by Neil Chopra

This week will be my last week at the juggernaut that is Blizzard Entertainment, a place I’ve come to love, and I’ll be moving back up to the Bay Area. I have spent five and a half wonderful years at this company (it is the only full time job I’ve yet had), and consider many of my colleagues lifelong friends. In the end though, I’ve decided that programming is not what I want to be doing forever. Since my introduction to it in high school, to a freak chance to be part of the .NET Launch, to an awesome internship at Vertigo, to studying computer science at Berkeley, and culminating with a career at an amazing gaming company, programming has dominated my life for that past decade. But I’ve now come to terms with the fact that I’m yearning for new experiences outside technology.

One of those experiences is writing. During my last few months at Blizzard, I’ve had a chance to finish up a draft of a book based on my own thoughts and philosophies. If programming is what overtly took up my time in the past ten years, then silent thought, observation,  and reflection has prevailed in my private life. This book, entitled Perpetual Patterns, is the result of attempting to document that side of me. The content is complete, barring last minute tweaks I want to do, and I plan on self-publishing it as an eBook, paperback, and audiobook (work is in progress on all three). I consider it a do-it-yourself project from start to finish and want to see it through to completion so I can have something to legitimately call my own. I’ve had a chance to share it with friends, family, and co-workers and they seem to be enjoying it :).  I also now have a website up for the book so anyone can explore the content as they please, any feedback is appreciated!

Aside from this, I’m giving myself six months to let my mind wander where it may before I worry about finding that steady job. Just as I believe in reformatting a computer when it’s become too cluttered, I’m taking this as an opportunity to reformat my life and specifically do the things I haven’t done before.

I find myself really enjoying writing, especially poetry, and would like this blog to serve as a home for random pieces that I work on.  Once I’ve gone through the self-publishing process, I also want to document everything I did so anyone with an interest can possibly use it as a starting point.  If you have a chance to check out the book and like it, check back on this blog, hopefully there will be something else that resonates with you as well!

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