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I am Zoe Chant! BOOK!

Book! Book! BOOK!

I'm flailing happily, in no small part because I no longer have to be secretive about my participation in this group pseudonym.

I am Zoe Chant!

One of several, mind you; I did not write everything under that name, just the Shifting Sands Resort series, and Dancing Bearfoot.



These are my spicy not-a-books I've been referring to; they are short, silly, fluff romance books, with a side of magic and a slice of adventure. No jerks, no doormats, always a happy ending and never a cliffhanger, though there is an over-arcing story that will conclude in four more books. (er, five. Book six comes out next month! But four more to write.)

(And I am so looking forward to sharing it! Wheeeeeee!)

Latest book: http://myBook.to/tropicaldragondiver

Or start with the box set of the first three: http://myBook.to/shiftingsandsbox1


(If you would prefer not to see these updates and continue pretending I am a sweet, innocent, child-safe artist only, please just drop me a note and I can exclude you from posts on this topic so you can continue to follow me safely. I will NEVER post anything graphic or NSFW, but I totally get it if you'd just not like to know about this part of my body of work, as it is a bit of a departure from my usual.)

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1625177.html

Next up in the Very Excited column...



My tentative plan: run the Kickstarter the last two weeks of April. Garden and Goddesses Volume 3 (by Mitzi) would be the stretch goal.

No collaborative titles this time... I have a basement full of coloring books and the market has chilled pretty significantly, and the group titles don't sell as strongly, as well as being more work. But I want another solo coloring book for purely selfish reasons, and I'm hopeful that the Kickstarter will stimulate some back catalog sales as well.

I'm gathering up my resources and numbers and print files for this right now and should have a Facebook event and some concrete dates and such pretty soon.

Have a sneak preview of one of the last pages for it:



Which is also part of my next bit of exciting news, but that shall wait for another post.

Also coming up!

Sketch Fest on Friday! Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/183217659122508/ Site here: https://ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/

Muse Fusion the last week of March! Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/191419308289421/ Site here: https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1624987.html

So much!

Guuuuuys, I have so much to blog about I'm just flailing helplessly.

Let's start with this:



My fifth card with 78Tarot, the seven of cups for the Mythical deck is so far my favorite. :) This deck is Kickstarting now! http://kck.st/2CYauY1

(And it's already almost funded!!)

In the tarot deck, sevens are about choices and the seven of cups adds a layer of illusions and wishes. Be cautious when making choices, because sometimes you don't see the whole story at a glance!

In Greek legend, the pleiades were seven nymph sisters, daughters of Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione. When Orion chose to pursue them, unwanted, Zeus turned the girls first into doves and then into stars, where as a constellation, they still flee Orion.

Here, I chose to illustrate each of the sisters, giving them each a cup of wonders to offer to the viewer. While you may be tempted by the riches that appear to be in each vessel, don't be blindly seduced down a path that could hold danger. A great wave threatens to break over the path they are beckoning you down, and they may only offer dreams and fantasies.

Prints and original at my webpage.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1624699.html
I'm slowly getting control of my dumpster fire week, you guys.

Sorry for slow responses. Low on spare brain cells!

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1624398.html

Whew!

I finished my book on Sunday, after putting nose to grindstone and adding nearly 4000 words. There's always a bit of a hangover after that - I'm still sort of staggering around in a daze.

Yesterday was President's Day, and we went to Guppy's parent-student conference - she showed us the work she's been doing and we saw all the various places she goes and she led us through some of her routine and then melted down and did hysterical laps of the Kindergarten room giggling and trying to run away while I was telling her to put her socks and boots on.

Because parenting is one big bucket of non-stop awesome, you guys.

Today, we gutted her room. Or started to. I did half the closet and the game dresser thoroughly and a rough 'everything into a box, I don't even care' clean up of the rest. We generated several bags and boxes of things to donate... and you can hardly tell! We'll tackle it again after quiet time.

Client work is teeth-gnashingly frustrating, with key systems going down at the WORST possible times.

The most recently published not-a-book is noodling along nicely - ranging between the top 300 and top 500. Each book in the series has done successively better, and each time, series sales REALLY make the difference - the new book is only about a quarter of my total sales right now.

I did get my next cover mocked up today, as well.

Now, I'm going to have a cup of tea and try to be zen about all the many things I can't control.

...Like the snow storm with high winds and possibly RAIN that is galloping down on us.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1624108.html

Saturdaily. Book rank. Plans.

Just over 1000 words written yesterday, and a sketch for a client. Also transferred hosting for another client, and had the serviceman in to look at my non-working burner-on indicator light. This is perhaps the first time EVER I've been able to use an extended warranty that I purchased. (It was a burnt out indicator light, something the serviceman had never actually seen in 24 years of servicing ranges. Part is on order.)

This weekend, I want to FINISH my not-a-book. I'm in the middle of the big showdown, then a little wrap up and a sweet epilogue.

Book is still in the top 500! It even briefly hit #2 in a few categories.

Writing now. Nose, meet grindstone.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1623808.html

Thursflop with snow

Today was OMG snow.

I came home from Kindergarten dropoff and helped a client with email woes, then bundled up and went out into yon snow with the snowblower. In places, the snow to move was up over the cowling of the snowblower, and it was warmish and windy. I was frequently blind in the blowing snow, and ended up caked in ice.

Then I wrote 290 words and made phone calls, picked Guppy up from Kindergarten, lay down with a headache, and got up to do more of it.

I love where we live, but it has downsides.

My not-a-book is doing nicely - better than the last one, and I've got more backlist reaping the benefits on top of that. It crept briefly into the top 250, though it's slipped out now.

I think I will go to bed early...

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1623659.html

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*flails*

I went to the gym today and did half of my much neglected physical therapy routine. Next week, I hope to go TWICE and do it all.

After working out and showering, I sat in the cafe and wrote for a while - until the power went out and I sat around in the dark for a little while (technically, I was still able to work, but it was kind of... creepy) and then went and got sushi takeout to eat with Jake at the end of town that still had power. We've gotten quite a lot of snow the past few days it's been very warm, heavy snow.

The end of this not-a-book is in sight. I've got the big show-down and resolution just started, and a sweet epilogue to write, then I think there's a half-written scene to go back and finish, and I want to shoe-horn in a dance-lesson scene somewhere. I'm almost at 35k, so this is already longer than the last two books. (That's excellent - longer books mean more kindle read pages!)

The last published not-a-book is strolling along towards the top 1000 Kindle books right now, with a staggered promotional release - the largest bump will come tomorrow. It should fall after that, and, fingers crossed, then rebound higher as it gets into also-boughts and features in the magic of Amazon algorithms.

I'm so behind on emails and replies, sorry - this is the end of book slog and I'm slowly getting caught up on some of the other to-do items, so those will happen, too.

Happy Valentine's Day! Whatever kind of love you choose to celebrate, may your heart be full.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1623544.html

Weekend Recap

I did taxes! (waves a little flag)

We also did home improvements, finally installing a handtowel rack in the bathroom because up until now people have to bring their drippy hands into the kitchen to dry them off, which is... seriously not a good hostess move. We also replaced the crooked toilet paper holder, installed a door hook, and fixed the door so it actually closes without wrestling it into place.

Aaaaand, I launched a new not-a-book. The usual rules apply - if you'd like to read it, swear to secrecy and I'll PM you information.

This week I plan to:

Write 500 words/day (1251 today so far)
Edit the next not-a-book
Draw 4 coloring book pages for a client
Promotion for new not-a-book
Obsessively refresh stats for not-a-book
Party planning

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1623045.html

To-done.

I want to get back in the habit of blogging... so we'll start with a list. Then work up to random musing. Maybe even some interesting stories soon. A photo? New artwork? These things could happen...

*Facebook ad designed for book launch next week.
*Taxes - worked on. With a hammer.
*78Tarot Artwork finished!!! Also scanned, stitched and delivered.
*Some freelance emails.
*122 words on book 6.

And for tomorrow:

*Birthday party planning (DREAD)
*Pay bills
*ENT appointment
*Freelance job thingy
*More hammering on taxes
*Selfies for 78Tarot
*Grocery shopping
*500 words

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1622756.html

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