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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.)


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.
Jul
21
comment How do I approach rewriting an entire user guide in an agile environment?
Welcome to Writers!
Jul
19
comment Is it possible to write fiction as a non-sensing, non-worldly person?
I have to agree with Lauren, the specific question needs to be brought out here. As it is, the question is more of a discussion starter and would fit a web forum better. But there might be a good question at the core here. Maybe we should put this on hold and discuss the question in meta? Any objection?
Jul
10
comment How to write a reminder email?
Hello, and welcome to Writers. This question has been asked here before. I'm going to close this as a duplicate for now, but if none of these questions addresses your situation, please tell us why and we can edit your question and reopen.(The above is auto-generated text.)
Jul
7
comment Managing genre and rating for a story
Asking for "insights or suggestions" isn't a question that can be answered definitively, since it's more like a discussion question than a question for a Q&A site like this one. Perhaps if you could edit this to be more about writing and managing writing, and less about the site's interface, it would be a better, more targeted question.
Jul
2
comment Using Genres and Tags in a writing website
This has also been asked on UX: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/60632/…
Jun
30
comment Science and fantasy + arcanepunk
I'm afraid that book recommendations are off-topic here. Unless you can narrow this some more and make it more relevant to your writing, I think this is probably going to have to be closed.
Jun
27
comment Is there a quality difference in purchased hardcovers?
It's a valid question. Wal-Mart has a rep for purchasing merchandise from suppliers at very low cost, neccesitating substandard production runs. I'd be interested in knowing if this is true, and if it extends to books. I can't find anything to back any of this up, though.
Jun
26
comment Is there a quality difference in purchased hardcovers?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for this interesting question.
Jun
20
comment Main male character description
Lauren, I agree, but this is a borderline situation. If people vote-to-close, it'll show the community agrees with you.
Jun
19
comment How do I develop skills at writing and planning plots and characters?
Stack Exchange sites work best with more focused questions than this. From the help center: "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." Placing this on hold for now, but please feel free to edit and we'll consider reopening.
Jun
16
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
Thanks for editing. I had in mind pointing out multiple volumes as an option, but I agree that this is a conversation best had with an individual printer.
Jun
16
comment Is there a complete guideline for which tense to use?
I'd like to point out that while grammar itself os off-topic here, the use of grammar as a writing tool is quite on-topic. I'd ask that answers focus on the latter aspect of this question.
Jun
15
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
Although naming specific vendors is helpful and a good starting point, could you expand your answer to indicate what the options are with these publishers? The question is asking "what are my options given such-and-such parameters".
Jun
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Welcome to Writers. Asking what to write is off-topic on this site. Do you think you can edit this to avoid that?
Jun
10
comment RDF vocabularly for storytelling
@sh1ftst0rm - Yes, definitely. I'd like to see Monica's concerns addressed as well; the clearer the question, the better answers you can get.
Jun
9
comment What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing?
Can you clarify this question by telling us where you encountered these terms, and what the context is? This is difficult to answer otherwise.
Jun
9
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
CW status removed. There was no reason for its use here other than to avoid reputation loss.
Jun
5
comment Best Tool to Create User Guides
Thanks, that's helpful.