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October 31st, 2011

Mind Sieve 10/31/11

This week was chuck full of links on Twitter, so there's a lot of sifting to go through to get you the best I can find. Diving in now!





A cool featurette on "Tin Tin" with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. (OMG! Just saw Steven Moffat was part of the screenplay writers!  Woot! This is so going to ROCK!) (Does Moffat ever sleep?)


This is also super cool! Curiosity is the next rover that will go to Mars. It's bigger, with more equipment, and more! There's a quick video comparing the two and other info. Sweet!


Shared by brasonja, a post from Upringting.com sharing 40 Personal Letterheads of Influential People. Some of these are quite fun!





SonnerCon shared a link to a blog post with a 13 minute remake of Batman's The Killing Joke with Shadow Puppets!!! Mind boggling! (In Spanish, but you'll want to watch it anyway! Trust me.) :)


Catie Rhodes has a nifty post about History vs. The Ghost Story when she talks about Louisiana's Myrtle's Plantation.


From Read, Write, Web - Meet the New Digital Public Library of America. Oooo! This has possibilites!


FansOfMovie shared this preview to The Chronicle. I'd no idea what this was. Make sure to at least watch a full minute. The film is not what it first looks like. It was like DANG!


EW.com has a sneak peak at a godly confrontation in the movie "Immortals". Looks fun!


Nathan Fillion sent a link to this post about Joss Whedon's latest project Much Ado About Nothing. With the peeps in this cast, this will be a ball!


From William Shatner - Bohemian Rhapsody.  I apologize up front, but you won't be able to look away~! lol.


FansOfMovie also had a link to the Borrowers Movie!  Woot! Done by Studio Ghibli with the English translation through Disney. It's called The Secret World of Arriety. Looks GREAT!


Gene Lempp's Designing From Bones series - this week - The Copper Treasure Scroll. Fun stuff. Will get the mind percolating for sure. :)










Agent Rachelle Gardner has a nice eye opening post called Publishing in the Brave New World.


I don't normally have time to watch videos on marketing but this one is only 60 Seconds Long. Peter Shankman on Grow A Twitter Following.


Roni Loren did a nice post on Author Websites: What Do Readers Want? (We're making the things for you after all right? We want to give you what you want! :P)


Roni also has a thoughtful post about Killing the Mystique: Can You Know Too Much About Your Favorite Authors?  (Familiarity breeds contempt? Bwahahahahaha!)


From Kristen Lamb - Numbers Are Our Friends - Writers and the Wild World of Metrics.


And one from Jami Gold that adds even more to the pot - The Insanity Behind the Pressure to Have "Numbers" (as pertaining to social media).








From The Blood-Red Pencil - Things That Drive an Editor Crazy. (Bwahahahaha! Oh, wait, we're NOT supposed to want to do that. :P) Good stuff to keep in mind.


From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - 25 Reasons You Won't Finish That Story. Bravo!


Structure Part 4 - Testing Your Idea - Is It Strong Enough to Make an Interesting Novel? by Kristen Lamb.



Dang it, eyes are rolling into the back of my head. Guess this is it for this week! Happy reading!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"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."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

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."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


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.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“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.

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


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.”

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


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.

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


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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