The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG Article, September 7, 2016, Stepping Out


Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month and IWSG Time has come around again. 

IWSG, a writer’s support group, which was created by Alex Cavanaugh, is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others.  I would also like to thank Alex and the great team of people who are out there in the good old IWSG world supporting him.  They are willing to help us achieve our goals.

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

My report:

1  The most exciting news is that one of my poems, My Heart Weeps, published on my Walk On Blog got tweeted out to 377,552 people. That was a pleasant shock, and I am thankful.
2  I submitted two stories to Glimmer Train and my first chapter to SF RWA in their Heart to Heart Contest.
3  I still have two outstanding stories that I have not yet heard whether they are accepted or rejected.  So I am still waiting.
4  I submitted one short story to Wordhaus, an online publication. They sent me an email saying I would find out sometime in October because they were closed to readings until September 1st.
5  My story at the Fifth Anniversary for Write Practice was rejected.
6  I am chugging along with my rewrite/revision of my manuscript. I have extended the submission date because it has taken me some time to come back after being sick. I want to send my writing coach/book editor my best work possible. After all, I do not want to waste money. I am a good steward. Projected send off: End of September. 
7   My blogs are alive and well.  I got new blog postings up on each blog twice in August. I shocked myself.
 IWSG Newsletter Question for September 7.

 How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Answer:  I have it scheduled in my calendar and have made myself obligated to fulfill it. It is my appointment with myself that cannot be terminated or rescheduled. At the beginning, I had to force myself to take the time because I found out something always comes up at that particular time.  Therefore, I made a conscious decision: unless it is a matter of life and death, my writing time is more important than anything else, and I have been abiding by this decision for nine years. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.



My insecurity:  Stepping Out


The closer I get to becoming a published author, the more afraid I become. No joke. I have worked my tail off the past seven years by not only writing but also in promoting others in any way I can. I do my best to keep my word. It does not mean that I do not slip now and then. I am human, but then I go to the author and say I am sorry and do what I can to fulfill the commitment I made.
So, what I am seeing is that my paying it forward is beginning to pay off for me.

And I have discovered that I am afraid of success.  Years ago, I said, “Girl, I can’t wait.” Now that it looks like success is about to knock on my door my knees tremble, and I shudder.

People are beginning to take notice, and are spreading the word that there is a little old writer stuck somewhere in Germany, and she has something to say, and fear tries to play with my mind.  I know why too. Success is a whole new world.  Once again, I will be challenged to change, to learn new things, to learn how to deal with having that first book sitting on a shelf in bookstores and online stores and still remain humble.

Is the fear of success going to stop me from moving forward? NO! I am walking over with a bold spirit. It is my time.  My knees may tremble, and my body may shudder, but just like the priests carrying the ark of God across the Jordan River, I am stepping out on the Jordan.

Shalom aleichem,










Pat Garcia

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG Article, August 3, 2016, MENTAL TOUGHNESS


Hello Everyone,

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and IWSG Time has come around again. 
IWSG, a writer’s support group, which was created by Alex Cavanaugh, is a big help to many of us who don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, I have posted the link below:

My report:

  1. I actually got three of my works published on Esther Newton Weekly Challenge Website. It has given me a positive feeling of affirmation seeing my work on someone else's website.
  2. My three short stories are revised and in the process of being submitted.  More about the submissions next month.
  3. I still have two outstanding stories that I have not yet heard whether they are accepted or rejected.  So I am still waiting.
  4. I submitted one short story to Wordhaus, an online publication and one short story to Write Practice, for their Fifth Anniversary online publication.
  5. I'm chugging along with my rewrite/revision of my manuscript. I am  on target and after my betas and my writing coach/book editor reads the final version, I'll be sending the manuscript out in September.
  6. I have begun resurrecting all of my blogs.  I still don't plan to blog every week, but I do plan to ensure  I get a new blog posting up on each blog once a month.
 IWSG Newsletter Question

AUGUST 3RD QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
Answer:  My very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer was a short story for Romantic Shorts Online Publication, titled On A Rainy Day and it was published July 9, 2012.  Today, when I read it, I realize how far I have grown in my writing. 

My insecurity article is below.




 IWSG ARTICLE, AUGUST 3, 2016, MENTAL TOUGHNESS

The second quarter of my life, this year, resembles my Junior year at the University I attended.  Back then; everything I touched seemed to strong-arm me.  Life came at me full force.  I wasn't spared. The heavy tests mentally, physically, and spiritually challenged me.

Thus, when I woke up one morning in July of this year and discovered my body wasn’t moving like I wanted it to, I grunted loudly. Out of all the things that had happened, sickness had come knocking on my door too, and I could have cried. 

As a writer, that’s bad news. I am trying to set my mark in the literary world. With my body weak, I find it difficult to motivate myself to write because my strength dwindles quickly.

This is where one of my invisible round table knights, Vincent Lombardi, comes in. Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial.  Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind- you could call it character.  I told a dear writer friend, Gwynn Rogers, last week, as we sat millions of miles away from each other, computer to computer, skyping, that I force myself to write.

I write; I submit; I fulfill my commitments that I’ve given to others; I read; I move slowly, but I move.

Let me quote one of my own tweets I sent out last week:

Anybody can write when they’re feeling good. It’s when you’re rock bottom  and still writing that proves you’re a writer.



Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG Article, July 6, 2016, Head Slightly Bent Upward, Looking Skyward




Hello Everyone,

It’s the first Wednesday in the month and IWSG Time has come around again. 
IWSG, a writer’s support group, which was created by Alex Cavanaugh, is a big help to many of us who don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, please go to the IWSG Website at 

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


My report:


I am revising three stories for submission in July.

Actual submissions:  Still waiting for acceptance or rejection for my outstanding stories at Wigleaf and at the Diverse Voices Quarterly. 


My answer to the question posted in the IWSG Newsletter for July, What is the best thing someone has ever said about my writing.

The person said to me that what I wrote touched his soul and caused him to act upon situations he pushed aside on his back burner.


My article is posted below.





IWSG July 6, 2016, Head Slightly Bent Upward, Looking Skyward

Insecurities pop up quickly when caught on your blindside.

The blindside prepares and strengthens us as we come to grips with those unforeseen events that take place in our lives. It is like Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den.  Head slightly bent, upward, you look skyward and say what now, Lord?
















For me, it was waking up on a Monday morning and finding my office totally flooded due to heavy rains. I had three writing deadlines to meet, and one of them was the June IWSG Blog Hop.

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Immediately, self-pity knocked on my door, trying to enter and shake my confidence in my writing ability, in my willingness to persevere and endure, and in being able to organize and take care of my priorities.

In this blindside modus, I am learning there are times when I have to keep my head slightly bent upward and look skyward, not wondering why, not trying to understand, not trying to run to friends.  It likes funambulism; I am learning to trust myself, head slightly bent upward,  looking skyward as I focus and concentrate.















Being caught on my blindside means duration unknown. Notice, I did not say destiny unknown.  My future remains the same.  I am thoroughly aware of my purpose; I just can’t calculate the blindside's time span.  No, it is not genteel, diplomatic, or thoughtful. It does not inform me. Head slightly bent upward, looking skyward, I keep writing, singing, and hoping.













My blindside has appeared, as all blindsides do, SUDDENLY, and one day it will disappear just as it came, SUDDENLY.


Shalom aleichem,















Pat Garcia