Hi. My name is Jason Tesar. You probably already guessed that from the name of my blog, but I thought I’d formally introduce myself anyway.
It’s always difficult to write about myself; it feels so awkward compared to writing something made-up. So, I think I’ll just start writing about stuff by order of priority and see how it goes.
I am, first and foremost, a Christ-follower. Without His redemptive work on the cross and in my life, nothing else that I write—or say, or do—matters very much. I am waiting, with great anticipation, for the day when he will return to this earth to claim his bride. But if he chooses to call me home before then, I'll take comfort in knowing that my debt of sin has been paid in full!
I have been married to my soulmate—Carly—for thirteen years. It was love at first sight, and every day I see how unique and special our relationship is. She is full of life and tons of fun to be around. To this day we are best friends and are still nuts about each other. Actually, I think we gross people out sometimes when we talk about each other. Oh well, everyone will just have to deal with it.
The Lord has blessed us with two daughters—Grace and Lily—who have brought so much love and happiness into our lives. Oftentimes, people will say how “beautiful” their children are. And while this is certainly true for us, we tell our girls that they have the whole package (i.e. smart, funny, kind, and beautiful). It’s awesome to think about your children, pretending they’re people you've just met, and realize they’re cool; I definitely want to be friends with them.
I am a self-taught author. I have yet to read a book or take a class on creative writing, but from a reader’s perspective I know what I like and what I don’t. Ever since my teenage years I knew I wanted to write a novel. I thought it would be fun and, once completed, a unique accomplishment of which I could be proud. But I didn’t really have much of a plan beyond that. However, sometime during the writing of my first novel, The Awakened, I realized a few things:
1) There is no possible way that this story—now a full blown saga in my mind—could ever be contained within one book.
2) I enjoy writing…a lot!
I won’t go into any more detail here; the foreword for The Awakened and future blog posts will cover this topic. But I will say that I have many more stories to tell!
I am a musician. I started playing piano when I was really young, then electric guitar in the late 80’s / early 90’s when I got into alternative rock and heavy metal. I found the rhythmic, guitar-driven style fascinating. Over the years, my taste in music has changed and expanded, and I transitioned to playing acoustic guitar. I still have a special place in my heart for alternative (and yes, even metal), but I also enjoy jazz, classical, Celtic, folk, movie scores, and lots of other stuff. Lately I’ve been digging “harp-and-bowl” style worship (check out The Prayer Room). Someday I will get back to playing an electric guitar, and I also want to learn how to play the drums. But I’ll just have to pace myself; I have way too many hobbies!
I also sing and compose music. I’d like to say that I’m a songwriter, but that would be a stretch. I’ve only written one song (lyrics and music) for my wife when we were dating. But someday…
I am an artist. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed observing and creating art. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon graphic design—while learning web development—that I found my medium-of-choice. There is something about the precision of designing for a particular monitor resolution or print size that makes the whole effort strategic, or the choice of color palette to communicate on the sub-conscious level.
While I never went to school for graphic design, I did take a few classes to learn Photoshop and a handful of other software programs, as well as HTML, VisualBasic, and Java for web development. Unfortunately, my timing was perfectly wrong. By the time I had become proficient enough to feel that I could be of use to an employer, the .com industry was crashing, bringing down the entire IT industry with it. So, I haven’t been able to do much with my programming knowledge (it’s all rusty by now anyway). But I have made use of my graphic design skills, designing magazine ads, brochures, and tradeshow backdrops for companies where I’ve worked.
I like movies…a lot! I don’t remember how old I was when I first saw a movie in a theater, but I do remember that it was a magical experience. There were crowds of people waiting to get in. The theater was just light enough for everyone to find their seats. Then the lights went down, the screen came to life, and the sound turned on. AWESOME!
I like reading books, mostly fiction. I read fantasy as a child, then ventured into military-fiction and sci-fi as a young adult. Now I try to work in some non-fiction in between, for spiritual growth and to broaden my horizons.
I like the outdoors. When I was a teenager, my family and I drove through Colorado on a cross-country driving vacation. It was a stark contrast to growing up in sun-scorched southern California. It felt mysterious, with storm clouds gathered around tall mountain peaks. All the fields were green from a recent rain. We climbed a steep grade over a mountain pass and got out to admire the view. That’s when I said to myself, “I’m going to move here someday.” And so I did. I really enjoy hiking, camping, river-rafting, 4wd-ing, and anything else that allows me to get outdoors.
I’ve done a variety of things to make a living over the years. After the typical teenage jobs, I got into the construction industry as a painter when I moved to Colorado. I did that for many years, working both in cookie-cutter residential construction and high-end custom homes. From there I transitioned into managing and operating the finishing department of a furniture factory. And of course, the next logical step was to move into the micro-electronics industry where I work now, developing and improving processes used to manufacture integrated circuits.
There is probably a lot more I could write about, but these are the highlights.