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SCAMythMonday: Supporting BIPOC

Myth: The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century cultures. Fact: This is the shining standard. This is what we say we want to be. For many reasons we’re falling short of this. It’s only in the last few years that the SCA mission statement was grudgingly updated to remove the reference to “Western European” cultures…

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SCAMythMonday: Being “taken seriously” as a fighter

Myth: If you are a fighter and you want to be “taken seriously” as a fighter you cannot pursue non-fighting things outside of fighting.Things which are okay: making armor, making shields, painting shields, chessThings which are not okay: sewing, embroidery, cooking, weaving, Fact: This one is hard. I want this to be an utterly bullshit myth. But I look at…

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SCAMythMonday: All Laurels are mean

Myth: All Laurels are mean. Fact: I know it’s going to come as a surprise, but Laurels (and all peers by extension) are just people. They are nice, mean, confident, anxious, scared, and gracious (among a thousand other things) as individuals at different times throughout the day. It is patently false to say “all Laurels are mean” in the same…

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Twelfth Night 2020 post mortem

Twelfth Night was great. Lots of fun. I was able to attend all of the courts. I helped to deliver Helga’s “furry Muppet nut sack” (HAR HAR), I was able to stand with my people as they became Artisans for Uther and Vera (picture posted by Theia which is friend-locked). I was able to step up as Laurel Councilor for…

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SCA Arts Display

In an SCA context, what do you think should be included in an Arts display? What makes for a good display? Okay. As always, I have opinions. I believe the SCA Arts display falls somewhere between a Science Fair project (lifecycle of a frog) and an elevator pitch** about your work. **What is an elevator pitch? You step onto an…

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Why be an apprentice?

I feel guilty writing on this topic. I became a man-at-arts about 5 minutes before I was offered the Laurel. For a very long time I did not have someone I called “my Laurel”. There are a lot of reasons (some of them wrong-headed) that fed into that decision. Even though I’m now coming at it from the other direction…

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Unintentionally intimidating

Recently while talking to someone about the SCA I confided that I’m really bad at working with new people. I want to be good at working with new people.. and new people get referred to me because “Sylvie knows about clothes, you should talk to her” and I DO… but for a new person what I want to talk about…

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Research is not a dirty word

“The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll I’m not going to lie, I like research. For me one of the main…

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