Book: Working Title : ______________

Okay, I couldn’t hold out forever from posting book ideas.  I’ve been working on a map with Cullen for over a month so I’ve been thinking about it all the time — how am I supposed to NOT write about it?

First, and briefly, my working title is The Shades of Tha’lassos.  I’ll let that settle in and talk more about it later.  Now on to the cartography!

I had a general idea for the layout back in August and after chatting with Cullen about it, he helped me develop an actual map (mountain range, river, forest, towns included) at the scale of a sheet of copy paper.  I considered scanning and putting it up with this post, but decided against it because I want a much more detailed version before it “goes public”.

I’ll tell you a few things about it though! (all of the following is subject to change)

  • The name of the continent is Evruse (pronounced ev-roos).
  • Evruse runs ~1100 miles E-W at its widest and ~800 miles N-S at its longest.
  • I have five main cities thus far:
    • Tha’lassos
    • Noonir
    • Attwater
    • Towerbridge
    • Windbright
  • Cullen and I are working on a unique symbol for each city.
  • I’m in the process of naming regions; I have seven so far.
  • There’s a peninsula!  I’m not sure why that’s exciting.
  • There are seven islands off the east coast of the peninsula… one has a volcano.
  • I have no idea where most of these ideas came from, except that I spend a lot of time thinking about this world (while at work, driving, watching Lost, reading the Hobbit, cross stitching, eating, talking on the phone etc), so they must have just percolated for a while.

Unrelated to maps: I’ve come up with a form of currency… but I don’t want to spoil too much of the fun by talking about it now.  It’ll show up in a blurb I post sometime in the next few months, I’m sure.  Also, character development had a huge breakthrough last month.  The stay-up-until-2am-writing, feeling-like-I-was-on-a-high-from-so-many-ideas-so-quickly type breakthrough.  Most ideas weren’t keepers – but better a storm of horrible than none at all.

As an update on the work front, I’ve cooled down from the panic of last week.  I’m sure I’ll have another anxious “what am I doing with my life” moment, but now – with job (and therefore, financial) security and lots of support from family – I’m not just content.  I’m happy.


About jmmack

Full-time swim coach and pool program manager in the Seattle area. Swimmer, writer, cross-stitcher, HP fan, wife, sister, auntie of two nephews, human to a feisty Jack-Russell mix.
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4 Responses to Book: Working Title : ______________

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  3. Joe Walker says:


    Also, I hope it’s a sound currency, otherwise your society’s headed for collapse.

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