What's a beta reader, and why do I need one?
How do I keep my beta readers happy?

A pair of essays on beta reading, written for Working Stiffs.

The Scullyfic Declaration of Fanfic Independence
On February 4, 2000, the topic of the day on the Scullyfic mailing list was "Bitchapalooza II" -- an opportunity for list members to gripe about anything that bugs them in fanfic. After reading and posting several times myself, I boiled it down into this list. It is not exactly kind (I'm usually MUCH more tactful), but it is true. Sometimes, truth hurts.

Characterization, Change, and Season Six
My take on the first half of the season, and fans' reactions to it.

If Fans Wrote The X-Files
I was interviewed for a Mania article on fanfic writers' expectations regarding "The X-Files: Fight the Future," published in June of 1998.



XANADU || THE WINNERS' CIRCLE || INCOGNITO || CHEMICAL REACTION
LEFT FIELD || SKANKY HO CENTRAL
|| THE HOUSE OF LYSANDRA
HORRID THINGS || THE DEN OF INIQUITY
|| LISA'S HAVEN || THE CATACOMB
ROCKETMAN'S BASE STATION || FRED & GINGER'S SMUT CLASSICS

BATTER UP! || FIVE POINT RESTRAINTS || STRANGER THAN FICTION

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