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November 28th, 2011

Mind Sieve 11/28/11


Welcome to another Mind Sieve episode of DOOM! :P






A cool app brought up by Petapixel called Stuck On Earth. This could be a great boon to authors wanting to write about different locals as it will give you pictures of almost anywhere. And it's Free! (Snapped it up myself! Bwahahaha)


Bullets from English Civil War Found in Newbury from the History Blog. 100 years before ours. :)


This one caught my eye from the title on the roster at the History Blog - A Map of a 19th Century Woman's Heart. Not what you might think but somewhat fascinating! Sea of Wealth indeed! lol.


K B Owen Mystery Monday: The Butler Did it? What I find funny about the findings is that a few weeks ago I watched a comedy spoof called Murder by Death from 1976 that actually said all novels of the period were always dumped on the butler. lol.


Medieval Weapons in the American Civil War by Sean McLachlan. Stuff we just don't think about for the Civil War.


And on the creepy side of discovery news - Depleted Texas Lakes Expose Ghost Town, Graves from msnbc.com.


A lovely Exclusive Amazon Interview with Terry Pratchett!



Exclusive Amazon Interview with Sir Terry Pratchett from Neal Thompson on Vimeo.


From Hijinks Ensue - Winter is Coming. Calvin and Hobbs meets George RR Martin. Hee!



People Food For Puppies by Amy Shojai. Just in time for the holidays! Do's and Don't's!


Nathan Fillion Dishes on "Castle" : Wants to Avoid 'Moonlightining Curse' on Examiner.com.


Trailer to a movie called Gone. Could be interesting!


From New Scientist and One Percent - Electronic Contact Lens Displays Pixels on the Eyes. How cool is that!


From Kate Wood and her Tursan Tuesdays (Journeys through the Celtic World): A Story of Scathach (female warrior and teacher).


From the New York Times - Where No Museum Has Gone Before! They have an exhibit where you can even smell moon dust! I'm sold! There's 11 picts with descriptions on the side. Looks fab!


This is totally adorable and great for sharing with the kids - Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get To Mars?



Saxon Graveyard Found Under Warwickshire Patio from the History Blog. Make sure to read the last sentence, cracked me up! Heh heh.


The Mayflower: A True Story and One You May Not Know by Jess Whitkins. Nice info and some pics!


Gene Lempp's Designing From Bones series - Swamp Visions. Exploring the Great Dismal Swamp in Southwest Virginia to Northeast North Carolina.


A new Simon's Cat video - Catnap.








Lisa Gail Green gives a super quickie on Why Do You Need A Platform? (Worth it just to see the funky shoes! Heh heh.)


Life After the Contract guest post by Katie Ganshert. Some nice insights!


The Most Crucial Step To Effective Book Marketing by Tony Eldrige. Tell it brother!


Debbie Ohi shares her list of resources for Google + Guide for Newbies. Huge list!


Key To Digital Marketing Success? Be Less Digital by Mark W Schaefer. Interesting results and something I've tried to live by.








From Becca Pugglisi Weather Thesaurus Entry: Summer - How to use weather in settings.


Structure Part 8 - Balancing The Scenes That Make Up Your Novel by Kristen Lamb.


Dear Dean Wesley Smith - I'm Keeping My Agent, Thanks by Jim C Hines. More common sense talk right here!


Do You Suffer From One of These Writing Maladies Part I and Part II by Nathan Bransford. 



Okay dokey, I think that's it for this week. Enjoy and see you next time!


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.

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