About X/0

I suppose I should tell you something about who I am and why I do the things I do. 

WHO I AM:

I am J. Variable X/0. My name is a mathematical equation that drives mathematicians and computers crazy because essentially it means that whatever X is, when you divide it by zero, you come up with infinity. I like that.

I was a teenager in the 80s, when classic rock was still pretty new, and I had all the accompanying nuclear angst and goth and punk and hair metal and Satan stuff. I still like all that too, but I like many other things now as well.

THE THINGS I DO:

First, I play a LOT of Dungeons & Dragons. I started in 1986 and just never stopped. When I’m the DM (which is almost always–you DMs out there know how that goes), I run homebrew games (like, years-long campaigns) for 1st and 2nd edition with a lot of house rules. I’ve played a little 5th edition, and that’s fun, but I’ll always prefer the oldschool style.

I love conversations about philosophy, theology, psychology, theoretical math and physics, literature, metaphysics, history, and whacko conspiracy theories. That doesn’t mean that I’m an expert in any of these things, but I do like to learn about them.

I’m also an artist. And a writer. And I like to fiddle with websites. Please don’t ask me to design your poster or ghost-write your novel or build a site for you, though. I’ve learned that the minute I try to be creative according to someone else’s specifications, it stops being interesting…and I usually don’t get paid enough.

I just want to do my own work in my own way and if people like it enough to buy something I’ve made, that would be awesome.

WHY DO I DO THESE THINGS?

I have to. My brain is full of ideas and visions of other worlds and all the stories that happen there. If they don’t come out, I get sick.