[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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Today until noon EST Oct 20.

Details here.

Gotta rush to fix up new designs I just got swatched. :^)

You can check my shop out, as always new stuff- been working on African mudcloth the last few days- none of them are for sale, which is a shame cuz I think they turned out really lovely.

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Recently Spoonflower's started putting mockups of products on our design pages from their associated offshoots- Sprout (clothing, bags, hats, etc. sold either as printed out in pattern form or you pay to have them sew the items, too.) and Roostery (home furnishings, pillows, napkins, place mats and chairs, so far, only sold as finished items). The commission structure is the same, except it's judged by how many pixels of design are used (weird).

So when I saw a bunch of my designs now have pillow mockups (with links to Roostery), I was, Ok, fine, pillows are the most likely sellers I think. But I saw my large giraffe spot pattern on a dress and I was... Umm...

AND then they emailed me the Sprout newsletter for Halloween. A billion photos of a woman wearing a black and yellow striped dress she wore as a bee costume. Eh. BUT scrolling, scrolling down there were a few Sprout costume ideas, including my giraffe spots on the dress.

Not that I think anyone's going to spend $98 to sew themselves a giraffe dress (and more if they paid to have it sewn), but it's neat to see it. And heck, maybe people will come to Spoonflower to buy some giraffe fabric- it'd make cute pillows.

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Somali Wild Ass, female Banteng, female Gaur, Addra Gazelle, female Sable Antelope, young Addax and young Arabian Oryx.

7 pics )
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Spotted hyena, Small clawed otter, King vulture, Asian Elephant, Bactrian and Dromedary camels.

9 photos )
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Duck, Asian Glossy Starling, 2 pics of a Nicobar Pigeon, Straw-Necked Ibis, Chinese Pond Heron, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, and some kind of dove. (I tried to identify these birds, but if you put 'Asian Dove' into google, you wind up with a lot of photos of women!)

8 pics )
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Serval, Cheetah, Lion, Jaguar, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, and Florida Black Bear. (Couldn't resist putting the bear here, so I'd have Lion and Tiger and Bear, OH MY.)

The zoo has a little show twice a day and the animals shown there are not on exhibit elsewhere, so if you miss the show you won't see the serval, or cheetah. SO sorry I hadn't figured out the ISO on my camera ahead of time because many of my photos were ruined by motion blur. Still, I got enough good ones to share with you guys.

7 pics )
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I got really, really close (in a respectful, cautious manner) to this bird in Amelia Earhart Park. Awesome creature.

4 pics )
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These weren't taken at the park (although I did see one there) but from my computer room window, looking out at the bougainvillea). I suspect this is the same bird I've seen several years in a row, usually in the last few months of the year.

6 pics )
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Really was a good photography day- hardly any clouds.

7 pics )
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There are some in this post that I *think* are black spiny tailed iguanas. And there are 3 baby iguanas, but I have even less idea what species the babies are.

7 pics )
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There are 2 species of iguana in the park- hard to tell them apart because they are very variable in color and spine length, etc. The black spiny tailed iguana and the green iguana seem to live amiably together-- don't know if they could/would/do hybridize, but if they do that would make it even more confusing. The green iguana is extremely variable in color- I *think* the orange color indicates a male in breeding condition- and I *think* it's only the adult green males that develop a large round disk on the throat, and I *think* it's only the black spiny tail who can have rings of bumps around their tails, and I *think* the females of both species have shorter spines on the neck/back but I woudn't bet on being right on any count.

If you click on any pic it'll take you to Ipernity where I've added notes to the pics.
6 iguana pics )
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Still have lots of pics to put up, but I think it better to sort out the iguanas separately in case they creep people out, so this is just a few non-iguana pics. IF you click on any of these pics, it'll take you to my Ipernity where I've added notes to the pics.
4 pics )
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It's taking a while to sort & fix up pics, so there will be more photos later, possibly today, but more likely tomorrow. Expect iguanas, red shouldered hawk, american redstart, white ibis, and possibly a few squirrel and pony pics from Amelia Earhart Park. There will also be zoo pics, but I've not sorted them yet. A lot of them were blurry cuz I hadn't yet figured out how to change the ISO on my newish camera. Darn. I may have to cough up the $$ to go back to the zoo later this year-- maybe as a birthday present to myself.

