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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
21
comment How can I balance between a formal and informal tone?
I've put this on hold until Lauren's question can be answered; will reopen when we have context.
Aug
19
comment Using true/real names and events in a fiction novel
Debbie, we've closed this as a duplicate question, but if the question linked to above doesn't tell you what you need to know, please let us know why. We can edit and reopen this.
Aug
19
comment Do the guidelines for clear style that we use today get in the way of rhythm?
Related, on the English site: Is it ever effective to use modern and archaic grammar together?
Aug
19
comment Limitations in using a historical figure in a romance
Tobias, we've closed this as a duplicate question, but if the question linked to above doesn't tell you what you need to know, please let us know why. We can edit and reopen this.
Aug
19
comment Nonfiction: Need signed releases and/or pay subjects I am interviewing?
I didn't find any duplicates of this, but there are some related questions: Legal and Social effect of story involving real life people, Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media?.
Aug
19
comment What is the difference between a complication/twist and a situation?
Welcome to Writers, Tommy!
Aug
13
comment What are some creative memoir writing styles?
"How would it be be received" - where? By the general public? By techie audiences?
Aug
13
comment How to handle multiple notebooks?
Hello, and welcome to Writers. I've lightly edited your question to remove aspects that were polling the community (a type of question that's hard to answer canonically).
Aug
13
comment Beginners can break rules too?
"Adaptation" is a great film, and an excellent example of breaking the conventions of narrative logic.
Aug
13
comment Beginners can break rules too?
Thanks, Alpha; I've updated your question to reflect this.
Aug
13
comment Beginners can break rules too?
Welcome to the site, Alpha. Can you be a little more specific? For example, are you talking here about grammatical rules, narrative conventions, or rules of story logic?
Aug
8
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
It'd probably be best to clean this up too. Which way should we handle it?
Aug
8
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
Also, welcome to Writers!
Aug
8
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
Is this meant to be an answer to your own question or an update on the question? There's nothing wrong with answering your own question, but if it's an update, it should be edited into the question.
Aug
7
comment Should I write Internet slang as it is spoken or as it is written?
I don't have time to research a proper answer right now, so this is just my opinion: While writing in dialect can be done well, netspeak is not spoken dialect, and was never meant to be pronounced. I feel that you should spell things in a way that could potentially fit in a human mouth; writing "pwned" and "1337" in dialog makes you look illiterate, not accurate. I use netspeak all the time - in chat rooms and text messages. It has no place in polished prose until these spellings make their way into reputable dictionaries.
Aug
6
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
This question is being discussed in meta; placed on hold for the time being. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/867/…
Aug
5
comment How can I better promote my film review blog?
Perhaps posting a link to your blog would provide better answers?
Aug
5
comment How can I better promote my film review blog?
In terms of being on- or off-topic, I think this question can go either way. I'd like to see how many people vote to close, and how helpful the answers are.
Aug
4
comment Does anyone know of a good place for critique?
The system places it in the yellow area above the question text.
Aug
2
comment Does anyone know of a good place for critique?
Welcome to Writers! This question has been asked several times here, so I'm closing it as a duplicate. (Please note that this site supports limited critiques, i.e., ones that have specific questions.)