People who’ve read Raw Blue keep saying they liked Danny. Which is nice. Because I liked him, too. A lot.
Anyhow, then they either: a. say they know someone else with synaesthesia (or synesthesia as it is spelled in other places); or b. want to know more about it. Thing is, Danny just had this thing where he related colours to people from before draft one (when the whole story was brain soup). It was later I read an article on synaesthesia and realised it was along the lines of what I’d been thinking.
That said, people→colour synaesthesia hasn’t really been explored much in the research on synaesthesia*. Danny also got colours from letters and days of the week, which is a more common manifestation of the big S. And it doesn’t have to be just colours, some people get a sense of taste, or hear sounds.
(*If you are uber into this and want to know more, you can check out this as a jump off point. Or, if you want to get all scholarly, you can contact me for a list of references…)
Another thing I thought was cool was this simple test for number→colour synaesthesia. Check it out here.
If you want to learn more about it/think you might have it/have it and want to share that lovely brain of yours for research purposes – take a look here at online info from the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Studies.