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Concartography (was: Unsolicited abuse)

From:JOEL MATTHEW PEARSON <mpearson@...>
Date:Thursday, May 13, 1999, 18:24
On Thu, 13 May 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Gary Shannon wrote: > > Not so strange, really. When I was a kid I used to love to draw maps of > > imaginarey lands. I still admire nicely done works of concartography. > > Me too. In fact, I have a roughly-drawn, periodically revised, map of > the Continent (the one continent on Terra Nova). I wonder if many other > conlangers/conculturers were the same way?
I started drawing maps several years before I began conlanging. Like my early conlanging, my early concartography was heavily influenced by Tolkien. Most of my maps from that period have the distinct style of Tolkien's maps, or those drawn by his son Christopher for later editions of the books. I still get immense aesthetic pleasure from contemplating coastlines, mountain ranges, and river systems. (My current favourite coastline is Brittany, although the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick coastline is also rather lovely...) My boyfriend is often amused to walk into a room and find me sitting in a chair staring at our large Hammond desk atlas. I'm itching to do a map of the region inhabited by the Tokana, but first I have to settle the thorny question of exactly where they live. I know it's somewhere along the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, between the Queen Charlotte Islands and the mouth of the Columbia River - but I still can't decide exactly where... Matt.