Real life gets in the way: Retooling and the drought

At the end of 2014, I had to completely shift focus in my Real Job, which supports four other people, three households, and a cat. So, that job has to have priority. Writing is a time and money sink so far. So when I had to stop on a dime and shift 180 degrees my technical focus at work, it was all hands on deck. No twitter, no time for writing, I was spending nights with The Linux Networking Cookbook and similar references. Instead of paying for editing I was buying a massive server for the basement lab where VMWare would spin up multiple VMs — some pretending to be massive data stores, other networking components. A big job and I am maybe half done. And after spending more than half of 2014 ignoring the lonesome ‘writing widow’ wife I had to invest a lot of time there as well — writing and twitter buds don’t help keep the household together, create gourmet food or scratch my back.

So work will continue but at a slower pace. My artist is at school studying physics, and I will write in the thin spaces when mood and opportunity allow. Many are the ideas though and I’ll be fighting for some time to get them out. I was knocked a bit off the horse after a very negative relationship with a self-proclaimed ‘editor’ who had an impressive website and impressive credentials, but utterly corrupt morals. Ah well…the Internet. It’s like life, but more fragile.

Note to self: if someone proclaims himself as ‘evil’ — believe him!

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About H.W. MacNaughton

Technologist and communicator. Into technology, jazz, Formula One, sci-fi and any good writing about real stuff.
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