Monday, January 23, 2017

Mind Sieve 1/23/17

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun


The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer #5 - uh oh, a ton of villains!



Logan Trailer #2 - looking forward to it! 



Wonder Woman Trailer #2 - Can't wait!


Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Community Development: How to Cultivate Loyal Fans by Michael Stelzner - I need like 10 clones now. Lol.  


Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Pitch Writing by Jami Gold. Just in time! The edit for "Alien Redemption" is done so I need to start shopping it. :P
5 Things Psychology Can Teach Writers by Angela Ackerman and Tamar Sloan.




Sunday, January 22, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 1/22/17

Morning!
Year End work stuff has been messing up my schedule. Flip-flopping Texas weather has been messing up my sinuses. Between the two, I can't get blog stuff done. Waaahhhh!
Dues Ex: Mankind Divided
The leader of the underground cult and a total brainwasher. He's excellent at it.
He's messing with my mind! I don't entirely succumb, but it affects me plenty.
A podium with a microphone so his people can speak with him, except it's not plugged in. He's a nasty piece of work! lol. Need to get my inside's fixed before I tackle the rest of this one.
Subway station. Love the movie poster. Hah! The place is segregated between naturals and augmented zones.
Inside the subway car/tram.  The sequence made me woozy, so every time I got on, I had to look somewhere else for a minute. Wheee!
Station on the other end. There are four or five locations you will take the subway to get to. Each is slightly different. This angle is from the Aug side of the station.
One thing I love about this game is all the awesome detail. Even the drink dispensers take sides. lol.
Outside the station. Gorgeous and so modern! 
The plaque is about the incident resulting during the end phase of the previous game. It truly messed up the world. But could have been so much worse!
Totally loved this 3D ad for the store Tech Noir. 
Have a great Sunday!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Dishonored 2 1/15/17

I'm half asleep this morning. Let's see if I can be coherent. :P
Dishonored 2
Leaving Dunwall and heading to Karnaca
Emily has just met the Other. My daughter refused his powers (she's crazy!) I did not. So like my father, I've been branded by his mark.
Emily already looks matured by her experiences. All side info or flashbacks are done in this style. 
Lower hallway in Meagan's ship. Well worn.
My first view of Karnaca. Look at that sky! Gorgeous! And the water!
View of Karnaca from the other side of the ship.
A more inland pointed view from the right side of the ship.
The main meeting place on the ship. The two boards behind Meagan fill up over time as we figure out targets and things get done.
In the last game, the problem was the plague and rats. This time around it's blood flies. Too much glare to show you a good pic of them yet, though.
Look dead center on top of the water - a whale!
And here it is diving! What a sweet and unexpected little treat! 

Stay warm out there!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Mind Sieve 1/9/17

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun



Cars 3 Teaser #2 - so sleek! 



Star Wars Rebels Mid Season 3 Trailer - Obi-Wan you and old! And other characters from Rogue One will be coming! Sweet! 



Clara Official Trailer #1 - Looks weird but cute! My favorite combo. :)



Social Media/Author Platform

Live Video and Marketing: Where the Industry Is Heading from the Social Media Examiner. Article by Michael Stelzner. Ack more stuff to do! Aiiieee!
Free eBook! Self Promo Stories by Authors, Fun Strategies to Sell Books by Beth Barany. Looking forward to seeing what they have to share. :)

Writing


Have a great week! And wish me luck. Doing Year End accounting right now at work. Oi!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Final Fantasy XIV 1/8/17

Morning!
Final Fantasy XIV
Lancer Class
So much anger in this one... Poor guy.
My armor. Got it colored. Came out pretty good, no?
From a different angle.
And another. lol.
Had to get the new armor to go back and finish this. :P
Truly tragic that it ended this way. :(
And I graduated
Awesome looking castle no? 
That's some super fancy Chocobo armor, no?
Deepvoid Deathmouse

Hope your Sunday is nice and toasty!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

2017 Appearance Schedule

Greetings, all!

Figured I would share my tentative 2017 Attendance Schedule with you. :)

October 20-22, 2017 DallasComic Con Fan Days in Irving, TX

Sep 22-24, 2017 FenCon in Irving, TX Aug 17-20, 2017 Animefest in Dallas, TX

July 28-30, 2017 ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX

June 23-25, 2017 SoonerCon in Midwest City, OK

June 8-11, 2017 A-kon in Fort Worth, TX

May 5-7, 2017 WHOFest in Dallas, TX

March 31 - Apr 2, 2017 Fan Expo Dallas in Dallas, TX

March 16-19, 2017 All-Con 2016 in Dallas, TX

February 10-12, 2017 ConDFW in Fort Worth, TX

Hope to see you there!


