I’m curious your thoughts on this. As a reader, I often find typos in fan fiction. Part of feels like I should say something, everyone hates typos. But on the other hand, is it rude? Is it one of those things that comes off condescending no matter what?



Ok, let’s start with…. I’m currently on the seventh draft of a novel and yesterday I found a typo. What should have been ‘chance’ was ‘change’. I’ve read this over a dozen times and it has had over half a dozen outside readers. No one caught that.

If you are used to reading books, you need to understand any professionally published book has gone through the hands of proofreaders and copy editors who get PAID to find errors (and yet who among us hasn’t found a typo in a book?)

When you are reading fanfic you are reading the amateur offerings of someone writing in their spare time. Even if they have a beta reader, as my chance/change issue illustrates, people miss things. They miss them repeatedly. And no money has been exchanged.

Every author is going to feel differently. Fanfic writers are not a hive mind. Some people are pleased to hear about the dropped period in a fic they wrote five years ago.

Me? If it’s a chapter I posted very recently, I’ll go and fix it. Probably. But maybe not. Certainly not if it’s an old story.

And the bulk of the time, reviewers who feel the need to point out typos don’t say anything else and what I HEAR from those comments is, “You wrote a 200,000 word story but it’s all trash because of typos.”

Personally, the only time I point out ANYTHING negative is if I have been asked to alpha or beta read. Why would I dump on a fanwork, created and shared as a hobby?

For the record, if you spot minor typos post-publish, I’m all for letting me know–I occasionally do the whole “retype entire document” method of final edits and then am too tired and punchy to, umm, remember that I also need to do a final spellcheck. Okay, actually, I only did that the once, but still. In the event that I fail to learn from my mistakes, please poke me. Pref via text or a message, depending on your ability to contact me.

Look, I’m a professional editor person and yet AHAHAHAHAHA, guess who found two missing words and a missing question mark in something that has been live for ages the other day. (I re-read my things periodically to remind myself that sometimes I know how words work and also because OMGWTFBBQ HOW DID THAT TYPO GET MISSED?)

Nothing kills the “i got a comment!!!” buzz faster than “despite all the typos I really enjoyed this.”

(Yes, I really have gotten that comment)

(i fixed two typos before hitting reblog)

Analysis | The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border

Administration officials have
pointed to “the law” as the reason why undocumented children are being
separated from their parents. But there’s no such law.

The president and top administration officials say
U.S. laws or court rulings are forcing them to separate families that
are caught trying to cross the southern border.

claims are false. Immigrant families are being separated primarily
because the Trump administration in April began to prosecute as many
border-crossing offenses as possible. This “zero-tolerance policy” applies to all adults, regardless of whether they cross alone or with their children.

The Justice Department can’t prosecute children
along with their parents, so the natural result of the zero-tolerance
policy has been a sharp rise in family separations. Nearly 2,000
immigrant children were separated from parents during six weeks in April
and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump administration implemented this policy by choice and could end it
by choice. No law or court ruling mandates family separations. In fact,
during its first 15 months, the Trump administration released nearly 100,000 immigrants
who were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, a total that includes
more than 37,500 unaccompanied minors and more than 61,000 family

Analysis | The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border



Enough with the “Dorian hooks Cullen and the Inquisitor up” trope and more expanding on an actual magical friendship between Dorian and Cullen that doesn’t treat Dorian like the token gay friend. 

A by no means complete list:

  • Dorian and Cullen being ultra competitive with one another over almost every game or contest presented to them. Chess? Drinking? Running around the outer grounds like a pair of six year olds because Iron Bull wondered who was faster? Check.
  • Dorian backing Cullen up in council meetings, genuinely coming to trust the Commander’s instincts and knowing full well his strategies have never failed yet.
  • Cullen and Dorian getting into epic political tiffs that everyone knows full well to stay out of. 
  • Dorian cajoling Cullen to come out to the tavern with the rest of the gang more. 
  • Cullen learning about Tevinter from Dorian and Dorian sharing his vision for his country’s future. Cullen unlearning a lot of the nasty stereotypes about Tevinter and mages during this conversations. 
  • Cullen having nothing but immense respect for Dorian in his rejection of Tevinter magister life and his dedication to making necessary social changes. Understanding how hard it can be to turn your back on your entire way of life.
  • Dorian figuring out Cullen’s social anxieties and doing his best to help him deal with them. 
  • Cullen being a terrible wingman for Dorian in trying to find out with the Inquisitor likes so Dorian can impress them. The Inquisitor thinking Cullen is actually hitting on him instead and having to turn him down gently only for Cullen to have to stammer out that he was just asking for a friend! And eventually having to come clean about what he was up to. Espionage, it seems, is not his forte.
  • Cullen and Dorian both being pariahs from their old orders, finding acceptance and friendship with one another.