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The Bow of Destiny Commentary Pt. 2: The “Fit”

Introduction

I thought it would be interesting to share some commentary about the beginning of The Bow of Destiny now that the book has been out for a while, sold well and the next book should be released in just a few months. The Bow of Destiny has a curious beginning for many people that’s at once perplexing, confusing and intriguing. This effect is done on purpose and I’ll share a bit about it now.

The Bow of Destiny is written using the technique of deep point-of-view where readers hopefully become deeply engaged with the perceptions of the point-of-view character. There are a few other aspects mixed into this, one being that there are little, to no, dialogue tags in the book – all the dialogue is contextual. Secondly, with the deep point-of-view, internalization is signaled – or tagged – with physical actions by the character. As such, the internal thoughts, mood and emotions of the character are not italicized since these are deep enough into the chracter-reader engagement to not be set apart in such a way. Lastly, when italics are used it is for a specific, ongoing experience for the POV character. In such cases, hallucinations, dreams, memories, visions and other such experiences of the character are italicized as a special indicator that something different is happening for the character. I also used a present tense instead of past tense to cue the reader that this is a present experience for the character. It’s important to note that the tense only has changed and not the character POV.

The Fit

Athson has been afflicted with what he terms “fits” since he was orphaned. Something in his surrounding environment can set off these episodes where he re-lives his past – sometimes overlaid with his present. It’s actually a PTSD-like reaction to the violence of his past and can leave him rather confused

On top of this, Athson also sees other things like Spark, an imaginary mountain hound that’s been at his side since the incidents described in the first chapter. Athson takes an elven concoction called Soul’s Ease to prevent him from having “fits” or seeing Spark.

The opening scene gets confusing for Athson because he’s forgotten his Soul’s Ease. The instances of italics in this case are when Athson sees his traumatic past – in present tense. It emphasizes that something different is ongoing within Athson’s awareness. If you – as the reader – are confused, then it’s all good because Athson is confused and you are really deeply into his experiences. However, it’s important to remember that the character point-of-view does not change – only the tense has changed to emphasize Athson’s (in this case) experience has changed.

Athson knows that these “fits” give him a hard time differentiating what he sees for days so he assumes things like Spark are not real. However, these seem very real to him and he often gets caught up in them anyway – such as interacting with Spark.

Conclusion

So this is another layer to Athson’s point-of-view in the opening scene. As you can see, there are a lot of different aspects to this scene that might get overlooked. However, if you read it again you’ll see the clues along the way. By the way, there are a number of other subtleties throughout the book that you might find interesting on re-reading.

Next week, I’ll dig a little deeper into this opening scene and attempt to offer a bit more about Athson’s state of mind. I found this scene difficult, tricky and daring all at once so there are a lot of layers to what’s going in with Athson that set the stage for the whole story. Thanks for reading today. Please leave comments below and check back next week for another post about this topic.

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P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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About the Author

IMG_4154-EditP. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

The White Arrow Launch Party!

Quick Announcement:

If you’re arriving in the morning, please click over to support the Thunderclap campaign which will send out a social media blast at noon to announce the release of The White Arrow today. Thanks for your help!

UPDATE:

The Thunderclap campaign was extended a few hours to give time for more support. The minimum has been reach but any extra is helpful!

Introduction

Hello to all the visitors today! Thanks for dropping by Archer’s Aim today to celebrate the release of The White Arrow with me. There are several links you can click on to take part in the all day event. Please leave comments here or on any of the attached pages and I’ll respond. First let’s take a look at the main event:

About The White Arrow

The White Arrow is the third and concluding book of The Bow of Hart Saga. The first two books are The Bow of Destiny and An Arrow Against the Wind.

Blurb

Bound to prophecy, his destiny balanced on an arrow’s tip.

Athson has found the Bow of Hart and is being pursued by his enemies as well as haunted by both his past and his failures. But according to Hastra the Withling, the prophecy of the bow indicates Eloch will send an arrow for its use. Magdronu watches for the appearance of the arrow and sets his plans in motion to regain control of his magic. With his sights set on Auguron, the dragon sends his forces on the attack while waiting for his chance to steal both prophesied elements that stand in the way of his ultimate goal. But when the arrow arrives, it is from a most unexpected source and lands in unforeseen hands, so that events twist like an arrow in flight. Can Athson overcome his past and his failures to use the Bow of Hart as intended against Magdronu? The archer and the bow await the coming arrow…

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Today’s Festivities

Here are a list of fun events and features you can take part in all day long:

  1. Take this quiz and find out which character you are The Bow of Hart Saga. Feel free to share your results wherever you wish.
  2. Here’s the link for today’s stop on the blog tour where you can enter to win one of two $5 gift cards:

    Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

    Mello & June

  3. I’m hosting an all day Q & A over on my Facebook page where you can ask me any question – just find the latest post on the page. I’ll be back and forth all day until about 11PM answering questions and comments.
  4. Like interacting on Goodreads? I’m there too – just click this link and leave a question on The White Arrow book page and I’ll answer as soon as I see it.
  5. Want an autograph? You can get an e-autograph with a request here on Authorgraph. You should be able to import it into your ebook copies of the entire series.

I’ll post a number of announcements and other bits of news here, Facebook and Goodreads all day long if such thing don’t come up during discussion.

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What’s Next for Me?

I’ll share more tomorrow but I’ve been asked by a few friends what I’m doing next as a writer. I do have several more projects in the works, however, I’m going to make The Bow of Hart Saga available in print starting with The Bow of Destiny later this month. From there, I’ll try to release An Arrow Against the Wind to print during November and today’s release, The White Arrow to print December. That’s not definite yet but those are the plans. I’ll be back in a little while and share a bit more for anyone interested. Thanks to everyone who’s viewed the post so far. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question! In the meantime, here’s the print cover for The Bow of Destiny: