The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IWSG Day - April 5, 2017, Honouring the A to Z Blog Challenge 2017





Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer support group created 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:

Submissions March 2017

Glimmer Train – The Box in the Loft
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream
Masters Review – Turn the Lights On

I had one submission, outstanding since last year in May or June:  Found out through one of my critique groups that Wordhaus is defunct and no longer publishing.









Honouring the A to Z Blog Challenge 2017




 Writers and bloggers from all over the world left the starting line April first and started marching or running toward the finishing line of the A to Z Blog Challenge.  Normally, I would be one of those writers, but this year, my priorities do not permit it. However, I wish those who are participating the very best, and I hope that everyone who starts crosses the finishing line.

Thanks to the A to Z Blog Challenge, I have learned much about storytelling.  There are some astonishing writers among the whole bunch of writers participating.

As for me, I am moving toward another finishing line.  When I cross it, I will tell you all about it.


Wishing all of you a fantastic April and be safe.
Until next month, 

Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG Day, March 1, 2017, Don't Belittle The Small Steps






Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer support group created 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:
Submissions still out:
Wordhaus. Haven’t got an answer yet, but maybe they take a long time to deliberate.

I start submitting this month.

Cover Reveal:  Still Me…After All These Years






Don’t Belittle The Small Steps



Changes in my author life find me picking up the gauntlet every morning as I walk on another level.  I’m learning not to belittle the small steps.

How many steps I take each day, I don’t know.  Time is irrelevant in the spiritual world where human eyes cannot see or grasp what's happening.  It is scary but exhilarating. Determination and faith get me up every morning and keep me going throughout my day.  Small steps, don’t belittle the small steps.

 Easy? No!  

Sometimes the wind blows hard in my face. But each small step taken during my day makes me happy.  At night, I sleep better.  Cause I don't belittle the small steps.

Two small steps: In February, I made the shortlist for the WEP Challenge with my short flash fiction, The Box in the Loft.

In the anthology, Still Me…After All These Years, my first published non-fiction work will appear. Small Steps.  Don’t belittle the small steps!

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. Zechariah 4:10 (New Living Translation by Tyndale House Foundation)

Be safe and until next month,

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG Day, February 1, 2017, Short & Sweet

Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time, and can you believe January has already said goodbye for 2017? Wow! 

IWSG is a writer support group created 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:

I’m still judging. Each contestant who would like to be critiqued receives two critiques from two judges.  This contest has taken a tremendous amount of time but I have increased my skills, and my expertise is getting fatter.

Rejections: I submitted one story to Wigleaf April 29, 2016. It was one of three publishers I mentioned that I hadn’t heard from.  Well, I heard from them January 4th.  It was a rejection but what impressed me was they actually apologized for not getting back to me sooner. So, I think I will try them again.

Submissions still out:
Wordhaus. Haven’t got an answer yet, but maybe they take a long time to deliberate also. J

I start submitting in March. I want to get the judging contest out of my way.


OPTIONAL FEBRUARY 1ST QUESTION: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
Answer: Reading has changed my writing experience. I started reading first. In fact, most of my learning comes from reading. So for me, my writing experience is an expression of how my reading has enhanced me. (I surely hope my answer makes sense.)


 Short & Sweet

Today is IWSG Day, and tomorrow is Ground Hog Day. I do not know whether the ground hog will see his shadow when he wakes up. If he does, old wives' tales say we’re in for a beautiful spring.  What I do know is when I awoke this morning; I turned my light on my nightstand on so I could see my shadow made by the artificial lightening in my bedroom.  

Yes, I’m ready for spring. I'm ready to jump knee deep into a pile of editing, submit my short stories and write more, dive into my flash fiction, dip into my poetry, and skinny dip through my blogs.  So come on Mr. Ground Hog. Open your eyes, look at your shadow and bring on spring.

Have a great February everyone, and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,














Pat Garcia


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG Day - January 4, 2017 - Pacing 2017




Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!

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

IWSG is a writer support group created 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:

I am the winner of the 2016 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE UTOPIAN DREAM. YEAH!  I have linked the story, The Woman and Her Dream  to this blog post if you would like to read it.

Rejections: I finally heard from Diverse Voices Quarterly after nine months. My piece was rejected.

Submissions still out:
Wordhaus. Haven’t got an answer yet.


JANUARY 4TH QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Answer: Show, don’t tell. Why? Because most teachers can’t explain what it means.








 PACING 2017

I closed out 2016 sailing.  Chosen as the winner of the 2016 WEP DECEMBER UTOPIAN DREAMS CHALLENGE, the first thing I did when I read the email notification was cry, and I am not ashamed to say it.

2017 opened with me as a judge in the Winter Writing Contest sponsored by Becoming Writer. Also, twenty-eight minutes after midnight, New Year’s, morning, I received an email and read a superb analysis from a writing coach/editor on my essay for an anthology.

Needless to say, being a judge entails much work I could not imagine because I have always been a submitter. This is my first time participating as a judge. Along with my writing, my music, and other responsibilities, my plate is already overflowing.

Therefore, I am learning to pace myself by using an Excel workbook for every piece of writing I write with actions I need to undertake.   I am learning to love my calendar, and I am making myself take the time to record commitments or things that need taking care of because I FORGET. Frustrations will be written in my journal more quickly when storms come into my life, and I have decided to stick with Scrivener until I have it down pat.

I do not want to lose my momentum by September, so I have two study tools, which are going to keep me going, and I meditate and use them daily. So, my morning begins with Declaring God’s Word by Derek Prince, and my day ends with Clinging to God by Lynda R. Young.

I am only four days into the year. In December, I will let you know if pacing worked for me.

Wishing all of you a praeclara 2017.  Please, walk safely through the year.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia