In this week's post, I will be talking about Fate. I'm not going to go broad and talk about the usage of fate and destiny in literature. I feel like I kind of covered that way back when I talked about time. This isn't going to be broad strokes like that post focused on. This week I want to talk about the usage of fate in my novella.
One of the questions I field about To Tread the Narrow Path is, "What is the narrow path, is it death?"
Today, I want to talk about the narrow path and what it is and is not without walking into spoiler territory.
If you are reading, one of the oft repeated phrases you may have noticed revolves around travelling the narrow path and where it leads. The narrow path in my novella can be summed up as the path of fate. Many times characters will refer to walking the narrow path as being close to death, but that is only part of it. The narrow path has many facets in the world of my novella. The final place for everyone, the end of the narrow path, is death, but everyone walks the narrow path.
One of the concepts I explore is the finality of fate. The inexorable march of time and how the characters struggle against their fates, their destinies. That is what the narrow path is. It is the march along the road of fate that we all make in life. We are perched perilously along the knife thin road of time, and the novella explores how characters react when confronted with the tide of time.
|A very simplified version of two gyres. The red arrows mark the transitions, or Ascension Points, between epochs|
We only have a little further to walk along the narrow path. The journey will be over soon.
|We all walk the narrow path.|