Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Back to the Glass Mines

Sho-Cauadal is heavily favored with silicon in the crust. Earth has high silicon in lava, so it would make sense that there would be a wide variety of glass in the crust of Jorune. Broken, dangerous glass in sizes undreamed of on our planet. So mining glass of particular qualities, would be an occupation. The isho-crystals are a variant.

I have not been working on Jorune for a little while. The death of one friend hit me harder than the others I have had to trudge past. Some bodies are harder to step over than others.

First: after months of fighting with DriveThruRPG on rejecting the cover for Sholari v2n1, today I got a notice that it was accepted. PDF X variants, versus one variant they said I had chosen which I have never ever ever ever chosen in all the decades I have been working with PDF, the CYMK was wrong. Then the trim size was wrong. The ONLY change I made between the latest submission and the one that was rejected before was adding 8-pixels around the art to make their trim knives happy. Must keep the trim knives happen.

I am very unhappy with the shipping costs for print products and that may not be completely on DrivethruRPG's doorstep. I was just hit with 1-3 week shipping for $4, or something that might be more reasonable starting at $10 for one issue of Sholari, and up!

But I'm an old fart and remember when Taco Bell was 19¢ per item

Second: I have been looking at a square format for the Gomo Guides. Been looking at that for quite a while. I mentioned it before but have not given anything to describe it. This is a rough mock-up. Thriddle would have no reason to work off the odd rectangular format common to most Earth media. The alternatives are scrolls - our papyrus scrolls are sheets join for linear bonding or the more logical equal-sided sheet that fits in with what I understand as Thriddle psychology. Over-thoughty. I had hinted at that with an earlier post with Thriddle paper sizes. and six formats created with five folds. Down to the sneered upon "book".

A rough. My idea of a sketch. The map already exists and needs to have some adjustments made to place names to bring it more in line with Sholari James' version of Tan Iricid. Why not?

Third: At work, really. In addition to SHOLARI v2n1 I am working on:


THE ANGEL OF DRAIL. One character has blossomed as clearly the lead of this books and possibly a lead character for the whole series of books planned. They are all outgrowths of SLAM DESTI, BOY YORD from SHOLARI v1n3, which was a hoot. But the linked novels may be:
  • Angel of Drail
  • Allidoth Confidential
  • Children of Bomoveris, which will most likely be broken into more than one book. Possibly even a dread "trilogy." a) Rise of the Colony, b) Children of Bomovers, and c) the Battle of Kirlan. Tentatively. A Trilogy. Gasp.
SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL... Monlthly or better. #4 is about to go out.

A BOOK OF SHORT STORIES. I have posted of needing stories to flesh this out. I am not the only writer capable of writing Jorune adventures. They do not have to be grim and serious - they could bu fun and silly (like Day War in an earlier issue of Segment: Sho-Caudal. I have stories that are not based on the Slam Desti crew, but a role-playing based novel with a team instead of just a single character—who would ever have thought of that? And they are fun to write - hopefully fun to read.

You can be a starving aritst for Jorune, whether in words or picture. Or both. I have an idea for.Jorune comic book.

But all of this opens a door I should explore in a separate entry. But...

Fourth: It is hard to do this in isolation. I am seeking other channels because Jorune does not give me a conversation, which communicates that other people do not want to have that conversation. And monologues are boring. Particularly to the monologist.

So I shift gears more to places where I get response and exchanges of ideas.  Writing is a lonely art, and art an exercise of screaming to be understood. The lack of response is more difficult. So do not be surprised that I do not continue where I only find an echo. I am calling for people to respond and maybe we can meet up in a glen somewhere to discuss what we have seen, or what we are afraid we will see.

Hundreds of people signed up on the various channels, and five people talking.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Two Things That Would Be Nice, But...

These are not new ideas. They've been boiling in the back of my mind for quite a while. But... both require art, and only one artist has followed through on commitments to me (thanks, Steve).

One. Figs. Even printable cardboard W-Fold, where you have front and back on a rectangle, where you can fold it down to see side a and side be, with footing flaps to help it hold up - or glue it to a penny. Being able to see Jorune characters could help with a game. And help newcomers grok the game. The scale is not a problem with printed figs - scale between player characters gets easy to comprehend. Dhar Corondon, vs. Boccord or Muadra or Bonth — no problem.

