I see a lot of writing advice, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any beta-ing advice. So I thought I’d write down my tips for being a good first reader/critiquer/beta reader. Obviously your mileage may vary on this, as with any advice, but these are the things I try to do when I’m critiquing, and they’re the things I appreciate from a critique.
Life has been a bit more up and down than is even usual for me, resulting in not a whole lot of content blogging. First we had Irma and the evacuation; then I had a health scare that knocked everything sideways for a couple of months. I feel like I’m just now getting myself back on track after all that mess, and it’s March.
I’m also staring down my birthday later this week, which is always a fraught experience. Although, really, I have been dealing with the decrepitude of old age for, like, months now, so it’s not as bad as it’s been in the past. Usually I don’t mind my age much, but birthdays get to me. Age is just a number, but a birthday is a date and cannot be ignored. ONE YEAR CLOSER TO THE GRAVE! Or something like that.
All of that is to say that I will, I hope, have a few more not-promotional blog posts coming your way soon (although I have a couple of promotional posts, too, whee!). I’ve been watching ACS: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and, of course, Jessica Jones; I’ve been reading stuff, and–this is hilarious–I have been playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild. No, seriously, my video gaming has thus far been Lego games, Pokemon (DS and N64), Mario Kart, Mario Party, and an ill-advised foray into the motion-sickness hell that is Epic Mickey. I’ve never played one of these quest-y games where I don’t know the plot already–or, when I did, I got so sick I had to stop before it got really good.
So I have things to write about. Stay tuned. :)
1 [back]I am fine. All is well in Laura-land.
There is a lot I like about this film. It didn’t really feel like Star Wars to me, but it’s a solid sci-fi action movie, and definitely worth watching.
ALL THE SPOILERS BELOW! Continue reading “All My Thoughts on Rogue One”