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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Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

3:32 pm EST, January 18, 2017

As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

“Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

“While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

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We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.