January 22, 2008

Dribs and drabs for the next few months

On the weekend I spent a bit of time estimating how I can fit my Ph.D. program, webcomic project and game programming alongside each other for the next couple of months. My conclusion is that I can’t - not extensively, at least. For the next few months at least I can’t really set any deadlines or milestones except for those involving my studies.

While I am still going to work on both cartooning and game programming as a break from my work, I am not going to be setting any targets or projects until my Ph.D. is over; I just don’t have the energy for it. As far as I can see, I don’t think I’ve got the time to work on anything substantial until about April - not unless I want to give up sleep.

This might be for the best, as it’ll give me some time to work slowly on building up my skills rather than feeling pressured to rush things out. While I really wanted to launch my webcomic early this year, I feel I can’t really warrant the time to do so until I’ve got my Ph.D. thesis off my back. Instead I can put the extra few months into more planning, getting my drawing skills up to scratch and getting familiar with the tools available. Likewise, instead of working on any decent sized game I can use the time to get to grips with Python and Flash without feeling guilty about not releasing anything.

Of course I’m still not sure if I’ll have the time after I’m done, because it’s still up in the air of what I’m going to do when all this is over. I’m hoping a month’s holiday isn’t out of the question.

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2 Comments on Dribs and drabs for the next few months

January 23, 2008

David McGraw @ 10:43 am:

I agree. Try to relax and focus on your PhD. Once that beast is over, see where you are at. Work on the web-comic ‘for fun’ when you are just stressed on PhD stuff. It’ll be a nice break. Tinker with some code when you feel stressed on PhD stuff. It’ll be a nice break.

Just don’t burn yourself into the ground, you’re too young for that. Stay motivated and get through this beast.

David "Trapper Zoid" @ 11:01 am:

My problem is that I’ve loaded up my mind with so many projects it’s really easy for an expert procrastinator like myself to get sidetracked. But in the last couple of days I’ve enough minor things go wrong to ramp up my stress levels to the amount required to get me focusing on priorities. Hopefully I can keep them high enough to keep me productive but not so high that I burn out over the next few months.

I’m just a bit sad that this journal will be a bit dull for a while, as I’m not going to have much to put in here.

And there’s no way I’ll be able to do anything for 4E6 either. Darn - another year with no entry. Maybe next time?

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