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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.)


May
16
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
It's definitely better, thanks for editing.
May
16
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
As it stands, I think this is a question that's (1) asking what to write, and (2) very close to brainstorming, both of which are off-topic. Maybe phrasing this in a way where you ask the effects of these endings on the reader would be better?
May
13
comment Common process for creating social media content?
@LaurenIpsum - Unfortunately, it is a word. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/task
May
6
comment Please evaluate the effectiveness of both voices, which better brings the character to life?
You may find this helpful: Narrative mode: Alternating person view
May
4
comment Alternative word for “she”
@Ari, is this is about fiction or non-fiction?
May
2
comment Please evaluate the effectiveness of both voices, which better brings the character to life?
Mixing voices is hard to do well. I would recommend a third person view for anything epic. Think Harry Turtledove.
May
1
comment How does the placement of transition sentences affects the meaning/tone of a piece?
Reading this except on its own, I think the bolded sentence can be struck out entirely. Unless the text that precedes the except ties in with it?
Apr
29
comment How to Cite an Author Who Has a Pen Name
What style guide are you following? (APA, Chicago, etc.) Is this an academic/technical or popular article?
Apr
25
comment Is it legal to use a parental advisory on a book?
Do you mean an advisory in general? Or a specific parental advisory graphic? Are you self-publishing this book? What country are you in?
Apr
20
comment Tools for modelling near-future world
Possibly of interest: There's a worldbuilding proposal on Area 51.
Apr
15
comment Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content
Those are older questions, if they were asked now they'd probably be closed. But your edit is much more specific, thanks!
Apr
15
comment Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content
While providing a list of sites really appropriate for a Q&A site (since there's no way to definitively answer the question) maybe we can still be of help. Can you explain why you want to know this? What information are you looking for? Is this for a specific writing project or are you just looking for general information?
Apr
14
comment Fan works… are they allowed?
Niet, you may find these questions and their answers helpful: (and possibly not): Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?, How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?.
Apr
11
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
As interesting and helpful as this is, it doesn't answer the question, which is whether self-publishing helps or hurts one's prospects for traditional publication.
Apr
8
comment Is Mine a Convincing Argument Concerning the Effects of Censorship?
Closed as per this discussion in chat.
Apr
7
comment How do you write a character's internal monologue?
Relevant, and possibly a duplicate: Punctuating dialogue with oneself, also Punctuating Thoughts.
Apr
4
comment Capitalization of Phrases: One-on-one assistance
John, your question already has an answer in this question. Welcome to the site, and please continue to ask questions here. (You might also find out sister site English Language & Usage to be helpful.)
Mar
27
comment What is a good OCR program?
Here's the meta thread Pravesh mentioned.
Mar
27
comment Are headlines about lists superior in print as they are in web content?
Ryan, @what - please take this to chat. Arguing in the comments isn't helpful.
Mar
24
comment I need advice regarding the use of real-world locations in a novel
Related: Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?