Hey, guys! I’m Arye, and I am a consummate reader/writer/beta. I’ve been beta’ing stories for friends mostly for about three years, now, and proofread my own stories nearly obsessively.
I adore original stories and fanfiction, with fantasy and sci-fi being my areas of specialty. In terms of fandom, I am very much into Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Homestuck, Hetalia, Final Fantasy, and the Tales series, but am willing to beta for any fandom as long as I can google it and find information.
I specialize in characterization and editing, and will usually insert my suggested changes in brackets for author approval. If something confuses me, I’ll ask before I do anything about the area of confusion. Another area where I am BOSS is world-building, and I really, really love requests for help with that. Naming is my favorite thing ever.
I pretty much live on Tumblr, but prefer that anything that is being sent to me for beta’ing be shared to my Google drive at firstname.lastname@example.org where it is possible.
So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)
Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).
Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).
I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).
screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.
(Source: gifmethat, via cosima-niehaus)
HEY WRITER FRIENDS
there’s this amazing site called realtimeboardwhich is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!!
this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!
(Source: joelmillers, via sharkansas)
Wanted to share this helpful tool with anyone who needs it. A lot of people have a hard time putting their feelings into words and identifying what emotions they are feeling. This is called a feeling wheel. It can help you get to the core emotion you are experiencing and help you name each feeling when you’re overwhelmed with many emotions
this would also be a good resource for writers