Sunday, June 24, 2007

Storysinger... the origins

Happy birthday, little sister!

Janet had some odd "tagging" thing on her livejournal:
Rules: Post the explanation of where your username came from. Then tag TEN users whose explanations you'd like to hear. If you are tagged post the explanation to your page.

I don't like online tagging games, but I've been using this online identity since 2001 or 2002 and it probably seems obscure to some folk who may now have an interest in my blog (lord, help 'em). As I previously revealed, I am a big dork. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in tenth grade when Peter and Andrew convinced a bunch of people who had not tried it yet to play in a LARP (Live Action Role Play) based loosely on D&D 2nd edition rules. Peter, Evan, Ramon, Andrew, Hugh and a couple others had been playing since middle school (I believe). We were theater geeks and liked rennfest and all such things, so really, prancing about in a forest pretending to hurl magic missiles back at your friend shooting his cloth covered arrows at you in the woods didn't seem like that much of a stretch at the time.

It turned out to be a LOT of fun. The following school year, I joined Evan's campaign to play my first character, Verruca--a mage who had a dark past from her abusive mother who placed a curse on her; whenever Verruca got angry, she would turn into a black cat as punishment for killing her mother's familiar in a fit of rage. There were 16 of us who played in that game, if I recall correctly. That is CRAZY! I don't know how Evan managed us, but he did. I realized how much fun it was to role play, because it combined the skills of acting and writing in a very unusual way and inspired a lot of creativity. I've been hooked ever since. I played several other characters in high school, including my original online identity: AzytRahat, an orphaned gypsy mage girl (the character concept was pretty awesome, but would have worked better in 3rd edition... she got one of Peter's favorite NPCs killed and although I haven't asked, I wouldn't be surprised if he still hadn't completely forgiven me for that...)

In college, I started playing in Nik's game and switched over to PHB 3rd edition--which is a MUCH better system. I played a child prodigy sorceress and developed a crush on the DM, and those of you who know me from that time, know how that all turned out! But I did get more of my friends from college into D&D and we had some really great games.

I had this D&D character, a halfling bard named Garrett Storysinger, who was the awesomest character that ever there was, until the campaign turned from high-art storytelling to dungeon raiding hack'n'slash... It was so sad to see the rapid descent. I don't remember who I blamed it on at the time--Bran? Adam? Johanna? I don't know.

Garrett was retired before playing even three times. If I find the sketch I made of him, I'll post it up here later.

He gave over to my most memorable character (for other players at least) that I've played (besides Gundeegoot Erkhenwold--the insane gnome cleric--who was so beloved that the DM usurped him and turned him into a god in just a few sessions), Klara, the ditzy blond paladin (like... ohmigod!), who worked perfectly with Ede's monk dude. Man that was a cool campaign.

Anyhow, shortly after that, I took the name storysinger (usually with my birth year 81 because it is more universally available in various domains).

The idea of the storysinger is the kind of writer I'd like to be--one whose words are so exceptional that they are like song. It was a silly way of saying "poet," but it is still in some profound way connected with my aspirations, and thus it is appropriate to be my online handle, even if maybe three people get it.

And that is the story of myself as storysinger81, less well put than the name might seem to imply.

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