The Big World

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A Dozen

Minnesota Senate Approves Marriage Equality | Advocate.com. My beloved state did it. We passed marriage equality. WE DID IT! I remember feeling something similar to this, but it pales in comparison to how I feel right this second. In 1991 the Minnesota Twins won the World Series. I was in college and not paying much attention to the series at all until there was a dull roar that grew and grew to such a racket that I looked out my dorm room, abandoning my studies. The 3000+ students that went to my small college had poured out of their dorms and were running down the streets cheering and smiling and…


Tweeting and Connecting

Watching a live event while tweeting can be super fun. I did that during the presidential debates last fall, on last Thursday I did it when the MN House debated marriage equality, and right now I’m tweeting about the same debate in the MN Senate. I’m connecting with people who are just as passionate about this issue as me. I’m “chatting” with locals and people who aren’t local who still give just as much of a damn about this as I do. That’s just plain cool! I love technology. If you want to follow me on Twitter, come on!  


There Be Authors Galore!

Once I’m awake, I’m awake, so while my roommates dozed away, I hopped into the shower. Roommates? Yes. I’m at Dreamspinner Press‘s author conference. I’m sleeping in a bed with Jon Treadway and the gentle clicks of Jaime Samms‘ keyboard lulled me to sleep last night. It’s been great putting faces to all the names I’ve seen online for ages and even better to see that there’s this community of fairly like-minded people in the world. Fairly? Yes. Who wants a bunch of clones in a room? Imagine the bad jokes that could come out of that!



Yesterday as I listened to the SCOTUS arguments in the DOMA case on my laptop, I got an email. I was relaxing in the tub at the time and nearly ignored it. I’m so glad I didn’t. North Star – Rekindled is going to be published. Dreamspinner wants my story. I’m so excited. I can’t wait. NO. Literally, I can’t wait.


Medically Necessary? I Guess So.

I recently got a review that mentioned how Fall Into You‘s blurb didn’t say anything about there being medical problems that the characters encountered and that if it had, the reader would’ve picked the book up sooner because she really likes to read about those themes. I didn’t mention the medical issues in the blurb because I didn’t want to ruin that bit in the story. In fact, there were many things I left out of the blurb that maybe should’ve been put in. Oh well. It was my first book and I learned how to write a blurb by doing so. Next time, I don’t think I’ll be as…


Read While You Vote

I have the perfect solution for the long wait Americans might have to endure while voting on Tuesday. How about buying a book, uploading it to your e-reader, iPad, or phone, and settling in to read about two guys falling in love with each other. Oh, and I have the perfect book for you. But, before I get to that, I should make sure you know where to go to vote.  Google has some nice tools for you to use.  Either do a search for “Where do I vote?” or go here to not only input your address, but also see a sample of what will be on your ballot.…


National Coming Out Day

Tomorrow is National Coming Out Day. You may hear news from people you know, or you may hear nothing at all. Either way, this day was conceived as a way for LGBTQ people to celebrate coming out and help raise awareness of the LGBTQ community and civil rights. In my state of Minnesota this November, people are being asked to vote on an amendment that will write discrimination against LGBTQ Minnesotans into our state constitution if passed.  If you live in Minnesota or know anyone who does, have a conversation with them and ask them to vote NO. It wasn’t that many months ago that I finally, officially checked the…


America: A No Touch Zone

My daughter was called a lesbian yesterday at school because she sat on a female aide’s lap. When she told me, I asked her, “What do you think about that?” She responded, “What’s the big deal? There’s nothing wrong with being a lesbian.” I agree. What’s the big deal? This kid meant it as an insult but my daughter didn’t take it as such. The reason? I think it’s because my daughter knows LGBT men and women. We are people to her, not labels. I’ve gone out of my way to introduce my child to the diversity in our world, from choosing to live in one of the few culturally diverse communities…


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