Thus Spake Zargrabowski/BattleCasting
I dunno that there's a way to say this without sounding rude, but why are you trying to swim against the stream? Casting spells is, in fact, really slow and dangerous. You're incredibly vulnerable and direct combat Charms are probably more efficient. In short, you're a pulp fantasy sorcerer -- lots of power, but you have problems with brawny guys splitting your head while you prepare to incinerate them.
Why not do something like summoning a demon to be your bodyguard, or turn your skin into bronze before the battle, so you can engage in supernatural martial arts combat with the rest of the party. Not to knock the Flying Guillotine or Death of Obsidian Butterflies, but they're merely one way of fighting. Ask your Storyteller if you could maybe happen to find Incomparable Body Arsenal or something similar, so your character can get in on the action as well.
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