But... Art.

Two. Cards. Not or gameplay. I hate cards in gameplay. The just create a new channel for players with issues in the real world to become Masters. Of? Never clear other than masters of the card game.

But cards would be useful for introducing players to a race or a creature or an object or an aspect of the game.

But... Art.

And I can barely get people to follow through with spot illustrations. Cards and Figs require commitment, and the ability to follow the spec laid out for them. Some of the art has been very surprising and downright Jorun-ish.

But to do these two projects would require a professional level of commitment and follow through.

The novelization is a natural shift of gears for me. I have some fiction out in the world already. Moving to novels will give me some satisfaction, but I would still need art. Covers at the very minimum. I would l really like some little illustrations for the interior - half a page in a normal paperback or digest format.

My first novel, circa 1977. Back.
Miles refers to Jorune as "A lingering dog fart" (to quote his website), so it is unlikely anything will attract his considerable talent. But there are other artists. And repeatedly I have had them show me great work, then tell me there is no room for Jorune in their schedule. Not one person, but repeatedly.

I have fiction out in the world, and I have published a great deal of long-form non-fiction without my name attached (ask me privately, I can explain). SONG OF ORPHANS was my first novel, back in 1977, and it sold to the second publisher to see it – and was unsold because of my drunk rage phone calls between California and New York. Yes — I did that. How many people do you know who un-sold their novel which was sold?

My novel CLIMBING THE SPIRAL MOUNTAIN is not niche fiction - but a 500+ page odyssey, of which I am most proud of all my various efforts, including anything Jorune. Straight, mainstream, dare I say "literary" fiction in the long form. Long, long form.

And I have to say that from time to time I re-read this work and it satisfies me. It holds up. Fourteen days or a man to find out who he is, based on the personal testimony of people who have known him. Some of whom like him. Some of whom only know him from the damage he has caused — in their lives. Some of whom who wonder why he is being nice, instead of the man they knew. Some are meeting him for the first time. Including him.

I will open the book to a random page, and it does not disappoint me. Thanks to a very good proofreader, it does not embarrass me when I do this kind of "test-read". Just open it to some random moment.

And, like Jorune, it is all about the dream time.

There are several short stories in THE TASTE OF FIRE. Some of which are science fiction, including the title tale and it's companion follow-up, MICROSCOPIC SLEDGE. But not all science fiction. There is a murder mystery with a man who is not sure who he just killed. A woman comes home to find a letter from a ghost in her past, dealing with the loss of a beloved pet, and the personal experience of life after death on the great Field of Arbol. And, as I am so fond of saying, more.

NIALL'S DREAM is ... different. A return to Africa story delivered to me whole cloth in one dream, and when I woke I hurt myself with a very long session of wild typing, trying to get it all down before the dream faded. And I did.

My stage drama is easy to find. Full length and one-act plays. Radio drama - no so easy (Although CHAPEL PERILOUS is on archive.com.)

My non-fiction deal with something much more personal and my name does not appear on those books. Ask me nicely, personally, and I will tell you, but it is about something much more important than the name. And those works are good. I am proud of them.

For THE ANGEL OF DRAIL, in addition to the cover, it would be nice to have some illos of them hacking their way south into Drail to find the missing Angel. And some revelations from the Earth Colony that I never head anyone else mention. I think it is a fresh take on that whole aspect of the world.

Will I combine my two loves?
For next book, ALLIDOTH CONFIDENTIAL (not a new idea, I've mentioned it many times before(  will leave some room for some very pulp type illustrations. Litho crayon and lots of dark to fulfill. This is the missing chapter in the life of Mord Joran, from SLAM DESTI, BOY YORD (Sholari v1n3), and SCARS OF FAR TEMAUNTRO (Sholari v2n1). It is dark romance in a seedy shipping city north of the fashionable crown city of the realm where the blossoming 'yule dreadful' industry has open some desires that have resulted in death. And after that, my original plan for a grand RPG campaign may come down at fiction. THE CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS runs from Thantier, Ponteer and the West Trinnu Jungle, to a finale in the waters of Lake Dah-ah-dey in the conspiracies of the crown of Burdoth with the great houses of Khodre, Thantier and beyond. They are really fighting for control of the planet. And you know what planet we are talking about.

