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I’m Japheth — a developer, writer, musician, and dad⁶. This personal website is home to my sci-fi/fantasy projects and personal writing.


And now a ridiculous third-person bio.

Japheth Benfield, the first of his name, was hatched to human parents in the virginal waters of Genesee County, Michigan.

He emerged from childhood enfeebled by introversion, while suffering inescapable visibility due to his gangly frame. Mankind’s inability to pronounce his name led to the adoption of “Jay” to avoid the harsh spotlight of phonetic inquisition.

Music, guitar, and D&D were a balm for the moody despair that glommed Jay’s awkward teenage soul. What wasn’t remedied by Dr. Dre, minor pentatonics, and slaying kobolds, he satisfied through an unwavering devotion to shenanigans.

He became a dad shortly after high school. The lack and chaos of instantaneous adulthood left him circling the drain at the base of Maslow’s pyramid. In spite of his best efforts, he and his young family barely stayed afloat. During this bleak and toilsome time, Jay was given a unique opportunity that ultimately birthed an incredible career that has spanned nearly three decades.

Today, Jay works in healthcare (computers not scalpels) and plays lead guitar in a band you’ve never heard of. He lives in the outermost sprawl of DC with his wife, tiny humans, and a ferocious Goldendoodle named Lucy.



I’m a multi-hyphenate technologist currently working in healthcare. I lead teams that defend the organization, develop bespoke software, and implement new data analytics capabilities1.

1If you came here looking for technical content, you will be sorely disappointed. Fear not! I have another website in the works for such stuff. 



I’m currently writing a fantasy novel that I intend to release into the wild in early 2024. I have other projects in progress also, including some flash fiction I plan to post here as sacrificial marketing.



The intersection of faith and music is important to me. I’ve played with several contemporary worship teams and I’m currently co-founding FTL, a Christian alt-rock band. We plan to bring face-melting hope to correctional facilities, shelters, and other unlikely venues.



I’m a husband, dad of six, and human striving for nonfailure. My blog contains a jumble of content, but the bulk of my personal writing focuses on my life experiences, family, and faith.


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