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Table of Contents:
- ANNOUNCEMENTS -
Back to reviewing.
07/24/12: Profile revamped.
04/29/13: Small changes, more to come
11/29/13: Profile revamped for the most part.
12/21/13: Fucktards list edited.
I. Critics United:
I'm a proud member of Critics United. If you want to know more about us, want to complain, or want to have someone review your story, here’s the link to our forum.
To be updated.
III. Mrs. Flamer:
A) The beta:
Writing a section like this always feels like self-gratification: "I'm good at this, and I'm good at that.", which is why I have trouble coherently writing about it. I'm a beta-reader: I fix mistakes, but I also give more information. In some cases I've been known to quadruple the original document's length. That's why you should only request me as a beta if you truly wish to improve your writing. I'm not your personal spelling-and-grammar check -- I'm someone who cares enough about your writing to help you along, but also someone who wishes to see your true potential.
On the other side, I've also been told that I'm a lot nicer while beta-reading. Who knows.
If you want to request me as a beta-reader, I recommend reading the "Message me" section somewhere below. It's the best if you want a quick answer (and if you want everything to go smoothly, otherwise a couple of PMs will be needed to talk about specifics, which really is a waste of time).
B) The writer:
I don't plan on uploading anything new to this site. Note that "plan" does not mean I won't do it; it simply means that I'm currently not interested in doing so. At least not on this account (don't ask about getting any information about my side accounts; they're kept private).
The stories uploaded on this account are mediocre. Some of them were written with the sole intention of having something to upload, others were written in a couple minutes and were never edited, and some are just plain shitty because I was a shitty writer. If you want to review them -- be my guest! But realize that your points may not be valid anymore and that I don't have concrete plans to update any. They're here to show that I've written things, and that's it.
Anything else? Well, I'm fond of descriptions more than of dialogue. It's what I fall in love with when reading, too, so it's natural that it's an important point for me. I've written many pieces before with no dialogue at all for this very reason, so I guess it's become somewhat of a trait of mine. I also have a strange obsession with punctuation and capitalization. When writer's block hits me, I tend to play around with them, creating some very abstract pieces.
I'm a gardener. I write when I feel like writing, and I let things run along whatever way my mind conjures. Pretty atypical for a structured person like myself, but I have never been able to plan my writing like some people do.
C) The person:
I'm a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in the Flemish part of Belgium. I like partying, writing, learning new things (whether that's philosophy or languages or math, I like learning about everything), criticism, reading, running, body modification, cooking, and who knows what else I've forgotten. I'm bisexual and in a relationship with the loveliest girl I've ever met. I'm an atheist with mostly liberal views, but who cares about religion or politics on a writing site, anyway?
I don't really care for too much personal information on here. Make as much assumptions as you want about me.
D) The critic
I'm honest, always was, always will be. I rarely give compliments; if there's truly nothing good or special about your story, then don't expect me to make something up, either. Some say I'm pretty brutal -- viewpoints differ, though, so I guess it really depends on what you think when you read one of my reviews. It might as well be tame in your eyes (and I've certainly changed my reviewing style these past years).
I try to be objective, but sometimes a sarcastic sentence comes into play. You're welcome to hate that part of my reviewing style as much as you want; I'm not going to check everything I write because it might be offensive.
My honesty has its advantages and its disadvantages. I know this better than you might think. As for now, the advantages outweigh every con I can think about. Maybe this will change one day, maybe it won't. In any case, PMing me about "how harsh I am" won't change a thing. I'm willing to apologize if I truly said something undesirable, but don't expect that to happen soon. I stand behind my reviewing style and with the years my experience has grown -- I generally know how far I can go.
Nevertheless, my reviews are always constructive, no matter how harsh they might seem. Remember that.
Not all fanfictions I review are badfics; however, most of them do contain (several) elements of what constitutes a bad fanfiction in my eyes. These elements (or at least the ones I can come up with right away) are:
- An unoriginal or non-existing plot.
Even good writers can fall for the many pitfalls of writing, so don't think that I only review awful stories. However, the worse a story is, the more priority it receives to get a review, as those writers need the help more.
A) Reviews by Me:
My reviews are (mostly) objective and honest. I don't make up things to complain about. When I'm unsure of something, I do my research. Am I qualified to give criticism? Well, who am I to answer that? I don't think I'm the greatest critic ever seen, no, and there are still things I need to learn about, too, but I do know my stuff. I have experience on my side, and I've had two years now to mature.
