The story: a crazy invention from my beloved niece, about family. Not our family, but a family. Each person has their weaknesses and strengths, or “struggles” and “abilities”. As debilitating as their struggles are, their strengths are little superhero powers. It’s a wild ride so far, with a mean dastardly bunch of evildoers that are ambiguously known as The Dutch. There seems to be a mole in the family hideout, plotting to give the whole family over to the bad guys.
As usual, as I am writing I find I can’t trust my characters. They get up to things I never intended and mess up any plan I might have made for how this story was going to evolve. Unfortunately I can’t tell you the latest twist because I don’t want to ruin the fun if you ever read it.
Below is a chart of the struggles and abilities so far. Love to hear any and all suggestions anyone might have! Send in your weird ideas and I’ll incorporate them somehow. Yay! Weirdness!
||Incredible sensitivity: her senses capture deeper levels than the ordinary.
||Lack of confidence; sure his best years are behind him
||Strong and agile; a sure-shot
||A little OCD and a lot resentful
||Penetrates glass without breaking it
||Constantly annoyed with everyone and everything. Lonely.
||Knows and remembers everything, and can put it together helpfully.
||Mercurial and ineffective
||Able to shoot electricity
||Can’t think big-picture
||Developmentally disabled and in a wheelchair
||Gifted with all things fibrous – ropes, knots, lassos…
||Too young to be much help against the Dutch; more of a liability
||Triplets with a special language among themselves
||Indecisive and overly theoretical
||Able to speak in binary code
||Can be self-involved; might be a double agent
||Blows air like a hurricane
||Surly teenager; lost his mom at a young age
||Mean and selfish.
||Emits brilliant light and read patterns in light.
||Bewitcher, on the city zoning committee.
||Turns things into other things; a doctor for people with weird skills.