Author Archives: Shannon Flaherty

About Shannon Flaherty

Writer. Creative. Freelancer. Freebird.

We are the 99%

It’s a warm, sunny Saturday here in lovely Los Angeles. And while I’ve been spending most of my days this week in front of my computer, trying to figure out how to make a living doing something I really love … Continue reading

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Inspired by @OccupyLA

Big things going on in Downtown LA at the OccupyLA gathering and I’m feeling inspired! I just watched Tavis Smiley and Cornel West speak on the Live Stream. And now I know I need to get down there tomorrow and … Continue reading

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Self-Publish & Quit Your Day Job

Whooo hooo! I finally figured out how to make one of those nifty e-magazines that I’m seeing more and more of these days. Here it is on Issuu and on Scribd. But the Issuu one is waaay cuter and has … Continue reading

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State Park Scene Report: Big Sur to Marin

California knows how to party! From LA to the Bay, I made it up and down the coast last week, visiting and camping in some of the most beautiful parks in the Golden State. Here are a few snapshots to … Continue reading

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Hit the Road, Jack

On the road again… Just like Jack Kerouac… Or was it Willie Nelson? Whoever it was, here we go again! Just like many ramblers that’ve come before me, I’m headed up the coast today. It’s a motorbike caravan and I’m … Continue reading

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Escape / Retreat

Ahhh, this was the view from my office-to-go this morning. Hiding out at my sister and her husband’s cabin in the pine trees near a lake in Washington was the best idea for this week! Can’t wait to see where … Continue reading

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Freelance Freedoms: One-Day Work Week

What fun that it’s less than two months since I resigned from my full-time job, and I’ve already got this freelancing life all figured out, or at least pretty well figured out. One super rad thing about being a freelancing … Continue reading

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Public Fiction / Public Libraries

Super excited to ride my bike to my neighborhood art gallery Public Fiction tonight! This evening marks the opening of their “Gold Rush / Manifest Destiny” series that will go on through December. Oooo, and the other cool part is … Continue reading

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The September Set-Up

Happy Labor Day, y’all! Another crazy day in this crazy world of ours. How lucky to enjoy a day dedicated to relaxing and BBQ-ing. I mean, take a look at the news and it’s obvious there are people and parts … Continue reading

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A Finish to Start Me Up

Yes! Kicking off my weekend by finishing a project I set out to do. Love that! Today I’ll be handing out my new zine, “QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: Hustle up & go for yours” to homies down at the FYF … Continue reading

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Mellow-Meets-Manic Monday!

Hey all you out in work-week land, Happy Monday! I’m up and at ‘em. Already positioned to attack all the projects on my plate and totally feeling my messy, makeshift workspace. How about you? Feeling mellow or manic today? Either … Continue reading

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Music, Community, Congrats!

Wishing Cali at Teenage Teardrops congratulations on his 5-year anniversary celebration. Festivities in full-swing today at The Smell. Good peeps! Good fun! Come!

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Vacation Visits to Back on the Attack

Ahhh… so nice how a vacation out-of-town sure feels like hiding from your regular life, right? Yep, I’m definitely feeling all silly and cartoony since I got back from a five-day family visit to Erie, Pennsylvania. Wow, what fun. Cousins, … Continue reading

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Almost Famous (At Least Practicing)

Okay, I did it! After spending all day yesterday totally alone with my thoughts on what the heck I wanna do with my newfound freelancing freedom, I came to the conclusion that I’m going to do the following three things … Continue reading

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Do Quit Your Day Job

When you quit your full-time day job like I just did a few weeks ago, and then give yourself a little time to space out before picking up more work, you’ll find you can turn a Tuesday into a Sunday … Continue reading

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HUSTLE FILE #77: Armando Telemundo

NAME: Armando Telemundo OCCUPATION: Lover of Women/Giver of Lapdances LOCATION: Cali, Baby! WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: I take down cougars on plentyoffish.com, zoosk.com, okcupid.com, etc. I also dance onstage during my brother Guadalajara Joe‘s live rap shows and give ladies in … Continue reading

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An All-Around Rad Weekend!

From inside the historic Jim Henson/Charlie Chaplin lot on La Brea… To the Cosmic Cafe at the top of Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest… Not to mention a trip to Raging Waters in San Dimas and a rad … Continue reading

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HUSTLE FILE #76: Susan Harman

NAME: Susan Harman OCCUPATION: Hairdresser extraordinaire LOCATION: Salon Sessions in Pasadena, California WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: Making people feel good about themselves through their hair. I come from a “wash and wear” school of thought, which is about creating a cut … Continue reading

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Another Office On-the-Go!

Mixing it up again by taking my office outdoors. Here’s a snapshot from outside of Golden Bridge Yoga yesterday, whilst catching up on some reading. Definitely excited about the debut issue from Public Fiction—a new arts space plus quarterly publication … Continue reading

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Office Open & On the Run!

With no desk job to report to these days, my new office is wherever I decide to set up shop. Yesterday morning it was on my front porch. Yeah, I definitely couldn’t have pulled off these tattered tie-dye stretch pants … Continue reading

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HUSTLE FILE #75: Henry Hargreaves

NAME: Henry Hargreaves OCCUPATION: Photographer of breasts LOCATION: NYC WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: I shoot boobs in 3D. Currently working on the second insallment of the 3DD book series. WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: Helping others celebrate boobs of … Continue reading

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Freelance Freebird: Week 2

Well, well. Here we go. Kicking off week two of my new found freedom. I resigned from and wrapped up my full-time copywriting job just a little over a week ago, gave myself a week of freewheelin’ floating around, and … Continue reading

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Surf City USA on a Thursday!

Yeah! Not working a full-time desk job is suiting me just fine! Swimsuiting me just fine, in fact! In my bikini at the US Open for Surfing today & tomorrow in Huntington Beach. Just checked into the Shorebreak at the … Continue reading

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Last Day! First Day!

Ahhh, the day has come! Last day at my apartment, final day of my move and first official day not having to report to a regular Monday-through-Friday desk job! Goodbye, old friend! Hello, new life filled with more creative projects … Continue reading

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Super Gypsy/Public Storage: Days 3 & 4 & I Forget

Wow! This whole moving thing is melting my mind. But, at least I love a good moving-mind-melt. It’s all so cleansing, exhausting and exciting. Here are a few shots from Days 3 and 4 or more. I can’t keep track. … Continue reading

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MacArthur Park Party with No Age

Whooohooo! What fun! Come hang for the free NO AGE show in MacArthur Park tomorrow night at 7pm. It’s gonna be so fun! Even my mom’s coming! Free food provided by FOOD NOT BOMBS LA (while it lasts). Ride your … Continue reading

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Public Storage Program: Day 2

Is it just me or does “Day 2″ of the move into my new storage space look a lot like when I played a show at TAKEOFF in Van Nuys over the Fourth of July weekend. Hmmm… This gives me … Continue reading

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Super Gypsy Status & the Public Storage Program

Oh boy, here we go again. I’m up to my old tricks. I haven’t even been at my apartment a full year and I’m moving out. Today is day one of my move and I’m stoked! I love moving. I … Continue reading

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Candy’s Room Goes Valley Girl

For sure! It’s like totally awesome that this Saturday night, my solo act Candy’s Room, plus Randy Randall and Bachsung will be deep in the Valley to play a show at our friends’ shop TAKEOFF! 15100 Keswick Street #A in … Continue reading

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Who’s Excited for a Summer Holiday?

We are!

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