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I'm baaaaack! 150 by PoisonousTiger



That is, I'm done with my grading for another semester, and after nearly a 2-year hiatus, I'm going to start my fanfics up again! I am going on a week-long writing retreat, and although I'll be working on my original fiction during that time, I also plan on squeezing in some fanfiction time because I really miss Alfred and the gang.

I will admit, however, I'm a bit nervous about it because of a few reasons: (1) I'm worried my writing voice/style has changed, (2) I'm not sure that I can get the pages up as quickly as my brain wants to get them out {I'm a bit rusty in my typing skills}, and (3) {and this one's the biggest reason} I'm not sure anyone is still interested in reading "Sunshine and Rain" or "October Fool's Day" anymore. T_T I'm very insecure about them right now.

But I know I have to finish the stories even if no one reads them. The perfectionist in me won't allow me to leave something unfinished (especially stories as lengthy as these are; it would just be too sad to not finish them after all the time invested by you and me).

I used to have an excellent Beta-Reader. But she's been inactive on dA for almost 1 1/2 years and inactive on FFN for nearly 2 years. I have tried for the last 4 months to contact her with no success. I personally can't blame her for not replying; I haven't really written her for 2 years (regardless, I'll love her forever for all she's done for me so far).

This brings me to my problem:  Stars Purple (Free) I need a new Beta-Reader.Stars Purple (Free) 


I only have a few requirements for the job:

  1. It would be in my dear Beta-Reader's best interest (and mine and all my readers' best interest) if my BR is a reader/fan of both "Sunshine and Rain" and "October Fool's Day". This is most important because if you're not a fan or haven't read the stories, then you won't know what's going on when I start on the new chapters. If you are not currently a reader of both, you can still qualify for this BR job by reading the one(s) you haven't read.
    1. Note: If you have only read one of my stories and only wish to Beta for that story, I'll take you on as that story's Beta Reader. I only asked for someone willing to do both b/c that's what my previous BR did...hmm...as I write this, I'm starting to realize what a great Beta-Reader she was. So to repeat: I'd like you to have read both, but if you're only wanting to Beta one of the stories, that's fine too.
  2. My adorable Beta-Reader needs to have decent skills in English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. What I mean by this is that you need to be one of those writers who knows the difference between "your" and "you're", or "then" and "than", or "definitely" and "defiantly" and know that it's = it is and its = it possessive and so on. Please note: I'm not trying to be rude about anyone's skills when I use these examples. It just won't help me if my Beta-Reader can't see obvious errors like these. I'm an English professor, so I'll catch most, if not all, of my grammar and mechanics errors, but sometimes an error will sneak by me. That's where your fresh eyes and skills will come in handy.
  3. My precious Beta Reader needs to have a good instinct for story-telling. This means that you can just tell in your gut that something doesn't "sound" right when you read it. Or you can tell when something doesn't fit with the rest of the story. I need you to be able to do this because I need help knowing if my upcoming chapters match/mesh with the previous ones.
    1. And you must be able to clearly tell me why something doesn't sound right or doesn't work. As the writer, I'm too close to the story or have been looking at it for too long and can't see it what's wrong wit it any more...which leads me to the next criterion.
  4. My valuable and amazing Beta-Reader must be able to give me good, constructive feedback. I'm not asking you to give me only glowing criticisms and "good job" strokes (although I do love both of those, and they do help me feel excited to keep writing), but I don't want someone who will only tear apart my work and look for things that are wrong with it. I had that last semester when I took a writing class from a fellow English professor. I got nothing but critical, deconstructive feedback b/c the students thought that's what criticism is; needless to say, it kinda damaged my desire to write, so I took a semester off not writing anything in order to lick my wounds.
    1. Now, don't get me wrong: I can handle someone saying that something isn't good so long as that person is telling me that in order to help me improve. I need you to be specific, though. It doesn't help me if you say "The kiss scene wasn't good". It helps me more if you say, for example, like my previous Beta-Reader said, "the kiss scenes...um, the use of the "k" word is a bit repetitive. Generally, kiss scenes are supposed to be a little less "IKEA" and a bit more emotion... and take a crapload of practice to do right." She then took it a step further and rewrote a kiss scene I had written in the chapter, illustrating how to plug more emotion into the scene. It helped inspire me and correct what I was writing (she even let me use parts of her rewrite b/c they were so well-written). Now I don't expect the same from you (all of our time is very precious and I understand that), but I won't complain if you do help me like that occasionally and if you do it well. ;)
  5. Finally, my fantastic Beta Reader must be fine with spoilers. (This is also your payment for your "work" ;p). I have already plotted out nearly all of both stories and already know how I want both of them to end, so I might ask you what you think of this scene or that scene several chapters in advance. If you're okay with being spoiled and seeing the chapter before it is in its most refined and perfected version, then you'll be fine with this requirement.

