I'm sure that most of you have up and forgotten about me by now.
I was the stereotypical young teenager who only knew how to draw suburbs of large American cities and didn't know a lick about topography.
I quit last September. 9th grade had started, I was up and working at 4 AM each day and wasn't finished until 8 PM, had tests basically every week, and to make an understatement, it wasn't really helping that I was immersed in a virtual world. That summer I had too much time on my hands, and I gave myself so many duties on here that by the time school showed up again to bite me I was completely overwhelmed.
I'm mapping again during the pandemic, at least excluding the 90% of my day where I wash my hands and/or fret about how little toilet paper we have left. I'm keeping it to hand-drawn maps, though. I'm not coming back here. In theory, I'm capable of loading myself up with all the responsibilities I had last summer, but physical school's coming back in August and eventually I will run smack into a brick wall.
Plus, if there were any reason for me to want to come back here in the first place, it's gone now. My current project is the creation of a parallel-US state similar to Virginia (where I grew up) and other Appalachian areas, and in the OGF world that's been taken for about a 500-mile radius. My closest bet is AR120-31, and that's on the wrong side of the mountains. Location aside, I've found that at least for me, hand-drawing maps is a lot faster and neater.
But, considering there are so many mappers here who know three decades' worth more stuff than I do, I'm searching for advice. This is the rough layout of the entire state:
If it's not clear, then I divided the paper into 9 sub-sections. Here's the close-up of the northeast corner (which is the only one I've gotten to so far) (and yes, the capital is a small town named Corona):
The northeast corner was mostly inspired by the Chesapeake Bay area over Northern Virginia and Maryland, with a DC-type area in the southwest of that. But see, the problem is, I imitated the style of the short, wide rivers and bays that cover that region without really understanding how they were formed. That's the subject in which I'm a bit clueless and need input from more experienced mappers. Is the way the rivers flow odd? Would it be improbable to have a low mountain range to the east of the bay? What about the scale, is that a little off? Any sort of constructive criticism will be accepted.
On a less demanding note, I seem to have run out of good ideas for Algonquian names.
Once I finish the other 7 insets (one has nothing mapped in it), then I will plan to go into even further detail.
Thanks, and happy mapping!