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Today TWFKAB Turns 3!

I started this blog on October 18th, 2010. I began by publishing my first novel, Into The Child: 40 Weeks in the Gestational Wilderness, on the site which – if you haven’t read it you should in order to fill my coffers and so I can buy myself a diamond teeth grill —

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— but once I ran out of book entries I realized I wanted to keep writing and, shortly after that, I realized the reason I wanted to keep writing was because of you.

I always think it’s annoying when pop stars fatuously thank their fans for supporting them when they’re making their acceptance speeches at the Grammys, but now I get it.  (No one has awarded me with a Grammy, by the way, which seems like an oversight on their part.)

The reason I write is to be read. After twelve frustrating years in the film industry where what I wrote never saw the light of day and if it did was in no way what I thought it should be, I realized that I really needed a room of my own where people could read me uncut.  Like an uncircumcized man (I just couldn’t pass that one up, but there will be no attendant photo).

And this blog is that place.

So thank you for coming and reading and commenting. It means the world to me. It makes me feel seen and heard, which is something I’ve always hungered for. My therapist couldn’t cure me of that one.

So in celebration of this blog’s third birthday I’d like to share with you some of my favorite posts, buried now in my archive. I hope you enjoy:

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE A MAN WHO ISN’T YOUR HUSBAND YOUR PHONE NUMBER

“I internally scorned my friend, Glenna, for wearing such a masterful bra on our mom date. Usually Glenna and I could be counted upon to wear ‘dead’ bras that provided very little relief from gravity.”

Both this bra and full torso Spanx are full of uplift and zest!

Both this bra and Spanx pants are full of uplift and zest! Funny how I tend to end up partially or totally naked on this site. Must ask therapist about this.

“But Glenna was wearing an exuberantly ‘alive’ bra and had obviously been to Miss Stevens Intimates (now defunct) on Olympic and Beverly Drive where a toothless German woman named Beatta would measure and fit you in a brassiere to within an inch of your life.  But I digress …”

Read more.

THE HUBBA HUBBA GIRLS: WHEN GIRLFRIENDS SAVE YOUR LIFE

“When I was nine-years old my mom went through a debilitating divorce from my stepdad and I moved in, permanently it would turn out, with my dad and stepmom. I was a wreck. I threw up and had fevers whenever I flew alone from my dad’s Southern California home to visit my mom in the Bay area.  I felt isolated and afraid.  I didn’t immediately fit in with my new family and when I did start to feel I belonged there I was dogged by a horrible sense of betrayal toward my mom.  I named this feeling, which was almost like a living person, Divided Loyalties.”

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And finally — a deep and touching piece called:

The Clitoris: Does Size Really Matter?

“Yesterday I had my regular check-up with my long-time OBGYN, Dr. Beezy. I had a burning … question I needed answered after my friend Dolores confessed she has to try not to orgasm. That practically anything can bring one on – i.e. laughing energetically, sneezing due to seasonal allergies, accidentally touching the dryer when it’s on – because apparently she has a colossal clitoris.

“I instantly felt inadequate. Was I gypped in the clitoral department? Was my orgasm too elusive? Should I be having more of them? Should they be more Kazowee? What the hell was I missing??

“‘So,’ I said to Dr. Beezy from a reclining position with my feet in stirrups, ‘You’ve probably seen a lot of LADY BITS in your day.’

“‘I’ve seen my fair share,’ she replied from her station between my legs.”

Read More.

Thank you thank you for all of your support!  (that’s part of my Grammy speech for those of you haven’t give me my Grammy yet.  Where’s my Grammy damn you!) xo S

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  1. Zoe
    Zoe 18 October, 2013, 15:16

    Happy anniversary! You sure have a way with metaphors, that’s for sure. And the ability to write funny. (I’ve been told I’m funny and whacky in real life, but for some reason that never comes across in my writing.) And then there are people who write funny but don’t end up being all that funny (or even fun) in real life. You seem to be all that and more — and that’s pretty awesome.

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 22 October, 2013, 10:28

      I can never be funny when I want to be. I sort of end up going into catatonia. But I appreciate your appreciation. xo

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  2. Serena Belva
    Serena Belva 21 October, 2013, 07:19

    Shannon I just finished Smash, Crash, and Burn and am getting ready to read Into the Child (both purchased electronically through Amazon). I couldn’t put Smash down and I read it all the way through during an uneventful library shift. I love your humor and the nostalgia of the early ’90s is so very comforting to me.

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 22 October, 2013, 10:27

      Serena you may be the first person to let me know you enjoyed my book. That means the world to me. Thank you!!!

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  3. Serena Belva
    Serena Belva 22 October, 2013, 12:41

    Shannon you’re welcome and thank you! I’ll be sure to leave good reviews on Amazon! 🙂

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