Fiiiiiiinished! It’s a map of the GreenSky Worlds by the astonishing Tom Parker, and I adore it.
We’re planning on adding it to the current GreenSky books (six in total) plus having it in the remaining four!
Now, a quick tour…? If you want to see more of Meton and the mountains, try Green Sky & Sparks – which, incidentally, is 99p in the UK and $1.99 in the US! Aleric, the Plains and Meton are Grey Stone & Steel and High Flight & Flames.
Any of the following can be read as stand-alones, so if you want more of The Mage’s Centre, Derah and Aden (and the oceans) try Salt Winds & Wandering; Tao and a murder mystery is Empty Skies & Sunlight. Huish and the desert is Desert Sands & Silence, and there will be more desert – and more exploring! – in the seventh book, Far Heights & Horizons.
The eighth will be the desert between Reyan and Torth; the ninth is the forest around the Mage’s Centre and Belmont; and the final is back to Meton, and some familiar faces.
So – thank you to Tom for doing the map: it’s been a ridiculously fun experience and I can’t recommend Tom’s skill and professionalism enough, along with his fantastic drawing style! I hope everyone who reads the new books is going to enjoy being able to see the places they’re reading about!
Yes, I know I am a wordsmith and can word good. But MAP!
(Also, if you’re not sure about what world this is – Green Sky & Sparks is the first book in the series!)
Not even sorry about the multitude of posts. I adore this map! I keep finding more details – like the ruins in the mountains, and the crashed glider, and the tiny oasis, and the monster whose eye I just want to poke, even though it would be super mean. (Sorry, monster.)
We’re just sorting out names on it, Tom’s doing a frame, and then there will be COLOUR!
So Tom’s comment when he sent it was “Is Meton ludicrous?”
Which…yes, it is! I adore it. I squeaked. And then I had to write a very sad email going “But it’s just…not right for what’s described. Sad Face.”
I love that castle. I want to live there. I want to climb the towers and walk through the tunnel and isn’t it so much fun?! I might have to write another story just set in that castle.
But… it’s jarring enough that it made me – and Otter, who was peering over my shoulder and has just returned from the depths of Grey Stone & Steel – pause. It’s not on the end of a cliff; it’s not a more medieval-style castle; the towers are proper towers. I just…
For most of the map, I’m more than happy for things to not ‘match’ – I don’t have a visual imagination, and so if something’s not as described – what the hell! I don’t care. There’s so many versions and visions that I honestly don’t mind. But Meton is the centre of the books, and the thing I’ve spent so much time with, and I found I had a slightly better imagination for it. So… slightly less ludicrous we go.
But hey, at least I have a setting for my next story!
(And isn’t the rest of the map AMAZING? I am loving this so much!)
The world of Green Sky is getting a MAP! I am so ridiculously excited right now.
The amazing Tom Parker Illustration has been working on it for the past few weeks, and we’ve got to the inking stage…
So, this was the first inked sketch I had:
I have just been…WHEEEEE and there has been SO MUCH SQUEE. And, yes, a bit of grumbling, because I had to go and do my research again! I did start trying to get a map done a couple of years back, but unfortunately due to various things it didn’t work out. I did pull together some notes for that, but of course thought “Oh, I won’t need those…” and now have to remember exactly how many islands there are in Tao and ohcrap I forgot to put Torth on my terrible sketch and what even is in the desert?
Tom, bless him, took it absolutely on the chin and sent me a very rough sketch (thank goodness) with a huge bunch of questions and a very large amount of enthusiasm at getting to draw flying machines and machinery! And now we’ve got to inking and I am just blown away. It’s not Accurate because none of my world is – it’s all in my head and was never intended to have a Right Way, and I am absolutely loving Tom’s interpretation of it all.
And this is the latest one!
It’s going to go into Book 7 (as that’s pretty much about mapping) and Otter’s currently trying to convince me that I should put it into the previous books, too – so that’s something I’m going to look into. Also, Tom’s going to colour it so I can print one for my wall!!
It’s going to look SO GOOD!