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The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

IWSG DAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021, FORGETTING A WORD IN MY NATIVE LANGUAGE 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.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

 

Rejection: A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer, Short Story Contest (Even though this story was rejected by the editor, I received a letter with very helpful feedback.)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Forgetting A Word In My Native Language

 

I enjoy being able to speak more than one language. However, it frustrates me tremendously when I can't call up the right word I want to use from my native language when I write. I must search for it. Most of the time, it is a simple word, an everyday idiom, or slang. It gets really complicated when I am looking for a term people use in the Deep South. Often, I have to do a word search by writing the word in one of the languages I know and then googling it before I go to a thesaurus, to check out the different terms related to that word, or I skype with one of my sisters who taught English and still has a good grip on the language back home in the Deep South. 

 

 

Wishing all of you a lovely Advent Season and a Merry Christmas.

Stay healthy, and I hope you cross over safely into the New Year.

 

 

Shalom aleichem

 


 

 









Pat Garcia

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

IWSG DAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021, WRITING MY BLURB IS MORE DIFFICULT 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.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, (Made the Honorable Mention List)

WEP October Challenge, The Scream, Stop Signs Ignored, October 20, 2021

 





Writing My Blurb Is More Difficult

 

Writing a blurb for a story is much more difficult for me.  I write my story with the title of the book guiding me. The title is closely tied in with my plot. Because a blurb is not a summary or detailed event of what occurs in the book, I find it hard to free myself from plot points in my story. I usually have to step away for a week or two before I write the blurb.

 

Wishing everyone a lovely November, and for those celebrating the U.S. Thanksgiving Day, 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Take care and be safe. 

 

Shalom aleichem,















Pat Garcia

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

IWSG DAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, Drawing The Line In Topics Or Language 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.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, J Lenni Dorner,Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard! 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021 (Still Outstanding)

 

REJECTIONS: The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest 

 

 


 

 

Drawing The Line In Topics Or Language

 

I have a problem with the optional question because it could cause a shadow on writers who write differently than the dominating majority. 

With that said, let me say there are some topics that I don't touch in my writing because I'm ignorant about those issues. Do I draw the line? Yes, I do. However, I try to maintain respect for those writers and their works. You're not going to find me out on the streets boycotting their books.   

 

As for language, I don't like using profanity in my books. You may find a word or two, but that usually is it. However, coming from a neighborhood that was across the railroad tracks, or better known as the ghetto behind the lovely homes on the main streets, the language used wasn't and still isn't from the Emily Post School of Etiquette (excuse me for the sarcasm). Do I draw the line with such books? It depends on if I like the story and what it portrays. Again, I emphasize respecting the writer's journey, which often seeps unknowingly in our manuscripts. 

 

Writing doesn't mean I have to agree with everything authors write or the language they use. Writers are human, and each writer's journey should be respected and not condemned regardless of whether I agree with their book or not.

 

Wishing all of you a lovely October month. 

 

Take care and be safe. 

 

Shalom aleichem,




 







Pat Garcia

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

IWSG DAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021, STILL WRITING 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.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 The awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG are Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie! 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Still outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021 (Still Outstanding)

 

 

 


 

 

STILL WRITING

I have always thought that I had the creativity to write. I also knew that I would have to perfect that spirit of creativity if I wanted to write beyond one or two books. That meant taking writing classes, broadening my reading by being able to read in almost all genres, learning how to read non-fiction, going to writing conferences, submitting my work,  learning how to deal with rejections, forcing myself to work regardless of my feelings and doing whatever I needed that would define me as a writer in an ongoing process that would eventually get my books published. Thus my success lies behind what I have done to get where I am––I call it The Process. At the beginning, I saw myself as a successful writer in a process of becoming known to the world, and it is  an ongoing process that doesn't end because of publication.  


Wishing all of you a lovely month of September.


Shalom aleichem,








Pat Garcia



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

IWSG DAY, THE WRITER'S JOURNEY, AUGUST 4, 2021, 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

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the August 4, posting of the IWSG ar PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!

 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Still outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021 (Still Outstanding)

 

RejectionsContemplations Of A Woman Turning Sixty-Five - Flash Fiction, The Masters Review (Although my story wasn’t accepted for publication, I received an outstanding critique from the judges telling me why and suggesting that I revise it. They even gave me the names of three publications where they knew it would fit. And that made me happy)

 

 

 

 





 

The Writer’s Journey

 

In 2013, while taking a class offered by Writer’s Digest, I asked a question that would change the way I see my characters and building the world they live in. The instructor suggested that I try to find a copy of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.  I did find a first edition copy, and this has become my go-to book. I have yellow and green highlights throughout the book, and it also has my ideas notated when I stumble upon something I haven’t seen before. When I received it, I stayed up all night reading it the first time. The book sits on my desk. Every time I read itI discover something new and understand more clearly what I need to do to breathe life into my characters. 

 

Have a lovely month of August and take care.

 

Shalom aleichem,





 










Pat Garcia

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG DAY, Jully 7, 2021, What Would Make Me Quit Writing? 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

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees,and Louise – Fundy Blue!

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

Contemplations Of A Woman Turning Sixty-Five - Flash Fiction, The Masters Review (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Submitted June 1, 2021

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 What Would Make Me Quit Writing?

 

 

 

I think many situations could come up that would rob me of my ability to write. A disability, a mental sickness, a memory loss would test me, but I hope I never have to experience such a loss. 

 

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful month of July. 


Shalom aleichem,

 


 









Pat Garcia

 

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

IWSG DAY, June 2, 2021, Timeframe to Finished Product and Its Shelf-life 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

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the June 2, 2021  posting of the IWSG are The awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster,Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria! 

 

 Submissions:  Entered Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

Contemplations Of A Woman Turning Sixty-Five - Flash Fiction, The Masters Review

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest


Results:  LAWD, LAWD into the WEP's April Challenge – made the shortlist

 

 


 

 

 Timeframe to Finished Product and Its Shelf-life

 

For me, it takes time, time, and then more time. When I write the first draft, I revise and revise until I see a chemical reaction taking place with the words that I choose to express myself. It's kind of like a light of insight that lets me know I'm almost there, but I haven't reached the zenith. That's when I put it on my shelf, and I start writing on something else. How long it stays, I cannot say. My first short story that came out this year, I started in 2015. It was only at the beginning of  2020 that I called it up from my computer and started restructuring it, and the result was my first published short story. 

 

I firmly believe that the timeframe is determined by your purpose for writing, what you hope to accomplish, and the raison d'etre behind your writing. 

 

One of my invisible writing mentors is John Gardner. It took him years to get The Sunlight Dialogues published. In fact, it was the first book he wrote but not the first book that was published.

 

Therefore, I don't worry about the timeframe because I will do as many revisions as needed and let it stay on the shelf as long as needed until I think my words speak life to me, and therefore, can speak life to the reader.


Have a lovely month of June.


Shalom aleichem









Pat Garcia