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I want to talk about Leonard Cohen, whose Democracy has been my song of the week, but I just can't yet, so listen to him singing it instead.

But I do have a time-sensitive-ish favour to ask. Is there anyone free who can beta a story in the next two weeks? Its currently sitting on 4K and will probably end up 20-30K, most likely at the lower end of that. It will be PG and there will be appalling typos, because this is me. I can offer you a lovely ukulele-accompanied rendition of Hallelujah or Sisters of Mercy as thanks. Or, if you prefer, I can promise NOT to sing to my ukulele for you!

In a perfect world I'll have it wrapped up by next weekend, more likely the one after, but on Friday, so you'd have the whole weekend to play with things and tell me my typing is awful. It's a fair cop!

ETA Sorted for editorial help (bless you all!) but seriously, listen to the music. Or feel free to laugh at me writing things I swore were a terrible idea, that too.

Date: 2016-11-12 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I so wish I could help you out with your story! I'd love to read it, but I'm going to be away/frantic in the next two weeks. I'm sure you'll have no shortage of volunteers, though.

I didn't feel the ache of Leonard Cohen as much as I did with some of the others this year, but I think that was due to his age. Still, though. Must admit I've listened to his steady, easy voice a fair bit this week, and it is... helpful.

Date: 2016-11-13 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You focus on real life! You'll read if and when you have time, you've got your own novel to work on!

Yes, being in his 80s made it a little easier, and someone on Twitter told me he died on Monday, and his family kept it quiet for a bit, so he got to leave still thinking the world wasn't completely stupid. I find his irony and intelligence comforting, and I used to sing in a Leonard Cohen cover band, so it cheers me up and takes me back to younger years. I feel he will be played a lot in the coming years!

Date: 2016-11-12 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you don't get another voulunteer, I will gladly assist. I have only done SPAG for a few short stories and pods so far.

Date: 2016-11-13 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have a few volunteers, but I would love to have you involved. I'll definitely need a few readers to tell me if something I think is working really is. If you could drop me a line at, that would be lovely and I can get it out to you as soon as it's done.

Date: 2016-11-12 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've got some spare time and I don't mind helping out! However, I've only betaed a couple of stories before.

Date: 2016-11-13 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I think you might already have my email, but if not, it's Drop me a line when you have time and I will forward you the story when it's in a fit state. Thank you!

Date: 2016-11-12 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Hello! I've done a lot of beta work, and I am free.
I'm so sorry about Leonard Cohen. *sigh*

Date: 2016-11-13 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much, that would be splendid! My personal email is, if you could drop me a note at some time in the next week, I'll shoot it over to you as soon as it's done. You're a gem!

Date: 2016-11-12 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Chiming in to say I'm more than happy to beta!

Date: 2016-11-13 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You, young person, have writing to do! And I think the world needs more good writing right now!

Edited because calling people young lady works in person as hilarity with my accent, but on screen it looks like a cross between Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey and some sort of patronising Trumper telling everyone to mind their manners. You can be a young anyone you want! (And before you say 'not that young!', we're all young compared to the current Zeitgeist!)
Edited Date: 2016-11-13 03:02 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-13 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, my first instinct was to say "I'm 42 years old, my dear!" I don't mind being called young lady one bit, but I appreciate the sensitivity!

I do have a lot of writing to do, I've got two major H/D fics to plot and... a whole slew of Inception to write, too! (<-I'm in a new fandom! So weird!)

I also unearthed an original fic draft I've been thinking about recently, I might get to work on that too.

Can't wait to read this story, brammers!

Date: 2016-11-12 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also happy to beta (British English)

Date: 2016-11-13 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bless you, m'dear, I no longer have any idea where any words come from and need help (in so many ways). My email is and if you could drop me a note when you have a spare moment some time in the cmng week, I will throw words at you (in a gentle and loving way).


Date: 2016-11-15 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I see you have several volunteers, but if you need any more, I'd be happy to offer my services. I haven't beta'd for a while, but I'm usually good at picking up on grammar and typos.
(Posted 2nd time, because wasn't paying attention (no sleep) and put my livejournal name in the wrong box.)

Re: beta

Date: 2016-11-15 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, dear! I think I'm good at the moment, but if you could just shout at me through the week to stop staring in horror out the window at the state of the world and get on wth all the writing I need to do, taht would be much appreciated!

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