The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

IWSG DAY, November 6, 2019, A Soft Soul 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:













 A Soft Soul 

The weirdest thing I’ve ever googled so far is information concerning doing an autopsy. Some chapters in the second book, I am writing, deal with an untimely death.  Untimely, in that none of the main characters, are expecting that person to die. 

 I have to admit it kept me awake afterward for some nights. My appetite dwindled.  The research that went into examining the post-mortem of a body seemed harmless when looked at on television or seen in a film, but an in-depth search on the what and the how on Google gave me nightmares.  

Wishing all of you a great month of November. 

Take care.

Shalom aleichem,













Pat G

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

IWSG DAY, October 2, 2019, My Reasons for Reading 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:









My Reasons for Reading

The first brick laid in my storytelling was by older people who told me stories or read me stories from books. These simple stories like Jack and Jill or Humpty Dumpty fascinated me. They awakened my desire and made me hungry to learn how to read. That hunger is still within me, and I doubt that it will ever disappear. 

I am a voracious reader, and I take great pride in reading books by other authors. Books that are written by different authors expand my horizon and educate me over the writing process.

For me, writing your story deals with utilizing the craft. I am able to learn and use writing techniques from my favorite authors, which helps me interweave my words into a tale where the reader can slip away from his or her everyday existence. 

I honestly don’t believe I would be as far as I am now in my writing if I didn't read.


Wishing all of you a lovely month of October and take care.


Shalom aleichem,



Pat Garcia


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

IWSG Day, September 4, 2019, If I Could Choose One Spot In the World 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:





Submission:  On August 15, 2019, at 11:26 a.m. my manuscript entry for the Romantic Novelists' Association, New Writer’s Scheme, was completed, uploaded, and is now sitting somewhere in the U.K. 









 If I Could Pick One Spot in the World


 If I could pick one spot in the world to sit and write my next story, it would be in my office in the basement of the house I would be living in anywhere in Europe. 

I concluded a few years ago, that I write my best in a basement I can decorate and use as my fictional world. Being there, I shut myself away from the noises, people, objects and any other thing or situation that could distract me.

I am then able to construct and experience the fictional world of my characters. 

It is a type of submergence in the story. It revitalizes. It rejuvenates. It explores. It buries. It opens my inner eyes to grasp the meaning, and it gives me insight to the dots that need to be connected in my plot. 


Wishing all of you a lovely month of September and take care.

Shalom aleichem,











Pat Garcia

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG DAY, August 7, 2019, The First Win 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:











 The First Win


My very first win as a competitor in a writing competition caught me totally by surprise. 
It came at a convenient time. Not that I had planned on quitting or giving up on my writing, but I had become complacent with the rejections. My expectations had turned to negatively expecting something to return to me as rejected. 

It was December 2016. I had been sitting at my computer, writing a story that had to be submitted to one of my writing classes.  The email came in. It was from the WEP. I believe I read that email at least eleven times before it hit me what had happened, and I cried. 

I had finally crossed over onto a higher level. Some writers believed I wrote well.
My year ended with a bang, and my new year started with me being encouraged.  My focus changed, and the expectations for my stories turned positive once again.  

I will never forget that win because it was my first. The first one is always special. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of August.

Shalom aleichem,












Pat G

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

IWSG Day, July 3, 2019, What Personal Traits Have I Written into My Characters? 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:

Submissions:. 
Entered the WEP – Results not yet posted







What Personal Traits Have I Written into My Characters? By Pat Garcia

My characters determination and willingness to go the extra mile or miles reflects who I am. Their sense of purpose and focusing determinately on that purpose deal with how I have analyzed my own goals. They are kick-ass characters and aren’t afraid to take risks because that is in my DNA. However, my characters also struggle with depression and insecurity, and I have to admit that they come from me too. 
I will even go so far as to say; all of my flaws are planted in my characters. Their mistakes are mistakes that I’ve made, and their successes are triumphs that I’ve celebrated. 

Do I see them as an extension of myself?   Yes. They are a part of the vision incorporated in me.

 An author who goes deep into the waterfalls of life discovers who he or she is, the good and the bad.   Like William Blake, one of my favorite English Poets wrote so ardently in his book of poetry entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience, one must face the cesspool within oneself as well as face one's goodness.
  
My vision of the world  define my characters.  My perception is their perception. 

Wishing all of you in the United States a Happy Fourth of July, and for the rest of us, have lovely month of July. 


Shalom aleichem,















Pat Garcia