I briefly popped into liralen's journal and saw this. It's generally the sort of space I want to be in – planning out something in advance; gathering requirements. For the past few years, writing software has become a strain and a struggle. It's not fun anymore. A lot of the time, it's not even an intellectual challenge. It's mostly dealing with nasty politics, unreasonable deadlines, insufficient resources, etc. I feel like I expend lots of effort and get very little in return.