Storycorp Video Interviewes

March 1st, 2016 by chronicler

Greetings from the Kingdom Chronicler!

50th Year Storycorp Interviews, Interviewers & Volunteers sought!

The Chroniclers of each Kingdom have been directed to seek out the origins of our great Peoples and do short interviews for the record. I could really use a few volunteers from each Region to help me with this project.

Attached below are instructions on how to record and submit an interview. You can use any device from a smart phone to a professional camera. The video files (and release forms) will get uploaded to a DropBox folder, edited and finally played in the History Hall during 50 Year in June.

Each story or interview should last from 3 to 5 minutes. It’s a brief story, not a lengthy bardic recitation. Some ideas of what we’re looking for in a story:

– how you got started in the SCA
– an inspiring moment in your SCA life
– how you got started with a particular art or science
– a story from the early years of your Kingdom

and so on.

Have a look at the instructions, and feel free to email the staff at storycorp [at] with any questions. You can also contact me directly.

The video interviews are short 3-5 minutes recommended, there are easy to fill out forms to complete the release and sample questions to use, but I need a list of folks who would like their story told and helpers to video interview people who won’t volunteer without asking them!

If you are one of those people who may be interested and are going to a Kingdom event or would like to do your own interview,contact me at chronicler [at] for more information. I will be posting the forms for release and How-to info here.

Octavia Laodice
Kingdom Chronicler

Attachment 1: 50 Year StoryCorp Release

Attachment 2: SCA StoryCorp Instructions

Back up and Archiving

March 1st, 2016 by chronicler

Greetings from the Kingdom Chronicler

This week I had an incident that provokes me to remind everyone who does a newsletter to be mindful of data preservation.

Experience tells us that we need to have good data management but often times as volunteers we don’t file our paperwork nor do we get those files moved or the email dealt with on a timely basis.

Some tips, I may recommend are as follows:

Email: As a Kingdom Office, I use an email that was passed down from the previous office and the information stored here is precious when looking things up. I have folders for every year and each month back to 2012. When I say I don’t have it. I mean it.

I also deter folks from sending personal emails to me here, so I don’t have to worry about my successors finding them – everything is professional and above-board.

Working vs Completed Files: I have lots of things that come in from all over and while I have them, I often modify them for my own use for formatting and other adjustments but I don’t archive them.

Completed non-PDF documents are archived with the PDF versions just in case they get corupted or something dies unexpectedly.

ARCHIVING: This office has a free version of DropBox attached to my officer email so that my files are saved in the Cloud. The Kingdom Seneschal and Webminister and one of my a deputies has access to this storage area, and if needed, could cobble something together if I got hit by a bus.

There is an Archivist on the Society level but it is best to do your own branch’s archiving, make it accessible to those that may need a record of it and all that is printed there. Move things often enough to make a good backup. Keeping hard copies is recommended and if you choose only to be digital, remember that formats change over time and those negligent to update shall rue the day the paper copes hit the recycle bin.

I wish you the best and hope you never need to worry about this but try to have good habits so it is never an issue.

Octavia Laodice
Kingdom Chronicler

Chronicler Office Year-End Reporting

December 4th, 2014 by chronicler

Greetings to all the hard-working Chroniclers of An Tir!
(cross posted)

As our year comes to a close, I wanted to send you some great words of encouragement for I have seen an increase in reporting, a willingness to ask for assistance and some great newsletters being generated.

For the end of this year, and my report to the Crown for Twelfth Night, I believe it is time to do a warrant confirmation as I have yet to do this during my term.

For Principality Chroniclers, I’m looking for a list of your branches with those with or without chroniclers and confirmation that you have their warrants. If no warrants, then at least contact info and membership number with a note saying you’re requested it from their branch Council/Curia.

For branch Chroniclers (not in Principalities), I have created a list from what I have on file and past changes. I would appreciate checking in with me by the end of November to confirm. If I need help, I will send you an email asking for your warrant from your Council/Curia.

All chroniclers are expected to complete the Year-End report (pending completion) and send to their superior. If your branch does not have a Chronicler, then Seneschals, I expect to hear from you with the questions on the form completed, as it includes topics which are important for my Office, to know how you are getting your meeting minutes posted.

I hope that everyone is enjoying a warm and festive Feast Season!

Octava Laodice, Kometessa An Tir, OP
Kingdom Chronicler & Editor, The Crier



New Copy Editor Deputy

December 4th, 2014 by chronicler

As advertised, our Copy Editor Deputy, Lady Vashti has completed her term and is looking to new horizons. Today, I’d like to announce that a new volunteer for this post will be in place to take over for the March issue (February 2015). Honorable Lady Mericke de Ross of Midhaven applied and we are very pleased to have her join our staff!

With this change the submissions to the Copy Editor remain the same and we thank you to continue sending us your Crier Copy by the 15th of the month!

Winter Project Begun

December 4th, 2014 by chronicler

Our ambitious endeavor to collect and scan-archive as many issues of The Crier has begun!

With a gracious volunteer, Lady Alizand Thorgeirsson nee’ LeFevre of Blatha an Oir has been sent the first batch of my personal collection. Another hearty Thank You to Master Robyrt of Waterside in Aquaterra for lending a large of back issues to further the cause.

I will keep you posted on our progress and needs as the project moves forward.

Octavia Laodice

Chronicler’s Work – Moving beyond The Crier

April 18th, 2014 by chronicler

There is so much more to do than An Tir’s monthly Kingdom newsletter.

With the blur of life’s pace, limited resources, compressed schedules and the rise of social media, there is so much to discuss as we move through our Current Middle Ages.

During the rest of my term, I will use this venue specifically for communicating the guidelines of our Society in reference to publications, but also to support the gradual change to more immediate and digital communication which is inevitable even for the SCA.

This month, I received many emails of new and current Chroniclers with very good questions that need answering. They are not the type of questions which get directed to passages in the An Tir Handbook or a policy. Some are being posed to the Society Chronicler and to some of our local Kingdom officers for some long-term thinking/planning. More on that later.

I have asked for and received a new webpage for An Tir Chronicler’s that contains a great deal of reference material, links to info such as copyright law in the US and Canada, as well as newsletter submission requirements and deadlines for the Kingdom newsletter, The Crier.

The webpage is built and active but feel free to take a look.

For Crown and Kingdom –

Octavia Laodice, Kometessa An Tir XXVI, OGdS
Kingdom Chronicler & Editor, The Crier

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