There are many small teams that I coordinate for Fantasy Faire, but all of them have to do with either the website, or with spreading the word about the Faire outside the Faire itself. They all have to do with recording memories for the future, for making sure the beauty and the details of each Faire are preserved.Continue reading Chronicler Gratitude
We’re on our twelfth Faire day, and our bloggers have been busy! For easy visual pretty pictures browsing one can see their work either in our flickr-group, or in the #blogposts channel in Fantasy Faire Fans discord server. For more detailed checking of which store was blogged where, I recommend going here.
It is impossible to feature all of their work, but I wanted to showcase one of my favourite forms of blogging: creating characters matching the Fairelands. In these pictures the bloggers have used Faire review copies to make a look perfect for a Faireland, and then took pictures there, creating stories in pictures.
Magnolia Masquerade (janainadouarte) created a soft view of Frigg, Odin’s wife, wandering the forests of Valhalla.
The first weekend of the Faire has passed, and our amazing crew of bloggers has been busy since the early access on Wednesday! This definitely shows both in Flickr and in Discord where we have #blogposts channels just for the purpose of bloggers linking their posts for everyone to see!
We also have a blogpost reporting form that creates a list of blog posts and reports which review copies and stores from Faire were featured in the pictures, you can find it here.
I could not resist picking a few of the shiny opening posts to share with you, but I encourage you to check the rest of them out, too! They are doing wondrous job!
Clau Dagger has managed to capture magic in this shot: the look, pose and lighting work together seamlessly to create a moment of spellcasting, conjuration, perhaps the very opening of the portal to the Fairelands.
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The above is a magnificent picture by Tamzin Xigalia. It has everything a good Faire-picture should have: Faireland environment, Fairelanders of many shape and size, a Faire legend (in this case the Fairechylde, our dragonborne party ship) and of course bunnies! …fine, fine. I’m biased. Bunnies optional!
The problem with highlights is that you have to choose. Especially if you have limited time and defined themes and subjects you want to follow. Even if everyone would be deserving of a mention and a spot in the fae starlight, it isn’t always possible. Blogger highlights for Fantasy Faire are absolutely a case like that. I wanted to present them as themes, as ways and methods to blog the Faire, show examples of the said blogging, and I think for most parts that went well. It of course doesn’t change the fact that many a brilliant post was left unmentioned if the theme it fits had already been highlighted, or if there simply wasn’t time enough to include everyone within the short and busy weeks of the Faire.
One of the challenges of blogging Fantasy Faire is that it is not just a shopping event, it is not just a quest, or Literary Festival, or endless parties or roleplay or performances or… you get the point. Faire is many things to many people, but what it is underneath the fantasy community we all love and cherish, is a charity event.
Fantasy Faire supports Relay For Life, and through that, the American Cancer Society’s Global Initiative. This is not an easy subject to blog about regardless if your life has been influenced by cancer or not. If it has, writing about it might feel too personal, too painful. If it hasn’t, your words might feel empty lip service to you. Therefore it is never ever obligatory to blog about it, but I do always encourage those who wish to share their reasons to relay to do just that, to give voice to this deeper current within the Fairelands.
I’m not going to paraphrase, nutshell, or otherwise describe these posts, simply presenting a selection of many. Read these stories in the words they were written, and if you so choose, share your own.
Eclectic Equations – Why I Relay by Vylna Daviau