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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
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
Oct
18
comment Is this essay title critical?
This is tough to answer. Can you define "critical" for your purposes? Why are you so concerned with the title and not the essay's content?
Oct
18
revised Is this essay title critical?
edited tags
Oct
17
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
17
reviewed Approve How to get over writer's block related to revising?
Oct
16
comment Problems with character development?
This site is, technically, language-agnostic. In reality, we've not attracted much of a non-English-speaking audience. (Yet.)
Oct
16
comment Problems with character development?
@JohnSmithers - Based on the original version of this question, you'd be right about this being a dupe. But I think this question has been sufficiently differentiated by now.
Oct
16
comment Word Choice: When something negative happens that changes your perspective for the better
Brian, what is your question, exactly? How will you decide which answer is the "correct" one to that question? If you're simply looking for one word, I don't think this question is particularly answerable, as that would be purely a matter of opinion.
Oct
15
revised Problems with character development?
deleted 32 characters in body; edited title
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
You're still asking for tips, which isn't really a particularly targeted question; answers can continue to come in forever, and they'd all be correct. However, this is certainly improved thanks for editing. I have done a little bit of further editing in this vein. (In all fairness, this is a very difficult thing to pose a good question about!) This could be a much better question if we knew more about your writing and why you're not finding your characters acceptable. Do you have any writing online you can link to?
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
This is a list question, a sort of question not well suited to Stack Exchange sites. However, there clearly is a specific problem here that can be answered. Would you be willing to edit this to avoid that aspect of the question and emphasize the problem itself? If not, we'll have to close.