Saturday, July 21, 2018

Mayday and Response

A rough for the cover of SSC #12.
Not the reaal final, but... it's what I do.
I sent out a mayday to the active Jorune subscribers. I have domain name registration and hosting coming up and it just was too much in addition to my flurry of medical events, two surgeries in 60 days, a plumbing emergency (are those ever expected0 and getting spanked for taxes, registration and late fees for my car. And my roommate is going to be leaving, which is another financial hit - but necessary.

Not only was I able to raise the direct Jorune costs coming at the end of the month, but will also be able to reinstate another medical appointment I had needed to cancel.

So... a bit cowed but very grateful. You folks came through when I needed it the most. Thanks.

Meanwhile, working on SSC #12 and beyond. Public details shortly.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Multiple Hells

I just had a week of nightmares related to my computer system. I don't think the MacMini is designed to do as much as I do and the overheating problem may be the cause. I completely reformatted the resident disk as three partitions - MacOS, Ubuntu Studio, and a Swap disk. I'm learning the Ubuntu but the main work still has to be done through MacOS. So, there's that.

SSC #11, Fred Lang Cover
In this nightmare files have vanished - the catalog does not record them - in BOTH operating systems. As a result if have written and three times what it takes to do the next issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CADAUL (#12) and the files has vanished in this nightmare. More than once.

I've been getting it re-re-rewritten and have become a total paranoid about saving and backing up. Slow, but it is progressing.

SSC #10, says 11 but 10
The next SSC has evolved. Why did people come to Jorune? Why did they leave Earth? This has become an issue of participatory votes on the way the 80 sites on Jorune will be structured - socially. the issue will be the winning models, plus warnings from religious leaders on Earth (to go to Jorune is deserting the home God made for man). AND the application to become a colonist. AND the bash to allow a near future sci-fi game to get to the temporally appropriate Jorune. AND the ORFA: JORUNE to get it off my To Do list. #12, like #11, will be a hefty issue.

From SSC #9 Cover
Art by George Barr
I also have a plan for the wrap up of my Jorune. #13 and #14 of SSC have been discussed. COLLECTED DANSTEAD TRAVELLER - cover art will be by an actual artist, not by me, and that has moved into an agreement for the cover. GOMO GUIDE; TAN IRICID, print and pdf. COLLECTED BORKELBY'S FOLLY, now in final edit. And... we're done. And this last three will be print through DRIVETHRURPG.COM.

SSC #8
In the past I offered an "advance" support option, and this month I have to cover the domain and hosting agreement for the hosting service - and that's out of my budget. So, I will offer that again.
SSC #7

Many years ago a group of Jorunis offered support in the form of a $10-for-the-next-three-in-PDF. And they did get the next three. One of those has remained a very staunch supporter. My current project with GOMO GUIDE: THONEPORT, SHOLARI v2n1 and the SEGMENT; SHO-CAUDAL subscription should serve as a track record that I do produce. And there has been progress in quality - and I hope in concept.

I am going to ask $25 as the advance for the PDFs on the five projects shown above. I'll ask for feedback and will set up the link to do that. I'll also offer the previous issues of SSC as a block to people late to the party.

My email addresses will be separated for each level of current subscribers - who ends with 12, who end at 13. The nest issue of SSC will be sent out according to those distinctions. You will be given the opportunity to determine if you want to get the last two issues.

Rough on a cover for my collected
fanzine materail since 1993.
But, right now SSC #12 has focus, The Colonial Ballot, Application for Emigres, Jorune Bash, and ORFA: JORUNE. I promise 12-issues with. minimum of 16 pages per issue, and will. meet the issue promise, and have far exceeded the page promise.

Oh, one last thought: I may gather the SEGEMENT: SHO-CAUDAL into a single volume, re-edited to get the crap that go through, for print. You will, as a subscriber, get the collected PDF. Print - I can't cover the processing onto paper from here. I'm thinking of combining all my zines in that volume - Sholari Magazine, Annals of the Tansoor Historical Society, and Segments: Sho-Cadaul. It would be a thick little volume. But this will require an editor to clean up the mess. My current subscribers will get that collection free as a PDF. The print version will be on drivethruRPG.com.

I'm not saying I will never do anything Jorune again. I still love the world. But it is not the only world. I have to refocus my energies into something that goes somewhere after 25 years of trying.

You can't say I haven't tried.
Mock up for Gomo Guide: Sho-Caudal


Monday, June 18, 2018

Back on the horse...

In the past six weeks, I was able to get #11 OUT. I also had two shots in my eye, a surgery on my right let, am waiting on surgery on the left leg (trying to keep them), and two falls ... nothing broke except my pride.

AND I've had more-than-normal problems with my OSX.

Working on the immigration application from the Colonial Authority in the 23rd Century for emigres to Jorune's World, with the full Bash to get Jorune into n existing sci-fi game. And ORFA as part fo the bash.

Do people know "bash"? It comes from the old day of model building and hit a new crest with Star Wars. It is where you "bash" parts from model kits to make a new model - like the Destroyer from the opening scene of A NEW HOPE. My crowd bashed games to get setting and system that suited our particular favorite flavors. After a while, you forget there was anything but the bash, and it makes it difficult to move into other areas.

So I'm doing a different take on the SAK - Sholari Adventure Kits. I provide the bits and you bash them to suit you or your group's preferences. There was a Jorune before Iscin, or the separation of the Colony from Earth and the Colonial Authority.

I want to explore that.

So, SEGMENT SHO-CAUDAL #12 will have that three-point stance - Colonist recruitment - Jorune Bash - ORFA. And it will take a few minutes to put together (as the kids say). I'm not sure when ti will hit the emailboxes, but that is where my effort is.

