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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

IWSG DAY, JANUARY 6, 2021, READING By Pat Garcia










Happy New Year!

 


It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6, posting of the IWSG are  Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

 

 

Submissions: 

 Fiction - A Time To Love, A Novel– Submitted September 18, 2020, Still Outstanding

 

Flash Fiction: Still Outstanding

It's Christmas 

The Red Wheelbarrow 

Until Death Do Us Part

 

Non-Fiction:  Still Outstanding

A Spotlight On My Childhood In The Deep South

 

Short Story: Turn The Light On, To Be Release on February 14, 2021

 

Thanks to all who have volunteered to help me. I will be getting in contact with everyone as soon as the book cover is finished, and my manuscript has been read by a professional proofreader. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Reading

 

 

There are many books out in the Literary Hemisphere, and it isn't easy to judge whether a book is well-written unless one reads it. That said, let me say that I read lots of books. It is very seldom that I run across a book that has lots of mistakes. 

 

However, if I bought a book containing numerous errors, I must admit that I would read it until it is finished. If I knew the author, I would communicate with them by email and tell them what I found respectfully.  I have done this. I was at a church conference in Amsterdam in 2009. I liked the speaker and decided to buy his book. When I got home, I saw so many mistakes but continued reading. After reading, I sat down and wrote the speaker a letter. That letter got me my very first editing job. 

 

Thus, I do try to be non-judgmental and keep reading until the end. 

 

Wishing you all a great 2021.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 


 






Pat Garcia

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG DAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020, BREAKTIME By Pat Garcia







Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney,Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

 

 

 

Submissions: 

 Fiction - A Time To Love, A Novel– Submitted September 18, 2020 Still Outstanding

 

Flash Fiction: Still Outstanding

It's Christmas 

The Red Wheelbarrow 

Until Death Do Us Part

 

Non-Fiction:  Still Outstanding

A Spotlight On My Childhood In The Deep South

 

Request for Help


My very first Short Story will be published on February 14, 2021 on Amazon, and I am looking for authors to do a cover reveal and reviews. If you can help,  please send me an email, and I will get back to you. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Breaktime by Pat Garcia

 

This year has been a severe year with lots of stress for me, and the pressure had nothing to do with Covid. My break times have helped me get through the year. I learned  some time ago to plan my time off in conjunction with the Bavarian School Calendar. When school is out in Bavaria, I take my breaks and step back to read and do book reviews of the many books I have purchased but have not yet read. 

 

Therefore, I am looking forward to December 18th or 19th. That's when the Bavarian Schools go on their Christmas vacation, and so will I. 

 

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a safe passage into the year 2021.

 

 

Shalom aleichem,

 


 








Pat Garcia

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG DAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020, DREAMING THINGS THAT NEVER WERE AND ASKING WHY NOT, BY Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4th posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi,L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria! 

 

 

 

 

Submissions: 

 Fiction - A Time To Love, A Novel– Submitted September 18, 2020

 

Flash Fiction: 

It's Christmas 

The Red Wheelbarrow 

Until Death Do Us Part

 

Non-Fiction: 

A Spotlight On My Childhood In The Deep South

 

 

 

 

 


Dreaming Things That Never Were and Asking Why Not

 

I was 17 years old when I heard the speech from Robert Francis Kennedy that would change my whole perspective about life.  His inclusion of a saying by George Bernard Shaw as he spoke to the University of Kansas hit me right between my eyes. It was a bullseye, and the effectiveness of his words inspire me even to this day. In fact, I googled to find and read it once again while writing this IWSG article, and I am still inspired. 

 

"Some people see things as they are and say why?  I dream things that never were and say, why not?"

 

 I learned that my avenue to changing my focus was through my writing. Only then could I live a successful and engaging life by my own standards and not by the standards of others. Dreaming of things that never were and asking myself why not has moved me to walk my talk as I write, and not worry about the many mistakes I make. That quote has given me the courage to step out and be different, and it has given me a healthy and thankful view of God's creation. 

