Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

Steppin’ Out

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project:

A preview of the first of 37 stories included in the soon to be published Book. Kickstarter Launch in March!

Slide One – ‘Steppin’ Out’ –  June 3, 2013

It is June 3th, 2013, a clear Monday morning with warm hints of the temperature starting to rise.

I’ve been getting ready for this day for over a month now with both anticipation and apprehension. It’s to be a long 9-month trip and hopefully my preparation will give me the advantage of a successful journey. With all the groundwork I have done, I know there are parts of this trip that cast uncertainties in choosing paths and locations.

The few days before, in the midst of all my packing, I washed the van, cleaned, and vacuumed the interior to get her as fresh to go as I possibly could. The day before, I filled the gas tank and set the trip and gas odometers to zero.

Besides the usual suspects, the suitcases were packed with as many changes of clothes I could cram in, the ditty-bag bursting with every imageable heath and grooming concern I could think of, I also included the items I felt should be at my fingertips for this long drive.

Before packing the back of the van, I made sure my bike had its spot secured to one side. All other suitcases, boxes, and bags followed.

Of course, the camera, nudged between the seats, headed the list so that I could record as many sights as I possible. A ‘Trip diary’ book ruled and columned to chart my days, miles traveled, and include notes of people, places, and events.

Of most importance to this long drive and secured to the front passenger seat is a flat, full fitted, and sanded piece of plywood to hold four attached plastic containers with items of need within arm’s reach – three containers in a row and one to the left side. The third one back in the row holds the Trip-diary, extra pencils and pens, pen knife (for alligator attacks), a few Band-Aids, Advil, rubber bands, spare glasses, index cards, an old dented Harmonica, and other ’I might need’ items.

The first container of the row carries a familiar long trip snack, salted pretzel rods.

The middle one and the one to the left, without a doubt reflects my age. The middle one is an array of maps of the various states I anticipate, both driving through or stopping in. I hear all you saying GPS, GPS. Even if I had a GPS in the van, I would still be carrying the maps. There is a sort of romanticism about unfolding a map and perusing all the possible routes and the out of the way small towns. There’s also the trusting of our sense of intuitiveness to decide to sometimes take ‘a road less traveled’, see where it leads, and the personal sense of triumph in finding your way back to a familiar route. The important part is the deadline for finishing the trip. I need to end my Journey to Ukazoo February 10th, 2014 so that I can set up the Art Exhibit at Ukazoo Bookstore to open on February 16, 2014.

The container on the left will open the readers eyes a bit more. This container, houses music cassettes.  Yes, cassettes with lots and lots of music I have selected to record, over lots and lots and lots of years. I have and listen to other forms of recorded music but for the road trips, the recorded music on the cassettes always fit nicely for the long drives. They, like the maps, envelope a certain sense of familiarly – old friends if you may.

Checked the stove and lights and with a turn of the key to lock the door, I made my way out to the van.

This first camera shot/selfie is of me taking that first step on my journey to Ukazoo. To be honest, the image is a little deceptive as I do sport a beard and mustache. The hair on the other hand, or should I say, ‘lack of hair’, is accurate. With the van packed, a small cooler with water up front by the camera and a small tin of homemade chocolate chip cookies to intertwined with the pretzel snacks, I am ready to go. Setting the trip odometer to zero and settling in for a ten-hour drive and Ferry ride, my first stop is Ocacoke, N.C.

 

Text and image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Bookstore, used by permission.

 

 

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Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘A Walk in the Park’

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Besides the five 16 x 20 inch oil paintings displayed at the Ukazoo Art exhibit, there were four paintings in the 22 inch realm. Of two that were 22 x 22 inches, ‘A Walk in the Park’ was one of those paintings.

To the book project, spent the morning where I get my digital scanning done. Two fold. Getting some images adjusted in size to match others I have on the Kickstarter Story page. Second, working to get a fairly accurate quote for all the scanning and layouts to be done if the Kickstarter goal is met and the book proceeds to publishing. This needs to be worked in to other costs (Publishing and materials) to establish the total dollar goal needed.

