The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Smith's Recognizable

My Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation tells me about Waardenburg's syndrome, a genetic disorder tending to cause partial or complete deafness and partial albinism, often in the form of a white forelock and "isochromic beautiful pale blue eyes." I think it's safe to say that this is the only occurrence of the word beautiful in Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. Sometimes people with Waardenburg's have just the one beautiful pale blue eye, the other being a more ordinary color, and then the effect is particularly striking.

It seems to me there should be a superhero with this condition, dark-skinned and raven-haired, Indian or indigenous American perhaps, with one sparkling blue eye (the other brown) and a streaming silver forelock. She is deaf and speaks in sign language, which is shown as word balloons issuing from her hands; her superpowers are the result, somehow, of a botched attempt to cure the deafness. She could be called the Warden.

Waardenburg's also occurs in ferrets, though I understand it's hard to tell because ferrets don't hear very well to begin with.

In other news, for the second chapter of this thing I'm writing that seems to be a novel, I feel the need to do research on the daily life of Bulgarian peasants in the late eighteenth century. My dour German vampire hunter is traveling from his home country to a little village in the Rhodope Mountains, a distance of approximately a thousand miles, in about 1797, so I could also use some eastern European travel narratives from around that time. Who knows anything about any of that? What books should I read?
Tags: ferrets, heterochromia, research, smith's recognizable, superheroes, vampires, waardenburg's syndrome, writing
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