It is a very silly thing. In the beginning, I thought that only officers were supposed to attend baronial business meetings. I wish I had attended from the beginning. I would have had gotten more involved from the onset.
2)What has challenged you most as an artisan?
I am a perfectionist, and I always feel that nothing I do is ever perfect. (It is also a good thing. It makes me strive for better work.) But mostly, trying to figure things out from the perspective of 500 years ago. From the color scheme, to the cut and construction, to the silhouette, you need to stop thinking 21st century if you want to get the right effect. Once you change your mindset, then you can really start *seeing* things. I am at that point right now, and thank goodness. How else I am going to justify the blue, pink and green garb combinations?
The other challenge is that I picked 16th C. France as my main area of research, and finding information on material culture in that specific region in that time period is not as easy as it seems. On the other hand, I have learn a helluva lot of history on the French Wars of Religion just by searching for information. :-D
3)What has challenged you most as a fighter?
My insecurities. You see, as a young person I was not really athletic and I have the coordination of a drunken giraffe. It has taken a lot of working out, practice and bruises to get me where I am. And I am not yet where I want to be. Anything artistic comes naturally to me. Anything physical is a challenge. But what is life if not a challenge? Otherwise, it would get to be very boring. And kicking butt with a blade is certainly entertaining.
4)What was the first thought that went through your mind when they told you they were going to put you on vigil?
(Then again, that was my answer to Marcellus when he proposed. So there you are. The epitome of happiness!)
5)What is next for you on the horizon in the SCA and in your modern life?
SCA: I am continuing with my research and my work. I want to get more into period dollmaking and research, and I definitely need to get my kit to higher standards. Plus, I want to teach more history and get people excited about it.
Modern life: I have finally achieved what I wanted workwise. There is a lot of interesting work and travel and I am looking forward to it. It will keep me entertained.