I am interested in finding a Beta reader for a multi
part, lengthy, Highlander fic starring original
characters. In fact I plan on not using canon chars at
all in it so really the only thing `Highlanderish'
about it is the whole `Immortality' `sword fights to
the decapitation death' part. So if you only do
Methos or Duncan fics might as well stop reading now
lol ;) It is slash m/m but as of right now only rated
PG-13 to possibly R (due to violent content).
The prologue (which is finished as has been beta-ed by
another) takes place in late WW2: more importantly
during the freeing of the death camps. The first
chapter (done as well - read over/beta-ed by several
people and an entire writing class lol) then starts up
roughly a week-ish later in Leningrad. The second
chapter is currently "done" well just done - very raw.
If you do decide to take this on I will of course send
you a copy of or direct you to a copy of the prologue
and first chapter so you can become more familiar with
my style/the story/the chars etc.
I need someone comfortable with slash and the violent
nature of the flashbacks the chars will have. I need a
grammar, spelling etc checker and also someone who I
can bounce ideas off of. Someone who can find any plot
holes or characterization snafues would ne nice as
well - though the latter at least is something I
think, and have been told, I usually have no problems
with. Couldn't hurt having that extra opinion though.
Someone who could kick me in the butt every so
often would be a help as well as I tend to be a slow
and easily distracted writer. Spurts of writing where
it flows fast and free for a few weeks then nothing at
all for upwards of a month or two is not uncommon. I
do however have a few health problems but I will try
to notify you if they begin to interfere with my
writing time. I'll also give you the heads up if I
need to take some time for classes/class work as well.
:) I had a Beta for this fic but since it did take me
several months to get anything else to her she got too
You can be fairly frank and a bit harsh with me I
guess - as I have probably already thought the worst
of something I've written myself lol (saying I am hard
on myself might be putting it lightly). I want my
writing to be as good as possible and grow so
constructive criticism is wanted. A beta that would only
give a "looks good write more" responce is honestly not
what I am looking for.
Basic WW1, WW2, Russian Revolution and Holocaust
knowledge would be helpful, but is not totally needed.
I am a History major that has a particular passion for
that general era and I am, therefore, fairly knowledgeable
about it. I am very detail oriented - to the point of
being anal - so I try my very best to get things as
accurate as possible - down to the point of doing research
for a week to get a proper date.
Since the two main characters are Russian and Italian
I use some of each of those languages (Italian mostly
since it has more easy translation services lol - that
and well I love Russian and all but it is hard to use
`romanized' trans of the words and most people would
just gape at Cyrillic.) Knowledge of one or both will
be much adored - but again not totally needed.
Religion will come up in this as well, mostly from the
Judaic standpoint. I am not Jewish myself but again I
strive to be as accurate as possible so if you know
anything about it that's wonderful. If not that is
fine too - we can both learn a bit. ;) If religion is
not your thing -or a strong religious tilt bothers you-
than this fic is prolly not for you.
I think that's it for basics... As said above this is
a multi part fic with a big story arc in it. For the
most part it will be a character driven 'drama' I
guess you could say. I do not know how many chapters
it will be to be honest but it will be long lol. It
also has a sequel lurking somewhere in my brain so
there is that as well.
So.... if you're interested and/or open email me at icywind378@...
And we can begin to hash out a plan.
Thank you for your time.
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