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March 19th, 2012

Mind Sieve 3/19/12

Happy Monday!

A lot of stuff to share this week. Almost a flood!







New MIB 3 Trailer. This is going to be a blast!!!



For those who like Steampunk, here's a tantalizing bit for The Nightmare Machine Convention in Jefferson, TX March 30-April 1. Have to admit it's a nice gimmick! 



Star Wars The Old Republic - Times Squares Freeze Mob 12.20.11. This is just so COOL!!! Choose a side.



GI Joe 2 Trailer - please, please, please let them have fixed Snake Eyes costume!!!! No weird creepy mouth thing. 



A Thousand Words Trailer - looks too darn cute! Hee!



85 Dancers From 22 Countries Stitched Into One Composite Music Video, article by Peta Pixel. Too Cute! And the song is catchy too. 



Time-Lapse Growth of Las Vegas As Seen Through Space Photos from Peta Pixel and NASA.



Totally stumbled over this by accident - Brenda & Rob's Sci-fi, Eco Wedding With A Tardis! lol. Over at  Offbeat Bride. Too cute!



Ice Age 4 Official Trailer! YES! Give me some Scrat! 



Despicable Me 2 Trailer!!! And how much do you bet it'll be in 3D? Hee!



Designing From Bones - Zoo Arcane: Owl, Worm, and Elderhorn blog post by Gene Lempp. Not your everyday bestiary that's for sure! :P




Jeff Strand is nuts! So it figures the book trailer for his latest work would be too. And also has a catchy song! lol. A Bad Day For Voodoo



The Cabin In The Woods trailer. I should have known with Joss Whedon involved it wouldn't be just a scary flick. Sweet!




The Muppets Feel The Hunger Spoof Trailer. Oh yeah, Hunger Games, in your face! lol.








How To Make Linked-In Your Happy Place by Jenny Hansen. (Need a Clone, Need a Clone!)


Goodreads: 8 Things Writers Should Know by Rachelle Gardner. Hah! Already there! Nyah! (Not that I do all I should there. Waaaahhhh!)


Rachelle Gardner also talks about How Authors Can Effectively Use Goodreads. Their advertising module is pretty easy. I've used it before.  


The Modern Author - A New Breed Of Writer For The Digital Age Of Publishing from Kristen Lamb. (I need CLONES!! Give me some CLONES!) 


12 Things That Will Kill Your Blog Every Time by Neil Patel at SEOmoz. Great Not To Do (and what to do) advice!








From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - 25 Things You Should Know About Creativity.


Shot Through The Heart: Your Story's Throughline by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. Always good stuff! And colorful! Hee!




Ack, past my time slot and my eyes are shot. Feel free to share anything awesome you've run across!


I'd like to thank my ever horrifyingly bigger Twitter stream for giving me all this fodder to share. I don't do so often enough. 

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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