The Map of Eirie…
NB: The Stumpwork Robe is available as of 1st February at:
for $US 0.99
and if you are a UK customer at:
although Kindle inform me that UK price has not yet been set. (as of 1st Feb).
In order to provide e-readers of The Stumpwork Robe and The Last Stitch with an idea of the world in which they are moving and because the map itself was difficult to upload to Kindle in the body of the text, I am providing all the map images here on the blog.
This black and white image is the original map, designed by Cath McAuliffe of CM Design from my very own pen and paper scratchings, the one that would sit inside the body of my print novel. I loved the way she translated my world and my thoughts to a visual image someone might be able to understand. The outer reaches of Eirie are unexplored in the first novel and the northern expanse beyond the Raj is a completely unknown world. For all the Eirish know, they could exist on an island continent the size of Australia.
Bo Press designed these wonderful cards based on Cath’s original work. To see the map in colour gives a whole new dimension to the view of the land mass and the sea surrounding it and the cards have been very special accoutrements in advertising the world of Eirie.
This version of the map is a further design by Pat Sweet from Bo Press in California. Like me, Pat enthuses over maps and maps compile a large proportion of the miniature books, folios, tellurions, orreries and globes that she creates at the studio. To me, this map could have fallen out of Adelina’s pocket as she leaves the world of Faeran to travel across the sea to Maria Island in the Pymm Archipelago.
As I wrote more books about the world of Eirie , Pat Sweet prompted me to create a celestial map which she refined and improved upon as only she can. The reason it is gored is that she then wraps the map around a tiny ball to create the boxed miniature pocket globes for which she is world-renowned.
I love the maps of my world and sometimes when I’m sitting holding that world in my hands and realise that it all came from my own imagination, I am quite overawed. It merely remains to be seen how much else there is to be discovered. And written about!
I’d like to give a shout-out to Cath McAuliffe, and thank her for designing such a charming original map, and also apologize for not asking her permission before mucking around with it.
I’ve been inspired by Eirie since I read the original novel. The globes, maps, boxes and costumes that I’ve made seem to flow so easily out of the writing that it’s like I’m making something that already exists somewhere else.
I’d forgotten I’d done those distressed versions of the maps. The maps themselves look suspiciously clean for being on such aged paper.
Where’s my e-champagne?
@Pat. Right here. E-Veuve, is that okay? Mine’s chilled and divine!
Here’s a glass!
Hi Prue! I would like to announce that I am now the proud owner of a Kindle! I have downloaded one book so far…. and it is…. The Stumpwork Robe! 😀
Nikalee! THANK YOU so much and what an honour for me, your first purchase. Have a glass of E-Veuve!!!
Thanks! Don’t mind if I do. 🙂
Beautiful maps! I adore old maps…and new maps designed with the artistry of the old ones. These are gorgeous!
Thanks Rowenna. Entirely due to designers ran with my old sketch and managed to read my mind!
Rowena, do you know the David Rumsey Map Collection?
Go for it my dear and good luck. I shall promote and push wherever I can
Thanks Si, ditto with yours. Are you going print or e-book with Dark Empress?