I've always had artistic desires, however, I lost the taste for the 'starving artist' image long before I really made a career choice. ( Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever made a career choice. ) Hmm.
I digress. My story is that I went into software development because there was a form of creativity there, but that I always intended to explore my artistic side with the money I had planned on getting from software engineering. Only, somewhere along the way, I decided I didn't want an over-abundance of money, either.
My daily job requires me to be both logical and creative, however, I'm finding, with a little bit of fear, that my logical side seems to be fading. The documentation that I write for the systems that I'm setting up is a little too interesting, and it seems to be taking me longer to solve problems that seem simple than before.. but then again, maybe I'm just solving them differently.
My last completed task involved parsing a text file to determine what to bill customers. It seemed simple enough, but then I was told that the customer should be billed if they logged in any time during the month, and then I realized that to tie the numbers, I would have to include all channels, even though we only bill for two currently... the deeper I got into solving the problem, the more complex the solution seemed to be needed. I ended up with an ob
In the meantime, I've started patching into my creativity. I started with writing, here on EP, and then I tried my hand at painting (acrylics; it seemed rather disasterous, but I'm telling myself that I should give it a little more time), tried metal sculpting because a friend of mine is a metal sculptor, which was cool, but also rather disasterous, and just recently played with clay for the first time. I think I might have real possibility there. Time will tell...