A Map of Not-Westeros

So here is this map I drew in 2006….


Do you notice any similarities? I have to say, I drew this at a time when I had no idea what A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE was, I hadn’t read A Game of Thrones, never even heard of it… Believe it or not…

So I guess the similarity in the general shape is easy to explain: I modeled my map after Great Britain like George RR Martin did (and after Walter Moers’ maps of Zamonia as you can see in the picture below). What’s harder to explain, is the giant WALL I put there in the north – I mean, I have a perfect explanation: It was built there as a barrier to Shadowland, where monsters live – but also… no, I won’t reveal any of the plot twists here.


Even though I’ve planned this epic fantasy tale eleven years ago, I haven’t abandoned it yet. The only reason I never wrote it -I had plotted it, created my world, its inhabitants, rules, myths, a protagonist, and his goal, I had tried out a few voices -is became I got distracted with other projects. First, I got this scholarship for writing a play, then there were some screenplays, yet another play and finally, I had a book deal for my first and then for my second novel.

My epic fantasy tale came across my desk from time to time, and I had always meant to write it, but maybe now is the time I should reconsider it…


Here is a picture of me drawing the map in 2006: (at a late night writing session… at a time when there weren’t any combs or brushes anywhere near…)







There is a new website for the anthology-project Singularity50, along with a very nice trailer, check it out:


My story is still in the run for a spot amongst the “most thought provoking voices in new SF” – I have my fingers crossed…

Singularity50 is part of the create50 project. As a writers you submit, critique and get a chance to re-write your material – a process I’m very familiar with through my work as a screenwriter (as Elisabeth Schmied- www.elisabethschmied.com).

The whole process was an exceptionally positive, inspiring experience; an opportunity to meet likeminded writers who elevate each other’s material. Aside from that, I just fell in love with the fictional timeline that was created as a story universe – as I’m sure you will, too.

The anthology comes out this fall, but you can already pre-order it, here: https://www.singularity50.com/buy/