I admit it, I’m obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons, the period of time in which it was a new concept, and the state of Oregon; if you’re interested in all these things, I hope you’ll connect with my odd, quasi-YA novel here. I started this project in 2007; it’s a kind of alternate 1980s history of my geeky teenage years, but I myself am not in it. Those who grew up with me might recognize a few incidents remapped to fictional characters and alternate locations. Steve’s house and basement-apartment vaguely recall my friend Gene’s childhood home, which was also located in the West Hills but lacked the eastern view and other important details. The Game Den combines several stores I frequented as a kid, but especially the Book Den, a shop located in Gresham, not Portland. Merriwether Prep does not exist in any form; when I think of it, I picture the grounds of Lewis & Clark College, where I spent a week in high school along with other students from around the state at the Oregon Young Writers workshop.
The novel is complete, at 150K words and 43 chapters.
3. The Campaign