I've made a few other decisions:

  • #12 will rap the commitment to most subscribers.
  • A few people have me committed to #13, that is going to happen. Contents to be disclosed.
  • #14 will be the SAK for THE CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS, to put together for my personal favorite campaign from all of my Jorune-life. 
  • I will offer #13 and #14 separately, advance purchase discount*
  • I may do a collection of my fanzine writings on Jorune. *IF* that happens, 2019, will get a free-PDF to SSC subscribes, print - you're on your own. Waiting to see.
  • COLLECTED DANSTEAD TRAVELLER - waiting for a cover, meaning waiting until I can do the cover, but maybe by the end of summer. Over 100 pages, minimal art.
  • COLLECTED BORKELBY'S FOLLY - not sure where I stand with the editor, but hoping it comes out this fall. Over 100 pages, too.
  • GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID, A couple of sections to be written or finished. Really, by the end of the year. Think Christmas. 100-page range, maps with some art.
  • All of these will be in a new format. 8.5x8.5 book format.

Anyone interested in a few pieces of art to spice up the production - I do pay in percentage of sales, and when we move back into print from the PDF only, it gets involved.

* Advance purchase. Several times in the past I have done the "Advance" thing for different projecdts, including Jorune. And i have delivered. 12 Issues of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL, for examplle. People put in some support. Once upon a time I did a "the next three projects" and those people go their money's worth with ANNALS OF THE TAN SOOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY, GOMO GUIDE: THONEPORT (2 versions), and SHOLARI v2n1. I may offer two "Advance" options, but for PDF only. Print is an option but it is material, not the tangibility. Or I may rethink to offer a "Print" option, which will be included for more, but PDF-first. I will decide and post when it is time. We're talking $20 for the next three, maybe $40 for next three print (US, with additional postage to other destinations where applicable - Ii don't like calling it "foreign." I'm too much of a hippy).  Comments are invited.

Friday, June 8, 2018

#11 is real

Not Quite #11
Last time I announced that I was completing #10 before I actually mailed. Mea culpa.

#11 is completed and has bee mailed out. In the emailboxes of my subscribers. Paid Subscriptions and "House Copies" have all gone. The cover is a great piece of art by Fred Lang, dedicated Joruni.

#12 will focus on the promotional drive to get people to leave lovely, science fiction Earth to go to a distant world to live under the primitive conditions of 21st Century Medicine and 20th Century - or earlier - technologies. But you can't get a 200-acre homestead on earth anymore, and the natives have put strict limits on the amount of land available to the immigrants. The United Nations and Colonies Office of Colonial Authority have made the information and applications available for would-be colonists, as residential frontier-person or contract workers to populate research and trading stations. Way retro-formats like to-print documents, but published in all the regular languages.

But more on that later.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Isn't It Ready YET?

Very much like the cover of
SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #11,
but not quite it.
No, it isn't ready yet.

It has gone from the promised 16 pages to 55 pages.

Almost all of it is from 25 years old text documents that did not translate correctly. Rather than a hard return at the end of the paragraph, it is line by line by line for every line from the original email, which then has to be correct line by line by line by line with a space between words, or not. Line buy line by line by line by line by line by line...

More than half of it is the conflict between American-English and UK-English, mixed it with the couple thousand of identified Jorune words from the glossary, plus the individual Jorunish words created for the articles in question.

And the problems with language and spelling are so bad, even I can tell they're wrong! That's a clue.

On that add the damage taken int he right elbow in a fall on June 9th. I have another doctor's appointment tomorrow, but not for the elbow. For the foot from which a big toe was almost deleted to see if it can remain undeleted. Then I have an appointment to see if I get another shot in my left eye and its Macular Edema. And after THAT appointment I will be able to go to my primary doctor to see if there is something we can do with the elbow joint. IF the second surgery on my other leg is not sprung upon me and my schedule and resources. If. That mean there are only THREE scheduled doctors appointment in June. So far.

But I'm dancing as fast as I can.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fresh Blood

Kind of nice to have some 13-year-old enthusism for the old home world.

A friend's son is getting a little more enthusiastic over Jorune with the faint whiff of a d20 version. He interviewed me on his channel a while back, and we just did it again. Fun and pro-Jorune. Nice combination.

https://youtu.be/AwH-66pEUQ0

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Just a moment...

I woke up today and stood up. Next to my bed and realized I was standing without the third point of support of wedging my calf against the bed so I could stand with a third point of support. I have needed a third point of support for a long time. A cane, a walker, sometimes surfing through the house using counter, chairs, table, washing machine... for support.

But for about a minute I could stand. I think it is a direct result of the surgery to open an artery in my right ankle. I will be having another surgery on the left side in a few weeks. If this is the result, I look forward to the next round.

I don't talk about it much on this blog because it is not the purpose of the blog. In reality, I have challenges that I do not think should be the measure of someone's interest in the projects. But I have to live with it 24/7. I did so a while back and I got an email, answered, and this charming reply.

"Since you have already told me about your health issues on numerous occasions, I am tired of you constantly bringing it up.  I get it -- poor Joe.  As if you're the only one with health issues."

Really? That's what you got from asking and me answering? Since we did emails for a couple fo weeks, the "numerous" is sort of a surprise, but ... So I opted to not discuss it more than a couple of times a year. I know some Jorunis with far worse situations, but ... oh well.

I like the progress. I hope it continues.

Continuing work on #11. Trying to locate one author, not even going to worry about interior art after the really groovy cover, so ... I might get it out to meet my self-imposed "deadline" of early July. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Crash and Burn

Crash and burn time. Tomorrow I go in for surgery. Checked to find my account is at Zero - Duke Energy hit me for $102, which was completed from my tiny savings account (balance now under $6) and zero on the primary.
GoFundMe goal of $1600 has had one contribution, for $100. A friend sent me $100 on PayPal, which is how I will pay for the ride back to the house after surgery - if they let me out.
So, if you were thinking of helping, now is the time.
I'll be making a lot of changes based on the results of tomorrow cutting.
And if you get a post from Larry Adams, it will probably not be good news.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Benefits of Being a Packrat

Ce n'est pas la couverture de SSC #11
But very much like it
I had a small panic. The coming issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL is themed as OTHER PEOPLE'S JORUNE.

