Pennsic -2 weeks report

In fifteen days, I will be at Pennsic. As is inevitable, I am not nearly as ready as I thought I’d be. One of these years, I’m gonna do what I promise myself every year at War: get everything organized during my 50-week “town run” so that I’m super-prepped with plenty of time to spare.

Ahahahaha… I crack myself up sometimes. Let’s be honest: it’s gonna be like this forever.

While I only start my formal Pennsic diary once I get in the car to War, I have enough thoughts spinning in my head that I thought I’d write them all down. So consider this a preview of the Pocket Bard’s 2016 Pennsic Diary, two weeks early.

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Event Report: War of the Roses

All right, it might be a few days late, but it’s time for my War of the Roses event report! *Kermit arm flail*

This report is late because Roses was ridiculously hot and completely knocked me off my feet. Daytime humidex on Saturday was about 40 degrees (Celsius, obviously), and it never really cooled off at night. It was Pennsic weather without any chance to get used to it. It was so bad that I’m still tired, two days later.

But! That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself. Heat aside, I had a great time. Here’s how I spent it:

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Pocket Bard’s event report – Northern Region War Camp

Today’s question: how much can you accomplish in 22 hours of blinding heat and humidity? Quite a lot, it turns out.

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Researching a New Persona, Part 1

Yes, it’s that time of the decade again: the time where I decide I want a new persona. My original persona, a 12th century minor noble from England, was never particularly fleshed out. My second person, a Norse storyteller from the time of King Cnut, never quite gelled for me. So now I’m on to persona number three, also called Katherine Ashewode, and I think this one’s the winner.

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Brand new song! Written yesterday!

I had some time yesterday to fulfill one of my Pennsic commitments, namely to write a poem in honour of Dione Sidhe’s kitchen house, which was completed at this year’s War. (To see a picture of the kitchen house, click here).

I decided to go the “tell a story” route, though I chose to err on the side of fable rather than fact. I got the official stamp of approval from Mistress Brid this morning, so I present to you The Sign of the Duck, another Pocket Bard original.

Six new songs up!

I’ve been doing some updating around Home of the Pocket Bard. Today I’ve uploaded six backlogged songs that I’ve written over the last few years. You’ll find them at the master song list under “Period-esque Poems,” “Teaching Poems,” (both at the top) and “Songs for Friends and Family” (at the bottom).

Today’s update includes the poem that won me my silver bracelet from Duke Cariadoc. If you don’t know why I find this so mind-shatteringly awesome, ask me sometime. It also includes a poem based on my absolute favourite story from the Bible, full of sex, deception, and intrigue. There’s a sonnet about writing sonnets and a ballad about writing ballads. There’s also a poem I wrote in honour of my mom’s 55th birthday and a belated Christmas card. (How often do you celebrate belated Christmas? Yeah, that’s about what I thought.)


Seven new songs added!

It’s that time again: time for more songs to magically find their way to Home of the Pocket Bard. Today features a half-dozen songs from my early days as a bard, all about a “pirate” ship I served aboard, The Lady Joane Glory. (Pirate is such a strong word, don’t you think?)

Also today is a poem that’s among my favourites, Ernst Takes a Student, that I wrote when I joined the household of “Da Coach,” Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen.

You can see these new songs, as well as all the others, on the Master Song List page. Look for a few more before the end of the week, and look for lots of new stuff after I come back from Pennsic!

A baker’s dozen of new songs

You know what statutory holidays are really good for? Getting backlogged songs up on Home of the Pocket Bard! Today brings us 13 new songs: 8 of them about the SCA in general, and 5 about roleplaying games I’ve played. As always, you can see them all on the Master Song List. Enjoy!

Eight new songs uploaded to Home of the Pocket Bard

That’s right, it’s time for another update! Eight new songs are available at Home of the Pocket Bard for your reading and singing pleasure. Three songs are about my time at Massey College, and five are about my SCA barony, L’Ile du Dragon Dormant (including two about House of the Broken Axe). You can see them all at The Master Song List.

More songs are coming! Keep your browsers at the ready!