The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG DAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017, COMPARING MY WRITING JOURNEY to the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WINNING SUPER BOWL LII




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:

Submissions –   None for February 2018




COMPARING WRITING JOURNEY to the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WINNING SUPER BOWL LII


Sunday, the fourth of February displayed the faith, the resiliency, and the relentlessness of the Philadelphia Eagles. Who would have thought that a team hit with so many setbacks during the season and the years behind them would become Super Bowl Champions? 

As I watched them play, I compared my writing journey to becoming a Champion in the Super Bowl.  To reach your goal, you have to turn yourself into relentless writer, reading those books, writing as much as you can, every time you can, attending those classes and implementing what you learn into your book regardless of whether it is poetry, fiction or non-fiction. You're not cocky; you're not out there doing a hip-hop dance, and you don't examine your competition and measure what their chances are because you don't want to waste your time.

No, you have got your eyes on your goal, and you're looking at your writing.  For example, at the moment, my knees are knocking, slightly trembling, wanting to buckle under, as I complete this final revision of my manuscript so that I can submit it to the RNA, (Romantic Novelist's Association) in the United Kingdom. That’s right.  January 2nd ushered in a new epoch in my life. I was one of the 300 people chosen for the New Writer’s Scheme. We have a deadline of August 31but as usual, I have set myself a deadline for May 31st. I don’t want to wait around until the last minute. So, my Facebook Reader’s Group is busy reading my manuscriptA small group of seven, mixed with writers and readers from all over the western world, I am happy to have them. 
  
So why the shakes? It is like the Philadelphia Eagles and their appearance in the Super Bowl. It takes a quarter portion of resiliency, a quarter portion of relentlessness, a quarter portion of faith, as you learn how to work your vocabulary to create your story, and a quarter portion of joy as you write it from your heartAnd, it is that beautiful purple bow of perseverance  wrapped around those ingredients I mentioned above that hold you together and keep you from falling apart 
  
So, here I am getting ready to catch my first touchdown.  Like the Philadelphia Eagles before Super Bowl LII, I am swamped doing revisions, receiving critiques from different writers and editors, and looking patiently for the right words to give expression to what is in my heart and will paint pictures  through the words I use. I am at the fourth and on the one yard line and  have decided  to  go for what my heart desires, a touch down in traditional publishing. I hope I score and shock the world just like Nick Foles did when he caught that touchdown before the second quarter ended.  People, I was jumping for joy. I believe I woke the neighbourhood here in my German Village, when I shouted, "Oh my gosh," and started dancing. As for me, I’ll let you know what happens when I catch my first touchdown at the end of the year.  

Have a lovely February and be safe as you walk through the month. 

Shalom aleichem,


Pat Garcia 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG Day, January 3, 2018, Building Upon A Foundation That Has Been Laid








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:

Submissions –   None for January 


Outstanding Submissions - to the WEP- An Eternal Beginning


Rejections: Three poems to the Lascaux Review 






Happy New Year!

During 2017, I laid what I consider to be the final groundwork to become a traditional and self- published author. I set up my author website, took a class on back cover and developed my back cover for my first novel with the instructor.  I developed two or three blurbs by taking a class on blurbs and had  back to back classes on setting up my press packets, book trailers, and press releases.  I took a marketing class which included writing a query and synopsis. The marketing was hands-on. The writing coach, a former publisher, and now part-time acquisition editor, took the time to make sure that the queries and synopses we wrote were the best representation of our individual books. She did not give up on any of the participants, and I am glad she didn’t. My horror was writing a synopsis, and she remained with me as I kept submitting changes until I had overcome my horror and now have a first-class synopsis.

I also committed myself, last year, to two online writing organisations that challenged me to write articles and/or flash fiction or poetry that pushed me way above what I thought I could do. Those two online organisations were the IWSG created byAlex Cavanaugh and the WEP created by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee.  I took each organisations seriously, and whatever I wrote, I gave it my best shot. This writing for my peers gave me the feedback that I needed. I found out through them that I was ready to enter the publishing world. 

The first step taken began with Still Me…After All These Years, a book of short essays published by Karen Helene Walker. I will be forever thankful for that opportunity. Working with Senior Editor Mark David Gerson was a god send. It strengthened my writing muscles and gave my writing voice the clarity it needed so that people can hear, feel, and see what I say.

So, what now?


I keep marching. This month, I am puttering through stories. I have begun choosing the stories from my endless pool of short stories for my first self-publication as I work on my novel that I hope to have ready for submission to an agent this year. I am on a journey. Standing still is not an option for me. With one foot before the other, I am marching.   

The only thing that I know is that every obstacle, defeat, failure and success in 2017  has prepared me for every situation  I will experience in 2018. 

So, like the Prophet Habakkuk, I am standing and  watching, waiting to see how God is going to bring this all together. The surety that I will rejoice is founded in my confidence in Him.  For,

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my  feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.  Habakkuk 3:19, New International Version, 1984, Zondervan.

Have a lovely January and walk carefully as you move through month.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia