Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Stream

This is not a Woffen. Just found on the web.
I do not know what will get published at this point. My editors have stopped talking to me. Only one artist stays in touch and we may move to a different project. Submissions are non-existant. I admit it does feel like a serious waste of time to ask them to do more. Response has been very low - lower than any time in the past 22 years.

I have three colelctions of materail I want to put out under the "Collected" series. Those are done and look to be about 200 pages of materail. My original stuff ... maybe I will get the GOMO GUIDE; TAN IRICID out sometime in 2018 (which is onloy a month away). Maybe. SHOLARI and additional GOMO GUIDES are completely under the market showing iself.

I have a list of things I wanted to write, so I will take those, with their various levels of completion, and get them into shape to feed SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL  I have made the commitment to get them out up to #14.

So the first will be the warp series, RED DOOR, BLUE DOOR, and BLACK DOOR, with the revision of the Introduction to Warp Mechanics from the old ANNALS OF THE TAN SOOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY. That will take up two issues of SSC, The underworld of Auklin Thike Fighres - yeah, another issue for that.

So, something will be done. I'm trying to focus on doing some art, which may or may not be Jorune oriented.

Something is better than nothing, I think. At lest one online comment has confused me me. "Don't Do that!" "Don't do what?" "Don't do that, but keep up the great work." ?????? I learned not to argue with a drunk but I don't know if that respondent had had anything to drink. But I don't have the need or interest to push for more clarification.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

???

I don't undestand.

Someone posted a real crazymaking message on Jorune, I asked for specifics and they repeated the same statement.

Not to give away all the secrets.

Like that would even be possible. It is an entire planet and to this point I have detailed one neighborhood of one city, one prevously undiscussed part of history (Lamorri Invasion), and a new bit of history unknown - the end of the Mashalta-Ca in the tragedy of the Gift. On continental masses equal to the New World, approximately.

And after that was "keep up the good work." So - pixies will come in the night to tell me what "All" meants, or an example fo where I did it.

Stop, do more, don't do what your doing but good work.

I'd be in a realtionship if I wanted that kidn of passive agreesivnes. At least there I might get laid.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Viewpoints

First, it has taken me several chapters into ANGEL OF DRAIL to realize how saturated someone would have to be to read a Jorune novel that is 'just' a Jorune novel. So much background and a real need to introduce without explaining.

I am really not happy with the three chapters about to appear in SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #5, but that's what is there. I think it needs to be told from the viewpoint of - the new arrival. Too much plot given away even to say who that is. The discovery of the world through the eyes of a newcomer seems to be the right way to go.

One of the strengths of STAR TREK was it did not explain everything, it just USED the technology, WENT to the places, and MET strange people with seafood on their heads. I tried that approach with the draft I'm about to release... and it does not feel right.

I know my story, I know the scenes, I know where it is going, and longtime Jorunis will enjoy it. But my worry is that ONLY longtime Jorunis will enjoy it.

And that's not a way to improve the access to Jorune.

Oh well. #5 coming up. I grumble.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Back to Drail

Corondon extracted from an old
tee shirt by Miles Teves. Dhar?
The beginning of the Holidays has seen a lot of drama with my little circle of humans. Hospitals, funerals, births, emotions, finances... lots. Just like other real people.

I'm finishing the rewrite of Chapter 3 for the ANGEL OF DRAIL for SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL, and working on other things in the background for pre-Christmas release.

I've also been working on a little web video to introduce people to Jorune. I could even put a copy of it into a coming issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL since PDFs also support media. That would be kind of interesting.

I have a list of topics for essays and am getting interested in Recos and the Storm Wall.

But a lot of my energy has had to be redirected to earn money, which is useful on this planet. And necessary since I have my own human dramas boiling in the background.

I think I am a little disheartened. No one else seems to be interested in talking about Jorune on the web - not through the Yahoo group, the Facebook Pages, this blog, or anywhere else. So I will keep up my monologue for a while longer, then take the hint.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review

I really hoped to get more feedback on the project, but I am not unfamiliar with providing my own. I just suspect the source.

