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December 19th, 2011

Mind Sieve 12/19/11

Welcome to another round of Mind Sieve! Enjoy!







Mars Rover Finds Mineral Vein Deposited by Water from NASA. Cool, no?



As originally shared by Piper Bayard - A Very Zombie Holiday (An Instructional Video). Too cute!


From Dr Who News - Two Dr Who Episodes Recovered! (It's just sad how many of the originals were lost!)


From Best of Film - Men In Black 3 Official Trailer!  Looks awesome! 


From  KB Owen - Flashback Friday: The Origin of Police in England. Fascinating!


Also from KB Owen - Mystery Monday: The Moonstone, "Grandaddy" of Detective Novels. The book actually sounds like fun!


This is a cool little video explaining the virtues of Galileo's Compass. This sucker did way more than make circles. You could even calculate interest with it! Amazing!


TL Jeffcoat's Weapons Weekly - The Daisho of the Samurai. (I love me them swords! So cool!)


Teaser for HBO's Game of Thrones Season 2 - The Cold Winds are Rising. Woot!


The latest Batman The Dark Knight Rises poster.  Oh yeah, BANE!



This might be quite fun! Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Documentary film about one of the most famed sushi chefs of all time. 



From Fans of Movies - The Flowers of War official Trailer. This looks Great!



This is out on DVD already but it looks so FUN! Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Woot!



New Poster From Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance.  Sweet!



Preview for the Iron Lady. This looks like it will be a great film! You forget that's Meryl Streep!



From Picture Correct - Protegion: Fascinating New Stop Motion Viral Video. This is super neat!


The Dr Who Christmas Special Trailer!  YES!


From Gene Lempp - Designing From Bones: Lessons From Attila. The Hun no less. :P








From Angela James - 10 Things Authors Should Know About Twitter. Pay special attention to #3! Agents complain about this one all the time!









From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - The Precarious Portentious Perils of Self Publishing. (Say THAT 10 times fast! Hah!) Great post!


I Actually Counted The Words Because I Couldn't Quite Believe It - a query post from agent Janet Reid.


25 Things Writers Should Know About Rejection - more writerly truths from Chuck (NSFW) Wending.


Aspiring Is For Pansies - Tough Love and Being a Writer by Kristen Lamb. Truth ya'll!



Okay that's it for this week. Now to go waste horrid amounts of time on Star Wars The Old Republic. Booyah!

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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