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A voracious reader since childhood, writing was the next logical step. I've been writing since grade school, and a professional writer since my senior year in high school. I've done science and technology journalism for Ars Technica, technical writing for ISVs, and quite a lot in between.

I love words; I can't NOT write.

I'm always looking for writing and/or editing work. I can be reached at rstockbower@gmail.com


Mar
31
comment How to obtain a thoughtful critique of a job application cover letter?
I've tried to respond in a generic way so that other people will find it useful, too. Everything here has been learned through experimentation: A/B testing resumes and cover letters. Bits and pieces may apply more or less depending on the hiring culture of the company you're interested in, and whether or not you've got a direct line to the hiring manager...
Mar
31
answered How to obtain a thoughtful critique of a job application cover letter?
Mar
26
comment How explicit should a YA novel be?
To add to what Standback said, it might be helpful if you told the whole story, or linked to a blog post or something where you went into greater detail. I love behind-the-scenes stories. :)
Mar
26
comment Rules and resources for scientific writing
Can you be more specific? Are you referring to writing scientific papers to be published in peer-reviewed journals, or are you referring to science journalism or something else? Everything else derives from who your audience is.
Mar
23
comment Help! I've got Writer's Block
I'd have to say Stephen King's On Writing is one of my favorite books about the craft. Useful for both fiction and non-fiction writers.
Mar
23
comment Please help me polish this paragraph.
Good point. Given the relatively informal nature of the paragraph, I assumed that it was a free-form essay. The type you'd write in a high school English class or what have you.
Mar
23
answered What are some popular blogs that accept submissions?
Mar
23
comment Submitting a novel for publication: do editors still expect Courier font?
Not unlike wearing a suit to a job interview. ;)
Mar
23
revised Please help me polish this paragraph.
clarity, grammar; deleted 33 characters in body
Mar
23
comment Please help me polish this paragraph.
I replied below in terms of editing, but I wanted to comment that I disagree with you that learning to control our emotions is easy compared to learning how to solve problems. We are fundamentally emotional creatures, and ignoring or discounting the importance of emotion is to limit the experiences that we're open to in life. Mastering our thoughts and emotions is HARD. Certainly much harder than learning to problem-solve.
Mar
23
answered Please help me polish this paragraph.
Mar
21
awarded  Critic
Mar
18
answered Software for analyzing a manuscript?
Mar
18
awarded  Quorum
Mar
18
comment What are the key skills for a new technical writer?
You fail your second criteria. "Id est" is not an everyday word the way "i.e." and "that is" are. ;P
Mar
17
revised What are the key skills for a new technical writer?
Grammerz
Mar
17
answered What are the key skills for a new technical writer?
Mar
8
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
This feature article from the NYTimes Magazine seems a propos: nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html?_r=1
Mar
7
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
7
awarded  Editor