I use maps in my journals because I love the way they look, and the way it helps establish where I was when I was journaling that page. Here is a page from an Italian journal, with a bit of a map of Orvieto, aÂ hill town where I taught last year, and will teach again in 2013. I am teaching class in Virginia Beach in a few weeks about journal mapping, we will do some astrological maps, table maps, memory maps and whatever else I drum up between now and then. Here is the link for that. Journal Mapping In Virginia Beach.
Many writers are also map lovers, and use maps in their studies for their books, often in their journals just like me. Robert Louis Stevenson was such a man. You can find many more writers like him in a book that I adore, called Maps of the Imagination, the Writer as Cartographer by Peter Turchi. Here is what Mr. Stevenson has to say.
But it is my contention – my superstition, if you like – that who is faithful to his map, and consults it, and draws from it his inspiration, daily and hourly, gains positive support, and not mere negative immunity from accident. The tale has a root there; it grows in that soil; it has a spine of its own behind the words. Better if the country be real, and he has walked every foot of it and knows every milestone. But even with imaginary places, he will do well in the beginning to provide a map; as he studies it, relations will appear that he had not thought upon; he will discover obvious, though unsuspected, short-cuts and footprints for his messengers; and even when a map is not all the plot, as it was in Treasure Island, it will be found to be a mine of suggestion. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Art of Writing
Do you use maps in your journals? Put a comment here and tell me about it.
I will draw a name on March 1. The winner will get a packet of maps and goodies from me. Some will be my maps, some will be other kinds of map related goodies.
Here are the rules.
1. Post here and have a link on your blog to the post.
2. If you have no email or blog, it won’t work for this one.
3. Post a photo of your journal map on the flickr group of your journal map and you get one extra credit!
I will mail overseas for this one.
Also check out my Facebook Group, Arty Cartophiles.
Looking forward to seeing all your maps!