One of the things that I've seen over and over again in the SCA Social Mediaverse is that people want to see more magic moments. A magic moment in the SCA is where time seems to stand still and where it seems that one has gone back into time. Many of us want to have … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: Making Magic Moments in the SCA
So, I sucked it up and decided that I could be poor a couple of weeks. And so I purchased Byzantina Australiensia's new translation of De Ceremoniis so I could start building Byzantine ceremonies and researching things from the primary (or close to it) source document. For those not in the know, De Ceremoniis is the book … Continue reading De Ceremoniis
I'm tinkering with classes for an upcoming event. If you're going to be in Calontir over Memorial Day weekend, I'd love to see you at Valor! I'll be hosting a scriptorium (just a time for scribes to hang out and paint) on Sunday, with a class on regalia, court protocol, and writing award recommendations, and … Continue reading Upcoming Classes
When my friend Branwen approached me for ideas on what to do for her protege's upcoming elevation for the Pelican, I panicked a little. I was familiar with doing Andalusian art from doing Catalina's Laurel scroll, but text was going to stretch my knowledge base a bit. I also had plans to actually do the … Continue reading Jaida’s Pelican Text
One of the things that the SCA does is grant awards to our participants, much like any other group. In a sense, each SCA event is like the OSCARs, BAFTAs or the Tonys - we recognize in court as a Society excellence (in a few tiers, that is) in four main groups: martial skill (in … Continue reading Award Recommendations: what are they, and why are they important?
Looking back at my SCA resolutions from last year, and I got none of them done. Sigh. Not. A. One. Now, to be fair, my modern work life was in a crap-ton of flux, but I'm hoping for much smoother sailing this year. Goals #1 (actually finish a project before taking on another one) and #5 … Continue reading 2017 SCA Resolutions, revisited. . .
I've been quiet lately. Sorry about that (lots of projects on my plate, lots of items still needing to be done). At any rate, I've been quiet as I've been working on my Queen's Prize project. I've been intrigued by this little bone icon found in Israel since its discovery in 2011, and even more … Continue reading Byzantine Bone Box Icon and Queen’s Prize
One of the first people I ever met in the SCA was given her Calon Lily this weekend for embroidery, and lucky me, I was given the privilege to not only write her scroll text, but also do the calligraphy and illumination. Countess Elspeth has a Scots persona, and so I used a framework consisting … Continue reading Elspeth of Stonehaven’s Calon Lily
On the other other hand, goal-writing allows us to see our own growth and learn from what we've done in the past - it's not a checklist. It's a way to see how far you've come as a person (or your kit, etc.) and yet still show how far you have to go, and then using that as a form of finding contentment. It's kind of Zen, really.
The Procession of the Virgin Martyrs is an incredible piece of art from 6th century Ravenna (see also the mosaic of Theodora with Attendants, also located in Ravenna and completed during the reign of Justinian and Theodora). Created with thousands of tesserae (or glass or stone tiles), this piece of artwork completed during the reign … Continue reading Puzzling Out the Procession of the Martyrs