Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million

Goals for 2015

My 2015 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 01/06/15)

Writing Goals:

More exciting/immediate writing
More consistent storytelling
Better plots


At least 10 stories or serial installments that have really great 'hook.'
At least 2 stories that are stand-alone.
At least one piece of finished non-fiction.
Read 10 books. (Novellas count.) (I haven't kept count, but I'm pretty sure I got here!
Revise the Upheaval novel.

Art Goals:

Less static portraiture
Bolder color use
Improved hands


1 Master's study.
12 pages of hands.
6 pieces in color - at least 3 of them 8.5 x 11 or larger.
1 major piece - large, color, complex.
At least 2 sketches per Sketch Fest. - on track.

Personal Career Goals:

Take my own art and career more seriously.


Submit at least 2 pieces of writing to a publisher. - published in Once Upon a Time. Considering counting Dancing Bearfoot here, too.
Submit at least 2 pieces of artwork to a publisher. (Scigentasy, 3/6, published in Once Upon a Time, featured artist in Color On, November.)
Complete four new coloring book pages towards a new personal collection. (What color is past green? I think I've got 10?)
Update my Etsy store at least once a month. - still on track
Apply for an award or fellowship.
Finish and release the Sketch Tarot. - I've made baby steps, but nothing major.
Take a class or life drawing session. Watercolor painting!
Finish and release the first story segment for Shifting.
Compile something for release as an ebook. (Rails? A collection of shorts?) (Might count DB here?)
At least 6 Portrait Adoption portraits. - 11 at least. +6 color versions of previously b&w piece.

Business Goals:

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


Make promotional material for the coloring books and get it out to retailers and customers. I'm not famous yet, but I am in five local stores and several other retailers, and I've explored Amazon fulfilled with great success.
Finish search improvements at Portrait Adoption.
Make promotional material for Portrait Adoption, get it out to the audience. I fear I made poor advertising choices, judging by the lack of results, but I certainly tried!
Continue writing/releasing stories in the main Torn World storyline. - Oof. Fell down here.
Maintain regular updates at Torn World. - Did GREAT until June.
Do something fun for Sea Monster month. Made a coloring book! It is AWESOME.
Get Commission-Control Beta 2.0 set up and opened for testing.
Run at least 12 Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - haven't worked much on improvements, but have run fests!

Personal Goals:

Mental health
Physical health
Household contribution


Maintain downtime and pamper myself once in a while.
Treat myself to something.
Contribute financially to personal retirement.
Maintain freelance bookkeeping regularly, not randomly.
Take a strengthening class (dance counts!) or keep a reliable gym regimen.
Stay mindful of my posture, especially while working.
Cut down on Facebook and time-wasting Internet during worktime.
Work on getting Guppy into some kind of periodic daycare or preschool for sanity-making and socialization. Summer childcare, winter preschool!
Keep the lists above from becoming overwhelming by cutting as is reasonable.

See how I did last year: http://ellenmillion.livejournal.com/1491192.html
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