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I have a new toy! I mean tool. I have a new tool!



Yesterday, I took it out on the town with me and I managed to go to the gym*, write 1200 words on my not-a-book, colorize a portrait, answer emails, go shopping*, and cook a roast.*

(*These items may or may not have been facilitated by the new toy tool.)

I flamed out badly on digital painting once before, but this is a whole new level of comfort and portability (my biggest prior complaint was that the separate tablet took a lot of setup and a big work surface, plus I was tethered to my computer...).

I am on a mission! I want to make my Apple Pencil viable, and I need some practice with it. I also want to whittle down my Portrait Adoption gallery a bit. SO! I am offering the DEAL OF A LIFETIME. I will color anything in my gallery - at NO EXTRA COST. That means, you could get a portrait colored to be your character for as little as $5. I'll even make minor tweaks at that time. (Very minor!) Use the site to 'request customization.'

 
$0 / $99.00 0% done!

In other news, we had a windy night, and now it looks like impending winter. Eep.

I will leave you with a list.

~Add a Torn World character
~Answer 10 emails
~Post something at Torn World
~Pizza dough.
~vacuum
~Clean off livingroom table
~2 loads of water - 1 down
~cook sausage
~500 words - 400. 
~Finish Patreon physical rewards (oh man, they are awesome! And there's still barely time to get them!)
~Coloring book bulk order
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Enjoy this bedtime story that I just told my daughter.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Guppy who drew on the walls, even though she knew she shouldn't.

Her parents got very tired of cleaning the walls and finally one day they put Guppy in a box and mailed it to Antarctica, where Guppy lived the rest of her days with the penguins.


Guppy frowned at me from bed. "Mom, stories are supposed to have happy endings."

"You want a happy ending? Then don't draw on the walls.

My stories make up in morals what they lack in subtlety. 


Shown here before deportation to Antarctica.  


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 We're getting a real fall! It's been relatively warm, and I'm so delighted that the leaves are staying on the trees. It feels like the last few years we got windstorms early in the autumn and went directly from just-changing to ugly-bare.

 




Today:

~Write 500 words
~Work on color logo for client
~Print rest of the Patreon physical reward
~catbox/dishes/vacuum
~Get email to 100. OMG I DID IT!
~Coloristas catchup
~Get Sketch Fest set up
~Mail art order <3
~Artwork for Patreon patron
~1 Torn World Character added to database
~Post last Torn World article in series
~Art afternoon
~Second delivery to Woven Sylver
~Post office


My reward for finishing will be painting mini-totes for Sketch Fest and Gotham.


This week:

~Return library books
~Get email down to 100. (at 120!!)
~Start poking on potential project - poking initiated! 
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World (3/4 posted)
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Finish anthology revisions
~Write a total of 2500 words. (at 2252)
~Mail physical Patreon rewards. 
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.
~Catch up on Coloristas
~Clean downstairs desk
~Update Woven Sylver!

I'm off to eat bonbons now and file my nails...

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It's been a productive, busy week so far, and I'm loving it. It feels good to be (mostly) back up to speed.



MORE LISTS!

Today:

~Write 500 words
~Work on color logo for client
~Try another sketch for anthology
~Print part of the Patreon physical reward
~catbox/dishes/vacuum
~25 emails cleaned up.
~drop off work at Connie's
~Coloristas catchup
~Apple crisp


My reward for finishing will be painting mini-totes! I am out of Agents of Shield. :(


This week:

~Return library books
~Get email down to 100. (at 120!!)
~Start poking on potential project - poking initiated!
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World (3/4 posted)
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Finish anthology revisions
~Write a total of 2500 words. (at 2252)
~Mail physical Patreon rewards.
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.
~Catch up on Coloristas
~Clean downstairs desk
~Update Woven Sylver!

All for now!
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Yesterday's list helped me focus greatly. So today gets one, too!

Today:

~Write 500 words
~Work on color logo for client
~Try another sketch for anthology
~Print part of the Patreon physical reward
~catbox/dishes/vacuum
~grocery shopping
~farm pickup
~75 emails cleaned up.
~Colorista files


My reward for finishing will be painting mini-totes and watching Agents of Shield. Woo!


This week:

~Return library books

~Get email down to 100. (at 145!!)
~Start poking on potential project - poking initiated! 
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World (3/4 posted)
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Finish anthology revisions
~Write a total of 2500 words. (at 2252)
~Mail physical Patreon rewards.
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.
~Catch up on Coloristas
~Clean downstairs desk
~Update Woven Sylver!

All for now!
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I feel so behind! The last six weeks or so have felt like one setback after another, and lots of little things have gotten shoved aside. Time for a list!

Today I'd like to:

~Write 500 words. (1000 would be better)
~Get through 100 emails. (My inbox was up over 700 this weekend. I beat it back to 560.)
~Post next article at Torn World
~Shopping
~Catbox/dishes/vacuum
~Work on color logo for client
~Sketch for possible anthology illustration
~Next Patreon reward out (Sketch Tarot)
~Fold laundry (2 loads)
~Bellydance


This week:

~Get email down to 100.
~Start poking on potential project
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Write a total of 2500 words.
~Mail physical Patreon rewards.
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.



Guppy and I went cranberry picking on Saturday, and took a long walk in the autumn woods on Sunday. My purpose on the walk was to get her some exercise, and it wasn't very far before it hit me that this was my first time walking these paths without Norway, which was very hard. Guppy was effervescent and energetic, which really took the edge off, and the forest is gorgeous, going all gold and rust. In all, it was a lovely walk.



Nose to the grindstone now.
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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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Kindergarten is the most splendid invention in the history of child-kind. I was worried that drop-offs would be like they were in pre-school, but it has been like whipped cream. I have to ask for a hug before she goes running off to find her friends in the morning. They have outdoor 'precess' that we drop them off at, and she's either merrily playing with other children, or hunting for them across the playground by the time I leave, all without so much as a backwards glance.

