My Monster Moon Mysteries series coauthor, Kathryn Sant (our pseudonym is BBH McChiller), wrote an interesting post on our Emblazon authors’ site yesterday. It’s all about the senses and quite fascinating. Check it out: It Makes Sense to Use All Your Senses.
As I read about all these new senses human beings have, it dawned on me that I’m lacking in a few.
For instance, take equilibrioception. As Kathy says, “This is balance, that sense that keeps us standing upright, coordinated by the vestibular region of inner ear with a little help from our eyes. You can use this sense in describing fast-moving sports, fights, or states of drunkenness.”
Here’s proof how bad I’m lacking in this sense. I tripped on a step and fell on both knees and left wrist. It happened on Halloween night. My left knee took the brunt of the fall. Such a freaky swollen knob on top of my already knobby knee. And the bruising, ain’t it a beaut? Looks like a gory Halloween makeup job, but it’s real.
The bruising is gone now, but the swelling remains. I’m wearing a sports knee pad when I
compete in cage fighting babysit the grand darlings. Every time the kids (ages 4 and 2) fight over my lap, the kneecap grows another knob.
I’m not looking for sympathy. Honest. I’m thankful I dodged a bullet. The knee is tender but doesn’t really hurt. I bet I can still do a cart-wheel. Not!
In September, I had another fall. I twisted my ankle because I was wearing two different high heels (props for my speech). I happened to be recording at the time because I was practicing a humorous speech for a Toastmasters contest.
My equilibrioception is pretty bad, but being double jointed has saved me multiple times. Whew!
Do you have good magnetoreception? In her blog post, Kathy says, “Some people have a natural sense of direction and/or navigation and always seem to know which way is north or how to get home. They, like homing pigeons, are employing a sense of magnetoreception. They’re ‘feeling’ the surrounding magnetic fields.”
Sounds like having a built-in compass. Can’t say this is one of my stronger senses. I’ve lived in my current city almost four years and still get lost driving just a couple blocks from home. Even with a GPS. I’ve learned I shouldn’t depend on Global Positioning Systems. I call it a Get Punked System. I think I’d be better off with a map and a compass.
I’m not the only one who’s been punked by a GPS. I wrote a blog post about it. You can read it here. Watch the video clips if you need a giggle.
The reporter also mentions these real life GPS mishaps:
- A woman headed to a hotel in Washington state and ended up in a swamp
- A 12-foot-high bus was lead into a nine-foot-high bridge
- A UK man almost drove off a cliff from following his GPS directions
- A wrecking crew in Georgia demolished a house at the wrong address, thanks to a GPS
Have you ever heard of proprioception? Kathy explains, “This is body awareness. If you close your eyes or go blind, you still have an idea where your hand is or if your legs are crossed.
“Try going downstairs in the dark or with your eyes shut. You have a sense of where your hand is as you reach for the banister. You know where your foot is and you know when you expect it to touch the next step. (What if that step wasn’t there?)”
All these new senses are great for writers to take into consideration. I wrote a short story titled “Invisible” for a soon-to-be-released anthology (Kissed by an Angel). Now that I know what proprioception is, I realize that my main character experienced that sense in the story. How cool!
What are your strongest senses? What are your weaker senses? Ever had a bad fall? Are you double jointed?
Be sure to read Kathy’s post. In addition to new human senses, I think you’ll enjoy reading about the amazing senses animals have.