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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG Day, August 1, 2018, Pitfalls to Avoid 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 

New Submission
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








Pitfalls to Avoid

As a new writer, I knew I had good stories in me, and I entered the writing world wearing rose coloured glasses.  To be exact, I was blind. Heck, I’d been spinning tales that popped up in my imagination for years. However, and here comes the catch, I had paid little to no attention to the mechanics that belong to writing. Yes, grammar is one of those tools, but even more critical are the viewpoint, sentence styling, structure, and pacing. 

I sent out my first draft without consulting any editor, and I promptly got rejections. I now believe whoever they were, read the first three lines, puked, and sent out the standard rejection letter with the hope that I did not submit anything to them again. 

Since then, I have learned better, thank God.  I know that the first draft is the beginning of your odyssey and not the end. I understand that an excellent critique team that reads every chapter of your book is a godsend, and I have learned to love editors, regardless of their area of expertise. These precious people, who return my work filled with questions written in red, have become my favourite people. I’ve learned that they were created to help me grow and mature into the writer that slumbers inside of me. 


Wishing everyone a beautiful month of August and be safe.




Shalom aleichem,














Pat G


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG Day, July 3, 2018, My Ultimate Writing Goal, 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:

Rejection -  Glimmer Train – Very Short Fiction 
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 








 My Ultimate Writing Goal


I was pretty young when I started my writing journey. In fact, I was a small child. To be exact, I was three years of age. I had not entered the first year of school, but deep in my heart, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Through the years, I have experienced some ups and downs. The journey has not been easy, but whatever has happened has only intensified the burning urge to write. So, my ultimate writing goal has always been to become a writer who leaves footprints in the world that I leave behind when my journey is ended. 

For those of you who have been following my progress on my manuscript that had to be turned in to the Romance Novelist Association of the U.K. for the New Writer Scheme,  I made the deadline I set. The partial manuscript went out Saturday, June 29th at 11:33 a.m.

Wishing everyone in the United States who celebrates July 4th, Happy Independence Day. For the rest of us, who might not celebrate it or not be able to observe it because of whatever reason, I wish you a lovely month of July. 

Be Safe and take care of yourselves.

Until next month. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG Day, June 6, 2018, Transitioning, 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:

 Submission to Glimmer Train – Very short Fiction – April 30, 2018
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest For Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018










I am in a transition phase. I am transitioning into something new. I am standing in the tunnel close to the door waiting for it to open. 

Lack of sleep, trouble with focusing, and trying to get a grip on the euphoria within me while I wait are some of the typical signs I am experiencing.  I’m waiting, hoping, and praying that what is about to happen is what I am expecting.  

I have to keep telling myself, it is okay to be sixes and sevens, to be like the absentminded professor, to be afraid, and to feel expectant at the same time. I feel like I am on a roller-coaster.  This is my emotional state at the moment, day in, day out. 

I keep making myself move forward while I wait. Things are going to work out for my good. The door will open. 

When it does, I will let you know.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of June. 
Take care and stay safe. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IWSG Day, May 2, 2018, A Simple Answer To A Complex Question









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:

One Submission to Glimmer Train – Very short Fiction – April 30, 2018

 One Rejection - Glimmer Train Submission  from February 2018 – Rejected











 IWSG Day Question: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

A Simple Answer To A Complex Question

No. I write. I’ve learned to separate my emotions regarding, the seasons of the year, or whether it is raining, or the sun is shining or snowing or hailing with when I write. My inspiration to write comes from knowing that this is why I was born. This is the purpose of my existence; therefore, I write. 


Wishing all of you a lovely month of May. 
Take care and be safe. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G


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