Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3 2/17/19

My apologies for anyone who went/is at ConDFW looking for ChibiChains and myself and did not find us there. Unfortunately, I’m still having the issues that cropped up after surgery in November. I’d hoped the last set of meds would let me go to the con, but alas, it was not to be.

I can go out for a bit, but sitting up straight for 8+ hours and the driving itself would have taken too much out of me. I’d thought about doing it anyway, but my family talked me out of it.

I can’t wait for them to figure out what is causing the mess and they get rid of it!

Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - Elven guardian

One of the comic book style sections. Citri and her Elven protector.

Witcher 3 - following Swallows trail

Geralt and one of his sorceress friends, following Citri’s trail. They are about to enter deeper into a set of caves used by her elven protector.

Witcher 3 - message from the elf

Pre-recorded message for Citri from the mysterious elf.

Witcher 3 - dead end?

The pictures of the Swallow are the crumbs to follow. This one, however, appeared to be a dead end.

Witcher 3 - elven portal

In reality, it was a magic portal. (And yes, that is one ugly piece of armor Geralt is wearing. lol.)

Witcher 3 - elemental guardian

The elf left some security measures in place. The earth elemental on the floor was cool looking and nasty!

Witcher 3 - a member of the Wild Hunt

I brightened the image as much as I could. This is one of the members of the Wild Hunt. One of the elves searching for Citri for her elder blood.

Witcher 3 - magic chamber

Magic flames. Nothing bad could happen here. Right? 😛

Witcher 3 - the end of the elf cave

Exit from the mysterious elf’s cave. Citri was not there, but we learned a thing or two.

Witcher 3 - Geralt

He sure is pretty! 😛

Hope you had a good weekend!

ConDFW 2019 Programming

Greetings, all!

Next weekend the 2019 conventions begin! First up is ConDFW – Feb 15-17, 2019.

ConDFW 2019

Final programming schedule came out – so I wanted to share what panels I’ll be in. 🙂

Friday

Programming 2, 4 PM

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night Panelists: Julie Barrett (M), Michael Baldwin, Patricia Ferguson, Gloria Oliver, T. M. Hunter

Whether a classic noir or modern day mystery, the weather must usually need to be accounted for. If it rained, footsteps could be lost or found. If it snowed, evidence could be missed. Our panelists debate the weather and how it affects shots ringing out. Saturday

Saturday

Programming 4, 1 PM

The mARTian Collaboration Panelists: Melia Dawn, Brad Foster, Frances May, Gloria Oliver, Mel White

They say if you ask a committee to design a horse, you’ll get a camel. Come see what happens when we team up artists and ask them to design a Martian, alien, or whatever the audience demands!

Programming 4, 4 PM

Fandom Pictionary Panelists: Melia Dawn, Brad Foster, Frances May, Gloria Oliver, Mel White Play

Pictionary or just watch as our artists compete. Come and see our artists face off against each other. Pictionary has never been this much fun!

Sunday

Programming 2, 1 PM

What is Taboo in History? Panelists: Chris Donahue (M), Charlaine Harris, Melanie Fletcher, Gloria Oliver, Frances May

When we look back at history, there are always parts that are not for the squeamish. There are issues that are controversial, and then there are issues that just aren’t talked about in polite society. Where are the lines? Are there any lines? Why are you crossing any lines? Our panelists discuss these ideas and others. Warning: May get political and/or heated. Please keep all prejudices at the door.

Main Programming, 3 PM

Blending Steampunk Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Gloria Oliver

Using two or more genres together can make something really pop in the imagination. Whether it’s combining with Japanese culture in Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War series or combining with WWI era noir with Larry Correia’s Grimnoir series, blending steampunk with another genre can be very effective. Our panelists debate this and other topics.

Won’t you come and join the fun?

Virtual Tourist – GRIS 2/3/19

Morning, all!

I am still recuperating. There’s some inflammation the doctor is not sure why I have, so I get to do a couple of weeks of steroids. I hope this does the trick. So tired of not feeling normal. 😛

GRIS

GRIS - Bird in Red

The bird is a recurring entity. Currently helpful, though later it gets hostile.

