Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories infused with her love of music.

Could you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?

  1. I am an excellent dancer. (Ask Jen L.)
  2. I used to be a general manager for an affiliate of the New York Mets.
  3. My thumbs are double jointed.
  4. Right now, I have conditioner on my hair, a pink shower cap on my head, and a heating pad on top of that. Home spa treatments, yo.
  5. My cat, Milo, is my muse.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I just thought it was something other people did, and that I could only dream of doing. Then my stubborn streak kicked in, and I decided it was my turn.

Hourglass, your first novel in the series, is told from Emerson’s point of view and in this book we have Kaleb narrating.  Why the switch?

Kaleb is one of the mouthiest characters I’ve ever dealt with – he was SO impatient to get out of my head. I never doubted that the story arc would be best served from his point of view, and I’ve never had so much fun writing dialogue in my life. Banter, he has it.

Was it difficult writing from another character’s point of view because you had already established Emerson’s voice?

No, because I could still hear Emerson, too, if that makes sense. She informed TIMEPIECE as much as Kaleb did, and her relationships were still developing, just off screen. I have some lovely deleted scenes, and scenes I wrote from her POV to make sure I was hitting the right emotional notes.

What is the difference between writing a first and second novel? Was it more difficult writing this novel?

My second book almost killed me? That’s the difference. There were more pressures, more expectations, and there was much less time. Yes, definitely more difficult.

What was your favorite chapter/scene to write and why?

I had a blast writing the first chapter. I was so in Kaleb’s head, and it poured out. Much like the first chapter of HOURGLASS, it’s barely changed. The first chapter of INFINITYGLASS, however, is in its sixth incarnation. And I’m on my fifth bottle of booze. (I’M KIDDING.)

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism is when people say I didn’t do my research. I busted my junk on research, as I do for every book I write. I know all kinds of things the readers don’t, just because I need the background to make the scene right. Best compliment is when people say my words are funny. I love making people laugh.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

On a beach. With a fruity drink, and a cabana boy who’ll talk plot as long as I want. Not that that’s ever happened, but a girl can dream.

What character do you relate most to?

Probably Em. The sarcasm as a defense mechanism is definitely aMyrathing, too.

If you could have lunch with one of your characters who would it be and why?

Kaleb. For alllllll the inappropriate.

What is easier to write: The first line or the last line?

The first. “Maybe getting drunk and dressing up like a pirate was a bad idea.”

What one YA novel do you wish you had when you were a teen?

Anything adventurous, like GRAVE MERCY by Robin LeFevers or SHADOW and BONE by Leigh Bardugo. I wasn’t very adventurous at all, and I’d have liked the possibilities those books give to their protagonists.

What are you working on now?

INFINITYGLASS, the next book in the HOURGLASS series! It’s in the fun stage, which means mourning and angst are right around the corner!

You can find Myra and all her mad skills on twitter, facebook,  Tumblr and Pinterest.   You can also keep track of all things Hourglass series related at Murphy’s Law Coffee, a fansite for all things Hourglass.

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Intellectual property law may prevent Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report from appearing on The Late Show, but it cannot stop his identical twin cousin.

Last week, Stephen Colbert brought a familiar face to visit The Late Show. Tucked away in the woods living happily ever after with Jon Stewart was Colbert’s character, host of The Colbert Report, champion of America, Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World** featuring Flo Rida La Premiere Dame De France. Or Stephen Colbert for short.

Colbert resisted bringing the character to The Late Show, choosing to introduce the world to the real Stephen Colbert. But the Republican National Convention selecting Donald Trump as their candidate for President demanded that Colbert dust off his Captain America shield and return to glory for one night only. And one night only is all we are going to see of that man.

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Colbert announced on The Late Show that immediately after the live show on July 18, 2016, Viacom’s lawyers called up CBS and said that “the character Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property.” And so, Stephen Colbert revealed that Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report would never be seen again.

