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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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#junicorn 2018 landing page!

Junicorn is one of my very favorite parts of summer. For the past two years, I have joined this challenge to produce 30 pieces of unicorn art, and like the last few years, I am making my focus colored pencil pieces on tinted paperstock.

Original cards, prints, bookmarks, and magnets are available!
Any single original is $15, 2 for $20, 3 for $25, or 4 for $30.
Signed prints are $5 each, 8 for $20, or 30 for $40.
Get #junicorns of your choice as magnets or bookmarks. $5 each or 5/$15.

You can mix-and-match from prior years designs as well:

2017: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1604777.html
2016: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1538566.html

You can wait for the end of the month to make choices - but claims are first come first served, so if there's an original you have your eye on, comment, email, or message me (on any platform) to snag it.

Claimed originals: 09,



You are welcome to make prompt suggestions in the comments, ask questions, or claim originals!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1628729.html

New release! Senseless in IN THE END.

New publication!

I am delighted to have my illustration "The Folded City" and also my story "Senseless" included in a new anthology, IN THE END. You can buy it on Amazon in print here: https://www.amazon.com/End-Charity-Anthology-Cliches-Cause/dp/1983796565 or in ebook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CXKGBYS - note that it is in matchbook program, so you get the ebook free if you buy the hardcopy!



Senseless is a Torn World story, about the finding of Lichenwold; it takes place about 50 years prior to our current timeline. Have an excerpt:

“You used to be able to see where the barrier reached the ground from here,” Lenar told them, as they came at last to the ridge and looked out. He pointed, and the place was obvious. The forest had thinned to scrubby brush, and then gave way to ground that looked completely barren creeping up the foothills on the opposite side of the valley. By contrast, alpine foothills to the east were showing mottled red and deep green ground cover.

They camped that night at the edge of the forest, the big, shaggy snowies browsing eagerly at the brush after their long, steady day. Reqem barely slept, and rose eagerly with all of the others well before the sun had broken the ragged horizon.

“There won't be any everberries,” Tivikai observed, when they broke past the last brush to the open land beyond.

It wasn't as barren as it had appeared from further away. Tiny new life was struggling to take hold in the silty soil, and there were several swaths of grass, already turned to dull fall colors. But nothing grew that hadn't blown there and taken root that summer – the only berries they identified were fruitless sprouts.

When it grew too steep for the heavy snowies, they stopped. Before anyone could suggest otherwise, Reqem scrambled down his saddle ladder and continued to explore on foot. Imain joined him, and after only a moment more, Tivikai came after them, nearly plowing into Reqem's back when he abruptly came to a halt around an outcropping of rock.

“Here, now, give a woman a warning when you're going to stop like that,” she scolded them, then looked up and saw the same sight.

Her shrill whistled call to the others broke Reqem from his slack-mouthed gaze.

Before them, past a pile of rock and mountain granite, was a road. It sheared into fractured plates and finally to rubble to their left, and to their right, it plunged into the mountain.

Knowing that the ancients had been capable of building miraculous things was quite different than witnessing one of those things. The opening yawned like a mouth, but perfectly square, and the surface of the road, though aged and cracked, was unnaturally flat and smooth.

The three rangers scrambled over the rock and stood in wonder, staring into the darkness that stretched impossibly away.

“Where does it go?” Imain asked in awe.

“It could go anywhere,” Tivikai said, sounding equally impressed.

“Let's find out,” Reqem said at once.

(The Great Northern Gate illustration is only attached for fun - the anthology edition is illustrated by Samuel Hazen!)



Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1628066.html

April 2018 Roundup

I've missed doing these - the last one I did was for October. I'll go in and fill in the gaps if I have a chance, but I like doing them when they're fresh in my memory. They are especially nice to do when I'm feeling like I'm spinning my wheels or not getting much done. Because it usually turns out that, yeah, I have gotten a few things accomplished!

Artwork

I started a sketch for a hunky shifters coloring page during Sketch Fest

I released five new pages that were included in Splendrix and the color cover, The Gathering. The Kickstarter, paired with Mitzi's Gardens and Goddesses Volume 3, was very exciting, and we closed it up at 3x the goal, with lots of great stretch goals. 

Unicorn and fairies in forest



A gazelle shapeshifter in the jungle

See the rest here: http://ellenmillion.com/

I also got a lot of progress made on some other coloring pages, and finished inking Chase. (Not inked or scanned yet.) 



Writing

I released Tropical Panther's Penance on the 15th.

I wrote 16,300 words, mostly on Tropical Christmas Stag. 


Other Things

Frozen septic field. Yay.

Six year old growing pains. 

Ridiculously late snow. 



 
Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1627511.html
The Kickstarter is done and went well - we ended up over 3x the goal and got all of our stretch goals, including this piece of artwork as a Kickstarter-only bonus page:



This was MEANT to be a random, generic lion shifter for my next coloring book when I first started on it, but it was totally Graham. (Of Shifting Sands)

I've also released this piece, that I've been just dying to share, but I didn't want to confuse the Kickstarter, because this is NOT in Splendrix.



