The Crossroads of the Aether
One of the things I did when I belonged to the SCA is develop a persona. While at Steampunk events I ran across a few persona's that were maintained throughout the event. Some were English some German and a couple of others. Is it important to have one? I'm not good at having an accent although I can do it. I just drop out of it once and while.
A persona being in flux, Lord Cerdic, is in no way unfortunate. As with our real life self, the persona self must grow and change with what one experiences and learns. There will be good times and bad; there will be periods of stagnation, and periods of sudden exhilarating growth. Do remember my friend...when soldering two pieces of tin together, were it not for the flux the joint would not hold.
Parents often forget they were rebellious, pain-in-the-a** teenagers at one time. Grandparents need to constantly remind parents that at one time, they were teenagers too.
A good question, unless a person can channel a spirit with an accent or be totally chameleonic then I fear it may detract from the outwardly appearance. If in doubt leave the accent out and be uniquely you.
Excellent thought dear lady. I already do this with my correspondence; I shall have to try it with my speach as well.
Athanasia [intruiging name],
I have a Masters Degree in English and am thinking about going back to speaking the proper "grapholect" as one of my professors calls the written word.
I was in Texas at the time so I know what you mean when speaking of the "locals". No threats but the "looks" soon had me remembering how I had conversed prior to going to university. They talk about truck drivers and sailors...let me tell you about old Army Drill Sergeants. On second thought...not here. Your suggestion about 19th century fiction is excellent; I still have most of my literature from those days, still read it too.