This is something I created at around age 8. It contains all the mistakes one associates with a beginning geofictician: too many grids, too many motorways, implausible coastlines… almost no names. So take heart, all ye crappy geoficticians: I have walked in your shoes.
This is a map of a place whose name I can no longer decipher. I used to invent writing systems to go with my imaginary worlds, and this one, undocumented, is lost to time. It’s clearly inspired by Tolkien’s Elvish, but I doubt it’s in any way directly related.
The archipelago-of-islands is obviously drawing on LeGuin’s Earthsea, which I thought very highly of at the time. I’d estimate this was drawn around 1979. The rapidograph ink lines give away the period.
In fact this isn’t so hard, I don’t think – if you use the “add svg” plugin for JOSM. But I think it’s cool to imagine a topiary garden as a giant, detailed flag. I had done this once, in front of the presidential place in Ardisphere. But it was deleted when I started work on redesigning the capital city.