- I'm looking for betas again for my current WIP. Folks
on these lists have come through for me before and
been wonderful betas, who have greatly improved the
stories. I'm grateful for that help and I thought I'd
try again now.
My fiction is X-Men movieverse and I'm currently
writing an X1-based series. For readers of my previous
fiction, it follows "What's Past is Prologue" and
continues the story of what happens to the X-Men after
Charles Xavier's death. There will be intersecting
plots with a common theme. In addition to the movie
characters, there are some comics characters -
including Northstar and Havok - and some original
The series is slash, but there are heterosexul couples
as well. The main pairings are Scott/Logan,
Jean-Paul/OMC, and Jean/OMC.
I mostly write story series, with each story being
from 1500-4000 words. My series have ranged in length
from 4 stories to 18 and from 12,000 words to 55,000
words. I've written about 5,000 words so far in this
one and I expect it will be about 10 stories and
25,000 words when done.
I like process betas, who will read stories as they
are written and answer questions like "What do you
think happens next?" as well as do the more
conventional proofreading and copy editing. This
helps me to see whether my foreshadowing is too
heavy-handed, too subtle, or just right. I ask
questions about how the beta is reacting to the story
and what s/he'd like to see happen or done
differently. I don't always take that advice but I
profit from it. I'm looking for the kind of impact
the stories have on a few readers. It's not required
that you have read my previous stories.
I'm including a snippet from the current WIP, to give
a sense of what you'd be getting into if you beta for
me. If you are interested in beta'ing, write me
offlist. Thanks in advance for your attention and
Logan was the first to leave the meeting. He walked
quickly out the French doors in what he still thought
of as Xaviers office, and strode up the hill. He
realized someone was walking right behind him, knew
who it was from his scent, but he didnt acknowledge
his presence until the other man spoke.
How long has that been going on? Alex asked.
Logan continued to walk. What?
This shit about not getting paid for the work.
Six months. Didnt Cyclops tell you about it when
you signed up?
Yeah, he told me. I thought it would be over by now,
They pay you much at your last place? Logan had
stopped and turned to face Alex, ironic smirk on his
You wouldnt sneer about it if you knew what its
like being inside.
Guess what? I do know, and I still sneer.
Neither of them said anything for a minute.
Whats with this codename shit? Im supposed to
Logan shrugged. You dont have to. Most do. Up to
The whole things so cheesy. Iceman, Northstar,
Storm, Shadowcat. Where do they get this shit? Howd
you ever come up with Wolverine?
I dont know. I had it a long time. Before the
What animal do you think I should be? Logan didnt
answer. He turned and started to walk further up the
hill, but stopped when Alex spoke again. Hey, I hear
youre my brothers bitch.
It happened so fast Alex didnt get a chance to defend
himself. Logan had pushed him up against a tree,
Alexs body immobilized by the weight and the force of
the adamantium in him, unable to move enough to use
his powers. Claws sprang out of Logans hand and
pierced Alexs right shoulder, extending into the
tree. He gasped with the pain.
Stop your yowling. Its just a flesh wound.
Logans face was right up against his. I could kill
you right here, you know. Im not gonna not this
time. Not unless you use your powers on me when I let
Let me go now! Or at least take those fucking claws
out. It hurts like hell.
A little pain is good for you. Focuses the mind. He
glared at him. Focus your mind on this, boy. What
goes on between your brother and me aint none of your
business. Dont like it? Dont think about it.
Dont talk about it. But if you do think about it
if you do talk about it its gonna be with respect.
You got that?
Alex didnt answer at first. Logan twisted his left
hand a little, intensifying the shooting pains in
Alexs shoulder. Alex nodded.
Logan continued. Cyclops thinks youve got
potential. Me, Im not impressed. I guess well see
over time whos right. But if youre here to cause
trouble, pack your bags and leave now. I told Scott
when he said he wanted to offer you a spot on the team
that you could wreak havoc with the X-Men. Im not
gonna let you do that.
Logan stepped back and released his hold on Alex,
watching to see if hed try to attack. They looked
at each other warily, but nothing happened. He pulled
the claws out of Alexs shoulder but left them
extended, blood dripping from them, brandishing them
in front of the younger mans face. Alex clutched his
wounded shoulder, saying nothing. They looked at each
other for a minute, then Logan turned and strode back
to the mansion. He could feel Alex watching him the
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