Has anyone heard about the endangered fin whale found dead and pinned dead-center to a cruise ship's bow? If you haven't, here's the link: Dead Whale Stuck to Cruise Ship Bow Now for the challenge: Almost everyone began ranting and raving about Kira striking various celebrities after Michael Jackson and Billy Mays died, and quite a few fics have been written about Kira setting his sights on them. But what happens when Kira decides the animal world needs a bit of cleansing as well? (This may not make much sense, but the idea of Light watching a Discovery channel special on endangered fin whales, going on an internal mental tirade that lasts five chapters, and then writing "ENDANGERED FIN WHALE GETS HIT BY CRUISE SHIP LOL" in his Death Note almost makes me die laughing. I guess PETA hit a nerve of his or something?)
Finally, a beta service that doesn't require a ridiculous quota of words written. (Yes, ff.net, I'm looking at you.) Moving on. Experience: Technically, I've edited very few fanfics--I mostly tend to sporadically edit hard-copies of my friends' original stories and essays, which I've been doing off and on for the past four/five years. I've edited one or two fanfics in Word, and if anyone would like to see the original copies to compare to the edited versions, I'd be happy to send them to you. Overall, I'd say I have 100 hours of editing racked up. As for general reading, I've been a voracious reader since elementary school, although I didn't start reading mature works till early middle school (starting with Michael Crichton, Relic, etc.). I've been reading fanfiction for the past seven years--mostly yaoi, with some het--including angst, comedy, AUs, and romance ranging from PWP to fluff to plot!romance. Reference: I own seven books on grammar, style, and editing, all of which I've read, so I can always fall back on those if I have any questions. My Strengths: Grammar, spelling, and flow are undoubtedly my strongest points. As I mentioned earlier, if I have any questions involving the former two, I can always refer to the reference materials at hand. As for flow, I'm almost constantly reading, so picking out a few weak transitions, poorly chosen words, stilted dialogue, and unbalanced description-to-action ratios is rather simple for me. My Weaknesses: I can notice the more blatant of stylistic changes, but I can be rather oblivious to subtle switches in style, and while I'm willing to edit work from any fandom, I can't promise I'm familiar with the characters/settings of the original series, meaning I can't necessarily point out OOC characters and similar inconsistencies. As for correspondence with the author, I tend to sometimes sugar-coat issues with the fics, since I 1) enjoy beta-ing and don't want to scare people away by seeming ridiculously mean, and 2) have had a few bad experiences with writers exploding because of my leaving them constructive criticism. On a final note, I'm not completely comfortable with editing with Word, so I may have to figure out what kind of editing style works best for the writer. (For example: Should I use comments to point out problems and ask if I can fix them, or should I just re-write the problems I see and wait for the author to okay the changes?) Also: If you're looking for a beta who can help you think of a plot, hit the back button now. I am not good with plots. Fandoms?: I'm willing to beta work from all fandoms (except for Twilight), as long as the author isn't expecting me to point out OOC characters and series-based inconsistences. As for pairings, I will turn none down unless it involves one of the fetishes listed in the "I Am NOT Willing to Edit" section. I Am Most Familiar with: Naruto, Watchmen, XxXHolic, Ouran High School Host Club, and Death Note fanfiction. However, I own over 600 manga, so if your fandom is in the anime/manga category, there's a chance I'm familiar with it as well. I Am NOT Willing to Edit: Bestiality, CS, pedophilia, Peg, scat, shouta (only if it's involved as an actual pairing), self-insertion, toys, and WS. Other Notes: I prefer to communicate with authors via e-mail, and one of the most important questions is whether or not the author prefers British English or American English. I understand the main differences between the two (different spellings, different rules involving commas and quotations, etc.), but that doesn't mean that my grasp of British English is perfect. Still, I'm willing to make an effort if the author has a real love of "defence", "favour" and sentences free of the serial comma.