[Elfsea] not period, newcomer intro
Miss I Brow
starstruck503 at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 14 13:37:55 PDT 2006
Greetings, all! I am new to your fair Barony and wish to introduce myself,
as well as address the question posed by the Duchess Willow de Wisp:
Mundanely I go by the name Mary Ann Brower. In the society, I am called
rua, which is Gaelic for red. My society name, known to very few, is Lady
Mairi Besswicke. I am suffer (gladly) from chronic volunteerism and want to
be able to do *everything* passably well. At present my interests include,
calligraphy and illumination, working with glass (lampwork and stained
glass), bobbin lace, cooking, astrology, hammered dulcimer, apprentice
chirurgeon and the late Tudor/early Elizabethan era. Past interests, which
may or may not be revived sponaneously, include rapier, spinning, weaving,
natural dyes, smithing, embroidery/teneriffe lace, jewelry making,
solelties, heavy weapons, herbals/oils, soapmaking, runes/tarot, and Middle
Eastern and European dance. Actually, there is little I am not interested
in, only things I haven't had time or opportunity to try yet.
I am not generally one to be in charge of projects/groups, but shine as
support, so please invite me to join your workforce!
Now to answer the posed question:
I personally find myself responding to the person who shows a real interest
in what I am doing, and somewhere in the conversation, after determining
that I *am* interested in "being period" makes a few casual suggestions. I
hold the the adage that it is easier to do it right than not, as the
medieval indset was usually into getting it done and not into complicating
things. Perhaps a good way of doing it would be to invite the people to do
some research with a group, so everyone can benefit and learn without being
singled out? It's hard to tell as a newcomer whether you will want to be
competitive with your workor not, and there is enough game for people of
both schools of thought, but it is helpful to know the rules so you can
decide whether you want to break/ignore them. Sometimes seeing the work of
others and seeing the accolades being given out might spark an interest in
being PC (period correct). Just random thoughts...
>We need to tell people the rules of the game, but we need to do it in
>a nice way. Does anyone remember a time when someone set you on the
>right path and did in a way that made you feel good? I would like to
>hear about their techniques. Courtesy is one of the pillars of the
>magic that is Ansteorra. We are smart people. We need to figure out
>how to tell people things without hurting their feelings.
>Duchess Willow de Wisp
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