One Day Until Midwest Men’s Festival!

Except it’s not.

1) Because it doesn’t really start until Tuesday, we just usually set up on Sunday and l go ahead and start my vacation early.

2) And they let me leave way early from work! At 7:30 in the morning. Went home with my short list and ready to head to camp before it gets too blazing hot!

HUZZAH!

It’s time to go to Festival!!!
BG “Ben” Thomas

PS: And to shamelessly promote myself one more time…. For those of you who wonder what my festival is like…it is sort of like my book Summer Lover except I don’t do the mushrooms! Not in a long, long, long time! LOL! Peace out!


SUMMER LOVER
Book Two of the Seasons of Love Series

Scott Aberdeen doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or God. Or love—at least, he knows no one will ever love him. After all, he has carried a torch for his best friend Sloan for a decade, hoping his feelings will be returned one day. But when Sloan finds springtime love with another man, Scott’s fantasies are crushed and his skepticism confirmed.

Cedar Carrington, raised by rock star parents, leads a free-spirited, nomadic life, never staying in one place for long. Due to a dark past he refuses to share or even think about, he is willing to let men into his bed for sex, but never for the night.

When Scott finds himself camping in the middle of nowhere with over a hundred men who all believe in love—and faeries and a magickal gay brotherhood—he’s pretty sure he’s in the wrong place. And when Cedar connects with cynical, critical Scott, he wonders how he could be falling in for this man of all men. But hearts and lives have been transformed at the Heartland Men’s Festival before, and it might be just the place where two very different men can release their pain and find true love at last.

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Two Days Until Midwest Men’s Festival

So, it’s just two days until I head to Midwest Men’s Festival. And in fact, the event doesn’t truly begin until Tuesday, but for years R and I have set up our “camp” early. We sell sarongs at MMF, it’s the only time we ever “vend.” Turns out in weather as hot as July you really don’t want to wear much of anything and there aren’t too many actual naturists in the group of men who attend each year. Sarongs are ideal. They hind your privates and keeps you free. After discovering a sarong, I never understood why anyone would hate skirts and prefer pants. No way. Nuh-uh.

Anyway, to set up all the clothes lines and everything so that they are displayed in a nice place and be seen, you have to get there before the throng or those good spaces might be claimed already. So years ago we started going early and setting up and then going home. It’s a little over an hour drive each way. But then it occurred to me. We were set up. We had to pay for those extra days. I didn’t work Sunday and Monday in those days. Why shouldn’t I go ahead and stay? It gave me some private time and I also got to see everyone arrive. It was wonderful.

And in time, more and more men did the same thing. This year fully half the registered attendees are arriving by the first day! This is a ten-day event. A lot of faeries can’t come to the whole thing and only do a long weekend.

This year I am working a different schedule. I have to work Sunday and Monday and Tuesday, plus the next week early days as well. I didn’t have enough vacation accrued. So…I am working Sunday, and as soon as they will let me go…I am outta there and on my way to Camp Gaea Sanctuary. I also know that a number of men who show up on Sunday each year *aren’t* this year. And while that is a little sad, I am also kind of excited. It’s going to be like those years where I was one of the very first on the land.

And it will allow me some alone time. I can walk a woodland path…all by myself. I can go to the sacred places—just me and…nature. I can commune. I can go for a swim. I can get up that first morning and sit on the porch of our cabin and write.

This last year has been rough with a lot of stuff going on. But I have also grown and become a more fully realized self. I have been growing happier and happier and more fulfilled. And I need some magick time.

This is going to be an amazing festival. And I can’t wait!

Namaste,
BG “Ben” Thomas

Three Days Until Midwest Men’s Festival

I was laying in bed this morning wondering if l should get up and gather stuff for Festival or go back to sleep. Stressful couple of weeks. Gosh l can’t wait to be wearing anything but a sarong, hanging out with my faerie brothers, skinny dipping, staying up way way late talking and drinking cocktails, telling cock tales. And getting up when l feel like it. Bird song. Lovely paths through the woods. Cairns. True communing with nature. Quality time with my lover/husband. Wow….

Furry Friday: Bring on the Bad Guys

What makes a hero shine better than a awesome villain? Especially a sexy villain? And most especially a sexy bearded villain? From Snidely Whiplash-types to Yosuke Kubozuka as Kichijiro in Silence and Patrick Stewart as Darcy in The Green Room, bad guys are the ones we love to hate!

So here are some sexy bad guys. Who have I forgotten? Let me know!

Peace Out!
BG “Ben” Thomas


Alan Rickman, Hans Gruber, Die Hard


Leonardo DiCaprio, Calvin Candie, Django Unchained


Liam Neeson, Ra’s al Ghul, Batman Begins


Liev Schreiber, Sabretooth—Victor Creed, X-Men Origins Wolverine


Max von Sydow, Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon


Michael Shannon, General Zod, Man Of Steel


Wes Bentley, Seneca Crane, The Hunger Games


Colin Farrell, Bullseye, Daredevil

Four Days Until Midwest Men’s Festival

And after all that’s gone with my mom and her operation and her husband’s horrible abusive family and the trips to Arkansas and exhaustive quarter-end overtime and Sarah Jane’s health scare, I’ve not been this emotionally and spiritually ready for MMF in years. And because every minute of my time for weeks has been filled, no I’m not packed at all. But that’s okay. I just got a surprising day off, plus after 15 years of going to MMF–well, R and I’ve got this! As soon as they let me leave work on Sunday, I’m hitting the road! HUZZAH!

