Open Book Blog Hop – Metaphorically Speaking

Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!

Today’s topic is: Write about a metaphor you used in one of your books. What does it represent?

And remember to pay a visit to my fellow writers to see what they have come up with. You can find their works here!

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Early on in the career of Edison Crow, working for a stubborn, foolhardy captain, a mission goes wrong. It sees the captain gravely injured and a number of the crew killed. As superstitious as airmen are, they revere honouring the souls and memories of those lost. The crew of Arcos head towards the Bay of Souls – a place of beauty and peace to commit the bodies of dead crew mates back to the earth. The snippet below is from the start of their journey to the Bay of Souls, at sunset the night before.

They would likely arrive as the sun cast the ocean gold with the first rays of morning. The perfect light to honour and say goodbye to good people gone too soon.

In the world I’ve created the men and women that keep the vast airships cruising the skies are a mixture of aviators and sailors with all of their associated superstitions. One such superstition is the way in which they commemorate their fallen comrades. I didn’t intentionally aim for a metaphor here. I didn’t really give it any thought until I was rereading the book for the editing phase. Then it resonated with me. Not only did the idea of the golden glow of the rising sun on the water conjour up a image of serenity and beauty, but it fitted with Crow’s ambitions. He has always saught to improve his lot in life, chasing riches. It struck me as an unintentionally fitting piece for describing Crow.

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