ellenmillion: (let down hair)
The sky is getting dark before 3, which is not entirely unusual. But it's also just starting to snow, and the forecast is for up to 15 inches over the next few days, with winds to 50 mph. Power outages are expected (and prepared for!), and I feel like the whole world is just... holding its breath.

I'm in no rush for 2017.

I find no real comfort in the turning of the calendar year, and I do not assign 2016 any malice for the many griefs and upsets that were suffered. I don't find a lot of immediacy in the many celebrity deaths, but I did lose a friend this year, and there were many times I had to stop and wonder at the lunacy of the world and re-examine things I'd taken for granted.

That said, it wasn't all that bad of a year for me personally. I did a lot of art. I wrote and published two not-really-books (not the SAME books, because there is a little lag between writing and publishing - 1 was written in 2015, and one is due to be released in February)... and one of them did amazingly well, while the other still did better than I ever would have expected before this year. I kept my fingers in programming and added some pretty awesome new features to my sites. I had illustrations published in two books (one paid, one a charity project). I released seven new coloring books, one of them a solo book of my own. I did a tarot card for the 78Tarot Carnival project.

I was bold and courageous about my own work, which paid off in crazy spades. I didn't get everything I applied for, but I did get three noteable contracts, one of which I have been able to share nothing about yet, and I'm so, so pleased with my work on it so far.

I did #junicorn, and #smaugust (though I fell a little short there), and #inktober. I did some work in color, and a LOT in black and white. I even started a painting, though it would be more impressive if I had finished it. I wrote a non-fiction article.

Business sales were brisk at the beginning of the year, my new coloring book Kickstarter was a solid success, and then sales tapered over to nearly nothing over the summer, with no real holiday rebound, to my surprise. My Patreon page continues to grow in teeny steps, and my Etsy shop grew considerably in size and modestly in sales. (This month was my best ever in sales!)

My daughter turned four, early in the year, and has been SO VERY FOUR. She vacillates from the sweetest, cuddliest, more precocious little angel to the most frustrating, infuriating, stubborn little monster. I love her in all her ways, but want to strangle her more in some than others. Trying to get her to wear pants is crazy-hard.

There were world-changing health scares in the immediate family, and I am grateful that the terrible potential outcomes were dodged. It was eye-opening. We have life insurance now, it was that serious. I will never take our heath for granted the same way again.

2016 was not awful. It was not unblemished, but it was by far not my personal worst.

I know a lot of people look at 2017 with fear and pessimism, and I understand why, but I'm pretty optimistic.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the amazing, creative projects that my inspired and inspiring friends will make. I'm looking forward to Guppy turning five and seeing what she's like as a five-year-old. I'm excited for the adventures I'm going to have with my amazing husband. I am eager to push my boundaries more - can I write THREE not-a-books this year? Even more? What changes will 2017 make on my art style? Will I FINISH a painting?

It has snowed an inch or so, since I started this entry, but the expected wind has still not arrived yet. I am content to wait. I am ready for the storm. I am ready for the year. I am ready.

Are you?
ellenmillion: (working hard)
My 2015 Goals:

Many of the items on the checklist will overlap; things that will fulfill my art goals, for example, may also expand my personal career goals, etc. One thing to note is that none of my system items rely on anyone else... none of them include 'get a story published,' just 'submit a story for publication.'

Read more... )
ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
My 2015 Goals:

Many of the items on the checklist will overlap; things that will fulfill my art goals, for example, may also expand my personal career goals, etc. One thing to note is that none of my system items rely on anyone else... none of them include 'get a story published,' just 'submit a story for publication.'

Read more... )
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
My 2014 Goals:

Many of the items on the checklist will overlap; things that will fulfill my art goals, for example, may also expand my personal career goals, etc. One thing to note is that none of my system items rely on anyone else... none of them include 'get a story published,' just 'submit a story for publication.'

Color codes: good progress, done!, not started (Last updated 12/31/14)

Writing Goals:

More exciting writing!
Less boring slice-of-life stuff.
More substance. (Stuff that MATTERS)

System:

At least 15 stories or serial installments that have really great 'hook.' - I have a few here, but I didn't do a great job with this.
At least one story that is a stand-alone. - Yes! It's short, and non-Torn World: Give up the Ghost
At least one piece of finished non-fiction. Kickstarter Clues
Read 10 books. (Novellas count.) 13 novels and 1 novella. (Nine of those novels in the space of 2 weeks...)
Revise the Upheaval novel. - Haven't touched it.


Art Goals:

Less static portraiture
Bolder color use
Improved hands

System:

1 Master's study.
12 pages of hands. (A page may be multiple sketches or one large detailed piece.) - I have a lot of pages of hands in the short comic I'm working on, but it doesn't really count
6 pieces in color. Installing the Lights, Farscout and Brightwood, and Skykittens (halfway!)
At least 2 sketches per Sketch Fest. Usually much more!


