Hello! My name is Jarred Harris! No one killed my father! No one’s going to die. Well, no one in real life, anyway. This blog is about a swords and sorcery story based on a D&D campaign, after all. So obviously there will be some fictional deaths going on around here. But I digress. I do that a lot. Be forewarned.
I’m a software engineer living in western New York. I’m happily married to a wonderful man named Joe, who I will probably mention frequently on this blog, especially in Behind the Scenes posts. That’s partly because I love him and love talking about him, partly because he’s my Dungeon Master who guides the twins through the world of Albion, and partly because he’s my most supportive fan and helps keep me inspired to write this story.
I could be cliche and say that I’ve been writing most of my life, but I’m choosing not to count the creative writing exercises I did for school. I started writing outside of school assignments sometime while I was in college. Since graduating college, I’ve started numerous writing projects, including three or four different novels over the decades. I’ve worked on fantasy stories, erotic stories, gay romance stories, and a few other things. This blog is my most recent writing project and I’m extremely excited about it.
To be honest, I haven’t played D&D much in comparison. I got mildly interested in it when a cousin got the core rule books (I forget what version) in our early teens. But neither of us really knew what we were doing and my mother had heard all the myths that formed the Satanic Panic around that time and was afraid that I’d get sucked into Satanism if I got too involved with the game (thanks to liars like Mike Fucking Warnke). So I didn’t pursue my interest in the game that much at that time, either.
While in college and shortly after graduating, I started getting involved in a couple of online groups that engaged in free-form roleplaying, which didn’t have dice throws or rules and was more like collaborative story-telling. It was fun and it was the first time I got first-hand experience playing a character in a larger narrative.
It wasn’t until I started dating Joe that I actually played D&D. We’ve made several attempts to start a campaign (a different campaign each time), though up until now each one either didn’t pan out at all or just fizzled quickly. I’m hoping this will be the first campaign that I manage to experience to a full conclusion and I’m excited to see how the story builds and then share it here on my blog.
Anyway, that’s a bit about my history as an RPG player and a writer. I’ll end this post with a few other random facts about me:
- I grew up attending an evangelical church. Of course, back then, we still called ourselves fundamentalists. It wasn’t until much later that everyone seemed to decide the word “fundamentalist” was toxic enough to be abandoned.
- I’m now a practicing witch and devotee of Freyja.
- I’ve been a computer geek all my life.
- Joe and I live with our cat Precious. I originally found Precious at an animal shelter back in 2004, when I still lived in rural Pennsylvania.
- Joe and I are also avid video gamers. Our most frequently played games are Mabinogi, 7 Days to Die, and World of Warcraft. (None of the creators of those games sponsor this blog).