I grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in the 1980’s. It was a time of crazy hair, Pac-Man, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Star Wars, Atari, Dungeons & Dragons. and a stainless steel DeLorean. I loved it all.
I was also one of the world’s first teenage computer geeks. I got a Commodore 64 at the age of 15. I spent half of my time writing programs for it in BASIC, and the other half playing games. There were some good ones back then: M.U.L.E., Archon, Ultima, Elite, Impossible Mission, and on and on.
When I got my first modem (1200 baud) and discovered Quantum Link (an early version of AOL) in 1987, I realized two things: my life was changed forever, and I needed a job to pay for the stinking thing; it cost $4.80/hour to use.
Little did I know my job would come in the form of running D&D games for the Phantasy Guild on QLink. They let me work all I wanted. In return, I got to use the service for free.
It was during the D&D games that I discovered my love of crafting stories. I didn’t actually know what I was doing, of course, but something grabbed me. I tasted blood.
QLink came and went, and so did college, dating, wing night, and the Star Wars prequels.
My love for stories has never been greater. I’m a graduate of Robert McKee’s Story seminar and a big autodidact in all things Writing.
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