So For the First Time in Over Two Weeks….Coffee!

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So as some of you know I’ve been sick. Sick for weeks. I was sick before I went to Chicago but thought I was better. I wasn’t. I got worse on the flight back home. I thought I was better so I could go away with my husband on our big anniversary weekend (14 years!) and I wasn’t. And I didn’t even party that weekend. Made three cocktails and sipped them and threw them out. I slept half that weekend! I got home and I was worse. The doctor finally ordered me to take a week of bed rest and I am finally starting to feel human again. Just hoping I can go back to work and make it through the twelve hour shifts starting Thursday.

Anyway…. I haven’t even desired coffee…not really. And for my faithful, I think you all know how much I love coffee. For those of you who don’t know….I love coffee! It just sounded so….strong.

But this morning I made a pot of coffee (if you can call it that). It is only 20° outside and I just couldn’t take one more cup of tea. I think if I have another cup of tea I will transform into a tea bag. And it is so much more inconvenient than coffee. Coffee, I grind the beans, put it in the coffee maker and press a button and have cups of coffee for hours. With tea I have to wait until the water heats, wait until the bag seeps, and then I have only one cup of tea! If I drink it fast then I have to go through the whole process again.

I found I have liked tea (and better than I remember-even found the chamomile delightful with a bit of spiced rum) but tea takes way too much effort, especially when I’m sick. I don’t find it the least bit comforting (to make). I need a hunk to be making it for me!

(since R is at work after all)

So here I am drinking coffee and I have committed a sacrilege. I am drinking flavored coffee! *gasp!*

But it is Gevalia (which for mass-produced coffee isn’t too bad) and it’s German Chocolate Cake-flavored and it has lots of sweetener and milk and it is preparing me to leap back into coffee land. And I am reading a good book (Stephen King’s new book, Revival, and omg it is amazing–reminds me for some reason of The Body / Stand By Me). And Sarah Jane is curled up next to me. AND last night I actually worked on a new novel which I think could turn out to be one of the best things I’ve ever written.

So apparently I have passed through the dark tunnel and there was no train waiting for me on the other side, except to allow me to board aboard and take me to lands of lonely men finding love.

So three more days! Three days of resting, reading, writing, and cuddling with Sarah Jane. Not bad at all, even if I have to wear pajamas (which I also don’t do but it has been oddly comforting). I could get used to this.

Here is claiming the reality that in a year or so it will be my life. Writing full time and not being sick that is.

So love and light to you all!
And remember….
Leap and the net will appear!
BG Thomas

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It’s National Coffee Day! Who Knew?

So I had no intention of getting out of the house and going to Oddly Correct today (only the best coffee in Kansas City–or maybe the world?). But then quite by accident I found out that today is National Coffee Day! So how cool is that? And how appropriate that it’s on a Monday!

So here I am, and today it’s something new again. A latte. And I don’t mean some frozen stuff or instant weirdness or pre-bottled concoction. I mean a real latte and yum yum yum! So creamy! And delicious! And yum! It’s coffee!

According to Wikipedia…. International Coffee Day (also known as Coffee Day or National Coffee Day) is an annual event observed on September 29 in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage coffee. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking. Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards to help celebrate the occasion.

While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event. It was promoted in Japan by The All Japan Coffee Association and first celebrated in 1983. In the United States the name “International Coffee Day” originates from “National Coffee Day”, which was mentioned publicly as early as 2005. The name “International Coffee Day” was first used by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which called a press conference on October 3, 2009 to celebrate it and to announce the first New Orleans Coffee Festival. It was promoted in China by the International Coffee Organization, first celebrated in 1997, and made into an annual celebration in early April 2001. Taiwan first celebrated International Coffee Day in 2009. Nepal first celebrated National Coffee Day on November 17, 2005. Indonesia, which first celebrated National Coffee Day on August 17, 2006, celebrates it on the same day as Indonesia’s Independence Day.

