Fantastic Beasts, and were to find them on TV.

As the days get cooler, the nights grow longer, our imaginations run even wilder, especially with All Hallows’ Eve right around the corner. No better time to discover some new fantasy TV series. Amazon Prime has created a beautiful alternate universe—Burgue, akin to 1880 London— in which humans reluctantly co-exist with fairies (“faes”) and otherContinue reading “Fantastic Beasts, and were to find them on TV.”

Extracurricular: Hence, the name of the series

I know what you’re thinking: that I chose Extracurricular as the name of my novel series because it sets up a delicious double entendre, what with it taking place at a private high school and that lust and is front and center with its protagonists, Audrey and Egan. Well, you’re wrong. Colleges are very interestedContinue reading “Extracurricular: Hence, the name of the series”

Extracurricular Excerpt: The Sting

I started writing Extracurricular eight years ago. As luck would have it, the recent college admissions cheating scandal made it a timely book to be launch this summer. The scandal also gave me the impetus to expand the story into a three-book series. Whereas it was always going to be about about the consequence ofContinue reading “Extracurricular Excerpt: The Sting”

New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!

EXTRACURRICULAR – BOOK 1 RELEASE DATE: JUNE 28, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!       Happy Almost Summer to You! Now that San Francisco’s monsoon rains have finally let up, Martin and I have been taking long walks every day. It’s great to see flowers in bloom again! The tulip trees were first, then the daffodils, followed byContinue reading “New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!”

Martin and I found this antique musical Santa snow globe at an old curiosity shoppe.

At the time it was a splurge for us—thirty dollars—but how could we resist? Turns out the shop owner had just polished its brass base that very morning before putting it in the shop window. "I knew it would go quickly," he said, chuckling. The shop is gone now. Still, I'm sure he'd be happyContinue reading “Martin and I found this antique musical Santa snow globe at an old curiosity shoppe.”

My five New Year’s resolutions…

Resolution #1: Stay healthy. (Note to Self: eat more root vegetables, and less sugar!) Resolution #2: Stay happy. (Note to Self: much more sex, much less [caloric] sugar!) Resolution #3: Acquire a new language.(Pig Latin does NOT count.) Resolution #4:Experience new things, with total abandon!(Unless they include black-outs, tattoos, or joining a cult.)    Continue reading “My five New Year’s resolutions…”

My guess is that she’s reading Pride and Prejudice…

  Or maybe "The Housewife Assassin's Handbook." I'll go with the latter. –Josie From "Pride and Prejudice, the Musical" Music and Lyrics by Rita Abrams; Libretto by Josie Brown The song:  #3: IT IS A TRUTH (Complete Song)(Sung by Bingley, Darcy and Caroline)  Darcy and Bingley banter about the pressures on single men–particularly wealthy single men–toContinue reading “My guess is that she’s reading Pride and Prejudice…”

When it comes to a boat, what’s in a name?

The boats in the San Francisco Yacht Harbor have wonderfully whimsical names: Irish Whisper. Calico Dragon. Sea Hawk. Kookaburra. Nai'a. Daisy. Escapade. Effie Jane. Portola. Then there's the one named, simply, "Sailboat." Talk about putting things in perspective. — Josie      FREE!THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK Over 150,000 downloads.Find out why readers love it. Amazon iBooksContinue reading “When it comes to a boat, what’s in a name?”

Goodwill toward all customers, for sure. WestJet airline does it right.

  I think this is possibly the best public relations campaign I've ever seen an airline come up with. When you get to the end of the video and see the tears of joy and gratitude in the customers' eyes, you'll know what I mean.   Way to go, WestJet! –Josie       Murder.Continue reading “Goodwill toward all customers, for sure. WestJet airline does it right.”

San Francisco’s Union Square during the holidays, from an historical perspective.

The skating rink and lit tree, in Union Square, downton San Francisco, California. The model for the statue was a young local beauty, Alma Spreckels, who ended up marrying the sugar king (yes, she actually called him her "sugar daddy"–or as she put it, "I'd rather be an old man's darling than a young man's slave."Continue reading “San Francisco’s Union Square during the holidays, from an historical perspective.”

Move over, Marty McFly. The Flux Capacitor is here and now. #TrashIntoGas

This article, from the New York Times, shows that as of today, we can be self-producing of clean fuels just by converting our garbage. This should be the most important US works project of the new millenneum.  ALL states should be doing this, don't you think? Maybe a writing campaign is in order. We're BackContinue reading “Move over, Marty McFly. The Flux Capacitor is here and now. #TrashIntoGas”

New York Times gives us another reason to be disgusted with the high cost of US healthcare

Having just been biled $260 for a six-minute earwax removal procedure (oh yeah, minus a whoopdeedoo $180 "credit for being a Blue Shield member), I can tell you I'm truly fed up with the egregious cost of American healthcare. How about you?  This New York Times article certainly puts things in perspective — Josie ForContinue reading “New York Times gives us another reason to be disgusted with the high cost of US healthcare”

Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quit. Reminds me of this scene in THE CANDIDATE.

THE CANDIDATE Signal Press – eBook Buy it NOW, on Amazon (US) Amazon (UK) I love this scene in THE CANDIDATE because it's a perfect example of yet another politician has been caught behaving badly, and instead of blaming himself, he lashes out at those who do their best to protect him — in this case, the book'sContinue reading “Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quit. Reminds me of this scene in THE CANDIDATE.”

Fabulous! The movie trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine”, starring Cate Blanchett

  I'm a total Woody Allen fan, and even had a Woody sighting myself, when he was filming his latest flick, "Blue Jasmine," here in San Francisco. I think the trailer looks great. I love seeing all the San Francisco/Marin County shots, including a scene on the Muni F Line (the 1947 Philadelphia trolley car);Continue reading “Fabulous! The movie trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine”, starring Cate Blanchett”

#MadMen creator Matthew Weiner discusses the latest episode (#9, “The Better Half”)

I love this illustration for Mad Men. It’s the type of illustration you’d find for ads from that mid-60s era. Notice that Don Draper is both coming and going. I like that the artist has captured his duplicity, his wanderlust, and the fact that there are other Don Drapers out there.  There are other DonContinue reading “#MadMen creator Matthew Weiner discusses the latest episode (#9, “The Better Half”)”

Hump Day Haiku: “Fashion Week”

Oh my God…I'm here! /  Why is she front row center? / This collection sucks.

Today is a play day (sort of). Which means a trek through Golden Gate Park.

In many ways, San Francisco is a wonderland. One locale in the city that is always on parade is Golden Gate Park, which runs three miles east to west, and half a mile north to south. Its 1,017 acres make it 20 percent larger than New York's Central Park.  Our park ends at the Ocean,Continue reading “Today is a play day (sort of). Which means a trek through Golden Gate Park.”

Okay, here were my favorite Oscars dresses…

  So many dresses, so little time to review every fold, hue, cut, and designer making us ooooh and ahhhh during Sunday's Oscars 2013 presentation… But I'll try my best. Okay, here were my favorites: Halle Berry in a glitzy Marchesa gown… Jessica Chastain in a copper, Art Deco-inspired gown by Armani Privé… And  Naomi Watts is alsoContinue reading “Okay, here were my favorite Oscars dresses…”

Last weekend, San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade was PERFECT.

 The synchronized dragons. The stiltwalkers. The elaborate masks and costumes. And of course, the looks on the children's faces: both those in the parade, and those wishing they'll be in the next one, taking part in all the fun. The parade gods blessed us with clear skies and a full moon on a balmy night.Continue reading “Last weekend, San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade was PERFECT.”

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