Welcome to the guild, Burt! Haha, yes, cartography can definitely be a deep pool that takes you away from some of the other things that might need doing... or wait, maybe those other things are taking you away from cartography... This is a really welcoming community with some very generous souls sharing all kinds of great tricks, tips, and information. I'm always excited to see writers around, since I'm betting you will have some things to share about story-telling.
Thanks for the chance to surface, now I have to get back in the pool.