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

Projects:

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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Thursdaily...

I'm DONE DONE DONE with the inking of my Big Secret Project. I've erased the pencil and touched things up, and now I'm scanning like a mad thing.

Not-a-book spent most of the weekend (wait, how is it Thursday already??) in the top 500 books, and has since slipped and has been wiggling around 700 since then. Not as good as the first book, but much better than the second. I'm pleased. And sales of the second book got a nice bump, too. I am itching to start on the next one, and got a few words of outline done today while scanning.

It's snowed about 5 inches over the last day, and Guppy and I have been out playing in it whenever possible.

I have six pages left to ink on the Big Sekrit Project, and I'm feeling well in control of it. Dangerous words to say 'out loud,' I know. I'm really stinking proud of it, too. I've leveled up. I can't WAIT to share it with you.

Not-a-Book skidded in the direction of falling out of the top thousand at Amazon, then hiccuped and now it's starting to trend up (down? In the GOOD direction!) towards the top 500 again, which is lovely. (The last book didn't do that, just continued to slide gracefully out of favor after its initial mailing list bump wore off.)

Friends came over yesterday for lunch and during Guppy's naptime, I introduced them to Ascension, which is the awesome miniseries on Netflix. Very vintage-feeling Sci Fi, with flavors of the new Battlestar Galactica (possibly because of one of the leading ladies). I watched it a few years ago with Jake, and it's been fun watching new people discover it.

I had a bad migraine last night, complete with nausea and flashers, but took All The Steps, and it's blissfully gone now.

Now, it's lunchtime, and an episode of Supergirl (or part of one), and then more Sekrit Project. And maybe one sketch, because it's Sketch Fest today!! https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestprompters.php

Wheeee...

Wednesdaily with flailing...

I made good progress on my Big Project during preschool time today and in the time I carved out yesterday - just one more sketch to finish before I start a flurry of inking. Patreon patrons are getting WIP images, but I can't share them wider yet. I'm feeling weirdly unbalanced, creatively, as I'm doing SO MUCH art and not getting any writing done. Naturally, this is when I'm having ALL the story ideas and inspiration.

Not-A-Book is not tanking. (It's doing about the same as the previous one, but I was pretty spoiled by my first one...) It is getting EXCELLENT reviews, which are making my day.

The weather turned weirdly warm yesterday, and the snow sunk in everywhere and it looks sort of sullen and dirty now. It felt briefly like spring, but that's just because Mother Nature is a big tease.

I'm making a cherry pie.

Those are the highlights of the last day or two!

Now I must wake Guppy from her too-brief slumber and go dig out the grill for cooking pork chops.

Mondaily with catchup...



A problem with our chimney cap means our woodstove has been burping smoke into the house with increasing regularity, and yesterday did so severely enough that, after setting up two air purifiers, Jake fled to the garage and Guppy and I bundled up and went for a walk and played in the yard. It was actually grand to have an excuse to go outside and play - it was cold, but really fun, and we were well-dressed. Here are our snow angels. Guppy thought it was very tragic that we could not make a snowman, but there were no snowballs to be made at 20 below.

The ashtray smell is fortunately gone from the house this morning, and I survived another round of parent aide, this time with a topping of Valentine's Party.

I also published a book on Sunday, and am not obsessively reloading the page to check for stats and comments. Well, not too obsessively. I mean, obsessively is comparative, right? *refreshesrefreshesrefreshes*

Going back further, poor Guppy was terribly sick on Friday. I could tell because she was very cooperative about wearing pants. (And also because she kept draping herself over things saying she hurt, and also the throwing up was a pretty solid sign.) She bounced back admirably on Saturday, though we did skip dance class, just in case.

Did I blog on Thursday? I can't remember. Deadlines eating my brain. *runs away to refresh the book page work on the art in NDA.*

Thursdaily brief, with new art.

