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But someone recced me this in a comment elsewhere, and I kind of think it is a work of slightly tacky GENIUS!


~I don't know why it won't embed properly  
                          ETA: must use old embed code  (curse you, newfangled Flash embeds  *shakes fist*

Now I want a gif of Eddie Izzard saying "Yus!" or  "And this is all true..."  here.  Can angels make that happen?

**  SPN J2 Big Bang is ongoing right now  -  which means I'm trying to keep up with all the BBs,  monitor the BBs posting to AO3 and invite the authors/artists to post to the Supernatural and J2 Big Bang Collection over there,  keep an eye out for BB authors who need/want AO3 invites,  track all of my lovely AO3 Subscriptions,  and try to stay on top of all the new Avenger-fic!  Plus, people keep reccing awesome Inception fics  -  nooooo, I don't need a new fandom!  I'm barely keeping my head above water as it is!  I still haven't managed to make it through the kinkmeme - or the last several comment memes  ([livejournal.com profile] be_compromised : stop being so amazing for just a few days so the rest of us can catch up!)  

AND I really would like to post some Avenger recs and lovely scifi BigBang recs, but ....   then I would have to spend less time reading fic.  O.O  

Like that's gonna happen.

I want to find out if anyone from AO3 is doing a membership drive/info thingy at Wincon or if I should volunteer.   Guess I should get right on that, huh?  (Really, I just want a T-shirt - even if I have to make my own.)

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This is the fifth time in three days - and many, many fics (why yes, I am pdfing like mad, thank you very much) - and I can't keep it in anymore!

DISCRETE and DISCREET are not the same thing!  But they are both real words, so spellcheck will not work on them!

Discrete means separate or removed from.   (Four discrete piles of colored M&Ms)

Discreet (the word you mean to use) means restrained, cautious, or circumspect.  (A discreet cough alerted them to his presence)

Please, please pay attention!

Also,  BATED breath is breath that is being held back, often in anticipation.

BAITED (I see this so often and it's not even funny any more) breath is breath that stinks.  Like bait.  For catching fish.  Worms and that kind of thing.  Not romantic or sexy  - at ALL.

People - spellcheck will not save you - please make sure your Betas have dictionaries, too.  Please.  From the heart  please.

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 So I'm thinking I should start a list of common american-to-british 'translation' problems for those from across the pond who like writing Supernatural or CW RPF fic - sort of a handy checklist for people trying to write in the american idiom.  Because as an inveterate and extremely invested lurker I see a lot of things in otherwise excellent SPN/RPF fic that road-bump me completely out of the story - grammar and spelling errors aside.  (speaking of, oh god, please never to read of anyone lost in the throws of passion again!)
  • I'm from Texas, born and raised, and it's y'all, y'all ( not ya'll)
  • Americans don't  'get on'  with each other - we 'get along'  with each other.
  • We don't go 'round'  to see people, either - we go 'over'  to each others' places.
  • We get grades in school, not marks.
  • In the hospital, not in hospital. 
  • It's in college, not at college. Ditto in school, not at school ( when talking about attending, not personal location)
  • (I can't resist - it's too strong...) Realize is spelled with a z, as are criticize, socialize and paralyze. Etc. etc.
  • Guys in Texas drink Shiner or Rolling Rock or Corona (or Bud Light or MGD, etc.) - I've never heard of LoneStar beer (?)

I'm sure I'll think of lots more to add soon.  This is really just to get my frustrations out of my head and vent a little.  I can't say this stuff in comments, it's just comes off too petty and makes people feel nit-picked or something.  Just, if anyone reads this (hah!) and needs help americanizing ( or Texas-izing) something you're writing, just let me know 'cause I'd love to help.


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