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Working on the bad guys.

Who form an organization called the Web, which is, if not commonly known, at any rate not actively hidden.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Necromancy, you may know, means divining by means of consulting the dead.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
 There's a world in which there is going to have to be two different ways to cope with magic.

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labyrinth

Apr. 9th, 2017 01:01 pm
marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
 I just sent my characters off in what is the third labyrinth in as many chapters.  

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So off go our young wizards -- our hero still being young even if he has three years on the rest of the scholars -- under the wary eye of a lone adult wizard -- and into a location reeking with enchantment. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Amazing the things that pop up when you go from outline to first draft. . . like the vast importance of magical specialization.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Was pondering a magical potion in a marginally contemporary world.  It involves iron filings and four-leafed clovers.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
Still playing with that Harry Potter derived notion, thinking how Aunt Petunia would have reacted if Dudley had proven to be a wizard. . . . .  some serial numbers come off nicely, so I have a story of two girls, who seem to be about seven.
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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Was all done with the outline and all set to start writing. . . with the beginning of school.  The beginning of fall, I thought.

Except that as soon as I looked ahead, to the settings where they would stay, that was impossible.  Too many green and growing things, too little snow (like, none).
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So we have folklore of the fae and fatal Love-Talker -- whose victims fade away and die after the seduction.  Which apparently is magically easy. . . even possibly not under his control.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
One frequent theme of the witch trials was that the witches claimed to have been given a powder by the Devil to use in getting revenge.  This was what they would use to harm people or cattle or burn down houses or what have you. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Magic, as we all know, uses strange, exotic, unfamiliar language.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
ah Julian. . . there I was, merrily outlining along, and got to the point where I introduced him. . . love interest.  To give my heroine more motive to get her job done.  And then it turns out. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So we have dove maidens and swan maidens, peahen maidens and heron maidens, and a few others, and out in the farther reaches, unseen by our main character, there are some oddities:  spoonbills, selkies greyhounds, frogs (even though frogs are mostly cursed in this world).

Why stop there?

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