Another name question
- 3b. Re: Another question about names
Posted by: "gigglesheep" dogspell@... gigglesheep
Date: Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:26 am ((PST))
How long did it take you to finalize the name?
Personally I don't want to waste time arguing with them, especially
since it is not the actual name, but a placename that could have been
possible back then. And Sofia had a valid point that both first and
last names should be spelled the same.
My name of Raisa Zaplatskaya passed in the same amount of time that any
other name passes (roughly 9 months to a year). My choice of
ÂZaplatskayaÂ was a descriptive byname Â the closest I could come to the
English word ÂPatchesÂ (itÂs a long story, just go with it). After the
curator confirmed Âyea verily, we have the word ÂzaplataÂ in a book
documenting words found in period documents,Â Paul Wickenden was kind
enough to help me figure out a conjugation, since ÂZaplatnitsaÂ is in
current dictionaries, but the word has no documentation prior to the
1800Âs, I believe.
I ran across the argument regarding the validity of email traffic with a
curator while I was nosing around trying to find where my submission was
in the process a few months after it left my local herald's hands. It
wasn't the spelling that anyone harped on, it was solely the email traffic
from a curator. I wouldn't have spazzed over an "i" vs. "y" and if a
herald thinks thatÂs more accurate, theyÂre more than likely to spell that
out on their review notes and approve it with a minor change like that.
But no one cared about that aspect. I guess my submission ran across the
desk of someone more...shall we say...particular about what he/she felt to
be adequate documentation as opposed to what another herald thought. But
it moved past their desk and the next higher authority pondered it and
said itÂs fine. ItÂs a common issue that crops up everywhere in the SCA.
The submission passes over several desks and some folks are more fussy
about certain details than others. You might find that your herald and
everyone on the SIG group thinks your documentation is fine, but someone
higher up on heraldry the food chain may not. And then an even bigger fish
or community of fishes say "no, no, that's fine" or Âdear lord, what is
this person thinking?Â It's impossible to know what will and won't be
accepted from one month to the next, since the seats for reviewing
submissions change so frequently.
The best you can do is gather copies of all your documentation, write up
an explanation for why the name should be just so and make certain that
your supporting documentation is easily referenced by someone else when
reviewing your argument Â just like a mini research paper. They either
will or won't accept it. Just be open to the possibility that things may
have to be changed.
I know how attached one can become to a name before it gets passed - you
start building your persona and back story around it, you get used to
responding to it at events, friends call you by that name outside the SCA
because they don't know your real name, but let's face it: It's not like
you're naming your child, although it may feel like it. But in the grand
scheme of things not getting your desired name for an SCA persona is far
less damaging than your kid wanting to kill you for legally naming them
At the end of the day, itÂs still just a game. How hard you play is
entirely up to you.
And yes, I have been criticized for that opinion before.