January 31st, 2011

cat in hat


Today, I have to do 3 commissions, finish two webpages (both done!), start and complete another, do a load of laundry, clean the house, go to the gym, get EMG-Zine stuff done, send a print order and a box of ACEOs and take over the world. I'll probably have to settle for just a handful of those things...

Weigh in on a question about the next Sketch Fest and nominate sketches for prizes! http://ellenmillion.livejournal.com/1156342.html

New (old) artwork is up at Torn World! http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=184 We're also now discussing our first anthology, looking forward to hopefully getting it out mid-year...

Theses are the pieces I did for Sketch Fest.

Funding updates:

For Commission-Control:

$47.00 / $250 for payment tracking and escrow services. 19% done!

For EMG-Zine:

$306 / $900 total funding by June 2011. 34% done! If we haven't made this goal, the December 2011 issue will be our last! Remember that subscriptions include advertising! If you've got a webpage, a publication or an etsy page, you can get a banner in our rotation for just over $2 a month (in addition to the warm fuzzy of supporting EMG-Zine, credits to give your favorite authors, AND subscription perks). We get about 1400 page views a DAY, your banner shows up on every page, and there are only two other banners in the rotation right now, so this is an incredibly sweet deal at the moment...

Sketch Fest has earned itself another round of improvements - I've already got them on deck, but will keep them as a surprise for our next Fest. :) (I also still have to wrestle the last round of improvements into shape - I've got a problem with the prompts not wanting to show the non-registered prompts, and otherwise, it's about ready to go....)

Printing a copy of my novel now, because I really would like to get that polished up. And, because I was only sort of kidding about my things to do today, I better get rocking...

Much done! Coloring books available again!!

Very little of what I accomplished was actually on my list. Or rather, THIS list. Much of it was on old lists. Still, progress!

Such as: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/coloringbooks.php

Urgh! The buttons are ugly and didn't do what I wanted, so I will be re-doing them, but the page itself all works and is finished and available for ordering again. I figured with 10 titles, it's just as easy to list them all on one page with minimal browsing. Artist pages are still a future thing - this will get the job done for now. Pretty buttons forthcoming...

Eating now, then into town with me.
Are You Sure?

Driving tries to kill Ellen, take 3.

I don't have an icon appropriate to this event...

Driving home today after therapy and a workout, I noticed that the lane of traffic to my right was at a dead halt up in front of me, though my lane was quite free. I also noticed that the car just ahead and to my right did not notice and was going at such a speed that there was no way that they were going to come to a safe stop, just as they slammed on their brakes. I had enough time in those few mental frames to verify that there was no one behind me that was going to rearend me, and came to a dead stop as the other driver completely lost control of their vehicle and spun into my lane - exactly where I would have been if I had not stopped. At that area of the road, I would have been shoved right into a stream of oncoming rush hour traffic.

They managed to juuuuuuust avoid the car in front of them during their rotation and end up completely perpendicular across both of our lanes. After a moment in which I thought to turn on my hazards, they managed to rodeo out over the curb they were facing, and traffic moved forward again with no casualties.

Between the fact that I am still shaking like a leaf and Jen has temporarily and unexpectedly lost her home Internet connection, the February issue of EMG-Zine may not be up until later tomorrow morning. This will be the second issue in five years that is late. I'm going to try not to feel guilty about that, and go have a giant cup of hot cocoa and sit in front of my peaceful fire for a while.

Also, BLIZZAKS ROCK. There is still ice on the roads there from the ice storm, and my Tina came to a perfect, controlled stop, without so much as a wiggle, on an absolute dime.