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Week minus 1: Passion Projects

I couldn’t have chosen a better time to start my Mini-Capstone journey: a new decade is beginning and so is (hopefully) my new career in software development. But first there’s the Christmas season and it brings the calm before the storm. Last week has brought closure to my old career in book publishing. No tears were shed on my end, instead an overwhelming joy filled my heart: it’s a sure sign that I made the right decision.

At the same time last year, I was celebrating my progress in Launch School with an ambitious project called A Dungeon Forgotten, a rogue-like game that brought together everything I had learned so far, and then some more. I have extensively written about that project here and I still think fondly of the days of its creation.
I didn’t have plans to repeat such an endeavour this year, but long winter evenings seem to bring out my inner nerd in full force. So, once again, I’m working on an idea that I had a few months ago and I hope to produce something cool before the end of the year. I will probably write a separate detailed blog post about it once I’m done, and I don’t want to spoil the project while it is still in its infancy. It follows in the footsteps of A Dungeon Forgotten, but it’s not going to be a game again, it’s more of a digital art piece if I can say so without sounding pretentious.

Not much else is happening right now, but spending hours upon hours on a passion project feels as relaxing as a good long walk through a snow-covered landscape. I deeply enjoy writing code and there is nothing more satisfying than getting in the zone, which seems to only happen regularly for me if I’m working on something born out of my passion. That’s why I treasure those Christmas days. Oh, and because of the food and family gatherings, of course.