I’m Steven Jarvis. I live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with The Wife (married 25 years!) and The Boy, a teenager. We’re right on the edge of the Ozarks and close to all kinds of great places for fun in the outdoors. It’s also cosmopolitan enough (especially with the University of Arkansas in town) to have stuff to do and see.
I’m a Scouter and outdoorsman. I’m current Assistant Scoutmaster in my son’s troop, but I’ve served as Cubmaster, District Training Chair, District Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, and other positions in Scouting. My son is currently a Life Scout. I love flyfishing, especially for Smallmouth Bass, and flytying. I also love to paddle our Ozark streams. We camp as much as we can, but not as much as we’d like. I’m especially interested in teaching environmental literacy and outdoor ethics to kids (mainly though Scouting).
I’m a big geek. I’m a web designer and developer by day. I enjoy writing software and am getting into hardware hacking, having recently put my house’s sprinkler system on the Internets using a Raspberry Pi. We also have a 3D printer, and The Boy especially has been getting into 3D design. I’ve been getting into other Internet of Things devices, as well as wearable electronics.
I’m an RPG enthusiast. I started playing Dungeons & Dragons while at band camp in 1981 and have played off and on ever since, especially since about 2003. My current gaming group has been playing D&D5 and Beyond the Wall semi-regularly (all but one of us have kids, and we all have jobs) for about two years. I’m about to wind down DMing a D&D 5e campaign of Storm King’s Thunder. Not sure what’s next. In addition to D&D, my other favorite RPGs are Beyond the Wall, The Burning Wheel, Top Secret, and Traveller. I also like playing Euro-style boardgames like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, and others.
I’m a musician, and I’m currently enjoying my third run at learning to play clawhammer banjo (mostly Old Time and mostly fiddle tunes). For 25 years, I’ve been primarily a (fairly terrible) guitarist; before that, I played bass (in rock bands) and drums (in school band). I also enjoy playing old 80s jangle pop covers (R.E.M., The Smiths, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, etc.). I have also spent some time making electronic music with computers.
I read a lot of comics and science fiction and fantasy. Some favorites include:
Comics. X-Men (and its various spinoffs and iterations), Fables, The Walking Dead, Queen & Country, Hawaiian Dick, Seven to Eternity.
Science Fiction. Some recent reads: Peripheral by William Gibson, The Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, Barsk: the Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence Schoen, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The End of All Things by John Scalzi, Nemesis Game by James S.A. Corey, Seveneves: a Novel by Neal Stephenson, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
Fantasy. Some recent reads and faves: The Egil and Nix series by Paul S. Kemp, the first Erevis Cale trilogy by Paul S. Kemp, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson, Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan (my son turned me on to these).
Thanks for reading!
Should you feel the need, you can contact me at email@example.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @sjarvis.