One, I keep breaking too many arrows, and two, I can’t get an arrow back half the time without it popping off the rest. The arrow rest is a fork, not unlike a lizard’s tongue (there are ones that are just a tiny tang of split metal, almost exactly like a lizard’s tongue, supposing that said lizard had a high iron content).
The draw was smooth before, but I noticed that if I yanked a bit harder there was a kind of a bump in the draw cycle, and then a hard stop. Thinking I could get more consistent shooting if I shot from the hard stop (same draw distance every time then) I moved my peep sight around, and started to draw back to this point. But what could be causing the bump?
It’s no fun getting fifty pounds of string shifted, only for the arrow to pop off the rest and you have to either let it down gently, or risk sending an arrow off at a funny angle, stripped of all fletching.
If I still can’t get to the bottom of it I could buy a capture rest (a rest where the arrow is fully enclosed so that it can’t fall off), but that won’t be cheap… Oh well, nothing for it: trip to the archery shop on the horizon, where more capable minds can figure out what’s wrong, and trade me huge amounts of money for half-a-dozen fletched pointy-tubes.
So back to writing, the hobby that costs the least and rewards the most (damned stupid pointy-tubes). I’ve started on one of the three largely unwritten chapters that need adding due to plot changes, and for additional character development: chapter four.
In this chapter our hero is a bit useless due to injury (already), and I am enjoying the changed power dynamic between him and the female lead. She has always been smarter than him by a long shot (and he’s no dummy, just a bit drunk most of the time, punch or vanilla variety) but for the first time she’s more physically capable than he is. Oh, and he’s just inadvertantly busted up all of her hopes and dreams, so there’s that…
I want to have my characters take a bit of a beating in each book, and there’s a certain amount of the damage that I intend to make permanent. How does everyone else feel about maiming characters in their fiction? The protagonist is a pirate after all…
Jaime Lannister, anyone?