marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

hello, world!

So their studies begin.  And I conclude the best way to do drama is to steal from my computer science course. . . .

The first thing you do in the class is learn to make the language say, "Hello, world!"  By rote.  Even using techniques you won't be taught for weeks.

So my clump of students are going to learn a spell by rote.  A large spell, one far beyond their knowledge.

With of course the cold feeling it gives me that I have planted not a loaded gun on the mantelpiece but a loaded cannon in the middle of the room, with an elephant holding the lit match to set it off.  But then, that's just good plotting, to have foreshadowing up front.

Unless it's also cause and effect.  What are they going to see by this spell? It could inspire a lot of studies going in particular directions.

Meanwhile Susan has firmly informed me that her "tender heart" is also weak stomach, so she's not going into healing, but into agriculture.  Or possibly cooking.  Both of which involve a lot less blood.
Tags: characterization, foreshadowing, set-up, world-building: magic (technique), world-building: schools

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