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2015: The Year Ahead

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 20, 2015, 1:56 PM
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I Make Maps and Map Accessories


Wow, hard to believe it's 2015 already (yeah, I know it has been for nearly a month, but I had to get affairs in order)! 2014 was quite a year, wasn't it? As far as deviantart went, I began with hardly a follower or view and turned myself around into a cartography fiend with 123 watchers and 32k views under my belt. Not so bad for the year!

But, in many ways, 2014 was just a test year. It was a year for trying new concepts, new ideas, and new styles, to hem myself in to what kind of artist and writer I wanted to be. Some projects were failures, and others were massive successes.

Overall, however, I want 2015 to be the year that I really get in sync with my art and writing, and the year I make something of myself. And, so far, it's looking like that'll be possible. In addition to getting some work with commissions that I'll finish sometime soon, I've also got a whole lot of exciting projects lined up throughout the year!

The big, main project as far as mapmaking goes is going to be the one I mentioned in the last journal, A Canticle For Epstein. Basically combining a journalistic style of writing with lavishly detailed maps, ACFE will take you, the readers, on trips to all sorts of alternate history worlds. From worlds where cliches such as Mega-Germany and the Domination of the Draka have been turned on their heads to worlds where nations destroyed by history like the Ilkhanate, Khazar Khanate, Novgorod Republic, and Caliphate of Cordoba get their place in the sun. 

A Canticle For Epstein should take up most of the year as far as scheduling goes, and I hope to, after this month, get out around 2 maps for it per month, if not more. I am very excited for it just because of the volume of exciting premises I'll get to explore with my own brand of creativity and style.

Besides ACFE and commissions, I'll also be working quite a bit on writing and various maps to go along with them. Specifically, I'll finally be getting back into my main project, The Grand War, and starting a project of short stories that may one day be turned into a novel based on the scenario Land of Cotton by rvbomally: Land of Cotton by RvBOMally. To get an idea of what I'll be working with on the latter, think of Harry Turtledove's North vs. South series of novels (popularly known as Timeline-191) mixed with the best parts of dystopian fiction and Judge Dredd.

For The Grand War, some of you may remember me writing a novel over what started as a map request. Unfortunately, I have not written much of it since the end of November, but have now got back on the right track. Mostly by finally finding out exactly what I want to do with it. Rather than simply being an alternate history steampunk novel about yet another war in Europe, the new novel will turn those ideas on their heads, setting itself in a world where a world war is mainly fought and won in Asia, with Europe, at best, a side theater that the main powers of China, Persia, Punjab, and the Caliphate of Baghdad care little for. The novel will examine and strike down the notion commonly seen in alternate history that, for whatever reason, it is inevitable to see Europe being the masters of the world.

Both of the above writing projects will be available for free to read on my website, and likely in other places as well,  as a nice little bonus. Because I like making my novels freely available to everyone! In addition to all of the above projects, I will have some minor projects going on, including one that ties into A Canticle For Epstein examining the "Medieval America" trope and turning it on its head.

So yes, lots of exciting developments for the new year, and I hope you all will look forward to it as much as I do! Until next time, have a good one.



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Lynn Davis
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Arlington, TX, United States of America
Occupation: College student, majoring in English Education
Tools of the trade: Inkscape
Loves: Alternate history and maps

Well, guess I should introduce myself. I'm Lynn, a college girl looking to be a teacher who has taken up her love for alternate history into the form of map-making, and occasionally dabbling in flag-making as well. Proud US patriot, and have recently gotten in touch with my strong German heritage, so I suppose I could be called a German patriot in exile.

Anyways, here for the maps and flags and other pretty pictures on the site, and hope to make some of my own and meet some cool people. :)

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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago
Happy Birthday, my friend! :D
Here's your gift: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wLYvT… ;)
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Happy Birthday!
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Merry birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I need to apologize. This is the fourth message I have written to the deviants who commented on my journal, but your comment seems to demonstrate more understanding of what occurred. It was very late, I was tired, and I just wanted to get my thoughts down before I passed out. When I woke up in the morning and reread the journal, I was appalled. I made two unforgivable mistakes. Firstly, I resorted to ad hominems, bias, and intolerance. This is very unlike me and inexcusable. My golden rule when engaging in discussions of any kind is to attack the argument, not the person. In this case I attacked an entire group with the delusion that it would spark rational discussion while acting in an extremely hypocritical manner. I allowed my own bias to corrupt the valid point I was trying to make. I made the writing subjective and personal, and it's hard for me to even understand how I pressed the submit button. I am forever sorry. Secondly, I made the mistake of submitting my late night thoughts as a journal. While religious discussions and debates are actually quite common and acceptable on certain parts of Deviant Art, the journal of an alternate history and speculative biology deviant is not the appropriate place. That was unfair to my watchers and I apologize for my offensive behavior.

Having said that, there is still an objective discussion to be had and I plan to rewrite my journal as an analytic essay which I will submit as such, rather than a journal. In this way, it will be open to more readers of more diverse creed and opinions, some of which will hopefully be interested in rational discussion. This time, I will be objective and unbiased. I will present the pertinent information and present agnosticism as a question, rather than an assertion, positive or negative. I will allow the readers to decide for themselves what is rational and engage in unbiased discussion if possible. In any case, I will keep ad hominems and bias away from future literature and I am sorry for any offense I might have caused you.
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Tardis218 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
thanks for the fav!
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vikhop Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fave :D
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thanks for the fav
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