Welcome to the online, dust bunny-free cyber home of blogger and writer Joanne Brokaw, where nothing is organized, your cup of tea comes with a side of dog hair, and nobody cares if you track muddy paw prints across the kitchen floor. It's a mess .. but hey, life is messy business. That's what makes it fun!
What they're saying about "What The Dog Said":
"My favorite books are those that make you laugh, cry, and think--and that's just what this charming collection of stories accomplishes. Brokaw's writing is in entertaining yet sincere."
Carrie Anne Noble, author of "The Mermaid's Sister"
"Life is funny and packed with poignant lessons. So is Joanne Brokaw's 'What The Dog Said.' This book reminds us that each day is an adventure filled with yucks of laughter and yucks of boogers (from dogs and kids). Tickle that funny bone; pluck those heart strings; read this book!"
Kelsey Timmerman, author of "Where Am I Wearing" and "Where Am I Eating"
"'What The Dog Said" [the title story] made me cry...twice. Without a doubt the BEST dog story in short form I have ever read. Beautiful and powerful. Able to say with such few words what an entire novel by others could not."
Torry Martin, actor, author, screenwriter, creator of Adventures in Odyssey character Wooten Bassett
Snapshots from The Funny Farm
For many years, I covered entertainment, pop culture and religion for dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites in the U.S. and Canada. A few years ago, I detoured from that path to start studying and writing about dogs, history and my family tree.
Through it all, the thing that's tied my work together has been my dogs. Whether I've been writing about them, writing with them lying on my feet, listening to them bark while I pen my next column, or wandering around a cemetery with them while I try to come up with story ideas, just about everything I do is influenced by animals. Here are some snapshots of life with the pups.
(Just a reminder: all photos are (c) Joanne Brokaw; don't use without permission)
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Big Knockers: Debunking The Fox Sisters
Looking for more information on the characters you met in this year's Rochester Fringe show "Big Knockers"? Click the image to read my blog post!
Cemetery: A Love Story
During 2016's NaNoWriMo, I posted photos on my Facebook page from various cemetery adventures for you to use as creative prompts during National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is over, but you can still find them by searching for #cemeteryalovestory. Still plugging away, writing stories...and rabbit trailing through old newspapers.
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Notes From The Funny Farm:
Humor columnist and award-winning freelance writer Joanne Brokaw spends her days dreaming of things she’d like to do but probably never will - like swimming with dolphins, cleaning the attic, and someday overcoming the trauma of elementary school picture day. She lives in Western NY with two dogs, a cat, fivd chickens and one very patient husband. Read her blog at www.NotesFromTheFunnyFarm.com.
My name is Bandit. I'm a dog. I do dog stuff and then I write about it. You can read my blog at www.MyNameisBandit.com