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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.)


Jun
18
comment Software that converts handwriting to computer text
calligraphic style isn't on-topic here, but that other use case... I've asked for another opinion on this.
Jun
18
comment How do I stick to one story?
Yep, @Lauren's got it in one. I added a link anyway.
Jun
18
comment How do I stick to one story?
Disclaimer: Links go to a site where I post.
Jun
17
comment Is a 'tutorial format' acceptable for personal notes?
I'm sorry, but this question is asking what various people do - questions that encourage multiple answers, all equally valid, don't work on Stack Exchange sites. Am closing this for now, but if you can think of a way to ask a specific, answerable question, would be happy to consider re-opening.
Jun
17
comment Is a 'tutorial format' acceptable for personal notes?
I'm not seeing how this question is really answerable in the Stack Exchange sense, it's more of a chatty, forum-style conversation-thread starter. Perhaps ask for the advantages and disadvantages of various note-taking styles? Can you explain more about the format you're gravitating towards?
Jun
17
comment Software that converts handwriting to computer text
I don't see what this has to do with writing. If the software you're looking for has something to do with a writing project, please edit to explain this and we'll consider reopening.
Jun
15
comment Would a paid-for review from Kirkus give me real insight into quality of my manuscript?
@Standback, I did a little fine-tuning on your edit. If anyone doesn't like what I did, please feel free to revert my edit.
Jun
15
comment How to improve the ending of this short story (final scene + flashback)
@alex - thanks for editing, this question works much better now that the two questions you're asking are related.
Jun
13
comment How to improve the ending of this short story (final scene + flashback)
I agree, this is asking three separate questions.
Jun
11
comment Opening paragraphs of a short story set in an aquarium
Each paragraph starting with "Sophia" isn't a problem, unless it goes on for pages and pages. For a small snippet like this, I'd see it as a rhythmic element that's kinda cool.
Jun
11
comment Substitutions for 'which' and 'for which' that maintain the sentence's meaning
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post.
Jun
8
comment How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post.
Jun
8
comment What's the most marketable title?
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post. (It really isn't a critique so much as a marketing question in any case.)
Jun
8
comment How can I express this more clearly or concisely?
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post. Also, requests for the revision or critique of a single sentence are normally closed here, but this has already been asked and answered.
Jun
8
comment Improving Ad Script
Who will be watching this video? Users who have registered already, or potential users on the fence about joining the site? The general public unfamiliar with the site? This makes a huge difference.
Jun
3
comment Does this FAQ accurately convey the mission of DIY.SE?
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post.
Jun
3
comment Which is a better composition?
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post.
Jun
3
comment Any suggestions to improve these three introductory paragraphs of a novel I'm writing (e.g. writing style, description and flow)?
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post.
Jun
3
comment Advice on interface text in a videogame
This is an older question. It's been bumped by the system because it's been retagged, as per this meta post.
Jun
3
comment What is the expression/common form to express that one will stay long term somewhere?
Critique questions here need to include specific questions about the writing, as required by this site's critique guidelines. I'm closing this for now, but please feel free to edit this question so we can consider re-opening it.