- Never turn your back on those more powerful than you are. You won't live to regret it.
- Practice your skills in a safe environment as much as possible. It's the only way to improve.
- Read up on the theory and practice of magical skills as much as possible. Magic is to be learned and not taken for granted. If you want to succeed in anything, you have to put the work in (and the hours to do that work).
- Don't assume what someone tells you is automatically correct. Check it out. People have been known to lie. The magical classes are not exempt from that.
- If you can find a decent mentor to get you through your apprenticeship stage, do so. However, do as they tell you, don't try to use magic to clean their castle (it always goes horribly wrong because no apprentice yet has ever known how to make the spell stop when they want it to) and be grateful they're taking you under their wing, rather than seeing you as potential future rival.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.