Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wicked Wednesday - paranormal birthdays

Today is my birthday. It would be nice if some supernatural creature came along and told me that I've finally hit the right age where my powers develop. It's taken a while because my species take a long time to mature being only half-human. I guess that's still why I have freckles. I was promised when I got older, my freckles would go away. If I'm not that old for my species, I can live with my freckles as long as I can have my fantastic powers.

You see that a lot in paranormal books. When the protagonist hits a certain age, she comes into her power or is granted it. "Happy birthday! You might notice you're starting to sprout a tail and you can smell things miles away, but don't worry. It's normal. Do you like the cute top I got you?"

I'm not a big fan of the coming of age stories. It takes a wonderfully unique reason why the powers start to manifest at a certain age to nab me. Being a teenager is hard enough without suddenly being able to see ghosts or developing a knack for fighting vampires. What would be more interesting is if a character turns a particular age and expects to have powers, but never develops them. In a paranormal world where it's expected that it happens, what if it doesn't? Or if the powers that are expected to manifest don't and something else does? Oh, the possibilities!

Of course, if I was given a paranormal power for my birthday, I wouldn't say no. What would I choose? That's a difficult question to answer. So many powers I would love to have. I would say time travel. That's top in my mind right now. (Only because I just watched the season finale of Doctor Who! The Doctor and River Song. Now there's a romance to light a billion stars.)

What paranormal power would you choose?

My fifth birthday party. That's me on the top left.
Surely that dress had to be supernatural.


  1. Happy Birthday!! Hmm...paranormal powers, there are so many good ones. I'd like to be able to apparate like in Harry Potter. Then I'd never have to worry about having a car and get to places so quickly. It'd be perfect. And that's such a cute picture. :)

  2. Happy Birthday! Lets see- paranormal powers- I think maybe I'd want to be able to blink where I want to be. :)

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  3. Happy Birthday!! Good luck on gaining that superpower ;o) I think I'd like an invisibility cloak - because I'm so nosey...

  4. I'd love to be a jumper--so I could transport myself to the other side of the world with just a thought.

  5. happy b-day! Love Doctor Who, still on the fence about 11 and River Song. My power- teleportation.

  6. Happy Birthday! I would really love the power to eat anything I wanted and still be skinny.

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  7. Happy Birthday! I'd love a clone to do all the housework. =)

  8. Happy Birthday! I'm with E. Arroyo. That's what I would want.

  9. Happy (belated) Birthday!! I hope you enjoyed it :)

    I'd love to be able to transport myself and time travel. Imagine how cool that would be! :)

  10. Happy belated Birthday! :)

    I always loved the theory of receiving some sort of powers on a certain birthday, time travel is a great choice for sure! Not sure what I would pick though, might have to think on it.

    Have a great weekend!

  11. Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone! It was a good birthday and a busy week.

  12. Happy birthday!

    I think I'd choose the ability to stop time. Imagine all you could get done! Of course, you'd start looking like you aged a few years with each birthday...


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