Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Creating is Synonymous to Escapism #IWSG


IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!



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Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?



I've always loved drawing. It was the first thing I learned before writing. My mother is an artist and she'd draw me pictures of horses and I'd spend my time tracing over them with my pencil until I was able to go at it on my own.

After years of drawing with pencil, I tried drawing portraits using graphites. I've used colored pencils, soft and hard pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, marker... To say the least, I feel that I've excelled with graphites. I feel unsure about my other art forms.

I've always stayed clear of digital art. I was scared of the learning curve. Then one day, I decided to enter a contest via Webtoons.com and forced myself to learn how to do digital art. It was a learning curve that took me a week to pin down. Whew! I thought it would take me months! One thing, though, if you know how to draw with a pencil, going digital isn't so difficult--it's the learning the applications of the different "buttons" that's the toughest thing!




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using graphites
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using pencil


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my digital art using oil paints
I've experimented with photo editing and making mock book covers just to see if I could do it. Still a work in progress:



Then there's photography. And cooking. Baking. Cutting hair. Haha!



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my daughter
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cut my son's hair when he was 15
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My daughter's Extreme A-line Hair cut when she was 10.
This was a HUGE challenge as it was my very first one.
I'd gotten the instructions from online.
Glad it came out way cute. Whew!

























Then there's making friends! That's all I can think of for now on what I can do other than write.

Exciting news! The 2019 IWSG Anthology has a new cover!

Ebook available now for preorder! 😝


Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…


My story's title is The Cog Prince. A little about it:
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque--oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her.
Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save his kingdom in time?

Can't wait for its release! 


Though I have other creative avenues, the one that provides the best escapism is writing of course!


What is your form of escapism?













22 comments:

  1. I would love to be able to draw! And your daughters A-line haircut is very cute - I want it now. :)

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    1. Thank you, Madeline! Come on over--it's been 6 years since I gave her that haircut but I can try again just for you! :P

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  2. You are so talented, Elizabeth! I wish I could draw that well. I'm so happy with the fan art you made for my story and can't wait to share it with everyone for our Masquerade Ball Blog Hop.

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    1. Anstice! Thank you. I'm happy you like your fan art! <3

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  3. If you know how to draw well in one medium, it transfers over to another one. Glad you tried digital art.

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    1. That's true. I was worried about that before I tackled digital art and pleasantly surprised at my ability.

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  4. I'm so jealous of your talent!

    I cut my boys's hair, not out of a desire to create, but to save $50 a month. I've been cutting it since they were little, so they just assumed I was trained. One of my boys asked me where I went to school and when I told him I learned by watching videos, I thought he'd run for the nearest barber.

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    1. ROFL! How funny that he'd run for the nearest barber after all those many years! But, having 5 kids, cutting their hair is most ideal to save money. I'm so grateful my mom had taught me and that my dad let me practice on his head. I had tons of experience cutting boy hair, not girls. So I was terrified cutting my daughter's A-line (her hair was down to her waist)! Guess what? They still trust me with their hair! Hehehe

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  5. I wish I could draw. Your pictures are amazing. I let my other creative outlets fall by the wayside in order to write.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment! I hear you on the creative outlets falling by the wayside. I much prefer to write. I love writing! <3

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  6. I was also a visual artist long before I was a writer. I always feel a bit of a fraud when most writers talk about writing since they were in school, writing stories and novels in their teens, and there's me actively avoiding creative writing until my mid-forties! But I was drawing for literally as long as I can remember.

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    1. Never feel like a fraud because you didn't start so young. Your love for it is just as real! Yeah, though I started out drawing before writing (I started writing when I was in 4th grade), writing became my first love.

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  7. You're so talented, I wish I had talent like yours. Thanks for sharing!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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  8. I too enjoy drawing but I never worked to hone that skill. I'm pretty much a doodler. I'm much better at cooking and baking.
    Congratulations on your entry in the new anthology. I'm really looking forward to the release.

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    1. I love baking. The results are so delicious! Ha! Thank you! :D

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  9. Hi Elizabeth... Your drawing are beautiful! I've always loved pencil drawings. I am a classically trained artist myself and pencil is my favorite medium. I paint, illustrate, and do graphics and interior design. Anything creative. I love to indulge in all things creative. I love to bake, too. I'm just putting the finishing touches on a baby quilt... Yes, I sew, too. LOL.

    Congrats on the ANTHOLOGY! How exciting! You must be thrilled. Looking forward to reading your story.

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    1. Wonderful that you are SO creative! That's amazing. Do you plan to share a photo of your baby quilt? I bet it's beautiful.

      Thank you on the well-wishes!

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  10. I drew a lot when I was younger. Not so much anymore, but I dabble from time to time. I have gotten more into painting than I was when I was younger.

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    1. It's nice to dabble once in a while. I'm not driven that way so it gets sorely neglected but I've yet to lose my talent as I do projects once in a while! What sort of paints do you use? I bet they're beautiful.

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