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Today was errands day. We went shopping, to the post office, another kind of shopping, finished Kindergarten registration, more shopping, and finally home. It was a feat of great restraint not to get more plants than I did at the garden store; I got the ladybugs and potting soil I was after and just one dill start and one flat of marigolds that Guppy picked out. I did not buy the giant pots I was tempted by, or the gorgeous butterfly and dragonfly sculptures, or the gazebo.

Wrote about 1100 words on my not-a-book and caught up to my 500 words/day goal for May. YES. I'm actually liking it right now, and figured out a great little twist to add. *soldiers on*

Continuing to slowly improve health-wise. Still a little tickly cough, some stuffiness. Will definitely take my cough medicine tonight. Last day of preschool tomorrow. Very mixed feelings.
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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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Ugh. A bit of a relapse today - terrible night of sleep and my sinuses are very unhappy. Taking an easy day in and watching Strawberry Shortcake with Guppy, who has a bit of a cough today, too. Poked at some programming things and two of my mysteries continue to defeat me. I don't think it's a good programming day.

I have a poem up at Torn World for subscribers from our last Muse Fusion, "Tokens, Time, and Fire": http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=614
Sponsor it to the public for $5 (or subscribe and get access to all the supporters-only material).

Probably be napping during quiet time today.
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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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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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Today, I finished a piece of artwork that puts me at the bare minimum I needed for a May 1 deadline - I'd still like to do one more page, but I have an older thing I can use in a pinch, which is a great weight off my mind. I've also crossed a few other nagging things off my list of doom, and worked on my cast list for my next not-a-novel. I'm not feeling a lot better - my head is now stuffed with snot, and that period where one dose of cold medicine has worn off and I can't take another yet is this wasteland of misery to slog through.

Have some art!


Available at Portrait Adoption! http://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2849

I've also got a poem up at Torn World today, this one reserved for supporters. http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=614

You can sponsor it to the public for $5 (EMG or Torn World credits accepted!), or get a subscription that will allow you access to all of this: http://www.tornworld.net/suplist.php - as well as several bonus downloads of high res files in the gallery.

Guppy and I are watching Equestria Girls for the eight hundredth time, because I'm too worn out to play.
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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 went in to have a tooth cleaning today, and found out I had a cavity. It's better to fix cavities before you have to start talking crowns and such, so I said 'do it,' and they said, 'right now?' There was just enough time before I picked up Guppy to get it done, so I did, and then had a droopy face and aching jaw. I ditched the rest of the running around I was thinking about doing, and am honestly super grumpy right now. I floss every day, dammit. It was a crack, from grinding my teeth, apparently. And since I wear a night guard, religiously, it's daytime grinding.

Anyway.

Here's the artwork currently on my desk. I'm finishing two coloring pages for a magazine feature, then I'll have one or two more to do. I couldn't pick SIMPLE things to do while on deadline, could I. No, I had to do tricky perspective, architecture, and insanely detailed pieces with multiple figures.



(I've made a few adjustments since this photo, and begun the inking...)

I'm also getting a little writing done nearly every day. Sometimes that's just a few hundred words. Yesterday, I got about 1200... by getting up at 4 AM. Though to be fair, I thought I was getting up at 5 AM, because I hadn't set my watch to Alaska time yet. And also, I went back to bed and got another hour of sleep.

Now I'm going to go attempt to do both of those things, while Guppy tries to get out of quiet time by 'having to go potty. For an hour.'
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A problem with our chimney cap means our woodstove has been burping smoke into the house with increasing regularity, and yesterday did so severely enough that, after setting up two air purifiers, Jake fled to the garage and Guppy and I bundled up and went for a walk and played in the yard. It was actually grand to have an excuse to go outside and play - it was cold, but really fun, and we were well-dressed. Here are our snow angels. Guppy thought it was very tragic that we could not make a snowman, but there were no snowballs to be made at 20 below.

The ashtray smell is fortunately gone from the house this morning, and I survived another round of parent aide, this time with a topping of Valentine's Party.

I also published a book on Sunday, and am not obsessively reloading the page to check for stats and comments. Well, not too obsessively. I mean, obsessively is comparative, right? *refreshesrefreshesrefreshes*

Going back further, poor Guppy was terribly sick on Friday. I could tell because she was very cooperative about wearing pants. (And also because she kept draping herself over things saying she hurt, and also the throwing up was a pretty solid sign.) She bounced back admirably on Saturday, though we did skip dance class, just in case.

