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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.)


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.
Dec
29
comment Potentially risky subject in my script
This question is very close to being brainstorming to generate plot ideas, which is off-topic here. Incorporating your comments might help make this question useful to more people.
Dec
25
comment What referencing style is this?
@What - Agreed, these are endnotes. Would you like to turn this into an answer?
Dec
18
comment Story beats for woman masquerading as a man
As per the meta discussion mentioned above, I'm closing this question.
Dec
17
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.
Dec
16
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.
Dec
15
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.
Dec
15
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
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.)
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.