It would be nice to have some room or for some nice pictures to fill out the feel. Pictures better than what I can do. Painted covers. Line and litho crayon or the interior

But ... Art.

So that is my returning headache for Jorune. These are the kinds of things that make me ready to quit.


And I just realized my blood sugar is low. Maybe I should not have written all that.

But I did.

Ooo. Albertus Nova

The new Albertus.

I had a major kerfuffle last year over the change in Apple's font system to eliminate the Albertus for which I had paid. I was able to get a current version by creating a TTF from my old PS1.

But this is new and sexy, and five weights for $49.50. For a bit. I haven't made $49.50 this month from subscriptions or sales or strange Air Force men dropping off hundreds of dollars for no damn reason. But it would be nice to have for Jorune to come. What a great gift giving idea. But if two people were to do such a thing, it would be wasteful.

Later, it will be even harder to come up with $99 for something as silly as a font. But fonts matter. The choice of fonts carries a statement on the material you are presenting. And the wrong font can make something jarring (which can be what you want for certain projects).

Albertus was the right font when Amy Leker chose it for the complete reboot of Skyrealms of Jorune in the second edition boxed set. I have tried other fonts, but when I'm trying to do something properly Jorune, I go back to the Major Canon Choice. Albertus or headings and titles, and Palatino text.



Ca-Launtra heals
So far five of the eight people involved with the screwed-up button mess have corrected their subscriptions. I hope they also delete the incorrect subscription created to bill them 12-months later, but I can't control that. Just three more to go.

And one person who had not subscribed has now subscribed. Groovier and groovier.

Thank. I know you have to put up with a lot of typos, but it is the errors that confirm that it is really from Joe.

Monday, October 9, 2017

DROFFNER #2 is in the email box of its subscribers

THE DROFFNER #2, a free email bulletin with the latest news, has gone out.

It is about the mess up with the PayPal buttons, which we thought had been corrected, but had not. People who thought they had signed up for a $5-per-month, 12-month subscription actually were charge one time for $5 with an automatic renewal in 12-months.

Did not find that out until #3 had gone out, so some people got three issues, but have only paid for one.

Only 8 people were affected and 48 hours after announcing the problem, half of those have subscribed correctly. I will give it a day or two and contact the other four to let them know about the problem and how to correct their subscription if they want. And if they don't they got two issues free, but the subscriptions for future issues will be gone.

There are new options on the subscription page. You can now get:

  • One issue - just to see what it's about. $6
  • 3-issues for $15, one-time charge, and since there have been three published you can get all three and not have to worry about future issues.
  • 6-issues for $30, one-time charge,  which will extend your subscription to #7 (remember, one was paid for)
  • 9-issues for $45, one-time charge,  because the longest Jorune zine only lasted 4 issues, so when we get to #5 it will be the largest number of issues for any publication*
  • 12-issues subscription at $5-per-month for 12-Months (extend sub to #13)
  • 12-issue subscription one-time charge, forr $55 - a little bit of a discount.

Facebook Chat/Pay button
You can use the PayPal Buttons or pay through the cash button on Facebook Chat windows, or just write me to arrange direct payment some other way.

Half of the subscribers affected by the August PayPal Button nightmare have corrected their subscriptions. I'll give it a couple of days, then I have to audit the whole PayPal account to identify those who were affected and do not have the subscription they thought they had.

This is just the second issue and the complex nonsense makes me wonder if I should abandon that and just do THE DROFFNER through the regular return2jorune@gmail.com account. I could do that.

The Droffner is such an ugly little reco, it deserves a home.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ghost of Dyshas Past

I got issue #3 of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL out. And I mentioned it online. And one guy who had subscribed wrote to say he didn't get his copy.

I really wish I could blame
someone else.
So, I went to look and discovered that, when all the PayPal button missagoss was boiling in August, the final "fix" was broken.

