I have made little progress, regarding writing things up. I have, however, made progress in determining what my problem is: I really don't like writing academic reports. I have no problems documenting procedure, writing manuals, design or spec, or with reporting results. But I am very, very slow at the body of reports. I'm not a natural writer, I find forming fluid, coherent sentences, along with over-arching document structure, to be an excruciating and distasteful process. It's satisfying when I get there, but it's very slow and not an enjoyable journey.
Consequently, while I love learning, making things and working on programming, and problem solving, and have great enthusiasm for these, I spend a disproportionate amount of time on the parts I dislike. And when I'm writing reports I probably split my time about 20/80 between actually producing words and procrastinating / deliberating / hating it.
So, academia - probably not for me. Still, it's good to know, and there is also the distinct possbility that I'm just a bit sick of it at the moment. In either case, a year or two having a job, actually doing the things I enjoy, will be good for perspective, money, and I suspect general well-being.
I sketched some good ideas for a mechanical spider earlier.