Luckily, Stephen Colbert had an identical twin cousin! How might that work, you ask? Well Colbert’s mother was an identical twin and she and her sister married identical twins and gave birth at the same time and both named their sons Stephen Colbert. Rest assured attorneys, the two men are very different people. The banned Colbert went to Dartmouth, the cousin Colbert only applied there. The banned Colbert wears smart fitting suits, the cousin Colbert prefers a breezy American flag button down. Night and day those two.

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Real Stephen Colbert (are you confused yet?) asked cousin Colbert if he’d be willing to make himself available for future appearances on The Late Show, a task cousin Colbert was more than willing to take on. Loopholes!

Another intellectual property to fall to the wayside was “The Word,” a segment Colbert revived from The Colbert Report to introduce the word, “Trumpiness.” There’s a way around this one too. Introducing, “The Werd.”

Watch all of the Stephen Colberts in action and get the lowdown on “The Lesser of Two Evils” in the full segment from July 27.

The Late Show continues its live coverage of the Democratic National Convention tonight at whatever time Hillary Clinton is done speaking on CBS.

When in doubt, look to Harry Potter. At least, that’s what Marvel and Sony are planning for the latest Spider-Man reboot.

When Tom Holland showed up in Captain America: Civil War as Spider-Man, fans were obviously hesitant to throw too much weight behind his version of Peter Parker. The webslinger had been seen at the forefront of a blockbuster movie twice in the past couple decades, and even the biggest Spidey fans were wary of yet another incarnation.

But Holland swung himself right into our hearts with his charm and enthusiasm, both on screen and off. The cast took him under their wings and fans were soon to follow. So, when it was announced that he’d be starring in another solo Spider-Man film, titled Homecoming, the response was optimistic.

There are a lot of things Marvel and Sony are doing differently for Homecoming, not least of which is actually working together. Peter is also much younger than we’ve seen him in the past, and his story will focus as much on his time in school as his time fighting bad guys.

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In fact, the school year may even help structure Homecoming and subsequent Spider-Man solo films. Speaking to Collider, Kevin Feige even said they may take a leaf out of Harry Potter’s book:

“Should we be able to make more after [Homecoming]? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”

This structure allows for a consistent progression of time for both the characters and the world. We’ll say goodbye to Peter at the end of the school year, but welcome him back again at the beginning of the next. It allows for changes to take place over the summer, for new threats to materialize, and for the story to stretch its legs and develop over the course of nine months, rather than a few short days.

But first we have to see if Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the hit both Marvel and Sony are hoping it’ll be.

How are you feeling about the current developments regarding ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?

Netflix has passed on picking up Agent Carter for a third season, and now they’re explaining why.

The cancellation of Agent Carter sent shock waves through the Marvel fandom. We get so few female-led properties in the superhero world, and Peggy was unapologetically kickass on every level. When ABC didn’t renew the show for another season, fans immediately started pitching to Netflix, hoping they would give the S.H.I.E.L.D. founder a new life.

Alas, it wasn’t to be so. In an interview with EW, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explains why they decided to pass on the opportunity.

The first reason was because they’re looking for “truly original brands to own.” Netflix, as you probably know, already has a pretty clear corner on that market with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, both of which have been wildly popular, as well as their upcoming series Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all four of which will eventually merge into an Avengers-esque crossover series called Defenders. Plus, the Punisher is getting his own series, too.

ABC had already owned and put out two seasons of Agent Carter, which means, creatively, Netflix couldn’t take over the show and make it their own. They would have to honor what came before and make sure it had the same look and feel. Considering how wildly popular their original series have been (for reference, check out the current buzz about Stranger Things), it’s understandable that they’d rather focus on something they can build from the ground up.

The second reason why Netflix passed on Agent Carter is a bit more technical in that the streaming service likes to release its original content globally, something that would be difficult, if not impossible, due to Agent Carter’s current international restrictions. As Sarandos says, passing up on Agent Carter was “a business decision more than a creative one.”

But neither of those reasons make the situation any better for fans of the character and her solo show. While Netflix would’ve been an ideal place to watch Peggy’s next great adventure, we’ll have to hope the showrunners and Hayley Atwell can swing something else instead.

Are you disappointed Netflix isn’t picking up ‘Agent Carter’?