So in honor of that I present you with lots of pretty men drinking coffee. Ignore that old guy at the end! *wink*

And hey! I can recommend both a wonderful novel and audio book that has this awesome guy in it who owns his own coffee shop and is looking for the love of a good man. Check it out!

Happy National Coffee Day!
BG

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Coffee Guy and Writing Updates

So today I am brewing another coffee from the Yirgacheffe growing region of Ethopia. I am amazed at just how many excellent coffees I find from this area of the world. Simply marvelous. This one is from the Kochere Cooperative again and oh, soooooo good. The package describes it as, “chocolate, blueberry, jammy & sweet. PF&J in a cup.” And remember! These are not flavored coffees! It is simply the incredible layers of natural flavor when you get a truly good cup of joe.

I didn’t get any writing done yesterday, however I am still happy with my day. I got all the edits done for my new novella “Derek” which I believe will be available in December. What’s more, it will be FREE! Get the word out. I love this story and it is going to be my permanent Christmas present to my readers. In other words, it should always be free. It’s a very personal story in that some of my struggles and experiences found their way into the book–mostly dealing with realizing I just couldn’t live a straight life even though I loved the woman who mothered my daughter. How I came to find out just what being gay really means. There were also these demons I had to deal with that whispered that my years with this wonderful woman were a waste. I conquered those demons and that struggle inspired my story “Derek.”

Today I’ve been on Facebook too much and I am ready to HIT the novel again. Coffee and breakfast are here and there will be no more detractions! It is finally starting to really flow. The two guys in this book have been fighting me. They are really private people with issues of their own and I have had to poke and prod them to get them to talk. They are quite happy not dealing with their issues! LOL! Like so many of us, huh? So much easier to sit in the dark and watch Big Bang Theory and drink cocktails instead of growing and moving on. But in fiction and real life, it is SO worth the battle and the journey. It is how you become happy.

So now I need to sign off here as well or I’ll just blog all day instead of writing. Wish me luck!

XOXOXO
BG

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Coffee Guy — September 10th

Well, it is a rather grey day, but not too dreary. It helps that I am at my favorite coffee shop in the world, Oddly Correct. My spirits have not been as up-up-up as they usually are, I have not been at all productive this week and I was counting on getting lots done—there is quite a bit of potential stress….

But that is the key idea. Lots of “potential stress.” What that means is that there is lots of potential wonder and magick and glory. So I took myself away to a magick place that always makes me feel good. There is a nice man sitting next to me with a blue Doberman named Emma and she is sweet and shy. There is a lady at the counter dressed completely 50’s, right down to the little hat with a tiny bit of mesh, fabulous shoes with little triangle cutouts, and cat’s eye glasses. Somehow I already feel a little bit better. Life really is wonderful if one opens their eyes and looks for it.

I hope to gets lots and lots of writing done. Two BIG deadlines in the pipeline and GayRomLit just around the corner.

I just had a Gibraltar, in coffee-talk, is an espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk (usually with the pretty decorated surface). It is pure heaven. Sweet without even an iota of sugar.

Now I am on my coffee and today’s is “Kochere natural Yirgacheffe, Ethopia,” and the menu describes it as “Strawberry, lime, bubble gum.” Don’t cringe. Remember this isn’t flavored coffee. This is not bubble gum flavored coffee! LOL! The description describes the elements and layers and this cup really is heaven on Earth. It is why I cannot drink Folger’s or even that famous coffee giant chain of coffee shops. This cup is so unique, once in a life-time, and unless I get a little bag of beans I will never have it again. It’s like a play. Once. That means one should appreciate this moment, because after all, this moment is all we have.

So I will stop worrying about what I cannot change, I won’t worry about what tomorrow or the next few weeks “may” bring.

I will sit here in one of my favorite places on Earth and I will write and let my characters come to life. They’ve been whispering. In face Asher has been elbowing.

So I sign off now with the real thought….

There is only One Life
That Life is Perfect
That Life is God’s Life
That Life is My Life Now.

Remember! Leap and the net will appear….

BG

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