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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, most recently 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.)


Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
Placing this on hold until this can be clarified; it's not answerable in its current form. D.R., please edit this and we'll reopen once the question is clear.
Oct
8
comment What's the difference between “MUSIC” and “MUZAK?”
Welcome to Writers beta. This question isn't about writing, rather one that can be answered with a dictionary search. I'm going to close this as off-topic, but if that dictionary search doesn't answer your question, this can probably be sent to the English site if it (1) shows research effort and (2) indicates what you've found so far. English tends to close questions just asking for a definition. If you want to edit, ping me and I'll migrate.
Oct
7
comment Books on character development
Agreed; this is one of many questions asking for books about writing. List questions are okay if there are only a few possible answers, which may be the case here.
Oct
6
comment How to write realistic injury scenes?
And you may know some EMTs and not know it. Put am inquiry out on Facebook, it can't hurt.
Oct
6
comment How to write realistic injury scenes?
You might try going to a regular library first. University libraries are very good for this, since the larger ones sometimes have specialized libraries.
Oct
6
comment How to write realistic injury scenes?
Ironically (considering the first few words of this), this is a good answer. I think that @KaguraRap needs a general understanding and then a guide to resources. So perhaps the second stop will be a medical library, with a request for materials understandable to the lay person.
Oct
2
comment Non-fictional ideology in a fictional culture
It's hard to answer this as it is, and I'm a little on clear on what you're asking. You have two cultures in this story, one fictional and one not. Well and good. What are you worried about, exactly? Are you worried (say) how this will be received? If it will be seen as critical and derivative?
Oct
2
comment Are there books to improve the style?
Welcome to Writers. I'm a little unclear on what kind of writing you want to improve. The piece of the question you quote leads one to believe you're talking about coding. (I imagine not, since you mention grammar, but If so, this isn't the place to ask). Documentation and other tech writing (as per your tag)? The cinema reviews you mention?
Sep
28
comment What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?
All of these are names for the group of paragraphs before the symbol in question.
Sep
23
comment Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words)
See the other answers. Having a story without characters may not make for the best story, but it is possible.
Sep
23
comment How can I make it more erotic?
Locking this post for now, to avoid a continuing edit war. user08742, if you want to discuss this, please open a thread in meta.
Sep
22
comment Urban erotica and authors
Closed as per meta.writers.stackexchange.com/a/892/26.
Sep
22
comment Is it common to bring in a developmental editor when you are at the stage of synopsis?
I'd also be interested in knowing where developmental editing ends and writing coach begins with this.
Sep
22
comment Is it common to bring in a developmental editor when you are at the stage of synopsis?
Definitely helpful, but I think that's a different take on this. The author of that post is a developmental editor, so of course he'll be more knowledgable than I am. Perhaps this is becoming more common over time?
Sep
22
comment Good idea to write a scene with just pure dialogue exchange?
Depends on the dialog and your specific situation, but probably.
Sep
21
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
If the linked question doesn't address what you need, please let us know in the comments.
Sep
20
comment Are newlines effective for adding weight to certain phrases?
Agreed, this can be effective but it's easy to overuse.
Sep
20
comment Book translations for a student
To the person who voted to close because this is about translating, not writing: Translation is on-topic here, as are requests for writing tools.
Sep
19
comment How can i learn the name of a colour to use in a description?
Perhaps this will help? boredpanda.com/color-thesaurus-char-ingrid-sundberg
Sep
19
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
There's no private messaging system on Stack Exchange, but you can contact me here.