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Who is the nut behind the wheel?

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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Release day: Abruptly a Bear!

Ever been in an argument you'd like to turn into a bear to get out of?

Anna fears her life is going nowhere fast. The neighbor is a jerk, the apartment is a wreck, the landlord won't fix things, all the food in the fridge is gone...and now her boyfriend Logan is a bear! Abruptly a Bear is a getting-back-to-good, happy-ever-after, hilarious romp of a novella. Now available in ebook and Kindle Unlimited!

https://books2read.com/abruptlyabear

Each installment in the Suddenly Shifters series is a satisfying standalone with humor and heart, all of them weaving together in an intriguing mystery in a little town where people are suddenly able to shift.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1907329.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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Suddenly Shifters - in ebook and audio!



Looking for a short escape with lots of humor and heart? Suddenly Shifters is a collection of novellas and shorts set in a town called Anders Canyon where ordinary people are suddenly faced with the extraordinary ability to turn into animals. And it doesn't always go smoothly...

Something in the Water: As a science fiction writer, Francis does a lot of strange research on the internet, but he’s not sure he’s ever had to look up “I can turn into a dog.” (originally published in New Year, New Boo, now out of print) Available in ebook, Kindle Unlimited, and audio: https://books2read.com/something-in-the-water

Throw me a Bone: Throw Me a Bone is a short, hilarious, fade-to-black M/M shifter romance story in the Suddenly Shifters series. (Originally published in His Magical Pet charity anthology.) Available in ebook and audio: https://books2read.com/throwmeabone

Abruptly a Bear: Anna fears her life is going nowhere fast. The neighbor is a jerk, the apartment is a wreck, the landlord won't fix things, all the food in the fridge is gone...and now her boyfriend is a bear! Preorder the ebook: https://books2read.com/abruptlyabear or read it at Vella: https://www.amazon.com/Suddenly-Shifters-Abruptly-a-Bear/dp/B092P1HLYH or read it episodically on Patreon - it ties up at the end of August! https://www.patreon.com/ellenmillion

Hare Today: Can two rivals with a sudden new shared shapeshifting secret turn their friendship into something more? A hilarious friends-to-lovers novella. It is available for a limited time in the charity anthology Furever Tails: https://books2read.com/su8/ Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1895610.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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Wednesdaily WIP

Interested in weekly wrap-ups about everything I'm working on?

Follow me at Patreon for Wednesday WIP posts: https://www.patreon.com/ellenmillion

Photography, artwork, and writing updates, in your inbox or at the Patreon site, every Wednesday. No pledge required! Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1886318.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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A Saturday

Yes, I wrote flamingos! Another 1000 words of ridiculousness. And it was the #SundaySnippet choice at my reader's group, so there will be a short snippet tomorrow that I will repost for non-Facebook people here.

I actually had a pretty good day, some bad news and terrible sales notwithstanding. I got to have lunch with [personal profile] sholio and write on her porch for a bit and it was so nice to socialize and the weather was SO beautiful. We also talked plotty things and I am pretty sure I'm ready to dive into Firebird in EARNEST on Monday. (Except, you know, for all the OTHER things I have to do on Monday.) The writing filter will have GOBS of spoilers for Firebird of Glass, just so you're warned, but I will always put them behind cuts.

Tomorrow is chatting and gaming and probably drawing. I think I will do a firebird bookmark if I do draw.

Daughter has now found and corralled 25 tribbles. "THERE CAN'T BE MORE! Mom, how many tribbles do you have? I know you are hiding them in your closet!" I can honestly deny that I am because they are not in my closet. "THEN WHERE ARE THEY FROM? AAAAHHHHHH THERE'S ANOTHER ONE IN MY DRAWER! HOW DID IT GET IN MY DRAWER?"

Bed now, my eyes are heavy. Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1880111.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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Suddenly Shifters!



Suddenly Shifters is my personal fun world - it's a light-hearted setting with a lot of opportunity for hilarity and an underlying mystery that I'm having fun slowly revealing throughout the stories. These are all (so far!) novellas and short stories. They can be read in any order (so far!) and are great little self-standing escapes with humor and heart, with satisfying conclusions.

Something in the Water, a M/F novella, was included in the New You, New Boo anthology in January, but is now out of print. It is available for preorder and will be included in Kindle Unlimited!

Throw Me a Bone, a M/M short, is included in His Magical Pet. It is also up for preorder and will be available at other retailers as well.

Hare Today is included in the charity anthology Furever Tails, coming out July 15th! This collection is up for pre-order and will be available in KU shortly after launch. I will get my rights back to it in early 2022, so I will make it available in ebook and KU myself at that time. (But you'll want a copy of this anthology anyway, and it's for a good cause!) Hare Today is a friends-to-lovers romantic comedy.

And now the drumroll...

Abruptly a Bear is being released as a serial, both on Patreon, and in Amazon's new program, Vella. Vella is a serial app that should be available in mid or late July and all episodes will be up for immediate reading. There are two episodes already on Patreon for patrons pledging at the Velvet Rope Tier ($3), and I'll be making twice-weekly updates on Mondays and Thursdays; the story will run through August 30. It will become available in ebook and through Kindle Unlimited in mid-September.

I love this story a lot and can't WAIT to share it with you! Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1872183.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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June in review

In June:

I wrote about 6k on All Manner of Hats, 1000 words on Wolf's Instinct edits, 5k on The Dragon Prince's Secret, 2k on Green Valley Christmoose Diasaster, and 1k on the flamingo book I'm not writing. 15k is actually a lot more than I expected to get, or thought I had written. They're all over the place, but they are words!

I did finish an edit pass of Wolf's Instinct and All Manner of Hats and they are out to editors.

I published Her Finister and Breakup.

Smut Report reviewed Prompted 2.

I had a BookBub featured deal for The Royal Dragons of Alaska box set 1 and hit 157 in the Amazon store!

I drew 30 tiny unicorn artcards for Junicorn.

Goals for July:

Publish The Neighbors Might Talk, All Manner of Hats, Hare Today (in Furever Tails). 20k on Firebird of Glass. Fulfilment of Junicorn orders. Serial of Abruptly a Bear at Patreon and Vella. Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1870185.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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Free short story: Breakup



Breakup is a very short story that is now available free at all major retailers: https://books2read.com/breakup

This was originally included in Shape Shifters Vol 1 (now out of print), and is one of my favorite stories (and now one of my favorite covers, as well!). It is haunting and bittersweet, and I wrote it after trying to describe the sound of river ice breaking up in the spring.

(It won third place in a writing contest, but I always feel awkward saying that because I suspect it was one of those contests with three entries and is therefore pretty meaningless...) Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1864964.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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#Junicorn roundup!

I'm doing #Junicorn again this year! See all the juicy details here: https://www.ellenmillion.com/junicorn2021.php

These are the ones I've finished so far! (Well, I've actually finished two more, but I haven't scanned them yet...) Red exes indicate claimed originals, question marks are on hold for prompters but may be available in the future!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1862101.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)