In review, we have put out the original, and the reboot version of GOMO GUIDE: THONEPORT. I see things that I would like to do differently, but I'm not going to keep tweaking. Learn the lessons, move on. Later, if I get the two planned GOMO GUIDES out (Tan Iricid and The Great Lake District) in the new format, I will do a layout for Thoneport to fit with the others. It has been out for a while and I will leave it alone. For a while.

SHOLARI v2n1 is finally real, PDF and Print versions. That was like giving birth, with a demon trying to force it back in. The print maze with DriveThruRPG almost made me drop the whole thing for something with fewer headaches and frustrations. But, months behind the intended release, the arcane system was bested and both editions are out.

Out of the frustration with DriveThruRPG came something I could control — and it's always about control, isn't it? SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL has been the most satisfying, most organic, most spontaneous, and I knew that the whatever I decided to do would get into people's hands. My goal was 100 subscribers, and I have 9 subscribers, had 6 up-front, and another five single-copy buyers. Nowhere near the go and I've had to drop things to find some sources of money to cover the problems of new surgery, hiked medical costs, standard inflation (which the authorities say we aren't having, but they don't include food in their inflation calculation), and non-standard gouging from taxes, fees, services and the like. If I had the support from Jorune, I could focus on Jorune.

I've been a one-man band and my experience is people just stop responding. I cannot help but take that personally. I am the only thing they all have in common, but they just stop. I don't know why, I don't get a warning, or an explanation, just wind blowing across the prairie and a tumbleweed rolling across the street.

That means six things have been published in the last year, despite the problems with hardware, software and Joe's brain. Thoneport, Sholari, and four issues of Segment: Sho-Caudal. Six is good. I had been hoping for twelve, but six is good.

If you know someone who loved Jorune, I hope this is faithful to the spirit and make the world richer and more textured. I love going to Jorune for some time out, and I would like other people to find something interesting. But aside from three people who wrote a couple of emails, I have not heard or seen any response, good or bad.

I was invited.
I'll continue. The computer problems seem to be over (thought Adobe CC 2018 has serious problems for Photoshop and InDesign that may cause me to drop both of them), a friend has let me use his Adobe CC account and that will need to stop. I had hoped the trickle of money from subscriptions would cover that. But - doesn't look like. And the energy spent doing other things does not just take away that amount of time, it wears me out so that I don't have the energy or ability to do what it takes to do Jorune.

Finishing up SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #5 in the next two weeks, got back into ORFA for release (it will be a free product so I don't worry if people don't like how long it takes). I will get them edited and then release that one to begin on #6. I can do 16 pages in my sleep. I have to be awake for Tan Iricid and the next Sholari, but I can probably get those done. They may be full of typos, but I can do them.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Trudge

I'm writing for about 15 people, excluding the people who did the "Sample Copy" thing.

I'm going to polish the three chapters of THE ANGEL OF DRAIL and start focusing on some art, for my own satisfaction. I have a list of articles for future issues of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL.

My target was 100 subscribers. My reason was to get some extra money so I could meet the growing co-pays and extra charges for everything in my life.  That has not worked out.

15 people expect some Jorune in their email, and I will work to fulfill that commitment. But I need to find other channels.

If anyone would like to supply an anonymous check for $2,000 a month, that would be really nice. But I'm not expecting it.

I think I will finish my book on propaganda, a consumers guide to manipulation and defense manual. Or some such title. Or finish my commentary on modern Christianity – but I'm not quite ready to be assassinated.

So - Propaganda. Maybe I can use some to promote sales. Sales are still a big mystery to me. Apparently.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Something is better than nothing. Usually.

The past six months have seen the Jorune project thwarted left and right. The last 48 hours have been good.

SHOLARI v2n1 print edition is finally real. PDF has been available for a while. But it is real.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL is in the email for subscribers. I have decided to release the second sampler to boost subscriptions.

I have scars but survived the past several months.