That's it. I hope those aren't too strict or too demanding of requirements ^^;

Your payment (as mentioned above) will be you'll get to see the next chapter before anyone else (the downside is that you'll unfortunately get to see it in a slightly rougher form than everyone else...but you're free to read the final draft). I can also Beta-Read your fic if you'd like to tack that on as an extra payment.

Please send me a note if you're interested in becoming my Beta-Reader (it's the little yellow notepage on the right side of the screen).
I'll look at your notes when I get back from my writing retreat on Aug. 10. I hope you won't mind if I take a look at your own writing before I take you up on the offer. I have to see if our styles and so forth will match. I hope you understand.

All other readers of this journal: thank you for reading this far and feel free to leave a comment if you want to.

Which Avenger Am I?


Tony Stark/ Iron Man

  • [ ] You like booze
  • [x] You are the life of the party
  • [x] You love gadgets
  • [ ] You can be rather cocky
  • [ ] Your favorite color is red or gold
  • [x] You’re good with computers
  • [ ] You use sarcasm a lot
  • [x] You love getting attention
  • [ ] You’re good at mechanics
  • [ ] You have issues with your parent(s) \

4/10

Dr. Bruce Banner/ The Hulk

  • [ ] You’re good at science
  • [x] You can get very aggressive when ticked off 
  • [x] You like to be secluded most of the time
  • [ ] You like wearing baggy clothes
  • [ ] You like to meditate
  • [x] You like doing science experiments 
  • [x] You try to avoid getting into fights
  • [ ] You like wearing purple things
  • [x] You’re clever
  • [ ] Your favorite color is green

5/10

Thor

  • [ ] You’re good with a hammer
  • [ ] You like coffee 
  • [ ] You can eat a truckload of food and still be hungry (From time to time yes)
  • [ ] You can be arrogant
  • [x] You have long hair 
  • [x] You have an interest in astrology
  • [ ] You can get sulky when things don’t go your way
  • [x] You’re willing to take a fall for someone else
  • [x] You like to dress up as fantasy characters
  • [ ] You don’t get on well with your sibling(s)

4/10

Steve Rogers/ Captain America

  • [ ] You like helping those in need in any way you can (don't get me wrong; I like helping people...but there are limits to what I'll do or sacrifice to do it, so I can't say I'll help in any way I can).
  • [x] You hate bullies 
  • [ ] You’re a great leader 
  • [ ] You’re a bit of a do-gooder (I don't consider myself this...I can be quite selfish sometimes).
  • [x] One of your favorite colors is red, white or blue 
  • [x] You like wearing things with stars on them (I have a shirt with a star on it that's one of my favorites *wink*)
  • [x] You strongly admire the army (Heck, I almost joined the army).
  • [x] You have a good throwing arm (I was the catcher for my softball team and I rarely missed when I threw to someone else).
  • [x] You like war films
  • [x] You’re good at running (I'm decent at running, but it's not my favorite physical activity).

