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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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If I were prone to panic attacks, I would have had at least three this week.

Why no, I do not have access to my email yet.

Why yes, I was expecting several important things this week.

And now I have to make PHONE CALLS.

I am too grumpy to blog.


My email is not so much buggy right now as it is completely non-functioning. The timing is VERY VERY poor, as I am expecting several important things this week and I WOULD LIKE IT NOT TO BE BROKEN.


Wordwar friends, please come keep me focused. I can still write words.

Have a photo from happier times yesterday:


Tuesdaily with email woes

UGH. Email is still being super, super buggy. The new estimate is that things will be fixed up by tonight. *gnaws fingernails off* I will be slow on replies until then.

We walked out to the yurt last night - I have some repairs to make out there before winter, and there are a few trees that need to be cleaned up.

Busy social day ahead, I'm off to it now!


New artwork to download at Etsy!

I actually have several new pieces up at Etsy as individual downloads since I last updated here, including Bearing Gifts, Christmas Kitties and Junicorn 1, which was much requested...

Original available at my page: http://ellenmillion.com/artpageview.php?id=321
I have a three-month dragon plan!

#junicorn was so much fun that I was delighted to hear there was such a thing as #smaugust, and I am throwing my hat in. I noodled with the idea of doing colored ACEO cards like I did with the unicorns, but decided to go a different direction, and work on some more coloring/card designs, possibly even doing a little coloring book at the end of the project.

But! I have a lot on my plate over the next couple of months. A ridiculous amount, even for ME.

So, I'm going to break this into two parts. In August, I will be doing pencil sketches, 30 in 30 days. If you have a dragon YOU would like to see sketched, you can pledge at my Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Suggest a sketch - you can even provide, say, a photo of your pet that you'd like to see with a dragon, or any keyword or suggestion you'd like. For patrons, you are guaranteed a sketch. I will pull other inspiration from the August Sketch Fest (date to be set SOON), and I've got a lot of ideas of my own. SOME of those sketches will be inked as part of #inktober (in October). Patreon patrons for the month of October will get to choose sketches to sponsor into completion, whether they prompted that sketch or not. That guarantees that the sketch gets inked, and also gets the sponsor a high resolution copy of that piece to download and color. SOME of the inked dragons MAY get included in a limited edition mini coloring book. (Some will also be added as downloads through my Etsy shop.)

If you don't want to pledge at Patreon to join in the fun, you may donate $3 (or an amount of your choice) at my webpage for the same perks: http://ellenmillion.com/index.php (There is a donate button on the left.)

All patrons (either place) will also receive 50% off the original of any of the finished pieces.

See? I'm not entirely nuts. That's a totally reasonable breakdown for a project I'm really enthused about. (And I reserve the right to stop at less than 30 if life and work become too crazy, because safety valves are good to have.)

Fridaily with supreme mom-geekness.

As headsup, my email is being VERY BUGGY today. I apologize for any delays in communication.

700ish words this morning on the next not-a-book, bringing it just past 4k. My loose goal is to have it finished before November in order to make room for a NaNo book. I would be especially nice to have it finished by the end of August so I can do edits in September and October.

And I'm working on my presentation for next week. I have only a very vague idea of how much I have to talk to fill 5 minutes. Covering twenty-three (!!) years of business in that much space is not going to be easy. I must be mindful about not talking too fast to squeeze it all in. Be brief, concentrate on now. And remember to bring business cards.

My back is considerably recovered today - I took it very easy yesterday.

Guppy and I have been watching a lot of Star Trek (Next Generation) lately. Her favorite episode is the one with the big evil tree that eats everything, aka the Crystalline Enemy, the Crystalline Anemone, the Crystalline Entatree, or the Crystalline Entemmy, depending on the day. Her next favorite is 'the one where they save the planet' which wouldn't really narrow it down except that I know she means 'A Matter of Time.' And after that, she likes MY favorite, which is the 'four kablooeys episode!' ('Cause and Effect') I just love my little proto-geek.


June 2016 Roundup

Have you missed some of my creative updates over the last month? I'm doing monthly roundups to try to keep some sense in the chaos!


I officially threw in my hat for #junicorn, a challenge to do 30 unicorn sketches in 30 days, and turned out 1 sketch and 29 ACEO cards, in color!

This is the first few, the rest are here: http://ellenmillion.com/galleryview.php

I did five pieces for Sketch Fest, most of them also for #junicorn: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9&date=76

I also updated my page with the pages from Wildflowers of Alaska, including the not-posted-yet Lupine and Columbine.


I added another several thousand words to my not-a-book #2, and got it off for edits again.


I got seven new coloring books printed (and two re-printed) and fulfilled ALL of my Kickstarter rewards (except the custom piece, due in November). DUDE.

Updated my webpage pretty extensively, both my personal one, and EMG, which gained galleries of colored example pieces!

I was brave and bold about my own career opportunities, and it's paid off in scary spades.

Patreon perk was a coloring page, Summer Bubbles.

May 2016 Roundup

Have you missed some of my creative updates over the last month? I'm doing monthly roundups to try to keep some sense in the chaos!


I did just one oddball painting for Sketch Fest: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9&date=75

I for real released Tentacle Friends, which had been seen in several places already and shown off on the cover of Serenitrix: http://ellenmillion.com/artpageview.php?id=304

I officially released several of the sea monster pieces that had been included in From the Deep, including Master of the Deep, Deathfin Bookmark, and Dreamskate with Sunken Ship.

I did this artist's challenge, #artvsartist


Most of this month, my not-a-book was out for edits, and I didn't do much that was new. Alas! Most of my writing was for Kickstarter updates and promotional things.


I did wrap up a big Kickstarter this month, and start the process of laying out and proofing seven new coloring books!

We also went on a long camping trip for our birthday weekend, and Guppy and Mom and I went on a train trip to Denali and between those two, I took about a thousand photos.

It feels like a slim month on content.

Thursdaily with blueberries.

I went blueberry picking Tuesday evening and it was lovely. Okay, it was cloudy and rained a few times, and the swamp was terribly swampy and I even over-topped my rubber boot at one point, but I was wearing good socks, and the company was excellent (if a little heavy on the mosquitoes), and the blueberries were riotous and delicious.

I unfortunately overdid it a bit, and followed it by a Wednesday where I attempted to Do The Things with Guppy and it was a bit on the disastrous side and I ended up carrying her because of a shoe-too-big failure much more than I should have following a physically challenging day.

I did, however, redeem the day with a grilled chicken tarragon salad from garden herbs and farm arugula that knocked it out of the park!

Today I have been writing a lot (1500 words so far) and did a little printing and some email/admin things. Guppy is not wanting to nap.

I do realize that I never posted a May or June wrapup! That's about my mental level right now, so look for those soon...


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