Instead of the button for the $5 per month for 12 Months subscription, the code put in a $5 one time to be renewed in 12-Months. This means that if you think you subscribed for 12 months at $5 per month, check your PayPal account—you didn't. You were charged $5 one time, and I've emailed out three. Sigh.

So, I went back to create new buttons to replace the old buttons, and did a new web page, and posted that fact online.

And it occurred to me that people might want less of a commitment to the whole SSC thing. No Jorune zine has run over 4 issues, so subscribing to twelve might feel ... insecure.

So, at http://skyrealmsofjorune.com/subscriptions.html there are some new choices.

The AOL Chat window button
You can get a sample copy of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL for $6.

You can get 3-issues for $15. There have been 3-issues published so far, published so you can get the set, to date; or

You can get 6-issues for $30; or

You can get 9-issues for $45; or

You can get 12-issues for $55, or

You can get 12-issues for $5 per month for 12 Months.

You can buy your subscription through PayPal, or through the $ button in the Facebook Chat Window, or just write me for alternative methods.

Two people who thought they had already subscribed have set up their corrected subscriptions. There were only eight8 people affected (we have a very small circulation so far), and if the other six do not come through, I'll have to go line by line in the PayPal records to target who gets a private email.

There is a free preview from Issue #1 in the Files section at the Yahoo Jorune Group and the Shambo in the Shenter page on Facebook. Hm. I should probably put one in the Files section of Return2Jorune page on Facebook.
First go at the SSC #4 cover

#4 is almost done and I'm abandoning the 5th-of-the-month idea. I'll just release them as they are ready - like I can't hold myself to 16 pages, I'm having trouble holding back to release SSC when it's ready for the public.

Before mailing out SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #3 I sent out the corrected PDFs for #1 and #2. I have nice people who understand I'm just not a public relations, bookkeeper, proofreader kind of guy. I'm a take-the-ball-and-run-with-it, creative, artistic kind of guy. When people need me to work at something I am not good at, I'm not good at it. Nice folk in the UK and US emailed me their edits and almost all of them were right - a couple is because they aren't that familiar with Jorune. Yet.

But amateur means "one who does it for the love of it" - and I do love Jorune, or Sho-Caudal, or Sparky's World, or whatever they call the world of seven moons this week. And I do have ideas - I don't think that's in question.

In addition to SSC #4, I'm working on three other things at the moment. ORFA: JORUNE, the in-house system; GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID; and the novel THE ANGEL OF DRAIL, which is coming along nicely. The printed version of SHOLARI v2n1 is about to be announced - dancing with the devil at DriveThruRPG.com systems to get everything approved by their printer. Then I have to order a proof copy and receive it. But I'll announce as so as it is greenlighted.

Did I mention a poster from that beautiful wraparound cover from Steve Devaney. No? I should talk about that next time.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Our little cover guy from the 1920 issue
of INLAND PRINTER will finally get out.
The first week of October will pop. Mailboxes will have incoming.

The final edit for SEGMENT; SHO-CAUDAL #1 will go out. This is version 1c, but will not carry 1c on the cover. Those version letters are just unsightly and annoying. It will say 1c where it belongs; with the indicia at the bottom of page 2.

Edit for SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #2 will go out. There may be a second edit, but we think this one holds together pretty well. No change to the cover, but it will show edition in the same place - bottom of page 2.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #3 will go out. It is a look at the Thriddle getting something wrong. Horribly and hilariously wrong. But it is all about fiction, and the fiction of writing for Jorune, which includes the guidelines for writing all good stories. Structure, conflict, and the elements that go into the writing of a short story, novel, or epic. The full version of Polti's 36 Plots with subdivisions. The two structure of RPG design I've released over the past 30 years, based on the lessons I've learned, not on some arrogant preaching down. I'm not qualified to do that, but I can share the tools available to me and the lessons I've learned.

SHOLARI v2n1 as a print item with the benefit of the PDF release will move into the last two phases, me receiving a mandatory hard copy proof, and then the release of the news that the print version is available.

