in the zone

March 17th, 2002

Been working hard on a project lately and I’m just rounding the corner into the home stretch. All features in and unit tested, checked in to CVS. System testing to follow. It’s a nice feeling.

I’ve been truly in the zone on this particular project. Nobody could quite understand the intensity if they haven’t been through it.

It’s like carving. I’ve been told that to carve a bear, you take a block of wood and cut away all the bits that don’t look like a bear. When you’re in the zone, you instinctively know where you’re going, which bits to whittle.

If I stand back and look at its beginnings and where it is now, I find it difficult to comprehend the complexities, but when you’re sculpting in the zone, the shavings just fly.

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