Music Monday! Grouplove – Remember That Night

One of my favorite bands. Grouplove, filmed at Lollapalooza in August. Have a great Monday! ~Phil

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I’ve got some career advice for you…

Dear Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,

Earlier this week I went to the movies to see It. I was tremendously relieved to see that you were not cast as Pennywise the Clown. If you were though, it wouldn’t have surprised me. While there though I did see a giant display for a new Jumanji movie, starring you, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. Holy crap that is the worst collection of actors ever put together outside of The Fast and the Furious series. Oh yeah, that’s right, you’re in that too. There’s been so many sequels of that series that I mistake it for a TV series sometimes. In fact, I imagine that in the not too distant future in The Fast and the Furious 27 it will just be you and Vin Diesel racing your wheelchairs to the rest room at the old folks home.

Guess what?  I can smell what The Rock is cooking and it stinks. What The Rock is cooking is a career where you will apparently do any movie offered to you and you’ve got an unexplainable love for remakes that shouldn’t be made. Earlier this year you and Zack Efron also ruined the classic Baywatch. I know David Hasselhoff and you’re no David Hasselhoff.

Dwayne, let me give you a little career advice. Drop out of sight for a year or two. Buy an island and hole up there with your family and don’t appear in public at all. Don’t show up to award shows, don’t do interviews, don’t engage in Twitter drama with anyone, and for cripes sake, don’t make any movies! Just spend two years being a mystery, an enigma. Don’t you want to be enigmatic? That’s a pretty god damn cool term and so few people ever get called that. Think about it, you’d go from being Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to being “the enigmatic Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson .” In fact, if I’m your agent, I insist that you make that your legal name.

Don’t answer your phone. Don’t send texts except to let people know you’re alive. Do you know what the effect of this two year disappearance will be for you? One, people will think you’re enigmatic, and two, the demand for your services and the price you can charge for them will go through the roof. You’ve created a glut, a surplus of movies. When there’s a surplus of something, it becomes less valuable. Create a deficit and drive up the price.

Do you want more movies like that Tooth Fairy piece of crap? No, you don’t. If you continue on your current trajectory, you’ll make a hundred crappy movies. First it’s the tooth fairy, what’s next? The Easter Bunny? Disappear for two years and when The Enigmatic Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returns to the public eye he will be offered the sun and the moon and everything in between to make any movie of your choosing. Hell, if you’re lucky, I may even offer you a role in the movie adaptation of my new novel Time To Lie. Maybe. Just maybe.

So, in conclusion, here’s a song that I think perfectly captures what I’m trying to say here:

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“A Roller Coaster Ride of Fun” and like Back To The Future?

Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite

Time To Lie: Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1 by Phil Taylor is what I would call a YA thriller/sci fi/comedy that is somewhat reminiscent of Back to the Future, but without the DeLorean going 88 miles per hour in order to travel to a different time. Landon’s in a much different situation, and time travel is not exactly like he expected it to be. His knowledge about his future begins at zero (as you might imagine), but ramps up steadily throughout the book. Without giving too many spoilers away, our hero Landon learns that some big changes are coming and he’s a big part of them. Little by little, he learns the extent of his responsibility in the whole mix.

This was an excellent story, with believable characters, plenty of twists and turns, mysterious people coming and going, and events unfolding, all the while adding a generous dose of self-deprecating humor to the mix. The story was tightly written and worked well to keep me in my seat. It was hard to put it down. I liked the part where the author showed how going back and forth in time can mess things up, instead of only always telling how things will change for the worse. The only downside I saw in Time to Lie, Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1 was the use of profanity throughout that might turn some readers off. However, overall, Phil Taylor delivers a roller-coaster ride of fun. Fortunately for us readers, this is only the first book. Highly recommended.

Thank you Bruce and Readers Favorite! If you haven’t tried my humorous suspense time travel novel, why not? It’s available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. Have a great Friday! ~Phil

Thursday Doors

Have a great evening! ~Phil

TBT! The “I Love All Four Seasons” People

Get ready, this is coming

We’ve all been in this conversation:

Other Human: Boy it sure is hot today!

Me: Yeah, but I’ll take this over winter any day.

Other Human: Not me! I love all four seasons! The fall colors are beautiful, and there’s nothing better than curling up in front of the fire on a cold winter night. And the Spring! All the flowers are beautiful!

Me: (imagining myself punching Other Human in the face)  What are you, fecking Snow White? The other seasons suck. You’re dead to me.

I’m not sure, but I imagine Snow White as the ultimate optimist. Her step-mother tried to kill her and she just went and lived with dwarfs until a Prince came along. And she sang and whistled happy tunes while doing housework! She probably loved all four seasons. I’ve never once sang and whistled while shoveling three feet of snow from my driveway.

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“Oh the Fall is so beautiful. I love the colors!” Yeah, well you know what? The colors on my 50 inch HD TV are gorgeous and I don’t have to go outside and pick the colors up off my yard for two months while inhaling mold and allergens. That’s ok though, you go ahead and frolic in leaf piles.

My problem is that I’ve lived in the northeastern part of the United States for my entire life. The first half of my life was my parents fault. But since I was liberated from their tyrannical control, it’s all on me that I still live here. I’ve grown sick and tired of damp, cool, Falls, cold, snowy winters, and Springs that are like living in England. (Yeah, sorry England, I hate to break it to you, but your weather is not great.)

I’m all about being an optimist and understanding others perspectives, but in February of 2015 the average temperature for the entire month in my hometown was 12 degrees. And not toasty warm 12 degrees celsius, whatever that is. It was 12 degrees Fahrenheit which is the manly American way of measuring temperature. We had over 100 inches (254 centimeters) of snow for the entire winter. Snow that had to be removed from driveways and roads. Yeah, you “I love all four seasons” people, how much fun was that season?

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That picture above this is me every Spring until about June. Yes, I know that rain is good for nature and all, but seriously, how can you “I love the four seasons” people actually love Spring? Who enjoys going around being damp all the time?

Admit it, none of you  really love all the seasons. You know who says that? Idiots and people who live somewhere that doesn’t really have all four seasons. So as summer turns into Fall, consider yourselves warned that if you engage in a weather related conversation with me, it’s not going to end well.

You know what’s also great to do when the weather forces you inside? Reading a good book. How about a humorous time travel suspense story that’s been compared to “Back to the Future but without the DeLorean…” My new novel Time To Lie is available in Amazon in both Kindle and paperback!

Have a great Thursday! ~Phil

Wordless Wednesday!

What’s interesting about this picture is that it’s of the same lake that one of the scene’s from Time To Lie takes place on the shore of. You should probably go read that. Have a great Wednesday! ~Phil

Book Review – Time to Lie

A wonderful review from a book blogger you should all follow.

A Depressive's Review

“Remember that time you dated that complete nutcase and said to yourself, I wish Future Me would have come back and warned me about this. Remember when you and your drunk friends said, If it’s such a bad idea, someone would come back from the future and stop us, right before it blew up in your face and got you in trouble? It would be great to have someone from the future to guide your life, wouldn’t it?”

Before delving in to my review of ‘Time to Lie’, please be aware that it may contain minor spoilers. I won’t, of course, give any main plot points away, however, if you want a completely clean slate, I would suggest reading the book first. A summary for those who wish to do just that – overall, I enjoyed it. I feel that although there wasn’t a major overriding story tying…

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