Oh yeah, revised the symbol for
Sho-Caudal, based on Miles'
hidden communication on the
2nd Edition Jorune world map.
I had the motherboard of my iMac (six years old and running day and night most of the time, rendering or downloading when I wasn't actively on it). Lost time there. About a full month between backups restores, and Apple helpline not helping. They even escalated me to my very own tech support genius, but they couldn't help either. Full month - pffffffttt.

The motherboard helped two hard disks fry. Lost LOTs of art, text, MP4s, MP3s, PDFs, and ePubs. Pffffttttt. And Pfffftttt FM. This means whole catalogs of files were eaten. It included some — actually quite a bit — of the older files, like original files and art for Chessex, Alien Logic, and early Sholari source material. And I have mention my entire collection of animated features in MP4 files, entire science fiction library (including films, radio series, talking books, games and uncounted PDF and ePub eLibrary files — I can't count them because they are no longer here. But only HALF of my music library was eaten. But so was my entire electronic comic book library... over 2tb lost so far. And my major collection of ebooks in PDF, ePub, djvu, .mobi, .palm, and other formats - which I had been in the middle of organizing along Dewey Decimal guidelines for easy location - Pffffttttt. Lost a lot of source material, drafts of current projects, and another four weeks there. Pffffttttt.

I got a replacement Win10 machine that was apparently DOA, but I don't know Win10 machines so I wasted time not being able to do work on that machine and sent it back to the supplier. Had a 100% wasted three weeks there.

A friend helped me get into a low-end Mac Mini, then boosted the memory and disk to be just a little above the bottom of the barrel. I had three external disks remaining and organized files. I went through over 200 of my 400 CD/DVD backup data files to get some files back into a usable method. Allow another week for the first pass to get the most important, but some things are just gone gone gone.

Apple upgraded to 10.13 and got buggy with it. Lost more than a week there.

Adobe upgraded to CC 2018 without asking and got buggy with it. Documents on which I was working could not be opened with the new CC 2018. One feature I used at least once a week has apparently been removed from Photoshop. InDesign, in which all of the Jorune releases are done, wouldn't let me edit documents. I could look at them, and save them, but I couldn't make changes except to add a Note, and I couldn't export them. Lost most of the last two weeks there.

There may other bombs in the Adobe battlefield I simply haven't encountered YET.

But in the last seven months, I have lost more than three months to hardware or software problems. In addition to having to WRITE a lot of the material I publish. And draw some. I had a schedule. I no longer have a schedule, and the trickle of money I thought the work might produce went bone dry.

A whole raft of people stopped responding to my emails, so I developed a bad attitude on giving a shit if I hear from them. And I shifted gears to work on projects with people who respond - if I just wanted to play with myself I wouldn't need Jorune.

I almost swore off Jorune - again - except I have a commitment to the SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL people, and made public noises about finishing the ORFA: JORUNE. So, I will do those.

GOMO GUDE: THONEPORT was published, revised and published again. I may do a third version to make it fit in the format of a couple of new GOMO projects. If I do the new GOMO projects.

SHOLARI MAGAZINE v2n1, PDF and Print have been published.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #1, #2, #3, and #4 have been published.

It's not like I haven't done anything. Lately. I have. That's six separate publications - seven if you count the previous Thoneport. My previous production, outside Third Edition stuff, was Four - Three issues of volume one SHOLARI and one ANNALS OF THE TANSOOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

I will take some breathing space from Jorune and wait to see if there are any discussions, projects, opposing viewpoints, or clearers-of-obstacles who appear. I will work on SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL and release them as they are done.

Quietly, to fulfill my commitment.

I think that following through on commitments is a good thing. I think doing what you say would do is a good thing.

But that's just me.

I almost have the COLLECTED DANSTEAD TRAVELLER and COLLECTED BORKELBY'S FOLLY completed - both over 80%, but I want them to be 100% or as close as I can get. I will probably work on those.

Eventually, the mood may pass and I will complete GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID and SHOLARI v2n2 - I have what goes there, it just has to be fleshed out and reorganized and illustrated and edited and layed out and proofread and published.

If you want me, I'll be in my villa overlooking Dra-Eeli and protected by my loyal Croid guards, who finally understand "Don't eat that one." I think. We will find out.

