Brace for impact!

In accordance with the guidelines for this little blog hoppy thing (see below for details), I’ve pondered the topic of what sci-fi or fantasy has had an impact on me. Two series come to mind. First, The Foundation Series by Asimov. He wrote a story with some of the coolest tech but it isn’t about the tech. The story is about the people. He masterfully creates a story that spans a galaxy and yet it is all very personal. I own all of the books (including the two prequels) and read them through on occasion.

The second is the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. Story-telling can be fun. It can be punny. You can laugh in the middle of a serious story and it’s ok. This has had a profound effect on my own writing as I like to put humor that goes with the story. Life isn’t serious all of the time. Laughter is a defense mechanism. All you need to know is what a lie-berry bush looks like, where to find a pie tree and never let anyone see your underwear.

This is all related to LTUE. Life, The Universe and Everything is a writing convention that is held every year in Provo, Utah. The magic is thrilling, the people are weird (which of course means I finally fit in) and the advice is epic. Don’t believe me? Come join the fun!

Oh and the blog hopper thing is this:

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About markminson

Mark Minson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys playing games with his wife and five kids. He loves to sing and can often be found whistling as he walks. An avid shoe-wearer, you might run into him strolling down memory lane -- either his or somebody else’s. He brings humor to life through his many accents and movie quotes. He found his magic long ago, in a high school far, far away and now happily shares it with you. May you find your magic and share it with others.
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