Still pixelating

Another mile this morning, just like the rest of this week…

…which has been really good, actually, as I feel properly rested and ready to go for my half marathon length run on Sunday. I feel that this has been a good plan and will be doing the same once every four weeks (the aim is to stay half marathon fit while I don’t have any races to train for – I am fully expecting all my postponed-to-the-autumn races to be re-postponed to next spring, so I think I’ll probably be doing this programme for some time).

I’ve spent the rest of the day doing my graphics for my text adventure. One more to go this evening, and then I can spend the next couple of days polishing and finalising the game! I’m hoping to have it ready to release by Saturday evening, but we’ll see.

Same again tomorrow… I hope.

realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
Once I’ve got a few hours free to play games again as well as just making them, I will be diving into this new acquisition. Looking forward to seeing how they’ve updated the world I first explored in 1993 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Thought Beings – ‘Shakedown’
Tyler Lyle – ‘Lost And Found’ [The Midnight Remix]
Rebecca Black – ‘Friday’

Resting and drawing

Just a mile this morning…

…because I’m having a mostly-rest day. No extra RingFit sessions or long walks or yoga workouts today – I’ve got some tough runs to do over the weekend and so I need to save some energy.

I’ve been catching up with admin and working on my adventure game instead. Some of my COVID-necessary event and holiday refunds are starting to come through now, and there’s some movement on others, so the ongoing stress relating to all of that is easing slightly.

I’ve not been spending as much time playing actual videogames this week, for various reasons. One of these is that I’ve got the game creation bug again and have been back working on my latest game. I’m hoping to get the bulk of the work on it finished this weekend so that I can get it all together and start doing some playtesting next week.

Up early(ish) for the parkrun quiz tomorrow, and then hopefully a nice fast pace run so that I can get back to coding and making graphics!

Wizard in cave
Remember this wizard from an early pencil sketch? He’s looking a bit more colourful now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Proclaimers – ‘Misty Blue’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Elton John – ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’
RingFit Adventure – ‘Battle Theme’
Rod Stewart – ‘Baby Jane’

Blue skies, but still inside

Just a short run this morning…

…and then the same kind of cross-training that I did yesterday. It’s nice to be getting some non-running exercise in this week.

Speaking of non-running exercise, I still haven’t been for any of the walks that I planned to do when the exercise restrictions were relaxed last week. It’s really nice weather out there, and I know it’d be an enjoyable thing to do, but I’ve just been too busy. Things are taking longer than they should during the day because I feel sluggish and distracted by various situational stresses, and then in the evening I’m burnt out and just want to play videogames (and to be honest I’ve not even had the energy for that the last couple of nights).

In short, it’d be nice to get a walk in, but I’m not sure when I’ll manage it, because other things take priority.

A different kind of run tomorrow, and hopefully also some writing.

RingFit Adventure
I’ve been enjoying RingFit Adventure the last couple of days as a quick bit of cross-training after my shorter runs.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – ‘Edward van Helgen’
September 87 – ‘Bad Dream Baby’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’

Forwards

One more mile today…

…which I felt was quite an achievement, given that I really didn’t want to go out this morning. That’s what the run every day streak is for – if it weren’t for that motivation, I doubt I’d have run much at all during this lockdown!

I’m feeling happier today than the last couple of days, and I’ve got some really fun projects to work on over the weekend. I’ll be doing run vlogs and review posts as usual tomorrow and Sunday, and will be back on Monday for a diary update.

Wii home screen
Every so often I turn all the old consoles on to check that they still work (and this time round, it’s also to collate all my game collections as I’m currently building a Backloggery list to help me see what I have). The Wii is working very nicely – its controllers less so! We’re going to have to give them some TLC.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Yoko Shimomura – ‘Colony 9’
Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
Katy Perry – ‘I Kissed A Girl’
Traditional – ‘The Blaydon Races’
Madonna – ‘True Blue’
Martika – ‘Toy Soldiers’
Duran Duran – ‘Ordinary World’

Start again

Another day, another mile…

…because I was busy today. Nearly done now though!

Mentally it’s not been a great day, but the best thing is to move on to tomorrow.

Videogames
I finished Bravely Default last night. Then I played through and completed the new Thimbleweed Park mini-sequel, and then I finished 198X, which I’d started playing last August and not got round to completing until now. What game shall I play next? Probably not a Wii game… but anything’s possible.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘Sylvan Tranquillity’
Timecop1983 and Primo – ‘My DeLorean’
‘Korobeiniki’ (the Tetris theme music – Tetris 99 version)
Revo – ‘The Land Of Immortality’

Still not firing on all cylinders

Just another mile today…

…as I woke up with a slightly sore shoulder (I had planned to do closer to two miles today but decided to keep it short and gentle again).

I’m still not sleeping well, and I don’t feel productive at all this week – I’m a bit slow to get going with everything. Still, I’m managing to get a bit of work on my current writing project done every day, which is great.

Despite the uncertainty about absolutely everything at the moment, I am 100% certain that two things will be the case by the end of 2020:

  1. I will have made a significant dent in my videogame backlog. There’s no way I’ll have cleared it completely, but there will at least be light at the end of the tunnel…
  2. I will own enough leggings to last me for the rest of my life, and yet I will still want more. So many shiny patterns!

Everyone needs a hobby, or twenty in my case. Especially at the moment.

Videogaming tonight, running in the morning, writing during the day, rinse and repeat.

Computers, 1980
I’m running out of pictures that I can take during lockdown, as my world is obviously a bit samey right now. As such, I’ve been going through the family archives for old computer pictures. I love this one from 1980.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Billy Idol – ‘Rebel Yell’
Revo – ‘Ship Upon The Open Skies’
Thought Beings – ‘Shakedown’

A slow day

Back to my mile route today…

…and my legs were pretty thankful for a short recovery run after the last few days!

