Monday, May 12, 2008

Chapter 23 Is Up

Chapter 23 of Magician's Merger is up. This one was fun to write.


Sam said...

...and fun to read. Except the mini-cliffhanger at the end.

Xenophon Hendrix said...

Thanks. People love cliffhangers. They just don't want to admit it.

Sam said...

Not sure if you are looking for suggestions, but I had a couple of thoughts for Arthur:
1) Some martial art practice. It seems like Ursus knows how to fight, but as with playing the guitar, muscle memory needs to be built. Something like Tai Chi Chuan, which doesn't look too warlike and perhaps won't alarm the parents if witnessed. This should be easier with increased flexibility due to spells.
2) Improving memory retention and retrieval using spells. Probably part of Ursis's long-term plan.

The latter may free up some time in conjunction with more efficient sleep. As it is, Arthur's schedule is pretty full. Teenagers need a lot of sleep, and homework takes a lot of time. If Arthur can shave off some sleep (as he already does to some extent by getting up early), and do homework faster (e.g. by memorizing the shorter dictionary to write out word definitions without looking them up), he could free up from 5 to 30 hours per week for spellcasting and katas.