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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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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

Today's #Junicorn dump

These are just the ones I've scanned - I've got three more to scan.



The landing page is updatd: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1640226.html

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1641496.html

Memes and #junicorns

[personal profile] sholio gave me three (very random) words to write about: Dandelions, velociraptors, skateboards.

Dandelions

I kind of love dandelions. Not as much as, say, my daughter does, but they are so cheerful and bright and determined. Lots to admire.

And of course, it's hard to see the word and not think about my recent book DandeLION Season, which I just did a new cover for.

And not at all least, it will always remind me of [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon!

Velociraptors

Naturally, Jurrasic Park popularized these... a tad incorrectly, since velociraptors are actually chicken-sized. (The movie versions are actuall Utahraptors, iirc) I feel like there should be more cute velociraptors in the world. Like... chicken coop velociraptors that you can raise in backyards. Maybe I should do a velociraptor #juncorn. (Nothing is too weird for #junicorn, see evidence, below.)

Skateboards

I've always wished I was the kind of athletic person who could navigate one of these and do cool tricks and such. It is not to be. I like the sound they make.

# # #

I have not caught up on #junicorn, and the way this month is going, I may not... I have a book to launch this weekend and eye surgery next week that may keep me offline a bit. But here are some more!



The landing page is here: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1640226.html

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1640547.html

#junicorn 2019 landing page!

Junicorn is one of my very favorite parts of summer. For the past three 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.

(There is a very good chance that I will NOT do all 30 this year, because I am having eye surgery halfway through the month and I have no idea what kind of productivity I can expect at the other end of that...)

Original cards, prints, stickers, and magnets are available!
NEW: Commission a card for $25. Give me a theme, prompt, or specific description!
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 stickers. $5 each or 5/$15.

Shipping is included (Even International!)
Payment is via Paypal: https://paypal.me/EllenMillionGraphics (click this link to pay, or let me know what you want and I'll send you an invoice)

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

2018: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1628729.html
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 have red exes.




Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1640226.html

Close enough to the end of May...

May was stuffed, but that's not unusual. Let's review!

Writing

It's worth a note that I'm deliberately listing writing first now. At some point in the last two years, I have made a conscious shift in my creative energy from visual art to words. This is in no small part because it is far more fiscally rewarding, but also because it's a lot more inspiring right now. I am absolutely loving the worlds I'm writing in.

Bearly Together: 4300 (I hope to add to this today)
Tropical Dragon's Destiny: 14000
Balance: 7300 (plus editing and submitting)
Magnolia and Chef's Christmas story that needs a title: 5500
Total: 31,100 - which JUST meets my goal, even if it wasn't how I intended to distribute the wordcounts. I consider this a minor miracle, given this month.
[ETA] 1400 words added to Bearly together on the last day, for a final count of 32.5k.

Things related to Writing:

Lots of advertising things
I've laid out a paperback version of Tropical Tiger Spy that should be here next week!


Art things!

I did one new portrait for Portrait Adoption:


(Click to adopt!)

I also dug several pieces out of my archives and added them to my portrait adoption page.

I did not do anything for Sketch Fest because the end of school made the month a freaking madhouse. (June Sketch Fest is next weekend!)


Life things!

We went traveling for 10 days to Chicago and Wisconsin, which was lovely.
Guppy successfully completed first grade. There were many playdates this month.
She also did a school concert and a piano recital (after four lessons!)
I decided to close Portrait Adoption.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1640113.html
Among other things, I am a red-head again. SO flaming. I am cutting off the last six inches when Jake comes home and then I will take photos. (There's a quick selfy up at Facebook.)

* * *

I have a new book up: Tropical Lion's Legacy. I am a little in love with this cover. And the fan reactions are delighting me. This is book NINE in the Shifting Sands Resort series. NINE. The next book will be the last in the series and that sort of destroys me a little. I both can't wait... and don't wanna.

If you'd told me three years ago that I would have thirteen books published today and that people actually read them I would have hurt myself laughing at you.

If you'd told me that I was going to pay for my own LASIK surgery with my dirty not-a-book money? I would have told you that wasn't funny.

And here we are.

* * *

And in other major 'here we are' sorts of things, Portrait Adoption is closing at the end of the year!

I loved this project and treasure above all else the beautiful friendships that it brought me. But I made less than $15 running it last year, and it's due for a big overhaul. The numbers just don't add up. It was an amazing idea (she says humbly), and its golden years were very impressive, but the Internet landscape has changed so much. It's hard to compete with Pinterest and I clearly have better ways to spend my time and energy.

* * *

Like I said... pretty momentous.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1639064.html

March Review, April Plans

MARCH REVIEW

I swear this month went faster than Februrary.

My biggest release was the Alaska Animals Translations (eeeee!), which was the accumulation of three years of work. There was much squeeing. I am contracted for a second book!

I also wrote 31k, mostly on Tropical Lion's Legacy (and associated untitled short story I hope to finish today), but also on Run and on Bearly Tolerable, which has a good start and is outlined to the end.

I survived Spring Break (barely).

I noodled some artwork for Sketch Fest and mocked up one cover and am 80% done with the pencil work for a portrait of Mal that is full of spoilers.

I released a 10-page hunky shifters coloring book download on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/676772560/hunky-male-shifter-coloring-pages-for

I did not get anything done for Fatemakers, which was the only other thing on my to-do list for the month, but it was a rollercoaster month in a lot of ways, so I'm really happy with what I did do.

PLANS FOR APRIL

* 3 pages for the 2nd Alaska Animals book
* Publish Lion's Legacy
* Revise Tropical Tiger Spy and launch changes
* 30k (1k a day) in writing total, spread out over whatever projects, with 20k earmarked for Bearly Tolerable so it's finished in May.
* Some other art progress of any kind.

Sketch Fest is scheduled for Friday!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1637535.html


I probably won't share ALL of them over here. I'll get them up on my webpage shortly, but I'm releasing them over on Facebook first: https://www.facebook.com/EllenMillionArtistrix/

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1637320.html

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