Welcome!

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.

Posts about Strategic Primer, a turn-based strategy/simulation game, originally ran on Wednesdays, but now only appear on its own blog.

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 Online: The Decade(+) that Was; What’s To Come

This blog, which I titled “The Shine Cycle Online,” nominally began in the closing days of 2018, but after I mass-imported my Facebook Notes (in retrospect I should have backdated them instead of reposting them “new”) it sat mostly-idle until late in 2019. In the decade and a bit since then, I’ve written a lot of posts (over 1200). I “reintroduced myself” back in 2011, and perhaps ought to write another such post again soon. But here are some highlights from the past decade(ish), and my thoughts on where the blog may go in the future. Continue reading “Shine Cycle Online: The Decade(+) that Was; What’s To Come”

2019 Goals Review, 2020 Goals

This year, instead of setting goals for the whole year and then checking up on them periodically, I decided to set goals quarter-by-quarter. When God upended my plans for the year, that proved to have been a good decision. It’s now time to see how I stand in reference to my goals for the fourth quarter; to get a full picture of the year, you can see the first-, second-, and third-quarter reviews.

After reviewing my previous goals, I’ll explain my next set of goals going forward. As I’ll explain in more detail below, in 2020 I plan to adjust and check my goals on a monthly basis. Continue reading “2019 Goals Review, 2020 Goals”

2018/19 Blog Year-In-Review

Since almost the beginning of this blog, I’ve made a tradition of looking back over the past year’s posts at the end of the Christian liturgical year (and doing the same for my life in general at the end of the civil year; in retrospect vice versa would have been better). Some years I posted enough material that I divided the year-end summary into multiple posts per “department”; others, like this year, I hardly even need to put any text “below the fold.” But as this isn’t the first post since last year’s retrospective by any means, I have some material to summarize. Continue reading “2018/19 Blog Year-In-Review”

“But thanks be to God”: An Eleventh Reflection

Today is the day designated to publicly give thanks to our Creator for the gracious gifts of his divine Providence which he has lavished on us. Ten years ago my first Thanksgiving reflection, beginning with that statement, expanded at some length on those friends, family, teachers, circumstances, and so on for whom or which I was grateful to God, and why. Each year thereafter I have continued in that vein, marking the day with a briefer reflection—briefer in part because I don’t want to simply repeat myself, but mostly because my time for focused thought has become ever more limited.

Today I return to that theme, with yet more that I am thankful for this year. Continue reading ““But thanks be to God”: An Eleventh Reflection”