“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

OPT-IN TO SHANNON’S BI-WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Current

View all posts

5 Wisdom Bites on How to Handle Difficult People

While going through my divorce, my therapist said to me “if he was like this while you were married, why do you expect him to be different now?” The realization really jarred me: it was true. Stop wishing the asshat was different. Don’t expect a change in behavior. Asshats don’t suddenly become aware of their asshat status and reform their ways. Keep Reading …

How to Build Your Brand in 6 Minutes!

Excerpt: “Your Real Self + Your Alter Ego = Your Brand. What do I mean by that? You can ask Clark Kent, or Bruce Wayne or Beyonce. But if you can’t get any of those peeps on the phone, you can watch my 6-minute video where I spoke on a panel at the fantastic BAM (Bloggers At Midlife) 2016 Conference in Vegas last week.
Viewer Warning: There will be bodacious ta-tas, aged vajaylaws and a heap of good information for wild, renegade mavericks out their building their own business:

Talking To Kids About Pornography (7 Bullet Points)

Excerpt: “Pornography is affecting young boys’ brains, turning them into misogynistic aggressors who might objectify and assault girls in the course of what they consider to be ‘normal’ sexual practices. ‘We need to have a talk,’ I announced to my middle school daughters after reading the article, horrified to discover that when asked, ‘How do you know a guy likes you?,’ an 8th grade girl replied: ‘He still wants to talk to you after you [give him oral sex].'” Keep Reading for talking points.

Love & Sex

View all posts

5 Wisdom Bites on How to Handle Difficult People

While going through my divorce, my therapist said to me “if he was like this while you were married, why do you expect him to be different now?” The realization really jarred me: it was true. Stop wishing the asshat was different. Don’t expect a change in behavior. Asshats don’t suddenly become aware of their asshat status and reform their ways. Keep Reading …

Blog Break: I’m Writing a Book (Beware Asshats)

Excerpt: “The reason a woman over 50 posts photos of herself in lingerie on social media and her blog is that she’s fishing for compliments. She wants you to write stuff like, “You are one hot mama!” or “The girls looks great!” (“the girls” in thisShannon Bathroom 2 instance = boobs). Or, “How can you write so well when you look so good?” (Which will offend some women, because the question presupposes that good female writers are unattractive, but it will not offend me.)” Keep Reading …

Gentlemen, Don’t do “THIS” When it Comes to Women …

Excerpt: “I’m a woman, not a fellow man in the dating war theater, down in the trenches under heavy artillery fire with my penis-packing compadres. And sometimes women are considered man-hating harridans when they scold men for Asshattery. But it’s a chance I’ll have to take! Because I am coining Rule #2 to Avoid Becoming a Male Asshat …” Keep Reading:

Kids & Parents

View all posts

Talking To Kids About Pornography (7 Bullet Points)

Excerpt: “Pornography is affecting young boys’ brains, turning them into misogynistic aggressors who might objectify and assault girls in the course of what they consider to be ‘normal’ sexual practices. ‘We need to have a talk,’ I announced to my middle school daughters after reading the article, horrified to discover that when asked, ‘How do you know a guy likes you?,’ an 8th grade girl replied: ‘He still wants to talk to you after you [give him oral sex].'” Keep Reading for talking points.

Guest Post: The “Real Truth” About my Stepmom’s Boobs

Excerpt: “Should any pimply, horny teenage boy appear on my door stoop he was met full-force by this curvaceous nautical figurehead, her prow steaming right through him as if he were nothing more than a ripple in a paddling pool.” Read More!

“I See You’ve Made a New Friend” & Other Memories of a Boy Gone too Soon

These are the things I remember about the Gone Boy. Hazel eyes. Slippery black hair. Fluidity of motion. Chipped front teeth. Velvety skin. A goofy laugh. A whipsmart brain. He seemed indestructibly alive. I suppose his death was the first that made me realize how permeable the layer is between life and death, but it didn’t help me understand how to feel about it.

Body Image

View all posts

The Shocking Truth about Women in Lingerie over 50 (Photos)

HuffPo 50 took photographs of 11 women ranging in age from 48-67 in their lingerie then asked them how do they feel sexy today as opposed to in their twenties. Their answers will uplift you … Keep Reading!

Danielle, Embracing Beauty Despite Breast Cancer (LYBN)

Excerpt: “I felt a small lump in my breast in February 2014. When I saw my oncologist and all the results were in, I was told that I had Stage-4 metastatic breast cancer that was in my liver, lungs, sternum and both breasts. I was told in April 2014 that I had two years to live.” Keep Reading …

He Says I’m Too Fat, But What Bothers me Most is my Response

Excerpt: I abandon my body completely, as if it were a one-legged stepchild, by saying, “Your right. I do need to lose 3, 5, 10 pounds. I’ll do it soon.” “When?” he’ll ask. “Soon,” I’ll say. Then he usually presses me to pick a time frame. Or a special event as my goal. And I will arbitrarily pick something. By my next birthday. Before I participate in a ballroom dance competition. By Christmas. Keep Reading …

Beauty, Buy & Bites

View all posts

How to Build Your Brand in 6 Minutes!