Hitching a ride

Here I am hitching a ride on the bird to go to a new area.

GRIS - Blue

We have arrived at the color Blue.

GRIS - Blue Forest

This is the forest in Blue. They do some really neat things in this zone as they merge wood and water elements.

GRIS - Waterfall tree

This is a waterfall tree. The shrub areas are made of water, though you can stand on them as if they were solid. It gets trippy as the cloak now has the power of turning us into a fish. You can swim up the thicker waterfall sections into the cube sections.

GRIS - fish!

That’s me in the middle. Take a look at the scary shadow in the back! Eek!

GRIS - Blue Statue

The girl statues are a major element and what the voyage is about.

GRIS - Blue full moon

Isn’t that a cool visual?

GRIS - Green

Now we are in Green. The farther we go the more complex things appear.

GRIS - Green and its beautiful flowers

Red, blue, yellow and now all sorts of colors appear. This section is gorgeous. Once we get the power to sing, we will make it even more so.

Have a gorgeous Sunday!

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3 11/18/18

Morning!

I fell off the planet again and will most likely fall off again next week.

I had a gallstone attack a couple of weeks ago. First time I’ve had one! At least to where I knew something was wrong. I had some scans, and they found the stones. Now I am going to have my gallbladder removed. Whee! (Thus the reason I’ll be falling off the planet again.)  Wish me luck!

Virtual Tourist

Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - magic portal

Yennefer has opened a magic portal for travel. Whenever you interact with someone long enough or learn a lot about them, they get entered into the character entry book. (Yes, I forgot to hit the Home button to get rid of the UI. DOH)

Witcher 3 - palace

One of the large rooms in Emhyr var Emreis’s castle.

Witcher 3 - Northern Temeria

View of Northern Temeria and one of the villages.

Witcher 3 - Members of the Wild HuntMembers of the Wild Hunt looking for clues to Ciri’s whereabouts.

Witcher 3 - Leader of the Wild Hunt

This is the leader of the Wild Hunt and supernatural bad guy. Mean looking guy!

Witcher 3 - Ciri

This was an unexpected surprise. In certain points of the game, when getting information about Ciri from those who’ve seen her, you get to be her to reenact that particular set of events.

Witcher 3 - magic portal

The women mages are in hiding as their’s a price on their heads. This temporary portal belongs to Keira Metz.

Witcher 3 - Keira's secret place

This is Keira’s secret place. It’s where she goes when she can’t stand being the village witch anymore. Lol.

Witcher 3 - ruins

A gorgeous view as I approach a set of small ruins.

Witcher 3 - closer look at the ruins

A closer look at the ruins.

Wish me luck! Hope to be back to soon!

Also, next Saturday is Small Business Saturday. You can help small business and small publishers by shopping their wears.

ChibiChains - Small Business Saturday Small Business Saturday - Zumaya Publications Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 10/28/18

 

Morning, all!

Mini Movie Review

Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer – a sub movie! Woot! Hubby has been chomping at the bit to see this one. 🙂 The film has all the submarine movie tropes and then some. Some of the big pieces on the plot don’t quite fit or point you in directions never followed up on, but ignoring those, you’re in for a fun ride. Multiple groups are involved in the mission, so you get action from several directions and by various groups. Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

Virtual Tourist

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - subway trakcs

No subways are running from the station, so Jensen has to make his way over on foot.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - newspaper

The electronic newspaper in the game. Headlines and stories will change as the game progresses. Nice way to give players more info.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - main suspect

Look at the awesome wrap around screen! Sweet!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - cabal

Close up picture of the augmented troublemaker following the orders from the cabal. 😛

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - chandelier

That is one cool chandelier!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - cool room

The rest of the place is nice, too! This one gives a better view of the room.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - underground

A meeting underground

Deus Ex: Mankind DividedCulinary delights – grilled mouse on a stick.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Aerial view of the city of London!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The DNA strand buildings are too darn cool!

