|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm going to be completely honest with myself, and whatever random person that has stumbled upon this page. People don't like to be judged. It's hard. We write our emotions, veiled or not, here. So it's hard to ask someone else, who you've likely never met, and never will meet, to look at the work in which we've placed a little bit of ourselves into, and then ask them to edit/change it.
I suppose I should write something about me here. My name is Jacob, I don't wish to be called Shadow, or Shade, or whatever somewhat penname related nickname that might be expected. Unless it's some sort of clever pun, because who doesn't like puns. You can call me Jacob, or if that is too personal, you can just speak in my general direction and I'll likely respond. That's what I do, at least. If you ever get to talk to me, you'll realize pretty soon that I drop all this formality and confidence almost instantly, because it's too tiresome to maintain. This brings this box to an awkward close.
But wait there's more! There is poetry on my page. I don't like anything in it. I want it to go away, but if I remove it looks like I've done nothing for the six or so years I've been here, and while that is mostly true, it still looks bad. I do write stories, or at least I attempt to. I just don't upload them here, which I'm sure is very convincing.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Honestly, I can spot a plot hole in someone else's work from a mile away, I will then proceed to drill it until it's gaping maw that consumes the author and myself, ripping the very reality of our beings apart and twisting them into dark creatures never meant to see the light of day. I just can't see my own plot holes for some reason, I'm guessing it's because I'm scared of them. I'm a big fan of correct grammar, save for run-on sentences and usage of too many commas,,,. Spelling mistakes irk me to no end, so do not fear, I shall fix them. Use the Oxford comma, please.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I am far too blunt sometimes, yet far too careful most of the time. I will tell you what you do not want to hear in such a way that it will sound like an apology on my behalf. I'm not good at bad news, and I'm Canadian so chances are I will apologize at the drop of a hat. I have a secret love of character victory, meaning perfect characters are my guilty pleasure. This is an issue because virtually all perfect characters don't lead to a great story. Even though watching characters win all the time is fun, I wholeheartedly believe that completely breaking a character mentally leads to great character development, so if you want to do that, please, please, please let me help. Also, I'm not terribly good at describing things, which results in bluntness. I could pick a bunch of fancy colourful words about an old knotted tree with autumn-withered leaves and use a word like tendrils to describe the snaking pattern of its roots, or I could just say it's a god damn tree. You're not allowed to do that though, because things need tone, the reader needs to see it in their mind, feel the environment, set the mood, all that jazz. I'm working on my descriptions, it's an uphill battle.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Throw anything at me, I dare you. Of course no one ever really gets beta-readers so my dares are very lonely ones. I really am not opposed to anyth... wait, I take it back. Now that I've thought about it, if you throw me a generic werewolf/vampire romance action adventure whatever drama angst bull with a side of love triangles, I will be somewhat passive aggressive in my reviewing. I'm fine with love triangles, romance, drama, maybe even angst. But if I read any of these mixed in with generic vampire or werewolf things, I won't be enthusiastic in my work. If you have found a way to break out of the generic guidelines set for you, I will gladly read.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I realize now that I wrote the things I don't want to read in the things I do want to read box. I will not change it, mistakes add character. I bet that's what you don't want to hear from someone who you're talking to so they can fix mistakes. Anyways, to stick to pattern, I'll write what I do want to read in this box. I thoroughly enjoy sci-fi. I'm only going to say this once, but anything with some sort of adventure, and just a smudge of romance, and I will be a complete sucker for it. I know, I have manly taste. But adventure/action/sci-fi with just a little bit of romance, and my heart is yours.