From Ellen’s Desk: Holiday Closure!

Warmest wishes of the seasons to all of the people who make this little business possible, whether you are an artist, an appreciator of the arts, a customer, or “just” a cheerleader. You mean the world to me, and I hope that your holidays are filled with love and cheer. You have all my gratitude.

After the next Sketch Fest (New Year’s Eve weekend), I will be closing things up for about two months – I am doing a big shopping cart and webpage upgrade, and it will take a little while to mop all the various bits and get everything working smoothly and in sync. January and February are traditionally very slow months for sales anyway, and I don’t want to rush this job. (Also, I just signed a contract for an exciting and rather intimidating illustration job that is going to monopolize a lot of my time, and I have some writing projects on my plate as well! There will also be sledding with my daughter and binging Netflix with my husband.)

During this time, you will be able to view and comment on Sketch Fest artwork, but not purchase art. At Portrait Adoption, you will be able to add portraits to your wishlist, but not make adoptions. Coloring books and publications will be unavailable. You can read and enjoy the material at Torn World, and even submit new, but I will be closing up subscriptions and anthology sales.

I plan to reopen at the end of February. I may post teasers and updates as I make progress, but I may also thumb my nose at social media for a while and ignore my email. It’s been a busy semester and I’m going to take some recharge time in here, too. Be sure to sign up for the Email Update List to get all the updates and important news.

I’m excited by my plans, and hope you will agree that it’s worth the wait!