It was embarrassing last time.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Adobe

Finally have Adobe Acrobat and Adobe InDesign working again. Adobe did a forced upgrade to CC 2018 because it improves their control and brand, but makes arbitrary changes to satisfy their coke-adled engineers over the experience and functioning of clients. Apple is on the same course. Microsoft showed them how it was done.

I opened the SSC #4 file to create the PDF, could not choose any tools (all grayed out). Followed directions. Threw away preferences, rebooted. Same. Rebuilt and restored my Apple system (which also did a forced upgrade to 10.13 so you never know if the problem is Apple-based or Adobe-based). And finally uninstalled InDesign and reinstalled it fresh, which lost my workspace options and all previous links, so I have to reset the connection to graphics.

I am deciding whether I change the opening editorial. Some people might find it distasteful. The struggle is if I really care enough about offending people. I sort of do, but also value honesty. Hard to find that balance.

So I thought I'd force an update on y'all and change the logo. In #5 I will change the interior design. In #6 I will change the language to Esperanto because - it'll be better for you to learn. My decision. Kaj vi ne legis Jorune ĝis vi legis Sho-Caudal en Esperanto. Vi neniam bezonos Viagra se vi havas Esperanton.

Ĉu vi ne sentas pli inteligenta jam?

It will come out before the 5th, but just by a couple of days. It could have gone out two weeks ago but ... hard to do when you can't work on the document.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Topics

I've been blind-sided by a problem with SHOLARI v2n1 hard copy. So I'm working to fix that. Meaning it will not be available or anyone to buy until November, and if it goes for sale in November, the soonest I would get any money from it would be January - 2018. So I may have to drop what I'm doing in favor of working for the only thing that has been paying to me related to Jorune. Which will be easy since the response has not even come up to the level of the lowest selling of previous impact. 14 Subscribers and six single copy buyers are nice, but the bag of groceries at the end of month get pretty low. Add to that the lack of response from people who are supposedly working with on some of these — and I've tried to parcel it out so not too much was on any one person.

So if my big focus will be on SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL and I'm thinking of what goes there.

New masthead for SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL, but it will first appear in Red for SSC #4
#4 will probably go out later this week. Maps and Measure.

#5 will be what I have so far with THE ANGEL OF DRAIL. I'm hoping for a couple of illustrations for that, but it will be for me to do the art, too. I would like to finish the book, but we will see if anyone else has an interest.