Personal Career Goals:

Take my own art and career more seriously.

System:

Submit at least one piece of writing to a publisher. - Script submission to New Worlds, rejected.
Submit at least one piece of artwork to a publisher. -Submission to Unlikely 3/1/14 - brushed off.
Complete four new coloring book pages. 2 (Colors of Change, Negotiations, Installing the Lights, Zombie Mom, Zombie Roommate, Zombie Artist, Zombie Pinup, Muse, Tam Lin)
Complete six new Portrait Adoption pieces. - Last one isn't scanned, but it's close enough to count.
Kickstart a project for ME. (Rails? Sea Monster Web? Torn World Postcards? Sketch Fest chapbooks? SO many ideas!) - It wasn't through Kickstarter, but I did crowdfund the Sea Monster Scale chart, and I've started the Sketch Tarot. That counts.
Work on a cohesive show collection. - I had a show in October, and pulled together a good display that was well-received. Sold no originals.


Business Goals:

Expand the reach of my coloring books
Reinvigorate Portrait Adoption
Continue Torn World
Re-examine Commission Control
Continue Sketch Fest

System:

Release at least two new coloring books. (Kickstarter?) - BOOYEAH.
Make promotional material for the coloring books and get it out to retailers and customers. I ran the Kickstarter too late to get this done this year.
Improve public documentation for coloring book submission, to attract more artists. - Done!
Make promotional material for Portrait Adoption, get it out to the audience.
Continue writing/releasing stories in the main Torn World storyline. - Fell on my face... but figured out why!
Do something fun for Sea Monster month. - Sea Monster Scale Chart! Yay!
Make a game plan for Commission Control. - I have actually poked this a bit. I evaluated what went wrong with the last release and have some good ideas for it.
Run at least 12 Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Still chugging along!


Personal Goals:

Mental health
Physical health
Household contribution

System:

Maintain downtime and pamper myself once in a while. I did okay with this, but not great.
Contribute financially to personal retirement. Made my goal.
Take a strengthening class (dance counts!) or a reliable gym regimen. I fell off this wagon, badly.
Be more mindful of my posture, especially while working. The standing desk I developed in response to the toddler's lengthening reach helped here, otherwise I was not at all mindful.
Listen to music. Lots and lots of Disney princess songs... which only gets me half-credit.
Keep the lists above from becoming overwhelming by cutting as is reasonable. I didn't cut anything deliberately, but I'm not letting the reds and blues above get me down. I felt like it was a fairly well-balanced year. I'm ready for the next one.

This is long! I will do my look-back in a new post.
ellenmillion: (enough time)
Now that we're in February (what?!), it's time to finalize my goals and systems for the year.

Many of the items on the checklist will overlap; things that will fulfill my art goals, for example, may also expand my personal career goals, etc. One thing to note is that none of my system items rely on anyone else... none of them include 'get a story published,' just 'submit a story for publication.'

good progress, done!, not started (Last updated 7/22/14)

Writing Goals:

More exciting writing!
Less boring slice-of-life stuff.
More substance. (Stuff that MATTERS)

System:

At least 15 stories or serial installments that have really great 'hook.' - I think I have one here. Arguably two?
At least one story that is a stand-alone. - Possibly?
At least one piece of finished non-fiction. Kickstarter Clues
Read 10 books. (Novellas count.) Four novels and 1 novella, so far.
Revise the Upheaval novel. - Haven't touched it.


Art Goals:

Less static portraiture
Bolder color use
Improved hands

System:

1 Master's study.
12 pages of hands. (A page may be multiple sketches or one large detailed piece.) - I have a lot of pages of hands in the short comic I'm working on! Counts for some of these, at least.
6 pieces in color. Installing the Lights, Farscout and Brightwood, Skykittens (not published), ...
At least 2 sketches per Sketch Fest. - So far, yes!


Personal Career Goals:

Take my own art and career more seriously.

System:

Submit at least one piece of writing to a publisher.
Submit at least one piece of artwork to a publisher. -Submission to Unlikely 3/1/14
Complete four new coloring book pages. 2 (Colors of Change, Negotiations)
Complete six new Portrait Adoption pieces. - Oops.
Kickstart a project for ME. (Rails? Sea Monster Web? Torn World Postcards? Sketch Fest chapbooks? SO many ideas!) - It wasn't through Kickstarter, but I did crowdfund the Sea Monster Scale chart, and I've started the Sketch Tarot. Does that count?
Work on a cohesive show collection. - Hmm... and I have a show coming up in October, too...


