Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sunset Facebook Cover

Enjoy this free Facebook cover from Photo Graphics (and me, of course!). Please don't alter the image.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Creating a dash in Word

As I work on edit after edit and tutor students in the art of writing, there seems to be a misunderstanding about the proper way to make a dash in Word. There isn't a "dash" button on the QWERTY keyboard and no seemingly simple way to do it. I either see single hyphens (-) used as dashes or I see double hyphens (--).

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How to properly type a dash into Word:

- Type the word you want before the dash

-WITHOUT SPACING, type a double hyphen (--)

-WITHOUT SPACING AGAIN, type the word you want after the dash

-Finally, hit the space button

This post is NOT about how to properly use a dash. Perhaps I'll do that one later. (One tip is not to use it where you would use a semicolon.)

Note that this "how to" is for Word. It could also work in other word processors but it certainly doesn't work in this IE browser I'm using. Not sure if it would work in any others.

Hope I've been some help!

Peace, love, and happy writing,


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Writing Meme

A friend of mine (author Angel Sharum) and I have started The Write Designs on Facebook to showcase the other side of our creativity. We'll be offering free Facebook covers for authors, writing memes, and showing off our ebook covers and more. Here is one of our first writing memes. Download, share, enjoy! Please do not alter any images.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Interview about my editing.

I have a story coming out in No Regrets, the upcoming anthology from Silly Tree. However, not only was I able to submit and get a story accepted, this also makes my second edit for this indie publisher. They recently sent me a list of interview questions to discuss my editing process and style. If you have any questions about enlisting an editor for your work, I think this information would benefit you. Click below.

Interview with our Editor, Pamela Gifford

My Author Interview on Silly Tree

I have a short story entitled, "The Wish", coming out in the book, No Regrets, from Silly Tree Anthologies soon. On their blog, as they prepare for this release, they publish author interviews. Click below to read mine and be on the lookout for the release of this book very soon!

Interview with Pamela Caves

Monday, February 3, 2014

"Stealing Kisses" by Pamela Caves Exerpt

-from "Stealing Kisses", available in Silenced from DIVA Publishing Group
Available on Amazon and Smashwords

I dreamed about the woman in the paper. I dreamed that I brushed her hair, a feathery brown just like mine. I dreamed that I delicately brushed a peach blush over her high cheekbones. And then I started on her lips, first lining them with a dark red pencil and then brushing a blood red gloss over their supple curves.

But blood began to run and it came down over my hands. It was sticky and warm. It crept down my arm as the lip brush plummeted to the ground. I screamed and tried to wipe it away but it only made it smear.

When I looked back up at her, her lips were gone, a bloody, tangled mess left in their wake.

I heard a noise and looked to my left. There Dustin stood with one of my kitchen knives in his hand, all soaked in crimson. "Try them on," he said. "They're prettier than yours. I might actually want to kiss you if you had lips like that."

There was something soft and wet in my hand but I refused to look at it.


I was still shaking when I went downstairs to make myself some more coffee. I couldn't help but glance at my knife stand. One of the smaller knives was gone. I blinked at the small picture of the woman. He never concerned himself with things like reading the newspaper. What if he'd only gotten it to read the story about the woman?