Hi there. Thanks for reading my blog. I’m the author of the humorous, murder-mystery novels White Picket Prisons, The Sneaker Tree, and Time To Lie as well as the collection of humor essays Fifty Shades of Phil. Although this is an author’s blog, don’t worry, I don’t blather on about my writing. I mostly make fun of stuff, which is my m.o. in life. I’m a father of three, husband to one, and life-long smart ass to many. My first fiction novel, White Picket Prisons, is an ode to the life-long friends that I grew up with and still keep in touch with to this day. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-proclaimed grand poobah of leisure and author of humorous suspense novels The Sneaker Tree & White Picket Prisons, the humor essay book Fifty Shades of Phil and the long running blog The Phil Factor. thephilfactor.com
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You had me at grilled cheese sandwiches…
LOL, thanks. Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich?
No one that I know about! Sometimes I make them with thin slices of tomatoes, or onions, or even dill pickles. I’ll eat a grilled cheese sandwich anytime!
I’m not a pickle or tomato person. I love a good grilled ham and cheese.
Me too! I was just telling my brother today about the grilled cheese post and he said he makes peanut butter sandwiches grilled that way and they are really good.
Just finished reading your fantastic interview with Chris, and I want your book. I’ll try to get me a copy here in Spain, I don’t like e-books. So, if I can’t find any, I promise I’ll get it from Amazon or something like that.
I appreciate your kind words. Unfortunately my book is currently only available as an eBook. It is available on Amazon, Barnes &Noble and the iTunes bookstore.
Well, you had Your Other Mother at grilled cheeses, but you had me even before then. It was the grand poobah line that pulled me in. Not enough people use the term grand poobah, including myself. Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to reading your smart assery posts.
Thanks Dimwit, it’s nice to meet you.
Found you through a random clicking..Naahh, you were highly recommended so I thought I’d drop by and stick around.
Well it’s nice to meet you. Thanks for the follow. I followed you back.
Good move! You will now be bombarded with third world craziness 🙂 Kidding aside, thanks! 😉
Well who doesn’t want more thirld world craziness?
Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the WordPress family award. If you choose to accept it simply follow the link below and instructions…
Have a lovely day!
Well thank you Suzie! I will accept.
Thank you! Much appreciated!
Actually Suzie, I can’t accept. After reviewing the conditions, I just can’t do all that. Thank you for thinking of me though!
That’s no problem – I only do one occasionally because of the amount of work involved…
Morning! Congrats – you are one of the winners of my New Year competition and have won free advertising on my blog for a week. There is an issue with the widgets at the minute but I will sort this out asap!!
Have a lovely day!
Hey Phil my man I have nomiated you for the Blog of the Year Award for 2013, Stop on by and check her out~ http://wp.me/p32YrK-16X
Oh thank you for leading me to your blog – I had the best laugh JUST at the blurb line 😀 – fabulous!!
I nominated you for my shout out award! Your blog is awesome and deserved the recognition, so go here to get your award http://onesahmscrazylife.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/its-that-time-again-but-a-little-better-this-go-around/
Grilled cheese, eh? I consider myself a connoisseur. I can respect a person who endeavors to make the best grilled cheese in the world. As I cannot taste one of your grilled cheese sandwiches, I will have to take your word for it. Be forewarned that I, also, make the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world. Do we share a recipe? Let’s allow the world to wonder, shall we?
thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂
Hi there Phil – am curious where you hail from – I assume UK native (because of your comment that cutely isn’t a word..and that the fact that you are a ervant to your animals and a purveyor of grilled cheese sandwiches) but your pic looks to be taken in the US – or is it Brighton? LIke your bookcovers – did you do them yourself too?
Hi, thanks for stopping by. I’m actually from New York. I didn’t do my book covers. Fifty Shades and The Sneaker Tree were both done by Rene Folsom of Phycel Designs. Beautiful work at a very reasonable price. The cover for White Picket Prisons was done by some nameless bloke at Bookbaby.com
Hey Phil, about time I made my notch on your about page LOL
Thanks so much for your support and taking the time to make the most out of my blog, it’s much appreciated, and I do notice 🙂
Thanks Don. I enjoy your blog quite a bit.
Welcome dude …
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Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂
Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.
My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.
My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.
Thanks again and hope you have a great day…
hmmm – grilled cheese grand master? Do I get demerit points if I admit I’m not a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches? Don’t get me wrong … I LOVE cheese … all cheese, no exceptions … it’s the bread part. That’s my sorry confession.
Looking forward to following you 🙂
Hmmm….Grilled Cheese Grandmaster? I see a custom made license plate frame in my future. I look forward to following you too. Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can check it out here: http://nerdinthebrain.com/2014/07/06/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Well thank you so much for thinking of me. I’m honoured!
Thanks so much for the blog follow. It has led me to your blog, which I am now following.
I am looking forward to reading your posts.
Hi Nancy, It’s nice to meet you.
I know we’ve already bonded over Sean Smithson, but wanted to say thank you for the blog follow…I hope you enjoy what you read. I look forward to continuing to explore your blog as well!
Thanks Ann. Nice to meet you. I look forward to enjoying your blog!
Pleasure to meet you.
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I’ve nominated/awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award!
Check out my blog post to read more about it 🙂
Thank you so much for the nomination and thinking of me, but I’m afraid I’ll have to decline. I just don’t like awards that make me create a new post and change my blog format. I know I sound like an ungrateful jerk, but that’s not the tone I’m trying to give.
Haha thats ok, i ignored the last/first one I was given as I just didnt know what to do! 🙂
Really, thank you so much for thinking of me. I did once write a post about my Top Ten Blogging Pet Peeves and blog awards that require you to do all sorts of work was on the list. If there’s an award that doesn’t require work count me in!
