Tuesday, February 2, 2021

IWSG Blog Hop: Friendship, Bruno Mars Video

 

Hello and Welcome to the Focused on Story Blog 
AND the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop

Always on the first Wednesday of the month.
#IWSGbloghop

Happy IWSG Blog Hop Day!!
and an Early Wish for a Happy Valentine's Day!

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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.

The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise - Fundy Blue, Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

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Question of the Month

February 3 question - Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere? 
Friends
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The answer to the question is yes! I have made friends through IWSG as well as writers in  FB groups and publishing houses. When I was first published I was astounded by the generosity and support from experienced authors. I thought we would be competitors but that never occurred. Having my horizons broadened by meeting folks from around the world is an opportunity I cherish.

I am happy to be friends with three authors whom I met through my first publishing house in 2010. In fact, we are planning on gathering together at Mackinac Island, Michigan, in October 2022! The authors are from Wisconsin, Texas and England and I am in Michigan. 
I am grateful to IWSG friends who have hosted me on the Arranging a Dream: A Memoir Virtual Book Tour this winter and to those who will give my memoir a shout out this week.
Feb 3 Ellen Jacobson
Feb 4 Pat Garcia
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Now I leave you with this peppy song about friends performed by Bruno Mars
Thanks for stopping by!!!
YouTube VIDEO: Count on Me--Bruno Mars

17 comments:

  1. That's awesome you have a trip planned with your writer friends at Mackinaw Island. I live in Michigan but have never been there. I've lived in Michigan all my life and haven't made it there or to the U.P.

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    1. Natalie!!! You must go to Mackinac Island. Granted it has become more touristy when we originally visited way back when. But riding around the 9 mile road around the island with the lake, and I mean GREAT lake, on one side and gorgeous scenery and quaint village on the other, you'll be glad you did. And the Grand Hotel and the fudge! YUM! No automobiles. The carriage rides. I could go on and on. Visit during the shoulder seasons for fewer tourists, but bring your warm clothes! How many hours are you from the island? We're about 4.

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  2. How fun to be meeting with your author friends, J.Q.!

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  3. Hi JQ,
    I am discovering the same thing as I publish my first short story. The authors that I know in the organisations that I participate in are so helpful.

    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Yes. I guess we have to pass it on. Looking forward to visiting you tomorrow at your lovely blog. Thank you for helping me get the word out about my memoir!

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  4. Hey, JQ. Gosh, I hate to admit I've never heard this song, but it's delightful, and I'll probably be singing it all day long. And that's okay. :) Like you, I've found fellow authors to be supportive and not competitive. I guess we all have the belief that there are enough readers out there to go around. Not all of us write the same thing and readers don't like all the same thing. It works out. Thanks for this post. I value our friendship. :) PS. I really like the cover on Girls Succeed. :)

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    1. I really hadn't heard the song either, but it caught me. I was actually looking up that old song like Lucy and Gene Kelly sang, Friendship, friendship. It's the perfect blendship. But it was soooo old fashioned, I opted for Bruno's. Glad you like it. I could have used Stand By Me.

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  5. Having other writers at your back is essential. Glad you have your gang's support!

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  6. Yes to all of your comments--and I love the graphic! Woot!

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  7. I was astounded by how supportive the writing community is too. I didn't expect how generous they would all be with their encouragement, support, and advice. An awesome group of people.

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    1. I agree! Thank you for spotlighting my memoir on your blog today. Talk about supportive!

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  8. I hope you and your friends have a great time on Mackinac Island. What fun! Just hope covid doesn't mess up your plans. Congrats on your new release.

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    1. Thank you. We are being very positive that COVID will be a thing of the past by October 22!

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  9. No, I've found writers and authors are among the most generous bunch!

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