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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

34 comments:

  1. You have found your peace.
    Ironically, I mentioned the same thing about drowning today...

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I find it wonderful that our thoughts sync on drowning.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  2. I totally agree that getting away and letting our mind relax around something else is sometimes the best remedy. That sun will be shining for you soon!

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    1. Thank you, Nicki. Getting away is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  3. I like your attitude about pushing through the pain, per se. I usually share your outlook, but lately, the disappointments have been overwhelming. But the alternative of quitting makes me feel worse, so I push forward, in the rain, believing that someday, the sun will shine down and warm my writing world again. This is a tough business. Not for the faint of heart.

    I commend your perseverance and positive attitude. I needed that type of inspiration today. Thanks for posting such a lovely message.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea. This is a tough business and I so agree that writing is not for the faint of heart.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  4. Life can be hard and it's also the place I find my ideas. Don't forget to nurture yourself. If you don't, who will. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Thank you, Emaginette. I had to learn the hard way to be a gently person to myself. Now that is one of my mottos that I try not to forget.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  5. I've long wanted to learn to knit, thinking it'd be a great pastime for when I'm musing. Sounds like you know your mental process well. Wishing you happy writing in April.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I looked for your blog and couldn't find it. Every blog I visited wasn't yours. Please give me your blog name or blog address for your IWSG posts.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  6. You know, I think video games might be a good way to take a break from writing, but I'd be afraid I'd become so addicted to it I'd never come back to the writing. Knitting sounds a good idea.

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    1. Don't be afraid of using video games if that is what works for you. Schedule your time out sessions so that after your break your alarm on your mobile goes off. Do whatever you need to do to relax your mind and re-energize.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  7. I love that: letting your mind relax. That's really what it is. We get so up-tight and stressed about the details that we just can't let our brains do their work. The same thing happens with birthing a child. A woman can get so stressed about what's happening that she can't deliver.

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    1. That is so true, Crystal. I've heard that. Mind relaxation is good for everything we do. Getting uptight doesn't help us at all.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  8. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
    I love that you knit. That's something I've always meant to pick up but I've yet to do it. Still, I have other hobbies and interests that help me refocus when I need to. Hope you have a lovely April.

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    1. The main thing is that you have hobbies and interests that help you refocus. I took up knitting because I've wanted to learn it since I was a child. It is a lovely way for me to shut down and concentrate on creating something else.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  9. The problems won't go away, but when we've refilled our well, we are better able to tackle them.

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    1. So true. The problems are still there but when we approach them again we see solutions that we didn't see before.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  10. Love your answer. I crochet and it is so relaxing. I also do crossstitch and that is the same haven for me. Hope you see some sun soon.

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    1. I love it that you crochet. That is the next thing that I want to undertake. Crocheting and knitting are kind of like kissing cousins.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  11. Changing speed definitely helps. When writing doesn't work, I play with images. You knit. Someone else might jog and watch Japanese anime. I think a change in activity rejuvenate our brains.

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    1. Playing with images is also a nice way to slow down and let your mind relax. It is the rejuvenation that counts. You knock away the weariness when you change in midstream and walk away for a break.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  12. My grandmother, a big supporter of my writing dreams from an early age, taught me to knit when I was young. She used to say, "the fingers can create something of beauty and purpose while the mind thinks of other things." Those words didn't make much sense until I was much, much older.

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    1. Your grandmother was wise. I agree with this piece of wisdom that she gave you. Thanks for sharing that.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  13. I used to knit, what feels like a very long time ago. I remember it being calming (when I wasn't slipping stitches). I'm so glad it helps when you're feeling like the water's rising too quickly.

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    1. Thank you, A.B. Knitting has become a calming factor for me, even when I slip stitches. It is a wonderful thing to create something.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  14. Finding that centre is so important. It's so very important to stop and listen for that quiet voice within us telling us what we need. As you said, sometimes it's a short break, sometimes it's something else.

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    1. Thank you, Lynda. I'm convinced that getting quiet is necessary inorder to hear the voice. Knitting helps me to calm down.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  15. I agree that in the darkest storms, you can still find peace. Distractions are good and necessary.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Sometimes, I think the distractions are what keep us from running from our fears. A short break and we get back up ready to stand the storm, no matter what.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  16. You have a publication! Can you hear the applause? I hope so. Glad you liked this question, Pat. It was one I proposed, and I guess I did so because I was under water at the time. Here's to dog paddling and staying on top until that wave comes along and sweeps us onto shore.

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    1. Lee, yes, I can hear the applause. I'm going to keep on dog paddling and staying on top until the wave comes along that is there to sweep me onto shore.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  17. Hi Pat. You're doing so well even if you don't recognise it. To deepen our writing, we have to use those 'circumstances, disappointments, shocks, and discouragement' and allow them to infuse our writing. Your writing is so delicious. I always wait with baited breath for your entries to WEP.

    Denise :-)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I feel the same way about your writing and all the writers that participate in the WEP. It is a joy to be a part of the WEP.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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