Blech - somehow, last weekend I managed to come down with a nice lower GI infection. So, here I sit at work, gunked up to my eyeballs on Cipro, not allowed to eat anything I really like (bland food only for 2 weeks) and exhausted from getting just 2-3 hours of sleep a night for the past 2 weeks. It's close to impossible to sleep through intestinal cramps!
Despite that, I've posted more of the mock-epic "Olaf and the Giant Chicken" on my Red Room site. It's about 2/5 through the plot arc and I'm very pleased with it. I think Olaf and I will be spending a LOT of time together. now and in the future.
Other writing? Well.. my work is insanely complex now and for as far as I can see, will remain so. When I get home, despite not having to think about almost anything, I just do NOT feel like spending hours more in front of the computer. The mock-epic and serial stuff is easy to do, I can bash out 5-6 10-line stanzas in about 1/2 an hour, and in about an hour get 1/2 of an episode of The Vicky Chronicles or Argentum Noctis cranked out.. but anything past that and I get disgusted from being on the computer. Looks like about 14 hours a day is my limit, then it's reading my Kindle books or watching TV.
Yes, heavens help me, I', watching TV. But it's partly educational: Discovery, The Travel Channel, and Animal Planet. I've learned a bit, discovered places I want to visit, and let me tell you I find watching documentaries relaxing (I'm weird, I know).
Bottom line - since my job is making money, that's where my energy is gong long-term. I'm gong to keep writing but it's all going to be short stuff (serial episodes and mock epic poetry) as I simply can't find the linear time and energy to crank out a novel. Sigh.. tuck being an engineer for life.