another season « Tidepool News

Happy Solstice everyone!  Today is three years since starting Tidepool, since writing the first of 1671 current pages of code. So far I’ve spent 89 solid weeks of work, nearly two years of three, representing $534,000 of billable income.

Today I’d hoped to launch the beta, but we’re still two months away. Between scrambling for work and homeschooling Isabel, I never got a groove going until a few weeks ago. Coding requires a focused mind and unbroken stretches of time, especially with a codebase this large.

If able to keep my current pace, I could realistically finish by March, though only with $6000 to get us there. Otherwise, it’s back to billable, which would delay the beta by another year.

Two months to go after two years of work. Conrad had it right: “Why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?” To finally get some real momentum going, then have to stop with the end in sight is frustrating.

Especially when I need just $120 a day to keep going.  Please give what you can.

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2 responses to “another season”

  1. Sherri W says:

    “Between scrambling for work and homeschooling Isabel, I never got a groove going until a few weeks ago. Coding requires a focused mind and unbroken stretches of time, especially with a codebase this large.”

    This times a million. I am a stay at home mom, and also try to work on my games & client projects in my ‘spare’ time. It is so hard to have the focus, mental energy & uninterrupted time for software dev. When the kids are around I’m in hyper-alert mode never really able to get into the zone. In the evening I’m burnt out & the thought of sitting in front of a computer screen is a massive turn-off.

    I’ve learned to accept that tiny steps of progress are still steps in the right direction… and my kids are the top priority project these days. Doesn’t stop it from being a bit depressing though.

    Keep at it! And don’t forget that all those OTHER projects you’re working on… ‘count’. 🙂

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