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Morning!

Windows did an update last week, and it took all the time I had to do the Sunday post. Boo! The update did warn me it would take longer than usual, but it went on way longer than I ever expected. Oh, well...

Mini Movie Reviews

SOLOSOLO - Meh. That was the feeling we walked out with after the film was over. Just meh. With the millions of dollars they are spending on these movies, you'd think they'd make sure they had a decent script. This was another "let's grab scenes from the originals and use them again because fans are stupid and will watch anything." There's no reason for it. They pretty much lost me when they had Val commit suicide for NO REASON! They'd already been discovered, so blowing up the bridge was unnecessary by that point! Hello?

I also thought it was a bad idea making Han be in love as fervently as he was with Qi'ra. It belittles what he has later with Leia. And have you noticed that the farther back in time we go the smarter and more independent the androids get?  The only bright point was Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian - he was fab! Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia - grave for dead station people

The gravesite for the people who'd been dead 300 years but had been Ack's companions up in the space station that fell from the sky.

My Time at Portia - Winter

Winter around the area of the Hazardous Ruins.

My Time at Portia - Llama statue

Inside my Level 2 House - During the weekends the Commerce Center now has inspections rather than commissions. That giant Llama statue is one of the gifts you can get (they seem to be random) for helping out. Suckers are HUGE!

My Time at Portia

In winter, towards the end of the month, cute decorations and snowmen begin appearing. It is all leading towards a Hot Pot celebration. (The first year I did not realize when they said Hot Pot they meant hot pot! The spicier, the better. Eek)

My Time at Portia - The Cutton Llama

There are a couple of higher end animals that will randomly appear (often after a massive culling). This is the Cutton Llama. Note his spiffy sunglasses, antlers, and fake bunny ears. Lol.

My Time at Portia - field with sprinklers

The game has added a photo-taking mode so you can take photos of yourself, with NPC's, and also with no one in the frame. When you take the pic, you can add a caption, and the game puts it into a photo album you have inside the game. This is Sophie's Ranch wheat field after I've installed a sprinkler system.

My Time at Portia - construction for the new museum

Construction of the town's museum. Once built, you can donate equipment you've made for display and also reconstructed artifacts.

My Time at Portia - museum closer to final contruction

Here's the museum construction further along. You can also see Pinky the town's cat.

My Time at Portia - Museum construction is complete

The finished museum building. It went up pretty fast! (Martha and Carol are performing their morning exercises.)

My Time at Portia

The main room of the level 2 house after I've applied new wallpaper and flooring. You can see the red clock (found in mines), the reconstructed telephone (4 pieces from the mines), a tea set (huge!), the music box (built it myself!), a small painting, and the Rat Prince's ratty pink couch. You never know how big something will be. Always a surprise!

There probably won't be a post next week. Chibi Chains and I will be in the Artist Alley at A-kon! We'll be in booth I25. Drop on by and say hello!

Artist Alley A-kon 2018 - we're in I25

Have a great week!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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