The Writer They Call Tay (awanderingbard) wrote,
The Writer They Call Tay

Beta Request

Before I venture out in the big scary world of The Rest of Livejournal, I thought I might inquire here to see if anyone was willing to beta/britpick or knew of a person who might be willing to beta/britpick a Sherlock story.

Story details below the cut.

Story Length: 16 chapters, approximately 3,000-4,500 words per chapter. About 55,000 words in total. Yeah. It's a big job.
Spoilers: Everything up to and including Baskerville. The story is presented as an alternate ending to series 2, as I couldn't work it in to the timeline and it felt extremely cruel to have it set in the future, after everything is well again. There are nods to Reichenbach in the character beats and some dialogue, but the events of it don't happen in this verse. This happens first and prevents it.
Story Outline: Sherlock is assaulted during an investigation, while John is away at a medical conference. The assault leaves him with a severe head injury. While his intellect and personality are intact, he's lost the use of his right side limbs (hemiparesis) and the ability to speak freely and coherently (expressive aphasia). The story revolves around his recovery, with the background element of the search for his assailant. My friend pointed out that this is basically John's story, and it is. It's his reactions and feelings as he tries to help Sherlock and deal with the Holmes family's 'help' and not go insane.
Triggers/Warnings: The story has an R rating, solely for swearing. There is some discussion of blood, injuries, trauma, depression etc. There is mention of past drug use. There is discussion, but no instances of, Do Not Resuscitate orders and removal of life support. Plus, some people may find the concept of being unable to move or speak freely upsetting.
Pairings: This is pure Gen, there are no pairings at all, with the exception of implied past-and-now-friends John/Sarah and canon one-sided Molly/Sherlock. Otherwise, it is friendship and epic bromance.
What I need: I'm pretty confident with plot and characters and the medical stuff involved, so what I really need is a quick read through for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. And probably the bigger job of britpicking and making sure I haven't used any crude Canadianisms or anything like that.

There is an excerpt of the story here, if you'd like to know what you're getting yourself in for.

I'd be happy to write a story or make graphics or build a small shrine to anyone who volunteers. Even a few people taking a chunk of chapters would work.

So if you are someone or know of someone who is or might be willing to help, please let me know. You can comment here or PM me, or send up the Writer Signal. Whatever.
Tags: misc./non-fic, resources

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