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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IWSG, July 5, 2017 - My Insecurities




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 June 2017  

Turn the Lights On – Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology

Outstanding Submissions
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream
The Box in the Loft – The Wigleaf

GOOD NEWS!
The Bridge of Hope was runner-up in the WEP JUNE BRIDGES’  CHALLENGE  
If you care to read the story, it is linked to this post, so please tap on the story's title and it will take you to it.









My Insecurities


 Been sitting here wondering how I can shortened my insecurity article for the IWSG.

Well, what am I insecure about? Nothing! I’ve learned to kick myself in the butt and continue reading, writing, and journaling even when life is attacking me in all kinds of unexpected ways from every direction.

I’ve learned to submit my stories, my essays and whatever else I write to agents, publishers, editors and my writing colleagues and expect to get commentaries or critiques.

I’ve learned not to accept these positive or negative critiques as an acceptance or rejection of myself. They are responding to what I write.

Most important, I’ve learned that not everyone is going to dig (get that word dig? It is slang and it means like) what I write. People are just as opinionated as I am.

Sure, the fears knock on my door every now and then, but I’ve learned how to say BOO! And they have to flee.

So why am I still in the IWSG?  That’s easy to answer.

Among all of the writing organizations that I know of, the IWSG just happens to be one of the few that stands out as a flagship of compassion and willingness to support their writing members.

So, y’all have a lovely July as they say in the Deep South and be safe.  
This Georgia girl based on the European Continent hopes to see you  next month.



Shalom aleichem,













Pat G











Wednesday, June 7, 2017

One of the Ups and Downs of Life That Will Cause You to Quit Writing, IWSG Day, June 7, 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:

No New Submissions for May 2017  

Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream – Still Outstanding
Masters Review – Turn the Lights On – Rejected May 19, 2017
The Box in the Loft – SmokeLong – rejected May 24, 2017
The Box in the Loft – The Wigleaf – Still Outstanding







One of the Ups and Downs of Life That Will Cause You to Quit Writing

Sometimes unexpected events and situations waylay you, and you cannot help but put your writing on the back burner. It is not that you stop writing, but your regular routine does not exist anymore. You do not have the time to push yourself to write maybe five thousand words in four hours; you limit yourself to just answering your email correspondence and letting your creativity flow as you style your sentences; you catch up on your reading; you browse whatever online bookstore; you use and order more books.

When times like these appear in my life, it is not that I quit, but I have to refocus and make a conscious decision that something or some person is more important than my writing.

Since September of 2016, I have been doing what I described above. I put my writing on the back burner and wrote whenever and wherever I could.

What brought me back to writing? My girlfriend, whom I and another dear friend of mine, were taking care of,  died on May 15 at 6:30 in the morning. She walked through the curtain into eternity.

Monika Gutmann Fuhr
February 8, 1974 - May 15, 2017

She was one of the most loving young women I knew, a dear friend, and an excellent beta reader.

So, I have picked up the writing gauntlet again. I am writing, and I am so thankful that I can. The words are flowing fluidly.  They have become the precious ointment that soothes my hurting soul.

Until next month, this Georgia Girl wishes all of you a lovely month of June and be safe. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia



  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

IWSG Day, May 3 2017, Consistency


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 - Rejected
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream – Still Outstanding
Masters Review – Turn the Lights On – Still Outstanding

For April 2017

The Box in the Loft – SmokeLong

The Box in the Loft – The Wigleaf

The If of Peace and Love – Poetry, Submitted to the WEP Challenge – Poetry Month- received Honourable Mention




Consistency

Good writing stems out of the consistency to read. William Faulkner once said, read everything you can get your hands on whether it is bad or good. You can learn from it all. I believe that.

When the consistency to read becomes a habit, it will kick you in your shinbone when you neglect it, and while you are saying, Ow, Ow, Ow, you will pick up a book and start reading again.

Consistency like perseverance is one of those hidden traits behind the success of every writer that is passionate about seeing that what he or she writes is read by others.

So, for the past five months, I have been learning how to consistently write better. I’d had to let go of some things that I love to do as I concentrate on something more important. 

Am I making progress? I believe so, but I’m still waiting on the confirmation.

Until next month, this Georgia girl wishes all of you a lovely month of May and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,








Pat Garcia