#IWSG Feb 2019: Masquerade Anthology News & my Creative Outlets

Posted 6th February 2019 by Anstice in Creative Writing, Memes & Tags / 🗨8 Comments

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It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month’s co-hosts are: 
Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace! 

Hello, everyone! I hope it’s not too cold where you are. We haven’t had snow yet, but I’m quite looking forward to it. I’m just glad that January is out of the way now because it’s such a bleak month, isn’t it?

Masquerade: Oddly Suited News

Book cover for Masquerade: Oddly Suited

I’ve been having a fantastic time getting to know my fellow anthology authors and coming up with ideas for promoting Masquerade: Oddly Suited. It’s such a friendly group and I feel I can learn a lot from them.

If you’d like to find out more about the authors, you can see our new author page on the IWSG anthology blog.

Did you see all the puzzle pieces we scattered across social media for the cover reveal? It was lots of fun to put together. We’re now planning a blog tour that will run from 18th March to 20th April and we’re looking for bloggers that would be willing to host guest posts and interviews. If you’re interested, you can sign-up here.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date about the release, you can now find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

The eBook version is also available to pre-order from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and Dancing Lemur Press.

Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

I don’t spend as much time as I would like on my creative hobbies now I’m juggling work, parenting and writing. But I like to dabble in all sorts of crafty things when I get the chance.

I really enjoy drawing, painting and creating digital art. I wouldn’t say I’m very skilled, and I don’t have the patience to study the craft, but I find it fun and relaxing. Sometimes it’s nice to stop thinking and let my subconscious mind take over.

Despite usually being a hazard in the kitchen, I discovered fairly recently that I’m not so bad at baking cakes. Decorating them is my favourite part (well, apart from eating them). Below are the cakes I made for my daughter’s 2nd and 3rd birthdays.

I don’t know much about photography, but I enjoy taking pictures of scenery and wildlife when I’m out and about. I’d like to learn all about the technicalities of composition, shutter speed and lighting one day. At the moment I just point and snap and hope for the best!

I’ve also dabbled in soap-making and jewellery-making. I’d definitely like to explore both crafts further. Handmade items make such lovely gifts.

So, I have quite a lot of different creative outlets. I just wish I had more time to spend on them. I do most of my arts and crafts in the summer, when I’m not at work. I think it’ll get easier to explore my creative side as my daughter gets older, because then she’ll be able to join in with these activities too.

What about you?

What are your creative outlets? Do you have any writing news you’d like to share?

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8 responses to “#IWSG Feb 2019: Masquerade Anthology News & my Creative Outlets

  1. I hope the promotion for Masquerade Anthology continues to go well! And wow, you have a lot of creative outlets other than writing. I think it is so cool that you like decorating cakes and also really dabble in a bit of everything from photography to jewellry making. I would say blogging and writing are my main creative outlets, as well as book photography and book photo manipulation. Also youtube video making. But it’s all connected to books!

    • Thanks! Yes, I get bored of one hobby fairly quickly so I am often dabbling in different things. I always come back to reading, writing and blogging, though. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of those.

  2. Photography and digital art are both awesome, glad you enjoy those and the other hobbies as well. And good luck with the writing going forward- Masquerade : Oddly Suited looks fun!

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