Sunday, May 09, 2021

Virtual Tourist – Styx: Master of Shadows 5/9/21

 Good morning!

This week, Virtual Tourist will be focused on Styx: Master of Shadows by Cyanide Studios.

For anyone who loved the Thief games, you’ll want to check this one out. First-person sneaker for the win!

I love that while you are learning about the world and the problems there, there is a subplot you don’t realize is there until you’re 25% or more into the game. This is something of a mind-bending game. I can’t wait to see what other secrets they reveal as the story moved forward.

The new album for Styx can be found here.

Game start screen. You can already see there will be lovely visuals! πŸ˜„

The cause of all the troubles. Magical amber. It can open your mind, but it’s also highly addictive. The human and the elves have a truce, but there are those undermining the status quo.

Styx has been caught by the humans currently controlling access to the Tree and its amber. I don’t know yet if Styx was ever human.

This place is huge. Here is one of the hallways. Massive ironworks and gates. Styx has a few tricks up his sleeve though. He can make temporary clones of himself!

This pic gives you a peek at the amazing architecture. This citadel is enormous!

There are all sorts of secret nooks and crannies you can use. Here a view from above of one of the rooms. I love the chandelier!

There are a lot of bad things going on in this place. Human experimentation, probably being the least of it.  πŸ˜± 

They do such a good job with the graphics, I’ve felt a little queazy on some of these long drops. πŸ˜‹

The big object is an elevator. As I said, this place is immense!

Home sweet home. Though his brain is addled and he keeps hearing voices, Styx still manages to make it to his safe place inside the citadel.

They have airships! 😍


Hope you all have a great week! And Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mind Sieve 3/21/21

Mind Sieve 3/21/21

Table of Contents
1) News/Musings
2) Mini Movie Reviews
3) Movie/TV Trailers
4) Just For Fun


Got all sorts of stuff going on for you this week. πŸ˜„




My editor has started work on Black Jade. I am super pumped that things are finally moving forward. ✨ Huzzah!

I found out about a Cozy Mystery anthology the 20K50 folks are going to put out in late 2021. I’m currently trying to work on a short story to submit to them that includes the characters from the upcoming book. I’ll let you know how that goes. πŸ˜„

One neat thing about the anthology is that the mystery needs to involve some aspect of Halloween. I was aware of how the holiday is based on Samhain, an old pagan holiday. What I didn’t know was that in the 1930s Halloween was a totally different day than what we see today.

Back then, it was all about pranks and even riots! Multiple cities almost banned the day as people got more and more carried away and started destroying property. Luckily, people came up with the idea of sharing treats to dissuade the tricks.

You can find a cool article on Halloween and Dallas at the FlashbackDallas site. Fascinating stuff!


Remembering Rachel Caine 

Rachel Caine


Rachel Caine (AKA Roxanne Longstreet, Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, Julie Fortune, and more!) passed away late last year. She was a fellow author and a friend. I’m also a major fan of her work. (Once I find an author that pushes my buttons, I go find everything I can get my hands on. πŸ€“)

You can see how prolific she was just by looking at her author page at Amazon. She was the bomb! (Aside from a few short stories, I think I’ve read every single one of her works! πŸ˜²

Anyway, she’s been on my mind a lot this week as her final book hit the market this week – Heartbreak Bay. Book 5 of her Stillhouse Lake thriller series. (She wrote urban fantasy, fantasy, thrillers, many fun things.)

Book publishing is a slow process – which is why only now, five months after her death, is her final book out in print. I’m hoping to start it today, but it will be a bittersweet experience. She kept on writing, even while in the grips of cancer and experimental treatments and more. Her stories always came first. πŸ˜­

Movie/TV Reviews

New movies are coming out again! Woot!

Raya and the Las Dragon

Fantasy - Animated

Gorgeous CGI animation. The plot was decent though contrived in a couple of places. Lots of memorable characters. 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission) **The opening cartoon called “Us Again” will make you tear up! 😭**

Chaos Walking

Science Fiction

The film had a super neat premise, and they carried it out well. Based on a book series. (Not one I have read.) They show a few things they never follow up on (the aliens, what happened to the people in the second town.) Plenty of plot twists. 3.75 out of 5. (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.)

Daughter of Lupin

Action/Comedy (subtitled)

This is a short series we found on Amazon Prime. We checked it out because of the premise and “Lupin.” This was a hoot! Lupin meets Cat’s Eye meets Romeo and Juliet. Awesome fight scenes, which was a fun surprise. 4 out of 5. (Hubby’s Rating: A ton of fun.)

Movie/TV Previews

Thunder Force – Comedy – it will be really good or really bad. LOL. 

