Author has written 8 stories for Vampire Hunter, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Pitch Black / Riddick, and Doctor Who.
Born and raised in Kentucky and, after living in and/or passing through several other countries and states, I'm back here again. Married. I read fanfics for all sorts of shows and movies but it wasn't until after reading the Anita Blake fanfic that I started writing my own. Of course, since they took down that section, those stories are long gone. Whatever I'm reading, I like strong characters, well-written dialogue, good description, and proof-reading and that's what I try to bring to the stories I write.
1. People who don't proofread before they post!! I get the occasional missing or misspelled word - it happens. What I don't get is why anyone would post a story that is riddled with errors. I just stopped reading a story in the beginning of the first chapter because, in the course of two sentences, there were two misspelled words, one verb-tense change from past- to present-tense and then back again, and one homophone error (words that sound the same but mean different things and have different spellings; e.g., its and it's or bare and bear). I'm sorry, but if you don't care enough to proofread your story, why should I care enough to read it?
2. If you give your story an M rating and your characters don't even kiss, you either don't know what "Mature" means or you're deliberately trying to pull in readers under false pretenses. This is something I've seen a lot of, particularly in the Doctor Who section, for whatever reason and it's very annoying. I'm not, of course, talking about multi-chapter stories where the M doesn't apply until later. However, if your characters never actually do anything "Mature" (and that can apply to sex OR violence, of course), or if they do it "off stage", and no one talks about anything that couldn't be mentioned in sitcom, IT'S NOT AN "M". It's a "T", at most.
3. It's "taut", not "taught". It's "lose", not "loose". It's "lave", not "lathe". Believe me, if her body is taught because his tongue is lathing her nipples, causing her to loose her train of thought, that is a VERY different meaning (and mental image) than if her body is taut because his tongue is laving her nipples, causing her to lose her train of thought. (The fact that the sentence is really cheesy writing is secondary.) Only you can prevent homophone abuse. Except "loose" for "lose" isn't even homophone abuse - that's just wrong. Seriously. They don't even sound the same so just don't.