Well, still here.
Not going to lie; it’s been difficult to dedicate SCA time with all of the world going nuts, but I’ve managed to do a few projects here and there since *checks blog* July, when I last wrote a post. Here’s what I did.
In August and September, my friends in Meridies invited me to take part in an effigy photoshoot, which I did in my backyard. One of my favourite parts of this was doing the research based on Byzantine burials and how the bodies were actually buried. The main goal was to show grave goods were situated with the bodies, but in cultures like mine (6th c Byzantine), there weren’t a whole lot. That said, I also entered in a few of my later period (14th c French) effigy photos, and I was surprised to hear that I won a prize for late period, so. . . (who knew that the early period nerd would end up with winning a late-period thing?)
I was also included in a video, which can be found here.
In addition to this, I took part in a production of Henry V, with the cast being genderswapped and done on the anniversary of the battle of Agincourt on St. Crispin’s Day. Henry was played by Countess Marguerite Ingen Lachlainn of the East Kingdom, and it was a blast. I did a lot for the show (hey, former theatre kid here), doing the promotions and organizing the Non Nobis, and I really enjoyed the challenges of playing a villain (I played the Earl of Cambridge), but I also enjoyed the challenges of a production over Zoom. And of course, this can also be watched on YouTube! (link here)
Lastly, this is an upcoming thing that will be occurring in the next few weeks! I’ll be interviewed by Between Two Peers, and I’m looking forward to it! Between Two Peers is hosted by Baroness Tullia and Duchess Helga of the West Kingdom, and I’ve really enjoyed tuning in and sending in questions to answer for other people to answer, and the fact that I’m now a guest is pretty amazing. If you’d like to keep track of the event, you can RSVP to the FB event here, and of course, you’re welcome to send in your own questions for me to answer.
So, yes, SCA in the time of COVID. It’s been rough, especially as my own kingdom hasn’t done a lot, but I am thankful for the SCA veil being thin, as it means I can spend time with other folks in the SCA, but I can also transfer ideas, work with others, and pass along ideas. We may not be together physically, but we are together apart, and that’s important.
Please keep safe, wear your mask, and keep researching.