The sheets of paper pretty much hidden by everything are a collection of maps, layouts of towns/war camps etc., a summary of abilities/countries and character studies/introspectives. Everything is hand-drawn, and demonstrates why Art was not a GCSE option!
I love drawing maps, they help me understand the worlds and places I am writing about. I find knowing the physical relationships between places informs the politics and country dynamics, which is interesting and continues to surprise me as I learn more things about these countries. Even though I’ve made it all up, I don’t know everything and they’ve taken on identities of their own! This is hard to explain, but these worlds and the characters I’ve been pouring parts of myself into for years feel like real people to me (I’m not mad, I just have all these people living in my head telling me their stories!).
For those of you who recognise names or features on the maps and character studies, I am sorry for talking so much to you about these stories and I am impressed you didn’t just blank it all!
The books featured are among my favourites – the middle stack represents my absolute favourite books in the whole world. If you’re into fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian, I definitely recommend these books. The books are as follows:
- A Crown of Embers, Rae Carson, book #2 of Fire and Thorns Trilogy. My all-time favourite book
- Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard, book #1 of Red Queen Quartet
- Rebel of the Sands, Alwyn Hamilton, book #1 of Rebel of the Sands Trilogy
- Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas, book #1 of Throne of Glass Series
- A Gathering of Shadows, V. E. Schwab, book #2 of Shades of Magic Trilogy
The Bible is open of Psalm 139, a wonderful Psalm that is so reassuring; God is always with us and knows everything about us. In particular, comforting verses in light of my travels:
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Psalm 139 vs.3-5
If I ride the wings of morning, if I dwell by the furthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me and your strength will support me.
Psalm 139 vs.9-10