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When You Know You’re An Addict

My doctor won’t prescribe me any more Ambien. She says I could end up waking up wearing nothing but panties and a smile in the middle of driving my car the wrong direction down the Pacific Coast Highway, because that’s

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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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I Didn’t Let That Little Bitch Beat Me

(Warning: This note has Delta Gamma language in it. Turn away if you’re tender about such things.) There’re only two of us in Tabata class today, 40-something fabulous me and a 20-year old UCLA student. I’m gonna take her down

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My Interview on “Raising America with Kyra Phillips” Regarding Date Rape

(Ignore the red nose – this post should have a different template, but this light-hearted one will have to suffice) I know three women whose first sexual experience was date rape. Two of them were in high school at the

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I’ll Be Interviewed Tomorrow on HLN’s “Raising America with Kyra Phillips”

Hi guys — When I went to the Mom 2.0 conference in Laguna this month I had the good fortune to meet Kyra Phillips and some of her producers at Raising America and now have the opportunity to be on

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71 Dresses In 71 Days: Week 10

I’m like a man, parched with thirst crawling over the endless sand dunes of the Mojave Desert. Except I’m doing it in 71 dresses. My No Shopping Project is coming to an end. A few months ago I decided to

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Accepting The Fact That Women Are Prey Can Empower Us

A few weeks ago I talked with Neal Conan on NPR’s Talk of The Nation about my experience as the victim of an attempted date rape in 1986. (I also wrote about the experience in a post titled: It Happened To Me: A

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May: The Month to Do The Things That Scare The Bejesus Out Of You

These are the things I’ve done recently that made me want to vomit while shitting water. (Yes. You can take that line and use it as your own.) 1. Wrote a book detailing my slatternly (Merriam-Webster: “Of, relating to, or

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week 9

Oh when will this odyssey of pinafores cease?? Why did I buy 71 dresses? Am I the Queen of Marrakesh? This is my pen-ultimate week of wearing every single one of my dresses before I may purchase anything for myself.

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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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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week 8!

Hello All — I’ve been MIA in the blogging world. I’ve been writing screenplays, query letters for my book and a piece to perform at the Expressing Motherhood show at the Lillian Theater in Hollywood this Fri-Sun and next Fri-Sun THAT

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71 Dresses In 71 Days: Week 7

This week hits dress #49 in my #71dressesin71days No Shopping Project. I’m wearing all 71 of my dresses before I can buy myself even a tongue bolt.  And I want a tongue bolt really badly because I’ve never been badass

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week 6

I’m in week six of my No Shopping Project — wearing every single one of my 71 dresses in 71 days before allowing myself to buy even a bobby pin for my hair. I’ve had some pretty cool stuff in

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71 Dresses In 71 Days: Week 5

This is Week 5 of my No Shopping project and, even more specifically, no shopping for my crack: dresses. I’m in a no-shopping fugue state. My reflexes are dulled. The terrain is unfamiliar. Dopamine must be produced now by exercise

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week 4

I’ve just concluded week 4 of #71dressesin71days — this is my No Shopping Project wherein I, with Herculean self-control, do not buy ONE SINGLE THING to adorn myself until I’ve worn all 71 of my dresses. This has been a

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week 3

Three weeks ago I started my No Shopping Project. I decided to wear all of my dresses before I dare buy myself one more adornment for my prestigious (“prestigious” —  inspiring respect) frame. I have 71 dresses. I am the

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week Two!

I started a No Shopping Project last week called 71 Dresses in 71 Days Here. The goal was to wear all 71 of the dresses I own (yes, you read that correctly) in 71 days before I shopped for even so

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Perhaps 71 Days of Dresses Is 71 Too Many? Dress #8

Hi guys — today I got my first bit of feedback from an honest, thoughtful reader telling me this No Shopping Project #71dressesin71days of mine isn’t really coming across the way I intended. I was a bit worried posing like

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Dress #7 of 71 Dresses in 71 Days

Today sucked. Period. I wrote poorly. I lost legal documents. My iphone (aka the blood that runs in my veins) crashed. I have to end a business relationship. And my tooth fell out. I’m awaiting a crown for what is

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Dress #6: 71 Dresses in 71 Days

Here’s how I added this one to my collection: Every Christmas I take a couple of catalogues and circle some of the things I like and give the catalogues to Henry so he’ll know what to get me. He asks

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Dress #5: 71 Dresses in 71 Days

Since I’ve been getting dolled up daily Henry thinks I’m having an affair. I am. With you guys. I’ve worn five dresses in five consecutive days to keep myself from shopping. I have 66 dresses and 66 days to go.

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Dress #4

Okay. I didn’t realize quite what I was getting myself into when I started this No Shopping project, 71 dresses in 71 days.  Now, on day 4, I realize I have to post every day until I’ve reached the end.

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Dress #3: 71 Dresses in 71 Days

Day three of my NO SHOPPING project. In case you missed it: “I”m a dressaholic. It’s got to stop. For the 100th time I’ve told myself I’m not allowed to buy even one more dress — in fact, let me

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Dress #2 of 71 Dresses in 71 Days

I just went for my annual check-up this morning and had to stand on the scale in the nurse’s office. The scale said I am a small baleen whale. The scale was lying. Someone had an invisible toe on it

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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week One

I have an addiction. I’m addicted to dresses. Dad, if you’re reading this … look away. LOOK AWAY, I SAY! I have 71 dresses. 71. That’s a lot of freakin’ dresses. I was a tomboy in elementary school and a

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