Business Goals:

Expand the reach of my coloring books
Reinvigorate Portrait Adoption
Continue Torn World
Re-examine Commission Control
Continue Sketch Fest

System:

Release at least two new coloring books. (Kickstarter?) - Struggling to get submissions!
Make promotional material for the coloring books and get it out to retailers and customers.
Improve public documentation for coloring book submission, to attract more artists. - Done!
Make promotional material for Portrait Adoption, get it out to the audience.
Continue writing/releasing stories in the main Torn World storyline. - Fell on my face... but figured out why!
Do something fun for Sea Monster month. - Sea Monster Scale Chart! Yay!
Make a game plan for Commission Control. - I have poked this...
Run at least 12 Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Still chugging along!


Personal Goals:

Mental health
Physical health
Household contribution

System:

Maintain downtime and pamper myself once in a while.
Contribute financially to personal retirement.
Take a strengthening class (dance counts!) or a reliable gym regimen.
Be more mindful of my posture, especially while working.
Listen to music.
Keep the lists above from becoming overwhelming by cutting as is reasonable.
ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
This is the toast version: a little dry and plain. I hope to have a chance to put together a more interesting look at what I got done with thumbnails and story links to some of my favorites.

And then, it will be time for a fresh round of goals for 2014. It's always exciting, deciding what will go on the list!

good progress, done!, not started

Artwork:
(these goals may overlap)

*A least two sketches for each Sketch Fest - I did it! 99 (!!!) pieces in total, over 13 sketch fests for the year. A handful were even finished - or I went back and finished them.
*6 color pieces or paintings - More than! (I'm not exactly sure how many more, and most of them are small, but that's okay!)
*6 Portrait Adoption pieces, finished for submission
*6 stamp/card images, finished in ink
*6 Torn World pieces (sketches at least) - 37 pieces posted to the canon gallery alone, and there are more in the non-canon gallery... even before you include the 40ish pieces of old concept artwork I recently finished scanning.
*2 complex coloring book pages - Five completely done, plus one in the near-finished sketch stage! And these were challenging pieces. I really went all-out on them!

Writing:

*2 non-fiction pieces. One is drafted, a second one partly outlined.
*25 short stories - at least 15 of which should be Torn World Big Plot stories and 2 of which should NOT be Torn World stories. - 24 stories here, 19 of which were towards Big Plot things at Torn World. There's still a chance I make this goal by tomorrow...
*6 poems. - 9 finished!
*Revise the Upheaval novel with an eye towards either selling it, or releasing it as a serial in 2014. - no progress, though I have THOUGHT about it a few times. I need to sit and re-read it, figure out what worked (the middle!) and what didn't (the beginning) and what it was missing (an entire subplot with placefillers like 'sidestory for so-and-so here').

Personal Career:

*Submit at least 12 things to paying markets or licencors. Art, fiction or non-fiction, short, long... whatever. I'm a big chicken about submitting and I need to get over that already. - I've done this with art, but really should with some writing, too.
*Finish Rails (so very, very close!) and release it as an ebook. (Plus print copy?? Kickstarter?? Illustrate it if we meet stretch goals??) - Writing done, and released at the webpage! Though there may be a demand for some extras, depending on the Kickstarter. Still noodling about how/when/whether to do that Kickstarter.
*Finish my own coloring book, print it through Dateline, and decide whether or not I will continue publishing coloring books as a whole. Kickstart this? - Kickstarter was wildly successful. Like, crazy successful. And so much fun. I want to do it again, now that I've satisfied all the rewards.
*Continue with freelance programming. 4 hours a week is my goal here, including work sponsored via Sketch Fest, etc. - Some weeks I managed this. Some, I didn't. Considering I'm full-time mom for a not-quite-two-year-old, I did really awesome, though I don't think I actually made my goal. My clients are satisfied with what I could get done, and I have more work already on my plate as the new year starts.

EMG:

*Re-evaluate Commission-Control. - Still haven't given this more than a token of brainpower, though I do occasionally have ideas for it. I think it is marinating nicely, actually. I've learned SO much over the past few years, I'm getting kind of excited to apply some of the things I've figured out to this project.
*Expand and start advertising Portrait Adoption (big new feature upcoming!) - I got the worst of the updating done - the new login system is entirely in place. That was the ugliest and least rewarding of the updates to do, so I'm looking forward to working on some of the more fun features and pushing it out into the view of the public a little more. (Artists, there is a submitted description in the lilypad to be worked on! It's a fun one, with a 'live' customer! And we're getting a surprising number of adoptions out of the archives, too...)
*Set up EMG-Zine to be non-updating, purge out the login pages, feature some of the best. Kickstart Volume 4? Really need to see more interest here before I push that. - I'm calling this done. There is polish that could be added, but I don't think anyone would appreciate the effort it would be. There hasn't been enough interested to Kickstart Volume 4 of the print volumes.
*Evaluate coloring books. - I found my new printer! I'm sad it didn't happen in time for my Kickstarter, and probably I paid a good $300 more than I had to, but the new printer is SO awesome. I will be continuing with coloring books, and collecting work for several new ones. Many of the current titles will be discontinued; I've lost contact with the artists involved, or they haven't sold enough to make bulk reprints worthwhile.
*Get more active at Fantastic Portfolios as a critic. - I was spotty at this. Alas!
*Monthly Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - I did awesome with this. Sales were all over the place, but participation was steady, and enthusiasm remains high.
*Get Torn World out of the meander it's currently in and start pushing the big North Meets South plotline. Release something that furthers that plot every week. By the end of the year, pass Pure on the timeline, at the VERY least. I'd prefer to be further along than that. - Okay, technically, we did not actually get to Pure in the timeline. I am still calling this a win - we got this big old story moving in a massive way; there were more than 25 main story segments posted (plus LOTS of other stuff), and Things Happened. I got burnout pretty badly on the story in October/November, but December has been rather inspiring as I dig back through some of my earliest Torn World art and remember what has kept me working on this project since 1996... and some new stories are starting to percolate and various subplots are beginning to weave together in beautiful and unexpected ways.
ellenmillion: (enough time)
(Can you believe we're 3/4 through the year?!)

