Judy, Judy, Judy…and Renee.

  I’m a fan of Old Hollywood. And the fact that Judy Garland’s rendition of Over the Rainbow makes me cry every time I hear it was reason enough for me to see Judy, the feature film bio-pic starring Renee Zellweger. I’m also a VERY big fan of Renee’s. As Roxie Hart in the musical movie,Continue reading “Judy, Judy, Judy…and Renee.”

Extracurricular: Why it’s timely.

My next 3-book women’s fiction series, Extracurricular, is being launched just as one of its plot points has caught national headlines: the college admissions scandal. In my plot, we see it happen in real time when a private high school is caught up in the same exact scheme. But, like everything in life that neverContinue reading “Extracurricular: Why it’s timely.”

When plotting, I walk—and talk.

I write daily. I must. Creators—painters, photographers, musicians, and writers too—are like athletes: to keep in the game, you must stay fit. In order to strengthen our plots and dig deep into our characters, authors have to stretch their minds. We can’t do this by sitting in front of a computer for five to eightContinue reading “When plotting, I walk—and talk.”

Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish

Most authors walk a financial tightrope.  Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes,  Publishers Weekly put it this way:   Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned forContinue reading “Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish”

Gotta love this headline in The New Yorker: “The Pay Is Too Damn Low.” Duh, yeah.

I don't feel the need to elaborate on this New Yorker article. America, isn't it time you vote you pocketbooks, instead of letting the lobbyists decide your fates? –Josie THE FINANCIAL PAGE / The New Yorker THE PAY IS TOO DAMN LOW BY JAMES SUROWIECKIAUGUST 12, 2013 A few weeks ago, Washington, D.C., passed a living-wageContinue reading “Gotta love this headline in The New Yorker: “The Pay Is Too Damn Low.” Duh, yeah.”

We have a homeless guy in our apartment building’s boiler room.

Turns out the guy has picked the lock, and made it his home: bedroll, pictures, personal items. This breaks my heart. I can only imagine what it's like to have to sleep on a cold concrete floor every night, let alone  park bench or a sidewalk. At the same time, should something happen in thatContinue reading “We have a homeless guy in our apartment building’s boiler room.”

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…”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Become the George Clooney of writers.

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #20, for Tuesday, the 20th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Become the George Clooney of writers.”

What Not to get Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds as a Wedding Gift

I love celebrity marriages! They give us something to aspire to: dreamboat spouses, fancy affairs of the heart, and  a chance to beat Vegas odds as to whether yet another Hollywood marriage will go to the wayside, and if so, how long it will take to implode. From what I read in People,  Blake LivelyContinue reading “What Not to get Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds as a Wedding Gift”

TGIF!

Today was one of those cinematically picture perfect San Francisco Spring days. Everyone was in sundresses, shorts and camisoles, and flipflops. The sky was California blue. (Sorry, Carolina folk! We claim it, too!) Our walk took us from Pac Heights, through Fort Mason Park and down beside Gashouse Cove and the Maritime Museum, cutting awayContinue reading “TGIF!”

A Must-Read for any author, novelist, or writer: Lloyd Shepherd’s dialogue with a book pirate.

I love it when someone tells me they've read one of my books, and enjoyed it. But let me tell you: I wince inside when they add: "My sister [daughter, girlfriend, whatever] lent it to me." Admittedly, it also hurts a little when they tell me as much they took it out of a library.Continue reading “A Must-Read for any author, novelist, or writer: Lloyd Shepherd’s dialogue with a book pirate.”

It’s that time of month. (Unless you’re on TV.)

  We've crossed the bridge into the 21st century–unless you're an actress in a tampon commercial. On American TV, we're still squeamish when talking about menstruation. That is, a woman's period. Her "little visitor." Being "on the rag," as it were. As Adweek points out, it's ironic that a product created in the 1930s —Continue reading “It’s that time of month. (Unless you’re on TV.)”

I’m not going to let 2012 be my “bad hair day” of years, and you shouldn’t either.

Martin and I used to think that our best years ended in odd numbers. In hindsight, I think we'd flip that analogy to fit any year in which we weren't having a great year. For us — and I guess a lot of you, too — 2011 was a mixed blessing. I'm not an avidContinue reading “I’m not going to let 2012 be my “bad hair day” of years, and you shouldn’t either.”

Supreme Court on the gender bias class action case against Wal-Mart is narrowed to those women with grievances.

What does the Wal-Mart gender bias case just ruled upon by the Supreme Court have in common with Marilyn Monroe? The fuzzy end of the lollypop for women. Here’s novelist Josie Brown’s take on it.

Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health

The despair felt by the parents of the mentally ill — especially those whose illnesses, such as schizophrenia, manifest into anger and has caused them to do physical harm to others — is unfathomable by the rest of us. These are not bad parents. They are people who love their children, and have done theirContinue reading “Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health”

Octomom: A Mother in Name Only

If you're looking for family tragedy, just go to the headlines: Lindsay Lohan and her family. Brittney Spears and hers. And then there's "Octomom," the public moniker for Nadya Suleman, a woman whose only claim to fame is that she gave birth to octuplets. She has a total of fourteen children, thanks to her obsessionContinue reading “Octomom: A Mother in Name Only”

So Sad: Killer Strollers

Because my next book, THE BABY PLANNER, deals with a woman whose job includes choosing baby gear for her clients (she also previously worked for a state agency dealing with safety product issues), of course this article caught my eye. Please pass forward to your friends who are in baby- and toddler mode and mayContinue reading “So Sad: Killer Strollers”

American Idol Without Simon Cowell: Five Things We’ll Miss (Paula Abdul, for One).

I'll admit it: I was an addict. An AMERICAN IDOL addict. I sobered up this year. I don't blame the talent. Those kids sing their hearts out. It's their time to shine, their shot at the brass ring. Nope, what made me go cold turkey was the thought that two of the four constant integersContinue reading “American Idol Without Simon Cowell: Five Things We’ll Miss (Paula Abdul, for One).”

Mother’s Day: What It Really Means to the Rest of Us

Two years ago on Mother's Day weekend, I buried my own mom. It was a bittersweet occasion. She'd been ill for the last two years of her life: with a myelodysplasia, a disease that hinders the longevity of your red blood cells. The downhill process was not pretty. She was not ready for the abyssContinue reading “Mother’s Day: What It Really Means to the Rest of Us”

What do Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Houdini Have in Common? My Pecan Pie

I was recently interviewed by MJ Rose as to my feelings regarding reincarnation — just in time for the mass paperback version of her new book, THE REINCARNATIONIST, to hit bookstores. I don't mean to get all woo-woo on you, but I do believe that our souls sometimes linger on this earth, or take onContinue reading “What do Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Houdini Have in Common? My Pecan Pie”

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