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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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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!

Artwork

June was #junicorn. SO MUCH #JUNICORN. Here's the landing page, showing all 30 unicorn pieces that I did. http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1604777.html

I did 6 of the #junicorn ACEOs for the June Sketch Fest. https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9&date=88

I also did some Portrait Adoptions: https://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2941 and https://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2947 and http://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2949

I released this piece at Torn World:

(This was the first five exclusive pieces I did for the July issue of Color On! Magazine.)

And this also went up at Torn World: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=543


Writing

I wrote just shy of 15k words on my next not-a-book. *panting*


Other

Summer camp was AWESOME.

Two movies in the theatre: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Wonder Woman, both wonderful.

There was a vole in my couch: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1607798.html

Portrait,

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:13 am
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I still haven't scanned the latest #Junicorn (and I'm still behind and working on lucky number 13), so have a Portrait Adoption piece I posted a week or so ago:


Adopt her here: https://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2947

Summer camp remains the greatest thing in my life right now. It's still hard to peel her off in the morning, and she doesn't want to leave in the afternoon. My writing count isn't quite as awesome as the first glorious day, but I have gotten to the gym every single morning (which feels amazing) and I've gotten a ton of stuff done. I'm 4/6 into sekrit art project #789 and finished up a private commission yesterday. I submitted a short story to an anthology, and the EMG newsletter finally went out, and I HAVE gotten 500 words minimum every day, with spurts of much, much better, so that I'm nearly at 6k for the week. (I know my powerhouse writing friends are sniggering up their sleeves, but that's a LOT for me.)

Having ME time is huge. It's different than nap/quiet time, too. I spend that time with half an ear at least out for her. This is time I spend with sound-cancelling earphones absolutely focused on what I'm doing. I've tried four different places, and they've all worked beautifully. I feel productive and free and fulfilled. And then I can pick Guppy up and not feel like she's pushed my buttons all morning and I'm happy to see her and spend time playing. (Or working outside in the guise of playing!)

It helps that she is clearly having a great time.

Yesterday, Jake took the afternoon off and we finished the decking on the woodshed. YES. I used our new impact driver and WOW. I'm sold. It's supposed to rain today and tomorrow, so we wanted to get that finished while the weather was nice.

Okay, back to the not-a-book.

This afternoon is SKETCH FEST! http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/index.php
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Aging pets are hard. Just, hard.

A few nights ago, Norway tried to get up the front steps and failed. There are only two, and they aren't that steep, but he was having a bad back legs day. We put out the truck ramps for him, but they are metal, and although strong, sort of rattly. He looked at them, he looked at me, and said nope. I did finally get him up them with a firm hand on his collar, but it wasn't much fun. The next day, he ignored them and hopped down the steps. That night he got up the steps with effort. The following night, he walked right up them. It's so variable!

He's not the only one having issues with steps. Velcro's catbox and bed are on the main floor of our house, and her food and second waterdish are upstairs, where Norway can't help himself. I've pondered moving her food down because she clearly doesn't enjoy the stairs anymore, but figured it was the only exercise she was getting at this point. Yesterday, however, I watched her fall down them twice, and that's the end of that. The first time was just a few steps as she was going up. She picked herself up and powered up them, so I figured it was just one of those ungraceful cat moments they pretend you don't witness. But shortly after, she came down them and sort of got away from herself and ended up upside down at the bottom rocking in shock with her little extra toes in the air. She mewed at me in a very disappointed way when I came to help her up and spent the rest of the day sulking in her bed.

She's been missing the catbox more regularly lately, too. Oh, she tries! There are no accidents around the house, but sometimes she just barely gets into the catbox and the important parts aren't there yet. I've got puppy pads down, so cleanup isn't bad.

Poor old lady cat. Poor old man dog.

It seems like a lot of friends lately are losing beloved fur family members; Facebook seems to show me a few each week lately. I suspect it's just that I'm hyper-aware of them right now, because I know that my time with my own fur friends is not going to be a lot longer.

Have some art!

