In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!
I spend a lot of my time in fictional worlds. Some are of my making, and the time I spend there is usually filled with writing, plot wrangling and research. However, there are other worlds, not of my making, that I have had the pleasure of visiting via my main hobby: LARP.
LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing and it’s a broad term encompassing a wide variety of experiences. The ones I enjoy are either played by huge numbers of players over long weekends, usually outside (“Fest” LARPS), or held indoors with fewer players and more structure. They all have several key common features: I make costumes and wear them as my character, I participate in a shared world with other players and as much as possible I stay in character for the duration of the game. This means that I move, talk, and act like my character, rather than like myself. It means I do all I can to maintain the common suspension of disbelief for the benefit of my fellow players and it means that I may make decisions and take actions that I would not in real life.