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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.

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

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.


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


  1. Congratulations on your acceptances! A great answer to this month's question. Happy NaNo-ing :-)

  2. The journey of discovery when writing and reading is really what it's all about is my view also Patricia ... :)

    Well done on your acceptances! Glad to hear!

    And good luck with the Nano writing!

  3. Congrats on the acceptance! I hope you find out about the other submissions soon. Waiting is hard.

  4. Congrats on your acceptances and your insistence on continuing to produce and to put your work out there. I agree with your reasons for loving to write. I love all the answers I'm reading today on that question. It's good for us all to take a step back and acknowledge why we do what we do...

  5. I'm going to admit, I didn't know which blog to come to, but after a little stumbling around, I found it.

    I just want to punch something with you over the rejections, but yay for the acceptance! I can't wait to see the anthology. Shannon Lawrence (Warrior Muse) is the queen of short stories, and she submits about 10 a month (or more), and I'd say 95% of them get rejected, but she just keeps submitting, and that has added up to a number of publishing credits. She's a total pro.

    Anyhow, I'm going to leave you some cheese and exit stage right now.

  6. How wonderful that acceptance and the great critiques. Getting rejections is hard, but you keep that wonderful can-do attitude. Way to go, Pat.

  7. Congrats on the anthology acceptance and the certificate with the helpful crits!! Wishing you good luck on the 3 subs outstanding. I really like how you describe revision in terms of learning and growing. I never thought about it like that, but it certainly makes sense and it's something we all wish for ourselves. Have a lovely week and weekend!

  8. I entered a contest through Glimmer Train once, but didn't win. I also had a subscription for a few months, but actually, most of the stories in there didn't grab my attention. Maybe they are looking for a certain level of literary writing and I'm very plot-centered. (Maybe that's genre writing?) Oh well. Congrats on your other acceptances.

  9. Congratulations on the acceptance and the feedback. You're clearly doing something right (including getting those stories out there!).

    Cool view of what's great about writing, too.
    My IWSG Post

  10. Congrats on the acceptances. I can only imagine how great that feels.
    I too love the discovery process. If it's not the worlds that I am helping to discover, it's the research I do when needing additional information. I love to learn and that's all a part of the discovery process. Now I just need to move forward so I can discover what it's like to receive my first rejection letter. Which I'm sure is inevitable.

  11. I'm still trying to catch up with the IWSG group! What a week this has been. Glimmer Train is a hard nut to crack. Hope you submit to them again.

  12. Congrats on your story! That is wonderful news. Good luck on NaNo. We will cheer each other onward to victory.

  13. I love it that you enjoy the discovery. Keep on discovering and writing!
    Mary at Play off the Page

  14. That’s great that writing has taught you so much. It’s always great to discover new things about the world around you.
    Don’t let the rejections keep you down. Polish and retry, and keep getting new stories out there.

  15. Congrats on the acceptance and the critiques! Discovery can cover so many things when discussing the writing life.


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