I recently did this for Portrait Adoption:


This one started life as a Sketch Fest sketch, in very rough form, and got refined at a gaming session.

A little over 800 words yesterday, slogging onward. The not-a-book is about 16k. I do not anticipate getting writing time today, as we have a playdate over quiet time. I've also got two more #junicorn pieces done (but not scanned), and am 1 behind (not counting today).

In less thrilling news, I finished the laundry, cleaned out the toaster with the air compresser, vacuumed upstairs (downstairs, too, but that's daily), and Guppy helped me measure and cut wood blocks for the woodshed.



And when I say helped, I don't even mean that with air-quotes! She fetched the blocks and drew the lines while I held the square. (She's wearing gloves because it's splintery treated lumber, not because it's cold.)

We made GREAT progress on the shed over the weekend, and we had our neighbors over for dinner, which was simply delightful, and we got a date night to go watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and have sushi. There have definitely been good times.

I'm growing on my bangs, and the irritation level is about a 6 right now. I've promised to try it until September.
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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! -

Artwork

At Portrait Adoption:

At Sketch Fest, I did 6 (!) pieces, 3 coloring page sketches, 2 little paintings (for Torn World, below), and a toned paper portrait sketch (finished as a portrait, above).

For Torn World:

(several more were posted at the site, but they're part of April's update because that's when I released them in my blog.)


I did sketches at the Morris Thompson complex, including this one:


(Patreon patrons got more sketches.)



Writing

STILL NONE. (Okay, I did a little outlining.)


Other

A bear photo of Guppy on her birthday:

I re-coded Torn World to use the database of the rest of EMG. It was a MASSIVE upgrade, and I also added Muse Fusion functionality at the site itself.

I also worked on several projects that wouldn't be released until much later!
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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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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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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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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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More major progress on the Torn World site (I think everything public-facing is mopped up) and on my inbox (390!), and yesterday I got a big chunk of my 78Tarot piece done, too (Whee!). Crossed another project off my list of things-that-should-have-been-done-long-ago, and have another queued up and ready to print in just a few moments. I've gotten a few hundred words in on my next not-a-book (so fun!) and now Guppy and I are going to wrap up in ALL our things and go outside to play, since she didn't go out at preschool. It's only about 5 below right now, compared to the chilly 20 below it was this morning.

Have a portrait that's available now at Portrait Adoption:



*zooms cheerfully*
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*falls over* So, phase 2 of the Secret Project kicked in on Friday, and I got ALL 16 new pieces sketched, inked, scanned and am working on the layouts now. I still need to do one piece in color, as well. Two more days! *dies* I feel like superwoman. I hope this carries me through parent aide tomorrow...

It has snowed about six or eight inches since my last post, and we're running out of places to put it. Jake did a Herculean job getting it off the driveway, and we're both dismayed to see it blizzarding again now. Enough, already! (I tried to take a photo, but it just doesn't do it justice.)

Have a new portrait, available now at PA:



Off to make birthday muffins for monsterus minimus to share with her friends at preschool tomorrow, which I just now remembered. DOH.
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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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I have a crazy amount of things to do today, so its time for a list...

*take out the trash
*change out the catbox
*vacuum

*dishes
*clean toilet
*shower
*ink raven piece
*sketch one new page
*fold laundry
*start new laundry
*Sketch Fest ad graphic
*post Portrait Adoption piece
*review another two chapters of audiobook
*approve submitted description
*update PA race
*update Patreon
*mail Amazon order
*prep dinner
*100 emails deleted or filed or answered, etc. (my inbox is at 589. *dies*) 425
*Start compiling data for taxes

Have a goofy photo from the Seattle Aquarium. (The aquarium visit as a whole was a bit of a whiny tired-child disaster, but there were plenty of spots of fun in 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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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!


Artwork:

3 ornaments painted for Sketch Fest: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9&date=81

At Portrait Adoption:

Also: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/melyssine.jpg

Leftovers from #inktober: raven, cubicle dragons, Christmas Tree Dragon.

