Saturday, May 15, 2010
Superpowers! with Michelle Douglas
It's a bird. It's a plane....
This week I am dying for a superpower!
Problem is, which one? There are so many to choose from.
What's prompted this you might ask? I'm not planning to write a paranormal romance any time soon so it isn't research, but I did have a dream the other night that I was flying. It was superman-like flying too and it was brilliant. When I woke I decided it was a superpower all writers should have. A body gets a whole new perspective from up in the air – that bird's eye view could prove rather useful.
Of course, I'd need bionic eyes and x-ray vision to go with it. I'd need to be able to pinpoint and follow all those intriguing dramas playing out below me. Oh, and the superpower gods best throw in a bionic ear while they're at it. All writers know the benefits of eavesdropping on an intriguing conversation.
Invisibility could be useful for that too – you could listen in on anything. However, it might prove a drawback if you actually wanted to take part in a conversation. So, then again, perhaps not.
I've always been intrigued by physical superpowers. It's because I'm so envious of anyone who is physically dexterous – those who can hit a ball, kick a ball, dribble a ball... heck, anyone who can catch a ball. Oh and to be able to get the lid off the pickled onion jar! So the thought of having super-strength is VERY appealing. But only if I can have invulnerability to go with it, please. You see if I had super-strength I imagine there'd be some pretty super-strength-style villains out there who'd want to challenge me. I don't like fighting. If I can't have invulnerability then I'll settle for super-speed so I can run away. Super-speed? Hmm, I wonder if that would include super-speed writing and typing?
There are a couple of superpowers, however, I'd really rather not to have. ESP for one. It could be rather uncomfortable to know what other people were thinking. Besides, if their minds are anything like mine, most of the time all anyone would hear is an incoherent jumble. I shouldn't like to be able to see into the future either. I'm a firm believer in living in the present (even when in the middle of revisions). Writers, I believe, are neurotic enough without adding a crystal ball to the mix.
It's taken me a long time to figure out which superpower I really would like to have, but it came to me when I was watching telly the other night. A wonderful idea in relation to my current revisions occurred to me. As any writer will tell you, these ideas need to be jotted down asap if you don't want them reabsorbed into the ether. But I was watching a movie with the dh, I had a glass of wine in hand, and I had been working hard all day. The idea might've hit me upside the head, but it couldn't budge me from my comfy armchair. And the inevitable happened.
In the meantime, until I develop a superpower I guess I'll have to stick to the old dictum: 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration.
But if you could pick one, I'd love to know what superpower you'd choose. And just to entice you all to come out and play, I'm giving away a copy of my latest release The Cattleman, The Baby and Me to one lucky commenter.
Michelle's latest release, The Cattleman, The Baby and Me is out now in North America and the UK, and next month in Australia/New Zealand.