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Practical Exercise

For the curious, Practical Exercise is now at 85,000 words and is about half-done. ———- “His family tolerates killing unmen?” I asked. “OK, my House leans very hard in favor of peaceful trade.  We do interventions to protect the unmen … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise continued

“This morning?” I asked. She nodded. My father said that gossip is the only form of communication that can travel through space in negative time.  Here I was seeing it.  “This fellow from Violet House? Harold Fourbridge? Tall, black hair, … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise — Gray House

$$$$$ On House Way, my first stop was Gray House.  It did not live up to its name. Whatever stone it had been built from, it was now painted in bright colors. If some color had been overlooked, it must’ve … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise continued

“Construction?” he suggested. I shook my head. Construction is the major application of General Magic, setting up spells to build things, notably things that we trade with unmen in other places.   Setting the spells to make really good lenses sounds … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise, continued

James Jubilation Jackson The Proctor at the door to the Entrance Hall was entirely fascinated by the images I’d captured.  He took Dairen off to recover. I looked at the signs near the entrance. Apparently, you simply went to the … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise #5

“That rule,” Dairen stammered, “We’re not students yet, we haven’t registered.” I could hear the fear in his voice. “That nonsense,” I said firmly, “was eliminated by the University Council a millennium ago.  You three can just take a hike.” … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise #4

Soon enough I would walk over to Ellwood Hall, then find a refectory for lunch. The rules said we were expected to eat in a refectory, unless we joined an eating club or moved into a residential house. Unless the … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise #3

Work is underway on this novel, which links to the Eclipse series. It is a novel about academic life, not a combat novel, though there is a certain amount of violence. “Nice to meet you,” I answered cheerily.  “I’m Adara … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise #2

Continuing my current novel in progress, one page at a time. Entering student interviews were in Ellwood Hall, off to the far right, just this side of the Campus Martius. Campus Martius? We were, divine beings help us, required to … Continue reading

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Practical Exercise

Book 1 of Adara’s Tale I will try to post short excerpts very regularly. Because Academic Warfare is Deadlier Than the Other Kind I arrive at Dorrance My first view of Dorrance Academy was in the early morning.  The rising … Continue reading

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