Has my reviewing style changed since the beginning? Slightly, yes. I'm still "harsh", but I've mellowed down a bit. I'm not as sarcastic anymore. I'm more focused on helping and making sure my advice gets across rather than becoming infamous. Will my reviewing style change more in the future? Maybe. In the past I said it was impossible, but now I know it's something I can't predict. I do stand behind it, though. It suits me and it has helped many.
I think harsh is a very subjective term to use, by the way. A lot of people confuse honest and harsh -- and surely, they do lean close at times. I'm not going to sugar-coat my words. If your grammar sucks, I'll tell you. I won't fiddle around trying to find a decent euphemism (and end up phrasing things in a very roundabout manner, like, "You have some problems with your grammar. Don't worry, it's not bad, I'm not saying that, but you could improve by doing this-and-that. You don't have to, though!") because that's useless in my eyes.
My style changes depending on the story, so don't think I have a lay-out of what to say and what to look out for. It's all very personalized. If I see that you make spelling mistakes, I won't bother talking about how inconsistent your characterization has been -- I'll give you tips how to improve your spelling, and see what else I can fit in there without making it too heavy. If you can't walk, I'll teach you how to walk, but I won't teach you how to crawl, and I won't teach you how to run.
B) Reviewing Me:
In the past, I would write that constructive criticism is always welcome. I still stand behind that ideology (of course!), but it doesn't really hold true for my stories anymore. Let's face it, I haven't uploaded anything in over a year. Whatever you say, I probably already know about. That doesn't mean you aren't allowed to give me criticism anymore; I'll still thank you for it and I'll still read it to see if there's anything new, but it's not very useful. In fact, you could use that time to give someone who needs it more some criticism. (If I ever do upload something new on this account, then by all means, jump on it! I'd love feedback on that work!).
Flaming me has more downsides than you might realize. 1) I don't really care. That's why there are so many flames on my stories; because I can't be bothered deleting them. I actually like reading them. 2) It doesn't hurt me. I'm not going to stop reviewing because you wrote a scathing reply. 3) If you're logged in, it paints a clear picture of your attitude. Do you really want people to look up your account and see how you told someone to kill themselves? That's not a thing to be proud of, is it?
Don't get me wrong, though. I'm not keeping you guys from reviewing me; you're allowed to do so and I'll even answer if you wish me to. It simply doesn't have many uses since I'm not an active writer (on this account) anymore.
VI. Message Me:
A) After a Review:
The most common reaction after a critical review is anger, so let's start with this. I've written some steps here to think about if you're angry and you want to send me a PM.
1. It's not personal. I'm not attacking you, your sister, your friend, or whoever. I'm telling you where you went wrong in your story and how you could improve it.
The same goes if you aren't particularly angry, but you have questions. I guess you can understand it's a bit tiring to answer the same things over and over again, so read it first, but remember that this doesn't mean I won't give you a clear answer.
If you want to thank me for reviewing, feel free to do so. I might not remember the story, but I still appreciate knowing that what I said helped you.
I accept review requests, but for the sake of both of us, read this to make sure everything goes smooth.
1. Don't ask me to review multiple stories. It's useless to review more than one of your stories because I'll undoubtedly have the same commentary for them. You can ask me to review another story afterwards, but don't do it right away if you don't want to get similar advice several times.
I don't always accept requests. It depends on how much you want me to beta, how much time I have, and so on.
My main, and only, condition is this: be clear. Give me all the information I need. How many stories do you want me to beta? Multiple chapters? How long is one of your chapters averagely? How do you want to send your documents (FanFiction's DocX or email)? It doesn't require much of you to type this up immediately, but it makes things a lot easier.
With advice I don't mean, "could you review my story, but do it through PM, please!" because I'm not doing that. My reviews are always public. You will not be an exception. If you want to know something (related to writing), feel free to ask. Depending on the subject, I might just give you a link, though. That's not me being lazy, that's me knowing that someone else has a better explanation to something.
I'm (usually) up to talk about anything. I do still demand respect, though; if you decide that because I was pretty friendly to you, you suddenly have the right to start writing like this, "hw r u doing?", then don't expect an answer. That doesn't mean you have to start editing what you write so that you aren't making any mistakes, it simply means that I don't want any chat speak.
If you’re thinking about trolling my inbox, then know that there’s a huge chance that I won’t even read what you have to say. Deleting and blocking is one of the easiest things to do on FFN.
Do not confuse this with the rules of this site (which is section VII); these rules are only to make conversations more pleasant. If you follow this, then you will only see the nice side of me. Of course, respect is a two-way road. If you’re not respectful towards me, then you can’t expect me to be even somewhat respectful towards you.
- Always use proper spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.
In general, have respect towards the English language and me.
As a last, remember that anything you say or do is public property. I can (and will) use anything remotely funny to place on my profile or use in upcoming parodies. Messaging me means that you agree to all the terms I've said before.
VII. The rules:
You can find these rules under ‘Publish – Rules & Guidelines’ if you fail to believe me. However, seeing as how you have probably made an account, you should’ve read them already.
List of conducts that should be observed:
1. Spell check all story and poetry. There is no excuse for not performing this duty. If you do not have a word processor that has the spell checking feature, use a search engine such as Google.com to find one.
Entries not allowed:
1. Non-stories: lists, bloopers, polls, previews, challenges, author notes, and etc.
Actions not allowed:
1. Multiple entries of the same material. There can only be one copy of any unique story on the entire site. No exceptions.
1. Entry title and summary must be rated K for all audience. No exceptions.
Before you go and call me inhuman, everyone who ended up in this list has acted disrespectfully. Comprehend the tiny fact that private does not mean private if it ends up in someone else’s hands. You messaged me, thus it belongs to me. Simple as that. For the ones who want to get off, if you can prove that you changed your ways and that you will no longer act like a child, you can always message me, and depending on what I can see, you might get off.
Note: the complete Fucktards list is no longer on this site. There will only be one person (although that might indicate several responses) at a time. I’ve decided to just put it up on my blog. This makes it easier to handle. As of the moment, none of this is up-and-running yet.
Author: Hikari ima
Context: Simple constructive review left on this story. The author deleted the story to get rid of my review and re-uploaded it later; I left another review and that sparked a whole lot of replies. To understand their PMs better, you may want to check out my second and third reviews and the story. I have no access to my own replies since she blocked me afterwards.
Message(1/13): well sorry I write properly I have no idea MR story perfect
Message (2/13): well MR story perfect I deleted my story So SHUT UP AND DON'T COMPLAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At this point, I think I asked what "MR" meant. Also note how they mentioned they deleted the story -- as said earlier, they re-uploaded it perhaps five minutes (!) after sending me this PM.
Message (3/13): But sorry to be rude its just that...its my first story
Message (4/13): I DON'T CARE WHAT IT IS JUST SHUT UP WILL YA,I DON'T WANT TO BE A WRITER AND MR MEANS MISTER.!!!!!!!LIKE I SAID I AM SORRY!
Yup, "MR" apparently means "mister"... And it seems like I was supposed to know they would butcher "Mr.".
Message (5/13): AND STOP WITH THE "Dear" THING!!!
Message (6/13): STOP BUTTING IN MY STORY WILL YA AND FOR THE RECORD I GOT 100 FOR ENGLISH
Message (7/13): I AM NOT A SELFISH BRAT YOU DAMN GIRL AND I DON'T WANT PRAISES
Message (8/13): Let's just forget this and stop talking u with ur life and mine is mine ok?
Message (9/13): Ima means now u stupid jerk!
Note that I never complained about the name "Ima". In the original version of the story, it said that her name was Ima and that it was later changed to Hinamori Ima, and then to Hikari Ima to avoid confusion with "Amu". I mentioned how it's pretty much impossible to change a last name out of the random and how "Ima" is not similiar to "Amu" at all, and how I didn't see how changing her last name would clear the so-called confusion up. Due to her changing the last names, I didn't understand that her name was "Amu" at first, too (pretty logical, considering it wasn't mentioned in the original version). This is her reply to all that. She ignored all my points and complained about a non-issue (considering I never said "Ima" was a bad name).
When I asked them to explain their PM, they responded with this:
Message (10/13): Just shut up man
Message (11/13): I created the name dummy mister story perfect
Yes... That's their best attempt at insulting me. I don't know either. This PM was in reaction to my third (well, second still visible) review, in which I explained how "Blossom", "Buttercup", "Bubbles" (yes, those are the names of the Power Puff Girls...), "Lightning", "Devil", "Angel", "Darkness", and "Kira" are not original or even good names, and how 8 (!!!) charas is completely overkill.