Later I'm looking at:
  • The Storm Wall - A follow up to the Dark Side of Jorune, particularly with the eastern shore of the Sharden, Gilthaw land mass. This is where the worst of the world storms hit and is why there is no real settlement along that eastern shore.
  • The Authorized Version - Different nations/cultures/races have their own takes on Jorune/Sho-Caudal, and the do not agree. What are the authorized versions of history? Sez who? Where are the differences reasons to go to war? This may lead to a supplement The Pin-Heads of Jorune, but it would probably bee far too political. But there are lesser versions that might serve Sholaris. That is who I do this for, isn't it. Sholaris? Even if they don't have a group? I'm just a Copra, myself. Always something new to learn.
  • You are Not Welcome in Drail - Western Drail, militant Trarch who defend a homeland where people are NOT treated as sub-human, lesser creatures, as is the perception in other places. You have to have a big club to swing in Drail West. And some islands off the west coast. That is the popular and reenforced image and policy. 
  • Chaln Imagri - I took some adventure teams through the capital and trading center for Temauntro, the Crugar verson if the Iscin religion. There is stuff to do there. Particlarly Crugar architecture.
  • The Lake District - I have wanted to do a Gomo Guide to Dah-ah-day for many years. I hae a map and The Auklin Pits was planned for SHOLARI v2n2, but also material on the North and South Khodre, and the Acubon/Blount swamps.
  • Hobeh - There is a second isho desert in the center of the lower land mass south o Dobreh and Yobreh. And a human culture that has avoided all contact with the outside world. Mesas with defended cities. With a couple thousand years of people throwing rocks down on the top of your head, the neighbors stop calling.
  • Lundere and Yobreh - a fairly newly connection culture of traders, sailors, farmers and scholars that stretch from the Yobran Gulf straight between the tip of Lundere and Shardin. Woffen here and the Woffen of Anasan were separated for centuries and the only thing they really have in common is the difficulty bringing forth healthy pups and raising family. The both treasure their children, but where do they differ?
  • Thriddle of Delsha. Thriddle have had a home on Delsha longer than they have commanded the Mountain Crown. What do they do and what do the Shanha have to say about it.
  • What has gone on in Burdoth in the past 25 years? Was Dandrenn invovled in the assassination of Saress? Do his children have any hope to become Darsage? If not, why not, and who's who in the most published realm of Jorune.
  • Heridoth was once populated by enthusiastic Oxfordians who left behind something of a legacy. Can that be revived and clarified? Five human realms (six if you separate the Khodres) and Heridoth has been quiet for a long, long time.
  • The Jorune Underworld. What are the crime trades? Are there drugs and other favorite give-them-what-they-want industries? Can you sell your birthright for a contract to keep you out of the rain, fed, and high? And which of the great families are involved - or did they become great families because they were involved, but are not legitimate? Inquiring minds want to know - oh. He's dead. Well, maybe the next inquiring mind would like to know.
  • Islands- I have many island cultures. One with a mad king newcomers who warp to the island must appease from impossible demands, and who kills his own people - apparently with power of his mind. He is also clearly insane, which doesn't help. There is an archipelago in the vast Great Jorune Ocean where Salu have set up a refuge from the insanity of the larger world. Unfortunately the large world makes things the Salu want to possess. 
  • There are notes for life in Ramian realm of Voligire. And why the hell are insectoid, barely warm blooded Cleash so damn attached to Gilthaw? Wassup with that?
  • I will not be doing a Gods of Jorune. It gets difficult to maintain the popular mythologies of how you are the crown of creation with so many other races flourishing and/or claiming they are the crown of creation. More than twenty races, some of whom are sure they are it, with or without doctrine or testament. Just ... not.

The Great Jorune Ocean from THE DARK SIDE OF JORUNE
I think I will be able to fulfill my SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL commitment, but have to look for greener pastures which will take time and energy away from Jorune. And since I have not been able to find someone to help me market what I do, more time lost learning that job, as opposed to my primary function of writing and world building.

But maybe my focus should not be on Jorune.

My commitment: I will finish ORFA. It has uses beyond Jorune. I will fulfill my commitment to SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL. They will not have first priority in the real world where I get ready for another surgery and have real problems to be solved, almost all of which are based on no one here accepts my gemlinks at fair value.

Nobody reads this anyone, do they? And they certainly never mention it on the other channels.

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DROFFNER with MailChimp looks to be a non-functioning idea, and certainly not as the MailChimp mass marketing set-up requires. I will announce dropping that project and let the people who signed up to receive the notebook be on my personal mailing list to receive a different version of the DROFFNER from my personal return2jorune@gmail.com account.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Origins of the Yule Dreadful

I love history and find the history of popular media tells us much more about the daily lives of the people than historians have given credit. Popular media such as pulps and their predecessors, music styles, cheap ticket items like the sideshow, movie serials, comics, and newspapers of the less-than-journalistic styles.

The page is selling blank notebooks on an old Dime Novel format - of mixed value to me. But the little movie is outstanding and worth watching.

https://fieldnotesbrand.com/products/dimenovel?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paidsocial&utm_campaign=2017-10+-+Dime+Novel+-+Affinity+Audience+Test

A while back the concept of printing on the lost colony came to mind, particularly in how it would affect the distribution of scientific and historical information. It seemed clear that Thriddle would have produced multiple copies of some documents, probably by the same scriptorium process as used by monks and copyists of the middle to early industrial age. It was my thought that the record of printing processes would have come to light in the libraries found in cryo-bins, and given time for experimentation, would have evolved into a popular medium. A medium that would have been looked down upon by scholars and other arrogants.

Printing would be a problem because Jorune is a metal-poor world. The Gift would have delivered large quantities of iron and nickel, but primarily to a tiny part of the population. Exploration of crater beds might deliver metric tons of metal, but it would still be minor.

