Yesterday was not the easiest day to motivate myself. A lot of it was spent either looking at the source code for The Market Underground feeling daunted at the amount of details which need adding or spent working out how the story SILVER CHORD is going to work. Today presents its own obstacles for my attention, but the worst of the time sinks, refactoring my Emacs configuration for this quarter, has been dispensed with after spending some hours hacking it into a better shape.

There are many features which I adore in Emacs and most of them are a consequence of its programmability, but the one which I keep coming back to is Org-Mode. It kicks the shit out of other time planning and document markup languages in terms of ease of use and the number of features it contains. The biggest stumbling block for me using it has always been that I work in an environment where sharing data by the cloud or any other means is at best frowned upon and actively discouraged by both policy and implementation. The logical consequence of this is that I can’t keep one unified organizer environment across my personal and current professional existence. In the past I’ve tried to reconcile the two in order to have a better todo system as per Getting Things Done or Tom Limoncelli’s Time Management for System Administrators, and I’ve always failed.

I’m not going to do that anymore. I want to use these tools to make me happier, so I’m going to have to accept that there is going to be a dividing line between the two spheres of my life.

The next exercise in distraction will be hooking Emacs up to my email. :)

Scrum notes:

  1. What did I do yesterday/last scrum to advance the project?
    • I spent quite a bit of time polishing the text for The Market Underground. This included extensive spell checking and expanding some areas of description
    • For SILVER CHORD I made notes and wrote some samples of prose to find the edge in this project’s marble
  2. What am I going to do today?
    • For The Market Underground:
      • More text expansion and polish
      • Start the git archive for this project and commit to GitHub and share the repository with a few friends
      • Read up on implementing detailed environmental descriptions
    • Attend my weekly writing group
      • Write more style samples and attempt to unpick what I’m trying to articulate from the mess of notes
  3. What are my blockers?
    • Only some domestic chores and travel time



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