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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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Nano Progress report...

I have been committing art. And writing.

Dragon of Glass revisions are done, print cover is laid out, it's got a new epilogue and about about 5k new words in total (which is lovely, because it was too short!), and I'm super excited to release it next week! I did a lot of new things for me. (And for Zoe, for that matter.) I'm really curious to see how it does and am basically going in with no expectations. I'll have pre-order up later this week!

Dragon Prince's Quest is almost at 18k, and I'm still loving it, though I took a break to do the final polish on DoG. Have a sketch of Carina and Toren:



If you count up ALL the words, I've written about 16,000 since Nov 1 (DPQ started at 6500), and considering I started 5 days late, that's not bad. I had a couple of 3k days there, and I'd like to settle in and do a few more of those at least. There's still a shot at finishing this month!

Happy Veteran's Day, I'm back to writing now... zoom!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1651983.html

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Cover reveal!

Dragon of Glass will be out Nov 17!



Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1651567.html
To begin with, I'm not a big fan of pumpkins. (What they call pumpkin spice, yes, but I feel like apple cider spice got unfairly scooped in advertising when it came to naming flavors...) So every year, my daughter makes puppy eyes at me asking about getting a pumpkin to carve, and every year, I reluctantly let her do it, and every year, I'm finding pumpkin seeds stuck down with pumpkin goo to my floor and furniture for a week after the great pumpkin carving massacre.

I can see the appeal of Jack-O-Lanterns, though; it's exciting to have angry vegetables with fire in them.

But this is the last year we are doing living pumpkins, and here's why:

We bought this year's pumpkin through a fundraiser at my daughter's school. It had a little rotten spot that we carved out as part of the design. In retrospect, I should have been more wary of this pumpkin.

Because we did not get a pumpkin.

We got an X-files case.Like X-files, it gets gross...Collapse )

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1650883.html

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Snippet Sunday...

From Fake Fur, which is almost finished -- it just needs an epilogue now!

Nothing spicy here...Collapse )

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1650098.html

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Life in the big woods

This weekend was a whirlwind of piano lessons and cleaning and rearranging the garage, doing laundry, taking in trash, getting water, and milk from the farm, grocery shopping, getting gas, chopping wood... and building a stick fort in the "back yard" with Guppy.

We don't really have a "yard." We have 36 acres of wild birch forest backed up against a 365 acre greenbelt. I can barely make out one light from one neighbor up the hill through the trees... if it's dark, and there aren't leaves on the trees. (Of course it's not often dark when there ARE leaves on trees.)

Yesterday, driving home from piano lessons, we saw a grouse and then chased a fox down the driveway. Not deliberately. He just chose to saunter down the driveway we needed to go down. We went slow and he looked annoyed but not hassled, and then he ran off past the house into the forest.

It's a weird in-between season right now - last week was slushy snow (and terrible roads), but the ground was still too warm for it to stick. This week is colder and dry.

I finished the rough draft of Dragon of Glass on Friday. Probably the most unsatisfactory "the end" yet, because I know how much work it needs before I can even send it out for edits. I'm already planning to re-write several scenes. I let it set over the weekend so I can look at it with fresh eyes on Monday. Ready to be done with this one already. Fake Fur is ridiculous fluff up to 8k now.

There was a Sketch Fest this weekend - I did two loose sketches, which was nice. Oh! And the second Alaska Animals translation coloring book is moving again. (As is a freelance project that Will. Not. Die.)

I may run away for a day at the hot springs this week because I am desperate need of soaking.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1649376.html

Back at the grindstone...

Love love LOVE having daughter back in school again. She's loving it, too. Her room is a disaster, and I had to pop a dozen balloons today just to get her karate clothes.

I have reluctantly put writing Dragon of Glass on the backburner for a bit because ALL THE THINGS are due. I got edits for Balance back to the editor. On that topic, I'm delighted to announce here that it is included (as Elva Birch) in Once Upon an Enchanted Forest:



Pre-order is now available:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ylh9KB
Barnes and Noble Nook Book: http://bit.ly/2YnrZjm
Barnes and Noble Paperback: http://bit.ly/2JJD8CW
Kobo: http://bit.ly/32FK8bD
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/once-upon-enchanted-forest-anthology-romantic-witchcraft/id1474135521
Add to Your Goodreads Shelves: http://bit.ly/2Y6xPS8


Sketch Fest this weekend!!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1644461.html

One of those parenting moments.

Me to my daughter: "No, you cannot watch TV. We are leaving in 10 minutes. Find something to do for 10 minutes."

Daughter: *finds a jar lid that pops*
*pops the jar lid for 10 minutes straight until I just about lose my ever-loving mind*

Well played, daughter. Well played.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1642394.html

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10 more #junicorn!



Landing page updated! Prints and originals available! https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1640226.html

Obviously, some of these are sketches and if you picked them, I would finish with your color/design choices.

Five more to go. But not right now.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1641777.html

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