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I hab a code. My on-and-off-again sore throat (which started this weekend) has gone away, to be replaced by a full head-stuffing snotfest, helpfully accompanied by a cough and a whole body nope.

My goals today are very minor: get Patreon digital rewards out for September. Finish a cover commission. (Just need to get the high-res images and do some minor cleanup.) Mail an order. Breathe.

This has been my fun project lately:



More later!
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Guppy is the sweetest kid imaginable. She has been giving me pictures and stories 'to cheer me up for Norway being gone.'

I've been pretty spotty - I'll feel like I'm back to normal and getting things done and feeling productive, then I'll find myself staring at the spot the water dish used to be, or making stupid errors in math and programming or writing really moronic things. Sleep has been wretched.

I'm letting myself grieve this week. Next week is bootstraps time, because end of the month means deadlines. Kindergarten is working out beautifully, and though I haven't taken real advantage of it yet, I am really looking forward to the hours of freedom.

I have been doing artwork. I haven't felt like drawing, but I have felt like playing with color, so I tackled some Christmas lineart with Copics. Yesterday, Layla came over for art time, and she painted and I finished some botanical pieces in color. I plan to have all of the above printed as cards. In the afternoon, Guppy and I painted! I did some mini-totes, and ACEO canvases.


I'm not sure about the painted background. I LIKE the roses with the background, but I think I like them BETTER without it. (I scanned before adding that...)
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I won't say that I'm 'all better,' but I am crawling back to some new normal. I haven't responded to all the sweet comments and messages yet, but I will when I feel able to go through them.

Yesterday was all self-care and shopping, because we were out of everything. Crying for a few days in a row is unflattering, and even now that my eyes aren't blazing red, they are very puffy and I look like a poster-child for Botox gone terribly wrong. Thankfully, my glasses minimize the effect.

Guppy and I did some art yesterday:


Serious artist is serious.

She asked me to draw a camel, pretty much out of the blue. I thought I finished it, but then she handed me a pink pencil. "It needs a tongue."


(Original available, if anyone is need of an ACEO of a camel...)

Fun fact, a lot of the physiology of the snow-unicorn is based on a camel, though structurally they are more horse/mammoth/goat.

Today I'm going to go to the Farmer's Market for lunch, and the afternoon will be spent doing something fun with Guppy, tbd.

Now I'm going to catch up on Torn World and send Sketch Fest payouts.
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Guppy bounced out of her first day of Kindergarten declaring that she had fun, and that she had done everything the teacher asked. Except sing. But everything else. And she liked the teacher. And she didn't make friends, but she did talk to other kids, and some of them might become friends (she didn't remember any names), and she was hungry and could she have a snack?




Look out, Kindergarten... here comes Guppy.

I got to have brunch with my husband after dropping her off and then went shopping ALL BY MYSELF, and bought tubs of ice cream and hot tamales to help me cope.

Kindergarten stress was the tip of my emotional iceberg today, as Norway is failing very fast, and I'm deeply frustrated by what I'm not able to do, but I also know someone who got stung by 20 hornets today, so it could all be very much worse and I will be grateful for what I have and call the day an overall win.
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Continuing to improve steadily. Went to the Farmer's Market today and got tasty green things as well as lunch with Guppy and a friend. It had rained, so the picnic tables were wet, and it drizzled on my truck on the way home, but it held off while we were there. And mmmm... green things. We're having beans with dinner tonight. (Grilled chicken adobo)

Kindergarten starts tomorrow, and I (like Guppy) am a mix of excited and scared. This is a big step, and it confuses me that she could be this old already. Wasn't she just learning to talk and sitting in a high chair developing all these strong opinions?

She's looking forward to making friends, and has already made artwork for her new teacher. She won't have any difficulty making her desires clear, and will never be railroaded by peer pressure, at least.

I'm looking forward to having a few hours to work every day. I haven't decided yet how I'm going to arrange my schedule. Maybe three days of not-a-book writing and two days that are 'other projects.' I'd love to go back to my Upheaval novel and finish that. I've got spicy stories to write for Patreon. I'm just a page or two from a new coloring book, and have several half-sketched. I need to do some birds for the next Coloring Alaska book, and I desperately need to give that website some attention. I see a list in my future.

My not-a-book is formatted and my revisions have been cleared. It will get a comb for typos, and is on the calendar for release in two weekends. Yay!

Toast and a Series of Unfortunate Events before bed. (The TV show, no actual events, I hope...)


Look out, kindergarten.

Mondaily

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:04 pm
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I have a new portrait up at Portrait Adoption!


