A to Z is an awesome blog fest in April, started by Arlee Bird and hosted by a rocking team of people.
My A to Z Theme is fencing and swordplay.
Originally, in fencing, the referee was called either the Director or the President of the Jury. The director/referee controls the action of the bout, making sure that it stays safe, and that points are judged correctly. In a "dry" fencing bout, the four judges make up the "jury" with two each watching the target area of one of the opponents to judge whether or not there are any hits. The referee watches all the action, but also has to focus on the flow of the overall action to judge right of way, make sure that everything stays safe, and keep track of other rules.
A good referee and jury will follow the fencers up and down the strip, keeping in line with the action to see all of it as correctly as possible.
What the heck is a dry fencing bout? A fencing bout that is done without electrical scoring aids to help keep track of hits . . .note that hits don't necessarily equal points . . . that depends on right of way . . . and I'll get there with "R," I promise.
Something Special . . . Michael Di Gesu introduced Champion in the Darkness for his Joker's Wild Day! Thank you Michael!!!! All of Michael's introductions rock, and I'm super excited to have my novel featured there.