In my dreams I live something of a Hemingway sort of existence; living on a beach somewhere warm and sunny, and writing books for a living. Sadly, I actually have to work for a living and what I do is program computers, and in the programming world we have a concept known as “code complete.” A program is “code complete” when you have written all the code (surprise!). That doesn’t mean any of it works. It’s not tested, you might end up having to rewrite big chunks due to mistake or design error, but everything is there that needs to be there according to the plan.
This weekend the second Aneka Jansen book, The Cold Steel Mind, went code complete. All the words are there, they might not be the right words, and they might not be in the right order, but they are all there. It’s the first stage in getting that book out there for people to read, but there’s still a way to go yet.
PS. The Hemingway lifestyle sounds great, but I’d never do it. Bright sunlight gives me headaches, beach sand gets everywhere. I’ll probably stick with wet, cold England.