7/10

Colonel Nick Fury

  • [x] You like wearing long coats 
  • [x] You’re good at organizing things
  • [ ] You’re good at being in the loop
  • [x ] You like guns
  • [x] You’re good at giving information to people 
  • [x] You like giving solutions to peoples’ problems
  • [ ] You like eyepatches
  • [ ] You work best as part of a team
  • [ ] You like beards
  • [ ] You like wearing black things

5/10

Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

  • [ ] You like wearing tight clothes
  • [x] You can do martial arts
  • [ ] You’re interested in the world of spies
  • [ ] You have red hair 
  • [ ] You’re quite agile
  • [x] People generally don’t know much about the real you
  • [x] You like to make yourself look good 
  • [x] You can speak another language 
  • [ ] You’re good at taking orders
  • [ ] You were born in a different country to the one you are living in now

4/10

Clint Barton/ Hawkeye

  • [ ] You’re very good at archery. 
  • [ ] You currently like/love someone on your team 
  • [ ] You like to wear purple and black
  • [ ] You’re very good at aiming
  • [ ] You’ve worked at the carnival
  • [ ] You like working in a team 
  • [ ] You’re up for almost anything thrown at you
  • [ ] You’d be a top assassin if you ever took the job 
  • [ ] You’re quiet 
  • [x] You tend to get along with people well

1/10

Loki

  • [x] You want to be a great leader
  • [x] You want to prove something
  • [x] You’re the younger sibling (I’m a younger sibling, second-born to be exact).
  • [x] You’ve been/are overshadowed by a sibling(s)
  • [ ] You don’t get along so great with your sibling
  • [x] You’re good at lying (sadly, this is true. I’m good at story-telling more than lying but I’ve told some doozys in the past that people have believed…which is why I can manipulate people).
  • [ ] You’re adopted
  • [x] You’re very clever 
  • [x] You are able to manipulate people well (I don't know how well I do it...more like I tell people to do something and they feel like they have no choice).
  • [ ] Your favorite color is green or gold

7/10

 
Well....

this is…interesting. How did I manage to be both Captain America AND Loki?

 Oh wait, maybe this is how (see from 0:36 for what I'm referring to):

 www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ar…

 
(here's one with a bigger image in case you don't have a big screen; unfortunately, the sound isn't as good even if the image is good--see 0:42 for what I'm referring to):

youtu.be/93smk_kyENc

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Amelia E. Jones
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I am more of a writer than an artist (but I'll still do my best with my art--I finally took down my hand-drawn profile pic b/c I know it wasn't pretty; this is just a digitally manipulated photo). When I was younger, I used to make up stories to match the pictures in the books I had. My grandmother told my mom to encourage my writing in every way she could. She did. I hope it shows in my writing.

She also trained me in art (she's a professional artist) and I hope some of what she taught me actually helps me with my drawings. I'll keep practicing and working hard so that someday I can be as good as some of the Deviants here.

My current occupation is adjunct professor; I'm currently working towards grad school so I can become a full-time professor...either that or a librarian. I just want to be surrounded by good books. What I'd really like to do for a living, though, is write...and I'm working on that one too.

Current Residence: A very cold and dark place called "the basement"
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L (I don't like my chest getting squeezed by cotton)
Favourite genre of music: anything but hard rock
Favourite photographer: my father
Favourite style of art: varies by my mood
MP3 player of choice: MusicMatch Jukebox
Favourite cartoon character: America (Axis Powers Hetalia)
Personal Quote: Never explain. Your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyway.
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:iconmusicmaidenoflove101:
May I have the link to 'Austria x The World' group again? Sorry! Dx But I forgot to disable the option to delete comments as soon as you send them Dx I hope you understand
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sure I understand. Happens to me too.

Here you go: austriaxtheworld.deviantart.co…
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:iconmusicmaidenoflove101:
Thank you ^-^
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome ^^
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Nevermoremist Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
I like your personal quote =)
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. It's a quote I "borrowed" from Elbert Hubbard (probably should give him credit since I'm always telling my students to give credit where credit is due)
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Nevermoremist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Yeah but the problem with the quote is: sometimes you're friends wouldn't believe you but you're enemy would! Besides off I had to take the tile to explain every action people didn't understand I wouldn't get anything done cuz people think I'm nucking futs since I don't act like they do, so whatever
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
LOL Well I think the point is that your friends know you well enough that they don't need you to explain yourself (your true/real friends that is) and most of your enemies are such b/c they *don't* understand you and don't know you that well.
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littlemissmaybe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey dude so I know (assume?) you're still big into Hetalia but if you wanna check out something new, you should totally watch Sengoku Basara uwu
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You assume correctly ;)  but I have checked Sengoku Basara out...not sure I get it. Maybe you could explain what you love most about it?
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