[sticky entry] Sticky: How to Beta Yourself

Apr. 6th, 2015 11:26 am
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Word usage to look out for when you haven't got a Beta. (with particular reference to Iron Man and Avengers fandom). This doesn't cover grammar, canon, formatting or any of the other facets of betaing, just words that I've seen used where they don't belong.

If you're unsure of the difference between 'Affect' and 'Effect', 'Fewer' and 'Less', 'Callus' and 'Callous', or when to use an apostrophe (rule of thumb, apostrophe used where a letter is omitted, or to indicate possession where there does not already exist a possessive form without the apostrophe) then this might help you.

Proper use of possessive pronouns: its dog (the dog is its), his cat (the cat is his), her goldfish (the goldfish is hers), my aardvark (the aardvark is mine), your horse (the horse is yours), Our bunny (the bunny is ours), Their canary (the canary is theirs).

Then there are a few special cases- Whose elephant is that? (the elephant belongs to an unknown), and One's ferret (ferret belonging to a generic one- apparently in a tribe where ferret ownership is assumed).

This is a long list. I've been coming back and adding more as I encounter them. So far I've found no examples beginning with N, X, or Z.

I haven't time to beta for anyone,alas. )
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Misidentification everywhere.

It smells like sage, and grows similar to Strawberry Spinach at first, then suddenly get a lot bigger --Woolly Hogwort, host to Daggerwing Butterfly caterpillars (and a few similar species).

It grows similar to Strawberry Spinach at first, then suddenly develops groups of buds (mostly 3 at a time)-- Arizona Blanketflower (planted the seeds but thought they died).

Tiny weed with very round, simple leaves, that if left alone grows tiny yellow flowers--Purslane an edible weed I've been ripping out for decades only to discover the leaves taste delicious to me- like spinach.

Caterpillar munching on an isolated fern plant in my yard in Florida. I don't recognize it, but I know most caterpillars are picky & will only eat one type of plant. I have tons of fern, so I don't mind, but I'm curious, what kind of butterfly or moth IS IT? I google search and search and search, and when I do find it, it's always 'unknown' 'mystery' 'damn caterpillar eating my fern, how do I get rid of it.'

Finally I go to one of the forums to get rid of it, 'this caterpillar sneaks in on fern imported from Florida grown plants'. More googling.

So, guess what the common name of it is? The Florida Fern Moth. ARGH. I should have known. :^)

At this point I don't know if I have ANY Strawberry Spinach plants. There are a couple of suspects left that haven't yet turned into Cinderella, so maybe.
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LINK BAIT! OMG, I have no resistance. So... after 3 hours wandering after intending to look at JUST one page I saw linked on my flist, here's a few of my favorites.

Feel good news about an incredibly lucky little seahorse.

Feel good news about a campaign to increase condom use in London by turning graffiti into funny public service messages.

Wow, this guy never wanted to learn Photoshop, so he took MS Paint to new limits, and then wrote and illustrated what sounds like a fun, quirky book, about a summer camp with monsters and a bunch of rebellious teenagers having a great time.

Lots of large pics from the book to admire.
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EDIT: Moderator suggested that if I was going for a Blackout, I should not claim the Column, so I could get a blackout banner instead. I'm only 3 mini-fic away, so I'll try for the blackout.

Theoretically, I could have achieved a column with 3 fic, BUT, naturally the prompts that cooperated were spaced all over the 3 by 3 board, so it was only with my 6th fic that I made a Bingo.

On the bright side, that means I'm 2/3 of the way to a Blackout. And I even have a vague idea of what I could do for the WildCard using one of the prompts I wasn't given.

Indiana Jones and the Cursed Skull A bit over 1,000 words, gen, crossover/fusion with Avengers.

It's absurd how much research I did for this little ficlette. :^)

Now I have to hunt up the rules for posting to the community...
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As seen on lost_spook at DreamWidth, and astrogirl2 on LiveJournal.

List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Assorted fandoms. Goes back a ways, haven't been writing much the last couple of years )
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Bolt means entirely different things to a horse trainer, a weather watcher, a sewist, a gardener, a machinist, a security guard, a sharpshooter, an archer, or a cook.

Grain means entirely different things to a farmer, a cook, a sewist, a photographer, a pharmacist, and a lumberyard worker.


Heteronyms, Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones
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Cross posting test! Move along, nothing to see here folks, ignore the werewolf on the lawn...
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I've been wondering about some volunteer plants that sprouted when I planted strawberry spinach seeds.

