Friday, November 25, 2011

Escape to an Alternate Universe?

Posted by: Veronica Scott

Sometimes the world we live in just gets to be too much – traffic, the day job, the construction AT the day job, children, cooking, commuting – whatever it may be that exceeds your tolerance threshold for the moment! Wouldn’t it be nice to slip away into some other universe and spend time as a character there?
One of the reasons I started writing as a kid was that I wanted so much to be on Mongo with Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, fighting Ming the Merciless and maybe meeting a good looking Prince. Sure sounded better than third grade and cursive writing with Mrs. Pierce! (Who I now realize was a nice person but at the time she terrified me and she didn’t appreciate my left handedness). So I’d write my little stories, which had an amazing resemblance to Flash’s epic adventures at times. It was always nice to lose myself in science fiction for a few hours.
Nowadays I write much more grownup stuff (Priestess of the Nile, paranormal romance set in 1500BC Ancient Egypt, coming out January 23rd – small plug there. I’d know what to do with the handsome Prince if I met him. (My third grade self had a pretty vague, G-rated vision of carriage rides, sweeping ball gowns and maybe a chaste kiss.)
I used to think if I could slide from this world into another fully realized one, I’d go to Pern, home of the weyrs and dragon riders created by the late, wonderful Anne McCaffrey. Only a gold dragon for me, thank you very much! If given two choices, I’d stroll through the dimensions to Middle Earth and seek out Eomer, who was left enticingly single at the end of Lord of the Rings movies, if you’ll recall. I love the whole setting and culture of Rohan. Just keep the orcs under control for me, okay?
Third choice? Hmmm. Probably Nalini Singh’s world of Psy Wars. I could DEFINITELY go for one of her sexy shifters. Deciding between wolf and cat would be the biggest challenge! And then I’d do my part to be a stalwart Pack member.
And of course I get to visit my version of Ancient Egypt all the time when writing or editing...
So what alternate reality world do you escape to when this one is just a bit overwhelming?

16 comments:

  1. There's always a part of me in whatever universe I'm writing at the time. Sometimes two at once. As for which other writer's universe I'd like to visit, I think my first choice would be Chris Wooding's wonderful adventuring steampunk world in his Tales of the Ketty Jay series.

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  2. Star Wars universe. All the way. (Original trilogy, of course).

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  3. Thanks for visiting! Both places sound like wonderful alternatives for a visit!

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  4. Oh, I have to get Priestess of the Nike! I love Egyptian romances and you can never find enough good ones!

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  5. Haha. I'm really not JK Cou. LOL that's what you get for commenting from the mobile device

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  6. JK, feel free to call her Priestess of the Nike if that works for you! LOL! No, seriously, thank you for the comment (s) & I hope you'll enjoy the book when it comes out in January.

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  7. Great post, especially since I just watched a public television double especial about "Multiverse vs. Universe" and the second was about "string theory." Both have evidence strongly pointing to the reality of multiple dimensions and parallel universes where we might even exist simultaneously. Seriously cool stuff. One day I'm sure we'll know how to slip from one reality to another... without mind altering drugs, that is. I did not INHALE! I swear. I just wanted to look cool, okay?

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  8. Barbara, I love the idea of science enabling us to go from universe to universe someday! Sign me up!

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  9. Alternative worlds ... like you with Ancient Egypt, I like the idea of slipping back in history. Regency England has been a favourite with me for years...and yes, you can blame Georgette Heyer for that addiction. A comfort read is also slipping back into Patricia Wrede's Llyra.

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  10. I would never say no to a trip back into Regency England, especially as written by Ms. Heyer! I might even settle for less than a Duke! Thanks for sharing your destinations, Jenny!

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  11. Stargate Command or Hogwarts :)

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  12. I actually had to think on this one with all the reading I do and all my favorites.....

    I love Deathly Hallows, followed by Shelly Laurenston's Pack and Pride series, and I still love a good SciFi movie like the original Star Wars trilogy or The Fifth Element. =)

    Great post Ms Veronica!!!

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  13. Jody, Either one sounds good! Or maybe one today and the other tomorrow! Thanks for sharing your preferred destinations...

    Bobbie B, some really good ones there too. The Pack & Pride is a fun world...and I'd forgotten Fifth Element - Die Hard in Space as we call it affectionately at my house! but a well thought out time & place too. I'll meet you there! Thanks for the kind words on the post!

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  14. Wait - that's MY gold dragon, missy!

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  15. Right now, I'm immersed in Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer world, which I always enjoy rereading. I'm also rereading The Hobbit. But I ALWAYS enjoy discovering a new world, which is why the next installment in David Anthony Durham's ACACIA trilogy is next on my TBR list. And that's why I'll be sure to check out your book in January!

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