August 27th, 2007


Yeah... don't mess with me!

Wrote my not-nasty letter to Comixpress finally - felt un-angry enough but still had a good level of righteous entitlement going on. I believe these are good guys, but jeezus... the title page has first printing listed as March 2007 and I missed ALL of my shows with these books... AFTER I was assured I would have them. Not a happy Ellen.

Bookmobile tried to pull a fast one on me... maybe not on purpose, but they were all 'oops, we didn't quote you for full-bleed on those pages,' and I wrote back with my original email requesting, VERY SPECIFICALLY, full-bleed on those pages (even making a big deal out of them) and told them I'd been clear, and would be very, very miffed if they pulled a bait and switch on me. They totally lived up to their original quote. Yeah! Ellen wins. ('bout time!)

I'm waiting to see if Avalon even tries to follow up with me. I took my files off my server, we'll see if they ever even bother with me.

And, a trouble ticket into dreamhost to get them to kick the server regarding high res files uploading.

Wow, I'm just a complaint a second, ain't I? Sooo difficult to work with, I'm sure. What with all these expectations of greatness adequacy!

Sucking in breath and ready to strike several projects with some energy! Woot!

Critique bribe... and status of projects!

I want to get the fantastic portfolios forum up and active as we launch into our grand opening (this week, folks! This week! Eee!), and one of the areas I'd like to see get more life is the public critique board.

So, here's my bribe. Go post any WIP you've got going there, and I'll personally give it a good Thorough in-progress critique, red-line if necessary. This week. Earlier the better. Hopefully, you'll stick around and return in kind, of course... and we've got some bang-up folks who like to give advice, so I think we can really turn these forums into a goldmine! *hitches self to the front of the plow...*

Be sure you register at the forums with Fantastic Portfolios in your interests or location to expedite you membership at the forums. You can edit it out later.

It's been a long haul getting to this point, and more than a little scary and 'not ready, not ready, not ready!' but I always feel that way the week before a project unleashes...

Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't. I will NOT be closing down print services, but I WILL be closing down the sites. These were the hosted shopping cart sites that let artists create their own little shops. It was a great idea, and I will keep the domain and possibly revisit it later, but with just me in the studio, and committing to half-time day-work, I can't do it all. The returns on this idea were not as great as I'd supposed or hoped, so I'm going to shut it down completely on the 1st and concentrate on the gazillion other projects I'm juggling.

Other status reports:

EMGtarot is still way back burner but 'happening' (so work on those tarot designs!)

The print services are still up and going, and I will still drop-ship. I just can't invest the time and effort into setting up shops and customer interface. The print services page deserves an overhaul, and that will happen sometime next year.

Submissions to the EMG giftshop will be closed 15 October - 15 January (at least - I reserve the right to keep 'em closed longer, too!).

Portrait Adoption submissions will NOT be closing. They are way easy for me to deal with, far easier than giftshop things. Don't sweat those!

EMG-Zine: if you don't get me some ninja-themed work, I'll send ninjas after you. And we don't want that, now, do we?

Pricing on individual cards will be going up mid-September!! Individual cards will be $3.00. There will be a 2/$4.00 option - that will be the same price as they are now. But it's about as much work to make 2 cards as one, and orders with sixty gazillion individual cards, while I love my customers, were about to make me tear my hair out. The time to put those orders together was unreasonable compared to their pricetag. And I'm never, EVER unreasonable. (*snort*)

Scared to death!

Scary week! Lots happening! So much out of my control! Still behind on orders!

I keep having to put my life into a TV script in my head ... Will the boxes get to Dragon*Con in time? Will Ellen get her art commissions finished or throw her supplies out a window! Will she learn to knit? Will Fantastic Portfolios fizzle off the starting line? Will the laptop self-destruct? How long will the duct tape on the printer keep it going? Stay tuned next week for As the Studio Turns!

And in very nice news: my piano is tuned again! I'm allowed to play it again!