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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Right, some fairly large changes in direction based on my "Winter Solstice Introspection" annual activity.

First, I've archived and deleted all 3D software from my laptop.  Why? Because it's distracting me from other things!  It became apparent that it was my go-to time suck for when I didn't want to write or compose.  So, off with it!  Also saves me the cost of a new laptop, as what I have is more than enough for music and writing.

Second, no guitar.  It's another excuse to avoid learning to be a better composer and producer.  So, deleted from my to-by list!  Also saves adding One More Thing to my life to deal with.

Third, I'm now more consistently blogging on my Red Room authors site, and getting more reads.  This will help build an audience for my writings once I start cranking them out.. and that should start happening pretty darn soon.

And finally - a boycott on the purchase of any new gear.  I have everything I need to do anything I want to, period.  My laptop music studio is better equipped than a lot of local commercial studios, and I have every known writing craft book/reference book, so all spare money will go into savings and on my prepaid card to save for emergencies and a REAL VACATION next year!

I re-upgraded my SoundCloud account so I don't have to worry about running out of space on my Web hosting service.  I might, once I actually have stories etc. to put out, upgrade my Red Room account to "Professional", but not until I have at least 5-6 novellas/short story collections/etc. that I an put up for sale.

If I don't post before Christmas, happy holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Argh, blech, yecch, etc.

Well, LONG time no blog - got caught up in a nightmare at work that has taken several months to clear up.  Very distracting mess involving a product shipping for 2 years with dozens of uncaught bugs (not my code, whew) and a project I inherited from another engineer that turned out to be close to 100% incorrectly implemented.  Most of the mess is cleaned up and hopefully in 2 weeks the rest will be done. Preferably before I blow a gasket and quit...

Next February will be my 2-year anniversary on what was a six month contract.. and I think it's time to seriously prepare to move on.  This place seems to refuse to try to move towards best practices, we keep shipping untested products (or lightly tested, at best), there's no design phase it's all "marketing spec to code", we have ONE dedicated test person and a dozen projects and they won't hire anyone else.. it's a disaster waiting to happen and I can smell trouble coming soon because of it.

I haven't done any writing lately, either, due to the stress.. that's unacceptable.  Something is going to have to give and it's not going to be my writing!  Same with my music.. by the time I get home all I want to do is knock back a beer and go to sleep, and the weekends all I do is sleep and de-stress in preparation for another week of deliberate idiocy.  Feh.

I think I'll likely leave Austin for Silicon Valley again, or maybe Seattle/Portland.  Austin is nice but it's nowhere near the kind of tech hub that I thrive in.  And it's been getting hotter each Summer, we routinely break 105! Yikes!

One final note for the day - I'm going to get an inexpensive Fender Tele to re-learn on for Christmas!  This time, I'm giving myself a year to re-learn.. I've been told it'll take about that long from people who have left guitar and come back.  I'll also get a flight case as I'll ship it ahead of me to wherever I end up.

I need to blog 3-4 times a week again.  Discipline!

Until later!