I love maps. If I weren't a writer, and if I could go back to my early twenties and choose something different to do with my life, I would choose mapmaking. But since I don't have a time machine, and I'd hate to give up writing, I did the next best thing. I wrote a main character that makes maps. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is called Vicarious Cartography.
The thing is, traditional mapmaking is now a bit of a redundant pursuit--Google maps and GPS and satellites make plotting the boundaries of land onto a piece of paper somewhat unnecessary--so when I wrote Fathom Lines, I knew my character, Lise, had to be a different sort of mapmaker.
Instead of the physical landscape, she focuses on mapping an emotional landscape of Toronto. She gathers memories from random people from all different parts of the city, and then makes a topography of emotion.
But there are real people doing amazing things with maps right now, and thanks to these creative minds, we can find our way in the world differently. Here are a few recent projects that I love the most:
Erin Bedford, writer.