That’s it for this week. Hope you have a marvelous day!

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 10/21/18

 

Morning!

Weird week. All the rain and cold were trying super hard to make me sick. I muddled through – yay! But somehow though we thought we had Fan Days this weekend, we did not actually have a booth. Boo! But it’s given me time to fight against catching a cold. Yay! But I didn’t get much done this weekend. Boo! Lol.

Mini Movie Reviews

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians – this film has been out a while, but it’s still going strong. The preview clips I’d seen were awful, but hubby had read good things about it, so we took a chance. Glad we did. Most of the film is in English with a dabbling of subtitles here and there. It’s a love story as well as a clash of old vs. new, familial responsibilities vs. self, rich vs. poor, and other clashes. All the little details and side characters made the film adorable and quite funny. There are a lot of lovely views of Singapore as well! The film was a lot of fun. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

Witcher 3 – White Orchard

Look at that gorgeous sky! Lots of beautiful scenery abounds!

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

As you can see in the picture, the flora is super detailed. Lovely!

Witcher 3 - White OrchardGorgeous! I could look at the clouds all day. Lol

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - horses

I took this one because of the free-roaming horses! The game also has deer, rabbits, and other fauna running around.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Griffin

My first main Witcher contract. Hunt down and get rid of a Griffin running rampant through the countryside. Not an easy task!

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Griffin

An actual sacrificial lamb.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

Geralt has been looking for his girlfriend Yennerfer, but she finds him instead.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - YenneferYennefer – Geralt’s girlfriend before he lost his memory in the original game.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Yennefer and GeraltYennefer has convinced Geralt to go with her. His foster daughter Ciri has been seen and is in danger from the Wild Hunt. (I love the look she’s giving him! Hee!)

Witcher 3 - royalty and Geralt cleaned up

Geralt after a mandatory bath and shave. (Hilarious situation, really.) Emhyr var Emreis, the ruler of Nilfgaard sits in the back. He wants his daughter Ciri found. His reasons are not quite the same as Geralt’s.

Stay dry! Stay healthy! Have fun!

Virtual Tourist -Wither 3 10/14/18

Morning!

Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Venom

Venom – the film is a bit slow as they set up the pieces, but once Venom connects with Eddie Brock, the wild and fun ride begins. Full of snark and adorable bits, it plays down on the horrific elements of what Carlton Drake and the symbiotes have done and are trying to do. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - view from a dreamStill, inside a dream, this is the view from Yennefer’s apartment.

Witcher 3 - Kaer Mohren in the dream

A view of Kaer Mohren in the dream.

Witcher 3 - Arrival of the Wild Hunt

The dream turns into a nightmare. The Wild Hunt is here, breaking the dimensional barrier to come into our realm.

Witcher 3 - Geralt wakes from the nightmare

Geralt wakes from his nightmare to frustrating reality. He’s been trying to chase down Yennefer for over six months now that his memories have returned.

Witcher 3 - dawn on the first day of the game

Look at that gorgeous sky!!!!!!

Witcher 3 - tavern

Loved the little details in the first tavern we visit. Beautiful colored flowers painted in the walls. A bit of color to push away the dreary existence in the middle of a war-torn area.

Wichter 3 - tavern

More of the tavern and a view of my mentor.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaard  outpost in White Orchard

Nilfgaard outpost in White Orchard. The conquering side. Locals are not thrilled at their presence.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaardian captainCaptain at the Nilfgaardian outpost. He’s trying hard to be patient with the locals, but that patience is being tested.

Witcher 3 - a new dayA new day? Could be the end of one as well. Lol. I can’t remember. But a lovely view either way!

Obligatory Promotion Section!

If you’ve not seen it yet, please take a look at the first book trailer for Alien Redemption!

If you like what you see, please consider”liking” the video. Sharing it would be even better! I need to start getting the word out, despite the book release being months away. Promotion is the hardest part of being an author. So any help would be much welcomed! Thank you!

