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Hmm! Musings on things.

With the 25th anniversary of my business galloping down on me, it may be time for a round of projects on the chopping block: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/tag/chopping+block

Can you believe it's been 8 years since I last did one?!

In other related things, I'm looking at my #junicorn progress (25 done!) and it is REMARKABLE how much they have improved since the first year I did them. This, and a bit of a recent ego shakeup, is making me ask hard questions about what I want to improve on, skills wise, and how, exactly, I'm actively working to do that. I am not anywhere CLOSE to where I want to be in several areas, and there are a lot of places I feel like I'm completely stagnating.

If you know me at all, you know how satisfied I am with that state of affairs. (Spoilers: NOT VERY.)

I will probably finish the hunky shifter series as part of my self-education, because I've historically slacked off on drawing men, and I feel like it is really good practice to make myself finish 20 of these. I feel like I've already expanded my repertoire nicely with just seven of them, but I've got more to learn. (Also, use the discount code BEEFCAKE33 for 33% off at Etsy.)

And next month, instead of doing #Zooly (rhymes with July), I think I will do a 30 portraits/30 days challenge, and request photos and references from my audience. Anything I don't sell can go up on PA because I'm Not Happy with my current offerings. (I'm seeing a theme.)

Girl Nest Door has topped 17500 and I'm having a heap of 'this sucks and the plot doesn't work and I am so laaaaame' feelings but I am still plugging away at just over 1000 words/day and if I get that and a LITTLE extra writing time in the next few days, it is possible (POSSIBLE) that I will finish this sucker this month. (Which is not bad, considering I STARTED it this month.)


Here, have some new artwork behind this cut:
Hunky shifters this way...Collapse )

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1629747.html

June's List (now that it's almost July...)

X Finish EB short story and submit by June 15 - done and submitted! I don't hate it.
X 15k on Girl Nest Door - 15740/15000
X Patreon rewards before 10th - well, the 14th is close.
o Junicorn - 24/30
o Finish Caribou page, scan Wolverine, 2 Translation pages - 1 scanned, 1 sketched, waiting on approvals
o Finish 2 shifter coloring pages - 1/2
o One Torn World ebook
o 5k on Torn World novel
o Shifting Sands box set 2
o Print versions of Shifting Sands 1-3
o LD logo adjustments - well underway
o Finish and implement EMG email funnel - outlined and about 1/3 drafted.
o Warranties: printer, Gortex, pants - printer done, pants going out in today's mail.
x Estimated taxes
o Improve mobile browsing of 1 site

6 days left - CAN SHE DO IT?

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1629527.html

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#junicorn 2018 landing page!

Junicorn is one of my very favorite parts of summer. For the past two years, I have joined this challenge to produce 30 pieces of unicorn art, and like the last few years, I am making my focus colored pencil pieces on tinted paperstock.

Original cards, prints, bookmarks, and magnets are available!
Any single original is $15, 2 for $20, 3 for $25, or 4 for $30.
Signed prints are $5 each, 8 for $20, or 30 for $40.
Get #junicorns of your choice as magnets. $5 each or 5/$15.
Shipping is included (Even International!)

You can mix-and-match from prior years designs as well:

2017: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1604777.html
2016: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1538566.html

You can wait for the end of the month to make choices - but claims are first come first served, so if there's an original you have your eye on, comment, email, or message me (on any platform) to snag it.

Claimed originals: 09, 14, 18, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27



You are welcome to make prompt suggestions in the comments, ask questions, or claim originals!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1628729.html

New release! Senseless in IN THE END.

New publication!

I am delighted to have my illustration "The Folded City" and also my story "Senseless" included in a new anthology, IN THE END. You can buy it on Amazon in print here: https://www.amazon.com/End-Charity-Anthology-Cliches-Cause/dp/1983796565 or in ebook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CXKGBYS - note that it is in matchbook program, so you get the ebook free if you buy the hardcopy!



Senseless is a Torn World story, about the finding of Lichenwold; it takes place about 50 years prior to our current timeline. Have an excerpt:

“You used to be able to see where the barrier reached the ground from here,” Lenar told them, as they came at last to the ridge and looked out. He pointed, and the place was obvious. The forest had thinned to scrubby brush, and then gave way to ground that looked completely barren creeping up the foothills on the opposite side of the valley. By contrast, alpine foothills to the east were showing mottled red and deep green ground cover.

They camped that night at the edge of the forest, the big, shaggy snowies browsing eagerly at the brush after their long, steady day. Reqem barely slept, and rose eagerly with all of the others well before the sun had broken the ragged horizon.

“There won't be any everberries,” Tivikai observed, when they broke past the last brush to the open land beyond.

It wasn't as barren as it had appeared from further away. Tiny new life was struggling to take hold in the silty soil, and there were several swaths of grass, already turned to dull fall colors. But nothing grew that hadn't blown there and taken root that summer – the only berries they identified were fruitless sprouts.

When it grew too steep for the heavy snowies, they stopped. Before anyone could suggest otherwise, Reqem scrambled down his saddle ladder and continued to explore on foot. Imain joined him, and after only a moment more, Tivikai came after them, nearly plowing into Reqem's back when he abruptly came to a halt around an outcropping of rock.

“Here, now, give a woman a warning when you're going to stop like that,” she scolded them, then looked up and saw the same sight.

Her shrill whistled call to the others broke Reqem from his slack-mouthed gaze.

Before them, past a pile of rock and mountain granite, was a road. It sheared into fractured plates and finally to rubble to their left, and to their right, it plunged into the mountain.

Knowing that the ancients had been capable of building miraculous things was quite different than witnessing one of those things. The opening yawned like a mouth, but perfectly square, and the surface of the road, though aged and cracked, was unnaturally flat and smooth.

The three rangers scrambled over the rock and stood in wonder, staring into the darkness that stretched impossibly away.

“Where does it go?” Imain asked in awe.

“It could go anywhere,” Tivikai said, sounding equally impressed.

“Let's find out,” Reqem said at once.

(The Great Northern Gate illustration is only attached for fun - the anthology edition is illustrated by Samuel Hazen!)



Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1628066.html

April 2018 Roundup

I've missed doing these - the last one I did was for October. I'll go in and fill in the gaps if I have a chance, but I like doing them when they're fresh in my memory. They are especially nice to do when I'm feeling like I'm spinning my wheels or not getting much done. Because it usually turns out that, yeah, I have gotten a few things accomplished!

Artwork

I started a sketch for a hunky shifters coloring page during Sketch Fest

I released five new pages that were included in Splendrix and the color cover, The Gathering. The Kickstarter, paired with Mitzi's Gardens and Goddesses Volume 3, was very exciting, and we closed it up at 3x the goal, with lots of great stretch goals. 

Unicorn and fairies in forest



A gazelle shapeshifter in the jungle

See the rest here: http://ellenmillion.com/

I also got a lot of progress made on some other coloring pages, and finished inking Chase. (Not inked or scanned yet.) 



Writing

I released Tropical Panther's Penance on the 15th.

I wrote 16,300 words, mostly on Tropical Christmas Stag. 


Other Things

Frozen septic field. Yay.

Six year old growing pains. 

Ridiculously late snow. 



 
Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1627511.html
The Kickstarter is done and went well - we ended up over 3x the goal and got all of our stretch goals, including this piece of artwork as a Kickstarter-only bonus page:



This was MEANT to be a random, generic lion shifter for my next coloring book when I first started on it, but it was totally Graham. (Of Shifting Sands)

I've also released this piece, that I've been just dying to share, but I didn't want to confuse the Kickstarter, because this is NOT in Splendrix.



This tragically handsome guy is Justin, star of Spy Snow Leopard: mybook.to/SpySnowLeopard - it is a Zoe book, but not MY Zoe book. I didn't write this one, but it's a fantastic book - lots of hurt/comfort and healing and people overcoming guilt and doubt. There are also food scenes that will make you honest-to-god drool. It is temporarily priced at $0.99, but only for another day!

In other things, Kindergarten comes to a close WAY too soon, I've approved the coloring books for printing, these are the VERY LAST coloring books I will be printing myself, and it has snowed three times in the last week and I am so very over winter.

April was amazing. And weird. And I feel like there were a lot of things I could have done better, but overall, it was good. If busy.

May looks no less busy.

Also: SEA MONSTER MONTH! I haven't decided what I'll do this year! Should I do sketch cards? I want to do a field guide to the sea monsters of Torn World, in print, but I fear that's too much to bite off as a whole, so I'm thinking I'll start working on this with the aim of releasing it NEXT sea monster month. Muse Fusion is next week!

Wheeee...

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1627215.html

Kickstarter and book

I can haz Kickstarter! (And we're funded!)



I can haz book!



I can go haz sleep!
(click images for links!)

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1626818.html

My list for the week.

I have Things To Do! I have broken my insurmountable feeling pile of things to do into bits and pieces to make them more palatable. This is my list for today only:

Finish tax paperwork thingy
Pack up coloring book order
Remove coloring book ordering from Amazon
Update new coloring book listings at EMG with colored pages
500 words on Christmas Stag
Back covers layout for Splendrix and GG3
Wording for Kickstarter


Wed

Massage
Mail coloring book order
Mail tax paperwork thingy
Remove coloring book ordering from EMG site
500 words on Christmas Stag
Inside front page layout for Splendrix and GG3
Graphics for Kickstarter
Order priority boxes and mailers

Thurs

Kick off Kickstarter launch party: reveal GG3 cover, 2 games with prizes
Coloring book counts
500 words
Inside back page layouts for Splendrix and GG3
One ad for TPP
CB announcement to VIP group

Fri

Launch party: reveal Splendrix cover, 2 games with prizes
Files to printer for proofs
Finishing touches to Kickstarter
500 words
One ad for TPP
Preview pages for both CBs

Sat

Launch party: share preview pages for GG3, 1 game
500 words
Any last minute Kickstarter things

Sun

Launch party: share preview pages for Splendrix, 1 game
500 words
Gaming
Upload book to Amazon, do not refresh the page 7 billion times to see if it's up.

Mon

Press go.
Cross fingers. Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1626424.html

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Best Aprils Fools Ever.

Jake texted me partway through gaming: OMG Your Daughter.

When I called him later to talk about why truck wouldn't start, he warned me that she had been terrible and I wasn't going to like her room.

When I got home, Guppy put her hands on her hips and told me, "I'm not going to clean my room. EVER."

"We can throw everything away, then," I told her, gathering a garbage bag to do exactly that.

I was halfway up the stairs before I could look into her room. "You're pranking me!"

She, with help from Jake to move some of the furniture, had cleaned up her room of her own volition. They had rehearsed how to deceive me. It was adorable and wonderful.

Best April Fools Ever.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1625872.html

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I've been making good headway on my list of dooooom. I've done a sketch and written about 2k for Muse Fusion so far! Leave me prompts - I'm promising to do something for everyone who prompts. https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php

My book has been doing AHMAZING. I'm so humbled and happy and relived. It hit 155 in Amazon rank, and then hung out around 250 for a few days and it's only now just slumping into the 300s. My last book got to 248 and dropped off pretty quickly, and the book before that barely skimmed into the top 500.

It is the last day to get the first three books in the series on sale for .99 (for ALL THREE): myBook.to/shiftingsandsbox1

And in more sales reminders, this is the last week to get March perks at Patreon, and I'm mailing ORIGINAL ART for the $5+ rewards, so get in on that. (It's not a drawing or a gamble. Everyone in this tier will receive at least two pieces of original artwork.) https://www.patreon.com/ellenmillion

I am so SO grateful for all of your support, you guys. I can't really overstate how much it means to me. <3 <3

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1625774.html

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