I think it is for a variety of reasons, chiefly being the fact that I am now well and truly back into my games and spend time on them when I should be writing.
I have definitely turned into a steam addict and my game collection grows by the week (though now Tracey has given me an allowance each fortnight!).
Lately, I have been mainly playing Crusader Kings II (where I am trying my hardest to become the King of Ireland [unsuccessfully] as YouTube recommends to new players), X2:The Threat (I am making my annual attempt at an X:Marathon where I start with X:Beyond the Frontier and progress through X:Tension, X2:The Threat, X3:Reunion and X3:Terran Conflict building my empire before finally getting my hands on X3: Albion Prelude and finally X:Rebirth if my PC can handle it).
Well after spending the best part of yesterday installing Visual Studio 2008 a total of FOUR times (kept coming up with a corrupt cab file error) and my google-fu only yielded four hits on it and two of those were chinese (thank you google translate addon for firefox!).
Eventually, I managed to get it installed and now it runs nicely so I am prepared for my first foray into programming for several years since college!.
I also downloaded Python as it was recommended for beginners all over the internet and am now completing the codeacademy.com tutorials before jumping into the books I have
I am hoping to progress through the codeacademy tutorials, then onto the beginner’s book, then onto the more advanced stuff to build up a good level of ability before switching to C# and finally C++ where I hope to start creating a game (details withheld for the time being, but rest assured it’s not an MMO like everyone wants to do straight off!).
I would like to go to college again to study and give me something for my CV for this year, but I am having a few problems getting the paperwork they require for me and my wife to do the same course. I am even thinking of seeing what the Open University can offer, but that will have to wait until I have a job and can afford it! though I would like to study at level three before upgrading to a degree level course (even though it is work from home course and it is a lot cheaper than University, it still is a big and expensive step and I don’t want to be stuck with a student loan hanging over my head!).
Ah well, time will tell! for now I am going to have a crack at Python and see what happens!.