(This post is very “personal life” oriented. Steer clear if you don’t care.)
I’ve been staying pretty quiet about my hiatus. It wasn’t planned (or I’d have given warning) and has lasted much longer than I’d have liked.
The reasons are pretty mundane. I’m not dying (any faster than usual; at least such that I can tell). I’m not sick. I’m not even getting married or something significant like that (I’d probably have mentioned that if I were).
I’m just working full time on a project (for work at the Uni) that has been in crunch mode since about August. Keeps one busy.
At the same time, my motivation has been a little upended. This has to do partially with work as well, but the reverse direction.
About August (what is it with August this year?), I was informed that at the end of my current contract I cannot be guaranteed funding. This isn’t the problem most people would expect for me. While, ya, not being paid is problematic, I could try to get money from other sources (I could mod more and depend on Patreon again). The problem for me is residence permit. In order for me to get a permit to live in Finland I need to have an income. Thus, no funding means I can’t get a residence permit beyond my current contract.
I don’t think I need to say that the possibility of being kicked out of the country one considers home is a bit stressful.
Thus I’ve been looking for other ways to stay here in Finland. The first looks were how to stay in academia, but I’ve largely given up on that. There isn’t any money in the universities here and most of them are in a recruiting freeze because of it. At this point I’m trying to get a job “in the real world/industry.” It’s made a little more complex by wanting to stay in Finland.
I have some time, still, before “Volcano Day,” but it’s still stressful to the point of deterring me from working on Mystcraft.
I just felt that you all deserved to know why Mystcraft stopped updating around August and where I’ve been. Thank you to everyone and I hope I can be back on playing around with Mystcraft fairly soon.
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Thanks for the update and I hope things work out for you.
I know a few Finnish people and can ask around about IT employment. Do you know python?
Oh yeah, and is Helsinki best for you, or elsewhere?
I wish you peace in your heart.
Yikes… Best of luck!
Wishing the best for you. Hope things have worked out since your post.
My good sir, i’m a fan from finland soon beging my studies in computer sience in turku and i don’t know if i’m wrong but you can aply for foundings at fpa kela and studies permit (keep in mind i can be horribly wrong). Otherwise for founding if I don’t remember incorrect there are companies in helsink, tampere and turku whom constantly searches for software developers. Good luck in life and i hope that you find a way to stay in this beautiful country. Kitos paljon/tack så mycket
Dear XCompWiz, could you please update MystCraft for 1.9 version when forge will become stable? 🙂