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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG Day, April 4, 2018, Looking for the Silver Lining 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:

Submissions –   None

Outstanding Submissions - Glimmer Train







Looking for the Silver Lining


Facing storms are normal. We all expect them. The sky within us gets cloudy. The problems we are going through increase in their intensity. The rain is no longer raindrops but rainfalls. 


I had to smile when I read the question posed in the IWSG Newsletter. That is precisely where I am at this moment. My writing feet are on a muddied bank refusing to bulge as I continue to move toward my deadline.

My silver lining is the acceptance by the RNA that I received on January 2ndof this year. To keep myself focus and writing, I take breaks, and I knit.


Sometimes, my rainfall is so heavy; I cannot even see my story. I am land under, drowning. That is when I take out my knitting, and I knit until, in my mind, the storm has cleared, and the silver lining appears again. 

No, it is not easy.  Circumstances, disappointments, shocks, and discouragement that all is not going as we have planned will test our meddle.  It is at these times that we must personally elect to do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves on track. 

For me, it is diverting my mind to something else I love doing and to let my mind relax. Sometimes, it is only a matter of a short break of fifteen minutes, and at other times, it might take two or three hours or perhaps an entire day and night. When I go back into my writing, a new perspective that I did not see before winks at me. 

It is still raining. The problems have Not disappeared.  However, I have found my center again, and I feel good.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of April. Be safe as you walk through the month.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat Garcia

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Day, March 7, 2018, Celebrating A Milestone





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:

Submissions –   Glimmer Train - February 24, 2018








 IWSG Day Question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal / finish a story?

Celebrating A Milestone

I consider reaching a writing goal as a milestone, but I have to admit that I am usually knocked out when it happens. I sink deep into myself, and look back at the difficulties I faced in awe because I stood the test, and I am still standing. Afterward, I break out into tears because there is no greater feeling than knowing I held on and got through what ever it was I was tackling. Sometimes, it takes me two to three days to grasp what I’ve accomplished.

After the tears stop flowing, I open a bottle of Tanqueray. Yes, you read correctly, I open a bottle of Tanqueray and pour out a double jigger for me, turn on my favourite music  and relax as I knit or read or play a good game of solitaire or look at football or soccer. 

On such occasions I might even drink two or three double jiggers of Tanqueray. I don't always count how many.  The number depends on the day my victory takes place and the time needed to mentally work through it.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of March and be safe as you walk through it.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat G

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG DAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017, COMPARING MY WRITING JOURNEY to the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WINNING SUPER BOWL LII




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:

Submissions –   None for February 2018




COMPARING WRITING JOURNEY to the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WINNING SUPER BOWL LII


Sunday, the fourth of February displayed the faith, the resiliency, and the relentlessness of the Philadelphia Eagles. Who would have thought that a team hit with so many setbacks during the season and the years behind them would become Super Bowl Champions? 

As I watched them play, I compared my writing journey to becoming a Champion in the Super Bowl.  To reach your goal, you have to turn yourself into relentless writer, reading those books, writing as much as you can, every time you can, attending those classes and implementing what you learn into your book regardless of whether it is poetry, fiction or non-fiction. You're not cocky; you're not out there doing a hip-hop dance, and you don't examine your competition and measure what their chances are because you don't want to waste your time.

No, you have got your eyes on your goal, and you're looking at your writing.  For example, at the moment, my knees are knocking, slightly trembling, wanting to buckle under, as I complete this final revision of my manuscript so that I can submit it to the RNA, (Romantic Novelist's Association) in the United Kingdom. That’s right.  January 2nd ushered in a new epoch in my life. I was one of the 300 people chosen for the New Writer’s Scheme. We have a deadline of August 31but as usual, I have set myself a deadline for May 31st. I don’t want to wait around until the last minute. So, my Facebook Reader’s Group is busy reading my manuscriptA small group of seven, mixed with writers and readers from all over the western world, I am happy to have them. 
  
So why the shakes? It is like the Philadelphia Eagles and their appearance in the Super Bowl. It takes a quarter portion of resiliency, a quarter portion of relentlessness, a quarter portion of faith, as you learn how to work your vocabulary to create your story, and a quarter portion of joy as you write it from your heartAnd, it is that beautiful purple bow of perseverance  wrapped around those ingredients I mentioned above that hold you together and keep you from falling apart 
  
So, here I am getting ready to catch my first touchdown.  Like the Philadelphia Eagles before Super Bowl LII, I am swamped doing revisions, receiving critiques from different writers and editors, and looking patiently for the right words to give expression to what is in my heart and will paint pictures  through the words I use. I am at the fourth and on the one yard line and  have decided  to  go for what my heart desires, a touch down in traditional publishing. I hope I score and shock the world just like Nick Foles did when he caught that touchdown before the second quarter ended.  People, I was jumping for joy. I believe I woke the neighbourhood here in my German Village, when I shouted, "Oh my gosh," and started dancing. As for me, I’ll let you know what happens when I catch my first touchdown at the end of the year.  

Have a lovely February and be safe as you walk through the month. 

Shalom aleichem,


Pat Garcia