Did I blog on Thursday? I can't remember. Deadlines eating my brain. *runs away to refresh the book page work on the art in NDA.*
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Taking some sanity time and unplugging from social media and all the various business things that hang over my head online; a little mental reboot. I usually do this after Christmas and through January, but I got all caught up in projects. So now I'm scheduling my me-time. Self-care, here I come!

I will be back, refreshed and ready to go, with February.

The February Sketch Fest will be Feb 17-19!
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New artwork!



Click to adopt, the original is also available. :)

I'm still under the weather, and Guppy's got a touch of it, too. We're taking another easy day, with our freshly cleaned woodstove putting out beautiful light and heat. We've watched The Jetsons and Monster Inc. If you have a four-year-old appropriate Netflix recommendation, I'm all ears. I swear if I have to watch The Jetsons again, I will poke forks in my ears.

Still no tree, so I'm going to dig the tiny lighted fake tree out of the basement, because at this point I think that's all we'll do...
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I'm very sorry for delays in communication this week. My Monday ick turned out not to just be woodsmoke, and blossomed into a miserable cold on Tuesday. I felt considerably better on Wednesday, though I sounded quite rough. When I got up this morning, I had pain in my ears, so I took a sudafed that knocked me for a serious loop - I keep taking my temperature because I've had hot and cold sweats, dizziness, and brutal exhaustion that I didn't have before taking the sudafed. On the plus side, my sinuses are dry and my ears stopped hurting. I'm not entirely sure it was worth it. I've been just crawling through my morning chores, not helped by the fact that poor Guppy has caught it, too.

At any rate, I'm feeling behind on things and I'm quite dismayed that we're 9 days off from Christmas. What?!

If you, like me, are scrambling for last minute gifts, I've got a way to give a whole lot of people a great thing in one fell swoop: a Gift Certificate to EMG. You'll make my day, you'll support an independent artist (or several!), and you'll make the recipient's day, by giving an art gift without having to wonder if they have wall space for that print, or if they have that coloring book, or if they need a character portrait for their RPG campaign. It's even a great gift for an artist, as it also includes the EMG-Zine anthologies, stuffed full of business and technical advice for artists and writers.



/holiday shill

Now I'm going to go feed us some lunch and wash some dishes.
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I'm excited to share the official launch of Hidden Youth. I have the following illustration in the anthology:



I am taking down the files for the scavenger hunt now - it was really a lot of fun and people had wonderful positive feedback about it. Not a whole lot of participation in the end though, so I'm not sure if I'll do it again. Maybe in a few years when I've got new sites to show off? (People even suggested my poetry wasn't awful!)

I saw Dr Strange on Saturday with a friend, and it was lovely. It was a gorgeous movie. A bottle of water cost more than $5, but it was still a good movie.

I went to bed last night feeling miserably ill, sniffling and sneezing and feeling like I was moving through a vat of honey. I drank things with vitamin C, and took a NyQuil and attempted a good night's sleep. Guppy had other plans, and I was up four freaking times, but even so, felt remarkably good this morning. Not... quite sick. A little sniffly and slightly spacy. I'll take it.

I got my car windshield replaced today - it was a spider web of cracks and chips and long overdue for fixing. Small monster went to preschool, and I got a brutal massage. Then we went grocery shopping and she is down for the most reluctant nap in the world.
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I noticed a tickle in the back of my throat Sunday evening, just a suspicious little dryness. I survived my parent aide stint at the preschool Monday morning feeling just a little spacey, but felt more and more awful as the day progressed. I actually took a nap when I came home, which is shocking for me. It went rapidly downhill from there, and I went to bed at 8 after an evening mostly spent drowsing on the couch.

I slept nearly 12 hours (not exactly un-interupted), and feel remarkably better this morning.

Today, I plan to do a whole lot of nothing. There's a load of clothes in the dryer to fold, and otherwise, I intend to watch a lot of TV and drink a lot of tea. Maybe I'll work on some artwork - I am in sight of the finish line on the next Coloring Alaska coloring book, and if I can wrangle it, I'll have two other books ready for reprints by the end of the week, too.

I got no writing or artwork done all weekend, though I did get through a few various house chores. I also missed dance class last night, to my chagrin.

I do have a sale up at my Etsy shop:


The discount code is good to the end of the month!

I think we will watch Tinkerbell now. Or maybe How to Train Your Dragon. And it's time for another cup of tea!
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Monday afternoon, Guppy didn't particularly want to eat, or get out of bed after her nap, and she started running a fever. This ended with a spectacular, ah... mess... on the dinner table (and a shower), after which she bounced back considerably. However, she ran a fever most of Tuesday, and is still not eating particularly well, though the fever is finally gone. She slept in quite late and we're taking it easy.

