I was one of the original four to schedule a test. It bacame appearent, about a month before the Clave, that I couldn't get ready in time. When I compared my skill level to that of Leroy and Klem, I fell short. I suppose I wouldn't have gotten as far as I did without their help. With their guidence, I hope to be ready by the Conclave in August. As per Leroy's suggestion, I'm practicing every day and start with the same routine each time. For on going assistance, I'm able to call on Klem as we practice together.
When Leroy speaks of a "journey", he speaks the truth. Spey Casting and the road to excellence is a wonderful journey without an end. I have a long way to go.
A hardy thanks to all of the people who have helped me to get to this point.