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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
25
comment Which language to use when writing a multinational story
Have created a multilingual tag. I'd love to see more questions about this, to fulfill the site's potential for being multilingual.
Aug
25
comment Which language to use when writing a multinational story
All this said, I'm sure that someone, somewhere has managed to write a book or a story contrary to all the advice I'm giving here, and found a way to make it work. If this imaginary multilingual story exists, I'd love to read it.
Aug
25
comment Cutting down on paragraph size
@JasonV - Actually, if you have specific questions about a piece of writing, you can indeed post it here - if you have specific questions about the work. You've done this here, with your question about paragraph length. For generalized critique, try asking in our chat room; people sometimes post links to works in progress there.
Aug
24
comment What is it called when the outcome of the plot is not told?
@SteveMoser - Then this question isn't about writing at all. We've decided that general literary questions are out of scope here. This question is very much on the borderline, however. If we start seeing a lot of these, they'll probably be closed.
Aug
24
comment Breaking the 'cooling down' rule after finishing the first draft
@John- Glad to hear it, thanks for clarifying.
Aug
23
comment Breaking the 'cooling down' rule after finishing the first draft
John, I have edited out the profanity in this post. You undid my edit, which I have fixed. I know you disagree with the profanity policy here; please do not do this again. This is not a case where the word is needed to communicate your point.
Aug
23
comment Translation of my book “Babymoves” into Japanese
Agreed. You're asking the internet for legal advice. Specifically, look for a lawyer who can handle international contract law.
Aug
23
comment How do I escape my own experience?
We've had several variations on this question before, or at least similar questions - but never quite this question, and never with such a neat title.
Aug
21
comment Where and how to give an overview of each chapter in scientific writing?
To my knowledge, the Chicago Manual of Style has no information on dissertation structure; it's mostly geared towards books. It does go into a little detail on journal abstracts (1.90, "Article abstracts") but that doesn't help you in this situation. I don't have APA with me just now to refer to. Based on the resources I can check online right now, APA has no specific mechanism that I can find for per-section summaries other than the abstract.
Aug
21
comment What is it called when the outcome of the plot is not told?
This seems only vaguely related to the act of writing. Why do you want to know this? Are you attempting to use a device like this in your book?
Aug
20
comment Where and how to give an overview of each chapter in scientific writing?
You get to pick? Lucky you! MLA is the Modern Language Association. Their general style book is meant mostly for graduate work, and they also have one for high school and undergrad use. I hear it's popular in the humanities.
Aug
20
comment Where and how to give an overview of each chapter in scientific writing?
Possibly relevant: What style book does your school use? APA? MLA?
Aug
20
comment Quotes inside of Quotes inside of Quotes
"There should be no space placed between double and single quotation marks" - Does MLA specify this?
Aug
20
comment Quotes inside of Quotes inside of Quotes
@Just - Nested quotes always alternate between double quotes and single quotes. Whether you start with double or single quotes depends on whether you're using US or UK/Aus/NZ style.
Aug
18
comment Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?
"There's nothing you can gain from writing completely original stories that you can't gain from writing fanfic." Building your own, completely original world and characters, perhaps? Yeah, there are ways to make fanfic less dependent on the original universe, but it's barely fanfic at that point. IMO the entire point of fanfic is to play with beloved characters and settings.
Aug
17
comment What is the word for this effect - things are not normally noticed until those things come in to the news and people fear/are looking for them
@KitFox - Done!
Aug
17
comment How long should it take to write 100k words?
This is indeed subjective, but being subjective isn't always a problem here. Answerable? Yes, but answers are going to be vague; I've heard of novels being written in a few weeks or in ten years. A year or two is probably a good middle ground for a 100k novel.
Aug
17
comment Deciding whether to use a dialogue tag or an action tag in a dialogue
Related issue: said bookisms.
Aug
17
comment What is the word for this effect - things are not normally noticed until those things come in to the news and people fear/are looking for them
Agreed, this is off-topic. @KitFox, since you're a mod over there, shall I send this to EL&U?
Aug
15
comment How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
That's a much more specific question that what's here, and one that's more likely to be answered. Will do another edit to make this clear; please revert or further edit my edits if need be. In the meantime, you may also want to delve into the planning tag here on Writers.SE; you may find some questions to be of interest.