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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG Day, April 3, 2019, The Second to Last of Anything Syndrome 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: 

Still Outstanding

Glimmer Train: Very Short Fiction












The Second to Last of Anything Syndrome by Pat Garcia

The second to the last chapter of a novel, or the second to last paragraph of a short story or a piece of flash fiction or the second to last verse of a poem gives me severe headaches.  My mind goes blank, and I shut down. I sit at my desk asking myself why I even started writing, as I go through my mood swings.

Beginnings don’t phase me. Neither do the middle passages. I confess that even the endings don’t give me headaches. It could be because I usually write the conclusion of anything I am going to write first, and then I move back to writing the beginning. But that the way I read. I start reading books by other authors in the last chapter, and then I go back and read the book or the poem, or the short story, or flash fiction from the beginning.  

I have never given it much thought as to why I do that. I just do it. 

I haven‘t figured out any solutions to deal with this queer syndrome of second to last of anything. But again, I have to be honest and say that I haven’t really looked for any solutions.   I believe everyone has quirks that no one can iron out, so I face it and deal with it every time I write, and that is A-Okay with me.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of April. 

Shalom aleichem,


















Pat Garcia

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

IWSG DAY, March 6, 2019, The Writing Perspective That Propels My Imagination









Hello Everyone,


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

IWSG is a writer 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:

Glimmer Train: Very Short Fiction








The Perspective That Propels My Imagination


Honestly, my answer to this question is short. I am an optimist in every sense of the word.  When people see storms, most of the time, I see the rainbows behind the storms. One of my psychology professors pinned me very well when I was studying for my master’s degree. He said, Pat jumps into the ocean without worrying about the sharks. It is when she sees them coming that she starts thinking about a way to deal with them. 

Which comes to our question of the month for the IWSG.  I always write from my protagonist point of view. Why? Because I see them as world changers beating down the sharks only when they have too. They are so optimistic about changing the world that they don’t consider the sharks unless they have to find a way to get around them.  Vision directed, they jump into the ocean and learn how to swim because they are world changers. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of March. 

Shalom aleichem,




Pat Garcia

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG Day, January 2, 2019, An Unexpected Surprise



Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!

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

IWSG is a writer 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:

No New Submissions this month






An Unexpected Surprise
I usually do not expect people to ask me about my writing. I am not privileged to live in a country where English is the primary language.  Heck, not even a third of the people I know, know that I am a writer, and that is good because my characters challenge readers to change their perceptions and therefore their lives. 

However, the funniest thing happened to me in May of 2018. I joined a small elderly knitting group to learn how to knit. This small group of elderly women has been knitting anywhere from forty to sixty years. They wholeheartedly welcomed me, a newbie, that had zero knowledge. I didn’t even know where to begin. I was really pitiful!  About four weeks into joining the group (they meet on Wednesdays), one of the ladies asked me what did I do for a living. I said I write. 

They were astonished, and the next question was about what? I gave them a small description of my book and these six women said, Oh Pat, is it in German? I told them that at first, it will be in English but who knows. That day, I received a fan club of six little elderly women who can’t wait for my book to be finished so that it can be translated into German. 

Since then, those ladies have been pulling for me, giving me courage, and hoping that the book I write will be successful. 

I have always complained to God that I was the best-hidden writer in the whole world, and nobody even knew I existed over here. Well, I can’t say that anymore. He’s led me into a group that has become my biggest fan club and my best supporters, and they don’t even speak English! 

In closing, I wish all of you an exciting year. Let us root for each other. It doesn’t matter whether we like or even read what the other writes. What matters is the heartfelt sincerity of wanting to see the other prosper. The pie is big enough for us all to have a big slice and there would still be pie left over. 

Have an awesome 2019. I’m pulling for you.

Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IWSG DAY, December 5, 2018, Perception by Pat Garcia








Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer 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:

No New Submissions this month



 Perception


Some years back, a person that I know very well gave me a piece of wisdom that I don’t think he was even aware of doing. I had told him that he missed an excellent meeting. He looked me in my eyes and said that he hadn’t missed a thing. If he were supposed to be there, he would have moved heaven and earth just to be a part of it but had been right where he was supposed to be. His answer made me think, and it helped me change my perspective about trying to be everywhere, trying to be a part of every group, and trying to do everything that everyone else did.  

His answer also forced me to look at how often I regretted or looked back on things in the past that I could not change. I began to see the wisdom of learning to live with the past and the successes and failures that it brings. 

 I began taking notes in my journal. Writing down lessons learned, so that I could profit from my successes and failures and move on. Journaling is something that I still do today. Thus, I wouldn’t want to backtrack even if I could. I’d rather keep moving forward. Returning to what was is never as satisfying as moving forward.

