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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.)


1h
comment Question still, about changing a name to use in a novel
Welcome to Writers. I'm a little unclear on what you're asking here; are you concerned with what others with the same name will do if you use the name? Are you worried about legal issues?
2d
comment Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content
Those are older questions, if they were asked now they'd probably be closed. But your edit is much more specific, thanks!
2d
comment Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content
While providing a list of sites really appropriate for a Q&A site (since there's no way to definitively answer the question) maybe we can still be of help. Can you explain why you want to know this? What information are you looking for? Is this for a specific writing project or are you just looking for general information?
Apr
14
comment Fan works… are they allowed?
Niet, you may find these questions and their answers helpful: (and possibly not): Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?, How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?.
Apr
14
comment Using Paragraph title as start of a sentence?
From their help center, I agree that this looks to be on-topic there; will migrate.
Apr
13
comment A question on style
Welcome to Writers! Critique questions here need to have specific questions; more information can be found in our critique guidelines. I'm placing this on hold for now, but please feel free to edit this and we'll consider reopening. Also, please keep in mind that asking for grammar checks or proofreading are also off-topic here.
Apr
13
comment Different categories of spaceship engines
FYI, this would likely be closed on the scifi site, since it's not related to a specific work of published fiction.
Apr
13
comment Different categories of spaceship engines
This question appears to be off-topic because it is asking for brainstorming or worldbuilding ideas. While this would be off-topic at the Scifi site, you might consider supporting the nascent worldbuilding proposal on Area 51. It would probably be on-topic there once launched.
Apr
11
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
As interesting and helpful as this is, it doesn't answer the question, which is whether self-publishing helps or hurts one's prospects for traditional publication.
Apr
10
comment Quality of my written article (language and style)
Welcome to Writers! Critique questions here need to include specific questions that are answerable; more information can be found in our critique guidelines. I'm placing this on hold for now, but please feel free to edit this and we'll consider reopening. Also, note that grammar and proofreading questions are off-topic here.
Apr
9
comment Is this a strong thesis regarding solar energy technology?
I'm placing this on hold, since @wonggr hasn't edited this to add detail. We can't tell someone what to write, and as this is written, that's what the question is asking. But please feel free to further edit this!
Apr
8
comment Is Mine a Convincing Argument Concerning the Effects of Censorship?
Closed as per this discussion in chat.
Apr
7
comment How do you write a character's internal monologue?
Relevant, and possibly a duplicate: Punctuating dialogue with oneself, also Punctuating Thoughts.
Apr
4
comment Capitalization of Phrases: One-on-one assistance
John, your question already has an answer in this question. Welcome to the site, and please continue to ask questions here. (You might also find out sister site English Language & Usage to be helpful.)
Mar
27
comment What is a good OCR program?
Here's the meta thread Pravesh mentioned.
Mar
27
comment Are headlines about lists superior in print as they are in web content?
Ryan, @what - please take this to chat. Arguing in the comments isn't helpful.
Mar
24
comment I need advice regarding the use of real-world locations in a novel
Related: Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?
Mar
24
comment Is there any structure to write a book?
@MonicaCellio - I agree that this is broad - perhaps too broad to be a useful question. But I'd like to let the community decide about keeping it open or not.
Mar
22
comment How much copying is okay?
Did one of the existing questions address your issue? If so, I'll close this as a duplicate, but it's okay to have multiple variations of a question.
Mar
20
comment A commentable live book format that doesn't lose the front-to-back reading order
Are you asking if anyone knows of a system like this? Are you looking to develop it? Are you generating text for it? This site is about writing and editing, and this seems to be more of a development statement than anything else. I'm putting this on hold for now, but ping a mod if you want to edit and reopen.