I’m never sure if I like busy spells. On the one hand, it means I’m working, which means I’m also getting paid, which is generally speaking a very good thing. But on the other hand, it also means I have less spare time — and as I have a knack for finding ways of filling whatever spare time I have at the best of times, these spells end up leaving me feeling like I’m failing to do everything that I want to.
On the one hand, I have stories to write — one in particular. I’m trying to improve my weaknesses in my writing, while not letting go of what I already do well. I also want to learn to play the piano, which I was doing with my fancy-schmancy keyboard, but as much as I love music, it’s always the music that suffers first when I’m running low on time. And I’m trying to learn how to program videogames in Unity, plus getting Apache set up to support PHP, trying to figure out how to configure my PC to play nice with cunningly-concealed data, and so on, and so on…
The up side to this is, if I take a step back and look at it all, almost everything I’m doing is something I can enjoy (on some level, anyway). My work as a programmer can be stressful at times, but ultimately, I chose this career for a reason. And my writing is fun, and I enjoy learning more and improving. And while I may not be any good at the piano just yet, even the few notes I can play in the correct order are rewarding.
And while, of late, my work has been frustrating — mostly down to the need to get an entirely new development environment set up and running properly, which is rather easier said than done when you come at it from the position of knowing nothing about it — it’s also rewarding when you get past the problems and things start working. I like who I work for, and work with — and so on the whole, I know that a lot of people have it worse than I do. My frustrations are more down to the fact that, in the end, I always seem to have more things that I want to do than I can get done. It’s worse when I’m distracted (which is why I’m no longer active on Facebook), but at the best of times, I can’t get everything done.
Still, at least I’m not a crab fisherman, eh?