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, this blog tried to feature a new post in each of four quite different “departments” every week, and thereafter the same four “departments” continued in a looser schedule. Since this organization appears to confuse some newcomers, I’ve written this “sticky” post to introduce myself, the blog, and its subjects—briefly here, and in more detail after the jump.

But first, I should mention the sharing policy (I encourage you to link to and share my work, and permit personal archival copies, but other than that please don’t copy my work) and the comment policy (the usual common sense, but please comment on the post you’re commenting about, rather than wherever you happen to be!); I encourage you to read them.

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.

Because I hoped to publish a collection of my poetry (now available on Kindle and in print), 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: Theodosia


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

Theodosia – A knight of the Empire, Visiting Scholar, nominally an aide to the Queen in the Imperial Service, and founder of the Empire’s third order of monastic knights.

A thick-set, athletic woman of medium height. Her slightly curled rich blonde hair is cut short and set closely around her head, in a somewhat boyish cut. For much of her career she usually wore a breastplate and chain mail and carried a longsword, but she now eschews armor and wears a simple, usually undyed robe. Continue reading

Idea For Adoption: Outsiders’ View of History


A couple of weeks ago, I posted an idea “up for adoption,” of an ice planet. The next idea I’ve come to doubt I’ll ever use, that I thus would like to see some other author put to good use, is a framework—incompatible with the one I plan to use—for a series of alternate history stories. Continue reading

Strategic Primer assistive programs release, development report, and roadmap (0.4.9009)


It’s been four weeks since the last snapshot release of the suite of assistive programs for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, so despite how hectic this week is for me it’s time for another development report and another snapshot release, which you can download from GitHub as usual. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: The Calling


The Calling is the tenth and last planned novel in the “Game of Life” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, following The Harbor. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Idea Up For Adoption: Ice Planet


As with many writers, “professional” or not, I find myself collecting far more ideas than I can use. But one writer’s discards sometimes become gems in the hands of another, so I’ve decided to take some ideas I doubt I’ll ever use and “put them up for adoption.” Continue reading