Pennsic 2016 diary and songs are now up!

For those who might have missed it, my Pennsic diary for 2016 is now online. You can access it, along with all previous years, on my Pennsic Diaries page. Fair warning: it’s about 23,000 words long this year!

I also wrote two songs while I was at Pennsic: John Forgot his Trousers and The Marauders Jingle. Please enjoy!

Where to find the Pocket Bard at Pennsic 45

So, you want to hang out with the Pocket Bard at Pennsic, huh? To do that, you’ll need to know where to find me. I’m camped with McGuire’s Marauders (N06), but oftentimes I’m not there. Pretty much the only time you can come by camp and be mostly-assured of seeing me is at breakfast. The rest of the day I tend to wander.

But what if you really want to find me? Here are some places I will definitely be, because I’ve made a commitment to be there:

Peace Week:

  • Tuesday, 3:00-4:30, AS 1: Teaching “Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints”
  • Thursday, 12:00-1:00, AS 7: Teaching “Your Persona in an Hour”
  • Thursday, o’dark to late, McGuire’s Marauders (N06): Co-hosting “Maraude at Home” bardic circle

War Week:

  • Monday: 10:00-11:30, AS 3: Teaching “Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints”
  • Monday, 2:00-3:30, McGuire’s Marauders (N06): Co-hosting “Crossing Cultures in Storytelling”
  • Tuesday, 2:00-4:00, Bog University (E24): Teaching “SCA’s Greatest Hits” (substitute teacher for Liam St. Liam)
  • Wednesday, 5:00-6:00, AS 5: Teaching “Your Persona in an Hour”


Otherwise, a better plan is to add yourself to my “wander list”. I try to make it to these camps at least every few days, so hopefully the chances will be good that I run into you. The wander list as it currently stands is:


  • Bhakail (N11)
  • Dione Sidhe (N07)
  • Westengate (N03)
  • Northshield (E02)
  • High Rafters (E03)
  • East Kingdom Royal (E06)
  • Vestfell (E06)
  • House Silverkeep (E15)

Runestone Hill:

  • Painted Wheel / Barony of an Dubhealgeann (W03)
  • Eoforwic (W08)
  • Enchanted Ground (W09)


  • Shauna’s Camp (W11)
  • Casa Bardicci (E19)
  • Wild Rose (E24)
  • Havres des Glaces (E18)

Dagan’s Dell:

  • Sharc / Quatrefoil (N21)
  • Coldwood / Mountain Freehold (N29)

Do you want to be added to the list? Just let me know and I will be happy to include you! I always love camps that love a wandering performer! (Bonus points if you feed me. You will be my best friends forever.)

I hope to see you all soon! Safe travels!

Pennsic 2013 diary is now up!

For those who have been waiting all week with baited breath, the Pennsic 42 (2013) diary is now up! Also up is my one new song of War, “The Titivillus Can-Can.” Go on over and take a look!

Researching a New Persona, Part 2

Okay, I lied. I still don’t know who Katherine is amidst the backdrop of early 14th century England. But I’ve been doing some reading, and it was interesting enough to me that I figured I’d write down what I’ve found out so far so that I have a record of it somewhere.

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Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints

This year at Pennsic, I will be teaching a class called “Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints.” (First Wednesday, August 1, 10:00 am, AS4) This class will be focused on fun saint stories from the Golden Legend, a medieval book of saints lives. If you come, here are the stories you can expect to hear:

– St. Basil helps a slave who turned to the devil out of lust for his master’s daughter
– Emperor Nero conceives and gives birth to a frog
– St. Nicholas helps a moneylender who has been cheated by a clever debtor
– St. John the Almsgiver pays the same beggar three times
– A prefect has designs on St. Anastasia’s maidservants but instead caresses and embraces kitchen implements thinking that it is the servants
– St. Julian causes a man pretending to be dead to actually die
– St. George kills a dragon
– St. Nicholas saves a greedy noble’s son
– The Scrooge-like conversion of Peter the tax collector
– Josephus brings a hated slave before Titus to cure him of paralysis
– St. Marina, while cross-dressing as a monk, is accused of rape
– The ghost of St. Gregory kills his successor
– Pope Leo cuts off his own hand to avoid temptation and has it restored by the Virgin Mary
– St. Patrick accidentally wounds the King of the Scots, with a happy conclusion
– St. Andrew helps a bishop who has been beguiled by the devil in the form of a beautiful woman
– A virgin of Antioch is placed in a brothel, but a Christian knight exchanges clothes with hers so that she can preserve her virtue

If any of these sound interesting, I invite you to come to my class and hear the full versions! Also, you may catch a few of them as I camp hop around Pennsic.

An overnight sensation nine years in the making

I’ve been styling myself as a bard since 2003, give or take. In that time, I’ve had wonderful fun both writing and performing, camp-hopping and standing on stage, and (very occasionally) competing. And while I seem to have a knack for accumulating prizes that other people have won in competition (I think I’m up to four and counting), I have yet to win a competition myself.

