The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

IWSG DAY, March 4, 2020, A Backward Glance at February 2020 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







A Backward Glance at February 2020


February was rough. It was a real test of my inner strength, perseverance, and my faith. I even doubted that I knew how to write. There were days when I didn’t want to sit at my computer, and even though I did, I wrote little.

The good thing was that I knew it was going to pass over. This confidence that I have is founded and grounded in the Creator of my life, and not myself. I didn’t know when the testing would let up, but I knew it would. 

So, I did the only thing I knew how to do, and that was not to shut myself away and to make myself live up to my obligations to myself and to others. 

I took the time to meditate a little bit more than usual and to read. 

On the last day of February, I saw a tiny light. It’s barely visible, but it’s there, and it keeps growing. For that, I am thankful. 

Wishing all of you a beautiful month of March. 


Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

IWSG DAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020, The Importance of Relentlessness after a Rejection by Pat Garcia










Hello Everyone,


It is IWSG Time, and we have moved out into a new decade and a new year. So, Happy New Year!

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 help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:












The Importance of Relentlessness after a Rejection

Last Sunday shook parts of the United States. I know it shocked me. As I sat before my television and looked at the video clips about Kobe Bryant’s relentlessness and his pursuit of becoming the best basketballer he could be, it had me thinking about my relentlessness in writing. 

It doesn’t matter how good you think you are; the question is always how good you are willing to become. Being relentless is not the guarantee for becoming a great writer, but it is the key to maximizing your talents. Relentlessness puts you out there to learn what you don’t know and to put your writing out for others to see and criticize.

I received a genuinely nice rejection letter again as I looked at a tribute to Kobe Bryant and his eighty-one-point game. It took Kobe some time to get on a level where he could shoot eighty-one points. It took relentlessness to keep shooting, working out even when he was tired, frustrated, and depressed. I’m quite sure that sometimes the level he wanted to reach seemed too far away, yet he kept moving, kept working, always giving his best in whatever he did, and he made it. 

I looked at my rejection letter once again. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was enough in that letter to encourage me to keep on writing, and to keep on submitting stories. One day I’ll walk through that door. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of February. 

Shalom aleichem,










Pat G

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

IWSG DAY, January 8, 2020, In the Beginning by Pat Garcia












Hello Everyone,


It is  IWSG Time, and we have moved out into a new decade and a new year. So, Happy New Year!

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 help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:




SUBMISSIONS

The Wasteland – The Masters Review

Unknown Faces – Carve Magazine







 In the Beginning

Poetry and theater pieces have meaning for me, and I have memorized some poetry and parts of some plays since I was a little girl. I even tried to write a couple of poems. 

In my puberty years, I fell in love with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and could identify very heavily with The Shrew. 

I also became a lover of books in my puberty years. An English teacher put a book in my hand that had me up all night reading it because I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked, though it took some while for me to discover the kind of books that I love to read. But I did find out that I was fascinated with Fiction and Non-Fiction and love cuddling up with both. 

I fell into writing. I tried to bury it within myself, but it kept on rising, like yeast in a loaf of bread. Sure, there are and have been people on the way that have influenced and encouraged me. They see in me what I can’t see. 

Thus, I can’t pinpoint when I got started. So far as I can remember, writing was in me. It was a part of me, and it still is. 

Have a lovely month of January and all the best for 2020. 


Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IWSG DAY, December 4, 2019, Seeing Myself in the Future by Pat Garcia











Hello Everyone,


It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' 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:






SUBMISSIONS

The Wasteland – The Masters Review

Unknown Faces – Carve Magazine






Seeing Myself in the Future


My daily routine starts out with me using the early mornings to connect with myself. Writing in my journal, reading the Bible, and speaking positive words of affirmation over my life, are impregnated within me. I do these things even when I don’t feel like it. I usually drink one cup of coffee in the morning and one cup in the afternoon. I still see myself doing that after I have become a published author. I start writing around eleven a.m. but allow myself time to be late. There are some things that catch me on my blind side that must be taken care of. 

I like to write in my office, downstairs in my basement. No matter what, I believe I will always have a home with a cellar regardless of where I live because a cellar is my favorite place to write. 

Besides, having become a career novelist, I see myself continuing to compete in writing competitions, receiving fellowships, and helping other writers in their careers. 

In many ways, I am living the dream already. Sure, I am not yet published, but that's only a matter of time. I believe that the life I am living now as a writer reflects the kind of writer I will be in the future. For me, my writing life is a process that evolves one step at a time. It doesn’t happen overnight and then suddenly I’ve arrived, but it starts in the here and now. 



Wishing all of you a lovely month of December.

Shalom aleichem,











Pat G