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December 29th, 2011

Mind Sieve 1/2/12

Happy New Year!






From the guys who brought us Jedi Ninja comes Demon Hunter: Prologue. Some sweet moves in this one.



From the Piano Guys - Carol of the Bells (for 12 Cellos). What fun!



First Earth-sized Planets Spotted by Pallab Ghosh with BBC News. But too hot now for life. Bummer.


My Little Pony and Gundam stop motion crossover. lol. Love & Tolerate featured over at CruchyRoll.



From the NY Times Black Hole Forecast: A Cold Gas Cloud by Ritchie S King. What's actually most amusing about the article is the correction added on 12/29/11. Heh heh heh.


Preview for the upcoming Spartacus: Vengeance starting in late January 2012. Booyah!



From NASA - Celestial Bauble Intrigues Astronomers.




From Science Daily - Paint-on Solar Cells. This could be totally revolutionary. Sounds utterly awesome!


Top 10 Most Outrageous Opening Lines in Literature courtesy of Michael Conor Sullivan.


To Celebrate Edgar Alan Poe's 200th Birthday, the University of Virginia has an exhibition and digital compliment called From Out That Shadow.



10 Electric Cars Coming in 2012 by Patrick Connor. Looks like the movement is on!


Lego Troopers Calendar by Mike Stimpson. Some really cute pics in there!




From BBC News - Archaeologists Make Virtual Map of Neolithic Stonehenge. Seems you can download a program and take a virtual tour of the area as it would have been back in the day. A Bournemouth University and Google project.  Cool!



The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Reports Discovery of Its First New Particle by Johnathan Amos and BBC News. Go Science!


Tons of info on Johannes Kepler over at NASA. Since it is his name being used for the search for habitable planets. Also, I've been stumbling over his name all week, especially since I'm reading the novel Galileo's Dream and Kepler was around the same time. Interesting stuff.


Volcanic Activity in the Red Sea is Creating a New Island from Earth Observatory. There's before and after pics with markings. Cool!











Authors: Don't Get Burned by Branding from Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. Tell it, Brother Beard!


Why Traditional Marketing Doesn't Sell Books from Kristen Lamb.










5 Common Writing Hazards from Kristen Lamb. Great list!


How To Force A Story To Evolve: 6 Revision Tips by Jamie Gold. Another great list!


Clearing The Air On - And In - Your First 100 Pages by Larry on StoryFix.com. Let the mental roller coaster begin! Heh heh.


Pardon Me, Passing Through: Describing Movement by Janice Hardy. More good stuff!



Okay, that's it for this week. 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.

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

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