The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG Article, August 3, 2016, MENTAL TOUGHNESS


Hello Everyone,

It’s 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 don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, I have posted the link below:

My report:

  1. I actually got three of my works published on Esther Newton Weekly Challenge Website. It has given me a positive feeling of affirmation seeing my work on someone else's website.
  2. My three short stories are revised and in the process of being submitted.  More about the submissions next month.
  3. I still have two outstanding stories that I have not yet heard whether they are accepted or rejected.  So I am still waiting.
  4. I submitted one short story to Wordhaus, an online publication and one short story to Write Practice, for their Fifth Anniversary online publication.
  5. I'm chugging along with my rewrite/revision of my manuscript. I am  on target and after my betas and my writing coach/book editor reads the final version, I'll be sending the manuscript out in September.
  6. I have begun resurrecting all of my blogs.  I still don't plan to blog every week, but I do plan to ensure  I get a new blog posting up on each blog once a month.
 IWSG Newsletter Question

AUGUST 3RD QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
Answer:  My very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer was a short story for Romantic Shorts Online Publication, titled On A Rainy Day and it was published July 9, 2012.  Today, when I read it, I realize how far I have grown in my writing. 

My insecurity article is below.




 IWSG ARTICLE, AUGUST 3, 2016, MENTAL TOUGHNESS

The second quarter of my life, this year, resembles my Junior year at the University I attended.  Back then; everything I touched seemed to strong-arm me.  Life came at me full force.  I wasn't spared. The heavy tests mentally, physically, and spiritually challenged me.

Thus, when I woke up one morning in July of this year and discovered my body wasn’t moving like I wanted it to, I grunted loudly. Out of all the things that had happened, sickness had come knocking on my door too, and I could have cried. 

As a writer, that’s bad news. I am trying to set my mark in the literary world. With my body weak, I find it difficult to motivate myself to write because my strength dwindles quickly.

This is where one of my invisible round table knights, Vincent Lombardi, comes in. Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial.  Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind- you could call it character.  I told a dear writer friend, Gwynn Rogers, last week, as we sat millions of miles away from each other, computer to computer, skyping, that I force myself to write.

I write; I submit; I fulfill my commitments that I’ve given to others; I read; I move slowly, but I move.

Let me quote one of my own tweets I sent out last week:

Anybody can write when they’re feeling good. It’s when you’re rock bottom  and still writing that proves you’re a writer.



Shalom aleichem,













Pat Garcia

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG Article, July 6, 2016, Head Slightly Bent Upward, Looking Skyward




Hello Everyone,

It’s the first Wednesday in 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 don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, please go to the IWSG Website at 

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html


My report:


I am revising three stories for submission in July.

Actual submissions:  Still waiting for acceptance or rejection for my outstanding stories at Wigleaf and at the Diverse Voices Quarterly. 


My answer to the question posted in the IWSG Newsletter for July, What is the best thing someone has ever said about my writing.

The person said to me that what I wrote touched his soul and caused him to act upon situations he pushed aside on his back burner.


My article is posted below.





IWSG July 6, 2016, Head Slightly Bent Upward, Looking Skyward

Insecurities pop up quickly when caught on your blindside.

The blindside prepares and strengthens us as we come to grips with those unforeseen events that take place in our lives. It is like Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den.  Head slightly bent, upward, you look skyward and say what now, Lord?
















For me, it was waking up on a Monday morning and finding my office totally flooded due to heavy rains. I had three writing deadlines to meet, and one of them was the June IWSG Blog Hop.

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Immediately, self-pity knocked on my door, trying to enter and shake my confidence in my writing ability, in my willingness to persevere and endure, and in being able to organize and take care of my priorities.

In this blindside modus, I am learning there are times when I have to keep my head slightly bent upward and look skyward, not wondering why, not trying to understand, not trying to run to friends.  It likes funambulism; I am learning to trust myself, head slightly bent upward,  looking skyward as I focus and concentrate.















Being caught on my blindside means duration unknown. Notice, I did not say destiny unknown.  My future remains the same.  I am thoroughly aware of my purpose; I just can’t calculate the blindside's time span.  No, it is not genteel, diplomatic, or thoughtful. It does not inform me. Head slightly bent upward, looking skyward, I keep writing, singing, and hoping.













My blindside has appeared, as all blindsides do, SUDDENLY, and one day it will disappear just as it came, SUDDENLY.


Shalom aleichem,















Pat Garcia

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG, June 2016, Recovery Is Not A Matter Of Fact





Hello Everyone,

It’s the first Wednesday in the month and IWSG Time has come around again. 
IWSG, a writer’s support group created by Alex Cavanaugh, is a big help to many of us who don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, please go to the IWSG Website at 

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html



 My article is posted below.


White Eagle


Recovery is not a matter of fact,
Finding yourself takes time,
Loving yourself demands attention,
Being friendly to you requires effort,
As new tasks initiate struggles,
Reading generates new ideas,
Writing implement action,
Waiting, while writing,
From rejection to acceptance
Continuing is the key.

The stability of a writer depends on how well he or she deals with a failure within his heart and head while he or she waits for acceptance.

To be honest, I am still recovering from the A to Z Blog Challenge. I am reading a lot.  Reading relieves my tension as one rejection after another comes.

The question that nags me is how long before I get my first acceptance?  Patience dwindles, and I know I have to get a grip on my mind before I fall into the hole of despair.

Baudjuin said, "No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible."

I truly believe this; so I am always renewing my mind with encouraging quotations and Bible verses.

"The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin Land

“Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails toward success.” Charles Kettering

“Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” Henry Ford

“The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” Thomas Watson Sr.

Therefore, I am doubling my failure rate by raising my submission quota as I keep failing toward success.

Because:

Jack London received 600 rejections slips before selling his first story.
Gertrude Stein submitted over twenty years before her first poem was accepted.
John Creasey got 753 rejections before he published 564 books.


That was tenacity!


My Report for this month:


Submissions: None. Five SS in the revision process.

Rejection: The Masters Review

Outstanding from May:  acceptance or rejection regarding
Short Stories to Wigleaf and to the Diverse Voices Quarterly.



Shalom aleichem,






















Pat Garcia






All quotations are taken from the website,  But They Did Not Give Up, Link: http://www.uky.edu/~eushe2/Pajares/OnFailingG.html