I released 2 pages from the Wild Teas of Alaska coloring: Cranberry, and Chaga Tea.

Skycat Chaos at Torn World: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=531

In the Beginning illustration, Raven Creates Woman: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/ravenmakeswoman6x9.jpg

Hidden Youth illustration: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/ellenmillion-notawitch-ink2.jpg

I also finished a bunch more, lots for Portrait Adoption, that I won't share until later.


Writing:

A few thousand words and finished the not-a-book, then edited it! I wrote one book in 2015, and two in 2016, which is better than I've EVER done in my entire life!

I wrote a whole bunch of ridiculous poetry for a big site-wide scavenger hunt.


Other:

UWA show, Pop-Con, Scavenger Hunt, and ACEO print sale.
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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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It's December, WTH?

I'm seriously not ready for this. I did, however, take a look at the ridiculous pile of things I wanted to accomplish in November about a week ago and after a few moments of despair and wringing of the hands, knuckled down... and actually got most of them done. I'm invoicing a client for the next segment of work, and not-a-book is off for genre check after a hacksaw edit, and I've got starts and progress (or better!) on everything else on my plate.

Today I got print files laid out for the print sale, and watched an episode of Flash, and ate Thai food and walked up the driveway in the snow, and made a giant fire because it's ten below and snowing like mad.

The Print sale prints are almost finished printing - just have to punch them and mail them then. This weekend, probably, which is faster than I'd feared. It helps that I automated so much of it, and that my artists are awesome and read the instructions. Most of the files could just be rotated and dropped into place.

Four new portraits scanned and ready to post to PA, and here's one that is for a Submitted Description and not yet available for adoption. (It may be, if the client doesn't choose it!)

ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
It was a lovely holiday. I watched a number of movies (Jetsons, Home, Sahara) and had wonderful food, and worked on a set of ornaments I'm donating to a holiday auction for Guppy's preschool and took a hike that I may have slightly over-estimated my energy for. (I had to eat emergency chocolate from my coat pocket and nearly face-planted in the snow on the last uphill stretch!)

We've had many sizzling fires and we worked on putting some shelves up in the garage that free up a lot of shelf space.

I got a little artwork done - and it's adopted already!



Today is the last day of the ACEO print sale! https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestaceos.php

I have MUCH to catch up on! (But regret nothing!)
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I have an embarassing backlog of artwork to release this month! Horrah! It's a marvelous problem to have, especially when I think a lot of people need some art to distract them from what a turdstorm this year has been. Look for something (nearly) every day.

First, this one:


This is up at Portrait Adoption now and was part of #inktober! It was also prompted at a Sketch Fest, "shooting star". http://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2773

I also have skeleton ornaments available on Etsy now: https://www.etsy.com/listing/478402448/festive-dinosaur-dragon-unicorn-or

I've also been writing appallingly terrible poetry for the Scavenger Hunt - https://www.facebook.com/events/201805243563410/ You don't have to join the Facebook event, and it's not a race. The hunt will remain up through the weekend (which is a Sketch Fest weekend, btw!) and you can do some of the bonus things to get extra prizes! Everyone who puts the puzzle together can get the primary prize, which is a coloring and coupon book from over a dozen amazing artists. I will be available online during the event time (noon to four on Tuesday, Alaska time) to give hints and solve any problems, but you can jump in at your own speed and time.
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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 behind a month, so this all happened in August, not last month!

Artwork

Portrait Adoption #2729: http://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2729

All the #smaugust sketches - 21 in total: http://ellenmillion.com/smaugust.php

Portrait Adoption #2731: http://portraitadoption.com/portrait.php?id=2731


A few ornaments: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/ornaments-16-08-29.jpg


Writing:

Wrote 5k words on my third not-a-book.


Other:

Site improvement at Portrait Adoption - Wishlist browsing without opening the page...
Camping with Guppy
Colored example page galleries for all EMG coloring books
Verified (and weeded) about 3/4 of the Portrait Adoption certificates
New laptop! (And all the attendant work involved)

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