The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG Day - January 4, 2017 - Pacing 2017




Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!

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:

I am the winner of the 2016 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE UTOPIAN DREAM. YEAH!  I have linked the story, The Woman and Her Dream  to this blog post if you would like to read it.

Rejections: I finally heard from Diverse Voices Quarterly after nine months. My piece was rejected.

Submissions still out:
Wordhaus. Haven’t got an answer yet.


JANUARY 4TH QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Answer: Show, don’t tell. Why? Because most teachers can’t explain what it means.








 PACING 2017

I closed out 2016 sailing.  Chosen as the winner of the 2016 WEP DECEMBER UTOPIAN DREAMS CHALLENGE, the first thing I did when I read the email notification was cry, and I am not ashamed to say it.

2017 opened with me as a judge in the Winter Writing Contest sponsored by Becoming Writer. Also, twenty-eight minutes after midnight, New Year’s, morning, I received an email and read a superb analysis from a writing coach/editor on my essay for an anthology.

Needless to say, being a judge entails much work I could not imagine because I have always been a submitter. This is my first time participating as a judge. Along with my writing, my music, and other responsibilities, my plate is already overflowing.

Therefore, I am learning to pace myself by using an Excel workbook for every piece of writing I write with actions I need to undertake.   I am learning to love my calendar, and I am making myself take the time to record commitments or things that need taking care of because I FORGET. Frustrations will be written in my journal more quickly when storms come into my life, and I have decided to stick with Scrivener until I have it down pat.

I do not want to lose my momentum by September, so I have two study tools, which are going to keep me going, and I meditate and use them daily. So, my morning begins with Declaring God’s Word by Derek Prince, and my day ends with Clinging to God by Lynda R. Young.

I am only four days into the year. In December, I will let you know if pacing worked for me.

Wishing all of you a praeclara 2017.  Please, walk safely through the year.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Forgetting What Is Behind, I Press On


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. 

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

My report:

I was a NaNo participant and did not submit any stories this month.

Submissions still out:
1. Submitted one short story to Wordhaus, an online publication. Haven’t got an answer yet.

DECEMBER'S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

ANSWER: Five years from now, I will be a successful published author. Continually strengthening my writing through writing courses, attending writer’s conferences, reading other people’s works, and writing daily will help me achieve my goal.




Forgetting What Is Behind, I Press On


Two thousand sixteen, standing on the starting line,
I waited for the whistle to blow.
It blew, and I started running forward.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Sometimes, I stumbled; I even fell,
Sometimes badly,
Each time, I got up.
I kept going.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Projects started.
Some, I completed.
Some, I forgot.
Others remain ongoing.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Tests came.
Shook my patience,
My tenacity,
My perseverance,
And my faith in myself.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Shadows hovered over me and blocked my sight.
My vision hampered,
I learned to walk in darkness.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Trained my eyes to look upward,
To move away from the dark center,
To find the silver lining,
I keep going.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.*

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a safe walk over into 2017.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat Garcia

*Bible Verse comes out of Philippians 3: 13 -14, New International Version, 1984, Zondervan in the United States and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!
















 Many thanks to Steve at Steve’s Bar and Grill in Hanau, Germany.  He and his staff are a home away from home on this lovely Thanksgiving Day for many Americans. He is the best cook on this side of Europe.
 

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Take care and be safe this weekend.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat Garcia