Fortunate One

Originally published August 5, 2019.

At this time last year, I was not in a great place. I was very unhappy with some things that had happened SCA-wise, I was feeling uncomfortable with my job as it was undergoing some substantial changes, Laura was about to leave for Kansas, and I was about to get very very sick as my intestinal issues came to a head. So while Pennsic was going on last year, I wasn’t much in a mood to care; I wasn’t even sure I was going to stay in the SCA.

This year, it’s a world of difference — my job is great, my medical issues are (mostly) under control, and I’m able to look back at nearly 30 years of SCA involvement with satisfaction, and I’m looking forward to 30 years more. Heck, maybe even 40, because in 30 years, I’ll only be 78.

And I can’t even begin to express how having Laura in my life makes it better and makes me a better person and father.

So, ironically, that means I’m really missing Pennsic this time around, and I’m never great on my own when Laura takes the boys to see her mother.

Which is why I’m so thankful I have friends like Patrick, Mary, Dayle, and more. Dayle and I went to Fairborn, OH over the weekend just to hang out, and it was really really good. Dayle and I had good conversations in the car. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Mary better. And Patrick has been one of my best friends and mentors for years, although I couldn’t tell you how it happened. He’s just always been there for me, from my worst lows, to my greatest heights.

When we’re together, we’re usually up till 3am, but staying up till 5am one night and 4am the next was a new personal best.
We even spent so much time telling stories, I didn’t ever get the microphone out to record any. 

I’ve made my mistakes, and I’ve had my frustrations, but I really am a very, very fortunate person. 

Showcase: The Court Barony of Sophie the Orange

Sophie the Orange.  I mean, what can I say about Sophie the Orange?   She’s a force of nature.  She’s stands up for justice.  She’s mindful and introspective.  She’s funny.  She’s awesome.  And it was a loss for the MidRealm when she left to live in Atlantia.

So I was overjoyed to discover that William and Isolde wanted to give her something for that awesomeness, both at the SCA 50 Year Event, where she took a really difficult job and made it look easy, and in her tireless support of Commedia across the Known World.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Samii Muskovich’s Willow

I’m still going.  Heck, we’re not even halfway through!

So, here’s a funny thing.  When you don’t make all the details clear to the scribe, sometimes things end up looking awesome — but differently awesome from the way you were envisioning.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Marie la Fauconierre Sapphire

I have lived in the Midlands for nearly 20 years, but prior to last year, I cannot remember attending a single Ragnarok Rampage.  This is the first of the four scroll texts that I wrote for this event.  This was also the first Regency Court that I ran for William and Isolde, even though there had already been several across the kingdom.

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It Didn’t Seem Like That Much At the Time.

My friend Duke Darius of the East posts these Skeletor memes, and one he posted today really hit home for me.  William and Isolde just stepped down yesterday, and thus my work for them is essentially over (just a few lingering things to deal with.)

So here’s a list of things.  It looks overwhelming when viewed all together, but at the time, it was mostly good, with a few moments of struggle and strain here and there.  But the thing I have been thinking on, and will continue to think on, is the crux of the meme: who and what have I become from this work?

Work for William and Isolde

Things written (total of 57 scroll texts and assorted other things)

Coronation of William and Isolde (May 6)

  • Coronation Ceremony co-writer and editor
  • Processional Boast for William and Isolde
  • Kingdom Augmentation for Edmund and Kateryn
  • Royal Augmentation for Sorcha
  • Silver Oak for Rudiger
  • Court Barony for Flan
  • Pelican scroll text and ceremony text for Roana

Battle of the Inland Seas (May 20)

  • Dragon’s Heart for Beline

Ragnarok Rampage (May 20)

  • Sapphire for Marie
  • Willow for Sammi
  • Evergreen for Saraswati
  • Fret for Siobhan

Crown Tournament (May 27/28)

  • Processional Boasts for William and Isolde (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Knighting scroll text and ceremomy text for Ulrich

Northern Oaken War Maneuvers (June 10)

  • Evergreen for Corrie
  • Red Company and Gold Mace combo for Dirk of Frisia
  • Court Barony for Sophie the Orange

Baron Wars (June 24)

  • Evergreen for Malla
  • Cavendish Knot for Serena (not given till Pferdestadt)
  • Gold Mace for Sigenandus
  • Red Company for Zygmunt
  • Investiture boast for Konrad and Isibel of Red Spears

Simple Day (July 1)

  • Willow for Cecily
  • Gold Mace for Johan
  • Dragon’s Heart for Ronan Keith
  • Master of Defence scroll text and ceremony for Lizabetta

Day of Play (July 7)

  • AOA for Astridr

Push for Pennsic (July 7)

  • Evergreen for Chaya-Simcha
  • Purple Fret for Siobhan of Flaming Gryphon

Swine and Roses (July 15)

  • Willow for Gunnar
  • Oak for Fergus
  • Laurel scroll text and ceremony for Lucretia
  • Laurel scroll text and ceremony for Jadwiga

Tyger Hunt (July 15)

  • Fret for Fish

Pennsic (August 5-9)

  • Court Barony for Nickolas of Windreach
  • Pelican scroll text and ceremony for Valharic

Baroness Wars (August 27)

  • Pelican scroll text and ceremony for Gareth
  • Pelican scroll text and ceremony for Epona
  • Court Barony for Acelina
  • Greenwood for Adella
  • Purple Fret for Gailen
  • Evergreen for Gillian
  • Evergreen for Gwendolyn
  • Greenwood for Renzokuken
  • Dragon’s Heart for Saraswati
  • Dragon’s Heart for Terion

Mounted War Game (September 2)

  • Fret for Diana
  • Fret for Sebastian
  • Pelican scroll text and ceremony for Maggie

Harvest Days (September 9)

  • Royal Vanguard for various Champions

Coronation of Cellach and Vukasin (September 23)

  • County for William
  • County for Isolde
  • Rose for Isolde
  • Court Barony for Phl
  • Court Barony for Fiadnata
  • Vanguard for Hengist
  • King’s Chalice for Gavin
  • Willow for [REDACTED]
  • Fretty for Mei Li’s Brigade
  • Fretty for Pennsic 46 MidRealm Court Bar Staff
  • Royal Augmentation for all scribes who contributed during the reign

Herald In Charge:

  • Ragnarok Rampage
  • Border Skirmish
  • Day of Play


  • A&S Tally Room Staff for the Kingdom A&S Competition
  • Co-Event Steward for The Crown Tournament of William and Isolde
  • Awards Secretary for 34 Courts (17 held by TRM, 17 regency, over 800 awards total.)

Just Raise Your Hand Already

Originally posted September 7, 2017.

Not only is this still relevant, but I’ve realized that it applies to compliments and congratulations just as much as it does to aspersions and criticism.

Everyone who has a problem saying “thank you” when told you done good, raise your hand. Yes, even you in the back.

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