If I ever became an Anachronist…

A few times, after I’ve mentioned that my twin is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, someone has asked me why I’m not. I usually say something along the lines of, ‘Can you imagine their reaction if they found out there are two of us?’ Sure, it could be entertaining to see the Oh, shit! looks on their little Creatively Anachronistic faces… but then there would be the awkward questions, and I’d have to think of a persona name and such…

The other day, it suddenly occurred to me that, if I did ever join the SCA, I’d probably choose an Italian persona name. Because we are, apparently, using the same first names as… well, other people’s imaginary friends. I could go with the French version, but… Nope. Would have to use Italian, since it’s easiest. (And also an alias, but whatever.) And my garb (that’s SCAdian jargon for historical costume) would include a lot of shades of brown, because — no matter what any artists would have you believe — that’s a color the other guy doesn’t wear. Wouldn’t want anyone to mistake me for him, either, after all.

It would be soooo funny, though, once people noticed: ‘Really? Gianni is your twin?’ someone would say to C. Grendel, and he, the person mundanely known as Paul B. Spence, would reply, ‘Nah. We were just created in the same mad scientists’ lab — that’s why we look so much alike.’

I do love dramatic irony… 🙂



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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2 Responses to If I ever became an Anachronist…

  1. M. Oniker says:

    You should totally do it. Also, I was trying out a new pair of reading glasses to see if the blue light coating was working (I see no difference, grrr), and so I wasn’t paying close attention at first. I read anachronist as antichrist, which, ya know, is kind of interesting in its own right.

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