I can never even say that without the mental image of a face full teen erruptions - each with a x on them. It's hard living with my mind, I'll have you know. Anyway on a slightly more subject related topic, I just had to rush and provide the map of Valahia and the lands of the Golden Horde for MUCH FALL OF BLOOD. Georg is trying to do the thankless task of getting it done neatly in time for Wednesday. For once I am not the one trying to provide yet another rush-rush map and wrestling with mysterious monster that devours and distorts maps en route. Life was made interesting and even more fraught by not having a light table anymore or being able to find my notes and maps file (a real file with that weird stuff 'paper' in it. Oddly enough it's no less stressful or more difficult to lose than e-format, as there is only one copy) So: I am probably mildly unusual in that I like maps (or at least diagrams) in sf books, and find them almost intrinsic to good fantasy. I draw them. I obsess about them (now there is a surprise) and where I am working with 'real world' fantasy (such as the Heirs books) use Google earth and pushpins (with the correct place name for the time) almost constantly and the measure tool a lot.
So how do maps fit into your writing? Do you draw them? Hate having them in books? Get irritated (like me) by the map-maker (writer?) grasp of geography and underlying geology? Put distances on your maps and use those?