My name is Joseph Simmons, alias Túrin Húrinson. I graduated (class of 2011) from the University of Dallas, a small Catholic liberal arts school in Irving, TX, USA (a city adjacent to Dallas), with a double major in mathematics and English.
Formerly (and this is probably how many of my readers know me), I spent a lot of time working on Wesnoth and my personal side-project for that game, the World of Orbivm. (I don’t really do either these days, for various reasons.) I thus have some level of expertise in writing Wesnoth campaigns, doing pixel-art, drawing maps, and coding WML. Nowadays I do mostly academic work and some creative writing on the side.
I am also an avid reader of all media; here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:
- Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe, C.S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft, Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot
- Musicians: Dream Theater, Kamelot, Blind Guardian, TÝR, Ensiferum, Wintersun, Eluveitie, Andrew Bird, Jonathan Coulton, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Boards of Canada
- Composers: Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean Sibelius
- Movies: Serenity, No Country for Old Men, The Prestige, Lord of the Rings, 28 Days Later, Hero, Groundhog Day, The Lion King, Muppet Treasure Island
- TV Shows: Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Jericho, MST3K, The Wire, 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Who
My alias, if you didn’t recognize it, is a character from the Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien, who is one of my favorite authors. He’s a major source of inspiration for me, and for almost my entire life I’ve wanted to do what he did – write a fantasy book that would be beloved by millions. Of course, that will probably never happen, but one can dream.
I’m a practicing Roman Catholic, as often becomes apparent. I try to avoid politics, though I’ve written a lot about abortion (I’m against it). Philosophically, I might be called an accidentally post-modern Thomist with Platonic sympathies. In other words, I have no idea.