February 7th, 2008

me and my vulture

I loves me some minions. Mmmmm, tasty.

 Wow, guys - what great and thoughtful responses!  Thank you all so much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

I'll get back to the question list next week (where we will be exploring my early years, complete with embarrassing pictures), but I wanted to write a sort of follow-up post to yesterday.  One person asked in the comments if apprenticeship was required to get a Laurel (a very reasonable question), and a bunch of peers replied that they had not been apprentices.  Just to make sure everyone knows it's not required - it's not a fast-track to peerage, and doesn't neccessarily give someone an advantage, except that at least one Laurel knows who they are.  Really, I think apprenticeship is mainly a way of making sure that there's always someone you're not afraid to ask for help.  Secondary to that is the role of Laurel as advocate for the apprentice.

In the course of that comment thread, isenglassand chargirlgeniusmentioned that since they had never been apprenticed [correction: isenglass was apprenticed at one point, but was not at the time of her Laurelling] , they weren't sure how one handled the whole apprentice thing.  I don't know whether this post will answer their questions, but what the heck.

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