Wonder Woman Only Sleepier by Hunter J. Skye
A narcoleptic ghost hunter walks into a bar…wait, no, that sounds like a joke. In fact, narcolepsy is a serious and debilitating autoimmune disorder. A quarter of the population has the genetic marker for narcolepsy, but only a few of us will actually develop it. Unfortunately, I drew the short straw. Even though I’ve had narcolepsy since I was a child, I didn’t receive a diagnosis until I was an adult with children of my own. Imagine my surprise when I realized that not everyone has nightmares every night or wakes up paralyzed with a terrifying entity looming over them. I had to seriously adjust my idea of what was normal and what wasn’t.
Nevertheless, they say write what you know so A Glimmer of Ghosts follows the adventures of a team of ghost hunters, one of which is a narcoleptic. The main character, Melisande Bythe, has learned to prolong her time in the hypnagogic and hypnopompic states- the stages between sleeping and waking. This allows her to see, hear and feel ghosts. Finding ghosts is so easy for her that it’s like shooting fish in a barrel, until Mel runs into a secret society of corporeal spirits with a dark agenda.
Crafting Mel’s ‘super power’ from my own sad sack of medical symptoms was the best therapy in the world. I’ve changed a few things about Mel’s disorder to fit the story, but the clinical features are clearly represented. My hope was to create a heroine with a disability who perseveres anyway. We all have our weaknesses. We all can’t be Superman or Wonder Woman. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a pair of brightly colored leotards or magically imbued bracelets with our name on them. We just have to dig a little deeper to find that strength.
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