Tuesday, June 5, 2018

IWSG Blog Hop: Spring Projects and More!

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog and to the June IWSG Blog Hop! June is one of my favorite months. How about you? 
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IWSG Blog Hop---the first Wednesday of every Month.

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. 

Alex explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page

Spring Projects Complete and Ready for a Break!

Let's admit it. It has been one heck of a spring in Michigan. Just look at these snowy shots of our garden and one flower bed. This was taken the day AFTER we arrived home from Florida in mid-April. Well, it's Michigan. 'Nuff said.

Our snowy garden

Flower bed

Not letting snow and cold winds deter my gardening hubby from gardening, 
he put up the greenhouse to house his precious baby plants.

Veggie plants protected by the greenhouse. He starts a LOT of plants in Florida.
The glory of gardening

While he waited for the sun to shine and the soil to warm, he gutted our bathroom.
New tub, new floor, cabinets removed. This was a huge job!

And he turned it into a lovely, 21st-century bathroom. 
I chose gray paint which is "in-style" nowadays and white vanity.

Needless to say, it has been an extremely busy spring for us. 
So, we have decided to take a break in June. 
That doesn't mean I'll take a break from writing, just from writing this blog. 
I can never stop the story ideas and plans for new books swirling in my head
Who knows what our next project might be? The possibilities are endless.

Congratulations to the winners of the prizes in my Birthday Grab Bag! 
Helen, Holly, Kris, Joselyn, and Linda.
Actually, you are ALL winners and I'm a winner too with the opportunity to meet you and entertain you through the Focused on Story blog and books.
Thank you!

The 5 W's guest author series will resume in July. 
On July 11, Ellen Jacobson, the Cynical Sailor, will share the 5 W's of her newly released, humorous mystery, Murder at the Marina.

Murder at the Marina (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 1) by [Jacobson, Ellen]
Click here to pre-order.

Chris Fey's newly released guide, 
Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication 
is now available. Packed with information for writers. 

Write With Fey - Chrys Fey
Click here to orderl

YOU have a glorious June 2018! 
I'll see you on the July 4 IWSG Blog Hop.


Juneta key said...

Enjoyed the picture. Snow in April. Bathroom looks nice. Happy Writing.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Juneta! Always appreciate you stopping in!

Crystal Collier said...

Breaks are often what keep us from breaking. Have a fabulous recovery and I'll look forward to seeing you in July!

emaginette said...

I must remember to never invite you over if we have bad weather. On the other hand, the project ended beautifully. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Loni Townsend said...

Wow! Looks like a lot of work there. Hope the weather fares well for you! :)

Pat Hatt said...

Blah. Snow that late sure isn't grand. Although we had it here too. Gets one big ewww.

E.M.A.Timar said...

Wow, that is a busy spring. Enjoy your time off and recharge.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Great job on the bathroom reno - looks fabulous! And thanks so much for the shout-out :-)

Enjoy your break and see you next month. Cheers- Ellen

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know those authors!
I heard Michigan's winter clung on for a long time.
Enjoy your break.

J.Q. Rose said...

I like that. Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

LOL. Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

Gorgeous weather now. Love spring in MI.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks for that, Pat Hatt!

J.Q. Rose said...

For sure. Looking forward to recharging.

J.Q. Rose said...

The mess of the Reno was worth it. C ya in July.

J.Q. Rose said...

I'll have an update on our break next month. It's gonna be good!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! Congratulations on finishing all of those spring projects! I hope you are having a super-restful June!

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