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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG Day, October 4, 2017 - Writing That Has Breath





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 September 2017

None

Rejections
 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology – Turn the Lights On –
Death – a poem in the Rattle Poetry Contest

Outstanding Submissions

Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding








IWSG Day Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?


Writing that has breath has personal elements of the author within his or her story. That is a point blank statement that I believe in. Fantasy stems out of the desire to imagine, Romance out of a yearning to be loved, Sci-Fi out of the need to explore the universe, and I could go on an on with the different genres. Whether non-fiction or fiction, books that inspire encourage, and books that motivate  force people to step out and go for their dreams. The personal element about the author bedded within his or her  story pushes the reader out of his or her comfort zone and into the writer's way of thinking and challenges the reader to reconsider his or her own life decisions.

Thus, when I looked at the IWSG question, have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose, I had to say yes. However, I don't slip it in. I do it intentionally. 

My books, whenever, I get the first one published, (and I'm smiling when I confess this)  have something to say.  My characters see the world through my eyes and what they grasp and how they experience and deal with life is the sum of the total experience of what I think, believe, and how I handle the circumstances in my own life.


Wishing all of you a lovely October, and this Georgia girl says be careful as you walk through this month.












Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia











Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG Day, September 6, 2017, Have I Ever Surprised Myself In My Own Writing?






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 August 2017

Three poems to the Lascaux Review

Outstanding Submissions
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream - Rejection
The Wigleaf - The Box in the Loft - Rejection
 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology – Turn the Lights On – Still Outstanding
Death – a poem in the Rattle Poetry Contest – Still Outstanding









 Have I Ever Surprised Myself  In My Own Writing?

Yes, and a triple yes, yes, yes!  In fact, I find myself being continually amazed when I allow myself to remain open to the voice whispering inside me.

I have never thought of myself as a poet. Poetry is one of those avenues of writing where I sit and read and marvel at the viewpoints some poets in the past saw happening around them. Or, I am astonished at what some poets see taking place in our world today. However, participating in the April WEP Challenge changed my mind about my writing poetry.  I am no longer a lover of poetry but also a writer who also writes poetry.

There are hidden emotions deep within me that react to how humans are treating each other, and I release these emotions by writing poetry.

Change means surprise,
Sometimes shock,
Sometimes, it makes your temper rise,
Or your knees knocked against each other,
Forcing you to step up to  the challenge.
And like David facing Goliath,
You pick up your five stones;
You run toward your mountain,
And slowly you whittle it down to size.

You surprise yourself.
What you’ve discovered,
Has melted away a portion of the iceberg
That lies within you,
And moved you toward your dream.











Have a lovely month of September and walk peaceably through life if you can. 

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G






Wednesday, August 2, 2017

IWSG DAY, August 2, 2017, A Time to Be Silent and A Time to Speak; A Time to Embrace and A Time to Refrain From



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 July 2017

Death – a poem in the Rattle Poetry Contest

Outstanding Submissions
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream
The Wigleaf - The Box in the Loft
 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology – Turn the Lights On

  




A Time to Be Silent and A Time to speak; A time to embrace and a Time to Refrain From

When someone wakes up in the morning talking non-stop, I am annoyed. I do not see what is so important that people must pollute the atmosphere with conversation. I wonder if people ever listen to the birds twittering or the sounds of the trees as they crack as they awaken in the dew of early morn. Or, have they ever observed as the dawn says goodbye and permit the sun its time to shine? Talking does have its place but have we forgotten the value of silence? There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.  

We humans do not notice it, but we tend to grumble and complain about ourselves, about others, and about nature. The sun is shining but. Yes, it is good that it rained, but. Sure, I have a good job, but. Yes, I write, but.  Yes, I do like my nappy hair, but. She does excellent work but sometimes. These buts annoy and warn me to move along quickly. A shadow is about to be cast upon someone or something.  There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from.*

I treasure my morning time filled with silence like some people treasure a morning cup of tea or a cup of coffee, and I do my best to attack the negative buts in myself and kill them and to avoid the negativity others speak out.  There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.

I like to embrace people. Thus, I have to refrain from my own self-righteous thoughts of being better than those people I encounter.  Notice I said, refrain from* my own self-righteous thoughts?  Grumbling or complaining about others makes me feel like I can do it better. There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from.*

Wishing all of you a lovely month of August and be safe.


Shalom aleichem,









Pat Garcia

*Quote from Ecc 3: parts of verses 5 and 7. From, by the word refrain, was added by the author.