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.

https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/albertus-nova/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Trending%2020171011%20Albertus%20Nova&utm_content=Trending%2020171011%20Albertus%20Nova+CID_2fe345c5af45d3f4453faf25eaccc481&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=Check%20out%20Albertus%20Nova&cl_aid=monotype&cl_ch=email&cl_a=click&cl_vend=campaign_monitor&cl_pub=campaign_monitor&cl_camp=Trending%2020171011%20Albertus%20Nova

Nice


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

October

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.

First
THE ANGEL OF DRAIL
then 
COLLECTED DANSTEAD TRAVELLER 
COLLECTED BOKERLBY'S FOLLY
GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID 
In some kind of order, and then
SHOLARI V2N2.

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

Changes

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

SKYREALMS.COM
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.

REDUCED POSTS
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.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL
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. 

THE DROFFNER
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 ANGEL OF DRAIL
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.
GOMO GUIDE CHANGES
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.

THE COLLECTED FANZINES
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.

Return of an Old Friend

Dali Shurr mug shot, SHOLARI v1n3
For the novelization of THE ANGEL OF DRAIL, I needed the lead characters. And I'm happy to say, Slam Desti, Boy Yord, is back. All grown up. Nearing middle age. But I like revising old characters.

And know one
knew how old
he really was.
Dali Shurr, the kid who got into so much trouble in SLAM DESTI, BOY YORD is grown up and off to see the world with real adventures, with his buddy Oomo, his best friend Thivin. Oomo has two wives and four children, set up his family business to operate in his absence while he goes on a "business trip" to Ponteer as an agent for their new paper making industry. It's really Oomo's trip and Dali is just going along. But two home boys from the old digs off to Ponteer - that's an adventure.

When I go to Jorune, I think of who I want to see, and the boys were just right for that long ago adventure that introduced trashy literature to the children of Jorune. And the warnings are right - it's just ruining them. Dali "hasn't found the right one yet", but he's a good looking guy, couple of new scars to show off, and still sticking his face places where it shouldn't be seen. I think Oomo is taking care of him.

And there are other connections to the old Ardoth neighbood. They are meeting up with Drenn Hawath, well off the Ponteer trail, just for old times sake. Just to share a meal. He has over thirty Toth's Justice office around the world, and some grateful clients feed him oney to go open more. That's why he's in town.

And that old bastard of a publisher, Del Vodwos, is still around and has built up an empire of yule dreadful thanks to the miracle of ceramic printing. He's is not a bad guy. He's a businessman. A slimey businessman. A publisher who pays the writers as little as possible.

THE ANGEL OF DRAIL was originally outline for a RPG scenario, so there are several scenarios to go through. But this time I get to pick the most dramatic, or at least satisfying, moments to present. And I don't have to worry about a player who ate a bad chicken burrito ruining the game for everyone (vomit across the table, dice, notes, and figs can be distracting).

So cliche. They meet in a bar because they just happen to be there. Not Del, but Drenn Hawath and the boys. He doesn't even try to sucker them into a story line. I already know how that is going to happen.

The Bratty Sister. Yeah,
I'm pretty sure she's
going to be there, too.
I'm mapping the characters, the scenes, who gets introduced when, the Great Arc that is the overall story, and the lesser arcs that would have been suggested scenarios in an RPG write-up.

This is a game that was actually played back in the 1990s when I was still playtesting Jorune 3.5, a clarification of 3rd Edition's system. People from that game were part of my favorite crowd, so it is bringing up a lot of fun memories.

But it cannot be just a write-up of one group's version of a scenario. For long form fiction you do more than that. So I'm using Mind-Mapping to organize the story. I did that for CLIMBING THE SPIRAL MOUNTAIN, a non-genre novel of which I am very proud. (On Amazon, like 500+ pages, but ... the people who have actually read it say it's worth it.)

Due dilligence. That's the phrase. I'm doing due dilligence in the struturing of the book - and it looks like it is going to be a full novel, not a novella. With Thriddle and Trarch and Ramian and some very cool Earth-tec your Sholari might let you possess at some point - you may have perform unspeakable acts. But really, aren't all acts speakable?

THE ANGEL OF DRAIL. I've been moving toward calling the planet by the name the Shantha have always called it - "Sho-Caudal" I'm sorry. I can't animate the isho blossomes that go with saying it in shanthic. Maybe a Shantha will take pity on me and hit me with some Shal to get that part of my brain working. Maybe.

But it's nice to have everything falling into place. I might be able to finish it before the end of the year.

This whole thing fits into my recent fascination with how a low-metal world, such as Sho-Caudal, would deal with knowledge of printing, and printing would change the society forever. You would have wooden type to start, but you could make a master mold of typeset pages and fire a ceramic plate, from which you could use ceramic 'slip' (look it up) to create a number of reverse plates which could be shipped all over the world. Cheaper to ship plates than bound books, and plates survive getting wet - Salu ship in open Chaussis and things get wet. Local papermakers get a boom. Local printers get a boom. and local translaters can create new editions for the various races in their own languages.

It would be all the rage, you know.

And Ponteer is THE place to ship things from the eastern world - Burdoth, Heridoth, Dober, Yobre, Lundere and Shardin - to the Western world - Ponteer, Thantier, Drail, Tan Iricid and even Temauntro. I guess an airship might take plates to Khodre and Jasp.

EVERYTHING would be local editions, by local printers, and everybody pays fat boy for the plates, no matter how many copies they run (or can't run). But when you win, you win big, and Del always wins.

But that's background. The real story starts with the sounds of a fight and an obvious underdog getting the snot beat out of him buy brigands. Yeah. That's where the real story starts and out boys meet the Angel Roger.

Now... If I just knew someone to do a cool cover... Hmmm. Who does Jorune art who might be willing to take some direction to do a cover for the first Jorune long-form fiction?

And where do they meet? Hmm. Just thinking off the top of my head... Ponteer, not on the Ponteer trail.
Map for the dropped GOMO GUIDE: PONTEER. Poo.
Quedi. Open port village on the east coast. Near some Thivin enclaves, even if uncomortably close to some Ramian villages. There is a hard wall of the Shards to the West - getting through to the southern loop of the Ponteer trail is damn dangerous. Easier to go up the coast to Dra-Eeli and just send your goods, or your self, along the Trail to Cerin.

You et the impression I've been here before?

Quedi. Nice place. I know where you can get some great Dothibur Patchak - you can barely taste the durlig. Meat so tender it falls apart. Spicy with potatoes and some other vegetables and ladled over Rav seed. Nice bottle of Rusper. You're set for the the evening. Particularly when you have old friends to share the table.

I'll probably run a few chapters in SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL. It I have people, places, things, and a problem. I'm keeping the problem to myself for a bit. But there is a problem.

Oh, last minute word - I received the last corrections for SHOLARI v2n1 and it will be getting gussied up for DriveThruRPG print edition. Remember when you get the print edition you have the option of download the PDF at no extra cost.