2017 Goals Third Quarter Report: Shine Cycle

Another quarter, and another month, has flown by. I began my quarterly “check” of my goals for the year with Saturday’s post, but reserved some of my goals for separate consideration, as I did after the first and second quarters. Today, a look at my goals related to the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation. Continue reading


2017 Goals Third Quarter Report

The third quarter of 2017 is about to come to an end (by the civil calendar), so since I set a goal to “After each quarter, assess progress and note any necessary amendments to goals in a blog post,” it’s time to consider how the year has gone so far in comparison to the goals I set. Today, I’ll be looking at just my “miscellaneous” goals, and I’ll review my work on the Shine Cycle and Strategic Primer next week. Continue reading

Strategic Primer assistive programs release, development report, and roadmap (0.4.9015-rc1)

It’s been nearly a month since the last release of the suite of assistive programs for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, and I’ve continued to improve these programs as I found need. So it’s time to make a new release, or at least a new “release candidate.” I’ve made a new “point release,” version 0.4.9014.1, that includes the bug fixes described below but not any new features, and also a release candidate for 0.4.9015. You can download them from GitHub (at those links) as usual. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Honora

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

Honora – Knight and herald, in the King’s service in the Imperial Service. When she arrived she applied to the Academy nearly immediately, intending to take a purely academic route but finding herself unexpectedly good at every subject needed for the knighthood track. During her tour as a squire, when separated from her knight-master, she very quickly put together a successful investigation into a smuggling operation on her authority alone; when the news of this reached the King after her graduation, he made her a herald and one of his Voices and expedited her application to the Imperial Service, where she rose through the ranks quickly. Continue reading

Second Collection: Title Announcement, Betas Wanted

As most readers of this blog surely know by now, back in 2014 I published a collection of my poetry, both in paperback and on Kindle. Some of you may also be aware that I’m currently working on a second collection. I have one item of news about this project, and there is one part of it with which I would like the help of some of my readers. Continue reading

“Psalm 16”

Protect me, God, my chosen hiding place!
As I have said, you are my only good,
And all my joy is in your holy ones
Whose lives show forth your glory in the land—
But those who leave the truth for other gods
Shall surely always see their sorrows grow,
So I will make no offerings to them,
Nor shall I even speak their names aloud.

Lord, you in grace have given me a share
Within your kingdom and among your folk,
And even welcomed me within your house;
Your will and law securely hold my cause,
And you assigned a pleasant place to me.
I praise you, Lord, for showing me your way;
Even at night my heart repeats your words,
And while you always stand at my right hand,
Nothing can move me or shall make me fall.

Even my flesh is safe within your care;
You will not let me slip out from your hand
To fall into the silence of the grave,
Nor suffer rot to touch your Righteous One,
And so my heart and tongue rejoice with praise.
For you will show the road of life to me,
The path to meet you, where is utmost joy,
And grant me pleasure for uncounted days.

A Summer Day (Eduardo Leon Garrido)

This poem is the sixteenth in my series of verse paraphrases of the Psalms. I began this project in 2012, starting with the first Psalm, and have worked on one Psalm at a time; I began this poem soon after finishing my setting of Psalm 15, back in February, but didn’t finish it until earlier this month.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. If you’d like to read more of my poetry, you can read my archive (also organized in more manageable installments), follow this blog for (now only occasional) new poetry (among other things), or get my book, which contains over sixty of my best poems, each paired with a public-domain illustration or drawing. You may also share this poem with others, subject to my sharing policy.

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

It’s been a little more than a month since the last release candidate of the suite of assistive programs for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, so as I’ve continued to work to improve the code, and have tested it myself on all the major platforms it’s designed to run on, I’ve declared its current state to be version 0.4.9014. You can download the release from GitHub as usual. Continue reading