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Damned Demented Demons is freshly edited

Late last year, I had someone on AO3 offer to edit Damned Demented Demons for me, because, as they politely pointed out, it was riddled with typos and incorrect punctuation.

Well, first they just told me that they loved the story, but it was a shame it wasn't edited better - and I believe my response was, "Hey, if you want something done right, do it yourself. I don't have that kind of time." Only, much more polite. Then, they came back with, "Okay. Give me your email address."

So, in December of 2013, I was emailed an edited PDF. It took until this month for me to actually find the time to start making the changes... and they are finally all done! So, the BEST VERSION SO FAR of Damned Demented Demons can now be found on AO3. The LJ version is still full of typos, but I think I'll keep it that way for posterity.

Now, if you read the nearest version and notice that I'm still missing commas - it's because my editor followed an OPTIONAL comma rule that I don't subscribe too, so I chose to ignore it. However, if you subscribe to that comma rule, then you'll still read it and be like "there should be MORE commas!" Also, while she wanted me to stay consistent with whether I called Malfoy "Malfoy" or "Draco", I actually felt that my switching from Malfoy to Draco was an artsy-fartsy story/character-point.

It was a pretty interesting thing to go back and read through all of Damned Demented Demons and make corrections though! DDD was the second thing I ever wrote (for an audience) and I can TELL that I didn't actually know any of the grammar rules when it came to dialogue. Since I wrote DDD, I've taken editing courses, written a bunch more, and, I'd like to think, I've become a lot better at punctuating correctly.

The other funny thing is that AO3 claims that DDD now has an additional 100 words in it. If anything, I actually deleted some words, due to repetition or awkward phrasing, so yeah, I find the claim of an extra 100 words amusing.

Also, while I was making the edits, I got to read the whole story again - and DAMN... I'm impressed with myself. It's been just enough years that I could read the climax and totally forget what was coming next, and I was all like, "Oh my god, this is intense! *replace comma splice with semi-colon* How the hell did I have them survive this?! *replace comma with period and change first letter of new sentence to capital*"

I was also really surprised with how well I captured the S4 Winchesters, and how much I really had them at each other's throats for the entire fic. Seriously, the Winchester brothers DO NOT GET ALONG in that fic AT ALL... and yet, I don't think I've ever had one person complain about it.... which, yeah, I'm really surprised about, because *I* was getting a little annoyed by it. I mean, seriously... It's also kind of funny because, sometimes, I read what people write when they bookmark my fics, and one bookmark included a criticism for the 'verse, that claimed that the boys were too nice. I actually agreed with them, but I figure that they must be talking about the later fics, because the boys are annoying bickering bastards in DDD, and I think the criticism that I would level at myself is that it's completely unbelievable that Harry would end up becoming friends with them as quickly as he did.

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claudiapriscus
Apr. 18th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
oh man, memories. I actually came across your journal because I saw that fic come up on on of the comms! And at first I was like, "this is crazy there is no way it's going to work" but I got sucked right in and then we were talking about what wizard america would look like.. man, that was a while ago!
hells_half_acre
Apr. 18th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
I know! It was so nostalgic to go through that fic again. I think I remember our conversations from back then about wizard america too - I had it all worked out, and I've since forgotten a fair bit of what I HAD worked out.

Also, there's this point in the fic where Sam whispers something to Harry and we NEVER find out what he said - and it's driving me nuts, because I'm sure at the time, I knew what he said, but I've completely forgotten... and will now never know. :P
cappy712
Apr. 19th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
Happy for you - great story and it deserves to be read by many.

I believe that it is the first stories I read in fandom and I was hooked after that.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 19th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
khek
Apr. 21st, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'll go check it out and next time I re-read, it will be the "new" version! :D
hells_half_acre
Apr. 21st, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yay!

I doubt you will notice a difference, but I did change a few sentences here and there, so who knows. :)
tipsy_kitty
Apr. 23rd, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
One of my all-time faves :)
hells_half_acre
Apr. 23rd, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
Yay! And now even better than before. :)
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