I've just spent hours tracking it down (it's really hard to ID plants) and I THINK they're Goat Weed, AKA Woolly Croton, AKA Hogwort.

The leaves smell like bay/sage, but it's toxic, I think. It doesn't seem very woolly, but it does smell like sage. I think it's only supposed to grow to maximum 3 foot tall, and is a host plant for the larvae of the Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly- which I've seen only ONCE. So... I guess I'll leave the weeds live.
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Compiled by the members of a Blake's 7 mailing list way way way back. I'd been given permission to post it on my website at the time. Was just looking through my Salvaged drive for photos I'd taken of fruit for upcoming Spoonflower challenge and came across the list.

Thought it might amuse people who hadn't seen it, and also be nostalgic for those who had seen it.

68 reasons )
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I ordered the new Spoonflower 'fill-a-project' deal where you could put up to 42 different designs on one yard of fabric (and have them count as proofing.) I spent hours rearranging stuff so I'd wind up with most of it in sections I could reasonably make into mini projects.

The mail lady brought the printed fabric today. 24 of the 42 are SCALED TOO LARGE. ARG. I had taken a screen shot of the preview so I had proof.

So...THREE hours of gathering data, photographing, uploading, whining to the Spoonflower Flickr group (now that I'm able to use it again) etc. And I finally emailed my complaint.

3 pics )
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388 word Teen Wolf fic. So far 4 fic, 4 fandoms. This is a small Bingo with only 9 squares so half way? Almost.

Cool Headed

Luckily wolves don't mind snow. When winter never ends, this is helpful.
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What's interesting about this plot generator is that it allows you the option of saving the result (it's around 120 words) and sharing the link.

Here's the generator.

And this is the test run I did.

And if you don't want to click links, here's a copy of the test run )
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Less than 500 words- it's not that I'm deliberately writing short (even tho the minimum is only 300 words) but once a story says all it needs to, it should end.

O eggs, never fight with stones
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I was out in the front yard when I saw a car parking in front of my house. I've become rather militant about confronting people and asking their intentions, parking-wise so they know I'm not a pushover. I went out and conducted my interrogation.

All very polite and friendly. The guy introduced himself as Arnold & we shook hands & I admired his upper arm tattoo (Polynesian appearing lady, surrounded by foliage & hibiscus blooms) & he said he was visiting someone across the street, which is fine, he's not making this his car's permanent home.

I usually can't remember people's names. But Arnold of the Arm Art! That I can remember.
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Trying to get into writing mode- here's a less than 1,000 word gen AU in which Howard Stark doesn't want Tony to look on Captain America as a hero.

No Hard Feelings, Cap
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The next 4 Spoonflower contests are all watercolor-- watercolor is HARD. But I tried. The upcoming contest is for Mythical creatures. I gave up on anything fancy and:

Watercolor Woods with Unicorn

And I made another TINY entry into Tic Tac Woe. The minimum word limit is only 300 words, and while I didn't plan it, this storylet was complete at 372 words. I try not to force fics to fit into a word limit box, so it was nice that I didn't have to stretch this.

Scarlet gets the blues

It's been *threatening* to rain all day, but hasn't, so I'm glad I dragged myself out and watered even tho I was tired from pruning the loquat tree yesterday (bulk pickup this Monday, had to try to get it done. Need to do great big orchid tree, but I need more strength. Have to climb a ladder and use a pole saw-- that's exhausting just thinking about it. Maybe next month...) napppp neeed napppp....
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I'm going to try Tic-Tac-Woe- this is a very laidback Bingo challenge. Any fandom (or even original work), fanworks not limited to fic, open interpretation of the prompts, a small card, no deadline, etc. etc.

Got my card )

Wrote my first fic for it. YAY. For the 'All adults/children vanish/die' square. It's a very short crack!fic, an Addams family (1964 TV) fic with Wednesday and Pugsley.

Child's Play
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Spoonflower's latest thing offers a few template choices, all of which allow you to fill 'blanks' with the designs of your choice (either one of yours, or other designers' set for sale designs). They're allowing the purchase of a fill-a-yard to count as proof swatching for ALL the designs used in it, which works out at the moment to be a good deal in the one template- I could get 42 designs proofed for the cost of 30 in the normal system. The squares are a little smaller & have no selvage around them, but I like the price- just need to make 42 designs to try in.

Checking it out for fun and this happened. American Doberman Flag. )
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