2010 Sucked. (Red no sign covering over a block print '2010').So a couple weeks ago I blogged about writing without fear, and then promptly went back to the same sort of stuff I've been writing for two years now.

I blame Riley.

But here's a bit of what I was talking about. Over the month of December I participated in Reverb10, a month's worth of questions designed to
reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.
which makes it sound all neat and pretty and like someone with a beautiful handmade journal and a fountain pen, calmly noting down significant events from the last year, in tidy but elegant handwriting.

That's not what I did.

Read about what I did instead...

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Comment by Kate Jones on January 11, 2011 at 2:47pm

It was! In that painful 'it'll be really great when I can stop leaning over the toilet' kind of way. Okay, that was gross, but kinda accurate, too.

 

Ning groups are kinda hard to keep community going in -- I'm not sure why, but I've belonged to a lot, and there are only a couple that have really managed it. You might want to check out some of the things Jill's doing over at the Creative Cafe, though. She features a lot of people's posts and pictures, and runs a monthly contest for people to supply the background picture for the site.

 

She'll also do contests for whoever posts the most in a month, or she'll give people a topic to write on and a week to write about it.

 

She gives away cash prizes -- small ones, like maybe ten bucks, that she gets from advertising, but I really don't know that that's even necessary; I think people would enter contests just for the joy of winning.

 

I've also found that, at least for me, I'm much more likely to follow a  'check out this post' message than a 'check out this person's page' one. I guess because the blog post will have a topic that might intrigue me, and that's worth the click.

 

...hmm, let's see. Another site I'm on does a member of the month profile, which is kinda fun, and they also announce when it's someone's birthday.

 

Wow, I guess I did have a bunch of ideas! Hope some of them are useful?

 

And wow, thanks for featuring my post!

Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on January 11, 2011 at 2:29pm

I just got done reading that, and yes, it was chock full of raw upfront emotion. I give you mad kudos for conquering your fear and writing what you had to say! I bet it sure was cathartic! I finally got a chance to sit down in December and begin work on a graphite drawing, I had forgotten how relaxing and therapeutic it was. I imagine the process of patiently stirring the soap would be soothing too.

I'm glad to hear you have found a sense of community in the SCA! What do you think we could do to bring more of a sense of community here to TWTW?

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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