Well, life has been "interesting".
Yes, it's been ages since I last blogged. There was a sudden burst of end-of-year stupidity at the office, work expande to consume 150% of my attention and time and I've been spending what little evening and weekend time I've had recovering from the past week and preparing for the next. No writing time at all, I've been too burned out to do much but watch TV and sleep.
Needless to say, this is unacceptable. I'v finally decided that this job is NOT worth having my creative time consumed and my creativity stifled. I've cleaned up my resume and come January it's time to move on.
Here's the issue - this company has been shipping products for years, tested only by the engineer tha wrote the software. They have a lot of returns on some of them and always assumed it was due to manufacturing issues.. WRONG!
So now they're testing and finding out the original programmers (all long gone) never actually tested their products thoroughly, and in a mad panic they stopped manufacturing nd production until the issues were fixed - which meant full-on panic mode for those of us programming here. Since every day they're not shipping they're losing money, you can imagine the pressure to get this stuff working.
It's been my worst work experience in 30 years of software engineering, which is quite the accomplishment. And I can see this happening again as they refuse to hire more test people (we have ONE person and he's 10x overworked) and they won't even consider changing their development approach.
Any way, rant over. I have a plan and a cure so it's just making it happen now.
Things have calmed down enough that I can actually look forwrd to some writing time again. Which is good as it helps preserve what tiny bit of sanity I still have, along with composing and performing music.
The final thing for the near future is to drop 90% of my 3D hobby and focus on just one software package, and conentrate on creating landscapes and fly-through animation. Simplify!
Now, back to reading "Writing In Overdrive" - can't hurt to try!