The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

One of the Ups and Downs of Life That Will Cause You to Quit Writing, IWSG Day, June 7, 2017

Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer support group created 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 report:

No New Submissions for May 2017  

Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream – Still Outstanding
Masters Review – Turn the Lights On – Rejected May 19, 2017
The Box in the Loft – SmokeLong – rejected May 24, 2017
The Box in the Loft – The Wigleaf – Still Outstanding

One of the Ups and Downs of Life That Will Cause You to Quit Writing

Sometimes unexpected events and situations waylay you, and you cannot help but put your writing on the back burner. It is not that you stop writing, but your regular routine does not exist anymore. You do not have the time to push yourself to write maybe five thousand words in four hours; you limit yourself to just answering your email correspondence and letting your creativity flow as you style your sentences; you catch up on your reading; you browse whatever online bookstore; you use and order more books.

When times like these appear in my life, it is not that I quit, but I have to refocus and make a conscious decision that something or some person is more important than my writing.

Since September of 2016, I have been doing what I described above. I put my writing on the back burner and wrote whenever and wherever I could.

What brought me back to writing? My girlfriend, whom I and another dear friend of mine, were taking care of,  died on May 15 at 6:30 in the morning. She walked through the curtain into eternity.

Monika Gutmann Fuhr
February 8, 1974 - May 15, 2017

She was one of the most loving young women I knew, a dear friend, and an excellent beta reader.

So, I have picked up the writing gauntlet again. I am writing, and I am so thankful that I can. The words are flowing fluidly.  They have become the precious ointment that soothes my hurting soul.

Until next month, this Georgia Girl wishes all of you a lovely month of June and be safe. 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia