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Mundane Magic

I guess I'm off to write a book about a society of blind, deaf, mute perpetual motion machines with no need for food, drink, sleep or entertainment of any kind.

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This might take a while.

5gwern9yPfft, you're just not thinking laterally. How would they communicate? By touch, of course - think signing on someone's arm or their hand (an example: in anime characters will occasionally hold up their hand and sketch out a symbol when the spoken form is unclear). Now that communication is solved, you can proceed to write an interesting story about the complexities of a society of blind-deaf-mutes (probably set underground, since if you don't perceive light, why not?)...
If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help

Escapism | Noun

" The tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, esp. by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy "

0Luke_A_Somers9yI don't quite see the relevance of this to what I said.

The tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, esp. by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy

Exactly.

Unless they can find the capacity to take joy in things that are merely real. To be just as excited by hang-gliding, as riding a dragon; to be as excited by making a light with electricity, as by making a light with magic... even if it takes a little study...

I can absolutely take joy in things that are merely real. I would be just as excited by hang-gliding as I would by riding a dragon, at least in part because they of... (read more)

Mundane Magic

Can I write this into a novel? I'd very much like to write this into a novel

1MugaSofer9yI can certainly see "The Eye" turning into a good short story. Not sure how you could write a novel featuring all these ideas.
9gwern9yWell, if you're able to write 1 coherent sentence in a row about the topic and then another coherent sentence, then by induction I think you should be able to write a novel involving it.