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

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Reintroducing the “Hymns” series

In 2013 and 2014, I ran a series of posts here highlighting favorite, preferably old, hymns. It’s now been three and a half years since I last posted anything in this series, but if anything the call for a focus on the truly “great old hymns” is greater than ever: Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Sibyl

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

Sibyl – In the Empire, a Visiting Scholar and bard; her primary citizenship is in Elvida, where she is one of Scarlet of Elvida‘s most trusted advisors. She is also a valued Imperial advisor, and spends about half her time in each country. Continue reading

Year-End Blog Year-In-Review

Since today is the last day of the year by the Christian liturgical calendar, as usual I have spent the last week looking back over the past year’s posts on this blog: posts related to the Shine Cycle on Monday, and posts related to Strategic Primer on Wednesday. Today, I’ll quickly review all the other posts that have appeared in this space since last year. Continue reading

Strategic Primer Blog Year-In-Review

In this last week of the year by the Church calendar, I’m again taking the opportunity to look back over the past year of posts on this blog. After looking at Shine Cycle-related posts on Monday, today we’ll look at posts related to Strategic Primer since this time last year. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Blog Year-In-Review

As the year draws to a close on the Church calendar (this Sunday, being the First Sunday of Advent, is the first day of the new liturgical year), this week I am again looking back over the past year’s post on this blog. Today, we’ll look at posts related to the Shine Cycle since last year. Continue reading

“But Thanks Be to God”: A Ninth Reflection

Today is the day the United States government designated for public thanksgiving to God, and so it is fitting for me to, as I have done for the past eight years on this day, reflect on the various ways God has blessed me over the course of my life, and in particular in the past year.

The failure of time in which to write and of memory, and my instinct to prefer brevity over repeating myself, ensure that my first reflection on this theme, in 2009, remains the most extensive and detailed; in subsequent years I have mostly more-briefly listed blessings I had forgotten and those I saw as new. Continue reading

Writing status update (#53)

It’s been over a month since my last “monthly” writing-status update, which was combined with my “goals check” at the end of the third quarter, so it’s past time to look at how well I’ve done on what I hoped at that point to get done in the next several weeks. Continue reading