Marina x Machina 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-22-12, id: 883808
Author has written 18 stories | Fantasy, Young Adult, Humor, Life, Play, Essay, Humor, Love, Sci-Fi, Romance, and Biography.
β : Marina x Machina is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Usually, I will try and edit your story for grammatical errors and make suggestions as to how to improve your style, characters, or plotlines. I can also help out with your summary and trying to think of names, or give tips on writing and ideas for starting new stories.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
1) Humor: I feel confident in my ability to inject humor and levity into stories, if that is what you are seeking. Examples of this can be seen in my parody/satire work, "How to Be the Best (Internet) Writer in the World," my humor poetry "Petit Dejeuner" and short piece "Sins of the Author." 2) Research: I am also good at research, if you want to create an original culture from the roots up and need inspiration, or wish to include some complex scientific mumbo jumbo or some obscure fantasy creatures. "Blue World" features a variety of nerdy chemistry jokes in Scene Four through Five, and I have a propensity for looking up random creatures. 3) Dark But Realistic: Having had some encounters with low periods of my life, I can help you attempt to portray mental disorders or unhealthy relationships or other maybe less talked about dark spots in a realistic manner. If you wish to verify my work for examples of this, you can look at "Blue World" which handles dysfunctional/abusive relationships and touches a little on binge eating. "This is the People" also deals with some fairly mature topics. 4) Diversity: Over the years, I have expanded my cast of characters in an attempt to increase the diversity of my works. As such, you can find certain narratives that are intended to be about people of color or members of the LGBT community. Some examples include Romaine Germaine from "Blue World," and various characters from my anthology "This is the People," although one of my best examples would be Yokoi and Leah from Chapter One. 5) Romance: I don't have as much experience with it, but if I want to, I can make something romantic. Many of my poems from "Petit Ami" deal with the highs and lows of first love. 6) Names and Titles: Finally, my luck with titles and names can be hit or miss, but when I get it right, I feel pretty dang proud of myself. Some titles I am proud of are: Desiderata, Amorphous Ice, Crystallization, Les Flics, You Send Me, Kiss Kiss, Someone Like You, Bang Bang, Suspension of Distrust, In Medias Res, Enfant Terrible, Dream Ghost, and Whited Sepulchre. My most unusual names come from my fantasy story, "Frazzie and the Fairy Treasure" : Frazzie, Erenae/Eria, Eonde, Agonda, Avaya, Chloessa, Mutyine.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm inconsistent in terms of getting back to you immediately, but that's usually because it's taking me a long time to process how to best improve your story and what suggestions to make.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I look forward to stories about women, people of color, members of the LGBT community, or just characters you don't often see in mainstream media. I am cool with writing about, and in fact, pretty happy to see same-sex relationships in media. I like unconventional characters who find themselves in unexpected roles, maybe like a female character who ends up becoming a surrogate mother despite not being a conventionally feminine person or assigned female at birth, or stories that talk about stuff we don't really know about - what is it like to grow up as a teen belonging to a minority religion in modern times? How do you live with a mental or physical disability and find happiness? Stuff like that.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I think sci-fi and historical are genres that require a certain level of genius to pull off, but I feel like in order for me to be interested, the appeal has to come not just from the cool spaceships and long gone time periods but also general stuff like character and plot. In other words, stories that don't just rely on their aesthetic to draw you in. I also am very fond of female characters, so I'm not really interested in stories that contain predominantly male characters in a male-targeted setting. So, fantasy RPGs about knights battling dragons, clash of the dark demons, etc.
Beta Preferences
Language: English & French
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
All Fiction
All Poetry
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for