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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG DAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020, IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE AUTHOR TO BE MY BETA PARTNER, IT WOULD BE CATHERINE ANDERSON 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:

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are  PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner,Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue! 

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

If I Could Choose One Author To BMy Beta Partner, It Would be Catherine Anderson.  

 

The first time I became acquainted with her writing was when I read Keegan's Lady. I fell in love with the book on the first page. By page fifteen, I was hooked, and I read through the night. 

 

Anything she writes I buy, and I believe I have every one of her books. 

 

Her characters fascinate me because they are not perfect. She shows the other side of life where, for example, a woman in a wheelchair meets the love of her life.

 

I am often saddened because of what I call the perfect world romance writers develop where everybody is beautiful and has never had a severe problem. The characters are borne perfect without flaws or deep wounds. However, this is not the case in Anderson's books. She writes stories that I can relate to that deal with real people and real-life situations. 

I have never met her personally, but I feel as if I know her, and if I could have her as my beta partner, I would shout for joy because it would be a dream come true. 

 

Shalom aleichem,




 

 






Pat Garcia

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

IWSG DAY, August 5, 2020, Which Way To Go 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:

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey! 

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Way To Go?

 

I like to know the direction when I begin to write. Whether it is Non-Fiction or Fiction, I need parameters. That doesn't mean that I box myself in and don't jump over those parameters.  It means that there are specific guidelines that I follow because I am not just writing for myself. 

 

Having parameters also mean that I know what I am good at. There are some genres that I don't write in. I do take some elements out of these genres and mixed them in my writing, but I don't think you will ever read a horror story by me.  Although I know some great horror writers, I personally would never be able to sleep again if I tried to write one.

 

Thus, my stories are created because I know the genre, I want to write in. 

 

I wish you all a lovely month of August. 

 

Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG DAY, JULY 1, 2020, Suggestions for Industry Changes 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:

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

 

 

Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)

 

 

 

 


 

  

 

 

Suggestions for Industry Changes 

 

 

I have read some great books and would like to see some or all of them turned into screenplays designed for television or as movies for theatergoers. 

 

I would also like to see the National Book Award and the Man Booker Award becoming more open to writers outside of the writers that write books and are published by the top publishers in the world. 

 

Finally, there should be a leeway for writers who publish their flash fiction on their blogs. Many publishers expect writers to keep writing but don't recognize that the writer also needs encouragement and usually gets it from the small reader population that follows them. 

 

Wishing everyone a who celebrates the fourth of July a happy fourth and to all us a lovely month of July. 

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 










Pat Garcia

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IWSG DAY, JUNE 3, 2020, It’s Nobody’s Business But Mine 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:



Our awesome co-hosts for today are  J.Q. Rose, Natalie Aguirre, and myself, Pat Garcia.


Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)










It’s Nobody’s Business But Mine  by Pat Garcia

I don’t like sharing my secrets. Knowing that life here is not permanent, I don’t want everybody digging up bones that I have hidden. When I am gone, I want them to stay buried and go down to the grave with me. 

That’s not being somber. It is a decision that I made some while ago. 

Wishing all of you a beautiful warm and sunny June month.

Shalom aleichem,








Pat Garcia

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

IWSG DAY, May 6, 2020, Getting Out of the Zone by Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,


It is IWSG Time!

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It 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:





Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)








Getting Out of the Zone


I don’t have a ritual that I follow to help me get in the zone. Usually, when I go down to my office, I automatically enter it, because my zone is my world with my fictional people. They are waiting for me, and they all want my attention. Needless to say, they are demanding. When they think I am writing something that is out of character for them, they interfere.

Thus, getting into the zone is not a problem; it is walking out of it. Once I get involved, I forget the time. I know I need to be more consistent and leave my office and close the door behind me, but once I get in the flow, I stay in the zone. Everything else becomes irrelevant.

Have a lovely month of May and be safe.


Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

IWSG DAY, APRIL 1, 2020, The Fear Is Real But Keep Moving, By Pat Garcia







Hello Everyone,


It is IWSG Time!

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It 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:





Submission: The Writer Magazine – Non-Fiction Challenge (Results Still Outstanding)











The Fear Is Normal But Keep Moving


As a nation, we have been in lockdown a week. Some states started their lockdown long before the German Parliament called for it nationally. For me, the most crucial question was not how to deal with the lockdown but how to keep myself from becoming immobilized by fear. 

So, I have started sharing some of the posts that I write for The Child and The Prophet. I share them on one of my blogs and Facebook. Sharing these posts has re-energize the playful child within me. 

The second thing I decided to do was to return to singing A Capella. It comes naturally to me because that is how I discovered the voice in me. However, because I sing with a band or a piano or guitar accompaniment, I had forgotten how beautiful it is to carry a tune and feel my vocal cords expand and vibrate as I let my voice be the instrument. 

I don’t have any idea how long Corona will last, but while it is here, I am going to make the best out of it. So, this week I’m planning to sit at my piano and play until my heart is completely content. 

Wishing all of you a great April. 

Shalom aleichem,














Pat Garcia

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Child and The Prophet - A Fable by Pat Garcia










The Child’s body rocked back and forth to the sea waves. Each time one passed under the lily pad, up she would go and then back down again. She giggled. It was exciting. A lily pad on a big ocean steering itself by the velocity of the waves. Unbelievable, she thought. 
As far as her eyes could see, she saw nothing. No cargo ships, no birds, no passenger cruise ships with people leaning on the railings waving, and no airplanes flying to different destinations. An empty world lay before her eyes, and the Child felt she was sailing in a never-ending vacuum. 
“Where is everything, Prophet?”
The Prophet, who was sitting in the opposite corner of the giant lily pad behind her, took in the child's drooping shoulders. Ready to help her find answers to questions that he wouldn’t give her. “What do you mean, Child with where’s everything?”  
“I don’t see any ships,” she said, “moving across the waters and no airplanes in the air. Where are they?”
“Do you miss them, Child?”
“Of course, I do. That’s why I’m asking you?”
“Oh.”
“So, where are they, Prophet?”
“Resting,” said the Prophet.
“Resting, Prophet? I don’t understand.”
“They're in their harbors or wherever they should be, Child.”
“But why?”
“Might be a result of consequences.”
“Consequences, Prophet? And what kind of consequences would cause such calmness on the ocean.”
“That you must ask the human beings who populate the earth,” the Prophet replied. 
“Oh, I know what you’re talking about,” the Child said, huffily. 
“Really?” the Prophet responded. “Tell me what I’m talking about. “
“About the homeless children stuck in war zones as live targets with no way of escaping and borders being closed. But don’t people have a right to protect what theirs?”
The Prophet chuckled. Fascinated by the Child’s naivety.
“Since when have we become owners of the world, Child? We are all strangers passing through. None of this we can take with us.” 

Shalom aleichem,








Pat Garcia