Here’s that rambly, incoherent bio I promised.
I’ve been playing video games since I was really young — I started with educational ones like Math Blaster and some weird thing that was played with its own proprietary system and the TV in the mess room downstairs. I have no idea what it was called.
But I also played Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos and Iron Helix with my dad. Both scared the shit out of me when I played them, because I was pretty young and easily frightened. Actually I think Iron Helix still would; I haven’t played it in ages but I watched a YouTube video of the start of it recently and it caused the same reaction Fel-Reaver noises do.
Currently the game I play the most is World of Warcraft, which you could probably surmise from the Fel-Reaver comment above. However, I also have a very healthy Steam account full of games, and our house is pretty full of console games as well (thought neither me nor my husband has played a console game in ages because none of our consoles are set up right now and you know what, it’s a long story, let’s not get into it).
I’ve also been writing since I was very young, and one of my first ever fanfictions (don’t judge me) was, actually, Gamelit. It was a Final Fantasy 8 spoof (I SAID DON’T JUDGE ME). And later I wrote another Gamelit fanfiction, which blended lots of properties into a story where the main character was trapped in a game and the game was breaking down, meaning things like Princess Bride and Lord of the Rings were showing up together.
Thinking back on it, it wasn’t a bad story, but I might have Nostalgia Glasses on.
This was all before I even knew Gamelit was, like, a Thing, or had a genre name (two, even!). I continue to love those kinds of stories, and I have a serious soft-spot for trapped-in-a-game dynamics.
So once I stumbled across the LitRPG forum, some ideas started blossoming in my head, and, well. LEVEL UP.
Why do I call what I write Gamelit? Why not LitRPG?
I mean, you could call it either, really. The only reason I specifically say Gamelit when I’m talking about my writing is that there seems to be an assumption that LitRPG is crunchier, numbers-wise. I don’t want to give the wrong impression. My works are definitely Gamelit, but I can’t promise they’ll be super crunchy for people who love that.
That said, I’m still using LitRPG as a keyword. I ain’t dumb.
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You can find me other places! Right now those places are the LitRPG Forum, Twitter, and WorldAnvil. I’m also super rarely on Discord in the LitRPG and WorldAnvil chats, mainly because I can’t figure out how to do two accounts at the same time, so it’s a switchy-switchy thing and that gets tiring.