It's been a while since I've updated this. And August has been full of stuff, but not a whole lot of work on projects. I've honestly needed a break from projects (and instead, added some SCA-related things to my modern Zazzle store), and I'm glad I took it, but I really do need to get … Continue reading Update on Projects
Omphaloskepsis: Making Magic Moments for Others
In my last post about making magic moments in the SCA, it was all about what an individual can do to help make their own magic moments. This, though, is what we can do as a collective group, though this also relies on individuals. The thing is, the SCA does not exist in a bubble. … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: Making Magic Moments for Others
Omphaloskepsis: Making Magic Moments in the SCA
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
Omphaloskepsis: on asking questions and providing suggestions
It's been kind of a crazy few weeks in SCA blog-land when it comes to arts and sciences and how we ask questions and do things and information transfer and how to act on social media. Y'know, a light week of reading. (So you have an idea, check out these posts: Social Media, the SCA and … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: on asking questions and providing suggestions
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
I Need Your Help
Hi all - I wish this was an awesome research post or a post about something I made. Instead, I'm asking for a tiny bit of help with a bit of a modern-day problem. I'm visiting my Diarmaid, and my computer hard drive ended up needing to be replaced. I was able to have it … Continue reading I Need Your Help
It’s been a year: goal-writing and the SCA
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.
This morning, as I was getting ready to go to an event, I had an epiphany on headgear. To be fair, I had been stressing over proper headgear and if all else failed, I was just going to stick a couple veils on my head and just be done with it. Until, well, I put … Continue reading Headgear!
Heralds Running Amok; or How to Put Together a Heraldic Retreat 2: Electric Boogaloo
Another retreat happened this year, and I am pleased to say that it was even better this go around!
Things I learned in between last year’s retreat and this year’s retreat:
Conflict is going to happen. I don’t mean conflict between people (though that can happen), but I do mean that the event will conflict with something. In this case, the retreat again conflicted with Pennsic, so we lost heralds there. On the other hand, we had nineteen heralds attend – up from last year’s numbers of around ten heralds, so the numbers got doubled.
That brings me to my second point: advertise often. Tell about perks of the site, what to expect, and what the classes will be. Look for connections. Advertising started with a Facebook event page that was launched in mid-May, with the event happening in mid-August. From May to mid-June, sporadic posts occurred, with weekly posts from mid-June point to the day of the event. Additionally, we set up a Google Form to have people sign up for the event so we would have a more accurate headcount.
So, I scheduled a lot of classes, and tried to make them all fit. This really didn’t work as well as I would have hoped. In the future, I would suggest a few key classes, and then leave time for people to hang out – a lot of work got started (including an impromptu session to register some things for the kingdom and a few preprints painted for Their Majesties to use), and I think by having more time to work on those things without the pressure of having to take a class helps.
We had tee-shirts again, with a theme of “Trousers of Nobility: Even Drunk, We’re Good at This!” In keeping with the theme, we had drunk OSCAR commentary Friday night after most the people staying the night had arrived. Make sure that if you have drunk commentary that you have 1) a sober person to type commentary and to filter out the drunken ideas and 2) a good (sober) moderator, as like with any commentary, things can get enthusiastic. And then, after drunk commentary, drunk star-gazing at the Perseids was quite a bit of fun, too.
Have an item that people can take home with them. We had kazoos (mostly because I wasn’t going to purchase 19 vuvuzelas). Speaking of vuvuzelas, they look an awful lot like a heraldic representation of a herald’s trumpet, so I made a new sign with two yellow plastic vuvuzelas, some paint, tape, and some foamcore to direct people to site.
In assisting with the post-mortem of the event, a survey (also done on Google Forms) was put out to those who attended so we could better gauge what could be done to improve the event. This can be shared with the organizers of next year’s retreat, and can help to figure out and zero in on things that the College needs to build on in the coming year.
Thank your host. Clean up things. Keep things clean, and respect the space. Thank people for coming. Basically, be a good human, and be aware of things.
I am tickled that this went relatively smoothly, and I hope that next year’s organizers do an even better job. Thank you, Uji Gold Falcon, with entrusting me with the retreat. Aine, thank you for letting us use your estate and for your hospitality. Dorcas, thank you for setting things up before I could get to site. Díarmaid, thank you for letting me bounce ideas off of you and for helping me set things up. And to Calontir’s College of Heralds, thank you for coming.
So, in Calontir, as you may know from reading past entries, I’m the Principal Herald. This means that I lead volunteers within my regional group in heraldic activities ranging from vocal to sign, heraldic art to book (names and devices), and everything in between.
When I stepped into the job, I knew I wanted to build heraldic community as much as I could, so that heralds across the kingdom could ask questions and get answers from other heralds in their own backyard. What a better way than to have a heraldic retreat?
In this blog entry, I’ll go through the ways that the heraldic retreat was put together, and how you can do one in your own kingdom.
My biggest help was having a deputy I could say, “hey, you want to help run a non-event?” It was also good to have someone that I could bang out ideas with…
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2014 in review – kaloethina.blogpost.com
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog, and I'm interested! Outside of the SCA, I love metrics. (I love metrics in the SCA, but that's another story.) This is a neat little report, and I'm glad to see that y'all out there in the blog-o-verse are reading. Please drop … Continue reading 2014 in review – kaloethina.blogpost.com
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