I got the EMG newsletter sent today. If you aren't on the mailing list, you probably should be: https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/mlist.php

I have a new PA portrait available:



Art and taxes, today! Off to it.

Wednesdaily, with many fairy tales...

Today is all fairy tales, starting with a basically painless parent aide day at preschool. Guppy was, if not a perfect angel, at least not the opposite.

First, I finished mizkit's gorgeous new book, Roses in Amber* If you like the tale of Beauty and the Beast, this may be the one you've been looking for. Lush, with perfect notes of excitement, sensuality, epic grandeur, thwarted fae, and all the rags to riches I've always loved of the story, plus a few little easter eggs that made me laugh out loud.

If you have not yet read it, ursulav's Summer in Orcus is available in full now. (And has been for some time, but I'm out of touch. Sorry.) It is a quirky, surreal adventure quest with a plucky young heroine and the fascinating worldbuilding you should expect of Ursula by now.

Speaking of fascinating worldbuilding, rix_scaedu wrote Revelations and Change to my prompt, and it is amazing. I hope it is continued!!

Chrysoula is also spinning an epic fairy tale - on Facebook, follow the tag #orioletale. (Chrysoula, if you have a landing page, tell me. If not, you need one!)

And in real life fairy tales, a very happy birthday to talkstowolves! She has been an absolute lifesaver in my social media life, and is the driving force behind SO many improvements at EMG. She is the source of the artist spotlights, and the archive features, and has helped step out on Twitter and Tumblr and Pintrest... and more than any of that, she has been an inspiration to me, reminding me of all the beautiful things EMG has enabled over the many years and keeping me on task when things need to be done. She has taken so much off my lap that I feel I've been able to do more creatively and administratively. It's hard to overstate how important that's been. Thank you, Deborah, Geek Dame Extraordinare. (She has a Patreon, too...)

And one last fairy tale from our last trip:


This was our own private little beach for a little more than a week. (During low tide!)

*an affiliate link, for full disclosure...

Tuesdaily with a list and a photo...

I have a crazy amount of things to do today, so its time for a list...

*take out the trash
*change out the catbox
*vacuum

*dishes
*clean toilet
*shower
*ink raven piece
*sketch one new page
*fold laundry
*start new laundry
*Sketch Fest ad graphic
*post Portrait Adoption piece
*review another two chapters of audiobook
*approve submitted description
*update PA race
*update Patreon
*mail Amazon order
*prep dinner
*100 emails deleted or filed or answered, etc. (my inbox is at 589. *dies*) 425
*Start compiling data for taxes

Have a goofy photo from the Seattle Aquarium. (The aquarium visit as a whole was a bit of a whiny tired-child disaster, but there were plenty of spots of fun in it.)

Mondaily again... sketch and plans.



I'm back! Guppy and husband and I went to Hawaii for a few weeks, meeting my Mom and friend M for the first week, and on our own the second. It was warm and relaxing and I am much rejuvenated. (Though, the less said about the EIGHT HOURS we spent at the Fairbanks airport trying to get out of town, the better.)

I'm behind, but trying hard to catch up. I have an insane deadline to meet by the end of the month. (InSANE.) But I'm going to do it, and it will be amazing, and I should be able to share it with you next month.

(Unless you're a supporter at Patreon, they get to see them first! Patreon patrons also got to see photos and sketches during my recent travels, for as little as $1/month.)

Otherwise, I'm going to be more quiet than usual for February. We're getting back into the regular patterns of life, and there are Guppy things and house things and tax things and EMG things to get done... on top of the most wonderful deadline ever. Oh, and I'm releasing a book next week! Yay!

Sketch Fest is next week! https://ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest


Taking some sanity time and unplugging from social media and all the various business things that hang over my head online; a little mental reboot. I usually do this after Christmas and through January, but I got all caught up in projects. So now I'm scheduling my me-time. Self-care, here I come!

I will be back, refreshed and ready to go, with February.

The February Sketch Fest will be Feb 17-19!

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