On Betaing

May. 12th, 2007 06:55 pm
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
[personal profile] alixtii
[livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter has posted in her journal the correspondence we shared about her 3007 2007 remix, What a Father Is (the DNA Remix), which I betaed. The first draft, with my rather extensive (and sometimes quite blunt), is here, and some of our correspondance via email, plus her second draft with my slightly briefer comments to that, are here.

I actually betaed quite a few stories for this year's remixm with various levels of involvement--in the case of [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea I did nothing at all; the version she showed me was already perfect. Out of all of them, Beatrice's was the one for which my involvement was the most extensive.

I enjoy beta-ing. With Beatrice it was not only the slightly sadistic pleasure of finding her flaws, but also the gratification of helping her work her way through her subsequent drafts helping an author to effectively communicate her vision and to help a story be what it was always, in my opinion, trying to be.

Of course, going to a Giles/Dawn shipper to beta a Giles & Dawn gen story might have introduced a couple of kinks....

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Date: 2007-05-12 11:00 pm (UTC)
wisdomeagle: (Angelus [noelia_g])
From: [personal profile] wisdomeagle
beatrice_otter has posted in her journal the correspondence we shared about her 3007 remix

Please to share your time travel device? :p

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Date: 2007-05-12 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
only with those who can be trusted with the safety of the timeline


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Date: 2007-05-14 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soundingsea.livejournal.com
Hah! I assure you, my story was far from perfect. :) (But I figured you were busy and found people willing to point out its many flaws!) :)

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Date: 2007-05-14 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Oh, I was perfectly willing, I just couldn't find anything to say!

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Date: 2007-05-15 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soundingsea.livejournal.com
You flatter me. :)

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