June 17th, 2013

ellen with wrench

Mondaily - Kickstarter Update

70 hours (less than 3 days!) to go on my Kickstarter! Ee! We are $70 from publishing *Asterix, and I am eyeing our 1000% level with some hope. Kicktraq says it's not probable, but oh, sooooo close. I confess, I was hoping it would be a unique enough project to attract a Staff Pick, but I feel like we've done *remarkably* well without one. I find it particularly encouraging that nearly 2/3 of my backers have come from within Kickstarter - people who *don't* already follow and know me think the project is worth their money! That's highly encouraging to me.

Here are the two pieces I'm drafting as stretch goals that we've already made:

Any name suggestions for the second?? I'm totally drawing a blank.

I've made a Facebook event for our final hour - come hold my hand while I try not to obsessively refresh the page to see where we end up: http://www.facebook.com/events/377020579084642/

Giggling baby is waking up, so I'm off to rescue her from her crib!

Sketch Fest Update

I am poking at scheduling July's Sketch Fest with a lack of enthusiasm. I was deeply discouraged by the continued tagging/claiming lag, and by continued resistance to the new password system and by continuing to wait for an automated password reset. Sales were down. I want to rip the thing apart by its seams and put it together stronger and better... and I don't have TIME to do that. Or energy! If I did, I should do that to Portrait Adoption, which needs it worse. On the upside, we didn't have lingering-canceled claims problems this month, and although I FELT like I was too busy solving problems to actually do any art, I did get seven pieces done! One I have not uploaded (and may not - it's pretty crappy!), but the rest I did get up, and some of them I actually like: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9

These are my favorites:

Off to do payments now, while Guppy sleeps!