Yesterday, despite a child who mostly wanted to be in my lap, I got ALL of the Kickstarter PDF rewards filled. (I think we watched two seasons of Magic Schoolbus.) I love checking off the 'rewards sent' boxes.

Today, I did laundry and cleaned, made granola, and picked up an entire carload of coloring books - which is still only about half of my order! Wheee! I have just gotten Guppy down for her nap, and hope to start getting packages out. MORE CHECKBOX ENDORPHINS!

I have sold out more than half of my #junicorns!

These are the ones remaining:


($15 each, 2/$20, 3/$25, and 4/$30, prints are $5.)
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It's been a tough week. I did bad, awful things to my back over the past few weekends and gave myself several migraines throughout the week. When ignoring the problem did no good, I finally gave up and went to get a massage and adjustment with the chiropractor on Friday. Now I feel greatly meat-tenderized and walk very gingerly, but my headache is finally gone, and I feel like my whole skeleton is much happier. I can do pain-free over-the-shoulder checks again when driving.

With great pain comes great grumpiness, and I have been very poor company all week - when I haven't been huddled on the couch with icepacks on my eyes trying to be no company at all.

It hasn't helped that we are breaking world records with our birch pollen counts. I'm not particularly allergic, but when a high count is in the 90s and we're in the 4000s, it does cause some discomfort. It's down on the official count now (750), but I live up in the hills and we're a little behind the valley seasonally, so I suspect ours is still very high. I left the kitchen window open an inch or two this morning and the dishes in my drainer were coated with pollen. Ugh.

Hornets are out, too! I set out traps three days ago and dumped out about 20 yellow jackets and 20 bald-faced hornets out of one trap this morning. Die! Die!

Have a coloring sampler page! This is from my very own From The Deep coloring book. Download the high res here: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/coloringbook.php?id=60

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We funded Equine Enchantment! And I released the cover for Feathered Fantastic! Two weeks to go, and five more titles to unlock! Wheee!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1624616265/more-fantasy-coloring-books-for-so-called-grown-up

I also cleaned the bathroom, did a load of laundry, filled orders, and took Guppy on a park date. My cold is better; though I still sound pretty hoarse, the coughing is much less, and I have a lot more energy.

Mondaily

Apr. 18th, 2016 11:30 am
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Less than $70 to go to unlock Equine Enchantment at the Kickstarter! Then we'll start funding Splendid and Scaled (Dragons) and I'll release the fourth cover, for Angels. :) So exciting!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1624616265/more-fantasy-coloring-books-for-so-called-grown-up

Also, I have unleashed the All-PDF add-on option, and also have an event for the Coloring Tea Party on Sunday: https://www.facebook.com/events/100488983692739/

In less awesome news, I have a cold. I am hoping this is the tail end of it - I seem to be coughing more productively today. I was really dragging this morning, but feel better now.

Lots of tea and water!
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So, today I curled my hair, put on makeup, donned a super hero cape, and went to film ridiculously cheesy footage in the only alley in Fairbanks (and also the bird refuge, and also the parking garage).

This year's Kickstarter video? Is going to be AWESOME.


(The curls did not last, alas, despite copious hairspray, and it's pretty obvious I only apply makeup approximately 2 times every 3 years and have no idea what I'm doing.)

Afterwards, I got some inking time and a hot cocoa at River City downtown, and pumped gas in my superhero cape and smiled at everyone who would meet my eyes...


I got everything inked! Now I'm going back over the whole thing to finesse lineweights, which is one of my favorite parts. It's nice now, but I love making it pop just a little bit more at this stage.

I got a clean bill of health at the dentist yesterday!! I have been diligently flossing and wearing my nightguard, and everything looks GREAT. I feel like a million bucks and promptly went out and bought myself chocolate treats to celebrate. >.>
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Not feeling good is getting very old. Every time I think I'm over this cold, it comes roaring back. Either that, or I am catching a New! Exciting! Cold! every other week.

It is making thinking and doing things very slow.

Child is on a hunger strike today. Also, briefly, an underwear strike, but I think that has passed.

I've been updating my coloring books at Amazon, got several little webfixes done, and have been getting (slowly) through some email. Submissions for coloring books are coming in steadily, and I am SO excited about the books I'll be able to put together.

Also, I have dyed my hair brilliant red. It is glorious. If I felt less like crap, I would share photos of it. You'll have to use your imagination, instead.

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