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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

IWSG DAY, MAY 4, 2022, STILL WRITING IN THE BEST OF TIMES AND THE WORST OF TIMES By Pat Garcia





Hello Everyone,

 

 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove,Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!

 

 

 

Submissions:

 

 2 Flash fiction pieces in the RRBC MOM (Memories Of Mom) Anthology –  

 

Submitted a short story to the Alpha Omega Contest 





 

STILL WRITING IN THE BEST OF TIMES AND THE WORST OF TIMES

 

The world is chaotic. No doubts about that. Political leaders are flexing their muscles while their followers jump on the bandwagon. Difficult situations are taking place that give me a reason to ask if we are living with our eyes open or close.

Through all of this mayhem, I am still writing. 

 On another note: I had some difficulties last month with my iMac, which caused me not to make it to blogs that I usually visit. In fact, I totally forgot IWSG Day because I was in the middle of getting everything to work correctly again.   So if you missed me not visiting, that’s why. I’ll be around this month unless something happens in the Ukraine that prevents me from having internet services here in Germany.


Wishing all of you a lovely month of May.

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Shalom aleichem











    Pat Garcia

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

IWSG DAY, APRIL 6, 2022, NO, NOT YET, BY Pat Garcia





Hello Everyone,


 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html


The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise - Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi!





Submissions:


 2 Flash fiction pieces in the RRBC MOM (Memories Of Mom) Anthology


Submitted a short story to the Alpha Omega Contest 










NO, NOT YET



I enjoy listening to audio books in the evenings, especially when my eyes are tired.  So, yes, I desire to see my books made into audio books. 



Have a lovely month of April. 












Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

IWSG DAY, MARCH 2, 2022, WRITING INTIMATE SCENES By Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,



 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html


The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are 
Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia,Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

 



 

 

Submissions: It has become my habit to take a break from submitting in January and February. I'll start submitting this month. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

WRITING INTIMATE SCENES

 

The conflict, for me, almost always lies in the depth of a love scene when the couple enters the bedroom. I follow specific rules based on what I've experienced and heard. And no, I'm not going to give away my secrets. However, I will say that I do my best to write honest love scenes that respect both partners involved. 

 

Wishing everyone a lovely spring month.



Shalom aleichem












Pat Garcia








Wednesday, February 2, 2022

IWSG DAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2022, Saying Goodbye By Pat Garcia

 

 










Hello Everyone,


 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html



The awesome co-hosts for the February 2 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler,Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!

 

 

Submissions: It has become my habit to take a break from submitting in January and February. I'll be back to the grind in March. 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye

 

 

Yes, I've had to say goodbye to a few people who have supported me in my writing. One person departed this earth last week. Through her faith in what I wrote, she dared to pass it on to someone who opened a door for me to write a weekly article to soldiers during the Gulf War. 

I will miss her when I go to the States for a visit. 

 

Wishing you all a lovely month of February. 

 

 

Shalom aleichem,




 

 






Pat Garcia

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

IWSG DAY, JANUARY 5, 2022, LISTENING TO OTHERS By Pat Garcia @pat_garcia @TheIWSG #IWSG












Hello Everyone,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim,Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

 

 Submissions:  None

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 IWSG DAY, JANUARY 5 2021, LISTENING TO OTHERS 

 

Seeking advice is not wrong. We can learn from other people.

But because they had success with a particular method doesn't mean their advice will work for you. 

 

I had to learn the hard way to take responsibility for my writing by listening to my gut feelings and moving in the direction I wanted. If I had done that before I started putting other people on a pedestal, thinking that they knew it better than I did, my first short story, TURN THE LIGHT ON, would have come out much sooner than 2021. (I'm talking about six years difference in writing the story and its actual publication.)

 

Maybe, just maybe, I would have won an award back then for it too. The fact is that I don't know if I would have because I kept smothering my creative spirit, waiting on others to tell me they thought it was ready. 

 

However, last year, I axed that pedestal completely then burned it. My gut said to go with it, and my short story went up on Amazon. On December 13, 2021, TURN THE LIGHT ON won the 2021 Kathryn C. Treat International Literary Award Contest.




 

In closing, I speak out good wishes to you all. I hope all of us with the IWSG experience a successful year, that doors open that we never thought possible and that we dare to stand to that tiny whisper, THE VOICE, within us, that gives us new perspectives of perception that will bring change to humanity.

 

See you next month.

 

Shalom aleichem,




 





Pat Garcia





Wednesday, December 1, 2021

IWSG DAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021, FORGETTING A WORD IN MY NATIVE LANGUAGE BY PAT GARCIA




 


 

 

 

 

 

Hello Everyone,

 

 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

 

Rejection: A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer, Short Story Contest (Even though this story was rejected by the editor, I received a letter with very helpful feedback.)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Forgetting A Word In My Native Language

 

I enjoy being able to speak more than one language. However, it frustrates me tremendously when I can't call up the right word I want to use from my native language when I write. I must search for it. Most of the time, it is a simple word, an everyday idiom, or slang. It gets really complicated when I am looking for a term people use in the Deep South. Often, I have to do a word search by writing the word in one of the languages I know and then googling it before I go to a thesaurus, to check out the different terms related to that word, or I skype with one of my sisters who taught English and still has a good grip on the language back home in the Deep South. 

 

 

Wishing all of you a lovely Advent Season and a Merry Christmas.

Stay healthy, and I hope you cross over safely into the New Year.

 

 

Shalom aleichem

 


 

 









Pat Garcia

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

IWSG DAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021, WRITING MY BLURB IS MORE DIFFICULT By Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,

 

 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, (Made the Honorable Mention List)

WEP October Challenge, The Scream, Stop Signs Ignored, October 20, 2021

 





Writing My Blurb Is More Difficult

 

Writing a blurb for a story is much more difficult for me.  I write my story with the title of the book guiding me. The title is closely tied in with my plot. Because a blurb is not a summary or detailed event of what occurs in the book, I find it hard to free myself from plot points in my story. I usually have to step away for a week or two before I write the blurb.

 

Wishing everyone a lovely November, and for those celebrating the U.S. Thanksgiving Day, 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Take care and be safe. 

 

Shalom aleichem,















Pat Garcia