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December 12th, 2011

Mind Sieve 12/12/11

Welcome to another mental sifting Monday! Got a bigillion things to run through today. Loads of sharing going on this week.







Cool new video by Charlie. His stuff is always so fun!



New kick-ass trailer for John Carter of Mars. Love that this book is being made into a movie! YES!



From The Week - The 'Mysterious' Whale Graveyard Discovered in the Desert.




At Central Stn a cool post with a ton of pictures on Mysterious Paper Sculptures. Some of these are mind boggling.




 15 Infant Dinosaurs Found in a Nest in Mongolia from The History Blog. 


Okay, this is FREAKING COOL! Miniatur Wunderland - model railways, moving miniature cars, crime scenes, moving boats. This is AMAZING!




Shea MacLeod shares Mythos Monday: Roman Misrule, Pagan Yule and An Attitude of Gratitude. Just in time for the winter holiday season! 


OMG!  This is so hilariously AWESOME!  Cello Wars by the Piano Guys. (Make sure to watch when the credits hit. Killed me!)



In a cool behind the scenes look, Rumiko Takahashi (Best known for Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, and Inu Yasha) shows the process by which she creates her manga. Totally fascinating!


Trailer for the Whedon-Penned The Cabin In The Woods. Looks cool in the mystery department part. Ooo! 



New preview for the Liam Neeson movie The Grey. Man Against Nature booyah!



A neat post about how America got it's name from Debra Eve - Amerigo Vespucci: The Power of Recognizing the Obvious.


German City Evacuated to Defuse WWII Bombs from the History Blog. Fascinating really. I'd heard before Jerusalem has tons of unknown and still active minefields. But it never occurred to me Germany had active bombs from British and American drops in the Rhine. Eek!


A House Fit For a Hobbit. Too cute!!!!


Charity Album for SweetRelief.org called Novum Initium - Soundtracks by various artists including Christopher Lennertz and other popular game composers. 


Designing From Bones - Demon, Protector, Patsy by Gene Lempp. The Black Shuck - not your typical cuddly puppy. 









Nice post from Nathan Bransford on How to Network Without Networking. Great advice!


Post by Sarah over at Glass Cases on Stop Helping Yourself. Several easy tips for queries. 


Be A Tweep, Not A Tool Part 2 - Beware the #FF Firehouse by Kristen Lamb. 








Weather Thesaurus Entry: Snow from The Bookshelf Muse. 


From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - 25 Financial F***-Ups For Writers. Preaching wisdom with colorful language. :P


The Seduction of Self-Publishing (or "Why I'm Glad I Didn't Have The Option 5 Years Ago) by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. SUPERB post! 


Is Your Novel A Spineless Weakling by Kristen Lamb. 



Out of eyeballs and out of time. Enjoy ya'll! 

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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