good progress, done!, not started

Artwork:
(these goals may overlap)

*A least two sketches for each Sketch Fest - so far, well on track!
*6 color pieces or paintings - all finished! I'd still like to do a larger piece or two.
*6 Portrait Adoption pieces, finished for submission - 5 down!
*6 stamp/card images, finished in ink
*6 Torn World pieces (sketches at least) - Blew this out outta the water!
*2 complex coloring book pages - Three completely done, one partly inked and two in the sketch stage! WOOT.

Writing:

*2 non-fiction pieces. One is drafted, a second one partly outlined.
*25 short stories - at least 15 of which should be Torn World Big Plot stories and 2 of which should NOT be Torn World stories. - 19 stories here, all 19 of which are towards Big Plot things at Torn World. Clearly, I have been focused. Perhaps TOO focused.
*6 poems. - 9 finished!
*Revise the Upheaval novel with an eye towards either selling it, or releasing it as a serial in 2014. - no progress, though I have THOUGHT about it a few times.

Personal Career:

*Submit at least 12 things to paying markets or licencors. Art, fiction or non-fiction, short, long... whatever. I'm a big chicken about submitting and I need to get over that already. - I've done this with art, but really should with some writing, too.
*Finish Rails (so very, very close!) and release it as an ebook. (Plus print copy?? Kickstarter?? Illustrate it if we meet stretch goals??) - Writing done, and released at the webpage! Though there may be a demand for some extras, depending on the Kickstarter. Still noodling about how/when/whether to do that Kickstarter.
*Finish my own coloring book, print it through Dateline, and decide whether or not I will continue publishing coloring books as a whole. Kickstart this? - Kickstarter was wildly successful. Need to finish one more piece, as promised, and do the printing. Also still need to compile the *Asterix mini coloring book. Want to get that all out this month!!
*Continue with freelance programming. 4 hours a week is my goal here, including work sponsored via Sketch Fest, etc. - Some weeks I manage this. Some, I don't. The last few weeks have been pretty good, considering.

EMG:

*Re-evaluate Commission-Control. - Still haven't given this more than a token of brainpower, though I do occasionally have ideas for it. I think it is marinating nicely, actually.
*Expand and start advertising Portrait Adoption (big new feature upcoming!) - I have a programming plan of attack in mind here. It should be awesome, but it will not be easy. I have started this, if barely.
*Set up EMG-Zine to be non-updating, purge out the login pages, feature some of the best. Kickstart Volume 4? Really need to see more interest here before I push that. - mostly done.
*Evaluate coloring books. - in progress (see above)
*Get more active at Fantastic Portfolios as a critic. - Here and there.
*Monthly Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Oh yeah!
*Get Torn World out of the meander it's currently in and start pushing the big North Meets South plotline. Release something that furthers that plot every week. By the end of the year, pass Pure on the timeline, at the VERY least. I'd prefer to be further along than that. - Still mostly on course for this! Layla's story wraps up in two more installments, I've got two written after that, with probably two, maybe three more that need written after that, then the comic will run... and I'm taking a bit of a break. I will NOT be getting to Pure in the timeline, but I'm still REALLY pleased with our progress here. I may put what we've got together into an e-book early next year.
ellenmillion: (Sketch Fest)
Despite spending far too long on Friday digging trenches in the rain (no, literally!), I did get some artwork done. I finished three pieces bound for Portrait Adoption in colored pencil, another colored pencil sketch, plus a fifth graphite-only sketch in a sketchbook I intend to keep together (ie: not selling the originals). I'm pretty happy with them, and I'm just one portrait from my PA art goal for the year... plus I'm keeping well ahead of my two-sketches-per-Sketch-Fest goal.

Here are my two favorites:


Adopt her here: http://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2499



The rest: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9

There are still 13.5 hours left of Sketch Fest! Leave us prompts! Pick a prompt and try a sketch! It's painless, I promise... but definitely addictive.

