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2014 Goals reviews

My 2014 Goals:

Many of the items on the checklist will overlap; things that will fulfill my art goals, for example, may also expand my personal career goals, etc. One thing to note is that none of my system items rely on anyone else... none of them include 'get a story published,' just 'submit a story for publication.'

Color codes: good progress, done!, not started (Last updated 12/31/14)

Writing Goals:

More exciting writing!
Less boring slice-of-life stuff.
More substance. (Stuff that MATTERS)


At least 15 stories or serial installments that have really great 'hook.' - I have a few here, but I didn't do a great job with this.
At least one story that is a stand-alone. - Yes! It's short, and non-Torn World: Give up the Ghost
At least one piece of finished non-fiction. Kickstarter Clues
Read 10 books. (Novellas count.) 13 novels and 1 novella. (Nine of those novels in the space of 2 weeks...)
Revise the Upheaval novel. - Haven't touched it.

Art Goals:

Less static portraiture
Bolder color use
Improved hands


1 Master's study.
12 pages of hands. (A page may be multiple sketches or one large detailed piece.) - I have a lot of pages of hands in the short comic I'm working on, but it doesn't really count
6 pieces in color. Installing the Lights, Farscout and Brightwood, and Skykittens (halfway!)
At least 2 sketches per Sketch Fest. Usually much more!

Personal Career Goals:

Take my own art and career more seriously.


Submit at least one piece of writing to a publisher. - Script submission to New Worlds, rejected.
Submit at least one piece of artwork to a publisher. -Submission to Unlikely 3/1/14 - brushed off.
Complete four new coloring book pages. 2 (Colors of Change, Negotiations, Installing the Lights, Zombie Mom, Zombie Roommate, Zombie Artist, Zombie Pinup, Muse, Tam Lin)
Complete six new Portrait Adoption pieces. - Last one isn't scanned, but it's close enough to count.
Kickstart a project for ME. (Rails? Sea Monster Web? Torn World Postcards? Sketch Fest chapbooks? SO many ideas!) - It wasn't through Kickstarter, but I did crowdfund the Sea Monster Scale chart, and I've started the Sketch Tarot. That counts.
Work on a cohesive show collection. - I had a show in October, and pulled together a good display that was well-received. Sold no originals.

Business Goals:

Expand the reach of my coloring books
Reinvigorate Portrait Adoption
Continue Torn World
Re-examine Commission Control
Continue Sketch Fest


Release at least two new coloring books. (Kickstarter?) - BOOYEAH.
Make promotional material for the coloring books and get it out to retailers and customers. I ran the Kickstarter too late to get this done this year.
Improve public documentation for coloring book submission, to attract more artists. - Done!
Make promotional material for Portrait Adoption, get it out to the audience.
Continue writing/releasing stories in the main Torn World storyline. - Fell on my face... but figured out why!
Do something fun for Sea Monster month. - Sea Monster Scale Chart! Yay!
Make a game plan for Commission Control. - I have actually poked this a bit. I evaluated what went wrong with the last release and have some good ideas for it.
Run at least 12 Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Still chugging along!

Personal Goals:

Mental health
Physical health
Household contribution


Maintain downtime and pamper myself once in a while. I did okay with this, but not great.
Contribute financially to personal retirement. Made my goal.
Take a strengthening class (dance counts!) or a reliable gym regimen. I fell off this wagon, badly.
Be more mindful of my posture, especially while working. The standing desk I developed in response to the toddler's lengthening reach helped here, otherwise I was not at all mindful.
Listen to music. Lots and lots of Disney princess songs... which only gets me half-credit.
Keep the lists above from becoming overwhelming by cutting as is reasonable. I didn't cut anything deliberately, but I'm not letting the reds and blues above get me down. I felt like it was a fairly well-balanced year. I'm ready for the next one.

This is long! I will do my look-back in a new post.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jenny Heidewald
Jan. 1st, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
Good Job, Ellen! :) I only got one of my resolutions done last year, which was finish Guppy's Blanket! But made good progress on the others, except for one, which was finish all my unfinished ACEO's. It was a rough year to expect to get anything done.

I look forward to seeing your 2015 list! I am going to go make mine. :)
Jan. 4th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
And WHAT a resolution that was! She still sleeps under it - and will for a very, very long time.

You did have a rough year, I am hopeful this next one is much better for you.

I got your card! Thank you, thank you! It is so ridiculously super-cute!
Jenny Heidewald
Jan. 21st, 2015 02:13 am (UTC)
Forgot to check my other e-mail folders ( I am bad at that) just saw your reply today!
I'm glad that you got the card ok! The numbat was a quick drawing I did at work, I figured the simpler the better. They are all a little different, but I was sure to pick a cute cute one for you. :) I forgot that I was going to write a letter like an e-mail to put in there, one more for Ellen's e-mail while she is off of the internet for a month! *haha*

♥ Need a photo of the Guppy under that blanket. ;) Did she have to bring all of her blankets on the trip? :D

This year is already better, lots of resolutions to keep so I am busy busy. Unless I get sucked in by the internet...like now ( I gotta go and shred more financial papers that I don't need anymore).
Jan. 1st, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
You did good!
Jan. 4th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
*smacks a gold star on my forehead* Go, me!
Jan. 1st, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
You're bloody amazing, Ellen.
Jan. 4th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
I know you are, but what am I? :P

(Seriously, thank you! This means a lot!)
Jan. 2nd, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
Wow, niiiiice work! Look at all that green and blue! :D

Here's hoping 2015 will be a great year.
Jan. 4th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
I was surprised! I didn't look back at this as often as I usually do, so it was a pleasant shock to see that yes, I DID do most of what I wanted to.
Jan. 5th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
May I ask about this one? Continue writing/releasing stories in the main Torn World storyline. - Fell on my face... but figured out why!

Also, woot! Lots and lots of good work!
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:00 am (UTC)
Basically, I wrote myself into a corner I didn't want to be in - and then realized I didn't have to STAY in it: http://ellenmillion.livejournal.com/1457867.html

Jan. 6th, 2015 09:00 am (UTC)
Good stuff, that! Though the fire ants of inspiration are scary.
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