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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.)


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comment Writing for the web: how do you submit your content
Welcome to the site! I've wondered much the same thing; generally I've used Word files to take advantage of the track changes features, but it's a little clumsy since it involves an extra copypasta step.
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comment Does the MOBI file format for Kindle use the same CSS standards as browsers?
I think this will do better on the ebooks site; sending it there now.
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comment Do these sentences sound stilted and unnatural?
I'm sorry to say that requests for rephrasing or proofreading are off-topic, and requests for critique are off-topic without framing questions. Please feel free to ask a more specific question, though. Welcome to the site!
Oct
20
comment Believable (but easy) archaic English
Welcome to Writers!
Oct
20
comment How to write a cover letter for The New Yorker fiction section?
I did a little research to answer this, since it's listed in the site's "unanswered questions" page.
Oct
19
comment Do you bold punctuation directly after bold text?
@GiantCowFilms The great thing about standards is that there are so many of them.
Oct
18
comment Writing is it the plot, subplot or backstory
And welcome to the site!
Oct
18
comment Writing is it the plot, subplot or backstory
You have two questions here. Could you please break this into two questions? (We'd edit the answers to follow suit.)
Oct
16
comment Documentary Story telling - How to let the events play out
Brainstorming and asking what to write are off-topic here. Closed, but if you have a more specific question about this project, please feel free to edit this question.
Oct
15
comment How do I analyse pictures?
Can you please clarify what your question is? For example, providing an example of the type of writing you want to produce might help us understand you.
Oct
14
comment Satirical prophecy
@LaurenIpsum - I agree this is vague (even with the edit, although that certainly helps). It's also close to asking what to write.
Oct
13
comment Satirical prophecy
Related, possibly a duplicate: How to write a prophecy? mardi, is your question addressed by this? If not, let's edit this to make the differences clear.
Oct
13
comment Am I breaking the “show don't tell” rule in the following passage?
This is potentially helpful, but it doesn't directly answer the question. Would you like it turned into a comment, or would you like to expand on this in a way that directs the showing/telling part of the question?
Oct
12
comment What's the best way to break into freelance writing?
Related: Finding freelance work.
Oct
11
comment Why do page headers seldom include chapter/section numbers?
To those voting to close: This seems on-topic here. It's more or less a style question, since it's something that's generally covered by style manuals like Chicago/APA.
Oct
9
comment Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
D.R., I've tried to edit this to make it clearer, but please roll back if I've changed the meaning by mistake
Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
@Standback Nice edit! Have reversed my downvote.
Oct
9
comment Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
@LaurenIpsum This is tagged screenwriting so I think we can assume it's a screenplay.
Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
Placing this on hold until this can be clarified; it's not answerable in its current form. D.R., please edit this and we'll reopen once the question is clear.
Oct
8
comment What's the difference between “MUSIC” and “MUZAK?”
Welcome to Writers beta. This question isn't about writing, rather one that can be answered with a dictionary search. I'm going to close this as off-topic, but if that dictionary search doesn't answer your question, this can probably be sent to the English site if it (1) shows research effort and (2) indicates what you've found so far. English tends to close questions just asking for a definition. If you want to edit, ping me and I'll migrate.