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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
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
Can you please clarify what you mean by "dangerous"? Otherwise, this question is just accumulating opinons on FF as its answers, and we'll have to close this.
Oct
28
revised Problems with past tenses in formal paper on a novel with MLA Format
edited tags; edited tags
Oct
26
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
The question itself is a good one, but aspects of it were polling the community ("what do you think..." etc). This is really just an issue pf phrasing, and I've done a light edit to change these problematic aspects to ones that ask about advantages and disadvantages of DRM.
Oct
26
revised What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Edited to remove aspects of the question that are polling the community
Oct
26
comment What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?
@Mussri - That question does answer this, but I think this question covers a little more ground than that. In any case, I don't think duplicates on different sites are necessarily a problem.
Oct
26
comment Is the ambiguity in my story the salt which makes it tasty or just plain frustrating?
Thanks for editing (and @JohnSmithers - thanks for the neat title). Reopened.
Oct
24
reviewed Approve Citing foreign language sources (Swedish) in MLA7 bibliography?
Oct
24
comment Word Choice: When something negative happens that changes your perspective for the better
One of the problems is that this is more about language and words and not really about writing at all. Another is that the question is more of a word game than a question, and people are pretty much just guessing at the answer. I'm afraid this question is better suited to a discussion forum than a Stack Exchange Q&A site like this. I'm going to close this, but you might have better luck on English.SE or on reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue.
Oct
23
comment The Best Title for my Skill Set
The problem is that you're asking for vague ideas. That's not an answerable question; how can you possibly choose the answer? Closing for now, but I think this can be edited into a more specific, answerable question. This page may be a little too general, but it communicates the idea much better than I can in a comment: Good Subjective, Bad Subjective on the Stack Exchange blog.
Oct
23
comment The Best Title for my Skill Set
This question is asking for people to come up with ideas, which is not a kind of question Stack Exchange is designed to handle. Can you please focus this to a specific question? If not we'll, have to close this.
Oct
23
comment Starting Out - Plot + Charaters by Documentaries
@Chris - In the case where editing a closed question would invalidate the existing answers, I suggest writing a new question. You could always invite someone who left a good answer on the closed question to answer the new question as well, by leaving a comment.
Oct
23
revised Can I improve my beta reading skills to aid a close person's writings?
Expanded, formatting, headings, and all that jazz
Oct
23
answered Can I improve my beta reading skills to aid a close person's writings?
Oct
22
revised Writing a very complex relationship
grammar, clarity, spelling, title
Oct
22
comment I suck at plots. Is there a way to sort of train oneself to think of creative plots, specifically in scifi?
Please keep in mind that this question is not a good example of an answerable question for this site. We're not closing it at this time because it's an older question that also may be of interest to the community.
Oct
22
comment Is the ambiguity in my story the salt which makes it tasty or just plain frustrating?
Lauren is correct. If you have specific questions about this for us to answer, please edit those in and we'd love to consider re-opening this question.
Oct
19
reviewed Approve Is there any good time-line software out there?
Oct
18
comment “I have/am” what are other short ways to not repeat this in a cover letter?
This question is asking for a list, something that doesn't work well with Stack Exchange sites. (How will you pick the answer? How are people expected to vote?) Could you please rewrite to tell us what you are looking for, as opposed to what you're trying to avoid? Otherwise we'll have to close.
Oct
18
comment How to write time duration correctly
Are you following any particular style guides or internal style sheets? Your answer may be in those.
Oct
18
revised How to write time duration correctly
edited tags, capitalization