Tuesday, January 4, 2022

IWSG Blog Hop: Do I Have Regrets About My Writing Career? by J.Q.Rose, Birthday Celebration, Giveaways #IWSGbloghop #Celebration #giveaways


Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop
Happy IWSG Blog Hop Day!
Happy First Birthday!
Happy New Year!

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.

Our awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

Hello and Welcome! How much excitement can one endure in a day?? Two big events today.

1. It's time for the IWSG Blog Hop! I always look forward to getting together with writers and reading their blogs filled with wisdom, humor and caring thoughts on the first Wednesday of the month.

Happy First Birthday!

2. Today is also the kick-off of the birthday celebration for my memoir, Arranging a Dream! Discover how you can celebrate with me and win free books and prizes January 4-16 after I answer the January question.


January 5 question - What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

I can't say I have regrets. I have more gratitude than regrets in my writing career. I am thrilled I've had teachers and friends and family who have encouraged me to write stories since I was in second grade. (Yeah, there's a story to that experience.) 

All the members in my critique groups have made major differences in building confidence and worthiness to have a book published. I am thrilled to be a hybrid publisher and have the opportunities these methods offer to writers to share their work with readers. And oh those amazing readers! I have received such heartwarming moments from them in reviews and in person. 

I value how the writing community comes together to help each other, such as IWSG. My biggest surprise was the generosity and support from authors who could be considered competitors. 

This question made me examine my writing career through the years. It came at the right time as I plan on opening a new chapter in this ever-evolving experience called writing. Thank you.

You're Invited!
Several lucky commenters will win an eBook or short story. Just leave a comment below to enter.

Speaking of regrets. I remember a conversation with my husband, GT, way back in the 70s about buying a greenhouse business. We had a baby girl to provide for, good paychecks, friends and family we loved. Still, we decided to pursue that dream of becoming entrepreneurs because we didn't want to look back, sitting in our rocking chairs on the porch during our senior years, and regret not trying to make our dream come true.  

If we failed, we figured we were young enough to start over. We knew if we didn't try and give it our all, the decision would haunt us for the rest of our lives. I'm glad we shared the ups and downs together and will never regret taking the opportunity to start out on the life-changing adventure as entrepreneurs. 

If you would like to know more about that first year in the flower business in 1975-1976, download a copy of Arranging a Dream: A Memoir for 99 cents at amazon.com. Or, leave a comment below to enter to win the eBook! 
The deadline for entry is Sunday, January 16, 10:00 p.m. ET. Good luck!!

Today, my fellow Michigan author and friend, Diane Burton, is helping me get the word out about the birthday celebration. Click here to stop by her blog to read her review of Arranging a Dream.

January 7: Please pop into both of my hosts this Friday when they feature Arranging a Dream.
Click here to visit Sandra's Place blog. Sandra Cox wheedled some Fun Facts from me.
Click here to visit Connie Vines' blog about what else? Arranging a Dream!

January 14 and 15: Janet Lane Walters interviews me on Friday.On Saturday she features 3 of my books and you can imagine that one will be my memoir. I'll have links to the post next week.

Thank you to those who are helping me get the word out via social media. See what I mean about writers being generous and supportive of each other?

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Now it's time to Click here to visit the participants in the IWSG Blog Hop. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gratitude is far better than regret!
Congratulations on the new release. Be glad to give you a shoutout next Monday.

Pat Garcia said...

Good Morning JQ,
Happy New Yea!
Much success on your virtual road trip! Yes, I too don't hang on regrets but make a decision to look for the silver lining. Thankfulness is an attitude that I plant into my life, sowing it and making sure it grows every day of my life.
All the best.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Birthday to your book! Yes, gratitude is better than regrets. It's great that you've had so much support along the way.

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, indeed! Actually it's not a new release. Celebrating the book birthday #!--released in January 2021.

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, I like your attitude of thankfulness. I too try to look for the silver linings and lessons.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Natalie. I bet many writers have had someone to encourage them. I couldn't have finished writing without the push from others.

Computer Tutor said...

Congratulations on the birthday bash! How wonderful--and I loved the book.

cleemckenzie said...

Another Happy Birthday Book wish, JQ! And I enjoyed reading your answer to today's question. Great answer.

Chemist Ken said...

It's great that you have no regrets. If you're grateful for what you have and what you've done, you can't ask for anything more.

Happy 2022!

Erika Beebe said...

What a wonderful outlook :) Happy IWSG Day and May all your dreams come true in the new year :)

Sandra Cox said...

I'm in awe that you and your hubby not only started your own business but made a success of it.
I'm so glad you're celebrating the 1st birthday of this wonderful book. I absolutely love it. Of everything you've written it's my favorite.
See ya Friday,

Olga Godim said...

Congrats on your memoir. Great cover!
I like your life philosophy.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations on your release! Sounds like quite an adventure.

The Warrior Muse

Diane Burton said...

Gratitude is so much better than regrets. Wish I'd thought of that. LOL Love your memoir. Glad I could help with the celebration.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Jacqui!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks for the wish and the compliment on the post!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you and wishing you the same.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, but I think you just included the spoiler! LOL. Thanks for your kind words about the book.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you. Living with my husband is always an adventure...

J.Q. Rose said...

I appreciate your help so much. Hope to see in MI some day.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's just it - everything we go through shapes us, and while it might not be fun at the time, if we didn't go through it or experience it, where would we be now?

Susan Bernhardt said...

Congratulations J.Q., on the book birthday of Arranging a Dream!! The book was a wonderful memoir. And I've loved all of your mysteries as well. Best wishes!

Best wishes.

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. Congrats on the book birthday. Love that you have no regrets. If I do, it's that I didn't know everything at the beginning that I do now. LOL Of course that's not possible. This is a learn by doing gig. My record keeping would've been different. I've got files in too many spots on my computer. You're doing a good job with all the marketing. :)

Sandra Cox said...

Love 'more gratitude than regrets'.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy New Year, JQ!
Congrats on the new book. What a fabulous cover!

J.Q. Rose said...

You are right! Hopefully our past experiences build character.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Susan. I appreciate your kind words and your support!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Marsha. We all have to begin someplace and hopefully continue to learn all our life. That keeps life interesting! I know what you mean about those files.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, cuz.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Michelle. I love the cover too--psst--don't tell anyone, but the flowers are actually wild flowers and not ones we would use in flower arrangements. Shhhhh...

J.Q. Rose said...

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the prize drawings! If you have not received a notification from me, please contact me jqrose02 at gmail dot com The WINNERS ARE Diane Burton, Chemist Ken, Natalie Aquirre, Olga Godim and Michelle Wallace. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment on the blog during Jan 4-Jan 16.

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