I made you all a meme.  Aren’t I clever?

This is a meme designed to elicit more than one-word answers, since I find those kind of memes more stultifying to read (even if I like the people answering it).  If you want to do the meme, take your time with it.  Otherwise, enjoy this entry about mememememememeeeeeeeeeee (a subject I find endlessly fascinating, so obviously, you must, too).

SCA Meme by

Attack Laurel


1.  What is your SCA name? (You don’t have to write the full name, just your first name if you want.)  – Isobel Bedingfield, once known as Isobel Gildingwater of Ditchingham (I got married, and took my husband’s SCA name – er, which I picked out).  I never got it officially changed, though.

2.  What is your home kingdom? – Atlantia

3.  Have you ever lived in another kingdom?  If so, where? – No, and not only that, I’ve never lived in another part of Atlantia.  I will be moving to Virgina eventually, so that will change.  It will be fun to see how other groups do things.

4.  Do you remember your first SCA event?  When/what was it? – My first event was the first joint Myrkewode/Arindale about-to-become-Lochmere event.  Spring’s End, or something, it was called, and it was in 1988.  I sat on Duke Sir Richard’s lap and flirted with him, saw Mistress Dierdre O’ Siodachan (spelling probably horribly off) get her Pearl, and had no clue about anything.

5.  Do you have any awards?  (You don’t have to list them if you don’t want) – Yes I do, and they’re in the Atlantian Order of Precedence if you’re really bored and want to look them up (but I’m too lazy to put in the link).

6.  Do you list them after your name in communications like e-mail? – Not usually.  Sometimes, when I’m either really pissed off, or doing official business, I’ll toss in a couple of initials.

7.  Do you have a device? – Yes, and it’s based on the arms of the Barclay family.  I could have modified my family’s crest (I’m a distant Carr), but I really dug the Barclay’s Bank eagle.

8.  Do you use it?  On what? – Rarely; I tend to use elements of it in certain designs (I use the estoile the most).  It’s not really Elizabethan to plaster one’s whole device over everything.  I do have a banner made for me by my lovely apprentice Lisette la Roux, but I’m ashamed to say I rarely use it, because I’m usually hanging out under someone else’s pavilion.

9.  Are you on all the kingdom/society lists available to you, or do you avoid them? – I’m on-again, off-again.  I read the Merry Rose archives, and check the lists when there’s something I’m interested in, but I have a hard enough time keeping up with regular e-mail.  If I was active on all the lists, too, I’d go mad.  Plus, I have dial-up at home, and it’s slow, and I get bored easily.  Look!  A chicken!

10.  Do you keep your Pennsic/Estrella/Gulf Wars/etc. site tokens? – No, though now I kind of wish I had.  Not to wear or stick on a belt, but just as memories.

11.  Do you keep the favours you’ve been given by royalty/friends/SOs, etc.? Do You wear them all? – Yes, when I don’t accidentally lose them, but I don’t wear them, I keep them in a drawer as mementoes.  Since Atlantia started making cool pewter site tokens for major events, I’ve been keeping those, too.  A friend of mine makes them into (very attractive) Christmas ornaments, but I harbour dreams of sticking them all on a pilgrim’s hat someday.  At which point, my neck will probably break from the weight.

12.  Do you call your friends by their SCA names even when you’re not at an event? – Embarrassingly, yes.  Really, though, I switch back and forth – but I’m trying to be better about making sure I use the SCA names at events – it’s a sign of respect, I think.

13.  Do you go out to dinner in garb after an event? – Not unless I have no choice.  When I was 18 and new, it was huge fun, but I’m feeling a bit old for it now.  I have found people to be generally interested and nice about it when I do go out, so it’s not torture.

14.  Do you have all kinds of garb, or do you generally stick to one period? – I stick to mostly Elizabethan, but I have a few gothic dresses for theme events, and one Italian Ren (for the same reason).  Despite it being over ten years since I lost 70 pounds, I’m still self-conscious about my figure, and tunics, sideless surcoats, and Vking clothes make me feel dumpy, for some reason.

