A few months back a friend of a friend emailed me a few questions about my publishing experience.  I gave some honest answers and wished him luck.  He later offered me a free copy in appreciation.

When the book came in the mail, I was quite surprised and flattered to be mentioned in the acknowledgments.  Now that I’ve read it, I figured I’d return the favor with a little shout out here.

Quirky short stories by Scott S. Phillips

Quirky short stories by Scott S. Phillips

Tales of Misery and Imagination is a quirky little book containing 7 short stories chock full of pop culture references and down on their luck characters.  Each tale is preceded by a brief bit of commentary that sets the stage and describes the origin.  This is somewhat reminiscent of the chapter by chapter commentary I did on this blog for TP — albeit much more quick and to the point.

(The origin stories are also thought provoking — I’m left very curious to read the published version of “All the Freaky Live Things” after being teased by the original here.  Scratching my head over how he could have actually sold it by making it raunchy — though I guess that shouldn’t really come as a surprise…)

A few odds and ends that resonated with me:

-“Uncertain Times at Uncle Fatty’s” had me placing the story as an unseen subplot to the circus themed “Leaping In Without a Net” episode of Quantum Leap.  (For no good reason other than I just think that way.)

-There’s a scene that takes place at a Cheap Trick concert in “The Apartment of the Last Neanderthal.”  The title character also does a Yahoo! search while researching info, though personally I think an actual neanderthal would be more inclined to use, Lycos, or the old Windows Live Search.

-“Six Girls and a Dozen Donuts” is just an excellent title for a story on so many levels.  (And my brain tries to sing the title to the melody of the “two turntables and a microphone” refrain from “Where It’s At” by Beck, making it all the more excellent.)

Full disclosure: Although I got the book for free, I was under no obligation to write this review.  Much like my surprise upon seeing my name under the “thanks to” heading, Scott S. Phillips should be equally surprised upon reading this blog post.

Search Terms

Google Analytics rocks.  I use it to keep track of traffic on all of the Timely Persuasion related sites, getting a decent heads up when the book is referenced on blogs, message boards, tweets, or elsewhere online.

The most fascinating/interesting thing is looking at the search terms people enter that lead them to find the book.  I don’t pretend to be an SEO expert.  I just find some of these to be quite amusing.

My all-time favorites are below:

what does a ink blot of a frog look like
(This one is so random it just makes me laugh.)

is 3rd person more persuasive in a novel than 1st person
(TP is first person all the way, though as I’ve said before I’ll explore third person more in my next book.)

bro & sis – livingroom tryst
(Whoever searched for this was probably disappointed to stumble across Timely Persuasion instead of what they were really looking for.)

dirty bowling team names
(This one I’m sort of proud of…)

help he-mmph
(Another one where I can’t really figure out what the expected result was, but I’m glad I was found because of it.)

what makes a tennis ball travel so far
(Probably something the narrator of TP would ask…)

guns n roses time travel
(Seems someone has the same ideas about Izzy Stradlin that I do…)

mike doughty guitar secret code
(A question I always had, answered here.)

persuasion speech on why jimi hendrix is the best of all time
(I love the Internet…)

slander the buddha
(Another random one that’s mildly amusing.)

old hungry charlie’s syracuse
(Glad to help out people searching for my old college stomping ground.)

novels similiar to “replay”
(This one’s an honor to be associated with.)

“hilarious online greeting cards”
(I guess this found my “someTPcards” blog post.)

movie with man who can travel in time who had lady hologram
(I don’t know what movie they’re talking about, but the actual search yields tons of cool stuff!)

writing a novel (the rules of prologues and epilogues)
(Rules are made to be broken.)