With a raise in postal rates, another stop at the post office to finalize mailing/shipping cost to be added to Kickstarter Rewards section.

 

Image: ‘A Walk in the Park’

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Sunday Journey to Ukazoo Notes:

Well folks, coming down the home stretch for a March Kickstarter Campaign Launch.

First a wonderful Thank you to those Sharing this project.

Completion of the video editing for the Kickstarter Home Page and submission approval will determine the March Launch date.

I will be adding a posting day besides Monday. On Wednesdays I will be posting the first few stories of ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ to let on-line viewers get a glimpse of the Story portion of this project.

On future Sunday evenings there will be a post listing the ‘rewards’ to be offered for donations to help with the publishing of this Ukazoo Book project.

Image: ‘Hi’

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book-‘The Exhibit’

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Following ‘Journey’s’ 37 text and image portion and the 8 images and notations of the ‘Snapshots and Memorabilia’ section of ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project, there was the Ukazoo Art Exhibit itself. The primary focal point of the exhibit were 9 oil paintings. Five of the 9 were 16 x 20 inch, oil on board. This was one of those paintings.

To the book project, a bout of sickness put some of the artwork items on delay but I did continue progress on the computer with a few Kickstarter worksheets. Completed the Profile page. Adding or revising items in the Rewards section and same can be said for the Story page, adding text and selected images.

Made appointment to get three border art strips digitally scanned so I can finalize the Story page.

Image: ‘The Couple’ in Private collection

Oil of board,  20” x 16”

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book Project:

From the ‘Snapshots and Memorabilia’ section of ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project. The eight images and notations in this section had direct connections to eight of the 37 stories/art in the journey portion. This one had a direct tie to Story number Ten, ‘Spilled Milk’.

Concerning the books progress, the filming for the Kickstarter submission video was done Friday evening. Now all the different shots will need to be edited to fit within 2-minute format.

Border artwork continues to be worked on. Also completed marking out a red line route on a pen & ink U.S. map. This mapped out journey page is to be inserted on the page opposite the contents page of the book.

Finished the Kickstarter ’Profile’ worksheet page.

Image: ‘Island of Spheres…..’

Watercolor, pen & ink

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

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Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book

Following the ‘Journey’s’ 37 text and image portion of the ‘to be published’ book, the next section featured is titled ‘Snapshots and Memorabilia’. Highlighting letters, pictures, and items received in the mail from people I met during the Journey to Ukazoo. Eight images and notes were part of this section. Shown here is one of those images.

As for the present Journey to Ukazoo Book project, The filming for the Kickstarter submission video was delayed as I needed to rework the storyboard to keep the descriptive discussion within a 2 minute format.

Border artwork is now being transferred to Bristol paper, inked in, and watercolors added. I want at least 8 of the 74 border images ready for the video.

Image: ‘Blue Sphere, Green Man’ – in Private Collection

Oil on board

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book

Continuing to highlight the ‘Journey’ text & art in the Body portion of the Book, all the stops along my trek across the country and back again route were in the U.S except one. With my previous stop, Dec.16/22, 2013, being in upstate New York, I choose to venture into Canada. With passbook in hand, Stop  #30 of the 37 stories/image took me to Saguenay, Quebec during the Christmas holidays. Considering the season and the image, the story became a tongue and cheek version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

As for the present Journey to Ukazoo Book project, my focus has been on getting the video storyboard worked out for filming my submission video to Kickstarter. At the same time I am combining the 2 minute descriptive dialog of the video with additional text to flesh out the more informative portion of the ‘Kickstarter’ ‘Story’ profile worksheet. Both of these descriptions will be visible on the Kickstarter site once the funding campaign is launched in March.

 

Image: ‘Strolling Lawn Vases’ – in Private Collection

Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.