The joy of mapmaking.Posted: January 6, 2013
I’ve been through the cave three times now. Cameras and notebooks aren’t allowed, so every time I go in, I just try to impress everything on my memory and then scribble notes in my Moleskine once we’re back in the car park. I’ve also started to make a composite map of all my memories (snapshot, above). It’s very inadequate. The cave is hardly linear, for starters. Next time I go in, I’m going to pay attention to one thing only: relative angle changes. That is, 40° to the right, followed by 110° to the left, et cetera, like headings…I have to remember my flight training all over again.
The process is deeply pleasurable. I feel like I’m building my own playground. This cave is where my characters will live through one of the most wondrous and horrific days of their lives. I have to get it right.