Why Are They Called “Maps?”

Isn’t it obvious? They’re maps.

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Mural Closeup

It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in. I hope all is well with you!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on quite a few projects, big and small. I’m happy to announce a massive project, parts of Scandinavia, including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project is in the hands of some friends, experts, to do an edit. I’m having to sit on my hands while I wait.

But I don’t have to be so still before I post this beautiful piece. I’ve been busy bringing some of my other maps to a new scale, by converting them into murals. They are printed on an adhesive fabric, the kind I’ve used for museum installations. They have become quite popular, in fact! I have a wall I’ve been waiting for the right design. I might just pick the mural I’m featuring in the following link:

Here’s the link!

Sometimes, when inspired, I fire through designs in a feverish marathon. I wanted to impress a friend with a rustic Montana map.

Rustic Montana

I’m working on a new map, with intensity. I won’t tell until it’s done! I find it hard to take time away! Work is, well, not work!

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Giveaway!

BoundaryWatersSm39x27I’ll not be shy!  I want folks to see my work, and would frankly like you to have some in you home!

http://bit.ly/1fsX3Be

Prizes can be seen here.

I will be hosting this event for another three days.  All the maps I produce now are made from scratch using public domain data, converted and laid out to create clean and readable information in an aesthetic setting. My mission is to foster interest in printed maps for people of all ages by building beautifully designed and geographically accurate designs.  They are educational!  Frankly, I’ve got a huge backlog of map ideas.  I wish there was more time in the week!

Free Map Posters!

Accurate world map combined with a cool blue stare.

Accurate world map combined with a cool blue stare.

As promised, I will be holding my map giveaway, this week!

I’ve decided to kick off the event at the publishing of an interview by a widely read blogger, Thirdeyemom!

http://thirdeyemom.com/2013/10/12/different-walks-of-life-interview-with-cartographer-doug-crews-nelson/

Thirdeyemom? This is the blogger name for Nicole Melancon, traveller, writer, parent and humanitarian. She has agreed to interview me for her new blog series. Please, feel free to check it out, as well as her other work, as she studies the world as an explorer, and assists with projects and concepts to improve our planet.

Here is the contest link: http://bit.ly/1fsX3Be

The Biggest Cat in the Universe!

Cloud Man #6

Cloud Man #6

Today is the first day of the rest of the week.  My poster promotion has begun!  I am building a marketing package for one company that I’ve been in contact with, to take the conversation to the next level.  I’ve learned that it ain’t sold until it’s sold.  So, I don’t put a lot of emotion into the process, until the sale is closed.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am excited, just not overly optimistic, and certainly not pessimistic.

That’s why I haven’t written this week.  That’s why my mind is a blank, today!  So welcome to my non-creative post…

Oh, the title?  We’ve got a big cat.  I doubt he’s the biggest.  But he sure doesn’t help our grocery budget… and the litterbox…

My book promo did alright.  I got more than eighty copies out, in one day!  The game begins.  A friend agreed to read chapters for me, as I write.  I’m hoping this will help me to stay on track.  I may work on both of my next books at once.  Variety, eh?  I think it might actually work out by creating balance.  “…Mrs. Nuisance” will continue on the laptop and the next installment of “Adventures of Tat…” will begin on the notebook.  We have a box of old spiral bound notebooks back in the closet of the study.  They are mostly remainders from our kid’s school, or classes we’ve taken and are quite ready for my next project!

I will be finishing pouring over my paperback proof, today, making adjustments and submitting it to Createspace.  This has been a useful process.  One, I wish I would have done before I went digital… fortunately, I will be able to swap out the ebook, seamlessly.  I have thought about a second edition, for that one.  Mostly because there are features in the story that may be under addressed.  Besides, I can’t help tweaking.

I’ll leave you with this song, raw as it is.  There is a sense that it may rip apart, at any point.  In some ways, it helps the space, a bit:

Commute

Thank you for reading,

Doug

Free Book Promo, Coffee AND Fitness!!!

Cloud Man #5

Cloud Man #5

I admit, the title of this post is somewhat bland and informative.  I usually have to trade creativity with practicality, sometimes…

Coffee Plus

So, I made it to my coffee shop today.  EVP is about a mile from home.  Bright setting, nice music, and people.  The Friday buzz matches my Friday caffeine buzz.  Couldn’t be much more perfect.

I will admit my nerdiness from time to time, just to prove that a person like me can develop and maybe even thrive in our American society, as it is.  At the beginning of the week, I weighed by backpack… 14 pounds.  I’ve been considering this through the week and have decided that I need to beef up my workout.  So today, I added an oversized coffee table Van Gogh book to give me a grand total of 22 pounds.  That’s over half what I would carry on a wilderness backpacking trip!  That’s alright… you can judge me on this.  I’m in good spirits, today!

Flash!

Click Me!!  for my one day free download fall promotion of my new book!  November 30th only… if you get one, AND read it, please rate and review it on the Amazon link called Click Me!!  Thank You So Much!!

