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Ellen Million: Artist, Writer, Project Enabler, Creative Force of Nature. And, Mom.


Currently in crowdfunding: Sketch Tarot! - Sponsor a card or pre-order a deck at a steep discount today!
Coloring Books - Highly detailed coloring books for grown-ups. (By many artists!)
Sketch Fest - a monthly prompted 48-hour creative jam for artists around the world.
Portrait Adoption - adopt a pre-finished character portrait that will be exclusively yours! (By many artists!)
Ellen's Escape - my personal webpage and an archive of pretty much my entire artistic journey.
Torn World - a shared science-fantasy world.
Etsy - digital stamps (digi stamps) and coloring books.
Patreon - support Ellen and get monthly surprise goodies!

Other links of possible interest:

2015 goals
2014 goals review
Chopping Block of 2010 - an interesting snapshot at all of my projects of that time, including several that did not survive the cull.

Ellen elsewhere:

Ellen Million Graphics at Facebook
Ellen Million, Artistrix at Facebook
Sketch Fest at Facebook
Torn World at Facebook
Ellen Million at Facebook - mostly a feed of this journal.
@ellenmillion at Twitter - almost entirely a feed of this journal. (Has been hijacked by hackers. See my business twitter: @ellen_million)
@torn_world at Twitter - updates for Torn World
ellenmillion at Deviantart - very, very rarely updated
Elfwood gallery - oldest gallery of my work (aside from my personal site, above).

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Yesterday, I took the Christmas tree to the dump.

Yes, it is the end of April, but it's not QUITE as bad as it sounds. We took the tree out of the house very shortly after Christmas. (Like, the DAY after, I think. Jake protested that it was too soon.)

But it didn't get far - I shoved it into a snowbank, where it happily lived, looking very much like it had grown there.

Until the snowbank melted, a few weeks ago, and it's since been lying on its side next to the driveway looking like tree carrion and collecting spiders.

So yesterday, I finally took it to the dump, we had a playdate at the park, and there was shopping that I ended up having to drag the child out of, and I got some laundry done, and my days are a haze of tickling and giggling and hugging and trying to type and make Kickstarter updates with a child hanging on my arm saying, "Mommy, mommy, I have a question! It's about I love you!"

(She doesn't really grasp the concept of 'question' yet.)

I got about 1000 words written in 45 minutes of nose-to-the-grindstone at the teashop this morning, and I'm down to two missing scenes, and still thinking its possible I might finish this thing by the end of the month. YES.

Thanks to wyld_dandelyon, I also submitted my portfolio for an illustration assignment that sounds wonderful. It forced me to add a new category to my page, for children, and that made me realize that there were several relevant pictures missing, and so added the following pieces:

Fala the Leader is an illustration from Torn World: http://ellenmillion.com/artpageview.php?id=302
Glynda and Kavita is a piece I did as an art trade at Kadanzer. http://ellenmillion.com/artpageview.php?id=301
And Resla Gives Varla a Swing is another Kadanzer piece I did. Resla remains one of my dearest characters. http://ellenmillion.com/artpageview.php?id=300

Alright, the upstairs is silent for a few moments. I'm either going to finish my novella, or take a nap. I haven't decided.

I love this piece. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I've already started coloring a copy of it. It was originally for the Natural Magic coloring book, but that got stalled due to lack of submissions, so it will hopefully be included in my new solo book.

Which is the stretch goal after next at the Kickstarter!!

I am SO excited about this book. It is my best yet, for sure, and it's got some of my favorite artwork in it. It's more than half new stuff, with a few things from books that are now out of print (Tam Lin, Taming the Sea, a few sea monsters that were only released half-sized), and four pieces from the new series of collaborative books (Trying on Treasure, Rose Angel, Bearing Gifts, and Snow and Feathers). It also has a superhero weiner dog, and a set of winged kitties, because you couldn't possibly expect it to be all serious. Tentacle Friends (the cover piece) is exclusive to this coloring book.

I am seriously bit-between-the-teeth about getting this into print - and we only have a week left and a chunk of money to go. So! I am also offering a very rare opportunity to commission me to do a coloring page, through the Kickstarter ($400 includes 25 coloring books, all the PDFs, AND a custom page), AND I am offering HALF off any of my available originals as add-ons. If you've been eyeing something, this IS the week to get it. Help make more coloring books happen, and give some original artwork a good home!
A few weeks back, Jake called Guppy on some line she was trying. (Like, 'I'm not tired' or 'I don't know who unrolled the toilet paper around the bathroom,' I don't remember exactly what.)

"Baloney!" he told her. "I call, baloney! You know what I like to do with baloney? I like to put it on a sandwich with lettuce and EAT it!"