Excerpt: “Your Real Self + Your Alter Ego = Your Brand. What do I mean by that? You can ask Clark Kent, or Bruce Wayne or Beyonce. But if you can’t get any of those peeps on the phone, you can watch my 6-minute video where I spoke on a panel at the fantastic BAM (Bloggers At Midlife) 2016 Conference in Vegas last week.
Viewer Warning: There will be bodacious ta-tas, aged vajaylaws and a heap of good information for wild, renegade mavericks out their building their own business:

101 Nights of Great Sex! The App is Here!

Excerpt: “My name is Laura Corn and I make my living selling sex tricks. With the end of my first marriage to a man who said I was “the worst lay he ever had” I made it my mission to become smoking hot in the sack. ALONG with becoming the vixen I was always meant to be, I ended up creating 500 seductions in 9 best-selling books helping other couples have great sex.

She Looked 10 Years Younger: Perfect Derma Chemical Peel

Excerpt: “I didn’t think I looked that bad, but the look on their faces made me wonder if I should have worn a hat and veil like the iconic episode of “Sex in the City” when Samantha attends Carrie’s book signing event after a face peel!” Keep Reading:

True Hollywood Tales

View all posts

Oscar Predictions of 2016 from a Hollywood Screenwriter (aka me)

Excerpt: “the emotional life of The Revenant, a father’s love for his son, fell flat for me and DiCaprio’s ability to walk and fight after so many near-death injuries stretched the limits of my willingness to believe. After injuries like that he wouldn’t have any functioning internal organs let alone unbroken bones.” Keep Reading:

What do Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, James Dean and Me Have in Common?

I don’t know what’s happening, but a hole opens in my chest. It’s a vortex that everything dark and broken gets sucked down into. “I’m not the good girl! I’m so sick of trying to make everyone happy I could explode!” Over this Jeff yells, “Go To Scene!” The lines from the play aren’t on the page anymore; they erupt out of my mouth, “I had no right to do what I did! It was too bad a thing to do. There’s no happy thing possible because a me. I can’t leave this house cause it’s my crime!” Keep Reading.

Daniel Radcliffe Fails Epically in his New Role (Video)

Well I think we always knew that Mr. Radcliff was a one-act pony. (I suppose this can also serve as a pun for his desnuded turn with a horse in Eqqus on Broadway). Monsieur Harry Potter, how could you be so adept at killing Voldemort and now this? (Don’t let your children watch, it may scar them.)

Travel/Aid

View all posts

My 74-Year-Old Mother Takes on Ecuador (The Galapagos MisAdventure)

Excerpt: “Whenever I stepped onto foreign soil I became the new, more beautiful, exciting me: worldly, intriguing, champagne imbibing, mysterious with an intellectual bent (spy novel notwithstanding).” Read more!

From Los Angeles Mom to Helping Syrian Refugees

Excerpt: “Things get real when I’m handed the three-year-old son of the pregnant woman.

He keeps trying to run back into the water, back into the boat where his mom has gone into labor while in the throes of hypothermia. He isn’t crying, he’s stoic, which somehow makes it worse. I can’t help imagining how terrified my children would’ve been in this situation. How traumatized they’d be to see their mother suffer like this.” Keep reading.

How Syrian Refugees can Trump Donald Trump (hint: a mouse)

Excerpt: “But Sunni and Shia death squads began targeting Iraqis working for the coalition. Z survived one kidnapping and one assassination attempt in which a man with a machete tried to behead her right in front of the Green Zone.” Keep Reading …

The Most Interesting Woman in the World!

“When I was pregnant, I was living in Guatemala city, carrying a glock 9mm (with a 32 round magazine) in my purse. I was riding my dirt bike up staircases in the city to avoid sketchy law enforcement, trespassing on private property, feeling completely entitled to do whatever-the-hell I pleased, and felt immortal.” Keep Reading …

I Got Over my Midlife Crisis in Syrian Refugee Camps

Excerpt: “Then something kind of crazy happened. A friend asked me if I’d be willing to volunteer with her in Syrian refugee camps on the island of Lesvos in Greece. With ISIS no doubt waiting for me to land at Mytilene Airport on that tiny island, there was no fucking way I was going. ‘You’ve got to go,’ my husband Henry commanded. ‘You’re in a major rut.” Keep Reading …

How Safe is Your Vagina from These 7 Deadly Afflictions?

Excerpt, “I was particularly self-conscious after my injury because I was sure all the juvenile delinquents camped next to us (my first introduction to the allure of The Bad Boy) could tell, by the way I walked, that my 13-year old lady bits were the size of a catcher’s mitt.” Keep Reading …