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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.)


Sep
19
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
There's no private messaging system on Stack Exchange, but you can contact me here.
Sep
17
comment Resource for idioms
I think this is a situation where reading a lot will benefit you a lot more than any resource. Even if this exists, you'd be copying phrases by rote.
Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
I'm just curious, but would you be willing to link to this story?
Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
@LaurenIpsum Definitely related, but I think this question contains a different enough shade of meaning to stand on its own.
Sep
16
comment Can a sentence start with verb?
Can you tell us why you're asking, to give this context? Questions strictly about grammar are off-topic here.
Sep
13
comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
@BroSlow - I think the comparison gives us a high-level view of how fashions and perceived best practices in writing have changed over the centuries. What we view as literature now may not be considered such in a few hundred years, and we view potboilers of the day (like Shakespeare) as sophisticated, influential fiction.
Sep
13
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
This answer has received flags marking it as offensive. I've softened it a bit to address these concerns; see the edit history for more information. If you'd like to discuss, I'm happy to do so.
Sep
10
comment International self publishing: where to start?
No, that's fine, thanks.
Sep
9
comment International self publishing: where to start?
Welcome to Writers. I see that you've posted two answers so far, and both link to Wattpad. Are you affiliated with the site?
Sep
6
comment Books on character development
Related: What are good reads about writing?
Sep
4
comment Where can I find co-authors willing to share writing duties for a fiction novel?
Maybe the real question here is, not "how do I find a collaborator", but "do I need a collaborator"?
Sep
2
comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
The premise of this question is somewhat insensitive. All mental illness is not of a type, and you can't just call behavior out of the norm "insanity".
Aug
30
comment What's the best software for self-publishing?
Have you looked at existing software? What is your budget? Will the book have pictures or diagrams?
Aug
26
comment How does one break into journalism?
Does that answer everything you were looking for? If not, let's edit this so it's more distinctive.
Aug
26
comment How does one break into journalism?
Welcome to the site! This question has been asked before, perhaps it will provide you with answers: Breaking into journalism without a degree.
Aug
25
comment does this paragraph persuade you to feel as though this couple is deserving of the award?
I think it's still not a very good critique question. What problems, specifically, do you think the piece has? What questions do you want this critique to answer? Also, you might want to turn this into paragraphs; it's very difficult to read as it is.
Aug
25
comment Best way to become more natural at English
This is a little too broad for this site, but it might be a good fit at English Language Learners. I'm placing this on hold for now, but I'll see if they'll take this there.
Aug
24
comment Is there a disadvantage to transcending genre?
Welcome to Writers!
Aug
24
comment Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Welcome to Writers!
Aug
24
comment What's the ideal usage for italics for names?
Whoops. Yes, quotation marks.