The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

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




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IWSG Day - April 5, 2017, Honouring the A to Z Blog Challenge 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:

Submissions March 2017

Glimmer Train – The Box in the Loft
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream
Masters Review – Turn the Lights On

I had one submission, outstanding since last year in May or June:  Found out through one of my critique groups that Wordhaus is defunct and no longer publishing.









Honouring the A to Z Blog Challenge 2017




 Writers and bloggers from all over the world left the starting line April first and started marching or running toward the finishing line of the A to Z Blog Challenge.  Normally, I would be one of those writers, but this year, my priorities do not permit it. However, I wish those who are participating the very best, and I hope that everyone who starts crosses the finishing line.

Thanks to the A to Z Blog Challenge, I have learned much about storytelling.  There are some astonishing writers among the whole bunch of writers participating.

As for me, I am moving toward another finishing line.  When I cross it, I will tell you all about it.


Wishing all of you a fantastic April and be safe.
Until next month, 

Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia