Monday, October 5, 2015

Tuesday Tips and Tweaks

This week author Sandra Cox joins us with her tip. Sandra is a multi-published author who loves shopping, caffeine and chocolate, in no particular order, and is owned by three rescue cats.

Sandra’s Tip on Writing Memes

Make Your Own Meme
   With the exception of a few strong, healthy-minded souls most of us at different points in time face insecurity and self-doubts, especially writers.  When uncertainties hits we need something positive to concentrate on.  My recommendation: make yourself a meme, designed especially for you, to pull out whenever you need it. Got a great review? Words of encouragement? A favorite quote? That, and a picture you are fond of, is all you need.

   I don't have a special software package like Photo Shop so I use Paint.  Picture Quotes at  is also easy to work with.  I used a picture from a past vacation that I felt was peaceful and serene, words from a friend, and created this:

   What about you? Got an idea in mind for a meme?

Excerpt from “Ghost For Sale”

     As we reached the car, my breath went out in a whoosh. Arms and legs crossed, Liam leaned against the shiny Corvette. The street lamp limned his high sharp cheekbones and sparked the blue highlights in his hair. Plain black cotton trousers framed long legs. My heart tightened and my bones loosened. He was just so darn pretty, in a manly-man sort of way.
     His stormy eyes shifted to me. He stared, unsmiling.
       The ghost was still in a snit. Well fine, I was in a bit of a snit myself.
       We drove home in silence. I glanced in the rearview mirror. Liam stared straight ahead, his arms crossed, pensive. At least he wasn’t white knuckling the side of the car. How strange this must seem to him.
        I surfed the satellite radio till I found a channel that played old Irish ballads.
        A beatific expression came over his face, making my breath catch. How could a man be so good-looking? Maybe it was a ghost thing. His expression changed to one of abject terror. “Watch out,” he shouted at the top of his lungs.
      I turned the wheel sharply to the right, just missing a little old lady driving a bright red sports car. She laid on her horn and stuck her third digit out the window. 
     Liam stared, his gorgeous mouth open. I think a senior citizen giving me the finger shocked him worse than my driving.
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Thanks Sandra, for dropping by and sharing that great tip on memes.

Don’t forget to check back next week for another author’s tip or tweak. 


  1. Thanks for hosting me at your lovely blog, Beverley.

  2. That was a great tip, Sandra! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Wonderful tip! I would love to do this!

  4. Nicole, Vicki, Melissa, I'd love to see what memes you end up making.