Yep, it’s time for another straight talk post and no it’s not about diarrhea this time, though I’m sure there’s some of that in my near future. It’s December 1! Holy! Where did the time go? I realized this evening that I have less than three months left on my contract at EA. It’s almost a year since I started!

As we are barreling towards our release date, things are really busy. Unfortunately, this is not one of those rare times where we leisurely finish the game and roll into certification without any concerns. There’s still lots to do and lots to fix. As is often said in our industry, we are “coming in hot”.

I’ve tried not to do a lot of OT. For example, I’ve yet to work a weekend but there’s a lot to do. I have worked late during the week for the last several weeks. I never work past 9pm though and seeing as how I roll in around 10am, I find that’s ok. I’m not as young as I used to be however when I was an OT machine, working 12 hour days, seven days a week. I don’t know where I got the strength to do that. Even with my limited OT, I feel tired. It’s that fatigue that can’t be chased away by a single night of good sleep.

Lots of people need or want to start the next job right away after their contract ends. I’ve never really been like that and it looks like that probably won’t happen after this one. I won’t be looking for the next gig until I’m good and ready. It looks like March 2016 will be a great month for sleeping. I’m looking forward to it!

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