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The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art, and her work and social lives, started in January 2020 but went on an unannounced hiatus in late February 2020 as the author's other writing project, ''Fanfic/TheGhostOfOchs'', gained in popularity.

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The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art, and her work and social lives, started in January 2020 but went on an unannounced hiatus in late February 2020 as the author's other writing project, ''Fanfic/TheGhostOfOchs'', gained in popularity. On November 11, 2021, the author [[DeadFic discontinued the story]] due to lack of ideas.


The first chapter was posted on February 15, 2019, and can be read at [[https://ttmserial.wordpress.com/ the author's website]], with mirrors on [[https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/23241/through-the-motions Royal Road]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/17804621 Archive of Our Own]], [[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3334490/1/Through-the-Motions FictionPress]], and [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/176289835-through-the-motions Wattpad]].

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The first chapter was posted on February 15, 2019, and can be read at [[https://ttmserial.wordpress.com/ [[https://scrawlbeforeyouwrite.com/through-the-motions the author's website]], with mirrors on [[https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/23241/through-the-motions Royal Road]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/17804621 Archive of Our Own]], [[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3334490/1/Through-the-Motions FictionPress]], and [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/176289835-through-the-motions Wattpad]].


The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art, and her work and social lives, is currently in progress.

The story used to be updated on a biweekly basis, but has become [[ScheduleSlip more sporadic]] as the author tried to juggle [[Fanfic/TheGhostOfOchs two writing projects]] at once.

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The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art, and her work and social lives, is currently started in progress.

The story used to be updated on a biweekly basis,
January 2020 but has become [[ScheduleSlip more sporadic]] went on an unannounced hiatus in late February 2020 as the author tried to juggle [[Fanfic/TheGhostOfOchs two author's other writing projects]] at once.project, ''Fanfic/TheGhostOfOchs'', gained in popularity.


The first chapter was posted on February 15, 2019, with new chapters added biweekly. The story can be read at [[https://ttmserial.wordpress.com/ the author's website]], with mirrors on [[https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/23241/through-the-motions Royal Road]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/17804621 Archive of Our Own]], [[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3334490/1/Through-the-Motions FictionPress]], and [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/176289835-through-the-motions Wattpad]].

The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art hobby, and her work and social lives, is currently in progress.

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The first chapter was posted on February 15, 2019, with new chapters added biweekly. The story and can be read at [[https://ttmserial.wordpress.com/ the author's website]], with mirrors on [[https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/23241/through-the-motions Royal Road]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/17804621 Archive of Our Own]], [[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3334490/1/Through-the-Motions FictionPress]], and [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/176289835-through-the-motions Wattpad]].

The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art hobby, art, and her work and social lives, is currently in progress.progress.

The story used to be updated on a biweekly basis, but has become [[ScheduleSlip more sporadic]] as the author tried to juggle [[Fanfic/TheGhostOfOchs two writing projects]] at once.


* AwesomeMcCoolName: Lillian's last name is Silverthorne, an appropriate name for a young woman who runs her own private WizardingSchool. She is very proud of her family name, and her parents would only bless her marriage when her fianceé told them he'd let her keep her last name.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Lillian's last name is Silverthorne, an appropriate name for a young woman who runs her own private WizardingSchool. She is very proud of her family name, and her parents would only bless her marriage when her fianceé told them he'd [[TheMaidenNameDebate let her keep her last name.name]].


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* DePowerZone: Areas protected by the "SCRB" ('''S'''pell '''C'''ontainment and '''R'''eduction '''B'''oundary) system, such as the store where Deanna works and the magic store where she bought Sol's wand, prevent anyone within the boundary from using magic. The system also nullifies any outside enchantments.


The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. The author hopes to continue the story with a second volume in early 2020.

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The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. The author hopes to continue the story with a A second volume chronicling Deanna's attempts to manage her new hobby, her art hobby, and her work and social lives, is currently in early 2020.progress.


* AwesomeMcCoolName: Lillian's last name is Silverthorne, an appropriate name for a young woman who runs her own private WizardingSchool.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Lillian's last name is Silverthorne, an appropriate name for a young woman who runs her own private WizardingSchool. She is very proud of her family name, and her parents would only bless her marriage when her fianceé told them he'd let her keep her last name.

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* ExactWords: As the final test in her entrance exam, Deanna is asked to knock down all of the targets in a room with one spell. With no AreaOfEffect spells in her repertoire, Deanna resorts to using her "Lift" spell on one of the training dummies and smashes it into all of the other targets. It makes one hell of a mess, but it gets the job done.


''Through the Motions'' is a work-in-progress UrbanFantasy WebSerialNovel written by Walter Williams (a.k.a. Tropers/WillyFourEyes).

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''Through the Motions'' is a work-in-progress an UrbanFantasy WebSerialNovel written by Walter Williams (a.k.a. Tropers/WillyFourEyes).



* GargleBlaster: Lydia, Sol's mother, serves the Richardsons a drink called a "wyvern", whose SecretIngredient is a pinch of "dragon's breath" powder. The resulting drink is so spicy that Lydia holds a silent countdown for when smoke literally starts coming out of everyone's nostrils. Deanna, who doesn't drink as often as her parents, [[CantHoldHisLiquor gets the worst of it]] and has to shuffle off to the bathroom to avoid throwing up her drink in front of everyone.



* RetailTherapy: A day after having a nightmare about auditioning for Lillian's WizardingSchool and visiting Sol's apartment for the first time, Deanna's parents take her out to the mall to buy gifts to present to Sol and her mother. Deanna keeps the details of her nightmare a secret from everyone, but is much more relaxed afterward.



* SpellBook: Sharonia's local magic shop, the Blank Scroll, sells spellbooks for mages of all levels. Sol complains to Deanna about them being sold separately from the magic wands, as she thinks that having one would have helped her unlock her powers earlier. Before she got hers, she cribbed notes for some practice spells on the Internet.

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* SpellBook: Sharonia's local magic shop, the Blank Scroll, sells spellbooks for mages of all levels. Sol complains to Deanna about them being sold separately from the magic wands, as she thinks that having one would have helped her unlock her powers earlier. Before she Sol got hers, she cribbed notes for some practice spells on from the Internet.

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The first volume of the story, covering Chapters 1-21, was finished on December 5, 2019. The author hopes to continue the story with a second volume in early 2020.

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* ShoutOut:
** Chapter 1's title, "The Witch of Emerson Park", is a dual reference to ''Literature/TheWitchesOfEastwick'' and "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (the nickname of famed inventor UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison).
** Chapter 12's title, "Page 15 Girl", was inspired by the [[PageThreeStunna "Page 3 girls"]] in ''The Sun'' and similar tabloids. The story in the chapter, however, is a short interview devoid of {{fanservice}} of any kind.
* SpellBook: Sharonia's local magic shop, the Blank Scroll, sells spellbooks for mages of all levels. Sol complains to Deanna about them being sold separately from the magic wands, as she thinks that having one would have helped her unlock her powers earlier. Before she got hers, she cribbed notes for some practice spells on the Internet.


It tells the story of Deanna Richardson, a young artist from a quiet suburban town called Sharonia. After visiting a nearby consignment shop to sell one of her paintings, she runs into a young witch-in-training who goes by the name "Sol" (not a StellarName; it's short for "Marisol"). When Sol asks for help activating a new magic wand, Deanna accepts the offer, and is eventually given the wand as a gift [[spoiler:once they discover Deanna was accidentally "bonded" to the wand during their exchange, preventing Sol from using it]]. Driven by curiosity and an artist's innate thirst for inspiration, Deanna strives to learn more about her new powers and the ins and outs of magic in general.

The first chapter was posted on February 15, 2019, with new chapters added biweekly. The story can be read at [[https://ttmserial.wordpress.com/ the author's website]], with mirrors on [[https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/23241/through-the-motions Royal Road]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/17804621 Archive of Our Own]], and [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/176289835-through-the-motions Wattpad]].

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It tells the story of Deanna Richardson, a young artist from a quiet suburban town called Sharonia. After visiting a nearby consignment shop to sell one of her paintings, she runs into a young witch-in-training who goes by the name "Sol" (not a StellarName; it's short for "Marisol"). When Sol asks for help activating a new magic wand, Deanna accepts the offer, and is eventually given the wand as a gift [[spoiler:once once they discover Deanna was accidentally "bonded" to the wand during their exchange, preventing Sol from using it]].it. Driven by curiosity and an artist's innate thirst for inspiration, Deanna strives to learn more about her new powers and the ins and outs of magic in general.

The first chapter was posted on February 15, 2019, with new chapters added biweekly. The story can be read at [[https://ttmserial.wordpress.com/ the author's website]], with mirrors on [[https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/23241/through-the-motions Royal Road]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/17804621 Archive of Our Own]], [[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3334490/1/Through-the-Motions FictionPress]], and [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/176289835-through-the-motions Wattpad]].



* BeginnersLuck: Deanna, who had never seen magic before meeting Sol, is able to (partially) charge Sol's magic wand by doing her own version of the magic dance. Subverted in that [[spoiler:neither of the girls was aware at the time that they had to touch the wand's PowerCrystal to unlock its potential]].
* DistinguishingMark: Magic users can easily be spotted by strange markings on their hands and/or fingers called "enchanter's signs", which are obtained by making direct contact with a source of magical power. Deanna discovers hers in Chapter 3.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Lillian's last name is Silverthorne, an appropriate name for a young woman who runs her own private WizardingSchool.
* BeginnersLuck: Deanna, who had never seen magic before meeting Sol, is able to (partially) charge Sol's magic wand by doing her own version of the magic dance. Subverted in that [[spoiler:neither neither of the girls was aware at the time that they had to touch the wand's PowerCrystal to unlock its potential]].
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* DistinguishingMark: Magic users can easily be spotted by strange markings on their hands and/or fingers called "enchanter's signs", which are obtained by making direct contact with a source of magical power. Deanna discovers hers in Chapter 3.



* LookBehindYou: ZigZagged - a customer (whom Deanna only refers to as "Jacket Guy") tries to distract her by pointing out the window behind them. She doesn't fall for it, but her co-worker does, only to quickly turn around and catch Jacket Guy try to steal gum. It isn't until her co-worker keeps an eye on Jacket Guy that Deanna turns around to look and find out that there really ''was'' something behind her - [[spoiler:the blue-cloaked woman she waited on earlier, walking through the rain without an umbrella, apparently having cast a spell to keep herself dry]].

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* LookBehindYou: ZigZagged - a customer (whom Deanna initially only refers to as "Jacket Guy") tries to distract her by pointing out the window behind them. She doesn't fall for it, but her co-worker does, only to quickly turn around and catch Jacket Guy try to steal gum. It isn't until her co-worker keeps an eye on Jacket Guy that Deanna turns around to look and find out that there really ''was'' something behind her - [[spoiler:the blue-cloaked woman she waited on earlier, walking through the rain without an umbrella, apparently having cast a spell to keep herself dry]].



* MagicDance: Sol is told that her newly-bought wand requires her to dance outdoors to "draw upon the power of the earth" to charge its [[{{Mana}} magical energy]]. It doesn't work until [[spoiler:she accidentally breaks the seal on the wand when she hands it to Deanna, allowing her to partially recharge it by doing her own version of the dance.]]

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* MagicDance: Sol is told that her newly-bought wand requires her to dance outdoors to "draw upon the power of the earth" to charge its [[{{Mana}} magical energy]]. It doesn't work until [[spoiler:she she accidentally breaks the seal on the wand when she hands it to Deanna, allowing her to partially recharge it by doing her own version of the dance.]]



* NoNameGiven: In Chapter 6, Deanna meets two peculiar customers at work she hasn't been formally introduced to yet. She refers to them as "Jacket Guy" and "Blue Cloak Lady" for their distinguishing clothing.

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* NoNameGiven: In Chapter 6, Deanna meets two peculiar customers at work she hasn't been formally introduced to yet. She refers to them as "Jacket Guy" and "Blue Cloak Lady" for their distinguishing clothing. They are given names in later chapters: "Jacket Guy" is called Stefan, and "Blue Cloak Lady"'s real name is Lillian.



* TitleDrop: When Deanna is asked how she successfully manages to pull of the "Lift" spell, she says:
--> "All I did was think of the spell in my head, go '''through the motions''' you drew on the paper, and that's when the crystal lit up."

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* TitleDrop: When Deanna is asked how she successfully manages to pull of off the "Lift" spell, she says:
--> "All I did was think of the spell in my head, go '''through the motions''' you drew on the paper, and that's when the crystal lit up.""
* WizardingSchool: Lillian runs one, and invites Deanna and Sol to join. Only Deanna takes her up on the offer, as Sol doesn't think she can afford to attend.


* LookBehindYou: ZigZagged - a customer (whom Deanna only refers to as "Jacket Guy") tries to distract her by pointing out the window behind them. She doesn't fall for it, but her co-worker does, only to quickly turn around and catch Jacket Guy try to steal gum. It isn't until her co-worker keeps an eye on Jacket Guy that Deanna turns around to look and find out that there really ''was'' something behind her - the blue-cloaked woman she waited on earlier, walking through the rain without an umbrella, apparently having cast a spell to keep herself dry.

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* LookBehindYou: ZigZagged - a customer (whom Deanna only refers to as "Jacket Guy") tries to distract her by pointing out the window behind them. She doesn't fall for it, but her co-worker does, only to quickly turn around and catch Jacket Guy try to steal gum. It isn't until her co-worker keeps an eye on Jacket Guy that Deanna turns around to look and find out that there really ''was'' something behind her - the [[spoiler:the blue-cloaked woman she waited on earlier, walking through the rain without an umbrella, apparently having cast a spell to keep herself dry.dry]].

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* LookBehindYou: ZigZagged - a customer (whom Deanna only refers to as "Jacket Guy") tries to distract her by pointing out the window behind them. She doesn't fall for it, but her co-worker does, only to quickly turn around and catch Jacket Guy try to steal gum. It isn't until her co-worker keeps an eye on Jacket Guy that Deanna turns around to look and find out that there really ''was'' something behind her - the blue-cloaked woman she waited on earlier, walking through the rain without an umbrella, apparently having cast a spell to keep herself dry.


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* NoNameGiven: In Chapter 6, Deanna meets two peculiar customers at work she hasn't been formally introduced to yet. She refers to them as "Jacket Guy" and "Blue Cloak Lady" for their distinguishing clothing.


* MagicalGesture: Some spells, such as the "Lift" spell, require simple but specific magic wand motions to cast.

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* MagicalGesture: Some spells, such as Magic spells are cast by drawing simple, but specific, motions in the "Lift" spell, require simple but specific air with a magic wand motions to cast.and thrusting or flicking it toward the target.

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