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A freelance editor, I specialize in fiction but I've worked on non-fiction as well as web copy, corporate literature, and non-profit materials. I also edit and write for the group blog Magnificent Nose, which covers many topics but gravitates towards articles about writing and reading.

I'm also a lyricist; a guitarist, most recently for the band Baroque & Hungry; and I'm a touring cyclist.

You can contact me about editing matters here. (Please don't use this form for Stack Exchange business; instead, ping me in chat.)


Nov
13
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
And by the way, concerning downvoting: Stack Exchange sites, including this one, encourage people to explain why they're downvoting when they do it. This gives the poster the opportunity to improve what they wrote.
Nov
13
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
This is a critique of the text in the question, but doesn't quite answer the question that was actually asked. That is: In this case, is telling more appropriate that showing?
Nov
12
answered What isthe difference between a novel and a documentry
Nov
11
revised What effect does the gender of the narrator have on a story?
deleted 10 characters in body; edited title
Nov
11
revised Scrivener capitalization issues
edited title
Nov
11
answered Scrivener capitalization issues
Nov
11
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
I agree, that'd be an improvement.
Nov
10
reviewed Reviewed What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Nov
10
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange sites work a little differently that traditional discussion forums; answers need to directly answer the question, not discuss the issues raised. This answer is a nice essay on how to write well, but it doesn't directly answer the question, which is asking how to tell the difference between "purple prose" and descriptive writing.
Nov
10
reviewed No Action Needed Italics in MLA paper for a body of work by numerous authors?
Nov
10
revised Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
added 19 characters in body
Nov
10
comment What are the appropriate first steps to writing a scientific paper concerning a physical constant?
This question is awfully broad. What kind of paper do you need to write? What knowledge do you already have about writing? Your school may already have a writing lab, have you tried that resource?
Nov
7
comment Comprehensive reference book for syntax and style
We already have many questions asking for reference books about writing. For books specifically about grammar, you can find several examples here. I hope this helps.
Nov
7
revised Under which genre to publish?
edited tags
Nov
6
comment Am I using too much dialogue?
Can you provide an example?
Nov
6
comment What are frequently used arguments for recognizing bad writing styles in fiction?
I think you mean "criteria", not "arguments"?
Nov
4
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
Why do you want to know? Is this for a writing project, or to improve your writing?
Nov
4
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
Can you be more specific? This question, while very interesting, basically asks, "what is clear writing, linguistically" and I think that's an awfully broad question. From the FAQ: "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much."
Nov
4
comment Is there a systematic overview over the approaches of describing a physical object?
Interesting question; why do you ask?
Nov
4
comment Past tense vs present tense
Welcome to Writers. Would you be willing to share a few lines of the story in question? It might help clarify the situation.