9 photos.  )
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Not long after I posted expecting to soon be hit by hurricane Matthew (or at least the tropical storm winds on the fringes) it started edging westward.

I'd only had 4 hours sleep last night & then spent the day at hard labor, so I went to bed once my local weather website had my area downgraded to mostly precautionary 'stay safe, it might still get hairy'.

There's about 5 hours left of the Storm Warning in effect, but unless Matthew does yet *another* surprise move, I should be fine in the morning. I may celebrate by posting pics of critters then. :^)

Thanks for all the prayers and good luck wishes! I'm sure they helped.
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I'm in Hialeah which is just outside the expected area of strongest storm but still it's likely to be 58 to 73 mph & since Hialeah has be criminally lax in replacing old utility poles I really doubt I'll have power (let alone internet) for a long time. (Last time there was a storm like this, I had no internet for more than a month.)

I've done what I can to prepare & am just taking a break before I go back out and try to finish bagging and cutting the tree limbs I cut from a huge tree in the front yard to minimize the chances of it falling on my house. Oh, good, there's a break in the rain. Shall go out again.

Anyway, I just mention this so if anything exciting happens with you guys personally or on the fandom front, maybe you'll make a note somewhere to tell me once I'm back.

Wish me luck!
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I'm kinda having fun seeing what some of my designs would look like on the better (IMO) chair. A lot of designs just don't work because we can't change the scale or centering, but some look fun.

I may redo the giraffe spots in a larger scale, just for this.

EDIT: I did redo the giraffe spots, and since it was a rescale of a proofed design, customer service was willing to set it for immediate sale, so it will show up in the Roostery shop. I think I would enjoy having a giraffe chair. :^)


3 pics showing 12 different mockups )
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Three of the designs wound up with 2 votes each, so I got a yard of each. :^) Thanks for voting!

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I got a discount coupon from Spoonflower & added to my regular discount on my own designs, that makes 1 yard of this fleece (36 inches long by 56 inches wide) cost $19.44. I figure I could get two generous size knife edge pillows out of a yard (possibly box edge them).

These are the 5 designs I'm considering (probably would buy no more than 3, but if I had an attack of enthusiasm, all 5 is possible.)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to vote:
Which of these should I buy?

#1 Green and Blue Scrap Lightning
#2 Prairie Point Apples in Red and Green
#3 Red and Purple Paisley Chevron
#4 Christmas Bargello Kaleidoscope
#5 Christmas Bargello 2

Poll #17653 Fleeced for Christmas?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

Which of these should I buy? Choose as many ticky boxes as apply.

View Answers

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

2 (33.3%)

2 (33.3%)

2 (33.3%)

0 (0.0%)

1 (16.7%)

Some other design I'll mention in a comment.
0 (0.0%)

TICKY BOX!!! (Brian Blessed option)
4 (66.7%)

feng_shui_house: Avon red-tinted with gun text what did you say (Avon what did you say)
Well, not quite, but the Fandom Eligibility Post for 2016 is now up.

I read it and the only thing that caught my eye was 'Standalone trailers for non-existent fandoms will be considered on a case by case basis.' And my mind immediately went to 'Satan's Alley' the fake trailer in Tropic Thunder, in which RDJ was a blond, blue-eyed monk in love with monk Tobey Maguire.

Man, I'd read the heck out of fanfic of that. :^)

But, BOY, you have to have a college student level of comprehension to understand the Eligibility post-- I ran it through a Word Counter/Analysis.

Yuletide Eligibility Post Analysis 2016.jpg

(This is what happens when I'm tired, but not sleepy. Did some tile repair, laundry, made some designs, and did yard work and now I'm kinda brain-zizzling.)


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