The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG DAY, December 6, 2016, A Reflective Look At 2017





Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and the last Wednesday for IWSG in 2017. 

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 – (I am busy revising and will start submitting again in December or January 2018.


Outstanding Submissions


Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding









A Reflective Look At 2017



This year has tested me. There were times when I screamed stopped, but ugly circumstances kept coming. Failures, rejections, and insecurity kept knocking at my door. As I began to face them, I was not sure if I was doing the right thing. I wanted to hide my head in the sand until everything was over.

Sometimes I went to bed weeping, and sometimes I fell into my bed drained from exhaustion. Sometimes, I thought, no more, I cannot take any more.  However, the equational sum of uc+f+r+i (ugly circumstances+failures+rejections+insecurities) has shown me the DNA that makes me who I am, and I have profited most from its results.

Getting up after setbacks is not easy, especially when your life fundament rattles and spins out of control. This year, I have learned that even in the worst circumstances, if you have a vision, you have a purpose, and your purpose will motivate you. The vision gives you the hunger to keep moving forward. It is entrenched deep within your DNA.

What would I do differently? Nothing. It is those blunders, mistakes or incongruities on my journey that has made me shine. They have challenged me to rise to the utmost and step past ugly circumstances, failures, rejections, and insecurities and become the very best that I can become. Thus, everything I have encountered this year has been a blessing in disguise. 

My only complaint would be that it has taken me some time to discover the blessings. 

Have a lovely December. Be safe. Think before you commit yourself to doing something on New Year’s Eve and crossover successfully into 2018.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG Day, November 1, 2017, NOVEMBER, The Month of NaNo










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 – (I am busy revising and will start submitting again in December or January 2018.


Outstanding Submissions


Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding





November, The Month of NaNo


Lying in my stack of books to write on my Evernote program are five novels that I have yet to finish. Three of them stem out of NaNo (National Novel Write More) an event I have been participating in for the last seven years. This year, I have not signed up for the very reason that it is time to take those manuscripts out of the stack and get them to the finish line. After I finished the debut, I plan to dive into one of them again.

For me, participating in NaNo comes down to me asking myself why am I writing? Am I writing to publish or writing just to be writing? Since almost everything I do is attached to my vision; I do my best to develop clear goals that are going to keep me moving forward. We tend to forget, or at least I do, that the journey is not infinite. It will end one day. Keeping this in mind, I want to move these books out of the dormant status and see them published, and that is not my being morbid.

There are people I need to touch with what I write, and I cannot do that as long as my books are sitting in a stack on my computer in my Evernote program or Scrivener.  Besides that, I find it a waste of my time to write just to be writing with no goal in sight. Not that that is wrong. This is not a judgment call on anyone but me.

For this year and maybe the next three years, I am not consciously planning to participate in NaNo. I am making it dependent on how fast the books I have already written take to get on the bookshelves of online vendors, bookstores, and libraries.

Have a lovely month of November and to those of you who are participating in NaNo, the best of luck to you.

Walk carefully through November and stay safe.











Shalom aleichem,
Pat G