Re: [mythsoc] H.R. Millar & Pauline Baynes
- --- Berni Phillips <bernip@...> wrote:
I always felt
> like Eager cheated his characters -- it was onlyI'm not familiar with Eager, Berni, but you've
> half-magic or something
> like that. His characters always had to make
> allowances for what they
> couldn't do. Nesbit's magic was more real to me.
intrigued me. I'm going to have to read some.
It has always seemed to me that magic is so ethereal
that it should be very difficult to work and a bit
prone to go off by a bit, as so many human efforts do.
Magic has to be tougher than hitting a major league
curveball, so shouldn't a .300 average be pretty darn
good for even an above average wizard? Yet most
storybook magic seems to be completed successfully,
very very often the first time it is attempted. In
many stories its every time it is attempted. I think
I would like a world where magic is possible, but
Any suggestions on what Eager to begin with?
My rule of thumb for life has 3 prongs: 1. almost
everything is harder to do than one might expect; 2.
almost everything takes longer than one might hope;
and 3) a corollary to Murphy's Law, something will go
wrong, even when it looks like it can't
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