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Apr. 27th, 2008


Have you ever been reading this awesome piece of fanfic, with an absolutely wonderful concept that, ok, maybe you've read before but not quite like this? Don't you just hate it when, as you're reading along, totally engrossed, picturing it all in your head, all of a sudden it's like BAM! typo? Or, well, improper vocabulary.

I certainly do. One of my biggest pet-peeves has got to be definitely. Except people spell it defiantly. Which is so a different word. I see that in a sentence where it is utterly obvious that the author meant to use definitely and I end up hopping completely out of the story and ranting about beta readers, spell-check, and a dictionary.

So, anonymous fanfic author on Teaspoon, here's a lesson:

Defiantly = derived from Defiance
Definitely = derived from Definite

So, if you're saying your character is very sure of something, it'd be correct to say they're definitely certain about whatever it is.


Apr. 7th, 2008


Ok, so, remember that H/G fic I posted recently (Spaces Between)? Well, I rated it "teen(ish)" because 1) there are no graphic descriptions of violence or sexuality; and 2) no one actually gets raped (groped unwillingly, yes; raped, no--to be even more clear, there is no unwilling, forced penetration at all). Now, I get this from one of the validators at HPFF:

Notes from Validator:
Apr 6,08 - For the implied sexual assault, this story will need to have a MATURE rating, and the warning STRONG VIOLENCE. As well, for the sexual content, the warning SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE will need to be added. -- PropMaster

Personally, I think a Mature rating (as opposed to 15+, which is what I originally rated it on HPFF) for Spaces Between is overkill. I mean, it's nothing I haven't seen in a PG-13 movie.

I did what the validator wanted, but I still disagree with it.
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Nov. 27th, 2007

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all...

(see subject) Especially when reviewing a fic. I don't mean you shouldn't criticize. I mean don't insult or criticize without mentioning anything constructive. Don't just say you don't like a certain fic without any real reason. Give a legitimate reason; pick apart what you think is wrong with the fic; point it out to the author. Why? Because not only are you not reserving a seat in the ASSHOLE section of life, you're also doing something beneficial to another human being. By giving actual criticism and not just "Dude, this sucks" or "I hate fics like this" you are helping that author become a better writer. Seriously.

What brought on this rant? This right here )

Sorry for that bit of tl;dr and ranting. One of my biggest pet-peeves is intentional rudeness aimed to upset and degrade the target of said rudeness.

Aug. 10th, 2007


Over the next few days, I'm going to be moving my icons and my fic over here. So, I apologize for any future f-list spamage. I probably won't be doing much updating of my lj but, I'm still going to check my lj f-list.