[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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I have pretty much given up on finding a photo host I can afford, which doesn't have rules defining what type of images allowed, or rules against linking, and which doesn't seem to be teetering on the edge of vanishing. I've still got my LJ Scrapbook and my Flickr account, but both are owned by evil overlords so... who knows if they'll be there tomorrow? Flickr is already making it even harder to link to Spoonflower, with people scrambling to find workarounds, so I haven't even tried it.

I'm going to be deleting most (already dumped about 2,000) of my photos from Ipernity (thus breaking so many links) because their new evil overlords ran a poll wherein the cheapest yearly membership price you could vote for was 50 Euros (and I get charged a currency exchange fee)- previously it was 25 Euros which seemed a bit much considering that linking was very much discouraged (theoretically possible, but you had to load, click,load, click, copy/paste, trim URL for photos one at a time, so extremely time consuming.)

MAYBE it will stay in business under the new management and MAYBE they'll allow the free option which lets you have 200 visible photos. So I'm going to be removing a LOT of stuff that had been on my blog & hoping I'll be able to keep the photos linked to AO3, especially since some of them are illos on other people's works, so I can't even relink them if I upload elsewhere.
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I attempted gluten free coconut macaroons today (not macarons, that's a different thing). I did a number of things different from the directions, so they don't LOOK like coconut macaroons but it's been close to a year since I've had anything like a cookie, so I do not CARE about appearances. It's a very simple 5 ingredient (US measurements/temp) recipe so I'll include it after the cut. Along with all the things I probably did wrong and STILL they are delicious.

One of my readers has coconut hate so I warn for it )
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I've got a few new readers of my blogs and I feel like I should give them something to see. It's been raining here, A LOT, so not many outdoor pic opportunities. I've been rereading old Teen Wolf & SGA fic, but not actually writing anything myself.

Since I'm currently in Spoonflower mode, that's pretty much it. And Spoonflower is having one of their rare discount promotions now, so I would feel bad if I didn't mention it, and later someone said they would have liked the chance to buy something.
4 paragraphs describing fabric designs & Spoonflower )
Mockups of 5 of my designs as home furnishings )
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I went out to the trash & saw the stop sign in front of my house was lying on the ground. I thought I could report it online, but turns out you need to telephone. Ok, fine. I called & got a promise they'd send someone. This is Hellholeah, so I'm not really holding my breath.

EDIT: They did send someone within a few hours & now I have 1 and 1/2 stop signs. Looks like the guy stuck the old stop sign back in the ground & put a half height beat up stop sign next to it (the half height one has a flat ground stand with sandbags, so maybe it's like a marker for them to come back and do something more permanent? I dunno. No one EVER stops at the sign, but they usually slow down... maybe 1 1/2 signs will make them slow down more?)

In which I ramble about telephones, nerves, banks, pineapple, ice cream, tomatoes, baby mockingbirds, roses for Beauty & The Beast, etc. )
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I / We have made a mistake Fission Three Wishes Neon Ambiguous
Body Swap / Body Share Phobias Butcher / Baker / Candlestickmaker: Tradesman Woobies Beauty
Sun and Stars Isolation / Loneliness Wild Card Affection Lost Limbs
Trust Housewife / Househusband All the Dead Characters are Living Together Relative values: Families Saudi Arabia
Episode Tags and Missing Scenes The Pursuit of Happiness Use of Symbolism Mystery Triads (Maiden / Mother / Crone, The Fates, Macbeth's Witches, etc.)
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The assassin bug is a type of shield bug. Hmmm...
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It's got a nice, friendly set of rules (lengthy, but sensible), with a generous amount of control over the prompts you'll get. (Note: The prompts themselves are non-sexual, but that places no limit on the fills.)

Opt -out can exclude up to 7 categories
Opt-in must request at least 3 categories

You can exclude individual prompts from both- up to 5 prompts per category.
For opt out cards you can opt out of both whole categories & individual prompts from other categories.
If a prompt has a 'type' in brackets after it (currently fandom, fiction, art, craft and graphics) that means the prompt is only for that type.

You may ask for ALL prompts of any of the types to be excluded.

It's still open for sign-ups.

Sign-up posts will go up at the start of December and the start of April and will be active for four months before being closed.

http://genprompt-bingo.dreamwidth.org/27746.html (this is the prompt list)
http://genprompt-bingo.dreamwidth.org/28105.html (this is the signup)
http://genprompt-bingo.dreamwidth.org/521.html (this is the rules)

I used ALL the exclusion types- some because I don't want the hassle of hosting images, some because I only want to write fandom, some because they didn't inspire me at all, and some because the prompts were personal no-nos.

I hope the moderator doesn't mind the extra fussiness- excluded 2 categories, excluded 2 prompt types, excluded 8 individual prompts (5 in one category alone).
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I'm told today (May 30) is Tony Stark's birthday. So here's a ficlette about his first birthday at boarding school. Huh, got the day wrong- May 29. CLOSE ENOUGH.

Happy Birthday, Tony )
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If you're interested in a multifandom (or original) no pressure fic (art, podfic, etc.) challenge involving Apocalypses (Apocalypsos, Apocalypsi?) you can check out the collection, rules, links to get started, etc.
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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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