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December 26th, 2011

Mind Sieve 12/26/11

Hope you guys had an awesome holiday! A brand New Year is just around the corner.






GI Joe 2: Retaliation Trailer. Booyah!  Looks like they may have fixed Snake Eye's mask. YAY!


This preview was too bizarre not to share - The Dictator.


From EW a new trailer for Rock Of Ages. This looks like it might be a hoot. Nostalgia with a twist? Heh.


Original Offering Found Inside Pyramid of the Sun (Mexico) from the History Blog. 



Krampus - The God of Winter Death - blog post from T F Walsh from the Mythical Creature Series. Almost like an Evil Claus! Hope he didn't visit ya'll this past weekend. Heh heh.


From Mashable.com 20,000 Christmas Bulbs Bring Angry Birds to Life! Beyond cute. Now this is paying real homage! lol



This Week @ NASA. Cool 8 minutes NASA news recap video. Nice!



Interesting blog post by Nathan Bransford - How Art Changes With Us. Quite true!


Ooo! A Full Metal Alchemist movie to be released in theaters - The Sacred Star of Milos.



The Dark Knight Rises trailer 2 - BANE!!!! Looks good!



Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance trailer. YES!  This is going to ROCK~!



From Mary Jo Gibson - Museum Monday - Wadsworth Antheneum. Cool looking museum! Even has a Colt exhibit! Sucker below looks very steampunkish! Heh heh.



It was like MAD TRAILER WEEK!  Here's one for The Hobbit.  (I know where all my money is going next year - movies! Wheee!)



From Wired - The 20 Best Video games of 2011. Man, I am sooooo behind! Dues Ex was totally the bomb, yo! 


Trailer for Prometheus (A field of Eggs??? Alien containers? OOOOO!)




My brother sent me the link for this - Jedi Ninjas. What fun!




Gene Lempp's Designing From Bones - Festival of Humanity. PARTY TIME! 








From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig comes 25 Ways For Writers To Help Other Writers. Hallelujah Brother! Tell it, Mr. Beard! 


I Play Well With (Blog With) Others - Hosting A Guest Blogger by K S Elliot Shark. Wonderful advice and process.


21st Century Publishing Builds On A Healthy Radical Tradition by William Skidelsky. Some really out of the box thinking. 


Author Blogging 101: Blog Analytics by Joel Friedlander. Nice post on Google Analytics and why you might want the info.









Tell Me About It - When Telling Is Better Than Showing by Janice Hardy. Great post!!!


Rachelle Gardner gives us the definition for The Intersection of Literary and Commercial







Anthology Scams: Authors Beware by Carolyn Howard Johnson. 



Okay, time's up! 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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