I took a long walk with Norway that hopefully worked some of the kinks out of my muscles, but I'm thinking I should still take some pain pills before bed. Which will be... about now.

ETA: Today's Guppy-word is peeeeaaaaas. Said exactly like zombies say braaaaaaains; a little bit flat and very drawn out. But she does love those peas. I've been feeding them to her raw - she gets the peas, I get the shells. Nom nom nom nom.
ellenmillion: (ellen with wrench)
I am vowing to cut down on Facebook. I keep thinking to myself "I just have to scroll through my newsfeed..." and keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and scrolling... and mostly all it gains me is bad feelings ("These people are idiots and don't know about Snopes.com," "This person has 15,000 likes on their artist page and I am a big nobody," "Does this person realize how offensive they sound?" and "Good heavens, if their life sucked any more they could rent themselves out as a vacuum.") I love that it's connected me with old friends and family, and I'll probably make a few filters and continue to check those feeds that improve my life, but my activity will be greatly curtailed. Too much to do!

I will continue to check in with Livejournal, as it is much more manageable now that so many people have migrated to the soundbite sites of Twitter and Facebook. Even here, though - So Much To Do! So, I apologize for not answering or leaving comments very reliably.

Today is Sketch Fest! Join in with prompts and sketches in any media! I took a look at my goals for the year and realized that I'm most lacking in Portrait Adoption pieces, so that's what I hope to work on today. Colored pencil on colored paper is my plan. And on that note, if you're wondering where to assign your donations, I have Big Major updates to that site that I'd really, really like to work on. I am lining them out right now, and am thinking they won't seem quite as intimidating once I jump in. (Crossing fingers)

I've got a new poem up at Torn World - this was the clear winner of my freebie poll last week! I suspect people were intrigued by 'creepy' in the description.

Guppy's favorite word this week is "Beeeeee." Specifically, she is referring to beets, which she loves a lot.

Here is a photo of my new floor, with bonus tired baby:



Some programming to do now, Fantastrix art to work on, writing to do, and a baby will be waking up soon.
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
good progress, done!, not started

Artwork:
(these goals may overlap)

*A least two sketches for each Sketch Fest - so far, well on track!
*6 color pieces or paintings - all finished! I'd still like to do a larger piece or two.
*6 Portrait Adoption pieces, finished for submission - 2 down! Hmm! No progress since April. I know what I'm doing next Sketch Fest!
*6 stamp/card images, finished in ink - I have the images finished, but do need to submit them, still!
*6 Torn World pieces (sketches at least) - Blew this out outta the water!
*2 complex coloring book pages - Two completely done, one in the early inking stage and one in the sketch stage! WOOT.

Writing:

*2 non-fiction pieces. But I do have an idea for one!
*25 short stories - at least 15 of which should be Torn World Big Plot stories and 2 of which should NOT be Torn World stories. - 13 stories here, all 13 of which are towards Big Plot things at Torn World.
*6 poems. - 5 down
*Revise the Upheaval novel with an eye towards either selling it, or releasing it as a serial in 2014. - no progress.

Personal Career:

*Submit at least 12 things to paying markets or licencors. Art, fiction or non-fiction, short, long... whatever. I'm a big chicken about submitting and I need to get over that already. - I've done this with art, but really should with some writing, too.
*Finish Rails (so very, very close!) and release it as an ebook. (Plus print copy?? Kickstarter?? Illustrate it if we meet stretch goals??) - Writing done, and released at the webpage! Though there may be a demand for some extras, depending on the Kickstarter. Still noodling about how/when/whether to do that Kickstarter.
*Finish my own coloring book, print it through Dateline, and decide whether or not I will continue publishing coloring books as a whole. Kickstart this? - Kickstarter was wildly successful. Need to finish two more pieces, as promised, and do the printing. One is done, and the biggest chunk of the sketching on the second. Third is in rough sketch phase.
*Continue with freelance programming. 4 hours a week is my goal here, including work sponsored via Sketch Fest, etc. - Some weeks I manage this. Some, I don't. (More the latter, I fear, lately.)