15.  How many interests do you have within the SCA?  What’s your favourite? – I have a crap load of interests, the most time-consuming being teaching, rapier, costuming, and scroll-making (yes, I still do it, but more slowly than in years past).  I think my favourite will always be teaching – I *love* teaching people how to make/get/achieve what they want.

16.  Do you have an SCA-oriented web site (to show off projects, keep dress diaries, etc.)?  – Why yes, yes, I do – www.extremecostuming.com.  I enjoy maintaining it, and hope to have new stuff up later this quarter.

17.  Do  you maintain a hairstyle that is more period style than modern?  How about any other part of your appearance? – I keep my hair long so I can put it up, but I do have bangs (that are either hidden under a coif or curled in an Elizabethan style).  My first tattoo was on my neck, so I chose a tudor-rose-style design (not that it shows, most of the time, nor should it).  I also maintain my manicure as a French manicure because it’s the least obtrusive style, but I get to keep my nails nice for mundane life (a compromise, I know, but one I’m willing to make).

18.  Do you tell “No $###, there I was” stories?  (Admit it.)  Do any of them involve well-known SCA people? – I do, sometimes too much.  They’re a good ice-breaker, but you need to know when to stop and let other people tell their stories.  And yes, I have some good ones, some involving people well-known in Atlantia.  My favourite one involves a bottle of grain alcohol, some people who didn’t know how to do fireballs, and my husband.

19.  Authenticity is Fun.  Yes or no?  Why? – I think it is, though I know some people don’t, hence the question.  I think it’s fun because it’s always fun to go deeper.  The better everything looks, the easier it is to see the magic.  Plus, it’s really fun when random strangers come up to you and tell you that you look “like a picture”.  I think some people think it’s not fun because it’s too much like learning, and learning isn’t fun for some people (sadly).  Now, when I say “authenticity”, I mean “making your best effort, not an effort”.  I don’t mean spending huge amounts of money to be perfect, just taking the time to learn what’s period and what isn’t.  The people who regularly show up at events in completely non-period gear (even as a joke, such things should be applied sparingly) seem to be saying (sometimes quite aggressively) that it’s impossible to have be period and have fun, which makes me sad.

20.  Is there one modern thing at events that really bugs you? – Three, actually.  I hate nylon sling chairs – they’re modern, they’re ugly, and the ones with footrests are the worst.  I’m okay if they’re covered with a piece of fabric, for some reason – I suppose it falls under my mental “did/did not make an effort” radar.  I also get pissed off by people who don’t bother to decant their soda/water into a period vessel – it’s so little effort, yet I see people with modern cans/bottles all the time.  The third, semi-famously, is sunglasses.  I’ve talked about this before (with heated comments from people) in my other journal, but I really hate sunglasses.  A legitimate medical reason I can understand, but they look modern, and wearing sunglasses while sitting up in/standing attendance on Court looks the worst.  I don’t expect people to agree with me on this one (and my husband has Transitions lenses, so his get darker in outside light, but he makes the effort to try and remember to switch to non-darkening glasses for events), and I’ve heard all the arguments, so let’s agree to disagree and skip the comments.  I hate these things, and no-one’s going to change that, but I’m also not going to march up to anyone and scold them for it.

Bonus Question!  21.  Everyone has a shameful garb/accessory mistake hidden somewhere in their past.  What’s yours?  (We’re all friends here, we promise not to laugh.  Much.) – My first Pennsic outfit was made from baby blue nylon I got at a charity shop in Cambridge.  It had angel-wing sleeves, a gathered skirt, a length of fabric attached at the shoulders as a “cloak”, and silver star-shaped sequins on the plunging-neckline bodice.  I wish I had a picture of it.  My first real SCA “period” outfit is on my site on the page of shame.  Later, I developed a penchant for wearing random plaid fabric draped around my shoulder because I thought it looked pretty, and my first fencing trousers were snakeskin-print leggings.

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