Shine Cycle Character Profile: Veronica of Kingsfold

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

Veronica – Princess-duchess of Kingsfold, bard, nominally in the King’s service in the Imperial Service. An old friend of the King, she is blessed with a gentle personality that makes her nearly unmatched in diplomacy among her peers in the Service. Continue reading

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Shine Cycle Character Profile: Blanchefleur

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

Blanchefleur – Lady in waiting to Rhiannon. When the King was court bard to Arthur as Taliesin he fell in love with her and she with him, but Merlin warned them that unless they postponed their love tragedy would ensue. Much later, she appeared in the Empire at the same time as the rest of the Chosen. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Regina

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

Regina Princess at large, journeyman mage under the tutelage of Windstorm of the Rivers Kingdom, and a senior ombudsman in the Imperial Service. She has declined to attempt the great-mage examination even though she is obviously eminently qualified. 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

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

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