EMG:

*Re-evaluate Commission-Control. - Still haven't given this more than a token of brainpower, though I do occasionally have ideas for it. I think it is marinating nicely, actually.
*Expand and start advertising Portrait Adoption (big new feature upcoming!) - I have a programming plan of attack in mind here. It should be awesome, but it will not be easy. I am waiting for more donations via Sketch Fest to compile, and for time to magically appear. Hmm.
*Set up EMG-Zine to be non-updating, purge out the login pages, feature some of the best. Kickstart Volume 4? Really need to see more interest here before I push that. - mostly done.
*Evaluate coloring books. - in progress (see above)
*Get more active at Fantastic Portfolios as a critic. - Here and there.
*Monthly Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Oh yeah!
*Get Torn World out of the meander it's currently in and start pushing the big North Meets South plotline. Release something that furthers that plot every week. By the end of the year, pass Pure on the timeline, at the VERY least. I'd prefer to be further along than that. - Still totally on course for this! I've got to get ONE more installment written before I have two months worth of other people writing, and then another bit from me, and then a month of graphic novel. I need to start laying out the story that will follow that - because that will be Big Adventure stuff and should be cohesive!
ellenmillion: (juggle)
good progress, done!, not started

Artwork:
(these goals may overlap)

*A least two sketches for each Sketch Fest - so far, well on track!
*6 color pieces or paintings - all finished! I'd still like to do a larger piece or two.
*6 Portrait Adoption pieces, finished for submission - 2 down!
*6 stamp/card images, finished in ink - 4 down!
*6 Torn World pieces (sketches at least) - 5 down, several others in progress
*2 complex coloring book pages - hmm...

Writing:

*2 non-fiction pieces.
*25 short stories - at least 15 of which should be Torn World Big Plot stories and 2 of which should NOT be Torn World stories. - 6 stories here, all 6 of which are towards Big Plot things at Torn World.
*6 poems. - 4 down
*Revise the Upheaval novel with an eye towards either selling it, or releasing it as a serial in 2014. - no progress.

Personal Career:

*Submit at least 12 things to paying markets or licencors. Art, fiction or non-fiction, short, long... whatever. I'm a big chicken about submitting and I need to get over that already. - I've done this with art, but really should with some writing, too.
*Finish Rails (so very, very close!) and release it as an ebook. (Plus print copy?? Kickstarter?? Illustrate it if we meet stretch goals??) - Writing done! Though there may be a demand for some extras, depending on the Kickstarter.
*Finish my own coloring book, print it through Dateline, and decide whether or not I will continue publishing coloring books as a whole. Kickstart this? - plowing forwards! Waiting on Amazon Payments to move their butts.
*Continue with freelance programming. 4 hours a week is my goal here, including work sponsored via Sketch Fest, etc. - Most weeks I make this. Sleepless weeks, less so.

EMG:

*Re-evaluate Commission-Control. - Haven't given this more than a token of brainpower
*Expand and start advertising Portrait Adoption (big new feature upcoming!) - Er...
*Set up EMG-Zine to be non-updating, purge out the login pages, feature some of the best. Kickstart Volume 4? Really need to see more interest here before I push that. - mostly done.
*Evaluate coloring books. - in progress (see above)
*Get more active at Fantastic Portfolios as a critic. - fits and starts and stalls
*Monthly Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Oh yeah!
*Get Torn World out of the meander it's currently in and start pushing the big North Meets South plotline. Release something that furthers that plot every week. By the end of the year, pass Pure on the timeline, at the VERY least. I'd prefer to be further along than that. - Totally on course for this! YAY!
ellenmillion: (ellen with wrench)
Artwork:
(these goals may overlap)

  • A least two sketches for each Sketch Fest
  • 6 color pieces or paintings
  • 6 Portrait Adoption pieces, finished for submission
  • 6 stamp/card images, finished in ink
  • 6 Torn World pieces (sketches at least)
  • 2 complex coloring book pages

    Writing:

  • 2 non-fiction pieces.
  • 25 short stories - at least 15 of which should be Torn World Big Plot stories and 2 of which should NOT be Torn World stories.
  • 6 poems.
  • Revise the Upheaval novel with an eye towards either selling it, or releasing it as a serial in 2014.

    Personal Career:

  • Submit at least 12 things to paying markets or licencors. Art, fiction or non-fiction, short, long... whatever. I'm a big chicken about submitting and I need to get over that already.
  • Finish Rails (so very, very close!) and release it as an ebook. (Plus print copy?? Kickstarter?? Illustrate it if we meet stretch goals??)
  • Finish my own coloring book, print it through Dateline, and decide whether or not I will continue publishing coloring books as a whole. Kickstart this?
  • Continue with freelance programming. 4 hours a week is my goal here, including work sponsored via Sketch Fest, etc.

    EMG:

  • Re-evaluate Commission-Control.
  • Expand and start advertising Portrait Adoption (big new feature upcoming!)
  • Set up EMG-Zine to be non-updating, purge out the login pages, feature some of the best. Kickstart Volume 4? Really need to see more interest here before I push that.
  • Evaluate coloring books.
  • Get more active at Fantastic Portfolios as a critic.
  • Monthly Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site.
  • Get Torn World out of the meander it's currently in and start pushing the big North Meets South plotline. Release something that furthers that plot every week. By the end of the year, pass Pure on the timeline, at the VERY least. I'd prefer to be further along than that.


    There are other things I want to do. Plenty of them! But I think this is a reasonable list and it's in step with what I've accomplished in the past. With a soon-to-be toddler underfoot, I may have to re-evaluate partway through, but... we'll see.