The Apostle Paul said it better than I could ever say it: I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.*

Wishing all of you a lovely month of December. 
Enjoy the end of the year and be safe.  

Shalom aleichem,














Pat Garcia

*Philippians 3:13 -14, The New King James Version, Thomas Nelson, 1982







Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IWSG Day, November 7, 2018, Tweak and Finish



Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer 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 Story


No New Submissions this month









 Tweak and Finish


I received great feedback on my partial manuscript submitted to the NWS this year, and from Simon and Schuster too. Now, it is time to tweak and finish the manuscript in its entirety. It seems as if there is room in the literary world for me, but I will not know the earnestness until the tweaks have been made and the complete manuscript is submitted. 

Right now, I am not stressing about it. In fact, I have dived into the process with smiles on my face. If I lack anything, it is a twenty-eight-hour day instead of a twenty-four-hour day.  But the hours in my day are not going to increase so, I’m left with reprioritizing, which means giving up, or throwing out routines and schedules that are no longer profitable. In re-evaluating the dispensation of my time, I am asking myself what I need to let go of so that I can move on. These are hard decisions that bring pain because I hate goodbyes. They are changing the path of my life as I get ready to pass through the gate. 

I do know that everything changes and that nothing remains the same, but oh it is difficult to walk out this knowledge and wisdom. I stand before the gate, and like Robert Frost described so effectively in one of my favourite poems of his, I see the two roads that have emerged, and remain undaunted despite of not knowing what will happen.


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of November.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia

*The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, originally published in 1916, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG Day, October 3, 2018, When Life Gets In The Way By Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer 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:

Still Outstanding
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 
Submission: I was given the opportunity to submit the first five thousand words of my manuscript, A Time to Love, to Simon & Schuster in the U.K. I sent it in June 26thand I am waiting on the results.
Submission: Glimmer Train, Very Short Fiction Story, September 4, 2018



New News:
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
I didn’t place in The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers, but I received two great critiques that will definitely help me


No New Submissions this month










When Life Gets in the Way

At the beginning of 2016, I entered into streams that have been testing principles and beliefs that keep me moving forward. Saying goodbye to a young woman who was like a little sister to me felt like ice cold water thrown in my face. Little did I know that I would not have time to recover from the loss or to grieve before things got worse. A month later, I found myself in a bottomless keg of mire that seemed to bind my feet. I am now learning to move my feet slowly as I maintain my daily meditation, and juggle a writing schedule, my work as a musician and singer, my reading, my naps, and anything else that I do to handle the present crisis that I find myself in.  

Outside of my morning meditation with God, my writing is my joy lifter. If only for fifteen minutes or one hour, a trip to my office where I enter my imaginary world, lifts me up and out of any kind of depression that is trying to get me down.  I write every day. If I do not work on a manuscript, I am busy typing away in my journals, and if I am not working on either a manuscript or one of my journals, I am busy writing out my homework for the writing classes that I take. 

Does writing help? Yes. It helps me put things into perspective and accept that change has impacted my life.  Everything changes; nothing remains the same, Nina Simone once sang. I will no longer be the same person after I get through this.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of October. Enjoy the Fall months, and find the time to look at the leaves as they change their colors.  


Shalom aleichem,














Pat G

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

IWSG DAY, September 5, 2018, Traditional or Self-Publish That Is the Question, by Pat Garcia





Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer 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:

Still Outstanding
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 
Submission: I was given the opportunity to submit the first five thousand words of my manuscript, A Time to Love, to Simon & Schuster in the U.K. I sent it in June 26thand I am waiting on the results.


New Submission
Submission: Glimmer Train, Very Short Fiction Story, September 4, 2018










Traditional or Self-Publish That Is the Question


My dream has always been to become an author the traditional way. Not because I think it is more comfortable to go traditional have I chosen this route, but because of my goals. As a woman that comes from a family that understands little to nothing about copyrights, books and their value, and publishing, I would like to have an excellent literary home for anything that I write and leave behind. 

Words give life, hope, and encouragement. Words influence.  Words charm. Words make us laugh, and they make us cry. Words go beyond the barriers that we build around ourselves. Words speak louder than our actions.  Words live, and they need a home after we are no longer here.  

We writers make a difference with our words. We give others fuel to think, to move forward, and to get off the couch and achieve something worthwhile. That is my belief. Thus, I believe my words are precious and need to be taken care of if I want to reach people after my journey on earth is completed.  Going the traditional route will keep my ideas, my courage, my beliefs and my strengths alive. 

Finally, I desire to leave footprints in the literary world that touch peoples’ souls. I see the traditional way as being the best fit to accomplish this.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of September.
Take care. 

Shalom aleichem,
















Pat G