The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG DAY, December 6, 2016, A Reflective Look At 2017





Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and the last Wednesday for IWSG in 2017. 

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 – (I am busy revising and will start submitting again in December or January 2018.


Outstanding Submissions


Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding









A Reflective Look At 2017



This year has tested me. There were times when I screamed stopped, but ugly circumstances kept coming. Failures, rejections, and insecurity kept knocking at my door. As I began to face them, I was not sure if I was doing the right thing. I wanted to hide my head in the sand until everything was over.

Sometimes I went to bed weeping, and sometimes I fell into my bed drained from exhaustion. Sometimes, I thought, no more, I cannot take any more.  However, the equational sum of uc+f+r+i (ugly circumstances+failures+rejections+insecurities) has shown me the DNA that makes me who I am, and I have profited most from its results.

Getting up after setbacks is not easy, especially when your life fundament rattles and spins out of control. This year, I have learned that even in the worst circumstances, if you have a vision, you have a purpose, and your purpose will motivate you. The vision gives you the hunger to keep moving forward. It is entrenched deep within your DNA.

What would I do differently? Nothing. It is those blunders, mistakes or incongruities on my journey that has made me shine. They have challenged me to rise to the utmost and step past ugly circumstances, failures, rejections, and insecurities and become the very best that I can become. Thus, everything I have encountered this year has been a blessing in disguise. 

My only complaint would be that it has taken me some time to discover the blessings. 

Have a lovely December. Be safe. Think before you commit yourself to doing something on New Year’s Eve and crossover successfully into 2018.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG Day, November 1, 2017, NOVEMBER, The Month of NaNo










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 – (I am busy revising and will start submitting again in December or January 2018.


Outstanding Submissions


Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding





November, The Month of NaNo


Lying in my stack of books to write on my Evernote program are five novels that I have yet to finish. Three of them stem out of NaNo (National Novel Write More) an event I have been participating in for the last seven years. This year, I have not signed up for the very reason that it is time to take those manuscripts out of the stack and get them to the finish line. After I finished the debut, I plan to dive into one of them again.

For me, participating in NaNo comes down to me asking myself why am I writing? Am I writing to publish or writing just to be writing? Since almost everything I do is attached to my vision; I do my best to develop clear goals that are going to keep me moving forward. We tend to forget, or at least I do, that the journey is not infinite. It will end one day. Keeping this in mind, I want to move these books out of the dormant status and see them published, and that is not my being morbid.

There are people I need to touch with what I write, and I cannot do that as long as my books are sitting in a stack on my computer in my Evernote program or Scrivener.  Besides that, I find it a waste of my time to write just to be writing with no goal in sight. Not that that is wrong. This is not a judgment call on anyone but me.

For this year and maybe the next three years, I am not consciously planning to participate in NaNo. I am making it dependent on how fast the books I have already written take to get on the bookshelves of online vendors, bookstores, and libraries.

Have a lovely month of November and to those of you who are participating in NaNo, the best of luck to you.

Walk carefully through November and stay safe.











Shalom aleichem,
Pat G