I have permission from Fred Lang to use his amazing 3d Painting of a Crugar lost in Gilthaw for the cover. This is not the cover yet, but it shows the beginning of the #11 cover evolution. Wonderful piece of art, and it is about Jorune, too.

I found a lost module from legendary Jorune Second Edition author Geoff gray.

I have an adventure called PLAYING THE MARKET which does not have the author's information on it - don't know how that happened but sometimes it happens. Working on that.

I have a bunch of nuggets - little ideas that could lead to big expansions - from several people.

A then there was the Heridothian — a unique Play-by-Mail game in the late 1980s and early 1990s, where the players played city-states. I have one of the "moves" in my archive - about 20 pages of what that city was doing, conflict with other city-states and nations, news on the royal families or organizations, a bit of Heridothian History... it was fascinating.

And lost.

But I could not find my Heridothin material. With the problems of disk failures, attempts to consolidate old 3.5" floppies (remember those?) and backup CDs, I was sure it was there.

But I also have a project organization program called SCRIVNER and in some forgotten moment of sanity, I had gathered all of my Heridoth text and put them into the Uber Jorune project document. Everything I wanted and things I had forgotten were all there and ready to be pulled. So I have them all. I think there were some old maps, and I already published a wonderful 2-page spread some great spot illustrations from one of the Heridothians in the previous OTHER ARTISTS OF JORUNE feature. (I think there will be some redundancy allowed).

The Heridothians will finally get acknowledged.

Ce n'est pas la couverture de Sho Copra Joe
But very much like it
And a closing note. It was suggested that, when I finish the last issue of SSC, I should produce a single volume with my material - edited - for a print version. And I am thinking of doing my whole production other than SHOLARI v2n1, the GOMO GUIDES (Tan Iricid may still happen - this year), to create a collection of my writings for Jorune. I think the other authors deserve a cut of the pie and will try to come up with something for those who want it - a few people have already said they are happy just to see Jorune get a little more exposure.

So - I am thinking of that.

I have also decided to adopt a title. It won't go on my business cards — who would ask me for a business card. But I want to acknowledge my quarter of a century building a Jorune I remain very fond of, and recognizing that I am also a student and will always. be learning.

Sho Copra Joe. I'll use that for the rest of the run. Maybe my death scene will be well painted with romantic realism. But I suspect a cell phone photo with me on the ground after "oops" is much more likely.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Other People's Jorune

Working on SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #11. It is themed as OTHER PEOPLE'S JORUNE and will feature a number of stories ideas that have been funneled to me over the past 25 years. Adventures and nuggets for the Sholari to adapt to her or his own group. Or allow your existing group to visit the world.

Sometimes a single line will inspire a whole romp. Years ago Chris Williams, editor of VERTEXT magazine, and Janice Sellers were playing in a Jorune game and we starting talking about trashy, mass-produced publications. Magazines, cheap books - like a Yule Dreadful series. Chris made an offhand comment about a pulp hero for kids - SLAM DESTI, BOY YORD.

My longtime roomie Richard Eide was in that game and came up with a comic book character among the yule dreadfuls called PIBBERMAN ("Do No Evil!"). In addition to some laughter around the it led to my development of the whole Mord Jalanor series, including SLAM DESTI (in SHOLARI #3), ALLIDOTH CONFIDENTIAL (an unpublished adventure which I ran in Colorado), and THE SCARS OF FAR TEMAUNTRO (in SHOLARI v2n1) and THE ANGELS OF DRAIL (SSC #5). I still want to do a. cover for PIBBERMAN.

One offhand comment that led to a few minutes of chuckles and then a series of characters.

I think the next issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL will add to the mythos and may even help a new generation of SHOLARIS craft some new Jorune.

That is the hope.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Okay. I Give Up

After weeks of trying to get the cover done myself... I give up. I can draw, but for me, the finished art must come with a mood to do finished art. The thing that marks a professional artist to me is the ability to do the work, on a deadline, whether they feel like it or not.
I'm not.
But I was able to pull together. pretty good collage based on a couple of sources.
A volunteer editor in the UK helped me put together THE RED GATE for this issue, and by the end of this week, I will have THE BLUE GATE, an expanded nugget, together by way of penance.
I'm started on #11 - OTHER PEOPLE'S JORUNE. Should be fun, even for me.
I think I like the graphic for these last few issues. I like playing with graphics and this one will take me thru to #14. Or #13 at least.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Word From the Outside

How nice. A travel writer took the initiative and wrote a review for SHOLARI v2n1. It is exceeding kind and points out the biggest flaw - my word problems.


https://matthewjconstantine.com/2018/03/29/tabletop-rpg-review-sholari-magazine-vol-2-number-1/
Cover of Sholari Magazine
The wraparound cover by Steve Devaney.

Some people use my typos as authenticators. That lets them know it is really from me. he says I make typos, and leave words out sometimes. But, such is my legacy – and not just in gaming.

Go there, to that. I consider this to be a good review. Even my typos are given some kindness.

Available from DriverThruRPG.com.

And Steve Devaney, too!

I wanted to include Steve Devaney's cover for SHOLARI v1n2 in the previous post. He has had the right feel for Jorun illustration for a long time.

But Blogger wouldn't let me add it. Screw 'em.

Look for more from this gentleman. Maybe music. Maybe more kids. Maybe line art. Maybe adventurous 3d model which evolved to the meticulously painted electronic cover of SHOLARI v2n1. And it includes a shipstone with the memorial statue of The Desti, the ca-Desti leader of the Eelshon, who led the assault in the Lamorri expulsion.


Other People's Jorune

This one makes me want to sing the
lyrics of "Let it Be." (The Beatles).
A meditation skyrealmette.
I have been sitting on a little pile of nuggets from many Jorunis in many countries. I have decided to pull them together for an issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL. The Heridothians, Geoff Gray, and a handful of others. Should be interesting.

Crashing Skyrealm
I am also looking at the whole "Sky Realm" thing. For me, the first flying land was a cheesy original musical for THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE STORYBOOK series around 1960. There was an episode called "The Land of Green Ginger" which was a mountain that flew. In the 1970s  Roger Dean did covers for Yes and others with flying mountains. It seems to be a cross-cultural archetype. Kind of like Angels - they aren't "gods" and there has been an enormous body artwork featuring them in Western Art, but they are there in other cultures, including the body of work with people who did not write anything down. The very story serves a purpose and, I suspect become a source of hope. Or comfort. And I do not want to bad-mouth anything that offers hope and/or comfort.

I'm just typing to fill out some layout space on this page so I can which includes lots of pictures of tiny little skyrealms from the internet. Some of them had names like 23598712355436.jpg, so I don't have a catalog of artists or sources. But with the Jorune to hang them on, I wanted to share. Join me as I jabber.

I particularly like the one I've labeled as "Crashing Skyrealms." It fits into my goal of exploring the new world. Not all Skyrealms stay in the air, though stable realms might float for thousands of years on a known trail of ambient Isho energies keeping the Ebba lode within charged. But when the charge is depleted - what happens.

I think like this artist showed, there would be descent that is sometimes dramatic (such as the crashed skyrealm from the Larmorri Expulsion, as described in SHOLARI v2n1, Scars of Far Temauntro. Sometimes is it would be almost graceful, with a mountain entering a ravine - not perfectly matched - and the tons of stone would press down, grinding boulders (some of which would float away) until there is a mountain with sorely mismatched strata and properties. And an enormous heart of empty crystals that had held the Ebba from which the whole levitated.

An Ebbe "seedrealm"
you could hatch on a
window sill.
And on the right a sketch. I don't know who the artist is. I just popped up.

Something like this rock makes me think you could find a crystal - not perfect clear quartz but a silicon structure within other metamorphic stones. It might be ready to fly, or cracked and not quite able to leave home on its own. Still, held by threads of Ebba trapped in silicon that connect it to the rest of its own flesh. It may be there for decades. The Ebba will leak out but the stone structure will remain.

While there is Ebba within, putting it near a fire might make it struggle to lift as you watch, and understand.

It just makes me think.

Thinking about Jorune is, I think, good for the mind. Stress relief. Vacationing in my brain since the body will not let me travel. Finding new things.

My tweak of Max Parrish's
great Deco style.
And a lot of that is visual for me. In the 3rd Edition SOBAYID ATLAS, I wrote about "ship stones" that were small - a few yards across - and were on the brink of levitation. Ebba crystals are triggered by heat, which is why Desti is so important for the controllers on airships. In the morning, when the sun reaches and warms the stone, the ship stones rise higher.
Dawn on the Shipstone

 On the left here, just a painting I found somewhere or that someone sent me within the last decade. Very cozy little shipstone. I'd unroll a sleep bag there for a long ride.

If their charge is too low, they may spend the night actually laying on the ground. And with those high root and peak structures, they aren't going to settle down in a level stand. They may stay connected to the ground for the whole night - giving a freeloading passenger a chance to hunt up a little breakfast (careful you don't miss your shipstone when it rises because it will be out of here...).  During the day they float, higher on warm days, and at night they sink. 

Alan Okimoto's acrylic,
messy, modern skyrealm.
Jorune has made me think. I will miss it when the SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL runs its course, which will be Issue #14. It may be under another name, but it will be SSC #14.

I have an image in my head I would like to find a realistic artist to execute. Ebba. Pockets of the flowing Isho lava deep below the ground. Lava heating the Ebba. Somewhere on Jorune there are volcanos where the Ebba flows up into the sky. The silicon cools and becomes a crown of floating stones that drift away on the Sho-Caudal - the Isho Wind. Some are like old tube TVs, some are like large earthmoving equipment (which they ear). Some become parts of enormous clouds of baseball sized debris, some are more inclined to come crashing down.










Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Segment: Sho-Caudal #9


Breather Reco, or the first picture of one.
SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #9 is just waiting for a read thru. The dominant presence is THE RECO REPORT, with details on how Recos are programmed from a cork, examples of the most common Recos, with an extensive background on Incupods and Corks (which is where little recos come from), a passing notion to Genons, a cork programmers checklist.

And way too much OTHER ARTISTS OF JORUNE - Part 2. Either one would have been good enough to fill a standard issue - this is FAT.

I'm playing with a Reco that has been mentioned but never illustrated, the Breather Reco. It plays a part in THE RED GATE, which will be in SSC #10.

And I've started playing with how the Colonial Authority recruited people to leave their worlds in the United Planets and Colonies to a backward world like Jorune. The original campaign to "Leave Your Word Behind." Not sure when that will be ready. Maybe in time for #11.

There is also "Other People's Jorune" with nuggets that have appeared in my email box over the years. Thought you might find that interesting.

I do.

But, as soon as get the Reco article examined by the head of genetic research at Vanderbilt University, I will send it out.

Really.

Oh - afterthought: When #9 is out the 6-month subscription option will go away 10-14 is the foreseeable future, and that isn't even 6 issues. The full subscription at 12-issues will include back issues and I will find some mechanic that allows advance on #13 and #14 (only two people actually subscribed thru #13 (a single issue followed by a 12-Issue subscription). #14 is because I did a real screw up and I extended their subscription one issue. They will be fatties, too, so the subscription thing will run its course. And after the sub will be different, and therefore evil.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Back to the Salt Mine

I was distracted by reality, but I'm better now and able to deal with my favorite delusion. And dang, if this keeps up my tombstone might read "Death by Enthusiasm."

Back to work on SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL.

I've been working on issue #9 and the feature is the "Reco Report" - which is turning into Topsy.  "I wasn't raised, I jes' growed."

Read a book.

This has become just two more pages, just two more pages, just two more pages...

The issue already has "Other Artist of Jorune Part 2" which is larger than Part One (and is also part the last), so it was already larger than any previous page, but I added six more pages to the Reco article, just in lists for the would-be Bio-tec artist.

And Issue #10 is really almost there, so it could be released as so as I clear the big hang up.

The big hangup?

Me doing art. I have decided on one image for cover and the splash of THE RED GATE, the interior black and white, the exterior, color of the same scene. I can do them. I just think the world would be better served by a real artist. This is a simple editorial evaluation of the work - the evidence of past art by the artist, regardless of who it is.

Bleh. But I seem to be horrible enough I can't get artists to work with me more than once – and I'm still not sure why that is.

I wanted to be a comic book artist, and I drew a lot. I really fell in love with 19th Century and early 20th Century illustration styles. I took classes - I am taking an online course to improve my drawing while I am fighting doctors and creditors in this ugly world, to create scenes from the dreamtime. I get a tiny warp that allows me to peek in on everyday life on Jorune and it is not always dramatic or action-packed.

Walking Home with Mom.
Sometimes it is just about walking home with mom, under multiple moons, with someone on a balcony, lost in their thoughts, And a friend who seems to know Mom - a Corastin guard.

This illustration is probably my favorite of anything I've done for Jorune.

I try. I might even get a passing grade on this one - the original is floating around my house somewhere - it deserves a better scan.

What is bringing this up is doing Part 2 of THE OTHER ARTISTS OF JORUNE and seeing my work alongside the work of people I consider to be real "artists." David Ackerman Robert Smith, Chris Lackey, Fred Lang, and others. Some of them are far from the style of Mile Teves, who set the tone from the first edition, but they are true to themselves and to the world. Marc Diebedour, Harold Ogle,  and more.

It may sound like flagellation, but it is not an exercise in self-hate - it is an assessment. And inventory.  I do consider myself an artist, a writer first but as an artist second. I am not as skilled in illustration. I do graphics. I tweak and repurpose old graphics. I do logotypes and Mastheads. I color black and white art. I love maps and floorplans. But I do not create compositions and execute final pieces of usable art.

"Walking Home With Mom" has features I like with bare cartooning skills. There is a sense of gravity - which I think is important. Mom and the boy are firmly rooted to the ground, and the Corastin on spot, in repose, seems to be weighted - and if he stood up he would dwarf them. I would barely be able to fit through the wooden door. And you can tall it is a wooden door. There is a little scragger running alongside for no particular reason. The dreamer on the balcony is abstract, but of the world. I think I lost it in the sky, the lack of consistency in the skylines makes it less satisfying. And I have republished it before with the top section lopped off.

December 1994, it says. 23 years ago. Time flies. And my frustration grows. First at being unable to get artists to work with me, and then at my inability to bring the scenes I see in my head to the page in a recognizable form. I think I am a good art director, I know what is needed. But I am not able to create the final art required - even for a little fanzine newsletter like this.

Showing the Scar
"Showing the Scar" is an exercise in frustration. It was intended to be a sketch to give a real artist to show what I had in mind for a scene near the end of "Scars of Far Temauntro" in SHOLARI V2N1. It is a collage from some 19th Century snips with Jorune tweaks. A Shantha showing the pit to two Corastin and ... someone ... with vodra in the sky with three moons. I know what time it is, with the sun in the far morning sky.

Couldn't get an artist to work on it. So I printed it out in blue to ink, like a comic book page (I have the technical pens required for that). But it was too dark to ink and have the illustration dominate. So I did a second version which was used on the SSC #2 cover, in conjunction with Steve Devaney's monument floating on an islet in the Scar itself.

Hopefully, someone will take pity on me and do some art I spec for the last few issues of the SHO-CAUDAL project. If any artists out there would be interestign to taking on an assignment, maybe for the inside, maybe for a color... contact me.

I should talk about that, too. But not now. Now it is too late and i need sleep. Issue #9 will be finished tomorro, then the editing, and I can't get editors to work with me, either. So I will do my best and people will complain. A lot. But I will try. I think I caught the typos in this post, but I'm too tired. I'll look at it later. And if anyone reads this and want to give me the edits, it would be appreciated. (Does anyone read this?)

Only five more issues to go.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Something Afoot

And it's my toe. My podiatrist says the toe gets to stay on the foot - for the moment - so I am less distracted than I was three weeks ago. I did a Plumfund page to cover 16 unexpected medical appointment and costs - and so far have raised almost exactly half of what was needed to do everything, but I am up to #8 on the scheduled appointments...

And things go on.

Back to SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #9, THE RECO REPORT. I've been planning this for quite a while and have a good deal of information on CORKS, INCUPODS, and RECOS. This includes the basic information for anyone interested in that form of Bio-tec, including detail on cork cutting (programming), the real role of the Busk, and the programming outline to design your own Reco for fun or profit.

SSC #9 will also have THE OTHER ARTISTS OF JORUNE, including incomplete galleries of George Barr, Janet Aulissio Dannheiser, our own Steve Devaney, Alan Okimoto, and more (including my own artwork, with some embarrassment).

Number Nine will be a nice, fat issue to make up for the delay. I don't feel I've really fallen too far behind. I promised 16 pages a month and at least one issue a month. This will be eight issues in six months, and the page count to date has been:

   Issue 1 - Lamorri, plus - 17 pages
   Issue 2 - Day War, ORFA, Conversions and such - 16 pages
   Issue 3 - Heretics and for writers, Jorune or not -  22 pages
   Issue 4 - Jorune Cartography - 21 Pages
   Issue 5 - Angels of Drail, opening chapters - 17 pages
   Issue 6 - Warp Mechanics, The Mes Dig, Tables for Goodies - 16 pages
   Issue 7 - The Lattice, Kolo-Dissal*, a timeline of parallel worlds - 16 pages
   Issue 8 - Sharden, Other Artists of Jorune, Part One - 16 pages

Issue 9 - Reco report, Cork programming, Incupod Maintenance - 48 pages I type this, so I'll probably cut that down. But to this point - 141 pages, plus whatever the page count of #9 turns out to be. Call it 40 pages, so 181 pages going into the seventh-month averages to 25.8 pages per month. Above frequency, above page count - I don't feel bad taking care of my medical reality.

