It has been a busy day. First a full work day, followed by a meet-up at Discovery Green for the Flickr group, followed by dinner at Frank's with the Flickr group, and a long conversation outside the restaurant with one of the photographers. 20 minutes at home to drop off my camera then back out to the River Oaks Theater and the midnight showing of Grease, the sing a long version. Friday turns to Saturday.
Yet the thing that has been in the back of my mind the whole day is the death of Robert Aspirin. It makes me very sad. The Myth Adventure books rate as one of my very favorite series of books, especially the first 5 or 6. I have read them over and over and over again and will probably be heading to bed with them again tonight to spend a little more time with Mr. Aspirin.
I'm not even sure how it came up in conversation, but I know that I was guided to these books by my mother, an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader. It seems to me that this was the first real break I made from my teeny bopper book series like Sweet Valley High. Looking back it may have had a big part in shaping the style of writing that I enjoy today. The Myth books are fast paced, funny, witty, snarky and have more dialogue than long boring pages of exposition that a lot of books have. That is exactly the writing style I like.
Cheers to you Robert Aspirin for your delightful world, for Skeeve, Aahz, and the gang and for creating such a wonderful place. Your world has helped me through sad times, through breakups, through stress and helped me escape from my world numerous times. Rest in peace.