Guest Blogger: Gabi Stevens
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I think the ability to fly would be cool. But I can’t imagine it would be easier to fly than say to jog. In my logic, I can’t believe powers would come without a cost. In fact in my book THE WISH LIST, all magic requires energy, and if a wizard overuses his powers he can harm himself. Flying would probably be as hard as running, and I’m not a big fan of exercise (I know it’s good for me and I do it, but I don’t enjoy it. It never has the effect on me that it’s supposed to. I’ve never felt energized by it.) Besides, it’s cold in the atmosphere, and I hate being cold.
Being invisible is another one. But there’s a sneakiness and underhandedness about being invisible that bothers me. It’s like eavesdropping. It’s rude. Sometimes manners do count. And I’ve always had the perception that people don’t see me anyway (Yeah, we writers are neurotic). I don’t need to aide that perception.
Super strength? That could be fun, but I’d be afraid I’d hurt someone. Stopping time? Interesting, but messing with time causes problems I’d rather not deal with (do I keep aging while the rest of the world stops?). Teleporting? Now that I like, but I’d bet I’d be on everyone’s watch list. Telling the future? No thanks. I’d rather be surprised. Transformation? OK, I confess, I’d like to be able to change in to a dolphin for a while and swim, but I’m sure I’m underestimating the dangers I’d face.
Let’s face it: I’m a chicken and a pessimist. No, I’m really not a pessimist. I believe in happy endings, that most people are good, that we do have a future, and that life is fun. The magic I want most in my life is the ability to tell a story. When I sit down at the computer or with a piece of paper (Yes, I do still write on paper occasionally) and the words flow and the story reveals itself, that’s what I call real magic. When a twist occurs that I hadn’t foreseen, even though I’m the author, that’s real magic. And when I’m holding my novel in my hands, a real book, that’s magic.
So tell me? If you could choose a magical and or superpower, what would it be?
Gabi Stevens’s latest book is THE WISH LIST. In it, she gives her characters the magic she doesn’t actually have herself. When Kristin Montgomery discovers her three aunts are fairy godmothers and she’s next in line for the job, her orderly world disappears like magic. No, not like magic; it is magic. Not only does she have to deal with burgeoning powers, she also encounters a surly arbiter, a sarcastic sprite, and a suave French sorcerer. And one of them is the bad guy. You can find it on line or at a bookstore near you. Visit Gabi’s web site at http://www.gabistevens.com/.