    Happy new year, everyone!
  • ellenmillion: (bzzz...)
    I never did get around to making any 2012 goals, did I! (Aside from 'having and not breaking baby.')

    I do have a bunch of things I need to get done before Elsa gets here:

  • Taxes!! (started)
  • SE site
  • JH site
  • WS site
  • Dryer outlet
  • Paint bathroom floor
  • Finish bathroom. (UGH. Because I am so not up to dealing with sheetrock now!)
  • Finish Skycats picture
  • Kaz art trade
  • Big print order
  • Little print orders
  • 4 abstracts (holy heck, I still haven't done those? Where is my BRAIN?)
  • Torn World stories: Finish Rails? (unlikely, actually - there's a lot of story left there...), Finish Meetings storyline (equally unlikely). But some progress would be awesome.

    After Elsa's here, of course, all bets are off. I intend to enjoy that time and keep stress out of it as much as possible. Pleeeeeaaaaaase don't come early, Elsa-guppy... I've got a lot left to do!

    Today's goals: tax progress, SE site progress (started!), scan last SF piece, print (10) prints, paint something, eat, shower and rest.

    In factory news, I went to yoga on Saturday. It was a substitute teacher (one I quite liked!), and those folks who showed up went around and gave names and weeks. One gal was due tomorrow, then me (36 weeks), then a whole lot of folks in the 20-31 weeks area. Given the noises of disbelief and the straight up comments on the topic, I apparently do not look 36 weeks. I certainly feel huge and ready to burst, but looking around, I was a similar size to some of the gals 6 weeks behind me. And these are mostly pretty fit, athletic women. Maybe there's something funky about my build - my OB is saying she would guess a 6.5 lb baby, which is only half a lb less than average, and she's been really pleased with my weight gain and shape in general.

    I am also suspicious Elsa 'dropped' this weekend - she was already head-down, and it's about the right time (2-4 weeks before due date is average for a first time mom, though it sounds like it varies pretty wildly...), and my belly is a little less shelf-like than it was. I have to pee a lot more than I did earlier, and the pelvic pressure when walking is a lot less comfortable than it was (pretty agonizing at times, actually... I'm happy to do sitting-things). I'm less short of breath (yay!), and the heartburn isn't quite as burny (YAY!) - but I've also been taking Zantac the last three nights, so it's tough to know what's helping the most there.

    She continues to be a serious squirmer, and woke me up several times last night. I'm not appreciating the heels in the kidneys or the elbows in the bladder. I do like that I never have to wonder what she's up to...

    I dropped in on my gaming group yesterday afternoon and picked up the stroller they pooled together for me. WHAT a stroller! It is a Jeep brand, with big beefy wheels and good brakes and some really sweet features. It's big enough to accommodate a pretty big toddler, and ought to handle our trails pretty well. I was so touched.

    In Norway news, he's sulking in his cone of shame right now, because I caught him licking his foot. He had been *very* good, and was going bandage-less inside, because I think the bandage was bothering him more than the wound. I'm hoping that an hour or so of cone of shame, immediately following a scold for being caught red-handed with the licking, will remind him how to behave. The wound itself is looking remarkably good. Norway LOVES his antibiotics... or at least the fact that they're rolled in peanut butter... he snuffles them right down and asks for more.

    Velcro does little on these cold days but sleep in front of the fire and eventually overheat so that she has to lay out on the rug away from the fire.

    To work now!
  • ellenmillion: (ellen with wrench)
    2011 began... badly. 2010 was really hard, and a car accident late that year rattled loose a lot of old skeletons in my closet. I lost two friends in two weeks around Christmas, and in January, I was in weekly therapy trying to come to grips with my entire life. My primary stated goal for 2011 was:

    My first, primary and most important goal for 2011 is to be happy. To make progress on me, and my mental state, to prioritize my various commitments and balance my life between business and creative energy and family and self. Balance is important, and I feel like I spun my wheels an awful lot in 2010 because I didn't have that.


    It took until the end of March before I felt ready to move on, and the therapy was grueling, but necessary. I found myself again, and yes, was happy again. In that, 2011 can be nothing less than a resounding success.

    I also made a few more specific goals: Goals from last year )

    In all? I'd say I got a B. Maybe a B+. Not shabby, but could use some improvement.

    I did feel generally less scattered, and spent some good time on many of my various projects and creative pursuits. Let's look in some detail... Gory details of projects accomplished... )

    Seriously that last one is pretty major, and took up more than half my year. I still have trouble believing it, even when I look down and my huge, bellybutton-less stomach is doing a weird alien belly-wave. I'm growing a baby in there. It is so surreal and life-changing that I can hardly believe it. Of all the things I got done this year, this is the one that intimidates and awes me the most. I can't wait to meet my little Elsa-Guppy.