Big eyes filled with tears. "I don't want to be a SAMMICH! Please don't eat me, Papa!"

The same happened again a few nights ago when she asked for food.

"There is no more food."

"We aren't going to feed you again, we ran out."

And instead of getting the joke, she burst into panicked tears and began sobbing. (Of course, we fed her and hugged her and told her were were only teasing.)

Four-year-olds are entirely too serious.

Here's a photo from an open house a few weeks ago:

She is so pooped right now - she got up nearly an hour before the alarm, and although she was nicely quiet and let us sleep, did not go back to sleep herself. She's eaten two cheese-and-mayo sandwiches, and I'm hoping she'll finally go to sleep for at least a little nap before I have to go get her up.


YOU GUYS! We're only $8.30 away from unlocking Scaled and Splendid! I am SO excited!! Because then I get to reveal the first solo title! SQUEEE!! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1624616265/more-fantasy-coloring-books-for-so-called-grown-up
So, this weekend was Sketch Fest (I did two sketches), and I also co-hosted a Coloring Tea Party at Sipping Streams, which was SO MUCH fun. (It was also a better show for me than some weekend-long shows that I've done, AND I got a bunch of un-molested art time, AND I got delicious cocoa and tea sandwiches and gorgeous facepainting.) The attendees were all really wonderful and extremely talented, and I absolutely loved seeing them work.

The Kickstarter is less than $200 from funding the third coloring book and releasing the cover for the fifth book! *squee!* https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1624616265/more-fantasy-coloring-books-for-so-called-grown-up

Have some inventory to do, and updates to make, and Guppy's quiet time has NOT been quiet. *rubs head* It's going to be an interesting evening... right now she's trying to chainsaw my mouse, so I think my work and blog time is at an end.

Apr. 20th, 2016

We funded Equine Enchantment! And I released the cover for Feathered Fantastic! Two weeks to go, and five more titles to unlock! Wheee!


I also cleaned the bathroom, did a load of laundry, filled orders, and took Guppy on a park date. My cold is better; though I still sound pretty hoarse, the coughing is much less, and I have a lot more energy.


Less than $70 to go to unlock Equine Enchantment at the Kickstarter! Then we'll start funding Splendid and Scaled (Dragons) and I'll release the fourth cover, for Angels. :) So exciting!


Also, I have unleashed the All-PDF add-on option, and also have an event for the Coloring Tea Party on Sunday: https://www.facebook.com/events/100488983692739/

In less awesome news, I have a cold. I am hoping this is the tail end of it - I seem to be coughing more productively today. I was really dragging this morning, but feel better now.

Lots of tea and water!
All the kids at preschool picked their favorite colors, and they made a chart to put on the front door.

You saw the spread you'd expect - a few pinks, mostly green and blue and purple, a few hold-outs for red and orange. And my kid, whose favorite color has been black for at least a year, all by herself in that column. My poor mother, who would love to make her frilly, colorful dresses, keeps asking despairingly, "Is black really still her favorite color? Really?"

I think it is telling that Guppy's favorite song right now is Bad Reputation, in all its rebellious glory. We would listen to nothing else ever if she had her way.

My darling little punk-and-black-loving daughter. <3

And my Kickstarter passed 100% Woo! We're working on the second title now, Equine Enchantment, and I released the cover for the third:

Here's the obligatory link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1624616265/more-fantasy-coloring-books-for-so-called-grown-up

(Also, I am mortified to find that I mixed up two of the other Moms this morning during preschool dropoff, and can only hope that they both have Sudden Specific Amnesia and don't remember me opening my mouth.)

Wednesdaily and 81%!

After too little time playing at the park, I talked for as long as Guppy would let me with the owner of the local tea shop and some lovely marketing people and should have some exciting things to talk about after the weekend once details are finalized.

I also finished the color version of Tentacle Friends, and scanned it, and laid out my next coloring book cover. Miraculously, the house is also clean and I did a load of laundry, mostly fueled by ice cream and the soundtrack to Shrek, which has been on repeat for the last several days.

The Kickstarter is at 81%! I kept thinking this was a really SLOW start, then realized that my goal is higher this time, and we're actually doing better than the start that the last multi-book Kickstarter had. (I think I'm just comparing it to some of the other amazing projects I've been watching lately and feeling small. It's all a crazy comparison game. The only way to win is not to play.) We need a liiiiittle more this time to get to all 7 of the coloring books I want to do, so hopefully we keep going at this rate. Because I am SO excited about these coloring books. Easily my best yet!

Okay, now I'm off to make au gratin for dinner and take Guppy for a walk.

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