Mortal Combat – based on the old video game. Not for kids! CGI looks awesome!

Army of the Dead – (Netflix) – Las Vegas, a sea of zombies, and bank robbers? Looks bizarre. 

Free Guy – Urban Fantasy – This looks like it will be a lot of fun!

Just for Fun!

Incredible Machines That are on Another Level – science is awesome! Some of these contraptions are super amazing.

From the Animal Rescue blog – a cool post about Lake Cadaver Dogs!

This one was so trippy! Goalie Cat! I love the real football/soccer commentary!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Mind Sieve!

Stay safe! Till next time!




P.S. If you’ve seen cool stuff you’d like to share, let me know! πŸ˜ Also, subscribe to my newsletter to get these posts sooner. πŸ˜˜

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Mind Sieve 2/21/21


Table of Contents

News/MusingsMovie ReviewsMovie/TV TrailersJust for Fun


Trying to add a TOC to make things easier for everyone. This is also seemingly helpful for SEO. Still haven’t figured out how to make anchors work with blocks, so you will have to scroll. Sorry!

I found a cool site where you can copy/paste emojis into almost anything. πŸ˜ Thanks, getemoji.comπŸ₯³



For the past week, I’ve been working on the website’s SEO. SEO = search engine optimization. Some of the tweaks help with how the search results actually look like. Of the 70+ pages on the site (this does not include blog posts), I am about 2/3’s through.


Why is this Important? See the pic below…

Gloria Oliver Google Search

Something I was planning to do for a while, I have finally implemented. The two titles that reverted back to me in early 2019, after the publishers went out of business, I’ve now put out at the super low (and probably permanent) price for the ebook versions of 99¢. This has aggregated to all vendors, not just Amazon. (Looks like Apple Books is not there yet, though. πŸ˜­)

If you’ve yet to read any of my titles, this could be a great opportunity to check me out. The website has sample chapters for all my novels, so you can get a feeling there of the tone of the books before committing to anything. πŸ˜

Since these are 2nd editions, I lost all the original reviews at the vendor sites, but I have a lot of them on my website on each books’ review page.

Cross eyedDragonTroublesPaperback 1

“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles

YA Fantasy – magic school with dragons! Average review rating 4.7 stars.

Sample Chapters – multiple formats





Inner Demons

Urban Fantasy – 1st Person POV.
Average review rating 3.7 stars (It’s weird how skewed a couple have been.)

Sample Chapters – multiple formats




Movie Reviews πŸŽ₯

We haven’t been to the actual theater in weeks, but we have been digging up movies elsewhere. So reviews are happening! πŸ˜Ž

Space Sweepers

Space Sweepers

SF Movie (subtitled) – awesome CGI and some super cool space moves. A good amount of action. Some twists. Fun to watch. 3.75 out of 5.


Monster Run

Monster Run

Urban Fantasy (subtitled) – loosely based on A. Lee Martinez’s book “Monster.” 3.5 out of 5.

(If you’ve not read any of A. Lee Martinez’s work – I highly recommend his books, especially The Automatic Detective.


The Midnight Sky

The Midnight Sky

SF Movie – based on a short story. George Clooney did some impressive work on this one. His character’s age and illness were well portrayed. Some details on the ship were super cool. This one won’t be to everyone’s tastes. It ambles slowly along, though it was well worth it by the end. (To me anyway!) 3.75 out of 5.


The Watch

The Watch

Fantasy Series – Ok, yes, it’s a series, not a movie, but I love all things Terry Pratchett. The Night Watch books are my all-time favorites of the Disc World Series. It was a hoot. This is PRE normal Vimes/Night Watch, so takes a little getting used to. But so far it’s been a ton of fun. 4 out of 5 (I may be biased!)

Movie/TV Previews

Cruella – Emma Stone – this could be fun!


Chaos Walking – (SF) – really a weird premise, but I’m game!


LOKI – yes, he’s getting his own TV show! Time travel craziness, too!


WHAT IF – (animated) – world-hopping, time travel (?), The Watcher. Cool!


There are too many streaming services! πŸ˜­

I’m just not sure how they think people can afford them all. I know I can’t! Dang.

Just For Fun!

Robotic Bartender – Yes! MSC Cruises is getting a new ship with a super futuristic-looking bar with a robotic bartender! How cool is that?

Robotic Bartender


There’s an old adage about never knowing what is around you. It is so very true! One of the things I ran into as I was doing some research for the Black Jade prequel short story was the Dallas Heritage Village.

Okay, I guess I’ve tortured you guys enough. I’ll let you go for now. (I was going to add some Virtual Tourist to this but it’s way long already. Sorry!)

Till next time!


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