    (20 week ultrasound)

    I suspect my 2012 goals will largely revolve around MAKE BABY and SLAVE TO BABY, but I will try to put together something a little more coherent and comprehensive a little later. :)
    ellenmillion: (working hard)
    I dropped my habit of monthly goals in 2010, and I missed them. They tend to keep me focused and productive, and while I clearly accomplished a lot last year, it wasn't all forward progress.



    Here's what I want to do in January:


    • Get the following webpage improvements done:

      • Fix all FAQ and contact links
      • Streamline coloring book submission and kill all the outdated FAS stuff.
      • Make coloring books and anthologies available again.
      • User preferences and links and adding old work at Sketch Fest.
      • Strong start on database for language at Torn World.
      • Fix patrons showing in galleries.
      • prints page on TB site
      • Buy Amazon account for a month so I can add my available inventory to the Great Evil Overlord.
      • One notable piece of artwork.
      • Three stories. - 1 down, but also 1 poem.
      • Finish my wordgifts.
      • Launch EMG-Zine fundraising Feb 1
      • Finish Commission-Control fundraising OR nix the project.
      • Finish the Visit
      • Edits on Crazy
      • Wintersketch - finish
      • 10 sketches at Sketch Fest(s) - 6 down
      • Inventory dump
      • Rediscover my studio

      • Taxes
      • Get caught up on credits and karma - getting there...


      Events for January:

    • Sketch Fest: January 7-8
    • Muse Fusion: January 11

    • Sketch Fest: January 28-29


      And for today, I need to get EMG-zine ready to go for tomorrow (almost done!) and watch a movie with my sweetie. I am bummed that my ankle hurts too much today to go skating with my nephews.
    ellenmillion: (ellen with wrench)
    My first, primary and most important goal for 2011 is to be happy. To make progress on me, and my mental state, to prioritize my various commitments and balance my life between business and creative energy and family and self. Balance is important, and I feel like I spun my wheels an awful lot in 2010 because I didn't have that.

    (My 2010 review is here)

    I do have some more specific goals, however they fit into the big picture:

  • I want to revise my novel and turn it into a cohesive complete draft. At this stage, I consider it version 0.5 - I'd like to get it to version 2, and start the hunt for an agent to represent it.
  • I want to continue to write plot-moving-forward stories for Torn World, though if I don't manage 52(!!) this year, I won't consider it a dead loss. Maybe say 20? That's still a lot of stories, and very attainable.
  • I do want a piece of artwork a month again, at least, so 12. Selling a few of them would be icing on my cake.
  • Revamp the EMG webpage to feature the work that's staying, add donation and funding pages, cut the dead weight and re-tool the contact, FAQ and such to catch up with the new improved gameplan. Better karma and credits integration. Maintain regular newsletters and updates, advertise and word-of-mouth more steadily.
  • Expand my programming freelancing. The definition of 'expand' is flexible, but I want to carry my financial weight.
  • Publish the Arabian Nights coloring book, start collecting for the next one (dragons, maybe?).

    May 2011 be bright and filled with love for all of us.
  • ellenmillion: (roawr)
    I can't find a list of goals for 2010. Did I not make one? I suppose that's possible. Ah well, let's see what I did...

    Oh, the Many Things I've Thunk... )

    Since I don't have goals listed, I can't compare what I wanted to get done to what I got done. Suffice to say it was a massively productive year in terms of writing and art, and if business did not at all go in the directions I anticipated and I hadn't planned for major surgery or car accidents in... okay, let's just conclude with gratitude that this year is nearly over. Between personal losses (two friends in the span of two weeks around Christmas), health problems, hackings and business hiccups, it was an uphill year emotionally. I am proud of what I accomplished, regardless, and feel it's not a bad showing.

    I am heartened to have a clean slate (however arbitrary) going into the next year, and intend to make good use of it.

    More on next year later... I have a walk to take and lunch to eat and coding to do.
    ellenmillion: (vines)
    I want to open an artists 'colony'. Just 3 or 5 cabins, and a big, sunny, shared studio. Cheap rent, just to cover taxes and bills, and a whole lot of common equipment and shared space and dreams. Plenty of space, so that everyone can be as private or social as they like.

    Thats's not what I really want, though.

    I really want the kind of world to exist where I don't have to realize that this has a high probability of being the kind of deal where I would get taken advantage of, and people wouldn't get along and the equipment would be abused at best, and stolen at worst, and our privacy would be ruined, and the dream would be soured, and I would regret the time and effort I put into it.

    I want the kind of world where people are... nice. And careful of others, and honest. And understand social responsibility. I want the kind of world where I don't wonder if what I see of a person is really what they are, and I can trust them at once, with everything, without wondering if I am only giving them tools towards my own destruction. I would like to live in a world where everyone is honestly working towards the same goals.

    That's what I really want.

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