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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.)


Aug
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?
Aug
3
comment Need a resource for creative writing
I wouldn't call this off-topic - it's about writing, after all - but it it a little too broad. Maybe there's some way of narrowing this down some? There's nothing wrong with asking for resources, it'd just be nice to maybe target this a bit more. I'll see what I can dig up.
Aug
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Who is responsible for copyrighted materials (publisher or writer)?
Aug
2
comment Need a resource for creative writing
I'm a little concerned about this, as it appears to be a list question, something not allowed on Stack Exchange sites. However, we have several other questions here along these lines, but nothing specific to British English.
Aug
2
comment How do I approach writing an autobiography?
Entire books have been written about exactly this: How to organize and plan a book. Perhaps telling us more about this specific project would help narrow down the question, letting people give you more targeted advice. The question os how to avoid offending people could probably be a question all on its own. And if you have specific weaknesses as a writer, perhaps those could be brought up in yet a third question. (Not suggesting you open multiple questions, but illustrating just how broad this question is.) Good luck on this project, and welcome to Writers!
Jul
31
comment Learning storywriting for videogames - where to start?
Perhaps you could summarize these, or some of them? Answers that contain only a link aren't really answering the question.
Jul
28
comment IF i want to write an episode to a TV sitcom, how can i send it to the TV network?
People, let's keep this civil. XNA, no offense intended, but perhaps you might consider learning to write in complete sentences with proper punctuation and capitalization. A writer who can't (or isn't) writing in standard English will be rejected out of hand.
Jul
27
comment Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
Since this question is getting attention now, have lightly edited to modify some forum-y language, but please feel free to revert if I've changed something you wanted in there.
Jul
27
revised Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
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Jul
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
If you want your diary to be a recounting of past events, this makes sense. The past tense has the advantage of allowing you to say "this happened today, and I now think it meant thus-and-so" in a very simple, uncomplicated way.
Jul
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
A diary is a personal work, for an audience of one (or very few), but it's no less valid to ask questions about writing techniques' effectiveness on a very small, limited audience.
Jul
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
@Carlo_R - Agreed. Fortunately, Emily has answered the implied question - what effect will different tenses have - rather than the obvious one, "which should I do?"
Jul
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
This is an excellent answer; different tenses will produce different effects. Which one you use will be determined by which kind of effect you want to achieve in your audience - yourself, reading it later. Also note that writing in the present tense will make you relive events in a more immediate, you-are-there way.
Jul
24
revised Am I correctly referencing chapters which belong to the same book?
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Jul
23
comment Is it good idea to create a Sarcastic tone for provocative thoughts
I'm afraid I have to close this; this question is unanswerable in its present form. Lauren's comment addresses many of its problems: For what sort of publication are you writing? Is this voice appropriate to the venue? Please consider clarifying this and we'd be happy to consider reopening.
Jul
23
comment How to find an agent for a children's picture book?
Welcome to Writers! I've cleaned up your question a bit, in the interests of clarification, but please feel free to revert my edit if I've changed your meaning.
Jul
23
revised How to find an agent for a children's picture book?
title, clarified text
Jul
22
comment Main idea or Thesis
This question is overly broad, and may be difficult to answer directly. By "more sophisticated pieces of writing", are you referring to NY Times articles, or something else entirely?
Jul
18
comment If I'm going to hire a copyeditor, do I need to do any proofing myself?
You can do what you like, of course, but I'd proofread before sending it to the editor, as much as you can within reason. Your editor will make changes and catch any additional errors, but it'll be easier for the editor if you've cleaned things up a bit. I have one writer friend who regularly asks friends on FB to do a pre-editor proofing run. My estimate of the time it'll take to edit something is based on how long I take to edit a sample (usually around 10 pages). The cleaner the text is, the faster I can go.
Jul
17
comment If I'm going to hire a copyeditor, do I need to do any proofing myself?
No, I'm just clarifying what you said. They amount to more or less the same thing.