Friday, May 11, 2007

The Map is Available for Viewing


Just a quick note to say that Shawn has put the map of Acacia: The War with the Mein up on the website. If you want to check it click here. It's the work of David Cain, a guy who knows a thing or two about mapping both imaginary and real worlds. You can click on the small image and it gets a bit bigger.



Blogger Constance Brewer said...

Maps are good! I still have my Maps of Middle Earth from long, long ago. :)

I love the maps Campaign Cartographer produces - unfortunately I'm not as smart as the program and have retreated to hand-drawn for my worlds. Guess I'm not as geeky as I thought...

5:57 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hey, it all starts with hand-drawing, I'd say. I drew the original of my Known World map. David Cain, of course, made it ALOT better, but I still see some of my lines and contours in it.

6:03 PM  
Blogger John Dent said...

Would you say it's important to have a map drawn up when writing on this scale?

7:50 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yeah, absolutely. You can go for a while envisioning things in your head, but at some point - as things get complicated - you need to have something to refer to, something that grounds you in a reality that forces you to acknowledge it.

Having said that, I have to admit that when David Cain went to work on my map he had a lot questions and found discrepancies between the dimensions of my map and the details on the novel. I'd screwed up some stuff royally is what I'm saying. Now, if I didn't even have my pencil-drawn map... well, nothing would have made much such sense.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Gabriele Campbell said...

Lol, it's one of the reasons I stick to historical fantasy or alternate history (when not writing plain hist fiction to begin with) so I can still use the map of Europe. I can't draw a straight line. :)

But the map is very nice.

1:02 PM  

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