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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

IWSG DAY, November 6, 2019, A Soft Soul by Pat Garcia





Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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













 A Soft Soul 

The weirdest thing I’ve ever googled so far is information concerning doing an autopsy. Some chapters in the second book, I am writing, deal with an untimely death.  Untimely, in that none of the main characters, are expecting that person to die. 

 I have to admit it kept me awake afterward for some nights. My appetite dwindled.  The research that went into examining the post-mortem of a body seemed harmless when looked at on television or seen in a film, but an in-depth search on the what and the how on Google gave me nightmares.  

Wishing all of you a great month of November. 

Take care.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

IWSG DAY, October 2, 2019, My Reasons for Reading by Pat Garcia






Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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









My Reasons for Reading

The first brick laid in my storytelling was by older people who told me stories or read me stories from books. These simple stories like Jack and Jill or Humpty Dumpty fascinated me. They awakened my desire and made me hungry to learn how to read. That hunger is still within me, and I doubt that it will ever disappear. 

I am a voracious reader, and I take great pride in reading books by other authors. Books that are written by different authors expand my horizon and educate me over the writing process.

For me, writing your story deals with utilizing the craft. I am able to learn and use writing techniques from my favorite authors, which helps me interweave my words into a tale where the reader can slip away from his or her everyday existence. 

I honestly don’t believe I would be as far as I am now in my writing if I didn't read.


Wishing all of you a lovely month of October and take care.


Shalom aleichem,



Pat Garcia


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

IWSG Day, September 4, 2019, If I Could Choose One Spot In the World by Pat Garcia





Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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





Submission:  On August 15, 2019, at 11:26 a.m. my manuscript entry for the Romantic Novelists' Association, New Writer’s Scheme, was completed, uploaded, and is now sitting somewhere in the U.K. 









 If I Could Pick One Spot in the World


 If I could pick one spot in the world to sit and write my next story, it would be in my office in the basement of the house I would be living in anywhere in Europe. 

I concluded a few years ago, that I write my best in a basement I can decorate and use as my fictional world. Being there, I shut myself away from the noises, people, objects and any other thing or situation that could distract me.

I am then able to construct and experience the fictional world of my characters. 

It is a type of submergence in the story. It revitalizes. It rejuvenates. It explores. It buries. It opens my inner eyes to grasp the meaning, and it gives me insight to the dots that need to be connected in my plot. 


Wishing all of you a lovely month of September and take care.

Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG DAY, August 7, 2019, The First Win by Pat Garcia




Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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











 The First Win


My very first win as a competitor in a writing competition caught me totally by surprise. 
It came at a convenient time. Not that I had planned on quitting or giving up on my writing, but I had become complacent with the rejections. My expectations had turned to negatively expecting something to return to me as rejected. 

It was December 2016. I had been sitting at my computer, writing a story that had to be submitted to one of my writing classes.  The email came in. It was from the WEP. I believe I read that email at least eleven times before it hit me what had happened, and I cried. 

I had finally crossed over onto a higher level. Some writers believed I wrote well.
My year ended with a bang, and my new year started with me being encouraged.  My focus changed, and the expectations for my stories turned positive once again.  

I will never forget that win because it was my first. The first one is always special. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of August.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat G

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

IWSG Day, July 3, 2019, What Personal Traits Have I Written into My Characters? By Pat Garcia






Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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



Submissions:

Submissions:. 
Entered the WEP – Results not yet posted







What Personal Traits Have I Written into My Characters? By Pat Garcia

My characters determination and willingness to go the extra mile or miles reflects who I am. Their sense of purpose and focusing determinately on that purpose deal with how I have analyzed my own goals. They are kick-ass characters and aren’t afraid to take risks because that is in my DNA. However, my characters also struggle with depression and insecurity, and I have to admit that they come from me too. 
I will even go so far as to say; all of my flaws are planted in my characters. Their mistakes are mistakes that I’ve made, and their successes are triumphs that I’ve celebrated. 

Do I see them as an extension of myself?   Yes. They are a part of the vision incorporated in me.

