Thursday, October 6, 2016

Top 10 coolest extinct animals --#10 -#6


Part of writing The Sixth Event involved lots of research into prehistory, and it was hard not to get distracted by reading about all the cool animals that used to roam our world. Here’s a small list of them for everyone to enjoy! The first five will be posted today, and the rest tomorrow!

Some of these animals even made it into the book! Once you read it, see if you can figure out which ones they are—I didn’t always make it obvious. ;)


10. Mammoth 


We all know Mammoths—giant furry elephants. These guys roamed the ice age tundra, and were one of the more recently extinct creatures on this list. They were enormous, and it’s very clear that prehistoric humans hunted them for food as well as for their tusks and hair. In fact, some researchers theorize that ancient human hunters were what ultimately drove the mammoth to extinction. Pour one out for the mammoths—they gave us a lot while they lived.

9. Tiktaalik


Going way back to the Ordovician period, Tiktaalik was one of the earliest animals to crawl out of the sea. In fact, its sometimes called the “fishapod,” since it looked like a fish with legs. One of the transition species between fish and amphibians, if you see a movie or TV show depicting evolution where a fish with legs crawls out of the surf, you’re likely looking at something modeled after Tiktaalik.

8. Terror Bird



Hailing from South America in the Cenozoic, Terror Birds were the terror of their time. Enormous flightless birds, like an ostrich with cruel claws and a hammer beak, Terror Birds were the undisputed top predators for almost 60 million years. They  couldn’t fly, but they didn’t need to—they could be up to 8 feet tall and could run down their prey with ease. They only went extinct as more modern predators—like wolves and big cats--evolved and flourished, competing with them for food.

7. Eohippus


Now for something cuter. Eohippus were tiny little hooved mammals that ate plants and frolicked around forests in North America 50 million years ago. Around the size of a fox and sporting a very small skull, it probably wasn’t a brainiac, but it marked the very first stage in the evolution of what would eventually be a very intelligent, helpful animal to humanity—the horse.

6. Saurolophus 



When I was young, my favorite dinosaurs were “the plant eaters with the long bone on their heads.” I had to look it up, but I discovered the Saurolophus, which roamed the late cretaceous and was apparently very successful, since fossils of the species can be found all over the world. The “long bone” on their heads was a bony crest that could have been used in anything from combat to mating displays. Like all other dinosaurs, these guys died out with the comet that ended the cretaceous.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Songs I listened to while writing



Everyone loves good music, and authors are no exception. While writing, I tend to put on music without words, mostly just enjoying the mood of the music. Since I write sci fi, I listen to a lot of techno, and sometimes anime, game and movie soundtracks.

For now, I’ll share some of the techno songs I listened to while writing The Sixth Event, or ones that just inspired me and gave me the energy to write. There’s also one song with words that sums up The Sixth Event perfectly.

1. Cherry Earth, by The Cynic Project. This is a happy, upbeat techno song that makes me think about the natural world. It’s a hopeful sounding song, contrasting a bit with the thriller-ish aspects of the book, but I still love it.



2. Winterbliss, by cycerin.  This is another pretty upbeat song, but it has the definite undertone of a winter day. It reminds me of the tundra where Raquel and Chris saw the mammoths. It’s also featured in a video game for Xbox called Castle Crashers.

            Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvfF2c1amLY

3. Dance with my pants, by Crazy Rockerz. I cheated a bit since this one has words, which are “I wanna dance with my pants.” It doesn’t really make any sense, but it makes me laugh and its super energetic. It reminds me of Chris, who tries to be humorous all the time.

            Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAKPykZ4Rpo

4. Mission to Venus, by dreamnation. This one is super energetic and makes me think about going on an adventure through spacetime—like the book. I love techno songs that have a lot of bounciness to them.

            Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLXLyn9z_wg

5. Pompeii by Bastille: This one is super obvious. The lyrics fit The Sixth Event to a T. Huge world ending disaster, but its like nothing ever happened (because time reset.) The song itself is referring to the eruption of the volcano that buried the city of Pompeii, with a strong thread of environmental awareness. If The Sixth Event ever gets made into a movie, this song is what I imagine would be in the trailer.

            Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90Cw4l-8NY

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Giveaway for The Sixth Event!

Hello everyone!

If you have an account on Goodreads, you can enter for a chance to win a signed print copy of The Sixth Event!



 
 


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        The Sixth Event by Kristen Morie-Osisek
   

   

     


          The Sixth Event
     
     


          by Kristen Morie-Osisek
     

     

         
            Giveaway ends July 01, 2016.
         
         
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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Sixth Event Weeklong Release party: Day 5!


Eighteen-year-old Raquel isn't eighteen anymore...
During Raquel's first semester of college, she witnesses the end of the world, only to wake up in her old room at her parents' house two years in the past. Even worse, it seems she's the only one who remembers—until Chris Lyley, a boy Raquel always thought was a loser, tells her he remembers the catastrophe. 
Before long, they both discover new abilities. They're able to understand any language and teleport through time and space.  If Raquel and Chris can figure out what caused the end of their world, maybe they can stop it.
All week long, I will be visiting other blogs and writing about the book. There will be excerpts, discussion of writing, and a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

The schedule, so you can check out previous days as well, is here at bridging the gap promotions!

There's a lot today! We have:


Fanatical Paranormal Romantical - Spotlight
Reading in Sarah's Corner - Spotlight
PNR Book Lover Reviews FB page  - Spotlight
Natural Bri FB Page - Top 10/Fav 5--Don't miss my article on the top 10 coolest extinct animals!
Eskie Mama Reads - Spotlight
ARe Cafe - Spotlight

Be sure to check it out!

Stop by tomorrow for one final release announcement! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sixth Event Weeklong release party: Day 4!


Eighteen-year-old Raquel isn't eighteen anymore...
During Raquel's first semester of college, she witnesses the end of the world, only to wake up in her old room at her parents' house two years in the past. Even worse, it seems she's the only one who remembers—until Chris Lyley, a boy Raquel always thought was a loser, tells her he remembers the catastrophe. 
Before long, they both discover new abilities. They're able to understand any language and teleport through time and space.  If Raquel and Chris can figure out what caused the end of their world, maybe they can stop it.
All week long, I will be visiting other blogs and writing about the book. There will be excerpts, discussion of writing, and a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

The schedule is here at bridging the gap promotions!

For today, we have:

May 19
6 Feet Under Books - Author Interview!
Book Lovers Life - Book Spotlight!

Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sixth Event weeklong release party: Day 3!

Eighteen-year-old Raquel isn't eighteen anymore...
During Raquel's first semester of college, she witnesses the end of the world, only to wake up in her old room at her parents' house two years in the past. Even worse, it seems she's the only one who remembers—until Chris Lyley, a boy Raquel always thought was a loser, tells her he remembers the catastrophe. 
Before long, they both discover new abilities. They're able to understand any language and teleport through time and space.  If Raquel and Chris can figure out what caused the end of their world, maybe they can stop it.
All week long, I will be visiting other blogs and writing about the book. There will be excerpts, discussion of writing, and a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

The schedule is here at bridging the gap promotions!

For today, we have:

Cover to Cover - Book Spotlight!
Natural Bri FB Page - Top 10/Fav 5 post by me!
Reviews by Crystal - Book Spotlight!

Be sure to check it out!