“my life’s a circus, an insane
set of circumstances,
I never had a lot to lose,
I never let it slow me down.”
– Cheap Trick
Aloha. I’m in my second semester as an MA student with a specialization in British Literature.
I’m a bit of an untraditional student, I completed my undergraduate degree in filmmaking at SUNY-Buffalo in 1995. I moved to San Francisco to pursue a Master’s at the SF Art Institute…but dropped out because of academic burnout, and then embarked on a 20-year career as a development and communications professional: dividing my time between non-profits and as an editor/reporter/ombudsman for a number of Bay Area newspapers.
A couple of years ago, I realized that I wanted to get back into fields that I was more interested in than journalism and non-profit development, and thought I’d take the first step by pursuing a graduate degree which could get me closer to one of my biggest interests: ludic narratives. I’m interested in stories where the reader/player/interactor has agency over the narrative, in almost every genre and format. I’m a huge fan of tabletop role-playing games and the emergent narratives they create as well as Interactive Fiction (especially the parser-based, text adventure works of folks like Emily Short, Adam Cadre, and Andrew Plotkin). I write for two websites which focus on narrative-based video games. I’m also a big fan of fantastic and weird fiction.
I plan to pursue a PhD after SDSU and continue exploring what I’m interested in with a plan to teach. I wish I had more time to create IF works of my own, and sometimes wonder if I should pursue an MFA at some point.
My favorite author is Ray Bradbury. I listen to a lot of 70s rock. I don’t own a cell phone and loathe Facebook but you can add me on twitter!: @finestscottsong.