- Greetings, all!
I am a scribe, currently inactive, in Atlantia. We have a backlog of award
documents (g) that is steadily shrinking as more people take up scribal
pursuits. This makes me very very happy, as I'm still waiting for the scroll
that will mean the most to me, my Court Barony/Grant of Arms, given to me
after I stepped down as third Baroness of Black Diamond. That was in 1987.
If you're not a scribe yourself, please take time to seek out and thank
those who create your scrolls. They usually spend their own money for
materials, as well as many hours of valuable time, to make awards for people
they may not even know. Sadly, I've made twenty-some-odd scrolls for Kingdom
awards, and I've only been thanked by one recipient. (And, no, my work
wasn't bad! In one case, I won a competition with a scroll that greatly
pleased the recipient, judging from the look on her face...which I saw from
a distance, as she never actually spoke with me.)
I did receive a late-night, ranting phone call from one noodlehead about
his wife's scroll. I created it as part of a pile of "scroll blanks,"
pre-made AoA scrolls, all original, hand-painted, and calligraphed, with
blanks left for name and date. Someone else (not me) had filled in the
lady's name, and "misspelled" it, because they used the registered spelling
of her name, rather than the one she preferred. I still had to listen to an
angry fellow I didn't know at 11:00 at night.
I don't mean to sound bitter--I'm not! But it might be a delightful surprise
if we all thanked those whose work we cherish, in person, more often. An
especially authentic touch would be a small thank-you gift or token. Just a