Best day

Another recovery mile this morning…

…followed by a nice walk in the early September sunshine. The first of September is one of my favourite days of the year – it’s the start of meteorological autumn, my favourite season, and of the part of the year starting with ‘-ber’ – the best four months of all. This autumn will probably feel a bit different, just as this spring and this summer felt a bit different, but I’m hopeful that the magic of the season will still be there. I’m still running a GNR, even if it’s virtual; the BBC are doing a truncated and socially-distanced Strictly series (the first participants are being announced tonight!); and of course no pandemic can stop me from binge-watching horror films and eating all the Hallowe’en chocolate during October!

I’m also excited about my 24-hour London Marathon challenge in October, which will keep my training focused for another month or so (Geth and I are also booked for an actual live race – the North Tyneside 10k – on the 18th of October, but we haven’t heard yet if it’s going ahead or not…).

Lots of other hopes and ambitions for the autumn months, including house decor (a few bits and pieces arriving this week!), writing (I have three potential projects for NaNoWriMo) and coding (I can’t decide which game to work on next, but I would like to release at least another two this year).

It should be a good autumn, even if it’s a quiet one. I might even make an effort to go find a Bonfire Night fireworks display this year (I usually can’t be bothered!).

In the shorter term, it looks like I’ll be fairly busy with day job work over the next few weeks, so September will probably fly by… as usual!

Pictures to go up
I am determined to get some of my pictures hung up on the wall by the end of the year, even if I don’t manage any other house projects. If nothing else, it’ll stop them cluttering up the dressing room!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jared Emerson-Johnson – ‘New Location Unlocked [Midtown Remix]’

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’

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’

Weekend feels

Just my Friday mile this morning…

…and I wouldn’t have had time to run further even if it had been scheduled, because I woke up really late again. I’m still struggling with my sleep pattern and this week has been especially bad. I’m actually looking forward to the nights properly drawing in as we get into the autumn, as I think it’s the light evenings that are the problem – it’s still not really getting dark until about 10pm here, and so my brain still thinks it’s daytime when I go to bed.

I’ve had a good day otherwise though. I’m enjoying the short game I’m making so much that I’m going to be working on it over the weekend, and then I’ll take Monday as a day for videogaming like I did during this last week. Geth and I are also planning to drive to Asda to do the weekend shop this evening, so we’ll be well stocked up for the next few days.

I was thrilled yesterday to find out that my most recent published game, One Last Thing…, had taken first place in the Adventuron Next Adventure Jam 😀 I worked really hard on the game and I’m so pleased that people enjoyed it. I need to do one more bugfix update, which I’ll release either tonight or tomorrow, and then I should be able to leave it alone for a while as I work on other projects.

Hopefully I’ll be able to regale you all with tales of weekend coding when I return to the blog on Monday! Until then, I’ll just be posting a couple of weekend running vlogs as usual.

Jam result
First out of seven entries is pretty good! Already looking forward to the next jam.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’
Rebecca Black – ‘Friday’

Grey days

Another late-start just-a-mile run today…

…and I’m feeling a bit demotivated and really looking forward to having some certainty about my autumn running plans. Just a few more days.

I’m currently finishing off some admin and then I’ll be spending a few hours coding again. I’m really enjoying keeping my current game projects short and simple, as my games usually get very unwieldy.

Probably some Paper Mario again this evening. It’s a very samey week, but it’s the good kind of samey.

Just me
This is the face of someone who has completely run out of ideas for pictures to post on her blog. I’m okay. It’s a good four months into lockdown and I’m still generally appreciating this unplanned opportunity for a quiet year spent creating things.

Today’s earworm playlist:

ACE+ – ‘Central Factory’
Nina – ‘Automatic Call’
Rod Stewart – ‘Baby Jane’
Heaven 17 – ‘Let Me Go’

Rabbit holes

I woke up late today, so it was just a mile again this morning…

…and a slow one to boot, but I’m okay with that. I’m just taking it as it comes now until London Marathon make their announcement.

I’ve been down a bit of a rabbit hole today (but a fun rabbit hole) doing research for tomorrow’s Phone Box Thursday post. It’s going to be interesting doing a slightly different style of post until I can get out and about and start collecting phone boxes again.

Just a couple of hours working on my coding now (I am making multiple short games at the moment, which are a lot of fun to work on!), and then I will spend a bit more time on Paper Mario tonight.

Christmas wrapping
Another potential project for the next couple of months: make some Christmas decorations out of old scraps of wrapping paper. I always intend to do stuff like that and end up leaving it too late!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Manami Kiyota – ‘Satorl Marsh’
Abba – ‘SOS’
Nina – ‘Automatic Call’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Cosmo Canyon’