The cover to the wrap-around hard copy will also be released as a poster. Steve DeVaney did a great job and it should be appreciated without all the type blocks.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #4 is almost ready. All about the maps of Jorune, including the correction/clarification of some long-standing misconceptions. The measure of the world, both for maps and in terms of distance, weight, time, calendar and comparisons between the different systems.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #5 will almost certainly give the first couple of chapters of THE ANGEL OF DRAIL as a simple science fiction novel in the manner of the Ace paperback novels. It was a format and novels are the story of conflict within a setting, and Jorune has conflict and settings. Just add characters. And I have some callbacks to earlier Jorune a la Joe. Longtime readers may be very pleased with the choices made.

GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID is progressing with all of this. More and more about the culture, history, and secretive nature of the Thriddle. How they handle their own domain is different from the public face they present to the wider world. Students are not just the purpose of the island of education, they are also how the island survives. And do not think that Thriddle are weak because of their bookish ways. What they cannot do for themselves, they have ways of contracting, or enticing, other races to do. The two primary partners of Thriddle might surprise you. I'm hoping much of this volume will produce some fresh interest in the world.

The two collected fanzine features we've been talking about may both be out before the end of the year.

At least one more issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL will make it out before the end of the year. 2017 has been a landmark for Jorune in general, and for me personally. Fingers crossed that SHOLARI v2n2 will be ready to go by the start of the end of the year. 2018 should be more significant, but only if additional writers and artists step up to make their contribution to our shared experience with the world of seven moons.

A Request

You may have already noticed that I am not blasting out into the Jorune channels. I am using Droffner to get the word out to people interested in being updated. This blog is available to anyone interested.

But me talking about what I do is just that. That I am the only one interested in Jorune and what is being done for it may be a reality I need to look at.

I hoped to start some conversations, but that is not what has happened. There is a running monologue rather than several people talking. What I do is my version, but it is not official - see the whole Canon article in SSC #3. I do "fan" work. Other people have equal right and ability to do their own. Someone wants to do a competing zine with a different take on Jorune, I really want to see that. That's why I wrote "A World of One's Own" in SHOLAR v2n1.

At least some points raised in the online forums beyond me talking.

I'm capable of talking, but I will never surprise myself. Other people can have comments that illuminate whole areas of Jorune that have never been a concern of mine. They may have a special place they have gone and developed, whether played out in RPG sessions or not, that the world might love to see. But we don't know because they aren't putting anything out there for discussion.

But that might be my delusion. Maybe the reason no one is discussing concepts I've put out is that they really do not have the interest – like listening to a music you do not like.

I have other things to do and can run my mouth there without feeling like I'm monopolizing the channels or boring people with more stuff they don't want to hear.

My request? If you find something in the GOMO GUIDES, or SHOLARI, or SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL, or this blog, or if you see something in THE DROFFNER, you see things other people should know about, please bring it up. Not just repeating the same information, but add your own comment or reaction or spin on how it could be done even better.

Add your voice. Choirs are better than solos.

I never liked Kareoke anyway.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A tiny good thing.

Apple is upgrading its OS to 10.13 - High Sierra. That is normally a warning signal. The upgrade to Sierra, 10.12, disconnected my printer from the OS and I could get the printer to function, but could not get the scanner to work.

In preparation for the imminent arrival, I started checking compatibilities, installed the new driver and ... the printer now scans.

My printer is an old Epson Artisan 720, always low on the totem pole for priorities. Windows first, with all its flavors and later, if the chairman of the Epson board had been in a good moon, the Mac updates could be allowed.

I guess the chairman got lucky. Things can be scanned again.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Meanwhile, in the Sweatshop

I should mention that I'm working on a new master map based on the wonderful Teves 2nd Edition world view. It is from that map that I finally "got" what was in the lower left - the world sign from Shanthic records. He has probably hidden other nuggets if we bother to work for them.

The one I am working on is not red. You will be glad to know that. And it has. LOT of place names.

But no real national boundaries. Jorune is not yet progressed to the point of firm lines across maps. There are "clearly controlled" territories, "contestted" territories, and "Who the fuck is it today!" territories. But not firm enough to put on a map. Maps are so - narrow minded.

I'm thinking a map that shows the WORLD. And that might mean a poster.

