So, I wasn’t going to do Camp Nanowrimo this year because I failed so spectacularly last April. And Mez and I (have I mentioned Mez, my writing buddy living on another continent? Check out her site here!) have decided to have our own novel in a month in June when I’m going to finish Believing in Magic.
But I’ve had this story idea for a while and it’s never worked: the main girl was just too aloof to be the main viewpoint of the story. I thought about trying my hand at writing a screenplay (something I’ve never done but want to try someday), but had another thought: changing the viewpoint character to the main guy. And it works! It’s her story told through his eyes. So now I really want to write it now while it’s in my head. I don’t know if it will ever be published because it’s a bit too much like X-Men (teens with powerful abilities) but I still want to do it.
I’m also trying out Scrivener with this manuscript. I really like it so far, will let you know if I still like it on May 1st!
So here is the basic idea and I’ll post some ramblings from the viewpoint character next time.
If you are also a Nanowrimo camper this year, let me know so we can cheer each other on!
Thirty years ago, the first appeared. Preteens with extraordinary abilities. Super human strength or speed, telekinesis or pyrokinesis. The abilities varied as did the power. Some were barely more than normal, but others could destroy buildings or kill with a touch. They were deemed Jinxes.
At first, the government tried to keep it contained, locking up the first ones before their abilities went public. But within five years, a handful had turned into 1% of the population. For every 100 kids from 11-13, 1 jinxed. Realizing it could not be contained, the government took steps to confront this new reality. It made its stance clear: Jinxes were humans. They would not be segregated from society or treated as less than Norms.
Jinx camps were set up throughout the country were newly Jinxed preteens were sent to learn to control their powers, some for a week and some for months. But then they were put back into normal schools to be taught along with Norms. This encouraged acceptance among both groups, helping to stave off Jinx-phobia. But still, it happened.
For parents who could not accept a Jinx child, they could give up guardianship to the government and the Jinx was sent to a Jinx House, a foster-type home run by adult Jinxes. This was done to stop a rising epidemic of Jinxes living on the street and turning to crime to survive. Two years after the Jinx Houses were set up, there was a sharp drop in Jinx related crime.
Every child from 10-14 is tested on the first day of school via blood draw for a Jinx. There has never been a recorded child turning into a Jinx after 13 years and 2 months of age.