Hi! I’m Jonathan Lovelace, an aspiring author, self-published poet, amateur game designer, technical writer, and software developer. Welcome to the Shine Cycle Online!

From 2010 through mid-2014, I tried to feature a new post in each of four quite different “departments” here every week, and thereafter the schedule loosened but the same principle continued. Since this organization appears to confuse some readers, I’ve “stuck” this post here to introduce myself, the blog, and its subjects—briefly here, and in more detail “below the fold.”

From childhood, I’ve had a story in my head that I feel called to write. That “big work,” tentatively titled “the Shine Cycle,” is the original nominal topic of this blog, but now is only one of the four “departments.” This part of the blog, which originally ran on Mondays, includes background essays about the story and its world (and “writing status updates” about monthly).

I’ve also had poetry “come to me” on occasion since high school. For a while—from late 2009 on—I posted a new poem here on the blog each Friday, and I continue to post them when I have new ones to post. This is the most popular “department” of the blog. Many of these poems are collected in A Year in Verse, now available on Kindle and in print. Most of my poetry is blank verse.

In the process of developing that collection, as I’m a notoriously bad critic of my own work, and most subscribers started reading this blog long after I began posting poems weekly, each Thursday from mid-2011 to January 2013 I asked for feedback on a few poems from my archive.

I’m also developing an innovative turn-based strategy/simulation game called Strategic Primer; in the third “department,” which originally ran on Wednesdays, I write about the game—its design, implementation, development, history, and so on.

The last “department,” which originally ran mostly on Saturdays, is “miscellaneous”—usually essays on a variety of topics.

I’ll describe each of these “departments” (and that term itself) after the jump


Shine Cycle Character Profile: Esmeralda

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Esmeralda – Captain of a nation whose ancestors once traveled between universes but had lost that technology (and much else); under her leadership they regained it and joined the Alliance. She now represents her people in the Council of Worlds. Continue reading

2017 Goals Third Quarter Report: Strategic Primer

After looking at the last quarter to check my progress on my general goals for the year and check up on the same for the Shine Cycle, it’s time to take a similar look at Strategic Primer. Unlike my report three months ago, I’m not combining this with an assistive programs development report; that was last week. Continue reading

2017 Goals Third Quarter Report: Shine Cycle

Another quarter, and another month, has flown by. I began my quarterly “check” of my goals for the year with Saturday’s post, but reserved some of my goals for separate consideration, as I did after the first and second quarters. Today, a look at my goals related to the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation. Continue reading

2017 Goals Third Quarter Report

The third quarter of 2017 is about to come to an end (by the civil calendar), so since I set a goal to “After each quarter, assess progress and note any necessary amendments to goals in a blog post,” it’s time to consider how the year has gone so far in comparison to the goals I set. Today, I’ll be looking at just my “miscellaneous” goals, and I’ll review my work on the Shine Cycle and Strategic Primer next week. Continue reading

Strategic Primer assistive programs release, development report, and roadmap (0.4.9015-rc1)

It’s been nearly a month since the last release of the suite of assistive programs for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, and I’ve continued to improve these programs as I found need. So it’s time to make a new release, or at least a new “release candidate.” I’ve made a new “point release,” version 0.4.9014.1, that includes the bug fixes described below but not any new features, and also a release candidate for 0.4.9015. You can download them from GitHub (at those links) as usual. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Honora

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Honora – Knight and herald, in the King’s service in the Imperial Service. When she arrived she applied to the Academy nearly immediately, intending to take a purely academic route but finding herself unexpectedly good at every subject needed for the knighthood track. During her tour as a squire, when separated from her knight-master, she very quickly put together a successful investigation into a smuggling operation on her authority alone; when the news of this reached the King after her graduation, he made her a herald and one of his Voices and expedited her application to the Imperial Service, where she rose through the ranks quickly. Continue reading

Second Collection: Title Announcement, Betas Wanted

As most readers of this blog surely know by now, back in 2014 I published a collection of my poetry, both in paperback and on Kindle. Some of you may also be aware that I’m currently working on a second collection. I have one item of news about this project, and there is one part of it with which I would like the help of some of my readers. Continue reading