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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 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.)


May
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comment Do I need an LLC to self-publish a political book in Florida?
Related: What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
May
12
comment World Building critique: Building an SF society off a tangent of “Adaptation”
Note: We'd ask for more specific questions about the work if this question were asked now, as per our critique guidelines. However, the question is nearly a year old, and has been asked and answered, so am leaving this here for historical reasons.
May
12
revised World Building critique: Building an SF society off a tangent of “Adaptation”
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May
12
revised Is this description of my small productivity application clear enough?
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May
12
revised Vision/dream as an effective opening?
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May
12
revised Does this feel like natural English?
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May
12
revised Feedback on sign-up email announcement
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May
12
revised Critique: three person dialogue
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May
12
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
Being more specific about the kind of writing you do would help, as would a sample of your writing where you feel you've overused parentheses.
May
12
answered Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
May
12
comment What is the name for the literary technique where the author writes him/herself into a book?
Kurt Vonnegut used this technique a few times as well.
May
12
revised What would sections of a book that are larger than a chapter be called?
Removed the user's name, as it's already on their displayed badge
May
11
comment Citing in a paper: one citation for two paragraphs?
A consideration: Does your department have a style sheet? Do they use MLA/APA or any other style guide?
May
11
revised Citing in a paper: one citation for two paragraphs?
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May
11
comment Fantasy writing and Personal Philosophy
Okay, based on the answers this is getting, there's really no way to answer this without a lot of speculation, since the question leaves much up to interpretation. I'm closing this now, but I'm willing to listen to arguments pro and con, and I'd love to hear suggestions about how to improve this question.
May
11
comment Fantasy writing and Personal Philosophy
We're discussing this in chat now, if you're around.
May
11
comment How can you write less to say more?
What corner of tech writing do you have experience with? Software engineering? Aerospace documentation? Biotech?
May
11
comment Fantasy writing and Personal Philosophy
That's helpful, but perhaps we can focus this a little more: Are you literally confusing fiction with the reality of your everyday life? Are you having hallucinations? Are you experiencing confusion? Or is this strictly when trying to keep in all in your head when you're writing? (If the latter, I'd like to hear more about that.)
May
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comment Fantasy writing and Personal Philosophy
Interesting dilemman, but this is really more of the start of a discussion than it is a question - and questions meant to spark discussion aren't allowed here, I'm afraid. Could you focus this into a specific question that can be answered without discussion? If not, we'll end up closing this.
May
11
comment Is it more advantageous to have an excerpt or a plot summary critiqued?
@Standback - I agree, but I think the value in this question is showing when each type of critique is appropriate, and what their strengths are.