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Digitizing My Drawn Maps

I have drawn a lot of maps over the years for Ariadne, and I’ve shown it in the past (a rather fuzzy-looking photo).  But finally, I’m digitizing them.

I don’t have a scanner, so I used the next best thing, a digital camera.  I took a high quality photo to get as much detail as possible, and to make it absolutely clear, as it has faded somewhat.  I’m using paint.NET to do the editing, and so far I’m liking it.  Here it is so far.

Ariadne map editing

As you can see, it’s just a screenshot of paint.NET with my map.  It’s not clear, and you can’t read much of it, but that’s how I wanted it for now.  I just wanted to show you the progress.  On the left side of the biggest continent, you can see that the coastline is bolder.  That’s what I’ve done so far. The process will take some time.

The original map is unedited, though.  I’m drawing on a layer, and I’ll be using that layer for the basis of several maps, trying various styles, types of information, and maybe even an image of the planet itself.

So, I have a question for you.  What kind of map would you like to see? Leave a comment with your answer.

The Blog in 2014

I’ve already posted about my year ahead, but I wasn’t very specific about what’s going to happen with my blogging.

My daily posting is expected to continue, unless I have a busy day or two here or there, or I’m away on vacation.  When I’m blogging as I like on a daily basis, I feel pretty good.  I enjoy the interaction with my readers, and I find I always have something to write about.

There’s something I want to do for 2014, and that’s start a roughly weekly fact series of posts.  The title of this blog is related to encyclopedias, and I always loved reading about various topics when I was a kid.  I’d like to bring back that feeling by reading a bit about different topics (mainly science and geography related), and sharing some interesting facts about them.  I might tell you about the cerebelum one week, then talk about Mt. Etna the next, and then about gypsum.  Who knows?  But I think I’ll keep them mostly related to events going on in the world, so it’s more relevant.

Another thing I’ll be doing is using paint.net to experiment with graphics editing.  I’d like to redo the site’s design, as well.  The header could use some freshening up and a bit more relevant to the topic (it’s currently a picture of Enoshima in the city I live in).  I will also be using it to work on maps.  That’s right, I’ll be posting maps of Ariadne, mainly on my official site, but I’ll also discuss it here.  And if I become proficient enough with it, I may even work on my own cover art.  I’m pretty decent at drawing and have done graphics art before, but I’m pretty rusty.

As always, I’ll be bringing more reviews and interviews.  I hope to increase my reading pace to 30 books in the coming year.

I’ll be a bit quiet over the next few days, unfortunately.  When I return later in the week, expect some great things to come!

I Am Taking a Break

That’s right, I’m eating a Kit-Kat.  No, that’s not right.  Actually, I’m taking a break from writing my book.  Don’t worry, it’s not a long break.  I’m going on holiday next week, so there won’t be any chance to write.  I’ll also be busy with my family.  Once the holidays are over, I’ll be back at it.

But that’s all I’m taking a break from.  I’m still blogging here, unless I’m unable to make a post while I’m on vacation (you know, eating and drinking with the in-laws makes it a bit difficult).  For part of today and tomorrow, I’ll still be pretty free, though I do work tomorrow.  I’m going to be reading a lot, and I’ll also be trying out paint.net, which is a free paint program with lots of features.  It’s been a few years since I’ve done some serious graphics work, so I’ll be trying to get the hang of it again.

So, I have a quick question.  Anyone have experience with paint.net?  How is it?