The issue after, number ten, will complete THE RED GATE, of which elements have appeared in several issues of SSC. That will be #10.


I'm not sure how I'm going to wind this up. There is material. I'm sitting on a bunch of stuff Heridoth based on a play by mail game at Oxford — the one in England —where the players ran city-states and came up with some really good ideas. I have original art from Miles Teves I don't think I ever published anywhere, so there's that. A bunch of people gave me nuggets for adventures, and I'd like to get those out in the world.

And the big one. I had a campaign I ran for a stable group (at least a regular - with those personalities... stable?) for about eight years, with a six-month break while I was out of state. I called it CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS, and it linked a grand unified conspiracy that shared the powers of Boveris' blood, active earth-tec from the Desti Station, the powerful houses gathering against Dandrenn in Kirlan, and opposed by an equal force led by the Seraphim Guard, Shantha, the united Iscin Races, with human mutations (including Muadra), Cleash and Scarmis in the middle. And the middle is where the action is. A secret Earth-tec colony in the jungles of the Western Trinnu, five children of the revived Karl B from his Keeper Rod... It was a romp that had it great, satisfying closing firefight (with many kinds of fire) in one of the High Houses in Kirlan. No ray guns, but dyshas, automatic pistols, arrows... and the system we evolved together got the action going during the fight where it was just go, Go, GO!!! Almost combat in real time.

There were several people there at the finale who are still in touch with me. I think it is a proper exit blast. THE CHILDREN OF BOMOVERIS. SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #14.

I had big dreams when the RETURN TO JORUNE started, and a few nightmares along the way, but I need to wrap this up. Paid subscriptions to SEGMENT; SHO-CAUDAL only go up to #12. I made a couple of errors along the way and as make-good, I'm committed to #14, so 14 is the swan song. And thanks for all the fish.

I'm not saying I'll never do another Jorune, but I will never again be this public or focused on that world.

The collection that may happen one fine day.
I have two in various stages or readiness - THE COMPLETE DANSTEAD TRAVELLER and THE COMPLETE BORKELBY'S FOLLY. SHOLARI JAMES pulled out in favor of having control to present his material, his way, and on his timetable. My own GOMO GUIDE: TAN IRICID are on the to-do list in 2018. they are in that order as to readiness. In fact, as soon as I get a cover and can convert all the English measurements to metric, I'm good to go on DANSTEAD. BORKELBY needs some work - permissions and organization. Someone suggested I gather my own work in one volume - not a 2018 priority, but it is possible. And TAN IRICID could be ready with just a little work. Some of it has been appearing in SSC, but so few people see if I could release the whole thing to a new audience with no qualms.

This next SSC issue will be worth the bother. Maybe the rest of it will be, too.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

I have to go off topic for a post. I hate it, but that's what I've got to do.

I have had to put up a Plumfund page for Medical changes. Some people will think it is silly that I can't come up with the money - they pay more for rent. But, I can't, so I'm going public.


Sometimes, life sucks.

And now I'll go back to Return to Jorune posts on this page.

Trying to get the next issue of SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL up and out. I've been distracted.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A couple of medical things are taking up time. I'm working on the next SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL, but not as fast as I'd like. May make the 6th, may not ... we shall see.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Creeping to SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #9


SSC 6 - Warp Mechanics
Revised
I wanted to do a thing called THE RED GATE for SHOLARI v2n2, but since that looks like it will not be likely to happen I pulled together the notes into a draft that may be ready to go for SSC #9. It will fill the issue, but I will probably add a few pages to it.

A couple of my old players may remember opening the Red Gate more than 20 years ago. It's about time, I guess.

The political fight between the different Thriddle factions is part of it, which has been common in most of my Jorune projects for many years. This issue offers part of the greater module and adds more about the Colonials from an automated supply base in an unexpected location and previously unknown Earth-tec.

It will pull together:

  • The D warp from the original Warp Mechanics article ANNALS OF THE TAN SOOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY ten years ago or so where the whole thing started, updated in SSC 6;
  • The MES DIG, THE HOL SONO LATTICE, found at the Mes Dig;
  • the political rift among the Thriddle and how information from the Lattice may change the balance of power on Jorune - knowledge is power;
  • THE KOLO DISSAL, the false skyrealm used in this adventure to escape the forces of the Dharsage, the House Zunis, the Tan Iricidi Thriddle, and some freeboot mercenaries (and because they can);

SSC 7 - Mes Dig and
Sol Hono Lattice
And to that I will add:

  • The Red Gate itself - what is at the mated location of the D warp - at certain times - leads to;
  • The Desti Base with all kinds of Colonial information, link dots, flexible body armor, Nannies, Frankenstein effect, Buildtons, Combatons, Titantons, and other Tech-tons from old Earth;
  • Nanufacturing of the Colonials; and 
  • The Seraphim Guard, which leads into THE ANGEL OF DRAIL, which might get completed and made available.

It's great fun to work on — I hope it will be fun to read. And maybe run. (What a concept.)

SSC 8 Sol Hono Lattice and
the Body Measure Map
I have asked a couple of people for feedback. They may give it, they may not. But the plan is for it to go into SSC #9. I might have to draw a cover. Bleh. I don't like my art - Jorune deserves better. But can't seem to get an artist to draw this thing I have in my head.

That issue will have a new look on the inside.  Just warning you.

SSC #10 looks like it will have the Reco issue I've been wanting to do for a while, which will tie into the Breathers in the Red Gate construct.

And I have some idea on #11 - at the very least. The will probably get fatter, but we are nearing the end.

