The Nocturnal Editor

I have renamed the Abraxas Writing & Editing Services Facebook page to The Nocturnal Editor. If you haven’t dropped by and ‘liked’ my page, please do! If you need writing or editing services, PM me or e-mail
The Nocturnal Editor

You Should Work at Home

Attention writers, editors, transcribers, and other job seekers:

I post leads for freelance writing jobs (and other remote jobs) on my You Should Work at Home Facebook page. Go check it out and throw me a ‘like’:

In addition, you should also follow the You Should Work at Home Twitter account as well

Need help with writing or editing? Let me help!

Creativity in a slump?

Need help polishing your prose?

Unsure how to start a freelance writing or editing career?

I can help!

Work with the one and only (literary) Mother of Crows! I’m the owner of )0( Triple Crow Publishing )0(, Abraxas Writing & Editing Services, and a partner of Ghouls on the Go, LLC.

My longtime friend and colleague, Mindy Phillips Lawrence, asked for my current writing, editing, and coaching/teaching rates, so I figured now’s a good time to repost them.

My affordable (and downright incredible!) rates are located here:

If you need a freelance writer, blogger, editor, or writing coach/instructor with 19 years of experience, contact me. I’m accepting new clients once again.

Updated: Abraxas Writing & Editing Services website

Just updated my website, Abraxas Writing & Editing Services.
Hope you’ll stop by, check it out, and bookmark it as well.

Keep me in mind if you need writing, editing, or writing instruction.
I’ve been a professional writer, editor, and online writing course instructor since May 1997.

**Please note: my writing courses are moving to Udemy’s worldwide education site for 2015. If you want to sign up for a course, drop me a line and I’ll point you in the right direction. My course content is in the process of being added and catalogued at and should be live soon!**

Thanks! OR

[Guest Blog] A Website for Every Step

**This week’s guest blog is by Nikolas Baron of Grammarly. Enjoy!**

In popular culture, many metaphors portray crutches in a negative light. She uses her humor as a crutch to mask her insecurity. When he is stressed, he uses alcohol as a crutch. However, one friend broke a leg in a surfing accident. For months, he hobbled around on a crutch.  This device was instrumental in his recovery. Crutches remove pressure and weight from the legs, allowing the lower body to recuperate from injury. Despite whatever metaphorical connotation crutches carry, crutches serve a valuable purpose under the right contexts. As a writer, there is no shame in using a crutch from time to time. In fact, if my friend had ignored doctor’s orders and forgone his crutches, he might have been permanently disabled. Likewise, you can waste time and energy if you do not use the tools available online for writers. Here are six supportive websites that will help you with each step you take on your writing journey.  


  • Learning the Ropes

Each writer has a unique tale about how they broke into the writing business. For some, it was intentional and methodical. They went to college, majored in Creative Writing or Journalism, and landed a writing job.  Other authors stumbled into the career. They wrote a short story or poem for fun. Its enthusiastic reception by their friends encouraged them. They sent it off for publication. Voila, almost overnight, they became a published author. Glen C. Strathy, a freelance business writer, hosts a website entitled How to Write a Book Now. In his article, “How to Become a Writer: Where to Start,”  you will find a lot of advice on how to learn the writing process and begin walking the path to publication. If you want to focus on a particular genre of writing, click on the links that specify novel writing, plays, or non-fiction.  

  • Pre-writing is a cool interactive tool to brainstorm before writing a manuscript. After entering your main topic in the center bubble, you add secondary details in smaller, side bubbles. It helps to see your ideas in a visual format. You can save your work on the site or print it out to consult later. This website is not essential to the process, but it is fun. It is a great option for those days when you need to do something a little groovy to get yourself motivated to write!


  • Writer’s Block

Speaking of motivation, what websites can you lean on for inspiration? I found two helpful tools.  

For a momentary distraction and a little chuckle, try 911 Writer’s Block. Occasionally, all that is needed to lift the brain fog is a little distraction. For a more serious case of writer’s block, I found an article that approaches the problem from a myriad of angles. Read Gerald Lynch’s “10 Essential Applications for Authors: Software and Tools to Banish Writer’s Block for Good.” – gallery

  • Proofreading and Plagiarism

Proofreading is an unavoidable step; there is no jumping over it. I work for Grammarly, a company that provides online proofreading services. As a bonus, the program also operates a plagiarism checker.  If you use a ghostwriter or a creative editor, you can check their work for authenticity. Even with your own writing, you can ensure that you have not unintentionally reused a phrase from a source in a form that is too close to the original.

  • Revision/ Editing

    Once you have written the manuscript, it is essential to revise it for flow. Beyond grammar, you need to verify claims and assertions. In fiction, you must examine the characters, the storyline, and the conclusion for reader satisfaction. Will the reader be convinced? Does everything make sense? As the author, you have intimate knowledge of the elements of your story. An outside opinion from an editor can be especially revealing. Most writers agree that personal recommendations yield the best editors. If you are not buddies with any experienced writers, search the directory found at the Editorial Freelancers Association website.

The writing process is a burden without the proper support.  If you are still limping a bit, find which tools work for you. The choices are abundant.

By Nikolas Baron




Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, travelling, and reading.

It’s 5 a.m. and….and…and…!

Holy crap! I got so involved in watching online course lectures and taking assessments that I totally didn’t know it was nearly 5 a.m.! I gotta go to bed now. Sleep, however, is another matter. One does not necessarily follow the other. Ya feel me?

Oh, you’ll have a good laugh at this: I did eat Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew, but I DID NOT game as I planned! Got SO excited over the decision to formally pursue a psych degree that I spent all night reading, researching, delving into particulars.

This is a problem for me! Most people shirk off work in order to game or to play. I have the OPPOSITE problem! Paul has to NUDGE me to GO HAVE MINDLESS FUN! I *want* to play, but there’s always that, “Yes, but you have this, this, and this you wanted to accomplish/complete” going on inside my head. That’s what happens when you LOVE the work you do!

This weekend, I shall game. I must. Surely I can find an hour or so over the next two days to game, in addition to the career and education stuff. Balance, you know? Balance!

Oh, and reading. I must get through 100 books by the end of the year (roughly 2 books read per week, and I’m on track!). Well, not must…but it’s a goal I’ve set for myself. And I have NEW online course modules I’ll be teaching come Monday (including the Elements of Editing course). If you want to jump in on that, go here to register:

Remember — I’m a cheap and easy date. Wait! I’m cheap…but I ain’t easy. I’ll put you to work, but you’ll LOVE every minute of it! 😉

Have a good Saturday, taters! I’ll return to you anon.