TGIF Excerpt: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook: “Her Kitten Heel on His Throat”

I've been told that the verbal sparring between Donna Stone, the heroine in The Housewife Assassin's Handbook, and Jack Craig, the hero of the series, is hot enough to steam an ice cube.  Works for me. For my TGIF except, I've chosen their first meet-up, which has Jack on his back with Donna's heel atContinue reading “TGIF Excerpt: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook: “Her Kitten Heel on His Throat””

#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”)”

Love this opening number, in SMASH

I know it's de riguer to diss SMASH this season, but I've got to tell you, I loved the opening musical number on SMASH (week of March 3, 2013). Tell me if you don't agree that it was a blast. It's called "Public Relations." Yeah, I can picture this on Broadway… –Josie  

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.”

From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all the praise.

Every now and again, I'll run across a reader review that makes me proud of the fact that I've stuck it out as a novelist. Here are a few examples. I just want to say to those of you who have read me and passed along a few kind words about my book: thank you,Continue reading “From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all the praise.”

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.”

Nashville’s “Pour Me Something Stronger” has lyrics that hit a high note.

I unabashedly love the ABC TV show, Nashville. I love that the personalities are big, voices are great, the songs have heart, and the writing has soul. An example: in the latest episode (February 27, 2013) pop tart Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) throws a suprise birthday party for her lead guitarist, Deacon Claybourne (Charles Eston,Continue reading “Nashville’s “Pour Me Something Stronger” has lyrics that hit a high note.”

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…”

Character Quote from Michael Scott, in The Office

  "Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."    @TheOffice @JosieBrownCA  

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.”

Novelist Eileen Goudge introduced me to Capitola’s historic, colorful beach villas.

Had I known how beautiful this little seaside town was, I would have come here sooner. Believe it or not, it is renowned as the oldest beach resort on the West Coast. Its name mimicks that of a heroine in a novel dating back to the 1867: The Hidden Hand, by E.D.E.N. Southworth. If youContinue reading “Novelist Eileen Goudge introduced me to Capitola’s historic, colorful beach villas.”

Bitch Creek? Love the name.

    It actually exists somewhere. Go figure. Glad it caught this brewer's imagination. Makes you wonder about the woman whom the creek was named after.  And who named it for her. Yep, there's a story there, somewhere. In any regard, I hope they're talking about me, when they tout  "Extra Special Brown". –Josie

Admit it. You once owned one.

And she wonders why she now needs a hip operation. Life in the 1960s. Do you really want to go back there? Nah. Didn't think so.   — Josie

My NaNoWriMo Tip #12 is on getting out of a writing rut…

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 #12, for Monday, the 12th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #12 is on getting out of a writing rut…”

Great scene in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK…

Some mid-week petite amusement: As I put the finishing touches on the Book 2 in my Housewife Assassin series (The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing) I'm also having fun re-reading The Housewife Assassin's Handbook. The best thing you can offer your readers is an unexpected–and completely believeable–plot twist. The one you'll read below turnsContinue reading “Great scene in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK…”

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Outline the plot of your story.

I am forever amazed at authors who tell me that they write their books without first outlining the plot of their stories. Usually the conversation goes something like this: Would Be Author: “Plotting? NOOOOO! I’d never do that! I’d be crushing my muse! My characters take me on their journey, not the other way around….”Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Outline the plot of your story.”

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