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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.)


23h
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
@Standback Agreed, this is close-worthy unless Cyperson edits this so it's more specific and distinct from the linked question.
1d
comment May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?
The question isn't whether the user can provide products and services but just to name things.
2d
comment How do I structure a multiple POV, parallel narrative novel?
I agree that this is asking too many questions. Perhaps splitting this into two questions - one about POV and one about backstory - would help. I'm placing this on hold, since it'll require editing the answers and the question; let' head off additional answers until we have this in shape.
2d
comment Story beats for woman masquerading as a man
Questions about storytelling tools are on topic here, but I'm torn. I've opened a discussion about this question on our meta site.
2d
comment How to correctly translate past-tense from languages without Pluperfect?
Agreed, will send this to English.
Dec
13
comment Story beats for woman masquerading as a man
This is basically asking what to write, which is off-topic here. Can anyone think of a way to make this a more answerable question?
Dec
13
comment Copyright issue when referring to a textbook
Welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange sites like this work differently than discussion forums, and answers need to directly address the question. Copyright versus copyleft is an interesting topic, but I'm not sure it what has to do with the question that was asked.
Dec
7
comment How much is considered plagiarism?
Welcome to Writers!
Dec
7
comment How can I turn my short story into a novel?
Welcome to Writers! This is an interesting question, thanks for asking it. I've removed your secondary question about POV, since that would be better asked as a separate question; please feel welcome to go ahead and ask it. (The text is in the change history.)
Dec
2
comment Having trouble finding an old book, perhaps someone here can help?
Agreed, will send this over.
Nov
29
comment Less expensive way to find pictures for a visual dictionary
@what - My opinion is that this still isn't about writing. That the accepted answer basically says "take your own photographs" supports this; the question and the answer have nothing to do with writing.
Nov
29
comment Less expensive way to find pictures for a visual dictionary
I don't think this question is about writing, it's about generating illustrations or photographs.
Nov
26
comment How to develop a more regal language
This question might get more useful answers on the Worldbuilding site.
Nov
26
comment What's the difference between Cut and Cut to?
Why the vote to close as off-topic? Screenwriting is on-topic here.
Nov
26
comment Starting a book with this sentence, is it ok?
This is off-topic here for a few reasons. Questions about grammar are off-topic, as are critique questions and questions asking what to write.
Nov
26
comment How to develop a more regal language
Related: Is it ever effective to use modern and archaic grammar together?
Nov
23
comment What are the initial classes called in university and how do they work?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about writing, editing, or a related field.
Nov
22
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Relevant: What is the most purplish prose you can write? on Reddit.
Nov
20
comment Can't write more than the beginning of a story
If you can edit this question to be different from the linked questions, we'll consider reopening. Why are the existing answers not helping you? You may just need time and motivation.
Nov
20
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
This is still a very unclear question. Placing on hold until it can be edited.