waist: noun. A bit of anatomy, that bit o' body smack between our ribs and hips. On some people, this is the narrowest part of the body. "Emmett slipped his hand down to Rosalie's waist, giving it a squeeze."
wandering: adjective. Moving from place to place with no plan. i.e., roaming or rambling. "During our vacation to Rome, we wandered through the streets and sites once walked by Caesar." or "My mind was so shocked that I began wandering aimlessly through the neighborhood, with no thought to where I might end up." It can also be used as a noun: "Her nomadic wanderings took her all over the United States."
weary: adjective. When you are physically or mentally exhausted. "After studying for finals, I needed to rest my weary brain." OR impatient or dissatisfied with something. "She was weary of all his excuses."
whether: a conjunction. Basically, it introduces alternatives: "Whether or not he says 'yes,' you're still the hottest girl here." or "It matters very little to me whether you stay or go."
your: possessive adjective. "Is that your book?" and possessive pronoun. "The book is yours."
Something that's always given me trouble, and, it seems, every other writer out there. Lay/Lie. Evil, irregular, similar-sounding verbs that mean DIFFERENT THINGS. Obviously, I don't mean lie in the "tell an untruth" sense.
At the most basic, "lie" means to to recline. "lay" means to put something down.
lay: transitive verb (it always needs a direct object): tenses are-- lay, laid, laid, and laying. So, you can only "lay" something or someone--an object. Present tense is "As Edward enters the living room, he lays the gloves on the couch." Paste tense is "Yesterday, I laid the gloves on the couch." Past participle is "Earlier, he had laid the gloves on the couch." Present participle is "I am laying the gloves down, now."
lie: intransitive verb (never takes a direct object): tenses are--lie, lay, lain, lying. Fun fact about being intransitive: lie can only be used in active voice. Whee! Present tense. "I want to lie down." Past tense: "Yesterday, he lay there, dreaming about the love of his life." Past participle: "She had lain there all day, daydreaming." Present participle: "Bella is lying (read: reclining) there, hoping to avoid shopping with Alice."