And who knows where all of this may lead.

I just had a horrible thought. I may have contents in the various issues wrong. I need to go read them, but I have a class to teach in 10 hours and need sleep first. Priorities - sleep, class, Jorune. but Jorune is still in the top three.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #8 and a Blunder

Lost Corondon art by Teves
Number Eight went out last night, and I offended at least one reader in the email. And there is a guideline in publishing that if one person writes, they represent 19 other people who didn't. And since there are only 20 people on the list ...

The writer made a very key point, that this is a fringe product for a small population and 35 years later. I bristled - 35 - I've only been involved since 1992, but there are people who have been involved longer than me and - he is right.

Sigh.

I got that right after checking my blood sugar this morning - and it was 60. It is supposed to be between 80-120, but it wasn't. Not an excuse, just a reality.

So I'm thinking what I can do to repair that offense.

In the meantime, SSC #8 with the Sharden memoir and the first part of an "Other Artists of Jorune." #9 is moving along as are #10 and #11.  The new cover looks good and next issue the interior will change. Again.

And the work with SSC is leading to reviving a product I was willing to let go. We shall see.

I try. I really do. And sometimes I'm offensive. I'm like that in life. I may not be the only one, but I'm the only one in this skin. And that skin gets thin sometimes.

Onward.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sharden

Sharden, per Teves map from 2nd Edition.
And then gussied up a bit.
I've wanted to do a piece on Sharden for a long time, and it just sort of blew up on me while I was working on the Lexicon project. So SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #8 will have a memoir from a Tologra who has is coming to the end of a two-cycle tour of the planet before returning home.

I want Sharden and the Tologra to be something more than just another fantasy race, so I brought some of my ethnographic interest to play to paint a picture of the people as they saw themselves, their relationship to Shantha, Ramian, Salu, and Blount, and their reaction to Bronth missionaries almost thirty years ago, when they spread out to bring the Iscin races together to share their common history of Iscin.

It is not quite a religion – the Tologra knew their own history but had lost contact with the other Iscin races. They do not worship Iscin - they revere him for his work to make their races exist. The had their own version of captivity under the Crugar, and then under the Bronth before three Tologra escape to Sharden. Tologra had been "lost" since the Great Wanderings, so we learn how they came to Sharden, and what happened when the Bronth arrived to bring them "into the family" of Iscin's Children.

It is what I look for with new Jorune pieces - entertaining and revelatory. Even to me.

Satisfying to work on, and I got to do one of my favorite things. A map. Love me some maps.

SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL #8, coming soon to an email near you. If you subscribed. Or bought a block.

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It is comforting to see a clear line of future issues mapping out before me. I should be able to meet my at-least-one-a-month schedule by quite a bit, even with my Joe-isms and reduced typing ability. Slowing down might work. I'm willing to try it.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Flime Ties

That would be a proper Jorune phrase, wouldn't it? Flie ties when you're having fun.

Time changes things, and I just had it pointed out that my subscription system for SEGMENT; SHO-CAUDAL is out of date.

I just had someone subscribe at $5 a month who then asked about getting the back issues.

Something I have not harped on is that I am only committed up to issue #14. And I have some ideas about that issue already. SEGMENT: SHO-CAUDAL is not a forever-and-ever project. It was born of frustration with the DriveThru-RPG pre-press system that kept rejecting covers and interiors for reasons no one could answer. SSC gave me the flexibility to get out an idea, quickly and under my control.

The PDF format allowed me to issue orthopedic edition, correcting the errors that seem to be the trademark of my production history. So 1c, 2b, became the early issue labels. But more recently I just make that notation in the colophon of the second page.

But subscriptions. Originally 12-Issue subscriptions seemed appropriate, but now - not so much.

So I guess part of my day will be spent wandering the mystic e-halls of PayPal to:

  • Delete the 12-Issue subscript.
  • Put up a 6-issue subscription.
  • Change the short subscriptions to Back Issue options.
  • And then post those changes to the subscriptions and SSC pages on the website.

I have a fairly clear idea of the remaining issues, but am not sure what order they will be in, and feel jes' fine about adding material to make the issues a bit fatter. And there will be some spin-offs that may become separate purchases.

But I am halfway to the 14-issue commitment. And understand no one is paid up to #14. I extended the subscriptions for a couple of people because of a screw up in coding their names properly to get their copies as part of the mass mailings. I plan to do something different with #13 and #14, outside the original subscription-newsletter model.

But I need to think about what I'm doing, and then reflect the new thinking on the website.



Monday, January 22, 2018

United Geeks and OCD

Well, someone actually volunteered to help with the Lexicon project so I have to shift gears into database and tables development mode.

Anyone with some previous OpenOffice Suite Base databases - just a few fields with at least three lookup tables - your help is also needed.

The design is simple. The basic design would have a few up-front field, with three (so far) look-up tables.

  • RECORD NUMBER - with scribe id and file numbers - bookkeeping for reference at some later date. (10 Char max.)
  • WORD (20 Char max.?)
  • PRONUNCIATION KEY (20 Char Max.)
  • DEFINITION - 150 characters Max. (?), anything beyond goes into Notes. Or it needs to be a basic flexible field. Is that even possible?
  • LANGUAGE/CULTURE (look-up table) - Tongue, or Racial group, or Nation - 20 Chars.
  • SOURCE (BOOK or FANZINE that is the origin - look-up table) - 1st Ed, 2nd/3rd Ed, Fanzines/Webzine, Newsletters/Columns
  • CLASSIFICATION - Item, Geographic (Jorunographic?), Isho, Earth-Tec, Personality, Historic. (another lookup table eight or nine classifications)
  • NOTE - anything that needs elaboration, such as a Colonial tongue, but it has to be specified as Thanterian/House Adwa or some such. I hope this can be just a flexible field.

I already have the look up tables for Language/Culture and Source, am deciding on classification but do not think that will take all that long.

