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.

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: Miranda

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

Miranda – Knight and journeyman mage. She is primarily known among the common people of the Empire for her keen literary analysis – when she reviews a work, no matter how obscure, she is carried without question in nearly every newspaper in the Empire – but the same quickness of mind that has made her beloved by the literati of the Empire has given her a keen grasp of Power theory that far outshines her strength in practical usage. To make up for that weakness she went through the most rigorous courses of study in the Academy that she could find and earned knighthood. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: Byzantium Unfallen

Byzantium Unfallen is the tentative title of the tenth planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and is set in a world where Constantinople does not fall to the Turks. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Strategic Primer assistive programs release, development report, and roadmap (0.4.9014-rc2)

It’s been four weeks since the last snapshot release-cum-release candidate, and in that time I’ve fixed several bugs introduced by the port to Ceylon, added a few new features, and done what feels like a great deal of refactoring. Because the first “release candidate” has seen only minimal testing, and I have introduced new features, I’m labeling this a second release candidate. Players, please try it out and let me know of any issues you run into! You can download it from GitHub as usual. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: Godwinson’s Heir

Godwinson’s Heir is the tentative title of the ninth planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and is set in a world where the Norman Conquest failed. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Strategic Primer assistive programs release, development report, and roadmap (0.4.9014-rc1)

It’s now been four months since the last snapshot release of the suite of assistive programs for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, with my only public comments about development progress being a few lines in the quarterly goals check last month. Most of my development efforts in the past months have gone into porting the suite to Ceylon, but that port has been essentially complete for several weeks now, and I’ve implemented some new features as well, so I’ve built a new “snapshot release,” or to use a new-to-this-project term, a “release candidate.” Players, please try it out and let me know of any issues you run into! You can download it from GitHub as usual. Continue reading

Writing status update (#48)

Another month has flown by since the quarterly goals check that functioned as my last monthly report on my progress developing the Shine Cycle, so it’s time for an update on the last few weeks, which have seen a near-return to what I consider normal progress. Continue reading