That changed last night. Yes, friends, for the first time in my bardic “career,” I actually have a championship to my own name. Last night was the monthly iteration of “StorySlam,” which is like a poetry slam except for storytelling. By a very, very near margin, I squeaked into first place and won some mint fudge, which I promptly gave away in the spirit of paying it forward.

This also means that I’ll be the featured teller at next month’s StorySlam, and should probably start thinking about how I’m going to fill up 20 minutes of stage time. (For the record, last night’s winning piece was Rathflaed DuNoir’s “Beowulf.”)

Pennsic 2011 diary is up!

Wondrous news! This year’s Pennsic diary, The Pocket Bard Takes the Stage is up and ready for your enjoyment! Clocking in at approximately 19,000 words, it’s a day-by-day, circle-by-circle account of how I spent this year’s War. Most excitingly: I got to take the stage in the “Heather Dale and Friends” show. Yes, the Pocket Bard up on stage before a packed house, for the very first time! Will I do it again? Only time will tell.

In any event, happy reading!

Where to find the Pocket Bard at Pennsic

Pennsic is fast upon us, so it seems like the right time to post a list of places you’ll be able to find me. This is far from a complete list of the things I want to do — many evenings are double- or triple-booked — but it includes most of the things I’m pretty sure of, either because I’m in charge or because there’s nothing else I know happening at that time. *grin*

Where I’m camping: McGuire’s Marauder’s, N06. Stand in front of the Performing Arts Pavilion, face the battlefield, and look for the pink-and-white striped tents on your right. I’ll be arriving the evening of Land Grab Saturday and staying until the last weekend, time TBD and dependent on allergies.

Where I’ll be:
– Peace Week Monday (Aug 1), o’dark, Calontir Royal: Rhodri’s honeymoon bardic
– Peace Week Wednesday (Aug 3), noon, AS 10: teaching Your Persona in an Hour
– Peace Week Wednesday (Aug 3), o’dark, Aethelmearc Royal: Haakon’s bardic circle
– Peace Week Thursday (Aug 4), 10 a.m., AS 10: teaching Pennsic Without Breaking the Bank
– Peace Week Thursday (Aug 4), suppertime, McGuire’s Marauders: hosting Master Efenwealt Wystle and his family as they sing for their supper
– Middle Friday (Aug 5), 8:30 p.m., meeting at A&S tents: “Peerless” bardic amoeba
– Middle Saturday (Aug 6), 11 a.m., AS 11: teaching Your Group’s Persona in an Hour
– Middle Sunday (Aug 7), 1:30 p.m., Runestone Hill: “Peerless” bardic circle
– Middle Sunday (Aug 7), 4:00 p.m., AS 10: presenting a paper at the Boreal Master Symposium
– War Week Monday (Aug 8), 8:30 p.m., Trotheim N20: performing in Beowulf the Road Show
– War Week Tuesday (Aug 9), noon, AS 10: teaching Your Persona in an Hour
– War Week Tuesday (Aug 9), o’dark, various: some combination of Zsof’s vigil, Dahrien’s vigil, and the Harpwood Hall jam session
– War Week Wednesday (Aug 10), 6 p.m., Performing Arts: performing the intermezzos at the Lorelei Skye concert
– War Week Wednesday (Aug 10), 9 p.m., Performing Arts: taking in the Marian of Heatherdale concert

If you don’t see your event or class on this list, never fear! It’s probably on my schedule already, I just can’t be 100% sure I’ll be there. (Pennsic is Pennsic. Plans change with weather and whim.) If you think I *don’t* know about your event, comment! Let me know! I’ll try to make it!

And if you’d like to get together for an impromptu Your Inner Vagabond trip, want to join me in some singing and storytelling, or have a small child for me to play with, just let me know! So much to do, so little time to do it in!

No Longer Seventeen — at any age

It’s been a long time coming. For years, I’ve heard my loyal fans asking me, “Pocket Bard, I love your song No Longer Seventeen! I also look super-young and would love to perform it! But I’m not twenty-six! What do I do?”

Fear no more! I have just updated the No Longer Seventeen page to include alternate end verses to fit every age from twenty-one to twenty-nine, with an extra bonus verse for young-looking performers who are thirty years old or older. Enjoy!

Pennsic bardic – any requests?

Pennsic is fast approaching and I’ve started reviewing my bardic repertoire. Which leads me to an important question: Do I have any requests? If there’s a piece you’ve heard me perform that you absolutely want me to do again, or there’s a song in the Master Song List you’ve always wanted to hear, or there’s a piece I don’t do but you’d like me to learn… now’s your chance! Speak now or be satisfied with the 70-odd songs that are currently on my request list.

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