Message (12/13): F* WILL YA
Message (13/13): FYI moronic is not a word dumb
Take note, everyone, "moronic" is now not a word anymore. In case you're wondering, I did not censor their PM -- they actually wrote those asterisks themselves.
This is a general list of "arguments" I've come across and my standard answers to them. For those wondering what use this section serves, take it as a warning that using any of these excuses really won't help you along. Despite being called a FAQ, most of them aren't really questions and more like excuses disguised as statements. Nevertheless, I've been calling this section "FAQ" since the very first version of my profile and I'm keeping it that way.
Q: Why are you so mean? I'm only writing for fun!
If you're only writing for your own fun, then why are you uploading it? If you're writing for others' enjoyment, then why aren't you trying your utmost best to make your story memorable?
Q: Have you got nothing better to spend your time on?
Q: Why aren't you nicer in your reviews? (Positive aspects, wording things gentler, etc).
Please note that I do give praise sometimes. If an author has an extremely good story but they keep making a certain "mistake" (could be an actual mistake like wrong punctuation in dialogue, or could be something like that they rely too much on adjectives and adverbs when it isn't needed, etc), then I - obviously - have enough space left to tell them something I really did like. I do believe that praise should be given when deserved, so I do give it when possible.
Q: Well, I like my stories and my reviewers seem to like them, too. Why should I listen to you?
Q: Why don't you annoy someone else?
Q: A lot of people break the rules. Why are you targeting me?
Q: Aren't you simply jealous?
Q: I'm only [insert age under 13]
Q: I'm only [insert age between 13 and 18, are you expecting me to be a professional?
Q: English is not my first language, okay?
Q: Why don't you kindly fuck off, then?
Even without that, you shouldn't live in a bubble. Prove yourself by improving.
Q: Who says I'm a bad writer? I just don't have the time to edit and all that shmancy stuff.
Q: Why don't you stop flaming people?
Q: This is my first story, why are you doing this?
Q: Why do you think you can do this? Isn't this something you should leave to the admins?
Q: Leave me alone. I do what I want to do.
Q: Thanks to you, I'll stop writing. Are you happy now?
Q: My life sucks and thanks to you, I'll commit suicide.
Q: I saw you reviewing my friend/sister/cousin and she's sad about your review. She doesn't deserve that! * Note: I'm using "she" because it's the most common and "they" sounds awkward, but this holds true as much for girls as for boys.
To be updated.
This is a section with everything I think of that doesn't fit anywhere else for some dubious reason. Don't question my logic.
"Then again, I'm not sure if writing plots are in your range - no offense meant." -- Criticism on Because of You.
For some reason, this sentence (no matter how many times I read it.) sounds quite awkward; as if writing means making a list of different plotlines and nothing else is important. Now, it was obviously not meant to come across that way, so let's ignore it and go over to my actual comments.
The thing is - I'm not interested in writing something with a real plot here. See the length of my stories? See the rate at which I update them? Actually, make that a "no". I don't update, at all. All of my multi-chaptered stories are left to gather dust and look pretty because, hey, at least it seems like I write more with fourteen stories on my list.
I'll be blunt: I grew out of SC! years ago. That happens when you discover a fandom at age ten. You grow older, and sometimes, the things you loved back then just don't seem right anymore. That happened to me. SC!, and its characters, still hold a place in me - like every character from fandoms I've left. However, I don't love them anymore. In this case, I find it hard to even like the series for what it is.
Like I said before, I still like the characters. I know all of them as if they were my family - that happens to a writer when you write about the same characters over and over. I'm still fond of them, and when I feel like writing, they are the ones I use to write about.
When it comes to writing full-length pieces, however? No. It just wouldn't feel right to write about the SC! cast.
For those who say "well, you're lying. You just can't take the heat of receiving criticism", I want to ask you one, simple question: why am I only uploading one story every so often, then? It's clear to anyone who talks to me even one minute that I love writing. In Dutch, we'd say this that I "draag het in een hoog vaandel"; I think highly of it. The reason is that I have multiple accounts. My main fandom isn't SC!.
Aside from that, I also write on FictionPress. Don't just limit your opinion to what you see; that's one of the worst mistakes to make.
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