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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.)


Aug
13
comment Beginners can break rules too?
"Adaptation" is a great film, and an excellent example of breaking the conventions of narrative logic.
Aug
13
comment Beginners can break rules too?
Thanks, Alpha; I've updated your question to reflect this.
Aug
13
comment Beginners can break rules too?
Welcome to the site, Alpha. Can you be a little more specific? For example, are you talking here about grammatical rules, narrative conventions, or rules of story logic?
Aug
8
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
It'd probably be best to clean this up too. Which way should we handle it?
Aug
8
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
Also, welcome to Writers!
Aug
8
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
Is this meant to be an answer to your own question or an update on the question? There's nothing wrong with answering your own question, but if it's an update, it should be edited into the question.
Aug
7
comment Should I write Internet slang as it is spoken or as it is written?
I don't have time to research a proper answer right now, so this is just my opinion: While writing in dialect can be done well, netspeak is not spoken dialect, and was never meant to be pronounced. I feel that you should spell things in a way that could potentially fit in a human mouth; writing "pwned" and "1337" in dialog makes you look illiterate, not accurate. I use netspeak all the time - in chat rooms and text messages. It has no place in polished prose until these spellings make their way into reputable dictionaries.
Aug
6
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
This question is being discussed in meta; placed on hold for the time being. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/867/…
Aug
5
comment How can I better promote my film review blog?
Perhaps posting a link to your blog would provide better answers?
Aug
5
comment How can I better promote my film review blog?
In terms of being on- or off-topic, I think this question can go either way. I'd like to see how many people vote to close, and how helpful the answers are.
Aug
4
comment Does anyone know of a good place for critique?
The system places it in the yellow area above the question text.
Aug
2
comment Does anyone know of a good place for critique?
Welcome to Writers! This question has been asked several times here, so I'm closing it as a duplicate. (Please note that this site supports limited critiques, i.e., ones that have specific questions.)
Jul
31
comment Looking for software that can create annotation/outline layers
I believe GIMP annotates individual images, and would be unwieldy for thousands of pages of text.
Jul
26
comment Suggestions for revising style and cadence within a children's book
Gregg, welcome to the site. I'm afraid that your question is asking for us to explain what an agent's notes mean, regarding a manuscript we haven't seen. Examples would be very helpful.
Jul
26
comment Best blind sequence?
@ABlueShoe Because not everything on this site is performed by utterly consistent robots. (Have placed the question you linked to on hold pending edits; it came up in a conversation in chat, along with this question.)
Jul
26
comment Examples of Successful Rule-Breaking in Novels
Placed on hold as too broad for the time being, pending edits.
Jul
25
comment Examples of Successful Rule-Breaking in Novels
This question can result in an open-ended list, and it isn't really answerable in its current form. That said, it's a fascinating question. Can anyone think of a way of editing this into a form that we could leave open?
Jul
23
comment Can't write, can plan
Related: How does one deal with world builder's syndrome?
Jul
22
comment How far does libel extend in writing?
Welcome to Writers! This question has been asked before (although not as extensively as here): Legalities about fictionalizing current events. Do you feel the answers here address your question?
Jul
21
comment Is it possible to write fiction as a non-sensing, non-worldly person?
@AndrewCheong - Have placed it on hold for now, please ping me or another moderator when you've edited and would like to discuss. We can talk in the comments here, or in meta, or in chat, as you prefer.