If you're following along on the School For Adventurers website, you'll be reading Chapter 11: Final Examinations over the next couple of weeks. This chapter was fun to write, so hopefully it'll be at least equally fun to read. ^_^
By the way, if anyone is wondering if we planned the last names to work out so that there would be certain groups for the Final Examinations, I can honestly admit that it was one of many fun coincidences that JLY and I luck into every so often. We have a saying whenever we stumble across something that we didn't plan, but that works out perfectly and just makes too much sense. We say: As though we planned it.
Because, in all honesty, we both know that the kinds of things we're pulling together for the end of SFA should have been planned and set up months in advance, and somehow, some of these things are just falling together. And even though there are things we have been setting up for months and months now, it's sometimes more exciting to realize there's something hiding in our text that we ourselves didn't even plant there. It makes the writing feel true-- like we're just transcribing something that's not arbitrary or made up, but something that had to be called into existence in just this way, to work out and tie together in all these places.
By the way, maybe this is only funny to me, but you'd be surprised how long it took us to come up with the line:
“Not bad, Wisteria.” Lyre said. “But, this isn’t sparring class. [...] You forgot about Sariil.”
For about twenty minutes, we were stuck on:
“Not bad, Wisteria,” Lyre said, “But you forgot one thing. Sariil’s-behind-you-with-a-rock!”