I (heart) my lovely beta

Do you know what today is? Well, if you follow the Fic Bridge blog, you know today is Beta Love day!

Betas are the unsung heroes of the fanfiction world, so on March 7, 2010 we are going to sing to them!

*clearing throat* Okay, here it goes:

*singing* Did you ever know that you’re my hero…you’re everying I would…

*record scratching* I HATE that fucking song…let’s try this instead:

If I’ve told this story once, I’ve probably told it a million times, but I want to tell it again damn it!!

When I started writing Breathe Me, I did all the stuff you’re supposed to do to find a beta. No one was interested in some freaky Twilight/Moonlight crossover fic by an author they’d never heard of. So I posted the first chapter unbeta-ed.

At the time, I was on a Twilight forum and posted the link to my first chapter. I’m sure somewhere in there I whined about not being able to find a beta. One of my fellow forum members from the great state of Alabama piped up and offered to do whatever it was that betas did, even though she didn’t really know anything about Moonlight.

Yep, that was my first real interaction with Greta, the little ferret we all know and love. She dove right in, sending me all kinds of notes on every single chapter of Breathe Me. She helped me with canon questions (I was a Twilight newbie), made suggestions about wording and plot (“Hey, can’t we just kill everyone now?”), and told me I didn’t suck.

It was somewhere in the middle of writing Breathe Me that I popped the question: would she agree to be my beta for everything I wrote? I’m not sure if she squeed, but I did when she said yes. Every time I write something, I’m on pins and needles waiting for Greta’s feedback. It drives DH nuts sometimes, especially when I’m reading her emails on my Crackberry during dinner.

DH: Come on, we’re eating here.

Me: Yeah yeah yeah, whatever. I have to see what Greta says about the new chapter. Food can wait.

Greta is also my biggest cheerleader and advocate. Blindward was something she challenged me to write, and she’s now the official president of the Team Blindward fan club. (Send dues to her.) Β When I’m not sure of my ideas or my writing, Greta is the one that slaps me upside the head and tells me to snap out of it.

Not only is Greta the most awesome-est beta, she’s also a pretty darn great fanfic writer herself. If you haven’t read Trailerpark Edward, you really should…now. It’s HILARIOUS! Β She’s also a great co-blogger. Her TGIF posts are always cracking me up. Last but not least, she writes some pretty awesome reviews – check out her reviews of In The Blood if you don’t believe me.

In honor of “I have the best beta in the world” day, here’s some Men of Twilight porn:

Oh, I just LOVE Greta! She's so dreamy. *sigh*

Hmmm, do you think Greta would beta my song lyrics if I asked really nice like? Or maybe promised her...um...favors?

Hey, there, Greta babe. You know you love some Emmett. Why don't you write me a story?

Daddy C is totally team Greta *growl*

Thank you Greta for being an awesome beta and friend!! Can’t wait to until we go see Remember Me!

What? We totally look like this, don't we Greta?

~ by fragile little human on 7 March 2010.

3 Responses to “I (heart) my lovely beta”

  1. OMG! I’m so touched!!!! Hoorays!! I don’t know whether to cry or laugh (HAHA!! Did you just gimme permission to smack you?)

    Thank you so much!!

    I have great fun being your beta. Getting to hear your secrets first before you share them to the world. Trying to make you do my bidding with your characters then getting shot down because you refuse to kill off a main character (haha! tell them what I wanted you to do at the end of BM lolz)

    The fact that you made Blindward for me just made my heart ache. The fact that you continued his journey just made it swell. And the idea that there is even more to come makes me want to sing (and I’ll do it hahahs)

    Thank you so much for this post!! I know I’ve been a pain in the ass with limiting the use of the word BABY and telling you how to dress everyone (lmao!!). I have no idea how you put up with my inability to spell, all the words I forget to type when I’m getting so damn excited, and having no idea what the hells bells a semi-colon is used for. But still you kept me. It was like some sort of fairytale. Girl meets girl on the internet and sparks are started. Wait… that sounds more like a porno. HAHA!! Oh wells! I lovers you that much πŸ˜‰

    Thank you so much for the pics!! Oh Emmett you bad bad boy! I’ve never written for you have I? Wait… HAVE I? muhahahahahas!! Oh the girlies will just have to wait my little bear. And DADDY C! Come to MAMMA!! I think I need a physical. Oh Jasper my pet! I lovers you so much that I just want to ummm… If i say it Fragile might start shaking her head so I won’t (CALL ME!) and EDDY POO!! I love you SPARKLEPUSS! I lovers you big time.

    Thank you FRAGILE!!For if I wasn’t your beta my life would be pretty dullsville. Thanks for the patience in my journey learning how to do it right, and thanks for listening to every damn thing I have to say about every paragraph you write.

    Here’s to more stories ahead!

    • You are so welcome *hug*

      Yes, folks, Greta wanted me to let Bella die at the end of Breathe Me – I think she just wanted Edward all to herself πŸ˜‰ She also tried to talk me into letting Em & Bella kill Angela in In The Blood. Seriously, sometimes I think Greta wants to be the fanfic angel of death πŸ˜‰

  2. HAHA!! But tell them how I wanted you to do it!!

    Ok… picture it kids!! Someone is ready to shoot Bella (I won’t spoil this just in case you haven’t read BM) and E jumps in front of B and BOOM… the bullet goes throw Edward’s chest and impales Bella!! Fade to black!! Will there be time to change her? Or is she too far gone? If we change her this damaged will she remain sane? LOL!!

    And good grief YES !! (sorry Pushy haha) I have been begging for you to off Angella for like what? Last 3 chapters? HAHAHA!! (sorry Pushy… again) I say “LET’s DO IT!! Its not Pushy’s week!! Kill her!!” hahaha!!! (hides from Pushy)

    I’ve also challeged you to kill Blindward in dreamform just to see what you would do πŸ˜‰ LOL!

    There are other things I’ve come up with But I’ll remain a quiet little mouse so not to wreck it for anyone πŸ˜‰

    Happy Beta Day everyone πŸ˜‰

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