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


“Breaking Day”

The morning breaks, and women come with spices,
Still in despair, to find their grief misplaced—
For he who once, though Lord of life, was dead
Has risen now, triumphant over death.

The morning breaks, and angels here descend,
All festively arrayed with borrowed glory,
To greet the mourners from an empty tomb
And be the first to tell the joyful news.

The morning breaks, and still the Victor waits
Here in the garden, just beyond the stone,
To bring joy to one mourner ere he goes
To lay his trophies at his Father’s feet.

The morning breaks; our praises now arise,
For we, as well, have passed from death to life
Because his power and life now work in us
That we may live, and death in us may die.

I wrote this over this past week, thinking about the various characters in the account we have received of that first Easter morning. Most of the stanzas more or less seemed to “write themselves,” and seemed to need my effort only to keep them from overflowing the somewhat restrictive structure I chose.

I always welcome your comments, critique, suggestions, or any other feedback on this poem or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you like it, if you don’t like it, if something “works”, if something “doesn’t work”, if it makes you think of something or someone, etc., please comment and say so!) If you like this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday; you can also read other poems I’ve written here on this blog (or if that list is too intimidating, I’m posting more manageable subsets each week, such as yesterday’s installment, so you can just start with those). I’d particularly like to know which poems you think are my best.

This poem is also mirrored on my wiki. If you like it, you are also encouraged to share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

Metaphysical Synergy: Teams in the Shine Cycle

In the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, I hope and plan to show the characters of apparently-ordinary people doing extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances, and often developing remarkable abilities. Last year I began a series of character profiles (on hiatus until I produce more material), but these characters do not always achieve their exceptional deeds alone. Continue reading

Should I change my posting schedule?

For those few who perhaps hadn’t noticed, I’ve been maintaining a regular posting schedule lately: poems on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and prose–fiction or an essay–on Saturday, with the occasional interjection on Tuesday or Thursday. This regular schedule, if not the regular content of each day’s post, began the first week of November.

Before I get to the main point of this post, I’ll mention that the story I’m currently running in serialized form on Saturdays has three more installments, unless I’ve miscounted. While I’ve abandoned my earlier decision to not post my fiction here, I don’t have anything else anywhere near complete, and so will post chapters, or essays, as I have them.

I had thought that I was running out of existing poetry to post. It now looks like that was probably a premature worry; at the present rate, my poetic material will likely last me at least until the middle of February. On the other hand, I have thought of something else that I can post that fits more with the announced purpose of this blog.

As I’ve mentioned to some of you before, I have a rather large collection of characters that I intend to use in telling my tales. (My current count is over two hundred thirty, though I’m likely to cut some soon.) Each of these characters has or will have his or her own story that sometimes intersects the main thread I’ll be following, but which I intend to develop at least somewhat. So what I’m considering doing is (perhaps on Mondays or Wednesdays) posting a character’s “entry”–rather like what I imagine a “Who’s Who” entry would look like, and the source of the “biography” entries the protagonist refers to in the story I’m currently posting (in serialized form) on Saturdays–along with my outline of the character’s history if I’ve gotten to that character yet. In weeks when I don’t have a character ready to post, I’ll post an entry from my “Glossary” or some other mini-essay on the background of the Shine Cycle. (And I’d like to create a page on my blog with a timeline of all major events; does anyone have any recommendations about how to do that?)

But before I embark on this quasi-major change, I’d like the input of my readers. Should I:

  • Substitute this Shine Cycle character/background feature for one poem a week?
  • Reduce the schedule to this new feature, one poem, and the prose post each week?
  • Add this new feature without reducing the rate of poetry posts?
  • Reduce the schedule without adding this new feature?
  • Leave the schedule as is for now?
  • Or do something else entirely?

Questions? Comments?