“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...”

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This Is the Sneaky, Self-Discombobulating Trait I’m Giving Up in 2017

Excerpt: “Clare has a crush on your older brother Dane,” I tell Gerald, a sixth-grader in my middle-school carpool. “Oh my God, mom!” my seventh-grader Bridget shrieks, “Why would you say that?! Clare’s going to kill you!” Why would I say that? Keep Reading.

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I Thought I’d Fixed All of My Issues; Think Again

Excerpt: “This fear took over every aspect of my life. My ability to enjoy my family. My ability to live in the moment and be in my body. My ability to actually enjoy my life. I knew I had to take radical action and fast …”

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I’m Lucky to be Featured in SheSpark’s “Keeping It Hot” Edition

A starlet, a scholar and a stripper discuss sex in midlife and beyond. Fine, I’m one of them. I have the fortune to be featured in SheSparks’s #KeepingItHot August Edition. Read On …

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One Reader’s Comment Paralyzes Me & I’m in Love with Someone New!

It’s Monday. Hence I guess I should mention that I’m in love with someone. It is someone who is not my husband and also has a vagina. I love her, but don’t want to have sex with her. It’s a passionate love, nonetheless. Keep Reading!

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Device Addiction: Does the Quest to Constantly Quantify our Lives Diminish Them?

I’m six months shy of 50 and, like most people my age, can no longer eat mindlessly without packing on unwanted pounds. Now each bite does not touch my lips before it’s fingerprinted, patted-down and cavity-searched on that hellish Fitness Pal app.

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Monday Paralysis in Cougar Town

I woke up this morning utterly paralyzed by all of the things I need to do or think I need to do or can’t remember if I need to do or in what order I need to do. Wear my cougar costume.

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Not All Feminists Want to Wear Mens’ Penises on a Chain Around Their Neck

We women can tell stories all goddamn day long about how we’ve been mistreated. I could tell you one from today. But I don’t know how much telling those stories will mean until we can get a goddamn grip on the word feminist.

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Why you Must Run not Walk to the BlogHer 2014 Conference aka Your Vagina Wants you to go!

Okay people, as an ambassador for this year’s BlogHer 2014 conference I must ask this question: Who wouldn’t  want to attend a conference where one of the keynote speakers is known for saying this, “If someone asked me to pick

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Male Blog Readers, Come Out of the Woodwork and Tell Me Why You Read Me?

Hi guys — so I’m working on marketing my website to transition from pocket change traffic, to pay-the-mortgage traffic. One thing my analytics tell me is that 54% of my readers are men, which I admit really surprised me. I

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Does My New ABOUT Page Work? I Need Your Input

Hello Readers, Friends, Family and Porn Spammers. It would mean so much to me if you could give me notes on my new About page. Is it too long? Are there parts that are boring? Does it make you want

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My Wittiest, Wisest, Most Inappropriate Commenters (Andy) This Week!

Today isn’t about me. Well, it kind of is about me because I want to post some of my favorite comments about me. Yes, I need to get a life. But, I’m frequently stunned by how funny, insightful and creative

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There’s Always a Way to Feel Inadequate Online aka The Small Willy

The number of you stumbling upon this blog is steadily rising. It’s made me feel a bit like I imagine a man with a very small willy might feel if he woke up because his formerly tiny willy is now

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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

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My Freelance Brain On Crack

Okay, okay, so first I have to connect with that woman I met at the conference on Facebook after which I need to change my Twitter name to @shannoncolleary because no one knows I’m @wifedominatrix and because that might be

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Why do certain bloggers get so much internet traffic? What’s their trick?

I’m having Alexa ranking score issues and Google Analytics issues. My Alexa score is too high (bad) and my Google score is too low (worse). My Facebook Fan Page has only 3 people talking about it and they’re all behind

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Moms Speak Out About Their Motherf%@king A#@holes

We just wrapped our first week of performing Expressing Motherhood to packed audiences. Thirteen moms address everything from adoption to nude photos (who could that be?) to molestation to husband’s who work too damn much to discovering their teenage son

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TWFKAB Turns Two-Years Old: The First Post

On October 18th, 2010 I was disillusioned enough with screenwriting to start a blog.  I didn’t think I had anything to say so I decided to publish a journal I kept while I was pregnant with my youngest, Bridget, one

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How To Make Money With Your Blog and NOT Lose Your F#*king Marbles

I got into blogging to make a living. Okay … yeah, yeah … okay, are you done laughing yet? … not yet? … okay, I’ll wait … listen, stop laughing right now or I swear I’m gonna …  Thank you.

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Sleeping With Women

Not since college have I slept four women in a room, two to a bed and usually it was under the influence of Thunderbird and Night Train Express. So you can imagine my distress when–at the tender age of 47–I

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If You’re Not Happy Enough You Suck!

Is it just me or do you ever feel like you’re losing in the happiness race? Like if somehow you’re not in a perpetual state of satisfaction and bliss you’re a loser? And is there anything worse than being a

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A Visit to Homeboy Industries With Jamie Lynne Grumet

My friend Jamie Lynne Grumet – recently on the cover of Time nursing her toddler Aram – is forcing me to step out of my comfort zone. At last tally she’s gotten me to join her at far-flung speakeasies for

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What Jealousy Drove Me To Do…

“Monday Sins: What Jealousy Drove Me To Do…” (I’ve started a Blog Project. Every Monday I report on my hand-to-hand combat with 5 Deadly Sins: 1. Overeating 2. Frivolous Shopping 3. Sneaky Gossiping 4. Jealousy 5. Hubris, “excessive pride or arrogance.” My goal: To vanquish these sins by

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Writing For Idiots!

Friday Wrap-Up: Writing For Idiots! There you are, you Empty Page. I face you now, typing fingers drawn ready to scribble you into the oblivion from whence you came.  How you mock me with your smug, white face, your glowering

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Yes My Pants Won’t Button, But I Was Nominated For The Versatile Blogger Award!

Okay, I may be chubby, but someone reads my blog! That’s very encouraging. Listen all you silent readers, you should know I’m an insecure writer always searching for validation and praise and the occasional obsequious comment! So I was heartened

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