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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IWSG Day, November 7, 2018, Tweak and Finish



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:

Rejection: Glimmer Train, Very Short Fiction Story


No New Submissions this month









 Tweak and Finish


I received great feedback on my partial manuscript submitted to the NWS this year, and from Simon and Schuster too. Now, it is time to tweak and finish the manuscript in its entirety. It seems as if there is room in the literary world for me, but I will not know the earnestness until the tweaks have been made and the complete manuscript is submitted. 

Right now, I am not stressing about it. In fact, I have dived into the process with smiles on my face. If I lack anything, it is a twenty-eight-hour day instead of a twenty-four-hour day.  But the hours in my day are not going to increase so, I’m left with reprioritizing, which means giving up, or throwing out routines and schedules that are no longer profitable. In re-evaluating the dispensation of my time, I am asking myself what I need to let go of so that I can move on. These are hard decisions that bring pain because I hate goodbyes. They are changing the path of my life as I get ready to pass through the gate. 

I do know that everything changes and that nothing remains the same, but oh it is difficult to walk out this knowledge and wisdom. I stand before the gate, and like Robert Frost described so effectively in one of my favourite poems of his, I see the two roads that have emerged, and remain undaunted despite of not knowing what will happen.


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of November.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia

*The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, originally published in 1916, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG Day, October 3, 2018, When Life Gets In The Way By Pat Garcia









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:

Still Outstanding
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 
Submission: I was given the opportunity to submit the first five thousand words of my manuscript, A Time to Love, to Simon & Schuster in the U.K. I sent it in June 26thand I am waiting on the results.
Submission: Glimmer Train, Very Short Fiction Story, September 4, 2018



New News:
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
I didn’t place in The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers, but I received two great critiques that will definitely help me


No New Submissions this month










When Life Gets in the Way

At the beginning of 2016, I entered into streams that have been testing principles and beliefs that keep me moving forward. Saying goodbye to a young woman who was like a little sister to me felt like ice cold water thrown in my face. Little did I know that I would not have time to recover from the loss or to grieve before things got worse. A month later, I found myself in a bottomless keg of mire that seemed to bind my feet. I am now learning to move my feet slowly as I maintain my daily meditation, and juggle a writing schedule, my work as a musician and singer, my reading, my naps, and anything else that I do to handle the present crisis that I find myself in.  

Outside of my morning meditation with God, my writing is my joy lifter. If only for fifteen minutes or one hour, a trip to my office where I enter my imaginary world, lifts me up and out of any kind of depression that is trying to get me down.  I write every day. If I do not work on a manuscript, I am busy typing away in my journals, and if I am not working on either a manuscript or one of my journals, I am busy writing out my homework for the writing classes that I take. 

Does writing help? Yes. It helps me put things into perspective and accept that change has impacted my life.  Everything changes; nothing remains the same, Nina Simone once sang. I will no longer be the same person after I get through this.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of October. Enjoy the Fall months, and find the time to look at the leaves as they change their colors.  


Shalom aleichem,














Pat G

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

IWSG DAY, September 5, 2018, Traditional or Self-Publish That Is the Question, by Pat Garcia





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:

Still Outstanding
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 
Submission: I was given the opportunity to submit the first five thousand words of my manuscript, A Time to Love, to Simon & Schuster in the U.K. I sent it in June 26thand I am waiting on the results.


New Submission
Submission: Glimmer Train, Very Short Fiction Story, September 4, 2018










Traditional or Self-Publish That Is the Question


My dream has always been to become an author the traditional way. Not because I think it is more comfortable to go traditional have I chosen this route, but because of my goals. As a woman that comes from a family that understands little to nothing about copyrights, books and their value, and publishing, I would like to have an excellent literary home for anything that I write and leave behind. 

Words give life, hope, and encouragement. Words influence.  Words charm. Words make us laugh, and they make us cry. Words go beyond the barriers that we build around ourselves. Words speak louder than our actions.  Words live, and they need a home after we are no longer here.  

We writers make a difference with our words. We give others fuel to think, to move forward, and to get off the couch and achieve something worthwhile. That is my belief. Thus, I believe my words are precious and need to be taken care of if I want to reach people after my journey on earth is completed.  Going the traditional route will keep my ideas, my courage, my beliefs and my strengths alive. 

