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With the release of my fantasy-steampunk short eBook, “The Old Sergeant” (now available at Amazon for the Kindle, BN.com for the Nook, Smashwords and a bunch of other places), one of the things I’ve been getting a lot of requests for is a map of the world he exists in…what I’m calling the “Aegisteel Empire.”
At first, I was a bit concerned because I assumed it meant I wasn’t very good at telling my story and readers were confused as to where everything happened in it. This is still a concern of mine because prose writing is very different from the screenwriting I’ve been doing professionally for the past few years. With a film or TV script, you can fudge details or locations because you know the director will come in and change everything anyway. Well, that and the location details tend to work themselves out when you drop a story into a real world setting. Prose needs to be much more precise and clear or your reader will get lost. Yes, I know this is one of those “well, duh” blatantly obvious statements that every good writer should know…sue me, I’m not a very good writer.
Back to the map. Readers asked for a world map of some kind and, in spite of my clarity fears, I was a bit resistant. I’d always found maps in fantasy novels to be a bit hokey and cliche, and, being incredibly arrogant, I was pretty sure I was correct and everyone else was wrong. Not just about this, but about everything…including the belief that “Howard the Duck” was a great film. Also, “Hudson Hawk.” And “Josie and the Pussy Cats.”
That attitude changed…no, not the one about the movies, the one about maps…when I sat down to start work on the full-length novel follow-up to “The Old Sergeant” (did I mention the eBook is now available at Amazon for the Kindle, BN.comfor the Nook, Smashwords and a bunch of other places?). Over the course of doing my outline and chapter breakdowns, I found myself quickly sketching out maps to help me orient the story in my own head. Having that map in hand helped me to solidify the world of the “Aegisteel Empire” in my head and, even more interesting, led me to add quite a bit to the story I was writing. As I began to “know” these places and their history, characters and events began to alter themselves to better fit the world the characters existed in.
Yeah, I know, I’m pretty clueless about the most obvious of things from time to time…ok, most of the time.
So, after about six hours of fiddling around in Photoshop, I had cranked out a map of the fantasy-steampunk world of the “Aegisteel Empire” I was pretty happy with…a map I am including in this post for you, my loyal readers, to enjoy. Right now, the map is very basic – it includes all of the locations mentioned in “The Old Sergeant,” along with all of the major points of interest from the upcoming “Aegisteel Empire” novel.
Now, without further delay, I present to you, the World of the Aegisteel Empire map. Click on the thumbnail for a higher resolution view. Enjoy!