Thursday, December 22, 2011

Giving good...

**One day I'll get back to blogging about UF.... but honestly my brain is 100% taken up with writing at the moment. So... I do what I want  ~.^ **

Not to brag, but I am really good. I mean, everyone who comes calling leaves satisfied.

I am, of course, talking about *Beta reading. I give great crit. Thing is, there are rules to being a good (crit) partner.

The Rules:

Never Fake an Orgasm:

No one gets better by having someone telling them they are amazingly awesome. It might seem easier to pretend like something is great to spare their feelings... but being realistic is so much more important if you want to help the writer grow.

But Don't Just Lay There:

Feedback is key. If you do a crit and you have nothing to say...  then you haven't done a crit. You're a fifi. You kinda get the job done, but it isn't really satisfying. Be picky. Point out good stuff. Question word choices. Dig in and participate.

Know how kinky your partner is.

Everybody wants something different. Some people are missionary position with the lights off people. Others want whips and toys and beads and outfits and special furniture. So what kind are you? If you are a the kinky kind and you get a hold of a missionary person's manuscript you could end up tearing into character motivations and subplots when all they wanted was someone to make sure their commas were in the right places. Talk before hand. You don't wanna show up in your gimp outfit when it isn't expected. It's just embarrassing. 

But here's one for Writers looking for Crits--

Don't be a Slut:
All writers (IMO) should have crit partners. But don't just put your stuff out there for any and everyone. One, you don't know what you will get. Seriously, just because a person reads or writes, it doesn't make them a good crit partner. Two, it'll only confuse you. This one likes part A, but hates B and C. that one like A and B, but hates C. All you can do is create a situation where everything is hated by someone. So be choosy and trust your instincts when the notes come back.

* For non-writers, beta reading is when you read and critique the work of another writer. :D

Friday, December 9, 2011

Today has been a Helpful sort of Day.

I know that my current real life doesn't intrude on this blog much, but today I'm being helpful.

It doesn't happen often, but it *does* happen. So I am beta-ing a book ( actually I love that, so :D YAY) I helped some newish peeps on Twitter. And well....

IRL I am a professional Health nut. Someone (Identities withheld to protect the guilty) was looking for workout motivation. Nothing motivates quite like music.

So, I decided to put together some playlists. One that is more middle of the road pop and one that is heavier.

POP Play list >> Linky for Spotify peeps

Smack That ( Akon)
Let's Go Crazy (Prince & the Revolution)
Humpin' Around (Bobby Brown)
S&M (Rihanna)
New Jack Swing (Wreckx-n-Effect)
Here I Come (The Roots)
Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
It's Tricky ( Run-DMC)
Come Out and Play (The Offspring)
Basket Case (Green Day)
Snarl Axel (Beats Antique)
Cinema ( Benny Benassi)
Train in Vain (The Clash)
Ruby Soho ( Jimmy Cliff) << That is not a typo
Vivrant Thing (Violator Feat Q-Tip) 
Now Ya' Know (DJ Boom/Doug E Fresh) 

That's a 58 minute mix. Perfect length for a good workout :D

The Hard version is for those crazy enough to want a workout designed in hell ( or just scare the crap out of the person on the elliptical next to you) This was a little tougher, since I wanted it the music to not be so fast that it is impossible to keep cadence with it... but also, not completely lame.

HARD workout mix Spotify Linky
Sex Bomb (Spinnerette)
I'm Shipping up to Boston (Dropkick Murphys)
Clash City Rockers (TheClash)
Mother (Danzig)
Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)
Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
 Whiplash (Motorhead)
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones)
Time Bomb (Rancid)
Where Eagles Dare (Misfits)
Primal Concrete Sledge (Pantera)
Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine)
Check Yo' Self (Ice Cube)
Wu Tang Clan aint Nuthin' to Fuck Wit' (Wu Tang Clan)
Shake a Lil' Somethin' (2 Live Crew)
Thunderkiss '65 (White Zombie)
7 Shots (Volbeat)
3 Shades of Black (Hank Williams III)
Y'all Motherfuckers Need Jesus (The Goddamn Gallows)

Okay. There they are. Two playlists for you to get sweaty to. Much love and mad props to all my twitter pals that helped me come up with the list. Even if your song wasn't on the list, it helped me think of/find things I might not have otherwise.

Hate the list? Have a song I missed? Think I'm a douchenozzle? Have the best workout of your life to one of these playlists? Feel free to let me know.