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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
4
comment How to cite an entire paragraph?
Are you using APA or MLA?
May
4
comment Creating metaphors in poetry
Metaphors are conceptual in nature, at least partially. Is it possible for such a method to be specific to poetry?
May
4
comment Creating metaphors in poetry
By this logic, one shouldn't use outlines; these "story machines" prevent us from being spontaneous. It's the not the tool that's the problem, but how we use it. (When there is such a tool.) And let's not even get started on Scrivener here, that soul-sucking story tool of hacks. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic.)
May
3
comment What qualities should a good metaphor have?
Your first paragraph may be the best thing I've ever read on this site.
May
3
comment What qualities should a good metaphor have?
In that case, the metaphor includes a description of the ships and fits well with the surrounding text. And the original appearance of the line (in a radio drama) was spoken by someone who could pull it off. Imagine, say, Jim Carrey or Candice Bergen saying that; it wouldn't have worked at all.
May
3
revised How to handle screenplay revisions in Final Draft?
added 60 characters in body
May
3
revised screenwriting wiki description
added 153 characters in body
May
3
asked How to handle screenplay revisions in Final Draft?
May
3
comment What qualities should a good metaphor have?
Can you think of any examples offhand?
May
3
revised Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
edited tags
May
3
comment What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
@SomeNorCalGuy - Nice edit. I did a little more with the title, I think this is good for re-opening.
May
3
revised What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
Title
May
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
May
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
May
2
revised Are online critique groups a good substitute for editors?
edited title
May
2
revised My story portrays a process, not a conflict - how do I make the process my focus?
edited title
May
2
comment My story portrays a process, not a conflict - how do I make the process my focus?
"the process they go through in reaction to the SF-nal catalyst" - Does that mean the process of the characters' reactions changing over time, or their process in dealing with the situation? A concrete example might help make this easier to parse.
May
2
revised Help write a book review, please
Formatting
May
2
comment Help me rewrite this sentence
Agreed, this question is far too open-ended. What does "best" mean? What's the context of this sentence?
May
2
revised Has this dialogue enough suspense to engage the reader?
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