Muse Fusion was last week, and you can see what I did at this post: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1612295.html

I continue to take it easy, and it's getting harder and harder as I feel better and better. I'm dutifully doing my home PT, and letting Jake carry things like laundry and vacuum cleaners.

Guppy has been eating ALL THE FOOD. (And questioning all the authority.) I expect we're in a growth spurt. She's looking forward to Kindergarten, and I am also. I'm hoping that she's leveled out by then...

I confess, I'm feeling pretty discouraged right now, about a handful of things. Working hard to stay positive and creative anyway. *makes hot cocoa*

(Ah whoops, looks like this never got posted on Monday.)
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"You look better this week," the receptionist at my physical therapist said. "Not so destroyed."

I'm feeling less destroyed!

(I'm still diligently taking it easy, no worries.)

Here are two more pieces for the Muse Fusion that I'm working on:



Still working on the story, too... but switching over now to finish that last, stubborn half-scene of the epilogue for my not-a-book, which has a deadline now, while Guppy has her quiet time.
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Still taking it easy. When I think too hard about my back right now, I get really, really crabby, so I'm trying not to dwell.

This week is Muse Fusion at Torn World! I am taking prompts and doing artwork and writing flash fiction. I've painted an ACEO so far, and am about 500 words into a story. Jump on in! You can use your Sketch Fest/PA/Lilypad login at the Torn World site now. :) https://www.tornworld.net/musefusion.php

Muse Fusion Work:

Finished:

From Afke's prompt "Hidden between the leaves". ACEO, acrylic ink and pens. Original claimed.
I used this as my August artsnacks challenge, too.


From Jenny's prompt "Skycat glides off with yarn end". Sketch ACEO. $5 as-is.
From Julie's prompt "Steampunk Skycat". ACEO, ink, watercolor pencil, gell pen, metallic pen. Original $15 or 15 credits.


From Deborah's prompt "Calico Skykitten!" ACEO, pencil and brush pen on Legion Kraft paper. Original $15 or 15 credits.


From Deirdre's prompt "A plant Skycat (or a skycat) loves". Original, $10 or 10 credits.


In Progress:
The Beginning of the End, fiction, from Deirdre's prompt: "A mysterious medical problem"
The Empire explorers in Itrelir are looking over the snow-unicorn riders' archives and investigating their genealogy.
Excerpt: “Biology isn’t my strong point,” Diren admitted, looking over Margaa’s tidy notes. “But that doesn’t look good.”
So far, 1200 words, probably end up about 2000. Sponsor for $15 or 15 credits.


From my Prompts: Deirdre has started an acrylic painting!

I'll update this post as I add more - the Muse Fusion runs through Sunday afternoon. :)
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"You're not eighteen anymore," the doctor told me.

Then he apparently heard his words and desperately back-pedaled. "I mean, you're still quite young, of course..." and turned red.

Not-eighteen-me should not be attempting to level railroad ties by herself apparently.

Nor should such days be followed by abnormally active days spent working on the woodshed and blowing glass ornaments.

Friday morning, it all caught up with me a vengeance on step #8 of 11 with hot mugs of coffee in each hand.

Adjectives like blinding and blazing and brutal are appropriate.

As there was no real choice but to take those last few steps, that's what I finally did, after standing there a stunned moment and a few false starts. Then I staggered into the bedroom, safely deposited the coffee and fell into bed.

The husband earned his wifecare merit badge by getting me fed and carefully put in the car for an emergency visit to the chiropractor. X-rays later, it was determined that it was "just" muscular. It was still pegging the pain meter.

The next three days were spent in a stupor of agonizing pain, reclined in a chair, lifting nothing heavier than my phone. I couldn't get out of my chair without assistance. We watched a lot of TV and husband earned that badge several times over. Monday, desperate for relief, I went to first care, and they gave me a shot in the ass and some prescriptions.

So, it's been un-fun. I am feeling much, much better, but that's relative. Today is the first day since injury that I've felt up to opening the laptop; I haven't even done any art. I am going to take it super, super easy for the rest of the week at least - they told me it could be several weeks before I was back to normal, and I am not going to push it. See above about not being eighteen.

But hey, I've got a bandaid with a dinosaur riding a skateboard on my butt, so it's not all bad.

***

In other news, it's Skycat Month at Torn World! We've got several skycat-themed pieces we'll be releasing this month, including this amazing felted skycat from my talented friend Carina:



Next week is our muse fusion! You can leave prompts on any topic, but I'll be focusing on skycat-themed work.
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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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