Jorune is rich in silica and a friend's obsession with pottery made some alternatives possible. Such as replaceable type from handset wooden letterforms, which could be assembled and then cast with a fine grain clay slurry for a ceramic master, which could then be used to make a number of duplicate plates from the masters to create press pieces to print on paper (or what passes for paper). It would be cheaper to ship these plates to presses around the planet for a local publication system, rather than ship thousands of copies of the printed final product. Probably shipping duplicate sets to allow for breakage in transit.

"Publishers" would by sets of plates from the central publications office and be free to print as many copies as their local industry would require. In a world where a hand-copied book would run into the thousands of dollars (seriously), a cheaply printed, a disposable medium would find many buyers at the cost of a week's wages, and even more, if it meant the price of a skipped meal here and there.

Thriddle would have found the rectangular paper sizes bizarre and started with a standard, Jorune-meter square page that folded down to a number of recognizable sizes, as did our early print history. Pages were sized as full folio (folded in half for 4 pages), quarto (folded into 4 panels, 8 pages),  Octavo (folded again to create 16 pages), and again for the standard 32 page "signature". In the transition between 19th and 20th Centuries, signatures were combined for early publication standards of 64- and 128-page familiar comics and pulps. As inflation set in in the mid 20th Century page counts were reduced to 52, 48, 36, 32, and fewer pages to keep the 10¢ price, but that eventually gave way to the 12¢, 25¢ and current $4 ($3.99) 24-page comic that cannot be found on newsstands, because we don't have newsstands.

I place the publishing industry on Jorune at US-depression era levels. The same standards are observed, with the dreadful "book" at the smallest standard size, and the Annal at the far end, for scholarly documentation, but a center spread that opens to a full sheet page, usually for detailed diagrams or illustrations.

The smaller sizes are ideal for shipping with large standardized libraries at "Thriddle Centers" around the planet and individual subscriptions to Annals and Journals available through private subscription, delivered. That opens the door for "Couriers" who deliver said subscriptions, however long it takes. A backpack with six volumes, for six subscribers, can become a standard "courier-pack" for delivery to up to six subscribers. For gameplay, it becomes an obvious ploy for adventurers to trade their tote-n-carry labors for passage, food, and shelter to visit other points on the planet and to possibly have an adventure. Or six. Their deliveries could be targeted to wealthy subscribers, or Thriddle centers, or eccentric readers with the means to buy a book.

Cheap literature through "books" would be written by hacks, drawn by second raters, and treasured by generations of boys and girls who grew up to share their childhood favorites with their own children. Within 30 years you have the beginnings of a fanatic following for the popular trash of their youth. Fans of Jorune. Or Sho-Caudal.

Just like we have done on Earth. Or Terra.

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This is how I do development for Jorune or any other world. I'm not one to say "oooh, it would so cool to have dog men and cat men..." I want to define the purpose of such genetic manipulations, how it was accomplished, and then follow it through, keeping the characteristics the originators intended. I have never been a fan of the multi-race worlds unless there was a reason for one race not eliminating the others. Most human-dwarf-elf worlders don't even think in those terms. It is why I don't like most fantasy rip-off worlds for gameplay. The idea there was a reason for multiple races, mutations within those races, and intentional manipulations, satisfied that desire to follow an internal logic.

I then like going further to explain why it was not just one human scientist doing genetic tinkering - the Shantha did their own tinkering to improve compatibility with Sho-Caudal. And they got it wrong in the beginning.

Other people don't like that. Then write and publish your own fan-based material. Until there is a license, we have no Orthodoxy and variance is not only allowed, it is encouraged.

That's why I'm no fun. Most people want the One Truth, to be RIGHT, and everyone else is WRONG!

I run with the heretics.

Hmm. I guess this will become an article in SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL. Maybe a whole issue dedicated to my background logic in Jorune development.

It would fill up some pages.



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:

GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID.

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.

Cover of SONG OF ORPHANS
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?
PULP and JORUNE?
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.

Art.

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.

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