Tuesday, December 3, 2019

IWSG Blog Hop: A Dream Realized

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IWSG Blog Hop---the first Wednesday of every month.
Hello and welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop! 
Always on the first Wednesday of the 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. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group 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. Click here to sign-up to join.
Happy IWSG Day and Happy Holidays!

Question for December 4

December 4 Question 

December 4 question - Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?
Believe in your dreams!


A timely question for me this week. I just released my “heart work,” 
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories
a guide and a journal to record life stories. 
I call it my "heart work" because my passion is 
to encourage sharing the memories of a lifetime with family and friends.

When I was in a writer's group many years ago, a woman brought her great, great, great, great grandfather's diary to share with us. I believe it was written in the early 1800s. He was a minister living in London and a prolific writer. He described his everyday life in that era, peering into bookshop windows wishing he could afford to purchase those beautiful books. I can't remember exactly everything she read from the diary, but I do remember realizing how amazing it was to be able to step into the real world of a 19th-century gentleman. Not fiction, but his actual experience in those times. The diary was a treasure to me and to the minister's family.

This was a turning point in my life. I wanted to record my life stories for my kids. They wanted to know the story of how their dad and I met--a blind date, about our childhoods in small rural towns in Central Illinois and more.

I couldn't stop there because writing about the good old days and seeing my past life through the present lens allowed me a new perspective on experiences. I started presenting workshops.to encourage others to examine their lives and share their life experiences for family and future generations. 

The best part was not the teaching, but the times when participants read their stories to the group. Some so funny we laughed at the experience and others so poignant we had tears in our eyes. And these pieces were written by ordinary people living ordinary lives. 

Because the support of the participants to those who shared their writings was so helpful, I have established a Facebook group to anyone interested in telling their life stories and memoirs. You can ask questions, share your stories, offer suggestions and share tips. Plus we'll have fun with prizes and games. Click here to join the private group, Telling Life Stories and Memoirs Circle.

My dream soon became to teach more people how life-changing and satisfying sharing memories can be. I decided a book based on my workshops could reach around the world. After learning how popular low content books such as journals and planners are, I decided this was the path I had longed for.

Thus, my dream actually is a reality this week when I kick-off the book launch for Your Words, Your Life Story. When I was planning the book launch, I was as giddy as a little kid. I never had this feeling when my mysteries were published. I was filled with pure joy knowing I would reach more folks all over the world and help them preserve their legacy for their children and family.

Take a peek at the book--8000 words with lined pages for journaling.
Your Words, Your Life Story is available in paperback at amazon
ISBN 978-1702360579
During the book launch I will be giving away this book at the stops along the way, so I am happy to offer a lucky commenter a free copy of Your Words, Your Life Story. right here on the Focused on Story blog. I can send you a PDF or if you are in the US and want to use the book as a journal, I can mail you a printed copy. Just leave a comment below that you are interested in the book. I will select the winner of the drawing on Sunday, December 8 after 10 pm EST. Good luck!

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Thank you for stopping by. in the comments below, please tell us about the dreams you've had that became reality  

Be sure and let me know if you'd like a copy of Your Words, Your Life Story. Your comment will enter you in the drawing to win the book.

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learning about sharing memories. Thanks.

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Ellen Jacobson said...

I started looking at your journal yesterday. It's fabulous! What a great resource for people. I can see why it's your heart work. Congrats to you on its release!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

How exciting. Congratulations on your new book. A journal sounds great. Precious memories. Have a great day.

J.Q. Rose said...

Aw, shucks, Ellen. Thanks so much. You made my day.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Beverly. It is definitely a new outreach for me. Precious memories indeed. So much fun to write a life story and wallow in nostalgia. Lol

cleemckenzie said...

I'd love to have a journal from one of my ancestors. A glimpse into the "real" and everyday life of people who've lived before me is always fascinating. I love the idea of your book and wish you the very best with its success.

Computer Tutor said...

What a wonderful gift from the 1800's. We really don't understand life back then. That diary probably brought it to life.

Marsha said...

Congratulations to you, my friend. Very happy for you,JQ. I originally thought I'd like the print book, but then when you mentioned a PDF, I thought I'd be able to type in that. I'd never be able to do any writing if I only had a pen and paper. LOL I've shared. Again, congratulations!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You've given me an idea now. I have the diary of my great-great grandfather during the time he was a US ambassador to China. There is a lot I could glean from it.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

How wonderful to read the diary written in the early 1800s. And your book is such a great idea. Congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Think of how many people you've helped through the workshops and Facebook group and now you can reach more with the book.

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, Alex! Thrilled to be able to do that. Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you Linda.

J.Q. Rose said...

Excellent idea. Compare his life with your life experience. Parallel stories.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks so much, Lee.

J.Q. Rose said...

True. The passage when he was window shopping at the bookstore stayed with me. Only the very rich could afford books.

J.Q. Rose said...

That's a good point Marsha. I need to make the PDF so you can type in it. Thanks.

Juneta key said...

Congrats on the new release. That is really awesome to be able to share a love of something like that.

Sandra Cox said...

Great post! Great book!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Sandra. Love the exclamation marks too!

J.Q. Rose said...

Juneta, when I received the books in the mail from amazon, I was so emotional. So thrilled to be able to help people tell their stories. And I know in the future, their family will love reading them. Thank you.

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