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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.)


Nov
10
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange sites work a little differently that traditional discussion forums; answers need to directly answer the question, not discuss the issues raised. This answer is a nice essay on how to write well, but it doesn't directly answer the question, which is asking how to tell the difference between "purple prose" and descriptive writing.
Nov
10
comment What are the appropriate first steps to writing a scientific paper concerning a physical constant?
This question is awfully broad. What kind of paper do you need to write? What knowledge do you already have about writing? Your school may already have a writing lab, have you tried that resource?
Nov
7
comment Comprehensive reference book for syntax and style
We already have many questions asking for reference books about writing. For books specifically about grammar, you can find several examples here. I hope this helps.
Nov
6
comment Am I using too much dialogue?
Can you provide an example?
Nov
6
comment What are frequently used arguments for recognizing bad writing styles in fiction?
I think you mean "criteria", not "arguments"?
Nov
4
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
Why do you want to know? Is this for a writing project, or to improve your writing?
Nov
4
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
Can you be more specific? This question, while very interesting, basically asks, "what is clear writing, linguistically" and I think that's an awfully broad question. From the FAQ: "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much."
Nov
4
comment Is there a systematic overview over the approaches of describing a physical object?
Interesting question; why do you ask?
Nov
4
comment Past tense vs present tense
Welcome to Writers. Would you be willing to share a few lines of the story in question? It might help clarify the situation.
Nov
4
comment Where can I find a good online thesaurus?
Thanks, that's very helpful.
Nov
3
comment Where can I find a good online thesaurus?
Welcome to Writers. We prefer answers that are a little more comprehensive than just a link elsewhere. Can you tell us more about this? Why do you prefer it over other resources?
Nov
3
comment MLA: Citing Multiple Facts from Same Source & Page in Same Paragraph
I assume you want to know how to cite this; your question is incomplete.
Oct
27
comment Criteria used by acquisition editors (for Fiction or Non-Fiction)
I'll take care of it, thanks for editing. Just a suggestion, but this would probably be an even stronger question if you explained why you're asking and gave us some background.
Oct
27
comment Criteria used by acquisition editors (for Fiction or Non-Fiction)
I think that would be a much better question.
Oct
27
comment What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing?
"descriptive story is analysis of any topic desired" By that logic, an academic essay or a political polemic would be descriptive writing.
Oct
25
comment Criteria used by acquisition editors (for Fiction or Non-Fiction)
This question is polling the community, and is difficult to answer in its present form. I think we could edit this into a better question, though, and reopen it. Why are you asking? Is this a field you'd like to break into?
Oct
23
comment Are there any synonyms for someone who has opted into something?
@LaurenIpsum - Agreed. Migrated.
Oct
22
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.
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.