||Walk, Sariel, Walk.
It's time to go ahead.
Walk, Sariel, Walk.
Into your new life.
Walk, Sariel, Walk!
chant for walking the tables; modified fromMasterharper of Pern: chapter 8,
page 161 Del Rey mass market paperback,
copyright © Anne McCaffrey 1998]
A panel of my peers was organized by Elrhan to
vote on my Mastery. Elrhan apparently worked on this secretly for quite awhile
before surprising me with happy news, plus this beautiful graphic to signify it, and an
excellent story about the event (which I cannot share with anyone else due to copyright
The peer panel consisted of notable
individuals active in the world of Pern. A majority agreement was needed for me
to pass. For anyone that thinks maybe I haven't earned this honor yet, these are the
people you disagree with:
Anneli Conroy (Hungary), Advisor on Pernese Affairs
Becki Stacy, aka Menai (USA),
Expert on Pernese
Becky Skinner, aka Coelura (USA), Expert on Pernese Publications
Hans van der Boom, aka Elrhan (Netherlands),
Expert on Pernese
Hartley Patterson (UK),
Expert on Pernese
Thomas Edgar, aka Tosus (Germany), Journeyman one-liner and
joat of alt.fan.pern
Anne "If the site is as good as
that then she should become known as a Master Archvist" McCaffrey, aka The
on Pern. Period.
I am, of course, extremely proud of myself, and very
delighted that Elrhan organized all this for me. In the interest of further
self-promotion (and to prove Elrhan wrong about my modesty--do you like my wallpaper?) I'm going
to include part of his letter to me, and the letter he sent out to my peers.
Hoogvliet, The Netherlands,
October 12, 1999
When we first met I told you how much I appreciated your web site and thought it was
the best of its kind around. Not much later I told you that, as far as I was concerned,
you were ready to walk the tables but that I wouldn't know who should do the honours since
I thought and think you are the top in your field. You replied to this with your usual
modesty, saying you had not been "on the job" that long and did not feel ready
for promotion before you were active on the Internet for at least a year. You also felt it
was up to your peers to do the honours and said you did not want to promote yourself in
that way (as I said, your modest self).
Reading that and getting to know your feelings in the subsequent months of mailing back
and forth I made my plan of which this document is the result. My experience and my
"Pern horizons" widened when I became more and more heavily involved with Pern
(on the Internet) in general and some of the really dedicated persons that form that
exclusive inner circle consisting of those individuals that are really MAP (Mad About
Walk, Sariel, walk!
Elrhan the Archivist
aka Hans van der Boom
The promotion of journeywoman
harper Sariel to Master Archivist
Coming October it will be a year ago that Sariel the
Archivist (aka Cheryl Beth Miller) started her web site Sariel's Guide to Pern (in
both framed and non-framed versions). In my honest opinion as an archivist this is just
one of the best (if not the best) and most extensive web site's in relation to the the
Dragonriders of Pern© and their world, the world we all love. However, it is
not only the website I want to honor by putting Sariel up for promotion to master status.
During the time Sariel has set up and maintained her excellent website she also
demonstrated her capabilities as an archivist, not only through material put on the
website for us all to enjoy, but she also contributed extensively to the enlargement of
insights in Pernese matters through postings on the alt.fan.pern newsgroup and through
many personal email messages. She has been a staunch promotor of Pern and the Pernese
since she became a journeywoman.
To put it in the words of good old Master Robinton:
"Now, the point is that all but one of the formalities have been observed.
Admittedly, there's not been much time spent in the Hall [read: Sariel has spent only a
year on the Internet], but an apprenticeship served elsewhere under a competent journeyman
has always been admissible [read: Sariel was "brought to Pern" by her own father
who lovingly introduced her to the books of Anne McCaffrey]".
[Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsinger, page 217 of the
Bantam mass market paperback, 6th printing 1979]
After this formality Robinton asks the assembled
peers if anyone wishes to register any reservations about the competence of the
journeywoman in question.
Likewise I ask of you if you have any objections to the promotion of Sariel the
Archivist to Master Archivist by virtue of an agreement to that fact by her peers.
If you do agree I propose to bestow on Sariel the earlier mentioned rank of Master
Archivist and the right to put the logo, depicted on the top of this letter, on her site.
The traditional gift of a Master Harper's pin (complete with gemstone) unfortunately
disagrees with the contents of my purse and will be hard to put on a website anyway.
For a promotion to Master Harper I also propose a minimum of five agreeing peers. So
besides myself at least four of you have to email me with an answer to this proposal.
Elrhan/Hans van der Boom
I'll conclude with a heartfelt thank you
to Elrhan/Hans, who deviously organized all this, along with everyone else who supported my Mastery,
everyone who has supported my site over the past Turn, and everyone who has simply visited
and enjoyed all the hard work and long hours I've put into this website!