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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.)


Dec
25
comment Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
@Anixx - I've edited the question, enough to remove the chattiness (and also some grammatical/phrasing fixes while I was at it). I'm reopening, but please do check out my edits and revert if I was off-base anywhere.
Dec
25
revised Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
Removed chatty bits, cleaned up the text some
Dec
22
reviewed Reject Which fantasy worlds can be freely used in new work without a license?
Dec
22
comment Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
@SF - If this question can be edited to emphasize technique as opposed to polling the community and inviting discussion, it would be a fine question. As it stands, in my opinion it currently passes none of the six guidelines for subjective questions. If you feel I closed this in error, feel free to open a meta question on this question rather than attempting to attack me personally.
Dec
22
comment Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
This is a bit of a list question, a bit of a discussion question, and also a duplicate of a question that was closed for the same reasons. Closing.
Dec
22
comment Which fantasy worlds can be freely used in new work without a license?
This is a list question, where the answer can be a near-infinite list, a kind of question disallowed on Stack Exchange sites. Closing.
Dec
21
comment Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents
Interesting question. Knowing the type of project would probably help us give you a better answer.
Dec
21
answered Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents
Dec
20
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
Time will tell, but I have a feeling you might get better answers on English or on Science-Fiction/Fantasy. (This is on-topic here, I'm just saying.)
Dec
19
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
@Jayraj - "This means basically every author gets something wrong at some level?" Very possibly; nobody is perfect. Just do the best you can. If you're in doubt about a story, have someone who's an expert in criminology (or physics, or whatever the subject matter is) read the MS and give you feedback.
Dec
19
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
Is the proofreader a professional proofreader unsaddled by being asked to do a copyedit at the same time? Or is this solely a proofreading run? I'm honestly curious.
Dec
19
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
However, it's important to recognize the differences between proofreading and copyediting; problems generally arise when one person is expected to fill both roles. spiceyokooko's excellent answer is a good counterpart to this one.
Dec
16
comment Using Documentary For Inspiration
I'm closing this question because it's very confusing and also very broad. Please consider focusing the question, possibly choosing one single aspect of it and expanding on it. It would also be helpful if you could be more specific about what exactly it is that you're trying to do. USe the structure of a documentary for inspiration? Searching for structural guidance? Or are you more concerned with archetypes?
Dec
15
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
Please keep in mind that, even if a use is "fair use", a copyright holder can still take action against you. (i.e., a cease and desist letter, etc.)
Dec
15
reviewed Approve Text referencing protected, trademarked™ and copyrighted© names, what is the correct procedure?
Dec
15
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
The only part of this I take exception to: "you can copyright an a cappella song, which has no 'music' at all." It does indeed have music, it has a melody. I think you mean "accompaniment"?
Dec
11
revised Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
Removed unrelated text; perhaps that would be better off as a comment somewhere?
Dec
11
reviewed Approve Critique My Poem Please!
Dec
10
comment Critique My Poem Please!
Welcome to Writers.SE. Works to be critiqued need to have specific questions, as per our FAQ. Do you have specific concerns about the poem?
Dec
8
revised How do I quote a graphic novel?
added 8 characters in body