All the text

I’ve had a really fun day planning out my Hallowe’en-themed text adventure game. It’s going to be much bigger than my last one and so I’ll be spending a lot of time working on it over the next few weeks!

I also went out for a run this morning, meaning I only had to do a short treadmill walk to hit my Garmin step count.

Looking forward to another day of writing tomorrow.

Hallowe'en lanterns
Not an OOTD: there’ll be a fair few of these in my new game. Picture is of my 2015 collection 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Laura Branigan – Gloria
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Mike Harding and Myfanwy Talog – DangerMouse Main Theme
Duran Duran – Vertigo (Do The Demolition)
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire

Keyboard bashing

I’ve had a busy day getting on with writing tasks – I’ve submitted a few pieces to magazines and competitions and have started planning out my next graphical text adventure game for the upcoming Adventuron Hallowe’en jam. October (so far!) is still looking nice and quiet, so I will hopefully be able to continue ticking off things on my writing to-do list most days.

It’s another day in the house, which means I was back on the treadmill to hit my step goal this evening – I’ve got a feeling that tomorrow’s outdoor run will actually feel quite easy in comparison!

Bravely Default
Not an OOTD: on the plus side, spending so much time on the treadmill is allowing me to defeat a lot of dragons in Bravely Default.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Dr Feelgood – Milk And Alcohol
Whitney Houston – So Emotional
Faithless – God Is A DJ

Autumn weekends in :)

A nice relaxing Saturday today. I took it easy at parkrun this morning (Geth on the other hand is getting weekly PBs at the moment!) and have spent the rest of the day chilling out with writing and internet.

I finally have some time to get back to videogaming tomorrow 🙂

OOTD 5th October 2019
OOTD: my favourite jumper is back for the autumn/winter! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – Club 41
Kim Wilde – Chequered Love
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On

Late in the day

It was too wet and miserable to go for a run this morning (yup, I have become a bit of a fairweather runner ever since doing the bulk of my marathon training on the treadmill!), but it had brightened up by mid-afternoon so I ended up running later instead. It turned out that it wasn’t a good idea so soon after lunch! I need to plan things better if I’m going to start doing late afternoon/early evening runs.

Other than running, today I have mainly been getting on with admin and writing. I’m really appreciating this nice quiet week after the whirlwind of the last fortnight.

I’ve now updated my text adventure game after collecting various feedback over the last week!

More of the same (with bonus ukulele class) tomorrow.

OOTD 1st October 2019
OOTD: posting today’s outfit again for once! As you might have guessed, I am currently happily living in my ’80s jumper collection. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – Take Me Back To London
Naughty Boy and Sam Smith – La La La
Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait
Trevor Something – Miami Nights

Can I sleep yet?

Another hectic day today. I went for a walk to the supermarket first thing, and then came home to do a full day of editing work for clients. Now catching up with a few admin and writing jobs this evening.

Dragging myself to parkrun in the morning, and then Geth and I have boardgaming guests round to continue our Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth campaign tomorrow afternoon! Hoping to get the bulk of the campaign finished so that we can start a more seasonally spooky game in October.

Sunday will be for sleeping. I hope!

Sleeping, September 1988
Not today’s OOTD: sleep, glorious sleep, on a gloriously ’80s grey leather sofa in a beautifully coordinated and comfortable blue ensemble.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – Phatt Island
Gary Numan – Cars
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Peter Hames – Ordinary Man
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI4)
JLS – Everybody In Love

One of those hectic Wednesdays

The manic week continues. I’m looking forward to the weekend so I can get on with making a few improvements to my text adventure game.

After finishing off my poems for tonight’s poetry reading this morning (I really wish this didn’t get left till the last minute every month, but it is what it is), I had editing work to do for a client during the rest of the day. I then headed off to ukulele class (I’ve been able to squeeze in a bit of practice here and there over the last few days, so last week’s challenging songs are already feeling a bit less challenging!), followed by a mad dash to poetry night. I’m not really nervous about reading at poetry night anymore, and it’s become something I really enjoy doing every month.

I read a poem about autumn tonight. I love autumn.

I’ll love it a whole lot more once this ridiculously busy week is over.

Autumn 1985
Not really an OOTD (or at least an extremely belated one): discovering autumn for the first time, a very long time ago. Those crunchy leaves have never lost their appeal, although I’m probably less likely to try and eat them nowadays.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI4)
Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Aaron Carter – Crush On You
Duran Duran – Girl Panic!
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Jackson Browne – Rosie
Duran Duran – Skin Trade
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

A Monday off

After a busy few days of writing and coding it was good to have a break today. I spent the day playing some of the other entries to the Adventuron CaveJam – it was nice to get back to playing games rather than slogging through the code! A reminder that you can play my entry here if you fancy trying a text adventure. Feedback welcomed!

Back to work tomorrow.

The Cave of Hoarding
Not an OOTD: a location from my adventure. The graphics were a bit of a last-minute bodge job – will be updating them at some point!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)
Altered Images – Don’t Talk To Me About Love

Scene infinity

I spent pretty much all day today finishing off an entry for another writing competition. It was a scriptwriting competition this time, and I always find script takes a bit more out of me than prose or poetry. Very tired now! Looking forward to a slightly less brain-heavy weekend coding my text adventure and practising my ukulele.

I’m also going to head to parkrun in the morning to stretch my legs! Haven’t been out for a run in a week.

Spider plant
Not an OOTD: my spider plant is looking a lot less tired than I am today.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI4)
Mousse T vs. Hot & Juicy – Horny
Michael Land – The Drinking Contest

Venturing forth

After heading to my earlier Slimming World weigh-in this morning, I settled in for a day of writing. Today I’ve been mainly working on my text adventure game, which has been a lot of fun – it’s fascinating working out how to code all the puzzles.

Brain is a bit frazzled now though, so I’ll be having a quiet evening!

Adventuron Classroom
Not an OOTD: the online programme I’ve been using for my text adventure. Highly recommended if you’ve ever fancied a go at making a videogame!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – Wally Crying
Kate Bush – Wow
Village People – In The Navy
Jeremy Soule – Dragonborn

Back to the Wednesday routine

I slept a little longer last night, which is a good thing. I was still up fairly promptly to get a good day of writing in – I’ve got two competitions I want to submit to this weekend, so I’ll be busy all week getting these projects finished.

I then headed off to my first ukulele class of the term this evening. I was a bit nervous about moving up to the intermediate class – if it hadn’t been for the fact that they changed the times of the classes (meaning that beginners class now clashes with poetry night once a month), I might have stayed in beginners for another term. However, the pieces that were introduced tonight are very manageable – a bit challenging, and I’ll need to get back to practising every day, but I will have definitely nailed them by the end of term.

I’m going to an earlier Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow morning so that I can have another productive day of writing!

Tyne Bridge, September 2019
Not an OOTD: the Tyne Bridge still has its Great North Run sign on and looked absolutely beautiful from outside the Sage Gateshead tonight.

Today’s earworm playlist:

2 Unlimited – No Limit
Michael Land – Sea Cucumber
Revo – Horizon Of Light And Shadow
Peter Hames – Ordinary Man
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Jackson Browne – Rosie