Life is ultimately good—if you look with the right eyes.
Namaste
BG “Ben” Thomas

Five Days Until Midwest Men’s Festival

Only five days and I will be heading to Midwest Men’s Festival and I couldn’t be happier. If you have read my book Summer Lover, I have fictionalized the event in that book. It is my spiritual home away from home and I cannot wait!

Before I sign off, here is everything you need to know about the fictional version of Midwest Men’s Festival! Enjoy!

BG


SUMMER LOVER
Book Two of the Seasons of Love Series

Scott Aberdeen doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or God. Or love—at least, he knows no one will ever love him. After all, he has carried a torch for his best friend Sloan for a decade, hoping his feelings will be returned one day. But when Sloan finds springtime love with another man, Scott’s fantasies are crushed and his skepticism confirmed.

Cedar Carrington, raised by rock star parents, leads a free-spirited, nomadic life, never staying in one place for long. Due to a dark past he refuses to share or even think about, he is willing to let men into his bed for sex, but never for the night.

When Scott finds himself camping in the middle of nowhere with over a hundred men who all believe in love—and faeries and a magickal gay brotherhood—he’s pretty sure he’s in the wrong place. And when Cedar connects with cynical, critical Scott, he wonders how he could be falling in for this man of all men. But hearts and lives have been transformed at the Heartland Men’s Festival before, and it might be just the place where two very different men can release their pain and find true love at last.

Buy Links:
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Amazon
Amazon UK
B&N

This Weekend the One and Only Jeff Erno is 99¢!

Well…. Three of his books are on sale at Dreamspinner Press for 99ȼ! There is a difference!

Jeff is a really good writer. His stories are the kind I look for. I enjoy the realness of his characters and that I always get a happy ending. I mean…with his books that is!

Just check these blurbs….

BULLIED

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Every day, all over the country, teenagers struggle with the realities of bullying. Tormented, ridiculed, and beaten—simply for being who they are—these teens face alienation, humiliation, and even the explicit assertion that they have somehow brought this upon themselves, that they should just blend in. Bullied is a series of short stories exploring the world of these teens from several different viewpoints: the victim, the bully, the gay bystander, the straight friend, the concerned parent.

Closeted Bryan wonders why Christian Michaelson doesn’t just try to blend in if he hates being bullied so much. Star athlete David isn’t a homophobe—after all, he’s not afraid of anything. Jonathan, a Christian fundamentalist, must weigh the Bible against peer pressure and what he knows is right when he discovers his childhood friend is gay. Bully victim Chase Devereaux finds an unexpected ally in a brave fellow student. A single mom struggles to accept the reality that her only son is gay. Two tough gay teens are forced to confront their own inner demons when tragedy befalls a classmate they failed to help. And overweight Kirby finds the strength of character to make a friend, which leads to a lifestyle change and a chance at love. Each character grows as an individual as he or she comes to terms with what it means to be a gay teenager in America.

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WE DANCED

For six years, Rex Payton has focused on two things: keeping his late father’s small-town Kentucky bar afloat and raising his nephew, Tyler. After the tragic loss of his parents and sister, Rex has no interest in romance. He’s respected in his community and regarded as one of Carlisle’s most eligible bachelors, but he’s accepted that his life isn’t conducive to a romantic relationship, especially as a closeted gay man.

Enter Josh Billings, a veterinary student who’s serving an internship in town. Josh’s deepest passion is helping animals. Romance is the furthest thing from his mind… until the night he meets taciturn, handsome Rex Payton. Chance and an after-hours dance conspire to forge an intimate connection neither man looked for—one neither man can ignore after the dance leads to a kiss.

Suddenly romance isn’t so insignificant, but it’s also not without complications. For this relationship to work, Josh has to decide if he can cope with dating a single dad, Rex has to open his heart, and Ty has to learn to share his dad’s affection.

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TRUST ME

Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder couldn’t be more different. Shawn is a devout Christian fundamentalist from northern Michigan; Bobby is a street-smart latchkey kid from southern Ohio. From an early age, they are both confused and troubled by their attraction to the same sex. Shawn believes that homosexuality is sinful, and a traumatic incident of childhood sexual abuse adds to his guilt and shame. Bobby has an image to maintain and flatly denies the possibility that his same-sex attractions even exist. He’s just too cool to be gay. When they finally connect, their preconceptions are suddenly dwarfed by what they feel for each other.

They become inseparable and fall deeply in love; however, love doesn’t make life easy. Plans are in motion that will surely devastate the young couple. Painful experiences of the past overshadow happy memories, and heartbreaking obstacles loom over the possibility of a future. If Shawn and Bobby want to stay together, they will have to fight with everything they have.

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Namasté,
B.G. “Ben” Thomas