This poor blog has been neglected of late. I’m not going to do a huge update on all the events I’ve attended, I’ll just say I’ve been busy.
Twelfth Night was last weekend, in Coeur d’Alene. I wasn’t originally planning to go but, about 2 months ago, decided I had to go because it’s one of my favorite events. I’m really glad I did because I had a great time. The resort was beautiful, I helped some great people at the consult table, and, best of all, I got to see some friends I don’t see often enough.
Several of those friends are heralds and are senior to me in the heraldry world. One of our conversations has had me thinking ever since. We were talking about the level of book heralds in several kingdoms but specifically An Tir. It seems like we have a lot of beginning heralds, several senior heralds (some of whom can’t comment at the local level because of their offices) and only a few mid-level heralds and why there is that gap.
The gap could be caused by a few things:
- Heralds are burning out either before or shortly after they get to the mid-level stage.
- People don’t know how to get to the mid-level stage
- Not enough education past the beginner level
- Lack of confidence/People thinking that others know more than they do so they don’t comment and we just don’t know that they at that mid-level
- People think they know everything they need to know so they stop worrying about it or listening to other people’s imput so they don’t progress.
So, what do we do about it? I’m not really sure yet. The best way to progress in book heraldry is just by reading and practicing but I think that goes back to the lack of confidence.
When I felt like I was stagnating, I asked a friend, who happens to be Pelican Queen of Arms, how to progress and she gave me some ideas. I didn’t have a problem doing that but I think some people are intimidated by the senior heralds for reasons that I don’t really understand. (Though I should mention that when I met most of the senior heralds I had no clue how the College of Arms operated so I had no idea who they were. If I had, I may have been intimidated, I may not have, it’s hard to say.)
I think the biggest issue my be confidence but the only way to build confidence is by practicing and realizing you really do know what you’re talking about. So, do we try to have more local heraldry nights where we get together and comment on the internal letters?
Any other ideas?