Finally, I desire to leave footprints in the literary world that touch peoples’ souls. I see the traditional way as being the best fit to accomplish this.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of September.
Take care. 

Shalom aleichem,
















Pat G 


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG Day, August 1, 2018, Pitfalls to Avoid by Pat Garcia





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:

Still Outstanding
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 

New Submission
Submission: I was given the opportunity to submit the first five thousand words of my manuscript, A Time to Love, to Simon & Schuster in the U.K. I sent it in June 26thand I am waiting on the results








Pitfalls to Avoid

As a new writer, I knew I had good stories in me, and I entered the writing world wearing rose coloured glasses.  To be exact, I was blind. Heck, I’d been spinning tales that popped up in my imagination for years. However, and here comes the catch, I had paid little to no attention to the mechanics that belong to writing. Yes, grammar is one of those tools, but even more critical are the viewpoint, sentence styling, structure, and pacing. 

I sent out my first draft without consulting any editor, and I promptly got rejections. I now believe whoever they were, read the first three lines, puked, and sent out the standard rejection letter with the hope that I did not submit anything to them again. 

Since then, I have learned better, thank God.  I know that the first draft is the beginning of your odyssey and not the end. I understand that an excellent critique team that reads every chapter of your book is a godsend, and I have learned to love editors, regardless of their area of expertise. These precious people, who return my work filled with questions written in red, have become my favourite people. I’ve learned that they were created to help me grow and mature into the writer that slumbers inside of me. 


Wishing everyone a beautiful month of August and be safe.




Shalom aleichem,














Pat G


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG Day, July 3, 2018, My Ultimate Writing Goal, by Pat Garcia









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:

Rejection -  Glimmer Train – Very Short Fiction 
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 








 My Ultimate Writing Goal


I was pretty young when I started my writing journey. In fact, I was a small child. To be exact, I was three years of age. I had not entered the first year of school, but deep in my heart, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Through the years, I have experienced some ups and downs. The journey has not been easy, but whatever has happened has only intensified the burning urge to write. So, my ultimate writing goal has always been to become a writer who leaves footprints in the world that I leave behind when my journey is ended. 

For those of you who have been following my progress on my manuscript that had to be turned in to the Romance Novelist Association of the U.K. for the New Writer Scheme,  I made the deadline I set. The partial manuscript went out Saturday, June 29th at 11:33 a.m.

Wishing everyone in the United States who celebrates July 4th, Happy Independence Day. For the rest of us, who might not celebrate it or not be able to observe it because of whatever reason, I wish you a lovely month of July. 

Be Safe and take care of yourselves.

Until next month. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG Day, June 6, 2018, Transitioning, by Pat Garcia





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 to Glimmer Train – Very short Fiction – April 30, 2018
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest For Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018










I am in a transition phase. I am transitioning into something new. I am standing in the tunnel close to the door waiting for it to open. 

Lack of sleep, trouble with focusing, and trying to get a grip on the euphoria within me while I wait are some of the typical signs I am experiencing.  I’m waiting, hoping, and praying that what is about to happen is what I am expecting.  

I have to keep telling myself, it is okay to be sixes and sevens, to be like the absentminded professor, to be afraid, and to feel expectant at the same time. I feel like I am on a roller-coaster.  This is my emotional state at the moment, day in, day out. 

I keep making myself move forward while I wait. Things are going to work out for my good. The door will open. 

When it does, I will let you know.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of June. 
Take care and stay safe. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IWSG Day, May 2, 2018, A Simple Answer To A Complex Question









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:

One Submission to Glimmer Train – Very short Fiction – April 30, 2018

 One Rejection - Glimmer Train Submission  from February 2018 – Rejected











 IWSG Day Question: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

A Simple Answer To A Complex Question

No. I write. I’ve learned to separate my emotions regarding, the seasons of the year, or whether it is raining, or the sun is shining or snowing or hailing with when I write. My inspiration to write comes from knowing that this is why I was born. This is the purpose of my existence; therefore, I write. 


Wishing all of you a lovely month of May. 
Take care and be safe. 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G