To be honest I kind of got caught up on some other things. In fact I've been neglectful of all my friends over here at Hash. I just needed a break. Still do. But I'm going to get back into it tonight.
I don't think I can properly explain how or why I felt burned out on this stuff. It wasn't ever particularly taxing. I just reached a point when I started to feel like I, every time I turned the computer on, I just didn't want to work on it. When it comes to hobbies I can (and anyone who worked with me through TAO already knows this) be extremely impatient.
One thing I've learned in life, and it's been a really bitter lesson, has been that even when you put tons of work into something, and try really hard, it can (and in my case always has) still be a major waste of time. So I try to stick to things I enjoy and allow myself to let go of the things I find taxing.
I joined the service and found myself being told what to do all the time by people I considered barely competent (and that sounds horribly arrogant but I was in the infantry and I never should have been in the infantry; there were some very smart folks in my units from time to time but they were usually as unhappy as I was; I could give examples in defense of my arrogant statement but I'd probably just be digging myself in deeper). I wasted those years and all I got out of it was some permanent injuries, a few thousand dollars for college and a cynicism that stretches beyond our nations borders. I thought, coming home a "war hero" would give me a leg up in the civilian world. The only thing I got for my time in the war was a free haircut: once. Within 2 months of getting out I was working at Radio Shack for $5.75 an hour.
I clawed my way through college, working terrible jobs, for years thinking that once I got my degree things would be better. I got into the corporate security world and found it full of corporate politics, a terrible sort of territoriality, corrupt executives and an overall malaise that I called "the velvet rut." I ended up getting fired because the company lied to a co worker and I told him the truth (we lost a major account and he went to the bosses and asked if our jobs were safe because he was about to take out a loan on the house his grandfather left him; they told him our jobs were safe, then on rounds a few weeks later I saw a memo from our supervisor on the senior VP's desk outlining the savings the company would garner by eliminating our entire shift; I was supposed to be in that office, it was part of my rounds, so was he and if he had been a better, more observant officer he would have seen it for himself; when I told him he flipped, went to them and demended the truth, he also told them who told him and they fired me the next day, I had to take them to employment court twice to get my unemployment benefits; I won both times).
I thought if maybe I got into the field of law, which I loved when I was in college things would be different. I quickly discovered that you cannot practice law by following the letter and spirit of the law. That the letter is all that matters and finding that gray area in between the letter is what almost all lawyers consider representing thier clients zealously. I detest lawyers. With the exception of a few professors and law enforcement lawyers I've never met one in private practice I could stomach. And the funny thing is that people like to blame the lawyers for all the problems but when it comes down to it its the clients who make them the way they are. A lawyer who follows all the rules and practices the law in the spirit it is written would be out of business instantly.
And that's just a few examples. So I get weary sometimes when I put tons of effort into something and don't see results. I enter an evaluation period and try and decide if I'm going to plow on or not. We only get so much time on this mudball and there are only so many things we can pour our hearts and souls into.
So I've decided to get back to work on this stuff and give it some more time, but I really needed a break from it before I could feel I could objectively decide that.
So I'm going to finish up that other Questionable Content thing I was working on in the next few days and then I'll be updating some more in here, soon.
It may sound like I'm bagging on the process but I'm not. I think the stuff all of you do with this program is absolutely amazing. I just don't really see myself ever getting to the point where I'm like Homeslice or Johnl3d or John Bigboote or Rodney or Robcat or any of the other folks whose work amazes me or I admire. Because as I've said a few times, I'm first and foremost a storyteller. All the stuff with this software is actually a tool to tell stories but it's a really complicated one. I feel the blank page and the written word calling to me a lot lately. And once I get the QC short done I'm going to get back to Remedy but I'm probably going to pace myself a bit slower and focus more on the novel I've been writing.
Anyway, that's what's going on with me. So the good news is I'm back and will be around for the foreseeable future.