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October 17th, 2011

Mind Sieve 10/17/11

Got a brain full to sift through this week. Here we go!

 

 

 

 

 

EW.com gives us our first look at the new Snow White movie. Looks neat! (Wish the pics weren't on that slideshow thingie, I'd give you a preview!)

 

Passion: More Than Just a Fruit - Tanya Huff's take on authors and fans. (If you've never read any of her fantasy, urban fantasy, or SF - GO! NOW! She's awesome!)

 

Bioware Pulse episode 44 - Dragonage and Felicia Day - insider info on how they made her and elf for the game. Cute!

 

Artist Gavin J Rothery has a very cool take on Blade Runner - Deckhart's humanity and where he might have gotten it. Too cool! (I'd never contemplated this angle!) (Ooo! Looked over his blog site. He worked on the movie Moon! Sweet!)

 

Chadbourne shared this neat article from BBC News about an Aboriginal Stonehenge in Australia called Wurdi Youang.

 

Arthur Christmas Trailer 3!  Aha! Finally get to know what it's about. Should be awesome!!!

 

 

 

From Den of Geek - Stephen Moffat on the future of Dr Who. Oh what a tease!

 

From Total Film - Theater Etiqutte Muppet Style. Heh heh heh.

 

 

 

Marcia Richards shares info on A Very Haunted Prison. Nice creepy info and place!

 

Tor.com shared a trailer for the Raven starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. Looks good!

 

 

 

Gene Lempp did a guest post over at EduClaytion called Agents of the Squirrel Nations. I don't think I will ever look at Gene the same way again! (The three different squirrel videos are a hoot!) Be afraid. Be very afraid!

 

Marvel has released a trailer for The Avengers!  Woot!  Looks fun!

 

 

Cute post by John Scalzi on Things Science Fiction Has Ruined For Me. ("Khaaan!") And Shatner did use his phone as a communicator in an episode of Boston Legal. Hee hee!

 

Gene Lempp takes us on a trip to discover our Theatrical Roots. Fascinating to see how plays and terms changed over time in Greece alone.

 

From Examiner.com Q&A with 'Weird Al' Yankovik on the 'Apocalypse' tour.

 

 

From BBC News - Black Death Genetic Code 'Built' by Matt McGrath. Interesting findings on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahlia Newland shares The Art of Tweeting - What Catches Your Eye?  Nice look into what makes a tweet interesting to catch a reader's interest.

 

From Jody Hedlund - The Purpose of Blogging for Fiction Writers. Some nice insights.

 

Thought provoking post by Alexis Grant - How Important Are Comments on Your Blog?

 

From Kristen Lamb Meet the Salesman -  Every Deal Needs a Closer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Structure Part 2 - Plot Problems - Falcor the Luck Dragon and The Purple Tornado. (Sounds like a good mixed drink. :P)

 

 

 

Uhm, I think I petered out there at the end. Ugh. Somehow time for away from me. Hopefully I'll do better next week! Have a good one, ya'll!

 

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.

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