It's been three weeks. I've done things. I've been working for the most part and I've also been to Italy. I don't think you would believe me if you saw me, I'm still pale like bread dough before baking, I only got a sunburned right shoulder. Czech people abroad.
Anyways, back to OGF. I'm done with large scale edits for now, officially.
You know what I've had? It. I've had it. I've completed Janovský kraj, the administrative region I've been working on for nearly two months. Here is a brief showcase of my most recent work.
Let me in, Letěnín
/lɛcɛɲi:n/ A town of about 22,000 residents located on the river Letava, 35 kilometers from the JAS machine works from last post, 80 kilometers from Odrava as the crow flies (1.5 hours by train).
About the town
It's a town with history, and I'm going to give you the short version of it (because who the hell would want to read more on a hot July Monday afternoon.) In the religious war in the 15th century, this town was conquered by the Drabantian reformative side, and they had it fortified. Then in 1477, after the battle of Janov, where the reformative movement was crushed by the foreign conservative army, the progressive side lost Letěnín again. The conservative army kept the fortifications because of the town's strategic location in the valley, in case of a future attack, which never came. The historical town center is well-preserved.
The residents could not care less about religion, for they had other things than God on their mind - notably apricot brandy. Turns out the Letava valley is great for growing fruit. Letěnín is also nicknamed the town of jam, complementing the nearby town of jazz, Hustomyšl, quite nicely. The tradition of jam and fruit brandy making carries on, but present-day Letěnín is a modern town, complete with a shopping center and a Verona Coffee location, thanks for sponsoring this episode.
How I mapped and then didn't - backstory
Now looking at the map, you won't see any orchards. I didn't draw any on purpose, because they wouldn't fit into my otherwise very minimalist style of mapping in the region. You can just imagine they're there. Conceptual art, it's the thought that counts.
This is version two of Letěnín. The original was a paper drawing of mine from 2012, when I didn't really know how to make a realistic small town, and then I transcribed that drawing into OGF in October 2016. It sat there unfinished for a long time, so I finally decided to give it a makeover. Fun fact, it was originally inspired by my grandparents' house and garden, and some of the local names still hint at particular plants or garden landscaping features (see Magnolie, Jahodnice (strawberry fields) or Skalka (rock garden, but also little rock.)
Summer came like cinnamon, so sweet
Where does the name Letěnín come from? Letě- is the root here. It can point to letět (to fly), but my preferred explanation is that it has to do something with léto - meaning summer. Summer is my least favorite season, but this summer I actually like so far - and you have to admit Summertown sounds like a fantastic place to spend a holiday. So come over, mama, and use code BLIKI30 to get any cold beverage at Verona Coffee Letěnín for 30 percent less! Thank you again for sponsoring this episode.
Comments are v welcome
Jam is my life. This is my condiment
- Yumm. Jam. Jaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmm. Oh, nice work on the kraj! Seriously, it's great. The area looks so realistic even without the various landuse tags thrown about. The spacing, pacing, and flow of everything is excellent. If I didn't know better, I'd think it were real. Although I'd love to see how much is orchards, as opposed to other farmlands, I can still imagine it just like you said. (I'm biased on orchards, I grew up near tons of them and quite a few vineyards, too.) Now I want strawberries. Time to go to the store. :) — Alessa (talk) 18:27, 23 July 2018 (CEST)
- Yeeeeeeees I love it! Awesome work as per usual! Glad your having a good summer, and don't worry about not tanning...least you have colour on your skin :P I'm so pasty I'm practically transparent. Also that town name...don't go too fancy with the explanations on how to pronounce it, I haven't a clue what any of those symbols mean xD Keep Up The Mapping! --Aces California (talk) 19:03, 23 July 2018 (CEST)
- I got somewhat linguistically triggered when I saw that the pronunciation of that word includes /c/ or otherwise palatalisation, I dislike Slavic languages for that very reason... anyway, nice to see small towns being equally represented on the map. And what about the fruit brandy? FictiveJ (talk) 00:55, 24 July 2018 (CEST)
- Thank you both! Palatalization is fun! It gives you the opportunity to sound like an idiot with a lisp even though you're just saying the words properly. --Eklas (talk) 07:08, 24 July 2018 (CEST)
- OMG Jam! Why hadn't I thought of this before?! I was just now racking my brains for some sort of agricultural factory for a space I have allocated, and could not for the life of me think of something that wasn't a meatworks, brewery, or dairy factory. Now, like Alessa I want strawberries! --Turnsole80 (talk) 14:41, 24 July 2018 (CEST)
- Don't talk to me about jam no more. My mum spent last week doing it, even when I visited her. Anyway back to mapping the whole work with Janovsky kraj reminds me old country-wide maps from 80s. It's look very nostalgic but I'm glad that you are back to micro-mapping. I can't wait what you'll prepare in the next two weeks. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 15:56, 24 July 2018 (CEST)