Out of Character

I've been pondering the effects of showing characters "out of character." What do characters do when they step off camera, so to speak?

Internet memes, fan fiction, comics, book characters with social media accounts . . . does it raise our sympathy levels? Does it make us feel closer to the character? Or could it possibly break our suspension of disbelief? I tend to lean toward the former.

Out of character has a lot of meanings, but in the roleplay world, it means stepping off camera, so-to-speak. Either talking as yourself, or pretending the character is off screen, doing whatever they normally do when they're not having crazy adventures. I used to draw a comic of my old RP group, and the images were frequently of characters doing things "Out of Character."

(StormDrgnwas my original roleplay character. I luff her. WOW these drawings are old...)

(StormDrgnwas my original roleplay character. I luff her. WOW these drawings are old...)


I think it some ways it certainly makes the characters feel more full. They're allowed to say things they can't say in the book or the movie or what-have-you. For otherworld characters, we also have fun imagining how they would react to things as they are today, how they would get on in our modern world.

As a creative exercise, I love Out of Character for the simple reason that it's a challenge. How would Stigr react to Facebook? What would Hikaru think of Disneyland? It's a chance to experiment with characters in different environmets, to pit their personalities against new situations. I think that's another reason people enjoy crossovers so much.

What do you think? Do you laugh at out-of-character fan art, memes, and tweets? Or do you prefer to keep characters in their sacred space of Story, doing what they do best?


KICKSTATER UPDATE: I am launching this coming Saturday, March 26, at 12:00 noon Mountain time.


Book IV Title, Cover & Release Date

Fair winds!

I've been waiting to start my blog until I had something good to put here. I think this will do. It is with great pride and joy that I present the title and cover of the final installment of the Summer King Chronicles!



Once again Jennifer Miller has outdone herself to create stunning artwork (Shard looks so grown up!) and TERyvisions has added the title lettering with great flair.

Here are answers to questions I'm getting the most.

When is the next Kickstarter? It launches Sunday March 20, at 12:00 noon Mountain Time. I'm over the whole "midnight launch" idea. Brunch launch! That's the way to go, I think.

Wait, what is Kickstarter? I fund small hardback print runs of each new book with a Kickstarter campaign. It's a chance to help me out and get some AMAZING gryfonly goodies. See previous campaigns here: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/jessowen/createdThis will be the last campaign I do for a long, long time, and there's lots of wonderful rewards this year, so I hope you'll be able to join us!

WHEN IS BOOK IV COMING OUT? If you fund the Kickstarter campaign, you'll have your e-book in late April or May. If you wait, the general release will be in June.

What do I do until then? You can play around on The Pride page here on the website, chat with other pride members on Facebook or Twitter, or go read some other fun books! Although I do encourage going outside from time to time, especially in spring.

Will there be more gryfon books after Silver Wind? Yes.

When? Let's release Silver Wind first!

Why do you spell "gryfon" with an 'f'? I do actually get this question. I wanted it to look more like a Norse word, and also, my gryfons are different than everyone's else's gryphons, so there you have it.

Thanks for dropping by! I will be posting more updates closer to the Kickstarter campaign and book launch, so stay tuned, and if you haven't already, go sign up for my newsletter!

Fair Winds ~