 An author who goes deep into the waterfalls of life discovers who he or she is, the good and the bad.   Like William Blake, one of my favorite English Poets wrote so ardently in his book of poetry entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience, one must face the cesspool within oneself as well as face one's goodness.
  
My vision of the world  define my characters.  My perception is their perception. 

Wishing all of you in the United States a Happy Fourth of July, and for the rest of us, have lovely month of July. 


Shalom aleichem,















Pat Garcia 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

IWSG DAY, June 5, 2019, Charlotte, Emily, and Mary Ann by Pat Garcia








Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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



Submissions:

No submissions so far this month. I’m still pondering over whether I can find time for the WEP.  My plate is rather full because of a class I am taking. 








Charlotte, Emily, and Mary Ann




If I had to pin myself down to one genre, even though I mix in elements from other genres that I like in my writing, I would definitely say that I am a romance writer. I believe wholeheartedly that love changes people and makes miracles happen. Therefore, I do my best to write positive, realistic romance and romantic suspense stories that impact hope, faith, and acceptance in a human race that seems to be growing more and more antagonistic toward each other. 

I have to admit that I had a hard time accepting that I was a romance writer, at first. Having received a minor in Literature at what is now the acclaimed Georgia Regents University, where I studied the classics and deciphered with the microscope of my mind the books written by great authors, it shocked me. Dickens, Salinger, Fitzgerald, Conrad fascinated me, but I fell in love with Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, and Mary Ann Evans (better known as George Eliot). Their stories regenerated my mind and changed my way of thinking about relationships, physical attraction to men, and life twists that challenge you to examine yourself. 

Charlotte, Emily, and Mary Ann didn’t have it easy either in a male-dominated world,  so, when I start floundering around in the murky waters and want to complain about things that I cannot change, I get a big boost from them. 

I see their writings as romantically inclined and the inspiration I receive, after reading a passage or a chapter out of one of their books, is a stepping stone upward that inspires me to hold my head up and keep moving forward.

Wishing all of you a lovely hot month of June.

Shalom aleichem,



















Pat Garcia

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Ballard of the Harp-Weaver Changed My Life by Pat Garcia







Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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




My report: 

Rejection:

Glimmer Train: Very Short Fiction






The Ballard of the Harp-Weaver Changed My Life by Pat Garcia

I have been learning poetry by memory as long as I can remember. That’s the way the older people kept my mind busy from asking too many questions when I was little. However, I didn’t realize the role poetry would play in me discovering the power of words until I was fifteen. 

I came across the poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and it knocked me out. I remember crying as I read it.  Encountering this poem came at the appropriate time for me. Our church was scheduled to be the hostess for the Walker Baptist Church Convention in Georgia. My grandfather had asked me to recite a short poem for the closing program. He said a short poem because he knew he hadn’t given me much time to learn a long poem like The Creation by James Weldon Johnson. But I was so much in love with the Ballard of the Harp-Weaver that I gave it a go. It took me three days to impregnate that poem in my heart. 

The closing evening of the convention I stood before a packed sanctuary filled with expectancy as I stood before them empty-handed, no book, no paper to read from. As I begin to speak with my eyes observing the people sitting on the front rows, I knew the moment I had caught them up in the world of the tiny boy and his mother. 

I will never forget the quietness in the sanctuary as I got to the second to last verse with my sad, melancholy voice.

There sat my mother
  With the harp against her shoulder
Looking nineteen
  And not a day older,

A smile about her lips,
  And a light about her head,
And her hands in the harp-strings
  Frozen dead.

The church gasped aloud, shocked.

I paused two or three seconds to let the reality of the words sank in their hearts and then continued with the last verse.

And piled up beside her
  And toppling to the skies,
Were the clothes of a king's son,
  Just my size
.

People jumped out of their seats clapping their hands. I received a standing ovation but more than that I realized the power of words spoken from the heart. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of May. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia

*The Ballard of the Harp-Weaver by Edna St. Vincent Millay