>But you have taught classes. I have been in some of them. Some sort
of teaching is
>a requirement for advancement. Competitions is but one means of
making folks aware
>of the level and quality of your work.
Well, yeah. I guess that was part of my point. Not everyone teaches. Not
enters competition. Not everyone gets published. I worry about the "one
A and one from column B" syndrome - teach five classes or enter three
or one kingdom competition or take on four students, or any other formal
checklist for Advancement In the Award Structure of Calontir.
....but I would hazard a guess that most of the not-older-than-dirt
people (like, oh, I dunno,
you and me) would think that to get a mallet or a swan you've got to
competitions, because they're well publicized and "hey, Lord Who-dat-guy
entered three, and immediately got a Mallet!"
They're a fast way to get attention, but not everyone's made out for
competing; I wasn't,
and I still twitch at the thought of entering one. I much prefer showing
my stuff to
people whose opinion I trust - you for metalworking, Magda for
for tent-making, and so forth - rather than put out a couple of items
and get a vast
range of comments. Ditto for teaching: there's nothing more enjoyable
for me than
to talk fealty with one or two people at a post-revel or at a feast;
classes are so....so...
I guess my point is, competitions and teaching are good ways at catching
Folk who happen to like competing and teaching. How, then, do we go
those whose art or science is well-made, well-researched, and totally
does it quietly, one piece at a time, talking to individuals, getting
advice from friends,
and, (sorry for the bad grammar) we only get to see them work very
quietly in the
background but suddenly we notice how great they are?
It's akin to the service thang: how many heralds have slaved over books
to get submissions
done, and they get a Torse only after someone figures out half the
kingdom got their
devices passed because of that guy in Outer Fenwick?
It's a question that's been asked for <mumble> years, and I have yet to
hear a good
answer. I suspect there isn't one, but it sure does make for some
philosophical conversations badly in need of a couple of beers.
Alban, non-drinker, dammit.