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Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3 9/30/18

Morning, all!

Let’s do this!

Mini Movie Reviews

SmallfootSmallfoot – an unexpectedly deep film. They tackle some tough subjects. The animation was great. There are loads of cute and amusing moments. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

 

 

The House With A Clock in its Walls The House with a Clock in its Walls – The film has some great special effects. The story is told from Lewis’ point of view, (the boy) so there is a lot we see coming that he doesn’t. In that respect, it made the movie somewhat predictable. Still, it was a nice bit of fun. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3

Hubby had Witcher 2 and 3 from sometime back. I tried doing Witcher 2 but the dizzying factor was too high, and no means to tone it down in the options. I moved on to Witcher 3, and have had little problems in that respect. YAY!

Witcher 3 - The Beginning

The beginning sequence is done in a 3D coming book style. Worked very well! Dark times are upon the land as old evil has come through the veil.

Witcher 3 - beginnings

They mention the origin of Witchers. Children mutated through magic to make a breed more suited to fight against ghosts and monsters.

Withcer 3 - The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt has come through the veil. The land is in the midst of war, so the Wild Hunt is roaming the countryside for their nefarious purposes unchecked.

Witcher 3 - Start Screen

Start screen for the game. Hubby bought a season pass with the game when he brought it, so it shows two add-ons at the bottom there. The image moves. Also, whenever you hit escape to save a game or pause it, it keeps a picture of where you are at the time. I thought that was a nice touch!

Witcher 3 - Geralt

This is Geralt – he’s the Witcher who is the focus of the games.

Witcher 3 - war

War is everywhere. Things that have happened in the previous games have led to the current bad situation.

Witcher 3 - YeneferGeralt’s lover Yennefer. This is a dream he’s having while searching for her. He’d lost his memories at the end of the original Witcher game and had forgotten all about her. Some mild nudity shows up here and there.

Witcher 3 - YenneferYennefer – she is a sorceress. Geralt and his teacher have been looking for her for the last six months.

Witcher 3 - room

Lots of lovely details! You can also see the minimap and active quest on the right.

Let the games begin!

Hope you have an awesome week!

 

Alien Redemption – Coming in 2019 – Book Trailer

Greetings, all!

I decided to get an early start on promoting my SF novel Alien Redemption. The current publications date is set for sometime in 2019. The book will be published by Zumaya Publications through their Otherworlds Imprint.

So to get you excited about the project, I’ve created a “Coming in 2019” book trailer!

Enjoy!

Let me know how you like it!

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Morning, ya’ll!

I figured I’d go for something a little different this week. Give life some variety and what not. 🙂 So this week is:

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Mini Movie Review

KIN

KIN – This is a family drama with super cool effects and science fiction elements. Eli’s adopted mom has died. He and his father are trying to cope. Then his brother Jimmy is released from jail. He’s been gone six years. To compound the problem, we find Jimmy owes a lot of money for protection in prison. Eli, who’s been stripping wire from old buildings, comes across a bloodbath in one of them. He also finds a strange weapon.

Matters escalate quickly on multiple fronts, and it’s just a question of when the train wreck will happen.

Gorgeous cinematography, great effects, great acting, and mystery bits leading us towards the finale. It’s about family, belonging, getting past the things that pull you down. Definitely open for a sequel! Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Bag Man – Sci-Fi Short Film – This 10+ minute short film is what the movie KIN is based on. Several elements made it from here to the movie. (The owl!) A little abrupt and with 0 explanations, but it was fun seeing the correlations.

 

Cool new song (to me!) I thought I’d share. Would be a lovely fit with the boys from Supernatural. 🙂 No Roots by Alice Merton. Super catchy!

Prepare to be Disturbed!!!!  Guardians Inferno from Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. (Most of the cast is in this! You just might not recognize them! lol!) Talk about an 80’s flashback. lol.

 

2Cellos – Thunderstruck – love the set up for this one. These guys rock!

 

Okay, got to go. Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day!