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Back to School

I enjoyed my summer, but it is time to head back to class. Since last semester I stepped down from my position at work. This should help me keep focus on the things which are important. 

My desire to become an English teacher has not diminished. In fact, it has only grown. The nature of the business that I am in now does not allow for some of the basic needs of happiness. Demand supersedes all else. If the customer wants it (or even thinks he might want it, they can change their minds on a whim) then it is our responsibility to get it for them. Now I know that some of you may say, “Well my job is the same way”. Probably not. I can’t hope to convey the frustration, but I can give you a piece of my latest toil.

Blacklidge

I went in to work to produce our base material. I got there at 6am on Sunday in the hopes to salvage part of my day. I was on schedule to finish up at around 11am, when a call comes in. “The dispatcher misunderstood, you have another load coming in”. What am I to do? I can’t leave the truck loaded. I must stay. I wait for two hours on a truck before finally getting another call. “I am sorry, there was confusion. There is no other truck coming in.” 

This is just a glimpse of our everyday. So as you can see, the desire to teach grows more and more with each and every day. I will keep you all abreast of how my classes are going. I am sure that my papers will find their way here as well. 

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in From the Desk of the Author

 

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Magic

Fireball or Ice Blast? 

Entangling Vines or Tendrils of Darkness? 

Healing Touch or Death Grip?

double axe

The way in which our characters use magic is more interesting than the magic itself. Fantasy has become so intertwined with magical influences that there is really no way to separate the two without stealing some of the wonder.

A hero is expected to have a magical weapon, and wear armor that makes him nigh invincible. How else could he destroy the evil *insert villain here*.

I have no problem with any of these things, and in fact Delphia is full of such items. Penn, my favorite gnome, would not have made it through the attempted massacre in Shadowmire without the aid of an enchanted axe. Does this make him less interesting? Perhaps if him wielding that axe were the only manner in which I used him. If I handcuffed him to his weapon, then I could see the problem.

What do you think about magic in a fantasy setting?   

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in From the Desk of the Author

 

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Now Write

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Penn's Diary

 
 
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