Finally! Actual Printed Books

Doc contemplates a Zen Riddle

Luckily for Doc and Turtle, this is no longer a problem. Doc’s first book is on sale and in stock! This has been a very surreal experience up to now. It’s hard to describe a coloring book about a gorilla with a monocle.

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Doc MacDoodle Goes to College

Doc MacDoodle assumed that when he got the call from the University of New Hampshire that he was to receive an honorary degree. It turned out to be something better! The Memorial Union Building (MUB) requested some poster-sized version of Doc MacDoodle’s Animals to post for frazzled students to color during finals week. Olivia Marple captured the action.

female college student colors artwork posted on wall.

Alejandra Ruiz decorates one of the posters across from the MUB Information Desk.

Keerthana Chandran fills in the border of one of the posters located next to the Information Desk at the MUB

Keerthana Chandran fills in the border of one of the posters located next to the Information Desk at the MUB.

Female undergraduate colors on a poster.

Isabelle Riley colors in a vine. Riley exclaimed, “This is the greatest idea. Who says coloring is just for kids?”

 

Doc MacDoodle with word balloon that says "It's a scientific fact that Wildcats who color in the MUB get 13.535% better grades on finals that those who don't color."

After she finished coloring, Riley said to her friends, “I really need that 13 percent.”

 

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Pre Order Doc MacDoodle’s Animals Now!

After much last minute cover shenanigans (see various permutations below) I finally finished my coloring book! It is available on Amazon now for pre sale and will be in stock on June 1o. Buy! Share! Love!

Cover of Doc MacDoodles Color Therapy for Grown-Ups

Here are some of the other versions that I considered. Apparently, Marie Antoinette butterfly had a bit too much Kardashian attitude. 🙂

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Thank you to all of my pals who offered feedback on the creative process!

 

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The Doc is Coming!

My first coloring book for grown ups will be available for pre-order on Amazon in May 2016! 
Doc MacDoodle™ is a highly overeducated gorilla. He and his faithful lab assistants, Scuppers and Pinball, have inspired a coloring book for grown ups of all ages. Fun nature illustrations with a sense of humor are guaranteed to provide hours of coloring entertainment. Look for Doc MacDoodle’s Animals: Color Therapy for Grown Ups soon!

Doc MacDoodle's™ Animals Color Therapy for Grown Ups

Doc MacDoodle™, Ph.D. has a doctorate in tintosity, coloraboration and hueman Studies with a specialty in color pencil sharpening from DoDo Online University. While he does not have a medical degree per se, he is a recognized expert in the following fields:  psychotherapy, Jungian philosophy, phrenology, criminology, zoology, arachnology and many other ologies.

animal-octopus inside-vines

 

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Ed and Mary Scheier: UNH Potters

Ed and Mary Scheier

There is a big show of the Scheier’s work coming to Portsmouth. Check out the slideshow and timeline that I created for UNH Today. Liz Finnegan, my mom collected several of their pots from the 1940s and 50s when the Scheiers were at UNH.

There work is in many museums and was even on Antiques Roadshow!

This is one of the things that I have been working on that has caused me to neglect you all. Please accept this token of my affection.

(Scheier photo courtesy of the Currier Museum of Art. Fish pot by Ed Scheier, late 1950s-early1960s, collection of Brian and Stephanie Fischer. Face pot by Ed Scheier, 1966, collection of UNH Special Collections. Casserole by Mary and Ed Scheier, late 1940s-early 1950s, collection of University Museum.)

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Storytelling IS King! (And Queen)

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 Managing Content Marketing: The Real-World Guide for Creating Passionate Subscribers to Your Brand by Robert Rose did an excellent job of laying out a road map for developing a content strategy. Here are my top three takeaways.

1. Storytelling is KING!
Rose quotes Daniel H. Pink as saying that storytelling will emerge as an enormously important aspect of future success. The new “high concept” worker will be able to “detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative, and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new.”

2. Use the “hero’s journey” to tell your brand’s story.
You can use this frame work for brainstorming or to map out your editorial strategy.
3. The Content Marketing Funnel
This is going to go a long way to explaining what Content Marketing is to my UNH Advancement colleagues.
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The Liz Project

Brendan tells Bridget his first memory of emerging from the birth canal.

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What’s in Your Bunker?

Bridgee as Burgess Meredith in the Twilight Zone

No, I will not be like Burgess Meredith.

As you may recall, in the Twilight Zone he was an avid reader who welcomed the solitude of the apocalypse. Nobody was left to bother him. He could read and read all day undisturbed. Unfortunately for Burgess, he broke his only pair of glasses. He was left nearly blind, surrounded by blurry books.

Message received, Burgess! I will have nineteen pairs of reading glasses. And as I am always fashion conscious, they will be in an array of stylish colors.

Because there may not be power or WiFi in my bunker, I will leave my Kindle behind.

I am fairly certain that Jeff Bezos has a contingency plan for the apocalypse. I plan on just ordering new paper books by shouting into the air and waiting for the Amazon drone to arrive.

In the unlikely event that Jeff’s plan is not as carefully thought out as I suspect it will be, I will pack the bunker with emergency reading materials to tide me over through the radiation storm. This stash will include the following volumes.

The Calvin and Hobbes master volume. No explanation necessary.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy — so I can be reminded that it could always be worse.

The Emily Post Guide to Etiquette, Post Apocalyptic Edition.

And finally,

Dollhouse, by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian — as I will need to be continually reminded that the human race pretty much had it coming.

This was created as part of a fun writing seminar with Karla Whitney of Strike Studio.

As most of the participants were under 40 nobody really got the Burgess Meredith reference. C’est la vie.

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Cirque du Soleil Seating Chart

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Bridgee at Age One

A photo of baby Bridgee with a Hitler moustache.

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