Slowly, slowly finding my way into something resembling a post-grad-school routine. Jocivus was lovely – both restful and exhausting, a good trial run for Battlemoor with modifications to my tent and tweaks to my camp, and lots of good conversations with people I don’t usually get to just sit and talk with. And Heralds and Scribes was a blast – the luncheon went almost perfectly (the chicken stew was late getting out by just about exactly the amount of time I was late getting on site – about twenty minutes – but everything else was go in advance of heralding lunch) and it was all delicious and well-received. I’ll do a separate post about the menu and presentation.
Working on: With Heralds and Scribes behind me, it’s All Battlemoor All The Time. I’m working on some new Spanish working class garb, I have a couple of classes to plan, and I plan to spend some time at the scriptorium. And of course my own encampment, which needs reviewed and restocked in light of what I learned at the three-day event.
Reading: I’m working my way slowly through the Norton Anthology of English Literature to fill some remedial gaps in my grad-level literature and book history and culture knowledge, and taking side trips along the way, and my current meander is The Complete Old English Poems by Craig Williamson. I have a thoroughly heathen indifference to the straight-up Biblical translations/retellings, and am largely skipping over them, but the original religious and secular poetry is really beautiful.
I read Heaney’s Beowulf last month, and on a recent weekend mini-vacation I read Edward Wilson-Lee’s absolutely delightful Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books, which is a must-read for anyone interested in the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, the early history of print culture and libraries, mad geekery, dysfunctional familes and dynastic politics, too-outrageous-for-fiction biography, or any combination thereof. There’s quite a lot early on about what’s-his-name, Hernando Colón’s dad, who sailed those ships to Cuba and Hispanola, but the story gets so much more interesting afterward.
Geeking out on: All the Spanish things. Just all of it. Between Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books and the garb I’m working on and getting fired up again about Motiño and Spanish onomastics and heraldry as I’m prepping the household name submission, and the Spanish language course I’m taking, I’m just immersing myself in it. It’s really exciting.
Next up: Well, Battlemoor. I’m teaching a couple of classes, and I really want to roll out the Spanish kit in keeping with the Don Quixote theme of the event and the establishment of el Taller, so that’s going to be my focus for the next six weeks.
I took a scribal assignment! Not for Battlemoor, but for later in the summer. I am chuffed about getting back into active scribal work.