Not-a-book has been doing just fine: it was in the top 500 for a while, and has 20 five-star reviews already (and 1 4 star). If it goes as the others did historically, it will slip a bit, then may rock back up nicely in a few days as people who've downloaded it start reading it. The other books in the series are doing smashing as new readers catch up. I've got some advertising coming out next week to hopefully boost it, too.

I got the story for the anthology revised, and out to the anthology editor and also the Torn World board for a last continuity check. I added about 1500 words to it, and it's a much stronger story now. I hope all the editors like the changes I made. :)

In health, Guppy has been a little snuffy and coughing, and I have a tickle in the back of my throat this morning that I am hitting hard with Emergen-C and tea.

In grief, I continue to be sideswiped by unexpected pockets of painfully missing Norway, often while vacuuming. I still haven't been able to go through all the nice comments.



My mom knitted us matching scarves, aren't they fabulous? Winter is coming...

Off to do work!
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Operation Grow-Out-The-Bangs continues. I am less hateful of it than I have been, and the bangs are long enough now to pull back in a comb. I am going to continue the experiment until it tucks back behind my ears, and to help me get there, I'd like to treat myself to pretty combs. Anyone have suggestions of shiny, possibly geeky hair combs on Etsy or similar?

Kindergarten continues to be awesome. Guppy loves it, and I love having a piece of my life back. I love her dearly, but her desire for constant interaction conflicts with my desire to get stuff done.

My fourth not-a-book has launched! This week will be promotion efforts (some are done, some just need go-buttons pushed, some need minor edits, some need ground-up design). I also have a short story that needs revisions for an anthology. My goal is to have those done by Thursday - it will require a little writing, as the editors requested a little more background to work with, and a better resolution. Can do! I also have Patreon rewards to roll out.



I have about three ideas for the spicy story, and expect that to go quickly, the rest of the rewards basically just need sent. I've also made my first goal with Patreon and will be livestreaming some sketching tomorrow (Tuesday!) morning, about 9:30 Alaska time. This will happen at my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EllenMillionArtistrix/

(This is, btw, a really opportune time to sign up as a $5+ patron, as I will be sending the physical rewards this month, even if you are a new supporter, or international.)

Lunch and trash and orders need to happen now, so off I go.
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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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In human years, being a Newfie, Norway would be 96 now. He's had a long, beautiful life, and chased many squirrels and barked at many moose.

That doesn't make it a lot easier to say goodbye.

He's been having trouble with his back legs since early this spring, and we've been trying to keep pace with pain meds. This last week, the problems got worse, and we knew that his time was coming. Sunday morning, he couldn't stand up by himself, and when lifted, his front legs gave out. He got out of the house, with help, took a few staggering steps into the grass, and found his spot to lie down for good. I spent the day brushing him and telling him what a good dog he was, and saying goodbye. (And ugly crying, and explaining death to a 5-year-old.)

It's hard, seeing where he loved to lie. I keep listening for his bark. I will undoubtedly walk out 'to get him' out of habit for a while. I'm going to miss him. I'm even going to miss vacuuming up his ridiculous fur.


(Click through for a larger version)

What follows is truly gratuitous picspam:
Cut for those reading on Dreamwidth who do not need to see seven hundred photos of my dead dog. )
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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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More Muse Fusion fun!


Playing with a brush ink pen and Prismacolor colored pencils on Legion Kraft paper. (Original available, $15 or 15 credits)

I have FINISHED my not-a-book (again) and done another round of copy-edits on it. All that remains is formatting and backmatter, and I'm waiting on an answer to a chapter numbering question.

Kindergarten starts in a week.

A WEEK. WHAT?

*breaths into a paper bag*
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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. :)

Week One

Aug. 4th, 2017 02:35 pm
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It's been a week.

A loooooong week.

I am going genuinely stir-crazy, sitting in this chair.

I am just now to the point where I previously would have said I was having a "bad back day" (how little I knew...) and I want to doooo things again, because it isn't actively hurting, and I am impatient to get stuff done.

(I'm not, no one has to waggle fingers. I am taking it very, very easy. It is counter to my nature, but I am doing very little. It is very boring.)

I've can be comfortable with the laptop again, which is nice, and I've got my not-a-book about halfway edited. I've also been able to do some promotional stuff, though it didn't happen before national coloring book day, as I'd hoped. You do have until August 6th to take advantage of this sale:



I also got my Patreon rewards out for August! I have new tiers now, and have brushed off my latent Sketch Tarot project. I'll be releasing a card a month, and for as little as $3/month, you can get a high resolution copy to print and color, and I'll give you some of my thoughts and process about each card. If you are a patron at this level (or above) for 24 months, you'll get a free basic deck when it's eventually finished.

Capitalism aside, I am improving. And posting this finally, having started it about 6 hours ago...
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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:

I released the remaining four pieces I did exclusively for Color On! Magazine:


I'm super happy with these.

I also released the tattoo I did for my nephew:


I was at the Tarot Expo for Sketch Fest weekend, and I used the combination to jump start my long-dormant Sketch Tarot project. I did five pieces for Sketch Fest, all tarot-themed, and 4 of them will become cards in my deck. (One is even inked and finished!) http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestartist.php?id=9&date=89


Writing:

I finished the not-a-book! I wrote about 13k, which wasn't quite my 15k goal. But, BOOK! I also laid out the cover and wrote the blurb.



Other:

We finished the woodshed! (It may have been a little much for me.)

Guppy and I got new beds!

I did a watercolor class at the Hot Springs. http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/photos/ellencamping.jpg
(Only Patreon patrons get to see the paintings I did!)

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