I got absolutely pummeled at the day job today. Being in a separate user interface design group means I get to work on a lot of different projects, but it can sometimes create a slightly adversarial relationship with the developers. Today I really missed being part of the development team -- we did have our arguments, to be sure, but I had a better idea of what the issues were, and neither I nor the developers got blind-sided the way I did today. It wasn't too bad, really -- no hard feelings, but a very intense discussion.
I filled out one of those census forms the other day -- how many people live at this address, where do you work, how much do you make, how did you get to work last week. Boy, do I feel lucky. I own my home, I drive my own car, I work every week. This survey really made me think about just how much of a privilege those simple things are.
Meanwhile, in fictionland, I'm developing the setting and introducing the rather large cast. One recent volunteer to join the cast (you know who you are) hasn't appeared yet, but I'll find a way to fit him in soon. I'll get the plot rolling within another few hundred words, I hope.