“The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.”


― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


With that in mind, I'll keep my back story mercifully brief.


I'm a lifelong nerd -- I guess the video game business my parents started back in the 80's has something to do with that. (Of course, they can't be held accountable for my fixation with Star Trek, Tolkien and Terry Gilliam movies.) Anyway, somehow over the last couple of decades I've managed to turn my obsession with popular entertainment into a career, and these days I spend most of my time writing about it.