I just wanted to drop a line to let everyone know I’m not dead. At least, not yet.
I’m actually doing pretty well. I’ve tightened some online relationships I had, with Facebook as the intermediary. I’ve done a lot of programming, and believe it or not I don’t feel overwhelmed with the projects I’ve been assigned. I’m actually looking forward to them. I’ve watched some movies, I’ve played a few games, I’ve piddled with writing, and I’ve even done some exercise since the New Year started (!).
Overall, I’m doing okay. My back is all right, my job’s not super stressful even if it is busy, and I’m reading my Bible each and every night (well, okay – most nights) before bedtime. I’m getting things done, even if it’s not a lot of things.
My "exercise", such as it is, doesn’t last long. But, a few minutes a day is better than nothing for almost 10 years, I say. Consistency counts though, and I’ve yet to establish that.
And writing? Well, let’s say I’m not going to be a multiple-books-per-year guy. I’ll be happy just to finish this one. But I have every intention of doing just that, and at least starting the actual words of another (remember, if you can, I told you I have many kinda-sorta outlined, with at least the basic plot laid out, so I should be able to do some writing before year-end.)
As much as I wanted to finish the writing on this thing before year-end 2013, I didn’t make it. And I took my two-week (12 days, technically) off and didn’t do a doggone thing. You know what else? I didn’t feel the least bit bad about it either. I wanted the break, the time off, the time to do nothing, and I needed it. I’m glad I did it. But I want to finish this. I’ve been pecking at it for seven years now, on and off. I finished the first draft on November 27, 2007, and I’ve been "editing" ever since.
The story hasn’t changed dramatically, but there are substantial changes in how the outline looks. The story seems more solid. It still needs work – too much repetition of this thing, not enough emphasis on that thing – but overall I think it’s a stronger story and I like the idea of finally, once and for all, putting "The End" at the bottom of the document and calling it complete. (Anyone want to beta read?)
As for programming, I feel a lot stronger than I was a year ago. Heck, even six months ago. I’m doing things I didn’t even know how to approach when I started this job. I’m routinely doing stuff with data I didn’t have a clue about as recently as 2012. Nothing seems hard or threatening anymore. If I don’t know how to do it, I just keep searching online until I find the answer, find an example, or just outright steal some code from someone. (It’s okay, that’s why they put it on the web.)
I’ve updated some of my stuff so it’s better than it was, and it’s using the newer .NET technology so we’re positioned for going forward. I even did some research on how to use the old technology within the new, just in case I need to do that. I’m so grateful to God for His lovingkindness and grace in making me stronger, more effective as a programmer. I have every confidence my predecessor couldn’t do the things I’m doing now, that I’m farther along than he was when he left, and if there are things I still don’t know, I’ll learn them. I feel I can overcome any obstacle this job will put in my path right now, though that feeling will likely fade when a big problem does arrive. (I can still be honest with myself, heh.)
I don’t expect to make dramatic changes in my life, but I think I’m ready to make a few. And I seem to be well on my way to doing that.
So, that’s what’s happening with me lately. What’s up with you?