Shine Cycle Character Profile: Reginald of Transylvania

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

Reginald – Prince of Transylvania, which is a member of the Shine Council, a vassal state of the Empire, and famous among those in the Empire who know for its intelligence capabilities. Continue reading

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Writing status update (#51)

It’s now been two months, instead of the one I intended, since I last reported on my progress in developing the Shine Cycle, so I’m long overdue. And while this neglect is all too typical of both the last few weeks and the last several years, these last weeks have shown some definite improvement. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: From Carthage to the West

From Carthage to the West is the tentative title of the twelfth planned novel, and the last in my notes so far, in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and is set in a world where the Muslim conquest of Spain never happened. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Elaine

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

Elaine – Great-mage and a senior analyst in the Queen’s service in the Imperial Service. While she proved her courage and good sense on the battlefield more than once in the Fifth War of the Dragon, after the war her analysis of the events made her even more valuable and caused the Service to request that she not go onto the battlefield again. She agreed to their request, which was coupled to a job offer with an unusual immediate promotion, but took an immediate leave of absence to go to the Academy. In her studies there she discovered an affinity for the academic aspects of the Power, and a respectable (though not unusual) practical aptitude. Continue reading

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 Character Profile: Eliezer

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

Eliezer is a native-born knight of the Shine and Wild Empire. As soon as he can get over his tendencies toward “textbook generalship,” he will perhaps be the best native-born general in the Empire—a military genius. However, that will probably take a while, since he usually achieves success even with textbook techniques. Continue reading