The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Forgetting What Is Behind, I Press On


Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time has come around again. 

IWSG, a writer’s support group, which was created by Alex Cavanaugh, 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:

I was a NaNo participant and did not submit any stories this month.

Submissions still out:
1. Submitted one short story to Wordhaus, an online publication. Haven’t got an answer yet.

DECEMBER'S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

ANSWER: Five years from now, I will be a successful published author. Continually strengthening my writing through writing courses, attending writer’s conferences, reading other people’s works, and writing daily will help me achieve my goal.




Forgetting What Is Behind, I Press On


Two thousand sixteen, standing on the starting line,
I waited for the whistle to blow.
It blew, and I started running forward.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Sometimes, I stumbled; I even fell,
Sometimes badly,
Each time, I got up.
I kept going.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Projects started.
Some, I completed.
Some, I forgot.
Others remain ongoing.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Tests came.
Shook my patience,
My tenacity,
My perseverance,
And my faith in myself.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Shadows hovered over me and blocked my sight.
My vision hampered,
I learned to walk in darkness.
Forgetting what was behind and straining toward what was ahead, I pressed on.

Trained my eyes to look upward,
To move away from the dark center,
To find the silver lining,
I keep going.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.*

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a safe walk over into 2017.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat Garcia

*Bible Verse comes out of Philippians 3: 13 -14, New International Version, 1984, Zondervan in the United States and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!
















 Many thanks to Steve at Steve’s Bar and Grill in Hanau, Germany.  He and his staff are a home away from home on this lovely Thanksgiving Day for many Americans. He is the best cook on this side of Europe.
 

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Take care and be safe this weekend.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat Garcia

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

ISWG Day, November 2, 2016, Discovery


Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month and IWSG Time has come around again. 

IWSG, a writer’s support group, which was created by Alex Cavanaugh, 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:

I did not submit any new stories this month.

Rejections:
1.    Two stories I submitted to Glimmer Train were rejected.


Acceptances:
1.   SF RWA Heart to Heart Contest – I didn’t win the Certificate but I received three excellent critiques from an agent, published author, and a PAN member concerning the first chapter of my manuscript, which I submitted to the SF RWA.

2. I received an email from Karen Walker, which stated my submission to her anthology was accepted. That is a wonderful feeling, and I am thankful.


 Submissions still out:
1. Still have two outstanding stories that I have not yet heard whether they are accepted or rejected.  So I am still waiting.
2. Submitted one short story to Wordhaus, an online publication. Haven’t got an answer yet.

I am chugging along with my rewrites/revisions of two manuscripts.  I will join NaNo this year with a team of writers from Becoming Writer, and I am looking forward to it.

My blogs are alive and well.  I enjoy posting once every two weeks on my blogs and once a month on this one. I might add another category to this blog and blog twice a month but not before the A to Z Blog Challenge, 2017. If I do add a column, it will take place afterward.

November 2 Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
Answer below.



Discovery 

I never would have known who I was and what I am capable of becoming if I had not sat down and began to read, write, and revise.  I include revise in this triad because it means my willingness to change. When I revise my writing, I am revising my thinking, my way of seeing things and shaping the things I want to see happen in my future.

Discovery, that aspect of writing that whispers to me, it is all right to branch out and walk differently. It challenges me to embrace the world, other cultures, and to increase my capacity to unconditionally accept others as they are and not as who I would like them to be.

Through discovery, I have learned to laugh at myself and not take myself seriously.  Yes, if there is one aspect of writing I enjoy most, it is discovery. It forces me to face my insecurities, and therefore, it changes my world.

Until next month, be safe.


Shalom aleichem,












Pat Garcia