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I love your site. It is graphically pleasing to my eyes. Are you now a full time writer? Do you have any regrets about getting your master’s? I am thinking about whether or not to get my master’s. I’m only 23 and I’ve already finished undergrad. I’m just working and blogging now.
No, I am not a full time writer, yet. And no, I don’t regret getting my Masters. It has helped me get jobs I couldn’t have with just a Bachelors, plus getting a Masters gives you a lot of practice writing long papers.
Everyone definitely needs ore humor in their lives Phil – me included! ~Elle
Hi Elle, it’s nice to meet you. Thanks for following. I’ll head over to your blog and follow back.
Glad to have you in the neighborhood Phil! ~Elle
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I’m not sure you do awards, but I LIKED nominating you and I hope you like being nominated 🙂
Thank you for thinking of me, but I don’t do the awards where I have to write a special post and nominate more people. You however are certainly very deserving of the award.
Thanks Phil! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog, Phil. Your’s is very interesting and entertaining. All the best with your writing for 2015.
You too Jean! It’s nice to meet you!
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Howdy Phil, I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I bet you are quivering in excitement… or perhaps you might be hitting your head against a wall repeating the phrase “Not another award, not another award!” You don’t have to accept this award, but I would love for you to pop over to my blog and come celebrate! There will be imaginary champagne, disco balls and a drumming cat! What more could one want? Hehe. If you’re interested click on the link: https://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/my-big-fat-award-ceremonystrike-two/
Amanda! What are you doing? Are you mad at me? Are you not aware of the unspoken bloggers code? You’ve been blogging over a year now, you must know that giving a blog award is like sending a chain letter. Its the blogging equivalent of those emails from the Namibian King who wants to transfer half his fortune into my bank account. Seriously though, thank you for thinking of me. You’re so nice that for the first time ever I might consider accepting this one. Might.
Thanks for the follow Phil. I hope you enjoy your visits.
I’ve always been following you but when I went to read yours it said I wasn’t so I clicked it again. It also showed that your blog had no posts. I blame the WordPress app.
I just looked again. It still says your blog is empty.
” life-long smart ass to many ”
That’s the only way to live.
You are right!
You may be my new best friend.
Heyyloo! I just nominated your lovely blog for an award. Here you go. 🙂 https://babysteps22.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/premio-dardosno-im-not-cursing-you/
Well thank you!
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Bravo. A great About page. Better than many posts I have read in other blogs. Will be a pleasure following you.
Well thank you! I shall follow you back.
Hi Phil..I stumbled in here and i think I’ll stay for a bit. Looking forward to reading your posts. 🙂
Well thank you. It’s nice to meet you. I think Ill head over to your blog
Interesting. I may search for the book. A real life liberal arts major turned writer, wow! As an English degree holder, and not much of an English degree job holder, I envy you.
Well I’m not making a living with my writing yet.
You and me both
Well, if we keep at it, you never know. Writing books is kind of my way of playing the lottery. It only takes one to catch on to make a career. Just ask J.K. Rowling.
Great point! Which reminds me…’but lotto ticket’ has been on my 2 do list since this summer.’ You can’t win if you dont play!
Thanks for the follow, from one smart ass to another!
There’s nothing better than the online fraternity of smart asses.
Amen to that brother! Most can’t appreciate my special brand of humor. LOL!
It’s nice to meet you!
Thanks, same here.
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I’m glad I found your blog Phil! Your Tuesday top 10 sucked me in! I found myself reading about way cats are better than dogs and well, of course I HAD to read why dogs are better than cats! I love your movie suggestions. I’m in!
I look forward to seeing more of your writing!
Thanks Penny! It’s nice to meet you!
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Another review for you to Peruse Phil!
I’m on my way there now!
Hi Phil, I have just checked out the Bloggers Bash Awards 2018, expecting to see The Phil Factor in the top three funniest blogs, and maybe even at #1, and what do I see? You are not in the top three, and the top two places are taken with Book Review Blogs that are not even funny! (At least there is a funny blogger in 3rd). How is this possible? Then I check the other award winners and most of them are book reviewers! Even the Best Overall Blog is a book review blog! What’s going on? Have the Russians infiltrated the voting? How can Book Review Blogs be so highly rated when they are merely writing about other people’s creativity? (I know, because I was a book reviewer for a short while). There’s something fishy going on here, Phil, don’t you think?
Denzil, thank you for your kind words about my blog. Yes, I too was a little perplexed at book blogs winning The funniest blog category.. I was also perplexed that you didn’t win in the book blog category. I must have voted for you 100 times.
I didn’t mean to hit send on that last comment yet. Yes, on some of the message boards and Facebook groups there has been some tense discussions about the awards results. People on the committee say that that is just how the voting turned out.
Interesting: I wasn’t aware of these discussions. I had no expectations to win, far less get many votes. My book review blog was an interesting winter project for me that I stopped in March. I waggled my toes in the water and to be honest, didn’t like the experiences. Actually my experiences could explain the Bash results. I found that there is a very closely knit and almost incestuous group of people who write (Indie) books and review (mostly Indie) books on their blogs. They all “lurve” each other’s work, blog profusely about each other’s work, give each other 5-stars, reblog each other’s posts, and clearly now, vote for each other’s blogs. There seems to be no other explanation for the most informative blogger being a book reviewer (!), and the Services to Bloggers award being a book reviewer!
P.S. For next year you should call your blog “The Phil Factor – Where Sarcasm Lets its Hair Down and Reviews Books”. You would win in multiple categories!
I wrote a screenplay about this fiction about 25 years ago only I used the real dates of the park being open as I lived down the street and frequented it. Even included the sneaker tree and where it was located. Interesting read. We should compare notes and rebuild this story to take into account some other events at that time.
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