shallanelprin: (rant)
I am sick to death of everything about the US government right now. How the hell do people get away with this?

Quote from the article:
Ms. Ghuman’s descent into the bureaucratic netherworld began on Aug. 8, 2006, when she and Mr. Flight returned to San Francisco from a research trip to Britain. Armed immigration officers met them at the airplane door and escorted Ms. Ghuman away.

In a written account of the next eight hours that she prepared for her lawyer, Ms. Ghuman said that officers tore up her H-1B visa, which was valid through May 2008, defaced her British passport, and seemed suspicious of everything from her music cassettes to the fact that she had listed Welsh as a language she speaks. A redacted government report about the episode obtained by her lawyer under the Freedom of Information Act erroneously described her as "Hispanic."

The woman is a musical scholar who has lived and worked in the US for the last ten years. This is just...infuriating. "To create a more perfect union" my ass. You know what, I'm okay with not being totally secure. I'd rather have liberty than this.
shallanelprin: (pouting jack (neatgrl))
The Internet Is No Reason To Abandon Proper English

Really. I really, truly mean that. You should still spell out words and use proper capitalization. And for goodness sake spell check stuff before you post. And, for those of you who write fan fic - people talk in contractions more often than not, at least American people. Thankfully none of the people on my flist have this issue.

Can you tell I've been trying to find a good fan fic to read and haven't been having any luck? A good chunk of people just can't write. They have decent story ideas but the characters are all wrong and the grammar makes me cringe. So after about three paragraphs I get so annoyed I have to abandon the fic regardless of how interesting the story seems. Cause some people just cannot write. *grrrrrrrr*

Okay, rant over. Feel free to ignore this post completely.
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I'm a bit of a fan fic addit. Okay, so there's nothing 'bit' about it. I love reading fan fiction. I've meant to do the first portion of this rant for some time, the later portion has just come up in the last several weeks.

Note: This is not directed to any of the fan fic writers on my f-list. You're there for a good reason, one of which being that you don't have problems with the following items.


Grammar is Important...Really!

The following is a list of basic, elementary level grammar that the majority of English speaking fan fic writers can't seem to grasp. By English speaking, I mean first language - from American, the UK, or Australia.

1. Your & You're. These are not interchangeable. They mean different thinkings. "Your" is a possessive pronoun stating that something belongs to you/the character speaking. "You're" is a contraction standing for "you are." See the difference? Sad to say I spotted this in a printed book.

2. Their, There, & They're. Again, these are not interchangeable, the meanings are very different. "Their" is a possessive plural pronoun - "Their stuff." "There" referrers to a location - "over there." "They're" is a contractions of "they are." Different! I am hardily sick of people using the wrong one. I learned this stuff in 3rd or 4th grade. It's not that difficult, really.

3. Its & It's. Again, different. Its is a possisive pronoun. It's is a contraction of 'it is.' Simple. Really.

3. Punctuation is important. Thou shalt not write run-on sentences.

4. Grammar doesn't have to be perfect when writing dialog. Numbers 1 & 2 of this rant do, however, still apply. People do not talk in proper grammar and they frequently use contractions.

5. It's called spell check. Try it sometime.

Characterization is Very Important or A Decent Plot Does Not a Good Fiction Make

1. Pay close attention to how each character speaks. Most fandom characters, when well written, have very individual ways of speaking. How they structure their sentences and their vocabulary differs from character to character. Do not write all the characters the same.

2. Do not make characters unnecessarily evil or Mary Sue-ish. I mean cannon fandom characters. Just because you love one character does not make them the end all and be all of everything. No one is perfect...ever. On evil - don't turn a generally good, if imperfect, character into the most bitchy, impossible character just because you don't like them. Unless you're writing AU, then you may play.

3. Most importantly - these are established characters you're working with, don't mess them up. Take time to understand what makes them tick, what their patterns of behavior are, how they speak, etc. If you don't, you're just writing your own original characters and are better off really writing them as original characters and fictions.

On Crossovers - Specifically Buffyverse/Anita Blake

1. The vampires and rules for them are different. You cannot ignore this and if you can't come up with a reasonable explanation for the differences, don't under any circumstances write fic for this particular crossover. Can they exist in the same 'verse? Yup. You just have to get creative.

2. See all of the characterization section. People! Some of you couldn't write the characters correctly if they lived in your head. Don't write fan fiction if you can't get the charaterization even remotely right.

Betas are wonderful

So make sure you have one. A good beta will tell you when you're writing crap and suggest ways to fix it.



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