I’ve been finding it really difficult to concentrate today. I slept very badly last night because I can’t stop worrying about everything that’s going on, and there are various COVID-related stresses that are really starting to get to me. I find myself kind of wishing the next two months away, simply because (I would hope) there will be a bit more certainty by then in terms of some of the things I’m concerned about.

In the meantime, I’ve just been trying to get on with my routine as best I can. I’ve planned out my next competition writing project, which I’ll be working on over the next few weeks, and I’m trying to keep on top of my admin and housework (not always successfully, but it’s nice when it happens).

Videogames have been my absolute salvation in all of this. They’re the only thing that allows me to relax properly at the moment – I drift off in my own thoughts if I’m just passively watching a film or TV show, and even sometimes when I’m reading. Writing, meanwhile, though it’s my passion, is tiring and requires brainspace, so I try and keep it for the ‘work’ hours of the day. Videogaming is just brain-engaging enough that I can lose myself in it without feeling like it’s tiring me out – it strikes the perfect balance.

I’m hoping to feel better tomorrow. The exercise restrictions are being lifted slightly, so though I’m still being cautious about going outside, I have an afternoon walk planned in addition to my morning run. It’ll be nice to get a bit of extra fresh air.

Trees
Now that it’s May, the blossom has disappeared from our front garden trees along with all the others. As such, it was a good time to have them professionally trimmed back! Our tree worker came and did them today, and they look a lot tidier now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Land Of Beginnings’
Bucks Fizz – ‘Making Your Mind Up’

Tired legs, busy brain

Five miles run this morning…

…which was the third day in a row that I’d run considerably further than I have been doing for the last couple of weeks. I did my three-mile not-a-parkrun on Saturday, then eight miles yesterday – I had hoped to do ten or even twelve but didn’t want to push too hard after a few weeks of lower mileage. As such, I finished off my planned route from yesterday with a longer-than-usual recovery run today. It turned out that the route as a whole is thirteen miles, rather than the twelve that Mapometer calculated, so it would have been a bit of a big ask yesterday given that I haven’t run that distance since the Inverness half two months ago!

I got up early to do my run this morning as I had a few things to do today. The rest of the week is looking fairly quiet, though, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some stuff done around the house.

I’m also hopeful that I might finish my playthrough of Bravely Default this week. Lockdown, if nothing else, has been fantastic for working through my videogame backlog.

A weekend of running
Some run pictures from the weekend. Friday and Saturday were both gloriously warm so I wore shorts and vests for the first time this year! Yesterday was a different story. I took a picture of a cow on the Town Moor instead.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Civil War Country’
The Midnight – ‘We Move Forward’
Carter USM – ‘After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way)’
Timecop1983 – ‘Tokyo’

Bank holiday time!

Another quick (well, slow) mile this morning…

…because I had a lot of things to get done today so that I would be able to relax properly over the bank holiday weekend! I finished my editing, and also got a piece of writing finished for a competition (the submission deadline was today, so I was cutting it a bit fine – I wish I’d had more time to work on it, but this week ended up being a bit mental!).

Geth and I have celebrated the arrival of the bank holiday with pizza (weigh-in went fine this morning, so we’re allowed) and special drinks (beer for him, alcohol-free fizzy for me). It feels strange having a bank holiday on a Friday when it’s not Easter – I think the last time was the Royal Wedding in 2011! The fact that it’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day feels a bit odd too, as I remember the 50th anniversary in 1995 and the WWII school project we were doing at the time. Difficult to believe that a whole third of the total time since the war itself has gone by since then.

It’s meant to be lovely weather tomorrow (it certainly was today), but other than helping Geth with the gravel in the garden, I think I will probably be inside with my videogames as usual!

Nosecco
A bottle of alcohol-free fizzy to celebrate the bank holiday! Excuse the blurry photo – my phone camera was more interested in the Xbox next-gen showcase on TV for some reason (no idea why, it was dreadful!).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘A Crystal’s Sparkle’
Revo – ‘The Land Of Beginnings’
Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz – ‘Number 1’

Keeping busy!

Just a mile today…

…because it’s the start of another busy week. I never find myself short of things to do! I’ve got a bit of editing work this week (much appreciated in the current circumstances), plus a short piece to write for a competition, and various admin and house stuff to get on with. It provides a nice structure to the week and means that the weekends feel more like weekends, rather than just random days.

I’ve been working hard to make sure that I finish all my work by 6pm every evening, which is when Mum calls for our daily catch-up. This means that I have the evenings free to do what I want (99% of the time this is playing videogames), which is something that just wasn’t possible before lockdown as I had too many commitments. I am massively less stressed as a result, which is the main instigator for me not wanting to go ‘back to normal’ when the current situation ends.

Things feel manageable at the moment, which hasn’t been the case in a long time. I hope I can work out a similar balance in the future.

Bravely Default
I’m trying to ‘100%’ Bravely Default (as this is probably my last playthrough), which means that the game will have taken close to 150 hours by the time I’m done with it. As such, I have no qualms about using the ‘Big Pharma’ money-farming exploit, as making the in-game money by normal means would probably add another 50 hours to the game. My 3DS is very happily playing itself right now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘Visitor’
Revo – ‘Ship Racing Across The Ocean’
Duran Duran – ‘White Lines’
Sailor – ‘A Glass Of Champagne’
Duran Duran – ‘Vertigo (Do The Demolition)’
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – ‘See You Again’
Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’
The Midnight – ‘We Move Forward’