Partnership, as anyone knows from reading the Myth-Adventures series, is a mutually supportive relationship, in which the weaknesses of one partner are bolstered by the strengths of the other, and vice-versa. So it was working with Bob Asprin, the original author, on his best-known and arguably best-loved series. To him, partnership was a sacrosanct bond. A partner would always have his colleague’s back. If Aahz was in trouble, Skeeve would step forward and do whatever it took to straighten out the problem and get the job done. Aahz, in return, would always be there for Skeeve. They could count on one another.
That sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it? In real life, it doesn’t always work out so neatly.
I had been a fan of the Myth-Adventures series long before I ever met Bob. I adored the books, and was thrilled to be asked to work on them with him. Literarily we were very compatible, but to work together we had to get past a few challenges. Not only did we live hundreds of miles apart, but we had very different working styles. Bob was a night owl who hated to answer the phone. I work early in the day and have trouble getting back into the swing if I’m interrupted. But we had so much else in common, similar senses of humor and a real love of the characters. We got together in person once a year to thresh out the plot for the next book. When we were leaning eagerly over the table, laughing madly and throwing ideas out that just seemed to get better the longer we went on, I felt we achieved that special partnership we wrote about.
To lose Bob was a terrible wrench. We had such great ideas we wanted to flesh out. I am continuing with the work we began, and every so often I can hear his laughter in my mind.