 

Shalom aleichem,



 

 




Pat Garcia

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

IWSG DAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020, A WRITER AT WORK By Pat Garcia







 

Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 7 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Beth Camp,Beverly Stowe McClure, and Gwen Gardner! 

 

 

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge – Rejected. However, I received a great critique that took away the sting of rejection. The editors gave me a dynamite critique with some great encouragement. Their biggest problem was they thought the piece was too short.  

 

Fiction - A Time To Love – Submitted September 18, 2020

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 A Writer At Work

 

 

I am a writer.  

 

As a working writer, I have a set schedule.

 

My routine starts with a set time to get up mornings. I go through my daily routine consisting of taking a shower, meditating in my Bible, breakfast, reading two newspapers on my iPad Pro, and simply sitting in my living room or my patio and thinking, letting my mind run free. Without this daily routine, I would lose me. I do it regardless of whether I write or not. It is a 365-day or 366-day thing for me. 

 

 I never answer the phone before Noon. If there is an emergency, the people who know me send a text message, and I call them back. 

 

I am usually in my office from 11:30 to 17:00. Then, I take a three-hour break After my break I read or review a book I need to do for an author, play my piano, or knit or attend a meeting in Zoom. 

 

Now that I'm close to having a book published, I must make time for marketing. I've heard some good stories about marketing and some horror stories. But I'm excited about the marketing process and look forward to learning and implementing it. 

 

Did I expect all this work to come upon me as a writer? Absolutely! That I can shout out. I never thought it would be easy for me. Deep within me, at a very young age, I knew I wanted to write no matter what and would be willing to pay the price. 

 

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG DAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020, IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE AUTHOR TO BE MY BETA PARTNER, IT WOULD BE CATHERINE ANDERSON BY Pat Garcia











Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are  PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner,Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue! 

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

If I Could Choose One Author To BMy Beta Partner, It Would be Catherine Anderson.  

 

The first time I became acquainted with her writing was when I read Keegan's Lady. I fell in love with the book on the first page. By page fifteen, I was hooked, and I read through the night. 

 

Anything she writes I buy, and I believe I have every one of her books. 

 

Her characters fascinate me because they are not perfect. She shows the other side of life where, for example, a woman in a wheelchair meets the love of her life.

 

I am often saddened because of what I call the perfect world romance writers develop where everybody is beautiful and has never had a severe problem. The characters are borne perfect without flaws or deep wounds. However, this is not the case in Anderson's books. She writes stories that I can relate to that deal with real people and real-life situations. 

I have never met her personally, but I feel as if I know her, and if I could have her as my beta partner, I would shout for joy because it would be a dream come true. 

 

Shalom aleichem,




 

 






Pat Garcia

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

IWSG DAY, August 5, 2020, Which Way To Go by Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey! 

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Way To Go?

 

I like to know the direction when I begin to write. Whether it is Non-Fiction or Fiction, I need parameters. That doesn't mean that I box myself in and don't jump over those parameters.  It means that there are specific guidelines that I follow because I am not just writing for myself. 

 

Having parameters also mean that I know what I am good at. There are some genres that I don't write in. I do take some elements out of these genres and mixed them in my writing, but I don't think you will ever read a horror story by me.  Although I know some great horror writers, I personally would never be able to sleep again if I tried to write one.

 

Thus, my stories are created because I know the genre, I want to write in. 

 

I wish you all a lovely month of August. 

 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG DAY, JULY 1, 2020, Suggestions for Industry Changes by Pat Garcia








Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

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

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)

 

 

 

 


 

  

 

 

Suggestions for Industry Changes 

 

 

I have read some great books and would like to see some or all of them turned into screenplays designed for television or as movies for theatergoers. 

 

I would also like to see the National Book Award and the Man Booker Award becoming more open to writers outside of the writers that write books and are published by the top publishers in the world. 

 

Finally, there should be a leeway for writers who publish their flash fiction on their blogs. Many publishers expect writers to keep writing but don't recognize that the writer also needs encouragement and usually gets it from the small reader population that follows them. 

 

Wishing everyone a who celebrates the fourth of July a happy fourth and to all us a lovely month of July. 

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 










Pat Garcia