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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.)


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comment Question about this brochure i am writing for an assignment?
And I have to agree, this is a question asking what to write. The community has clearly asked that this be closed, and I concur. However, if you'd like to edit this into a more specific question about covering a company's history in a service brochure, that might be considered on-topic. (I tried to do the edit myself, but I don't have enough information on the project to do a meaningful edit.)
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comment Question about this brochure i am writing for an assignment?
@MohammadQasim Consider this an official warning from a moderator: Do not curse out users here. Please take out site tour, particularly the section labeled be nice. Your comment has been deleted.
Jan
23
comment Software to change American punctuation to British
Mixing US and UK styles in one document is, according to every style manual I know, incorrect.
Jan
22
comment How to build a train of thought across multiple paragraphs and pages?
Welcome to Writers!
Jan
22
comment “This” vs “that” in past tense narrative
This is essentially a rephrase request, which is off-topic here. Closing, but feel free to edit this into something more substantial.
Jan
20
comment How much detail is considered enough for literature review of a research paper
I'll leave this question to the tech writing experts, but: The journal to which you're submitting will have submission guidelines, and they'll likely also mention a style manual to follow. These resources may help with formatting, at least. (Here's an example, though it's not in your field.)
Jan
20
comment Punctuation in a list
Agreed. Also, I never knew that about Lt. Reed. I'm gonna have to re-watch some Enterprise now.
Jan
19
comment Punctuation in a list
I think the only time to have commas, etc at the end of list items is if the entire list makes a sentence.
Jan
18
comment Is there a better word to use here than “thing”
I'm hesitant to migrate this, since the word being asked for isn't particularly specific, this is closer to being a rewrite request. Have asked the English SE mods, just in case.
Jan
15
comment Use of realism in a fictional setting
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/15870/…
Jan
14
comment “And” vs “with” in description lists
Sorry, but single-word requests, phrasing, and re-phrasing questions are off-topic here. If you can edit this into a more substantial question, we'd consider reopening.
Jan
13
comment Poor man's copyright techniques
There are parts of the world where mailing yourself the manuscript will provide some protection, but the US isn't one of them. Registering the copyright will help if you end up in court.
Jan
12
comment How can I encourage more comments on my blog?
Close votes will expire on their own in time. @what I think that's pretty much the only way to answer this question.
Jan
9
comment Can I use “a tribute to” when it is about a living person
Are you looking for help identifying a word/phrase, or are you worried about legal issues?
Jan
8
comment The etiquette of updating News Posts - Help please!
@LaurenIpsum - Good find. That question's answers are focusing on the business reasons, if this focuses on the journalistic/ethical reasons, I think it's okay on its own.
Jan
8
comment Is the word “becoming” being used correctly in the following metaphor?
Can you define "correct"? What are you worried about, specifically?
Jan
8
comment Is the word “becoming” being used correctly in the following metaphor?
I think that this is off-topic as per this meta post but I'm not sure if it'd be okay on English. Leaving it for now until I find out.
Jan
8
comment How can I encourage more comments on my blog?
I think I agree with Monica that this is a marketing question, and therefore on-topic. But I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise.
Dec
31
comment Should quotation marks for titles of short works be included as part of link text?
I can't find anything about this in AP or APA, but if someone else can I'd be happy to edit those into this answer.
Dec
31
comment Should quotation marks for titles of short works be included as part of link text?
I agree with Lauren that the CSS element of this question is better asked elsewhere, but we can address the rest of the question.