Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

This is not a political blog. I try my darndest to keep it as close to a creative personal narrative as possible. But I have to interrupt your regularly scheduled blog for this public service announcement [I'm sorry, in advance, to those of you whom I know read my blog but don't, however, agree with […]

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If you hadn’t noticed, we’re playing around with the look of Not Keeping Score. Some new paint, wallpaper, welcome mat. We’ll get it eventually. (Comments always welcome; patience always appreciated).

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§514 · September 8, 2008 · Announcements · 1 comment · Tags:


Running around like a chicken with her head cut off, your author neglects (temporarily!) to post new material on NKS… but trust that it is all leading to bigger and better things. You can’t stop this girl from writing; she loves it like breath. [[-End tedious 3rd person narrative-]] I’m doing another poetry reading this […]

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§494 · July 9, 2008 · Announcements, Poetry · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


I’m doing another performance for Mortified Live SF, where people stand up on stage and read edited material from their childhood / teenage years. I am once again reading a series of diary entries of when I was in Junior High and took a militaristic approach to making my crush fall in love with me… […]

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§491 · June 26, 2008 · Announcements · (No comments) · Tags: , , , , ,


Suddenly, in Turkey–merhaba! (That happens sometimes; I wake up, and — I’m in Istanbul! Holy kefta!) As I travel around the country getting my Turkish on, expect posts and stories soon… Inshallah. (Or in three weeks. As internet is available.) ~Shannon

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§487 · May 25, 2008 · Announcements, Location-Location · (No comments) ·


Dearest NKS Readers and The Occasional Surfer Who Stumbles onto My Site by Googling  ”Oddwall,”  ”Cragslist dates,”  or  ”How Much Does a Transvestite Cost?”   (top searches that turn up this blog): I apologize that Project Muu-Muu was put on hold after only two days — but what with the rising cost in gas, I couldn’t make […]

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§470 · April 27, 2008 · Announcements, Muu-Muu · 1 comment ·


NKS is being updated, upgraded, redesigned- please pardon the state of things while I tidy up 

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§439 · April 8, 2008 · Announcements · (No comments) ·


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§429 · March 3, 2008 · Announcements · (No comments) ·


My New Year’s video letter, delivered on February 14:

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§424 · February 14, 2008 · Announcements · 1 comment ·


I showed up the Penngrove Firestation, my polling place, in the early afternoon. I was excited to vote. I’ve been largely undecided through the past few weeks, owing to my pervasive innate indecisiveness, but also to my mixed feelings about the candidate choices — before Obama even decided to run, I was a fan. Ever […]

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§422 · February 5, 2008 · Announcements, In the News · 1 comment ·


See — life isn’t all doom and gloom: my cat Patches, at 16 years old, finally learned to use the litterbox! We celebrated this morning with an extra serving of Giblets & Gravy (for her) and freshly-brewed homemade Dong Quai tea (for me). Then I sat down to write. It is precisely at this moment […]

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§416 · January 17, 2008 · Announcements, Unthinkable Loss · 3 comments ·


Hey ya’ll. New Year’s we had a gen-u-ine hoe-down in a friend’s barn: fire-pit, chili-dip, moonshine (yup, someone whipped up some homemade vodka), live band, keg, pig-tails and hay bales (actually, they were alfalfa, but who’s keeping score?) Still recovering from the boot-stompin’, line-dancin’, free-wheelin’ good time; that, and the rain has me mesmerized. Stay […]

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§411 · January 4, 2008 · Announcements · (No comments) ·


Heading to Mendo to have a night off with Tha Gurlz (yes, I actually just spelled “girls” with a ‘z’) and then coming back in time to attend a real live Ho-Down (hot doggie: we have hay bales, a barn, and a live band) for New Year’s in my grand hometown of Penngrove. In the […]

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§409 · December 30, 2007 · Announcements · (No comments) ·


Sometimes there is nothing to say. Sometimes there is nothing to write. My brother died suddenly this past week. He didn’t call Tuesday for my father’s birthday; I made a mental note to chide him when I saw him later that week. When Thursday arrived, I called to ask him when he thought he would […]

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§390 · November 29, 2007 · Announcements, Unthinkable Loss · 1 comment ·


[Shannon dials A Friend's number, who answers after 5 rings.] Shannon [enthusiastically:] Happy Halloween! A Friend: Um, yeah. Shannon: I’ve made it through Israeli security, recovered from Dengue Fever, and am trudging through Jet Lag Supreme, but I’m BACK! A Friend: …You were gone? Shannon: Funny. A Friend: No seriously, you took off somewhere? Were […]

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§385 · October 31, 2007 · Announcements, Poetry · (No comments) ·


A typhoon hit the middle of the country and a bridge has collapsed in Southern Vietnam — however, luckily your humble NKS author remains unscathed, writing and thriving in Hanoi, Vietnam. In fact, there is good news to report: today I got an email from a friend who noticed that a quote from my coverletter […]

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§378 · October 7, 2007 · Announcements, Location-Location · 1 comment ·


Have flu. (Backlog of stories). Will post soon. Please Keep Faith. (But never Score). -Shannon

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§366 · September 13, 2007 · Announcements, Location-Location · (No comments) ·


The SoCoCo Poetry reading went well. I’ve been asked to read at WordTemple November 9th (I’ll be sure to post a reminder as the date nears for all you rabid poetry fans.) I’ve had excruciatingly little time to write, however. I leave for Israel in three days, afterwhich I am traveling for 2 & 1/2 […]

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§354 · August 13, 2007 · Announcements · (No comments) ·


Shannon would like to timidly announce her first “poetry” reading this Thursday, where she will be reading all-original, highly-amateuristic, and ever-questionable poems from her stint in Penngrove. But seriously, I’m excited to be reading with some local poets and friends I’ve made while living in sleepy Sonoma County. I’ve learned so much about humility, the […]

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§353 · July 30, 2007 · Announcements, Poetry · (No comments) ·


Wedesday night (May 30) I’ll be presenting at Pecha Kucha, a showcase for design talent and ideas in San Francisco. (…I’m getting some help from an architect/designer friend of mine…) The format of Pecha Kucha is dictated by each presentation — on any topic you like — consisting of 20 slides, 20 seconds each, and […]

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§316 · May 30, 2007 · 20/20/20, Announcements · 1 comment ·