Plate

And so, I’m figuring out some things about the purpose of this blog, for me.  I’m not going to nail it down, completely, but will define it as a sounding board, tool for developing accountability, a venting opportunity, creative outlet, promotional venue, community builder, and journal.  Aside from that, I’m going to keep it pretty fluid… Don’t fence me in, bro!

Today, I continue digitizing Cloud Man for publication, altering one of my license agreements for a map poster project to be promoted by next week, survey interest for beginner acoustic guitar lessons for adults, brainstorm the perfect cash flow product, build a book cover for my first book to send to Createspace for on demand hard copies, and start production on the next of the “Adventures of Tat the Bat and Nolan” series.

I’ve decided to write my next book on paper, to start, knowing that I will need to transfer it to the computer, in the end.  The reason is inspired by the reading the proof of my first book, I recently received from Createspace.  I read it differently on paper.   Plus, when I transfer it to computer, I’m allowed another opportunity to study and alter the content.

I’m not going to post a song, like previous posts, today.  I just have too much to do!

Thank you for your time!

Doug

Hatching GummiBears from Little Eggs

Number 4 of the series… it takes a little longer to digitize than I anticipated.

Pursuing the perfect title… This one is getting close.  But how to tie it into my subject of the day?  Oh, I’ve got it!  It’s the perfect segue to one of my next books, “The Good Ship and Crew of the Mrs. Nuisance.”  If you are into impossible struggles and absurd situations, this is the story for you!  There are no Gummi’s, that was just a publicity stunt.  You may look forward to similar concepts, though.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.  I hear a lot of people quote, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  It’s maybe not as accurate as it could be.  Let’s try, “If life gives you lemons, then have lemons…” or “If life gives you lemons, fuss really loud, someone will help you…” 😉 This is sarcasm… I have good thoughts, too.  Maybe there is no such thing as “Lemons.”  Then again, there is room for an awakening tart… something.  To me, it’s a sense that is not completely undesirable.  There’s a bit of nutrition there, too, don’cha-know!  The point is that there is a medicinal value to sour.

Short post, today.  Home.  Coffee.

I got a response from my charity contact.  I’m going to try a collaboration with this organization… mutual benefits, I’m thinking.  Hunting and gathering.  Seeking opportunity!

Tomorrow, Friday November 30th, I will be offering my new book Critical Repair for free!!!  This is a one day promotion… So for that one day only, click here and download your copy!!!

Critical Repair: The Adventures of Tat the Bat and Nolan
Cover Art by Doug Crews-Nelson

I’ll leave you with:

Tomorrow

Thank you for reading my stuff!

Doug

Haaaa-cha-cha-chaaaa!

I skipped #2 thinking, “Let’s wait with that.”

This style of title is called, “There is no connection to anything, and doesn’t really make sense.”  It is attractive, none the less!

Today I’m writing from the local Starbucks.  It’s about a quarter of the distance of my regular coffee spot.  Did I wimp out?  Ha, well, sure, with a footnote.  I just have so much on my plate, I would rather get to work!  On the upside, Starbucks is upstairs in the local Target and I took the stairs instead of the escalator… not to mention walking here in the first place… I guess I did mention it! 😉

I’m in my favorite spot, here, overlooking University Avenue, toward downtown Madison, the massive University Hospital campus dominating the skyline.  Whatta bunch of sunshine we have today!  So nice.  I’ve thought about parking outside the Target parking ramp.  They have sensors that activate automatic brakes on all of their shopping carts, to keep people from taking them too far away.  When people try to roll them past the boundaries Target has designed, the carts stop fast in their tracks.  It’s interesting watching how hard people try to force those carts further, shouldering them over the crosswalk like those blocking dummies they use for football practices.  I digress…

The obligatory plug for my new book!  Presenting Critical Repair, the first installment of “The Adventures of Tat the Bat and Nolan” series.  It’s an affordable four bucks, win – win.

I have submitted research to my friend that is helping me design my very exciting product, that will take the the world by storm and propel me into the world of financial giants!  Done with my marketing piece for my art map poster project.  Although, I’m waiting on the charity.  I want permission to use their logo on my product.  The plan is to donate 10% of my profits to them… Global Impact’s Disaster Relief Fund…  We’ll see.  I may need to forgo that part, in the beginning, until I get a track record with them.  Thems is the active projects.  Hallrighty.

I had a new thought, today.  Over the years, I’ve been involved with organizing and running a guitar club for youth.  This year, I took on a student, elementary aged… just strumming, mind you.  So I was thinking, “I’ve had adults ask me if I had a group that would include adults for guitar.  Hey, why don’t I just do that!  Strumming lessons for adults!  Genius.”  I’m not saying that I’m a genius, just my idea!

So, today I’m going to set up my system and see if I get any bites.  I’m probably looking at twelve bucks a session, with no less than four people per group and up to six.  That seems manageable.  The class would run for six weeks.  If there is interest, I could have more than one class a week!  The goals are pretty straight forward, technique and confidence building.  That’s all we need in life, right?

