Programmer mode

I was in what my good friend Jim calls “programmer mode” all day today. I got into the office at 5:40 AM and worked on an ASP.NET application for over four hours straight without coming up for air. By then, my focus was complete. When I get into “programmer mode”, I don’t like interruptions. If someone comes by my office to say hello, I’m only vaguely aware of it. It must be like going into a trance. Coming out of it is as hard as getting into it. But I made some good progress today so I suppose it was worthwhile.

I headed over to Kelly’s after work and put some more finishing touches on my new story (yes, I’ve finally gotten back to it). I’m cutting as much as I can, but I also had to add some words to the very beginning and very end. I’m hoping to get the story down to 7,000 words by the time I’m finished.

We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight. I had their salmon special which was pretty good. The broccoli was too salty, unfortunately, but I managed to eat some of it. It was cooler out today, but still pleasant in the evening and Kelly and I walked to and from the restaurant in the cool, but comfortable evening air.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.