Monday, August 26, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction--Using the Em Dash--August 26, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction
August 26, 2013
Update: Not a lot to update this week. Almost finished with a 400-page editing job, and then did a couple smaller proofreading jobs. Now ready to begin editing a 300-page novel….Just found out I didn’t win the contest last week for my “Gray-Haired Lady” story, but thanks to all of you for voting. When I read all the rules, I couldn’t believe anyone took the time to vote. It was very confusing, and I won’t enter again!
Trying to get over a week or more of hoarseness; guess it’s just from allergies and all the junk in the air. Also a little worried about my husband as one of his tests from his physical came out too high—too much protein in the urine, which is bad for a diabetic. Under 80 is normal, 80-299 mild, over 300 not good, and his was 546. One medicine that should help, he’s already been taking for over a year, and the other one he’s allergic to and it sent him to the ER several years ago when he took it. He’s been really tired lately and sleeping a lot which concerns me too. So hopefully the doctor will call back today with another solution….
Other prayer requests: 1) for our daughter Patty who continues to have a high white count and a high liver count, and will have an endoscopy; and 2) for my writing friend Peggy whose husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this week.

Thought for Today: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me” (author unknown, but one similar to this was said by Erma Bombeck).
Laugh for Today:
Bulletin Bloopers
·         If you would like to make a donation, fill out a form, enclose a check and drip in the collection basket.
·         Women's Luncheon: Each member bring a sandwich. Polly Phillips will give the medication.
·         If you choose to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly.
·         Sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.
·         Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight. 
·         The Advent Retreat will be held in the lover level of St. Mary's Cathedral. 
·         As soon as the weather clears up, the men will have a goof outing.
·         Diana and Don request your presents at their wedding.
·         Lent is a period for preparing for Holy Weed and Easter.
·         For the word of God is quick and powerful...piercing even to the dividing asunder of soup and spirit.
·         Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peach to men. 
·         Volunteers are needed to spit up food.
·         We pray that our people will jumble themselves.
Reader’s Question: You changed my two hyphens to what you called an “em dash,” but do I put spaces before and after this dash?
Reply: There is no space before, between, or after this dash. You can make this dash in two ways in Microsoft Word: If you type two hyphens, then the next word, as soon as you hit the space bar after the next word, it will make a dash. Or, you can also make a dash by clicking on Ctrl, Alt, and the minus key on your number pad.
There is another dash called an "en" dash that you use between dates, i.e., 1980–1984, or between Scripture references if it goes from one chapter to another, i.e., Genesis 1–2. You make that by clicking on Ctrl and the minus key.
I include a list of Microsoft shortcuts in the appendices of A Step in the Write Direction, or I can send you one by email upon request.
 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.
Donna Clark Goodrich
"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"
"The Freedom of Letting Go"

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