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MAP MAP update MAP

More map!

Detailed map of fantasy land, showing a city with huge towers

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!)

MAP map map map MAP!!

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:

Part-inked Greensky Map

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!

More detailed map

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!

Imposter Syndrome, with added Imposter

I’m buying books.

Who let me get at the department’s budget?! I mean, I have to convince my boss first (which usually consists of me being enthusiastic at him, and not using the words “steampunk” or “fairy”)-

-which, on a side note, feels like an even worse method of buying things than anything else: I like it, therefore we need it-

I mean, who am I fooling? I should be doing Serious Market Research and throwing TCM figures around and looking at Amazon stats. Instead, I’m going “well, I really liked it and therefore I want to throw it out into the world in the hope that other people like it too.”

Ok, maybe that isn’t such a bad method of choosing books.

But then I have to negotiate for books. And then hopefully buy them.

I mean, that feels like an even worse method of doing anything. Someone’s letting me loose with a whole bunch of money and I’ve got to go ask an agent how much I have to give them to let me publish a really really good story all over the place, or maybe just in one or two places. I want to print pretty books, anyhow.

And then there’s a whole bunch of tedious detail, but I can’t have everything my way.

I just feel like…I need more experience. Or age. Or knowledge. Or just… it shouldn’t be ME.

Who let me do this?!

But I bought a really good book! It’s Jane Austen with magic (ok, there’s a lot more detail than that but you’re going to have to wait for it to come out, because it’s just so much fun) and eeeeeeeeeeh!

(Also, seriously looking forward to Chimera coming out. It gets more and more fun every time I read it!)

And I’m currently pondering another.

It’s terrifying, exhilarating, and I am both feeling major Imposter Syndrome and absolutely loving it. I still don’t know who let me adult, though…

If anyone needs me this evening, I’ll be in my blanket fort.

Spring Has Sprung! (2019)

A brief Kate update; the missed blog post on Wednesday was because my partner went into hospital on Tuesday, and I ended up spending 12 hours there before I got kicked out (at the end of visiting hours, not because I’d offended a nurse – they’re scary!) My partner is now back home and recovering well, and everything’s settling back into routine – but definitely a stressful week!

I did get out to see The Rocky Horror Show live on Friday, though, which was fantastic! Really enjoyed that – and it was as ridiculous as I’d been led to expect, which was fabulous.

Anyhow, spring! It’s been really pretty, and I’ve been enjoying the sunshine 🙂