P.S. All but ArmadilloCon will also include ChibiChains! Hoping she'll do her new logo reveal soon!

Friday, January 06, 2017

Movie Review for Underworld: Blood Wars




Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Anderson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, and more.
Directed by: Anna Foerster Screenplay by: Cory Goodman Story by: Kyle Ward and Cory Goodman Based on Characters Created by: Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride Cinematography by: Karl Walter Lindenlaub Music by: Michael Wandmacher
Premise: Having lost her lover, daughter, and family, Selene feels she has no reason for living. Hunted by both werewolves and vampires as they seek her daughter for her blood, they won't believe her when she tells them she doesn't know where she is. Meanwhile, a new leader has risen amongst the werewolves. One whose been able to unite all the tribes and successfully destroyed a number of vampire covens. This could be the ultimate battle for both species. And Selene is once more stuck in the middle of it, whether she wants to be or not. (Rated R)
Review:
1) Acting - Total Thumbs Up: Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as the vampire Selene. Her dark, poignant looks are as sharp as ever. Theo James also returns as David. A young vampire Selene saved in the last film, he stands by her side whether she wants his help or not. Lara Pulver is pure gold as the manipulative Semira. Charles Dance and James Faulkner bring their strong presences into the cast giving it some weight. 
2) Special Effects - Thumbs Up: A lot of effects fill the film. Most are quite nice. Several considerably gory. 
The outside area of the northern stronghold, especially the frozen waterfall, was fabulous. The obfuscate skills from the north flowed quite well. And the vampire cocoons were a neat concept.
I couldn't remember from the previous films, but it seems that the werewolves in this franchise get less and less hairy with each movie. Hairless werewolves look less like werewolves and more like muscle heavy people with long muzzles. The vampires too seemed less than they should. They either had elongated teeth all the time or not at all. 
3) Plot/Story - Neutral: At a mere 91 minutes, there's not much time for any real story development. Complications and backgrounds are served at breakneck speeds with no time to savor or absorb them. Character development is minimal. Lots of new enemies that just seem like more of the same because they're not given any real time to prove they're in any way different from the rest. 
To increase the blood and carnage, both the werewolves and the vampires seem to lose a lot of their powers. Their sense of enhanced smell, strength, and more. A lot of wounds that should repair themselves in moments don't heal at all. (Not every blade would have poison on it.) The touch of the sun and the UV bullets now kill instantaneously. Selene and Varga's cage match showed potential for cool combat skills the vampires never once use on their werewolf enemies. 
A lot of the motivations seem concocted and convenient. Without building the characters some of the things they do make no sense. Thomas knows Semira and her techniques, yet ignores what he knows and makes some of what follows hollow. Varga's explanations for his actions late in the film are completely belied by his previous actions, but no one seems to notice. (And when do you put someone in a room as a prisoner without removing all the weapons? As if this huge place wouldn't have a set of cells!) 
It's also never good when you repeatedly tell the audience how impossible something is, and yet it's taken care of easily. Worse, once the vampires realize what has been done, they do nothing to correct the issue and get the benefit of added security instead of being massacred. Oh well. 
 4) Stunts - Total Thumbs Up: Lots of hand-to-hand combat. Sword fights, gun fights, and combinations of those and more. The choreography from the battles was overall well done.
5) Locations/Cinematography - Total Thumbs Up: The gorgeous vistas, especially when they go north, almost make up for the plot issues. The shots from the train over the mountains were fantastic! The frozen lake with the northern lights behind them was a beautiful sight. I loved the shots of the frozen waterfall.
6) Costuming/Makeup - Total Thumbs Up: Selene wears her signature corset, leathers, and long coat. Later things get shaken up a little with some contrast changes. All the southern vampires are emo to the max. It made for a huge contrast when we're introduced to the northern coven. A strange ying and yang effect. I loved the touch of Viking and Valkyrie influence on the northern group, especially for Lena.
Conclusion: If you love watching Selene kick buns, and some gorgeous cinematography, you'll enjoy the film. Just don't expect much else. 
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Better For Matinee) 
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