Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Testing, Testing. Is This Thing On?

In case you hadn't noticed based on the bloggy silence, these last few months have been incredibly busy around here, and unfortunately this blog has taken a big hit. I really want to continue posting here, as it's a great way to keep in touch and share with everyone. No promises, but I'm going to give it my best shot.

There are two big changes in my life that have provided a major scarcity in free time.

The first is a change in my work responsibilities. I'm still a software engineer for Onyx Graphics in Utah, working from home. However, rather than just working on whatever the product manager gives me to do, I am the product manager in a way. Each of us driver developers now have a handful of device manufacturers that we are responsible for, both developing the code and managing the relationship.

One of the things this means is more work related travel. I took four work trips in all of 2010. I've already been on three this year, and will likely have some 20 or so by the time 2011 is over.

This is a big change, but on balance I think a very good one. I've long felt that being on-site with our partners returns a big benefit, and now we're going to try this in practice.

The other big change has been the publication of my novel, Bumpy Landings.

My book came out in January, and is doing pretty well. It's taking quite a bit of work to get the word out, but it's been a lot of fun, too. You can read about some of the many things I've been doing, including my launch party, blog tour, and promotional trip to Hawai'i, over on my writing blog.

I'll be doing a book signing at Pioneer Book in Orem, Utah, on Monday, April 4th, from 5:30-7:30. If you're in the area, stop by and say "Hi!"