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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
7
comment Books on character development
Agreed; this is one of many questions asking for books about writing. List questions are okay if there are only a few possible answers, which may be the case here.
Oct
6
comment How to write realistic injury scenes?
And you may know some EMTs and not know it. Put am inquiry out on Facebook, it can't hurt.
Oct
6
comment How to write realistic injury scenes?
You might try going to a regular library first. University libraries are very good for this, since the larger ones sometimes have specialized libraries.
Oct
6
comment How to write realistic injury scenes?
Ironically (considering the first few words of this), this is a good answer. I think that @KaguraRap needs a general understanding and then a guide to resources. So perhaps the second stop will be a medical library, with a request for materials understandable to the lay person.
Oct
6
reviewed No Action Needed How to write realistic injury scenes?
Oct
6
reviewed No Action Needed Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
Oct
2
revised Quote a sentence with references
Tagging
Oct
2
comment Non-fictional ideology in a fictional culture
It's hard to answer this as it is, and I'm a little on clear on what you're asking. You have two cultures in this story, one fictional and one not. Well and good. What are you worried about, exactly? Are you worried (say) how this will be received? If it will be seen as critical and derivative?
Oct
2
comment Are there books to improve the style?
Welcome to Writers. I'm a little unclear on what kind of writing you want to improve. The piece of the question you quote leads one to believe you're talking about coding. (I imagine not, since you mention grammar, but If so, this isn't the place to ask). Documentation and other tech writing (as per your tag)? The cinema reviews you mention?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
revised Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
edited tags
Sep
28
comment What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?
All of these are names for the group of paragraphs before the symbol in question.
Sep
28
revised Many quotations of a black British novel which used creolized English language. When to use sic?
Removed signature, as per SE policy.
Sep
24
reviewed No Action Needed Should I be using commas to suggest/enforce cadence?
Sep
24
revised What's the difference between the American and the European style in essay writing?
edited title
Sep
23
comment Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words)
See the other answers. Having a story without characters may not make for the best story, but it is possible.
Sep
23
comment How can I make it more erotic?
Locking this post for now, to avoid a continuing edit war. user08742, if you want to discuss this, please open a thread in meta.
Sep
22
comment Urban erotica and authors
Closed as per meta.writers.stackexchange.com/a/892/26.
Sep
22
reviewed No Action Needed What's the difference between the American and the European style in essay writing?
Sep
22
comment Is it common to bring in a developmental editor when you are at the stage of synopsis?
I'd also be interested in knowing where developmental editing ends and writing coach begins with this.