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  1. The best way to begin

    by , 01-18-2014 at 11:13 AM
    The best advice on writing I have ever given or received was simply to put pen to paper and write.

    It's so natural to me. I've never been faced with a blank page I was not tempted to fill, and once begun, filled rapidly. I also have a talent for editing. To take a work written, by myself or anyone else, and improve upon it; to find a sketch and fix it, adding in details which make it whole, this is natural as well.

    I'm no (in)famous master of my art, but I do rather ...
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  2. I can write a BLOG here?!?! Yippee!!

    by , 01-14-2014 at 02:43 AM
    As a mapping-curious individual who is here to exploit cartography for the sole purpose of enriching my world, I'm finding these forums to be strangely addictive.

    The fact that it is not as busy here as some of my other forums seems to aggravate the addiction.

    And now, you give me, a person to whom the need to write is as natural as the need to breathe.. a place to write what I will.

    I promise I shall try to keep it map-related. Or at least world-building ...
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  3. Section 14-A

    by , 12-27-2013 at 09:59 PM
    Sometimes when your digging around for inspiration on one project, something entirely different comes along and sparks your creative fire. This is not a map (which is why I am posting it here) but it was a fun little project. The base shape is one of my container shapes for my doomed Lite Challenge. I started out working to refine the base object a little and as usually happens, my mind went off on it's own and dragged me along. What mysteries lurk behind the door to Section 14-A?.....
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  4. Is it a map of just a pretty picture....

    by , 12-26-2013 at 01:40 PM
    Once again I find myself in the claws of artistic crisis. I have been away from mapping for some time now and find myself both bereft of motivation and for the first time also of inspiration. To add to that, I have discovered that I don't really make maps. Let me explain with a couple of pictures. Here's one of a recent work that I completed

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    Now I am happy with the way it turned out. It fits the story I am trying to tell and it looks pleasing, ...

    Updated 12-26-2013 at 04:41 PM by jtougas

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  5. The Long Wandering Cartographer Returns (again...)

    by , 11-12-2013 at 09:46 PM
    The halls of the Guild were warm and smelled of dust and aging paper. He inhaled deeply and felt a broad grin split his wind weathered face. He had been gone far too long this time and was glad to be back among the old friends and new faces....

    Another long absence and another joyful return. I have been gone too long and am looking forward to once again being an active member of this wonderful community.
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