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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.)


Oct
15
revised How to release a heavy revision to a series without upsetting readers?
edited tags
Oct
14
comment Satirical prophecy
@LaurenIpsum - I agree this is vague (even with the edit, although that certainly helps). It's also close to asking what to write.
Oct
13
comment Satirical prophecy
Related, possibly a duplicate: How to write a prophecy? mardi, is your question addressed by this? If not, let's edit this to make the differences clear.
Oct
13
comment Am I breaking the “show don't tell” rule in the following passage?
This is potentially helpful, but it doesn't directly answer the question. Would you like it turned into a comment, or would you like to expand on this in a way that directs the showing/telling part of the question?
Oct
12
comment What's the best way to break into freelance writing?
Related: Finding freelance work.
Oct
12
revised What's the best way to break into freelance writing?
edited title
Oct
11
reviewed Leave Open Series: Is there a disadvantage to the number of books?
Oct
11
reviewed Leave Open Why do page headers seldom include chapter/section numbers?
Oct
11
comment Why do page headers seldom include chapter/section numbers?
To those voting to close: This seems on-topic here. It's more or less a style question, since it's something that's generally covered by style manuals like Chicago/APA.
Oct
11
revised Why do page headers seldom include chapter/section numbers?
edited tags
Oct
9
comment Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
D.R., I've tried to edit this to make it clearer, but please roll back if I've changed the meaning by mistake
Oct
9
revised Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
Tagging, clarified text
Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
@Standback Nice edit! Have reversed my downvote.
Oct
9
comment Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
@LaurenIpsum This is tagged screenwriting so I think we can assume it's a screenplay.
Oct
9
revised How to write a cover letter for The New Yorker fiction section?
edited tags
Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
Placing this on hold until this can be clarified; it's not answerable in its current form. D.R., please edit this and we'll reopen once the question is clear.
Oct
9
answered Which skills should an editor have?
Oct
8
comment What's the difference between “MUSIC” and “MUZAK?”
Welcome to Writers beta. This question isn't about writing, rather one that can be answered with a dictionary search. I'm going to close this as off-topic, but if that dictionary search doesn't answer your question, this can probably be sent to the English site if it (1) shows research effort and (2) indicates what you've found so far. English tends to close questions just asking for a definition. If you want to edit, ping me and I'll migrate.
Oct
7
revised Use of Registered trademark
edited tags
Oct
7
comment Books on character development
Agreed; this is one of many questions asking for books about writing. List questions are okay if there are only a few possible answers, which may be the case here.