Running plans

Back to my Monday recovery mile today…

…and I’m getting really excited now about finally finding out what is happening with the London Marathon this week! I have two totally different sets of running adventures planned for the next couple of months, depending on what the decision is. We’ll definitely hear by Friday, apparently!

As I have done for the past couple of weeks, I’m taking today off – I got all of today’s work done yesterday so that I could do this again. I’ve got a couple of decent-sized videogames that I want to get into this week, so I should be able to get a good start on those today.

It’s the first week of August, so that means new writing and game creation projects. I’ll get cracking on those tomorrow!

Rainbow loungewear
This week’s new loungewear, continuing my ‘bright colours to cheer up 2020’ theme.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Dave Cummins – ‘Belle Vue’
Nathan Lane, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams and Ernie Sabella – ‘Hakuna Matata’

RED day 214

(Just a quick update about the game I was finishing last night as I was a bit frazzled yesterday – I got it all finished and submitted to the competition I was doing it for. I’ll be able to release it and blog about it properly in a month’s time.)

Today’s earworm playlist:

Manami Kiyota – ‘Satorl Marsh’

Semi-flying Friday post

A mile on a hot day…

…and then I got some day job work done, and then Geth and I walked to Asda instead of driving because the weather was so nice, and since then I’ve been finishing off my latest game!

Need to get back to it – I’ll probably do a short update in addition to my Saturday running vlog tomorrow…

Cat finding some shade
This cat is a frequent feature of my local walks and runs. He/she has a very impressive collection of frilly collars and seems to be wearing a different one every day.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Nintendo – ‘Whispering Woods (Battle)’
Duran Duran – ‘Rio’
Pulp – ‘Disco 2000’
Frankie Miller – ‘Caledonia’
Nintendo – ‘Paper Mario: The Origami King (Main Theme)’

Unseasonal colours

A very gentle mile today…

…as I’m being careful due to a slight niggle. I’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days.

I’ve spent the rest of the day making graphics for my current game project. The game is set in November, and so the colours are fairly muted! I’m using a pre-made palette from LoSpec, like I did for my last game (it was recommended in the jam guidelines and I felt that the graphics looked a lot more pulled together as a result), and it’s really helping to provide the gloomy and slightly oppressive look I need for this game.

I finished Paper Mario: The Origami King last night (sad ending! 🙁 ) and am taking a couple of days away from gaming so that I can get all my projects finished for the week. Once Saturday arrives, however, I will be back exploring digital worlds with a vengeance.

Pixel street
It’s raining in my current game, because it always rains in November.

Today’s earworm playlist:

So Solid Crew – ’21 Seconds’
Duran Duran – ‘New Religion’
Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer – ‘Meet Me In St Louis’
DJ Fresh and Rita Ora – ‘Hot Right Now’
Eagle-Eye Cherry – ‘Save Tonight’

Phone Box Thursday: A75, Carsluith

Many thanks to all of you who have been sending phone box pictures in this last week! I’ve now got a good collection to share over the next few Thursdays.

Mum and Dad are still finding phone boxes in Dumfries and Galloway…

Red phone box
Red phone box, A75, Carsluith, 23rd July 2020.

(Coordinates 54°86’51.1″N, 4°35’76.9″W.)

The box has become a lot more overgrown than it was when the Street View image was taken (probably 2009, which was the one year that the Google cars did a perfunctory survey of rural Scotland – they have yet to return). It looks very romantic with all the weeds, but sadly it does not seem to be being cared for and will probably not be in situ for much longer.

Further sad news from Dumfries and Galloway – the Laggan box that Mum and Dad photographed for me last year has now been removed. Mum and Dad may have caught the council in the act! Dad says:

‘In fact, as we approached Gatehouse there was an Openreach van with flashing orange lights beside the site of the box at Laggan (I sent you a photo last year or the year before) and the box has now gone!’

There seems to be a big push at the moment to get rid of derelict rural phone boxes 🙁 Hopefully I will be able to collect as many as possible before they disappear.

Another family submission next week!

Proper endings

Another mile today…

…as I’m fairly busy this week so can only squeeze in super-short runs. I had a small bit of day job work to do today, and I also did the final bugfix for my most recent jam game. This was a bit more complicated than expected as I had to do a lot of fiddling with the Spectrum versions to get them to compile. The workaround wasn’t 100% perfect, but they’ll do for now, and with all the reported bugs fixed the game is a much better product than it was on first release.

As such, I finally feel I’m done with One Last Thing… now and can focus all my energies on the next few projects!

I’m going to squeeze in a couple more hours of coding and then get some Paper Mario played this evening. I’m on a tricky section, but I think I’m close to the end of the game now – somewhere between one and three play sessions should finish the plot, I expect.

Tomorrow I’m going to have a play with some simple graphics for the game project I’m working on this week.

Washing line
2020: the year of brightly coloured trousers (you can’t see all the examples on the line from this angle but I assure you there are quite a lot of them). They really cheer me up at the moment!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Plan comes together

Tuesday morning’s mile today…

…and for once I was up at a reasonable time, so the run was done and dusted before 9:30am and I was able to get on with my coding. I’m quite excited about the project I’ve been working on since the last Adventuron jam finished – it’s fairly contained, as it’s the opening chapter of what I hope will grow into a longer game, but there’s still a lot to code and test. However, it’s very nearly finished now, so I’m hoping to be able to put it through its paces tomorrow.

Just finishing my admin now and then I will squeeze in a couple of hours of Paper Mario before bed.

Same again tomorrow I hope! With possibly a slightly longer run, but possibly not. We’ll see.

Stuff to sort out
The study is an August project, as Geth has just gone on annual leave so he’ll be available to help me sort stuff out. The two neat rows of books are his (although to be fair it was me who put them away) – the piles of paper are mostly mine! They all need to be scanned and shredded so that I can keep the information digitally rather than having it cluttering up the house.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Depeche Mode – ‘Behind The Wheel’
Lisa Lougheed – ‘Run With Us’
Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’
John Williams, Michael Land, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian – ‘Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis: Opening Theme’
Nintendo – ‘Toad Town’
DJ Fresh and Rita Ora – ‘Hot Right Now’

Another Monday off

Back to my regularly-scheduled mile this morning…

…though today’s running headspace has been overshadowed by an email from the London Marathon, explaining that it will now be another ten days before they make their announcement about whether their rescheduled October date is actually going ahead. A bit more patience required 🙁 I can’t wait to have some idea of what I’m actually doing with my running this autumn.

Today, however, I’m having another Monday off, which is the new planned pattern for the foreseeable future. I got my day job work for today done yesterday so that I can have a good session on Paper Mario: The Origami King and make some progress.

Back to work tomorrow. With a bit more videogaming in the evening, I hope!

Brightly coloured running gear
I’m still cheering myself up with brightly-coloured running gear. Have developed a good collection now! These were part of today’s running outfit.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Town’
Nintendo – ‘Scorching Sandpaper Desert (Battle)’
The Midnight – ‘Endless Summer’
Nintendo – ‘Shroom City’