Monday, June 7, 2010

In Which I Request A Beta

Hi all!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? We pretty much just sat around and played video games. Which was awesome, of course.

Also I did a bit of a blog cleanup so there's now a few more pages to visit if you're interested (and yes I know I've received more blog awards than that. I had them saved in a blog post draft which then accidentally got erased. Le sigh)

I didn't get much work done on Foxfire, but I did, however, get tons of revisions done on a favorite short story of mine, Hole Ridden.

It needed one more large-ish rewrite (well I thought it would be large but it turned out to be really easy). It had to be retyped because somewhere along the way I lost the digital copy (this was before I started using Dropbox). Good thing I still had a printed version. So I typed it up, gave it another line edit (since I've clearly grown a lot since the last line edit) did the rewrite, ran it through Wordle (genius, btw. Does anyone know how to save your Wordle word cloud? Mine looked so ominous that I wanted to keep it...) and then saved it.

So now, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in beta-ing it for me? Both Teebore and Palindrome have read it multiple times before, and though I'll probably shove it their way again (haha! Surprise!) I was hoping maybe someone who hasn't seen it before would be interested in taking a look at it?

I'd be mostly looking for a high level crit, mostly what works and what doesn't (though if you want to do a bit of line editing, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.I just don't want you to feel obligated).

It's not too long, just a bit over 2500 words, and you could certainly take your time.

Also it's in the Horror genre (as most of my short stories tend to be), though it's not gory or anything like that.

no vampires this time, promise.

So if you're interested, let me know either in the comments or via email.

Can you believe we're already into June? I can tell already the summer is going to go too fast.


Anne Gallagher said...

Your offer is sooooo tempting. But it's horror and I am so afraid. I have never read a Stephen King novel in my life. I am so afraid.

But let me just say this, I'll bet it's fantastic because you are DA' BOMB!

JE said...

Dropbox is the awesomest thing since sliced bread, I tell ya'.

I don't read horror (or write it) so I don't know how much help I can be, but I would take a look at it.


Jaydee Morgan said...

Congrats on getting that short story done and ready to be read! I'm another who doesn't read in that genre but I do enjoy short stories so I'd be willing as well.

And yes, June came too quickly. The entire year has already been flying by!

Erica Mitchell said...

Horror, fun! If you would like to submit to Chimera again we are taking our first June submission and would love to provide a Beta for you. We are still accepting our June submissions. If you found my previous critique helpful email me, or us, whichever :) We're always glad to help.

Hannah said...

omg, I love horror so I'd be willing to...wait, you know me.

you revised hole ridden?! That's one of my fave stories by you! Send it to me right now!! I have today and tomorrow off. I'll read it and make the editing face!! Please please please!

Austin Gorton said...

I can tell already the summer is going to go too fast.

Oy, tell me about it...

Methinks I should get Wordle.

Jessica Bell said...

Doesn't the time just go way too fast? If only we had something like 3 more hours in the day, I think I would be happier. What do you reckon?

I wish I had time to read your story ... Good luck with it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess I'm paranoid, but I back up and save files all over the place.

Looks like you have quite a few takers, too!

Anne Ahiers said...

I forgot to mention that Holes is creepy and i'm not sure i WANT to read it again...

but i will

but not as a beta- just for fun...for me

Eric W. Trant said...


Yes, please. I would love to find someone else who does horror. I wrote horror for a while, tried some sci-fi, some literary stuff, then fantasy, and now I'm angling my current wip more into the horror realm than fantasy.

Back to what I love, I suppose.

I'm saulgoode35 at yahoo dot com if you want me to take a look at it.

Word doc attachment is fine, or send it inline in the email, doesn't matter to me.

- Eric

Kittie Howard said...

I read one Stephen King book and didn't sleep well for a week. So, anything but horror, please...and I see above you've got readers, ahhh, super. Falen, I gave you a shout-out on my blog today. (I'm still hoping this will be an endless summer, sigh.)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hey, Cutie! Darn! I love crit'ing and alpha reading, but right now my own WIP is hoarding what little time I have. I'm sorry... :(

Anonymous said...

Hey, Sarah, cool post and I would love to read that story 'cause I'm a horror guy. I love Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Joe Hill, Richard Matheson, and a bunch of other writers.

My email is:


I have a question, too, what is a Wordle?

Sarah Ahiers said...

Kittie - ooh, which Stephen King book was that?

Elizabeth - no worries! i got quite a few takes so i should be fine

Vatche - i will send it your way!

Rebecca T. said...

I'm just getting into horror - used to scare the dickens out of me, but I'm loving it now (as long as it's not real gory) so if you still want another beta, I'm up for it :) You know how to get a hold of me :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Sarah, it looks like you have several takers. :) I don't write scary, so I'm sure I'd be no I have enough trouble sleeping without scary stories...

I hope you find the perfect critique buddy!

Unknown said...

Yay for re-writing!

If you send it to Rebecca I'll find a way to hack into her e-mail so I can read it too. Mwahahaha! >:)

Or you could e-mail it to me, but that's boring.

Glad you had a good weekend! :D

DL Hammons said...

Normally I would love too, but I'm over-committed right now. Maybe next time around? :)

The Man-Cave said...

I am new to your blog, a huge horror lover and reviewer of all things on my blog. If you are interested in having someone like me review it, I would enjoy taking a look at it.

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