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


2019 First-Quarter Goals Review

At the end of 2018, after looking back over my performance on my miscellaneous goals for that year, I set goals for the first quarter of this year. And with that quarter now over for more than a week, while I’m so busy lately I have little time to spare, I’ve now taken a few minutes to look back over the first quarter to see how well I managed to keep up with the goals I set. Continue reading “2019 First-Quarter Goals Review”

Pre-Birthday Musings and Anticipation

So tomorrow is my birthday. At this time of year (as most of the time), I have tended to look back with regret to happy times gone by and on all that I might have but did not accomplish (and indeed what I wrote at this time last year is still true), but I now have a positive, if somewhat daunting, change to look forward to in my nearly-immediate future:

I have accepted an offered paid-training position with a “train-and-hire” or “talent incubator” company that will require me to move to the Washington, DC, area for three months, and should God provide that all goes well wherever one of its clients needs me soon thereafter. Continue reading “Pre-Birthday Musings and Anticipation”

Shine Cycle 2018 Goals Review, 2019 First Quarter Goals

As the civil year comes to a close, I have been considering how the last year has gone and what I want to achieve in the coming months, starting with a pure retrospective on Strategic Primer on Wednesday and continuing with my “miscellaneous” goals for the year that was and the coming quarter on SaturdayA. Today, I’m turning at last to consider whether I met my goals for the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, and to set out my goals in that quarter for the next three months. Continue reading “Shine Cycle 2018 Goals Review, 2019 First Quarter Goals”

2018 Goals Review, 2019 First Quarter Goals

As the civil year draws to a close, I’m again taking the opportunity to review the year that was and set new goals for the coming months. I looked back over my 2018 goals for Strategic Primer on Wednesday, and will turn to the Shine Cycle on Monday; today, everything else. As I mentioned on Wednesday, unlike past years, today I’m only going to set new goals for the first quarter of 2019, but before I get to those, a look at the goals I set for myself a year ago. Continue reading “2018 Goals Review, 2019 First Quarter Goals”

Strategic Primer 2018 Goals Review

As another year draws to a close, I’m again taking a look back at my goals and plans for the year that was and setting new goals for the future. In light of the strengths and weaknesses of my approach this past year, this year I’m only going to set and publicly announce goals for a quarter at a time, instead of setting grand plans for the entirety of 2019. I’m also not going to set any formal goals related to Strategic Primer, since in my task-planning deliberations these last weeks I’ve decided that other than items that are waiting on someone else’s input for me to be able to make progress, it’s a better use of my limited time to allocate it to other projects. Which is not to say I won’t spend “unbudgeted time” on Strategic Primer, but I’ll consider any progress a bonus instead of trying to set a minimum. I’ll look at my “miscellaneous” 2018 goals, and set new ones for all my projects other than the Shine Cycle (and Strategic Primer), on Saturday, and wrap up with a look at my Shine Cycle progress and new goals on Monday. Continue reading “Strategic Primer 2018 Goals Review”