This tragically handsome guy is Justin, star of Spy Snow Leopard: mybook.to/SpySnowLeopard - it is a Zoe book, but not MY Zoe book. I didn't write this one, but it's a fantastic book - lots of hurt/comfort and healing and people overcoming guilt and doubt. There are also food scenes that will make you honest-to-god drool. It is temporarily priced at $0.99, but only for another day!

In other things, Kindergarten comes to a close WAY too soon, I've approved the coloring books for printing, these are the VERY LAST coloring books I will be printing myself, and it has snowed three times in the last week and I am so very over winter.

April was amazing. And weird. And I feel like there were a lot of things I could have done better, but overall, it was good. If busy.

May looks no less busy.

Also: SEA MONSTER MONTH! I haven't decided what I'll do this year! Should I do sketch cards? I want to do a field guide to the sea monsters of Torn World, in print, but I fear that's too much to bite off as a whole, so I'm thinking I'll start working on this with the aim of releasing it NEXT sea monster month. Muse Fusion is next week!

Wheeee...

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1627215.html

Kickstarter and book

I can haz Kickstarter! (And we're funded!)



I can haz book!



I can go haz sleep!
(click images for links!)

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1626818.html

My list for the week.

I have Things To Do! I have broken my insurmountable feeling pile of things to do into bits and pieces to make them more palatable. This is my list for today only:

Finish tax paperwork thingy
Pack up coloring book order
Remove coloring book ordering from Amazon
Update new coloring book listings at EMG with colored pages
500 words on Christmas Stag
Back covers layout for Splendrix and GG3
Wording for Kickstarter


Wed

Massage
Mail coloring book order
Mail tax paperwork thingy
Remove coloring book ordering from EMG site
500 words on Christmas Stag
Inside front page layout for Splendrix and GG3
Graphics for Kickstarter
Order priority boxes and mailers

Thurs

Kick off Kickstarter launch party: reveal GG3 cover, 2 games with prizes
Coloring book counts
500 words
Inside back page layouts for Splendrix and GG3
One ad for TPP
CB announcement to VIP group

Fri

Launch party: reveal Splendrix cover, 2 games with prizes
Files to printer for proofs
Finishing touches to Kickstarter
500 words
One ad for TPP
Preview pages for both CBs

Sat

Launch party: share preview pages for GG3, 1 game
500 words
Any last minute Kickstarter things

Sun

Launch party: share preview pages for Splendrix, 1 game
500 words
Gaming
Upload book to Amazon, do not refresh the page 7 billion times to see if it's up.

Mon

Press go.
Cross fingers. Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1626424.html

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Best Aprils Fools Ever.

Jake texted me partway through gaming: OMG Your Daughter.

When I called him later to talk about why truck wouldn't start, he warned me that she had been terrible and I wasn't going to like her room.

When I got home, Guppy put her hands on her hips and told me, "I'm not going to clean my room. EVER."

"We can throw everything away, then," I told her, gathering a garbage bag to do exactly that.

I was halfway up the stairs before I could look into her room. "You're pranking me!"

She, with help from Jake to move some of the furniture, had cleaned up her room of her own volition. They had rehearsed how to deceive me. It was adorable and wonderful.

Best April Fools Ever.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1625872.html

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I've been making good headway on my list of dooooom. I've done a sketch and written about 2k for Muse Fusion so far! Leave me prompts - I'm promising to do something for everyone who prompts. https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php

My book has been doing AHMAZING. I'm so humbled and happy and relived. It hit 155 in Amazon rank, and then hung out around 250 for a few days and it's only now just slumping into the 300s. My last book got to 248 and dropped off pretty quickly, and the book before that barely skimmed into the top 500.

It is the last day to get the first three books in the series on sale for .99 (for ALL THREE): myBook.to/shiftingsandsbox1

And in more sales reminders, this is the last week to get March perks at Patreon, and I'm mailing ORIGINAL ART for the $5+ rewards, so get in on that. (It's not a drawing or a gamble. Everyone in this tier will receive at least two pieces of original artwork.) https://www.patreon.com/ellenmillion

I am so SO grateful for all of your support, you guys. I can't really overstate how much it means to me. <3 <3

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1625774.html

List of Dooooooom

I have so much to do this week, I have to write it down:

*Sketch Fest payments
*Muse Fusion: https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php (I'll be doing a prompt fill for everyone!)
*TROPICAL PANTHER'S PENANCE edits
*Cover art for Splendrix
*Finish outlining DANCING BEARFOOT sequel
*Start Guilds flowchart
*Write-in Tues morning
*Contact TCC
*Scan 3 pieces for SCB
*Select work for Splendrix
*Tax paperwork
*Mail Sketch Fest sketch
*Mail coloring book orders
*Catch up on wholesale royalty input
*Tally existing CB stock for Kickstarter purposes
*Laundry

And probably more that I'm forgetting...

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1625523.html

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