Reintroducing Myself

This week, I’ve been reintroducing myself and my work, since I never did properly when I began this blog in the last days of 2008. On Monday, I (re)introduced you to my planned fantasy series, the Shine Cycle. Wednesday, I reintroduced my strategy game, Strategic Primer. Today, I’ll (re)introduce myself and the rest of my work—in particular the miscellaneous jumble that sometimes appears here on Saturdays.

My name is Jonathan Lovelace. I graduated from Calvin College in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science. From childhood, I’ve had a story in my head that I feel called to tell—or, rather, to write. (I wrote more about that on Monday.) And since high school I’ve had poetry come to me. While I think that writing the Shine Cycle is my vocation—my calling—I consider each poem a gift.

Soon after I started posting regularly on this blog, as opposed to only intermittently when it occurred to me and I felt like it, I added prose to the poetry that I had been posting: I ran my “show” piece, my novelette “A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage”, as a serial, posting two chapters every Saturday for over two months. After that, I posted the one other finished story of any length I’ve produced, “A Backwater Rebellion”, in similar fashion.

Even though I feel called to write, I feel most comfortable working with computers. Thus my college major. And, for much the same reason, I tend to think of—or try to think of—technical solutions to not-necessarily-technical problems. On this blog, sometimes I write about programs that (apparently) don’t exist but that (I think) I need to do my work efficiently or well, as well as other essays about technology.

But despite my occasionally love-hate relationship with technology, I have a decided interest in good books. And some strong opinions on the question of what books everyone ought to read. In fact, when a quasi-viral “100 Best Books” list went round a couple of years ago—a list of books one was supposed to mark with which of them he or she had read before reposting—I decided to create my own list of books that everyone should read, for edification and enjoyment, and posted it on this blog. Once I couldn’t really think of any more that met that standard, I started going through the list and writing more detailed exhortations, in which I try to explain why a book belongs on the list, or in other words why you ought to read it.

I don’t watch many movies, but there are a few that excited me enough that I write about them. So far, this has just been the two Narnia films that came out since I started blogging (which was at first just on Facebook), though I digress into critiques of the first film and of the Lord of the Rings movies as well.

I’ve also written several essays about the implications of the Christian faith; a couple of these have been prompted by Christmastime annoyances from people who should know better, and a few others have been Thanksgiving and other reflections, but most have been more analytical.

Most of these, and other essays I’ve posted on this blog, are linked from my essays page.

I encourage you to get in touch with me (contact information at the top right on any page of this blog), or follow this blog in your blog reader. And, most of all, to give me your thoughts—comments, questions, suggestions, or critique—on anything you see here.

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