But it wont' be red.

What to Do While Waiting for the Doben Al to Freeze Over

Work continues on SEGMENT; SHO-CAUDAL. #3 is about ready to move out, #4 is moving along. There is a great deal about fiction as perceived by Thriddle. And all about writing for Jorune ... both the world specifically and writing fiction generally. Enormous amounts of information to write epic stories - literally. 22 pages. Way over the 16-page promise. Just about to go out. You can still subscribe to this PDF newsletter, but it costs money. I'm cruel.

Information at http://skyrealmsofjorune.com/subscription.html

Third, GOMO GUIDE; TAN IRICID is also moving forward. I am very happy to say the new format has been solidified and is very much reproducing a true Thriddle guide, based on the Thriddle Five Folds formats (of which there are six). We can only hope to produce them by scale but they will be lovely in Fold 4 "Paper" format, which a traveller can carry on expedition.

I can only write so much at a time. But it is still nice to see things move through the pipeline after so very long. And I have lived to see it, even better.

A second novel might be considered. THE CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS, but it would break down into three volumes. A trilogy - oh no. It starts in Thantier, moves to a secret Earth-tec base in the Western Trinnu Jungle Lands, and through the warp to the grand finale in Kirlan. Oh yes, I know the story - it was run through playtesting with my A group before I left California. It runs rich and sweaty and is the most ambitious gamble for the control of Jorune yet published. A trilogy. That is looking into mist 2018, but it will not be released until all three volumes are written. I even have the names of the three volumes and the master outline, but cannot honestly say I am writing it yet.

In some kind of order, and then

Then I can look at a trilogy. Priorities. Even though I already have SHOLARI V2N3 mapped out.

And there are even a couple of projects I haven't talked about. And some that have nothing to do with Sho-Caudal.

It is a good thing I'm retired. I'm too busy to do other people's work.

eMail Test

I just sent a test "Campaign" through MailChimp to those who subscribed. Simple hello and statement of why the hell I am opening another channel for communicating. If you are not signed up for the MailChimp list, you can do so through http://eepurl.com/c4fE29

But I am doing other things.

Jorune fiction. What a concept.

But any kind of fiction is a great concept.

I have outlined THE ANGEL OF DRAIL, a novel in the old ACE adventure sci-fi model. Eleven Chapters with a clear storyline that is basically me taking all the game elements I had done for the Sholari Adventure Kit of the same name and adding the narration of a set of characters to go through it. It brought the return of another character I really like from early SHOLARI magazines. It will be available through DriveThruRPG/Fiction as print, PDF and we will dabble with ePub.

I have three short fictions for the proposed anthology of short stories and possibly a couple of novellas. I'm thinking UNDER THE MOONS OF SHO-CAUDAL as the title, but first there must be a product. I have three short story ideas, but would really like to see other people join the world. And. did NOT author all three of the current pieces - only one.

For those who haven't heard me screaming in the wilderness:
  • I am looking for short stories (3,000 to 20,000 words), novellas (up to 40,000 words), and will even consider short shorts (less than 3,000 words) but prefer something with time to develop characters and an emotional desire in the narrative. No porn. Please contact before trying to write a full novel - we like the idea of building more volumes, but it might help you to either get some encouragement or be warned about something that we have no interest in publishing. (But if you already have a full book-length piece of fiction for Jorune—or even not Jorune—maybe we should talk.)
  • Payment is by sales, a spelled out percentage on copies actually sold. Payment is from Drivethru/One Shelf, which is a great reason to go with them. I don't have have my liver spotted hands on your coins before the come to you. 
  • Net, of course - we only get 65% of the cover price. Sorry - we don't have funding for advances. Drivethru/One Shelf gets 35% for having the channel to the market, hosting the ecommerce site, fulfillment (shipping or file transfer), and the bookkeeping. They earn their cut. We have costs, too, but no staff. We will determine percentages based on final page count.

The volumes will carry the same disclaimer - that Skyrealms, Inc. is not responsible for the content of these "fan" works. But no one ever said "fan" could not be "good."

Deliver as Microsoft Word .doc or .docx, or .rtf format.

