mapmaking

Working on the introduction to Junkyard Moon, and have found myself doing something I’ve needed to do since sometime in the mid-90s.  I am making a map of Kekionga.  It’s not going to be cartographically correct, of course– it’s a cartoon map of a cartoon place– but I am going to have make a few final decisions about where some of the familiar places in my inner landscape actually are in relation to each other.

This is quite difficult, and requires serious rereading of not just the published canon, but a whole stack of unfinished scripts and stories and the surprisingly scarce background notes.  Surprising, because I am normally a dedicated, even potentially toxic, worldbuilder.  But I’ve been dedicated to building Kekionga and its surroundings through real stories, and now I have to sift my own work for cues.  Normally rereading old work feels sort of self indulgent, but when you’re doing it for a purpose it can be kind of fun.  Tomorrow I will reread Fox Acre to get some of the deeper history, and then it will be time to start placing things.   I have some very old sketch maps to work with, but the bulk of the finished “2013 map” will be entirely new.

As soon as the map is finished, I will post it here.  I’m not sure yet what it is going to look like, but as I search for ideas I am rediscovering my favorite fantasy maps of Middle Earth, the Hundred Acre Wood, Peter Pan’s Kensington Gardens, and other wonderful places.  If you have a favorite map of a fictional place, please share it in a comment.

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4 Responses to mapmaking

  1. Rick Santman says:

    I misplaced my copy years ago, but Bored of the Rings had a map featuring such areas of terrain as The Land of the Knee Walking Turkeys, and The Land of the Horrible Stench.

    A fit companion for my beloved maps of The Shire and Middle Earth, which had a spot of honor pinned on my bedroom wall back in the early 70’s.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    I have a copy of that book. I even think I know where it is. Not exactly an intellectual pleasure, but lots of fun, as I recall. I don’t remember the map, but I am going to hunt it up.

  3. Wolfie says:

    I always loved the map in the back (sometimes the front or inside front cover, depending on the edition) in Dune of the polar regions where the story mainly takes place. It’s clear, not too simple or complex, and has the feel of being drawn while crouched over a flat stone in a dry cave under the light of a suspensor lamp.

  4. Pam Bliss says:

    Oddly enough, though I love Dune, I have absolutely no memory of the map at all. Either I’ve never seen it, or I just never looked at it. (I went through a period in my youth when I absolutely refused to look at supplemental materials attached to novels– I’m sure I read Dune for the first time when I was on that kick and that probably explains it.) I will look it up today.
    Wolfie has, by the way, aptly described my drawing style.

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