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December 5th, 2011

Mind Sieve 12/5/11

Welcome back for another Mind Sieve experience! Bwahahahaha!

 

 

 

 

 

Weird preview of a movie called The Ghastly Love of Johnny X!

 

Maya 2012 Apocalypse Conspiracy Blown Wide Open! from the History Blog. Yes, let the paranoia sing! Cracked me up! lol

 

Creating Artificial Muscles More Powerful Than Anything In Nature from EarthSky.org. There's even a cool 2+ minute video talking about it. Sweet!

 

 

Prelim info for a new Philip Gardiner film called His Name is SATAN.  New take on Jack the Ripper from 1888 to 2012. Sounds kind of interesting!

 

 

From TL Jeffcoat Weapons Weekly - The Shikomi of the Ninja! Take that Pirates! Bwahahaha! (I am ever of the opinion ninjas can be pirates (they are spies after all) but pirates cannot ever be ninjas.) :P

 

This was too cute! 12 Tips For A Cat-Safe Christmas by PetFlow. Now none of my cats over the years has ever tried to climb the tree. Play with the dangling bits, eat the silver strings, but not climbed it. For that, we had ferrets. Myaka brought the tree down many times. Crazy thing! Heh heh.

 

What It Looks Like Inside Amazon.com from Matt Stopera. It's like looking at the warehouse from Indiana Jones. lol. And unlike warehouses I had to do inventory counts at, this one is super clean! Sweet!

 

 

The First "47 Ronin" Photos With Keanu Reeves and Jin Akanishi from Crunchyroll.com.  Seems they've changed the story line of the 47 Ronin legend to include an Anglo. lol. I'll be there though. I'ma sucker for samurai stuff.

 

From the History Blog - Ancient Egyptian Leather Chariot Trappings Found. Quite cool really! Never realized they'd not had a mostly intact set before!

 

Maintaining Crew Health One Step At A Time from NASA and the International Space Station. Honestly, totally fascinating. There are so many variables we never think about regarding space and how it affects those up there. 

 

7 Life Lesson You Can Learn From Star Trek by David Borgenicht. Oh yeah!

 

Richard Castle has published his very fist graphic novel -  Deadly Storm. Yes, from the fake author who's brought you the fun reads of Heat Wave, Naked Heat, and Heat Rises - Richard Castle is now getting into comics! lol. These guys kill me. Heck, just visit the website if for no other reason to read the synspsis of Richard Castle's non-existing other books and the synopsis on the website and covers. You have got to love these people! lol. 5 pages of non-existent books! 5!!!! 

 

Ah an ever creepier trailer for The Woman in Black. Eek!

 

This is rather cool! Especially for the writerly types. From Flavorwire and Romy Oltuski - Famous Authors' Harshest Rejection Letters.

 

From Design Taxi - Using Only Paper, Artist Crafts Stunning Sculptures. They really are!

 

 

 

Designing From Bones - Port of Discovery by Gene Lempp. Ancient Egyptian pet cemetery in a port city? Who knew!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons to Sign Up For A Writers Conference by Sarah Baughman. Some good points! And if you can't afford a fancy writers conference, there's always your fantasy and SF conventions. They have writers' tracks and some even have workshops. And they're a great place for networking as well. :)

 

From Rachelle Gardner - How To Write A Terrific Author Bio. Some great tips!

 

My Social Media Survival Guide by Jenn Reese. Yes, YES! #3!!! Number 3!!!!! Lol. 

 

Be A Tweep Not a Tool - How Hashtags Can Win Friends and Influence Enemies by Kristen Lamb.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writers Learn the Waiting Game by Steve Laube - Great post on the waits thrust upon us as authors and there's no way to get around it. :P

 

Chuck (NSFW) Wendig hits it out of the ballpark yet again with his 25 Things You Should Know About Your Completed Novel. Booyah!

 

Wonderful post to get across by what is meant by How to Show (Not Tell): A Writing Lesson by John LeCarre from Mary Jaksch. 

 

Nice short blog post by Nathan Bransford on Every Writer Gets Rejected.

 

The NaNoWriMo Epilogue: "Miles to Go Before You Sleep" by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. He's totally on TARGET, peeps! I've seen too many people think that the end of November is all there is to this. Nuh uh. You're only getting STARTED! Bwahahahahaha!

 

 

Okay, I've reached my eyeball limit. Have an awesome week, 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.

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

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