I’ll leave you with Hengh.

Thanks for taking the time to read!

Doug

Have I ever told you?

First in the “Cloud Man” series… more to come?

… and so it goes…

I remember that I had created a comic series that was popular with locals, several years ago.  I’m starting to digitize them!  The beauty of Cloud Man is that, in the end, he’s vapor.  It doesn’t keep him from doing some pretty remarkable things.  So I guess, he is vapor, usually.  I have been thinking of compiling all my Cloud Man stories and publishing them, too!

So, as usual, I’ll give a plug for my new book Critical Repair, which is available online and soon as print!  I say this to keep things in perspective.  I really want to share my stories.  That’s why I’m here!  I think, given the option, or perhaps any sign whatsoever, I would write full time!  I need to know it will support me.  Plain and simple!

Alright, as nerdy as I am, I’ve calculated that if I sold a little less than 4,000 of my ebooks per year, it would cover my expenses.  In that case, I’m 3,992 copies to go, to reach my goal!  If you all can help me reach this goal, I’ll give you a BIG virtual smile! 🙂

Today, I’m in the apartment, specifically the dining area at the table.  There is a mural from a snapshot my wife and I took on a backpacking trip to Colorado, several years ago, a framed portrait of a wild lake in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area of Minnesota, a few snapshots and paintings, some plants, lamps, furniture and the like… all pretty standard living room fare, I’m guessing.  It’s been a nice place to work, this morning, with a dazzle of sunshine sparking up the room.

Although my original plan was to walk to the coffee shop this morning, my plans altered.  Too much work!  I have been progressing on my map poster sell sheet.  It seems as though the toughest projects are those I do for myself.  My wife gives me good and objective advice, though.  It will be in good shape, by the end of the day!  I’m still waiting to hear from Global Impact to know if I can put their logo on my products that I plan on donating a portion of sales profit… Always waiting.

There is some research I need to accomplish, for a product development project, I’m working on with a friend.  This will, hopefully, be a cash flow project!  That is much needed, now, but probably won’t be up and running until mid-winter.  I’m guessing, I’ll probably start seeing some good response for my book, by then, too!

I have been in touch with a niece, who is an illustrator, to collaborate on a novel with extensive graphics… not to be mistaken for a graphic novel, which in my mind is more like a comic book, but I may be wrong about that.  Yes, I have several chapters done and would like to start seeing images.  This will also serve to accelerate the work, for me.  I approached this one differently, by outlining the story.  In the past, I write as I go, having to return and rearrange it as fits.  This time, if adjustments are needed, it may be easier.  Plus, I can focus more on the tale, knowing the direction of the plot.

In the mean time, I’ve learned to never window shop.  It seems as soon as I start putting together a wish list, the projects fall apart!  Am I superstitious?  Well, of course!

I’ll leave you with:

King

Thank you for taking time to stop by!

Doug

It’s Alive!!!

Well, it’s live, anyway… 🙂  My first book is on it second day as an “eproduct.”  So I was studying the Kindle site for more clues on promotion for my work when I came across a service that Amazon offers called Createspace.  It looks like a very user/author friendly way of offering on demand printing of a book!!!  This is HUGE!  I know many people who don’t read digital books who would be able to purchase my product through Createspace.

So, is it time to narrow my focus?  At this point, I’m going to say that I’m approaching it.  But why?  I don’t think it’s out of the question to keep juggling.

I’ll explain:  I have been spending some months designing decorative map posters for retail.  Having recently compiled a list of possible distributors, I am poised to email sell sheets with the hopes of generating interest in printed maps for home and office.  I have also been meeting with a guy to generate ideas for product development.  I believe we are on a good tangent and close to beginning design on something of interest for the general public.  Oh, and I’ve been doing some contract work doing graphic design.

All in all, my next focus is to get “Critical Repair” ready for paperback.  I’ll be getting a printed proof over the next week or so.  I’m excited!

As far as my next book, I’ve started “The Good Ship and Crew of the Mrs. Nuisance.”  In fact, I’m on chapter four.  But I’m on the fence on whether to finish that one right away or get a jump start on the next of the “Adventures of Tat the Bat and Nolan” series.  It might work to straddle them both.  We’ll see what happens.

Thanks for stopping!

Doug

On with the Show!

Hello!!

It is my pleasure to be writing as a new, published author!  As I have been writing for many years, the opportunity never occurred to register through Amazon, until recently!  My goals for this blog is to be informative without being verbose.  I want to keep you posted on my advancements, but mostly set out my feelings and observations on my writing projects and processes.

Please feel free to chime in with your comments.  I would like to build this site as an opportunity to develop community.  I welcome it!
Just a heads up, my first novel went live, today!

http://www.amazon.com/Critical-Repair-Adventures-Nolan-ebook/dp/B00ABSX9FY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1353691676&sr=1-1&keywords=crews-nelson

Thank you for your visit!  I’m looking forward to a long and exciting journey!

Doug