That will then allow reports to be extracted for Shanthic, Isho-related, specific countries, historical personalities, wars ... whatever kind of report is needed. And will appeal to people who just want to soak in the Jorune word pool.

So I need additional scribes to pull the words (don't want the new guy to get lonely), and now I need help with the database design.

I used to work in dBase ][, but that was in the early 1980s. My last database was 1982.

And things have changed.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Geeks of Jorune Unite

Uncle Sho Already At Work

Uncle Sho Wants You

Time to move on something I have mentioned before. A return to the previous future.

Time to activate The Lexicon Project. To create a database of the words of Jorune, and code them for the source (book, fanzine, web article, etc.), the Nation (country, culture, or language), the pronunciation key, etc., grouping, (place name, proper noun, common noun, generic word) composed into a database table that allows a simple input screen, and multiple scribes to do the job on inputting from various sources.

We have the basic 1,600 word database that has circulated for years, but we have many more words with the reemergence of the First edition (available as a PDF through archive.org), but we now have the fanzines (Sarceen's Knowledge, Sholari, Borkelby's Folly, and Annals of the Tan Soor Historical Society), webzines (Danstead Traveller), newsletters (Segment: Jorune, Segment: Sho-caudal) and such other sources as may appear.

I'm working on an Open Database (.odb) file for equal access through an open source Office engine to create the master table, a basic glossary to which each scribe will enter for their assigned source, and then combine them all into one big master glossary to serve future Jorune development, should there be some (which is a real possibility).

It would be nice to have some small group of us decide on the best way to create the database. An .odb startup would be easy to convert to a more advanced system if it were proven to be superior.

Act Now

Are you a Jorune geek with an interest to help develop a tool for use in whatever future Joruning there may be? Games, adventures, articles, etc., would be able to use your work for their references.

I would like to get this project up on the web as a freebie in the fairly near future. There may be big Gemlinks for your in your spare time, with nothing more than eyeballs and wiggling fingers on a computer keyboard.

Really. If you volunteered to do work for a Jorune project before but never did, this could be your big chance. Write me for details.

Segment: Sho-Caudal #7

Yeah. It's about to be mailed out. With less than 20 subscribers. But ... I feel like Horton the Elephant. Just sitting here, hoping something hatches. I made a commitment.

There is an article on Isho and the need to define it for various game systems, which is part of the growing BLENDED JORUNE development - blending the world of Sho-Caudal to an existing, near future, science fiction game, before the human colony, and then transporting them 3,500 years into the future to OUR Jorune. Isho will be key to any conversion to a system for a Sholari's home game.

Another article from the Red Gate adventure - the Kolo Dissal, a Thriddle escape device that may seem familiar to some people.

And the Crystal Lattice, a relic of almost religious significance, if Jorune had religious significance, that ties into a power struggle between different Thriddle cultures.  The underdogs plan to use it to coerce cooperation from their Tan Iricidi cousins.

But I may be able to get #8 out a little faster - and may change the whole production technique.

But in the meantime - #7 is almost ready to boot out into the world.

I have committed to 14 issues. Halfway home.

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Addenda:  Jan 22 - just got the last edits in, will apply them tonight and hope to have the issue in the email Tuesday night. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Juvenile use of the word Boner

I have been forced to admit one of the biggest mistakes in the development of Return to Jorune. Almost as big as getting involved with the Return to Jorune effort.

But it is bad. And it is big.

But only the very clever Joruni will identify it. Maybe.

So I won't even say what it is at this point, but it requires a rework of material that might go into a larger Jorune frame in the near future.

It is enough to make me feel dumb, even if nobody else ever knows. And somebody else already knows.

Damn.

But - push. Just push.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Neil Sedaka on Jorune


I love, I Love, I Love My Calendar ... hmm


Song - Calendar Girl. But for Jorune I think it would be Calendar Ke.

Recent correspondence for Jorune needs some clarification on dates, and I got tangled up in the terminal condition I have which is called "Joe's Brain" (it's going to kill me) and wanted to make a couple of clarifications.

The current year on Jorune is 3517. CR - Colonial Reckoning.

The formula for conversion to Jorune year has been:

  • Current year in the Gregorian calendar
  • Plus 1500
  • Minus 1

(I have no idea how this was determined other than Sholari's whim.)

So this is 3517 CR. The year for a game that would start in the next twelve months.
However, Year Zero on Jorune is 2203 AD, 23rd Century.

So the year 3517 CR is year 5820 AD (2203+3
617)  on Earth. If it still exists

But probably not - there are differences in year lengths and day lengths. I'll dig out those number and hope for a spreadsheet formula to give that conversion.

I seriously doubt they will be using an A.D. calendar, or CE, in the Fifty-Seventh Century.

But I'm narrow-minded.

Don't get  your panties in a bunch because of it. Currently, on Earth, it is the year 2018. AD/CE. There are other calendars. Wikipediais says:

Gregorian calendar2018
Ab urbe condita2771
Armenian calendar1467
Assyrian calendar6768
Bahá'í calendar174–175
Balinese saka calendar1939–1940
Bengali calendar1425
Berber calendar2968
British Regnal year66 Eliz. 2 – 67 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2562
Burmese calendar1380
Byzantine calendar7526–7527
Chinese calendar4715 or 4655
Coptic calendar1734–1735
Discordian calendar3184
Ethiopian calendar2010–2011
Hebrew calendar5778–5779
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2074–2075
 - Shaka Samvat1939–1940
 - Kali Yuga5118–5119
Holocene calendar12018
Igbo calendar1018–1019
Iranian calendar1396–1397
Islamic calendar1439–1440
Japanese calendarHeisei 30
Javanese calendar1951–1952
Juche calendar107


Korean calendar4351
Minguo calendarROC 107
Nanakshahi calendar550
Thai solar calendar2561
Tibetan calendar2145 or 1764 or 992


And that's just one planet. Don't you feel educated?