Contact through return2jorune@gmail.com

Saturday, September 23, 2017


I will be making a number of changes in the projects.

I'm converting the domain to a WordPress blog. Much easier to maintain, indexing, search by topic, and other advantages. And it will reformat to devices; comptuer, tablet, or phone.

For months I have been monopolizing the Jorune channels and it feels like I'm talking to myself. So I'll stop that and put that energy into other areas. This blog will be more about my musings and stray thoughts. THE DROFFNER will carry reports, specifically as it relates to new releases, sales or subscriptions. SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL will carry more long-term previews, revelations, and previews of materials in process. Individual publications will be the actual support materials and can stand on their own.

The newsletter will still be PDF only, direct email delivery with unlimited updates on corrections, edits, or other changes. SSC #1c is about to come out and SSC #2a - changes received.

SSC will no longer be a "monthly" newsletter. When we get it done, it goes out. #3 is in final edit and as soon as those edits are received, it will go out. This is not a reduction in frequency. It is an increase for the foreseeable future. #4 is ready to go into final edits - it is Maps and the Measure of the world. #5 will be the preview of the new ANGEL OF DRAIL novel. Debating making the novel available through ePub in addition to PDF and print versions. 

This is new. It will be a free report on what goes on, particularly as it relates to releases or changes. Sign up at http://eepurl.com/c4fE29 . It is free.

The book is completely outlined and I've started writing. Only about 5,000 words to start, but the outline calls for eleven chapters. It will be more along the lines of an old ACE novel - about 150 pages, could be read in an evening if you're the kind of reader I was in those days. 
I think THE CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS is likely but it will much larger, with scenes in the Western Trinnus, Ponteer, Thantier and the power seats in Kirlan. not necessarily in that order. In fact, THE CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS exists as a pretty solid linear outline. It may be broken into more than one book. Still deciding. There are three major climaxes, but two of those could be in one volume.
But the anthology should slip in easily between those two. 

The Ponteer map for the dropped GOMO GUIDE. Poo.
The way THE ANGEL OF DRAIL is being grown, it will eliminate the need for my planned GOMO GUIDE: PONTEER. There is more material to be delivered on Ponteer, but it will have to arrive through other channels. Maybe more into SHOLARI V2

GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID is still on track. I'm hoping it will be ready before Thanksgiving. The energy that had been going into Ponteer will now go into GOMO GUIDE; THE LAKE DISTRICT. Dah-ah-dey and environs. The Khodres, the Blount and Acubon waters. Maybe more on Ros Crendor and the Boccord society it holds. But definitely the details of Kirlan, Auklin, Kask, Borlim, from the Dowtrows to the sea. Much to be revealed there. The people, the divisions, the trade, the politics, and the depths of those waters. Much to be revealed. But that is true of most of the planet.

No changes. COLLECTED DANSTEAD TRAVELLER will probably appear first. I just need a good cover and that is being set up. after than we can look at COLLECTED BORKELBY'S FOLLY will follow. Hoping within the next six months on those. 

But I will be accessing the Yahoo Group less, and the Facebook pages, except my own Return2Jorune page. it is my hope people can carry news from Droffner, or people will subscribe to SSC so I can focus more on the writing and cartography of my favorite imaginary landscapes. 

I'm diluting my energies, trying to rouse the troops with the daily or more-than-daily posts on social media, and not spending enough time writing. And drawing. And doing layout. and getting products to market. The tiny market it may be.

That is all.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Um, I guess I'm writing a book...

I went to Scrivener to outline THE ANGEL OF DRAIL. But that didn't work out.

Chapter One - Dinner with Old Friends fell out. Food (there are always scenes with food when Joe writes anything) and a good deal of throat punching. Made me want to find out what happens next, which I think is the purpose of a Chapter One.

I thought I was going to finish NINE MILE DIAMOND, my own Lost Colony novel about the world Kolne. And the arrival of an almost forgotten follow-up from Earth, several hundred years late. Or is it?

But now - part of my brain went "throat punch" and was off and running.

Not a bad Chapter One, either.

I still need to mind-map the flow, but once this is out of the way, it should be possible.