The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG Day, April 4, 2018, Looking for the Silver Lining by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone,

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

IWSG is a writer 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 report:

Submissions –   None

Outstanding Submissions - Glimmer Train

Looking for the Silver Lining

Facing storms are normal. We all expect them. The sky within us gets cloudy. The problems we are going through increase in their intensity. The rain is no longer raindrops but rainfalls. 

I had to smile when I read the question posed in the IWSG Newsletter. That is precisely where I am at this moment. My writing feet are on a muddied bank refusing to bulge as I continue to move toward my deadline.

My silver lining is the acceptance by the RNA that I received on January 2ndof this year. To keep myself focus and writing, I take breaks, and I knit.

Sometimes, my rainfall is so heavy; I cannot even see my story. I am land under, drowning. That is when I take out my knitting, and I knit until, in my mind, the storm has cleared, and the silver lining appears again. 

No, it is not easy.  Circumstances, disappointments, shocks, and discouragement that all is not going as we have planned will test our meddle.  It is at these times that we must personally elect to do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves on track. 

For me, it is diverting my mind to something else I love doing and to let my mind relax. Sometimes, it is only a matter of a short break of fifteen minutes, and at other times, it might take two or three hours or perhaps an entire day and night. When I go back into my writing, a new perspective that I did not see before winks at me. 

It is still raining. The problems have Not disappeared.  However, I have found my center again, and I feel good.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of April. Be safe as you walk through the month.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia