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Have you missed some of my creative updates over the last month? I'm doing monthly roundups to try to keep some sense in the chaos! - More catch-up! February looked unremarkable, too, because I was working on a MAJOR secret project. Patreon patrons got a lot of sneak previews of the project, but publicly, I was pretty quiet.

Artwork:


One of the sketches I did on vacation the month prior.

At Portrait Adoption:


Just one sketch (a little painting) for Sketch Fest: https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestart.php?id=20409

Writing:

A little brainstorming. No actual words, I think.

Other:

My favorite photo, from January's vacation:


I did taxes. Woot.

And I published a book. It spent a few days in the top 500 books of Amazon, which was lovely!
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Have you missed some of my creative updates over the last month? I'm doing monthly roundups to try to keep some sense in the chaos! - I'm still catching up on these. January was pretty slim - I spent most of the month on vacation!


Artwork

For Portrait Adoption:


One piece for the January Sketch Fest:


Some pieces and photos were also shared with my Patreon Patrons, but a few of them would be shared publicly the following month!


Writing

Nada.

Other

This is my favorite photo:


And I traveled!
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So, we were planning to go camping this weekend. That was before the forecast called for 4 INCHES OF SNOW and winds of up to 60 MPH at our campground. SO that ended up being a big NO THANK YOU, and instead we're working on home improvement. Think warm thoughts for all my poor flowers. The lettuce baskets and potatoes were in the garage last night, and this morning I woke up to buckets of snow coming down... but not sticking for very long at all. It was just wet, and warmed up quickly. Nothing looks frosted. (Though we did lose power for an interesting 20 minutes or so...)

For my birthday, I got hacked. Okay, that's not entirely true - it's still the day before my birthday. But I'm cranky about it! I think it's all cleaned up, and nothing was compromised (just some crap that got added to an old forum and a defunct folder at EMG-Zine). Passwords updated and all the folders in question were summarily deleted (or are still processing through deletion).

In other news, I did finish some client artwork! This is part of a filed trademark application:



And I'm well into inking another sea monster piece that I'm really hoping to have finished up to post this month. :) I have another commission to do in color, and then everything is off my plate. Until the next big secret project, which supposedly I have until next March to complete. (The last secret project hit some delays, but should be out of the gate... by March, I suppose.)

Now, it's time to get birthday dinner ready for the best husband in the world.
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Kicking back to health. Slowly. I'm at the coughing and grouchy stage of things, but no longer crawling from dose to dose of decongestant.

Muse Fusion is going! I've done two sketches and an itty bitty painting so far:


Available for $15 (includes US shipping, international add $2). It is about a half inch longer than an ACEO, and I can trim to ACEO size if requested.

Leave more prompts here: https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php (Use your Sketch Fest login!)

I got a few hundred words on Not-a-Book 4 yesterday - I've made a May goal of 500 words a day, which seems doable, even though I missed the 1st two days and it looks like my summer babysitter is unavailable. (That sound you hear is me weeping, yes.)

Back to it!
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I have reclaimed my sinuses, and though I sound a little rough, I'm definitely on the mend. And feeling very behind. If you need something from me, please feel free to prod. Chances are good that I have just forgotten.

I finished the last of the pieces I needed to do for a deadline of today, and Patreon patrons can see previews of what that project is! (I'm RIDICULOUSLY happy with how it's come out...)

My inbox was 600 earlier today, and I've beat it back to 498. That's where it's going to stay for now, because it's time to wake Guppy from napping and tackle.... I'll have to consult my list. Things. To do. That need done.

Have a piece of artwork that I posted at Torn World last month!


This is a three-mantle lamp in a time crystal bubble, which means a small amount of fuel will provide light for a very long time. Time crystals one of the more curious things about Torn World...
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Have you missed some of my creative updates over the last month? I'm doing monthly roundups to try to keep some sense in the chaos! - and now I'm playing catchup, as apparently, I'm 5 months behind. *facepalm*

Artwork:

I did this piece for a submitted description:

(It wasn't claimed, so if you'd be interested in this original, it's $20. Half-price if you are a Patreon supporter!)

I did a sketch for Sketch Fest... and never posted it. OOPS.

New at Portrait Adoption: https://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2795

New at Torn World: a Squatty Goose (from #inktober): http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=532

And Skykittens: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=531
(Artwork from Jan 2015, but only just posted to the Torn World site)


Writing:

I did a first round of edits on my third not-a-book and started vague-plotting my fourth.



Other:

I changed a tire at 30 below. Rar!

There was Christmas, with a tree and everything. I AM NEVER DOING TINSEL AGAIN.

Favorite Guppy photo: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/baby/IMG_7134snowmirk.JPG

Released:

A very brave thing I can't really post about yet... with no definitive answer yet.
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UGH. This cold! I have wicked sinus congestion now, and my digestive system is protesting the volume of phlegm and cold medicine it's being asked to deal with. On the plus side, the aches are gone and I've got a ton more energy than I had a few days ago. Come ON immune system, let's kick those germs to the curb already.

Have more new art:



This is Olarali, of Torn World, writing secret coded notes in her journal.

I did this from a prompt at the March Muse Fusion, and we've got another Muse Fusion coming up NEXT WEEK! It will be hosted at the Torn World webpage, but there is also a Facebook event you can join for updates and reminders: https://www.facebook.com/events/1931588110397486/

See you there!
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This is my fourth deck with 78Tarot, an artist collaborative project. (And you know me and collaborative projects... :))

The twos in tarot are all about balance. The two of pentacles, in particular, is about balance of earthly things – wealth, business, and communication most specifically. Here we have an astronaut who is balanced in space, indicating the rich-looking, pentacle-adorned space ship she is attached to, and a satellite, which represents communication and more spiritual needs. It can be a tricky balance, complicated even further by blazing rocket boots! The infinity symbol from the traditional Rider Waite deck is hinted at in the curve of her tether, implying that the figure in question can handle an unlimited number of problems. Below her, a cold-war Russia and Alaska face each other under aurora-lit skies, representing outside conflicts.

This card cautions us to manage our time well, and encourages us to remember that if we do, we can handle all the things life throws at us.



This piece was an experiment from start to finish. I wanted a crisp, vintage look, and painted over my linework with acrylic before realizing that I had completely obscured my lines. Not daunted, I printed out my linework scan and colored it with Copic markers, then cut it carefully out by hand. That was the really sharp feeling I was going for! A few touches with colored pencil and gelpen were made at the very end. The original is 9x12, acrylic, marker, ink, and the kitchen sink (including glittler glue), and it's available for $200, US shipping included.

The Kickstarter to fund this deck is on NOW! It only runs one more week, and has already funded, so if you want to snag one of these gorgeous decks, this is your best chance: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kayti/78-tarot-astral
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I've missed some days in my blogging, apparently. It's been kind of a blur. Not much writing, but a ton of artwork, and I've been doing a lot of slogging at the Torn World site - adding boatloads of missing characters to the database, editing old articles, polishing up half-finished things. Have a silly picture that I did as part of #inktober last year:


This is one of the riding birds of Roluma. See more...

I parent-aided with Guppy on Friday, which was only partly disaster. My daughter? She is stubborn. She likes to stand up at the sitting down parts and sit down at the standing up parts. I think I mentioned here that her preschool teacher told us that she was never going to have problems following other people into trouble due to peer pressure. She might lead them there herself, however.

She had a pretty good fever Sunday night that came back Monday morning, so we skipped preschool yesterday in case it was something catching. You wouldn't know it to look at her, though - she had tons of energy and was in every way her bouncy self. I, on the other hand, woke up this morning feeling like a bus had run me over. Slightly runny nose, just a little bit of a sore throat, but oh man, the energy is GONE. (Guppy is fine. No fever, no sniffles, nothing wrong at all. This is so unfair.) I'm drinking loads of tea and sucking down the vitamin C.

We also baked chocolate chip cookies today, because they are so entirely comforting!
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I am seriously miffed. Mostly because part of the LJ change that I missed while traveling added ADVERTISING to my blog entries for anyone who was not logged in. I paid for a permanent account SPECIFICALLY to make sure that didn't happen. It looks like the import of my entries to dreamwidth was successful - and since I didn't use LJ to host my pictures, it shouldn't look any different here. Oh, userpics are gone, but that's small fry. I am going to continue to crosspost to LJ, but I am not going to be crossposting my LJ to Facebook and Twitter because I have exactly no interest in driving more traffic to LJ - which also means those updates may not happen regularly anymore. I will probably hand-post to Facebook, but I may just say goodbye to Twitter. (It will continue to get business and instagram posts, just no journal entry updates.)

In order to combat my grumpy attitude, I put on a rainbow tutu after my shower, because that's how I roll.

I am making a package of magnets and artbooks to send to 78tarot for goodies, and I've got art and writing to do, in between a walk on the ice crust, and a tea party with the daughter.

Have an adorable mammal. This was started for Sketch Fest #84 (prompt: magical jungle) and polished up for Torn World. It is a longfinger, a creature created by Kir Talmage. You can leave a comment at Torn World (and earn karma!) here http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=537 using your Sketch Fest/EMG login. (Seriously, comments at Torn World cheer me up as much as rainbow tutus.)



Me and my tutu are off to do stuff now.
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Over the weekend, I spent a few hours doing triage on my studio space. I broke down some old boxes that had been lying around, put together a load of things for cold storage, sorted the various paperwork that had accumulated in drifts around the desk, and basically made it usable space again. It is so shiny and happy down there now. I look FORWARD to working there, instead of dreading it.

Today, I decided to do the same with Guppy. I declared no TV until she cleaned her room, then went up with her and turned 'cleaning' into 'massively purging.' I threw away a trashbag of stuff, and put together several boxes and two very full trashbags of things to sell at a garage sale this spring. We emptied out her entire dresser into the closet drawers. The dresser was in pretty bad shape (I kept having to fix the drawers), and I can envision the room without it, very cheerfully. (I couldn't move it out myself, and she's not that kind of help yet.) It went from disaster zone to a bright, happy, clean space in just a few hours, and I let her watch Octonauts until quiet time.

I'm half a poem, a sketch, and a colored pencil piece into Muse Fusion. I've been re-reading some of the Torn World stuff on the site, and it's been FUN. I had forgotten a lot of it, and reading it again 'like new' has not been as painful as I feared. Some of this is actually good, and I should put Rails into ebook format posthaste. I also want to put the Itadesh Fire into a single download, too. Hmm!

I've got the outline for my next not-a-book down, too. About 2000 words of outline - is that normal? Some scenes are just: "Adorable montages of shopping... awww!" but some of them have notes about several different interactions I want to work in. Stepping back and looking at the outline, I like it. There's lots of places for fun humor, and good realistic (within the boundaries of the ridiculous premise) relationship tension, and it hits the structural beats I want it to very nicely. The end is a bit hand-wavy right now, but that worked out okay with the last two books. Let's hope I can work out the detailed solutions as I get closer.

Have some artwork!

This guy was inked for #inktober, and recently released on Portrait Adoption

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Today, I feel like SuperMom. I got the preschool literacy bags washed, sorted, restocked, and relabeled over spring break, and delivered them back to the school this morning. They looked awesome. The teacher told me that hadn't been done that thoroughly in eight years.

I also have programming successes to report - the Torn World overhaul is basically done. Minor pages still need updates, but they are all Small Stuff compared to what has gone before. And I got the Muse Fusion page all coded up and ready to release, too. In time for Muse Fusion today! Horrah!

Come leave prompts for writers and artists: https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php

The predecessor of Sketch Fest, this is a prompted creative jam. Leave prompts, or ask questions, and you'll be surprised what you might get back.

Also, have some artwork:



Now I'm off to wash dishes and get ready for bellydance!
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$sql = "UPDATE blog SET language = English";
$res = brain_dump($sql);

ERROR! Language not found! Braincells forfeit!

I've been coding on Torn World like a mad, possessed thing, and it's finally starting to pay off. I thought the backend would be the easy part, then found bits of code I'd started more than a year ago, and finished them all up and made things better, and then found a field day of bugs to squash, and I kept thinking 'just a little more,' and then something major would rear it's ugly head, but now I really DO think it's pretty much done... except for the bit that was what I REALLY wanted to do when I first started this whole thing, and I have NO IDEA how long that will actually take.

I would LOVE folks to test drive the site - your Lilypad/Sketch Fest/Portrait Adoption login will work there: http://tornworld.net You can leave a comment on any of the art or fiction, and you'll earn karma immediately! (And your name will show up as your nickname, not your real name, which was part of my motivation for the Big Switch)

In related news, Muse Fusion is next week! We've got a Facebook event for it: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440896162596157/

In non-related news, it's been spring break this week, and I have been Momming like mad, too. TWO playdates (gasp!), a trip to the library, a trip to the museum, an appointment with the allergist (cats, horses, dogs, and alder pollen), plus she's been 'helping' me sort, clean, and weed the literacy bags for preschool. I haven't gotten to the gym this week, but I did go to bellydance, and in a fit of utter girliness, I did get my hair highlighted, so I am a genuine blonde again.

In celebration of St Patrick's day today (and because I had a stale loaf of bread), I have made bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and I've got a corned beef to make later, with roasted potatoes and carrots. I also made granola, since we were out, and called my mother.

In arty things, on Tuesday I met [livejournal.com profile] laylalawlor at the Morris Thompson Complex, where we sketched the exhibits while Guppy played in the accessible places. (And did a remarkably small share of hanging on me complaining that she was bored, considering her age...) Here is my favorite of the sketches I did:



That place is really amazing. Local friends, bring your out-of-state visitors there. The bits of the exhibit on what it's like to live here are remarkably accurate, and the winter cabin is really immersive.

I've got just a little bit of quiet time left, and I'm going to go finish my code...

$sql = "UPDATE website SET language = geek WHERE project = nearlydone!";
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I did a crazy six pieces for Sketch Fest this weekend, two little paintings, three big sketches that might become coloring pages, and a colored pencil on toned paper piece that I then finished into a PA portrait:



With my big Secret Project turned in, and the 78Tarot piece turned in, I feel like weight is off my shoulders. I've got about 1150 words in on my next not-a-book. I've been doing random artwork for fun. I've been looking at projects I haven't had the energy to examine lately. I have enough stories in my head to start a library. I'm even back at the gym once a week! My inbox is at 318, which is not awful. (For me.)

Daylight savings is messing with my head. Tomorrow morning is going to be terrible; it was finally to the point where it was just starting to get light when the alarm went off, and now it's going to be an hour darker when I have to get up. Guppy actually got up tonight to say, "Mom? Did you put me to bed early? Because it's still really light out."

I assured her that I was not trying to pull a fast one on her.

(Also, the subject of this post puts the 'creature report' song from Octonauts straight into my head. AGH.)
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I had an AMAZING weekend. Really, it was fantastic.

I had people over on Friday to watch Ascension during Guppy's quiet time, and then [livejournal.com profile] laylalawlor and I hit the First Friday scene, which is always super inspiring. On Saturday, I used some of that energy to work on a new coloring page (dragon and squirrel!), and also the 78tarot project. I started painting, and LOVED the background, but lost all of my lines completely. Not daunted, I decided to print out a new copy of the ink version, color it, and play with cutting out the figure. I absolutely love how it's working out.



I clearly have more coloring to do, and the satellite needs cut out. Then I'll do gluing and go over it with colored pencil/gel pen touchups. This is so far out of my comfort zone it's not even funny, but it's been great fun, and I think the result is coming along really well.

With my leftover paints, I did a collection of abstract ACEO canvases, which are always fun.

On Sunday, I got to watch my sister sing a solo and go to gaming, where we didn't have a quorum for the RPG, and played a super complex Cthulu boardgame instead. Yummy Mexican food and fellow nerds for the yay.

Then I went home for delicious dinner and Jake and I made the mistake of watching Black Mirror before bed. SO GOOD. SO DISTURBING. TOO CLOSE TO REALITY.

Today so far has been productive. I cleaned the house and even vacuumed upstairs. I've delivered some tweaked print files and done a bunch of administrative things (phone calls, emails, etc). I've got a portrait to do today for the Secret Project client, and need to finish the 78Tarot piece. Also, folding clothes, going outside to play, washing dishes, and one of these days soon I'm going to have to tackle the exploding room of Guppy.

Inbox: 483
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It's cold enough today that the LED light by the garage is doing it's disco-strobe. (That happens at about 25 below.) We saw a sundog driving in today, and I got a photo of small animal evidence when I dropped Guppy off at preschool. I have fingers crossed that it's warmer than 20 below by recess so she can go outside and play! (What? What's your recess cut-off??)

The teashop is unfortunately chilly today, so I'm wearing my sweater and fur hat inside.

You'd think, coming off a major project like I just have, that I'd be taking a breather, but I have one more deadline looming. This one is easy! I have more than a week to finish this:



Research for this was really, really fun, as I'm going for a totally vintage vibe, complete with cold war references.

But I'm not working on it right now, because my inbox has 679 emails I need to deal with. My nose-to-the-grindstone February means some things got... neglected. If you're waiting on me, I apologize! Hopefully most of these just need sorted into folders.

Off to tackle that now!
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I am a puddle. An absolute puddle.

Sekrit Project is delivered in full. My brain, it is used up. It feels like a raisin in my skull. This was very high-intensity, out-of-comfort-zone, RUSHRUSHRUSH work in an already busy and short month... and I KILLED IT. Seriously, at the beginning of the month, I had two finished pieces and 7 sketches. 28 days later, I have 16 finished high-detail pieces, 16 spot-illustrations with page layouts, and a full color cover. And I don't feel like I let quality slip, either.

(Pst, Patreon patrons have gotten to see a whole passel of sneak previews! You could see them ALL with as little as a $1/month pledge.)

I very much feel like a nap now.

Guppy's birthday was yesterday! She was thrilled with her presents and loved the cupcakes we made for preschool.



How is she five? HOW?

Now I have to go... I dunno. Fold clothes. Wander around the house with glazed eyes going, "What? Who?" Weep into a post-project-let-down bowl of ice cream, maybe.
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I got the EMG newsletter sent today. If you aren't on the mailing list, you probably should be: https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/mlist.php

I have a new PA portrait available:



Art and taxes, today! Off to it.
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Starting the year as I mean to go on, adding beauty and art to the world, here is a new piece of artwork available now!


I did this as part of #inktober, but PA artists rose to my challenge last quarter, and provided enough portraits that I'll be posting one a day for the next three months. This is a beautiful "problem" to have. Click to adopt! The original is also available.

There is a Sketch Fest on Friday! https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/

I traditionally take the month of January off, but this one crept up on me. I will do the Sketch Fest through the weekend as promised, send out payments and such on Monday, then button up and take the last three weeks of the month off to recharge and get ready for the rest of the year. I need a little break where I'm NOT feeling obligated to answer emails and be the boss. (Except of Guppy. But then, we know who's really the boss there.)



The storm brought a lot of fresh snow (15+ inches), and it was very, very windy. We were without power for just a few hours Friday night. The howling wind and lack of nightlights scared Guppy, who came to snuggle with me in bed for a little while before deciding her bed was better after all. My snow-shoveling muscles are quite well-used.

Bellydancing tonight! I'm thinking I'll pick up pizza on my way home as a treat.
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Christmas is galloping down on us! I still have unwrapped presents, and half the things I planned to do this week are not done (and probably won't be), but I am still feeling... good. I don't know if it's the extra 39 seconds of sunlight since solstice, the walk that Guppy and I took out in the woods, that I'm shaking off the last vestiges of this cold, that I put the last careful lines on a lengthy commission, or it's just that I'm finally feeling Christmas spirit, but today is a lovely, snowy day and I'm full of cheer and goodwill.

*throws tinsel everywhere*

I also got a new offering up at Etsy - a collection of mermaid designs, which is a steal at $10 for 10 designs: https://www.etsy.com/listing/487447436/mermaid-coloring-pages-for-adults-10

Friday night before Christmas Eve is a ridiculous time to release anything, from a strictly commercial standpoint, but it's the time I had.



Now I'm going to make some delicious dinner and throw more logs on the fire.

Cheers to all!

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