Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Things Are So Much Harder In Real Life

Well, I finished the first draft of my novel only to come to a shocking conclusion ;-). I need at least two more revisions of what is there and I need to pad (uhhh, I mean add) at least thirty more pages. I've always heard a myth that writing was "easy work". Think again. It is one of the single most frustrating things I have ever attempted.
Oh well, I have to get my nose back to the grindstone. Ciao.

Monday, April 17, 2006

First Draft Of Lambda Initiative Finished

I finished the impossible over the Easter holiday weekend. I actually finished the first edit of LAMBDA Initiative (my first novel). I never thought I would see the day when I finished a novel that I started. It must be my 35th birthday and the resulting pondering of what I had done with my life ;-). It was finally enough to get me motivated.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Mid Month Fill In

I just thought I would post a mid-month infoshare so to speak. I just finished editing the first draft of my new novel (the Lambda Initiative). I have all the changes on a paper copy (yeah, I know, how analog). I am currently working to put them into Word. It will probably take a few weeks at the slow pace I am setting. Then I plan to have take one more pass through and hand it off to another (insane) individual for a final proofread/idea session. Hopefully, by this time next month it will be ready for the final hand off to the publisher.
I don't expect much from it, it is a first novel after all. Why make it? I'd always wanted to. It was my gift to myself on my 35th birthday.
Other than that, not much is going on here. A little bit of Guinterface support, some Guinevere spam engine support and hopefully some contract work for a customer.
If I don't see you for another few weeks then ciao baby ;-)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Bored To Tears

Well, it has been a bit since my last post and I only have one thing to say, "I'm Bored!" The last four years of my life have been filled with one project after another. Guinterface kept me so busy that I don't think I had many quiet moments of self-contemplation. Now I am faced with a future with nothing but quiet contemplation.
I have been trying to stay busy, Punk IT comics and my new book have taken up quite a bit of time. After the book is finished (it's in final edit right now), I'm really going to have to find a new and challenging programming project to work on. I know that the project won't come from my day job ;-).
There has not been a request at work that has truly challenged me in three years. It is a really weird feeling when your boss asks you for something that he truly believes is complex and you deliver it the next day. It's as if while he spells out his request I already know how I'm going to do it. Between this and all of the things I have scripted I just don't know what could turn up the heat at the office.
I only have one piece of advice for all you lazy programmers out there (I mean lazy in a good way. As in why do something repetitively that a computer can do for you?). Don't script away all of your daily tasks or you will face termination or worse yet, boredom.