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Posy’s Desk

Posy’s goals, inspirations, and thoughts about life at home and in the wider world.

Mojito, Coming Up

Hemmingway called the Mojito his favorite drink, but the now-popular drink you can buy pre-made in bottles at your local liquor store has been around long before Ernest Hemmingway described it. Drinkswap tells us… Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail which became popular in the United States during the late 1980s, and has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. But it seems the drink goes back even further, perhaps beyond Cuba, where Hemmingway encountered it, to Africa. The mojito is a tasty cocktail with a questionable history. The first mojito drinks were reportedly mixed by the pirate Sir Richard Drake, supposedly made from a precursor to modern day rum in the…

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Come Play in my Sandbox

I’m reading the galley proof of Fall Into You and ran across a thought Simon has. YOU never know when you meet people if they’re going to be significant in your life, shifting and moving parts of you and having an impact on your soul, or if they’re just going to play in your sandbox awhile before moving on. If they end up being significant, you don’t know how long they’ll stick around either. Over the years, I’ve had friends who’ve only played for a short time and some who’ve been around for years. They’ve all been important, adding or taking something away. I think about those people who have…

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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…

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I DID IT!

I’m doing this too, writing about my high while I’m experiencing it.  I realize I’ll probably look back weeks from now and roll my eyes at myself, but who cares.  Haha.  How often do people experience true, unfettered joy? Joy is most certainly what I’m feeling.  I’ve just finished writing three books.  In two and a half months, I wrote 250,000 words.  It may never see the light of day or the backlight of an iPad or e-reader, but more than anything, I’m just so glad I stuck it out and finished. I’ve been keeping in close contact with an author friend throughout this summer as I wrote, and I’m…

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Driven to Write

I’ve been writing like a possessed woman this summer, nearing 190,000 words in a little over 2 months.  Part of that is because I’ve had this story in my head for nearly two years and it was well fleshed out.  Another part was that I discovered with Camp NaNoWriMo how much visuals helped motivate me to meet my goal.  The other part is summer. I’m lucky enough to have summers off, and I’ve always attempted to write during the summertime.  This is the first year I’ve actually accomplished that though.  As I see the summer coming to a close, I’m starting to freak out a little, especially when I woke…

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Changing a Character’s Name

I’ve gotten nearly 90K words into my story and I had a change of heart. I had to change the name of a secondary character because it just wasn’t working. Part of it was that I hadn’t considered her last name. How dumb is that? Luckily, it’s going easier this time around.  The last time I did this in a story, I struggled forever. In fact, I’m still struggling with that change, the character’s old name popping into my head when I tell people about my novel. It’s crazy how ingrained these names become. One tool that helped me a lot this time was the Baby Name Explorer on babycenter. I love the…

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Tender Kisses

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a kiss quite as beautiful as this.

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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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ms. horchner’s teacup skinny dippers.

I found a photo of this beautiful tea cup over on Pinterest and had to hunt down the artist. Very cool.  Now, if only I could find where to actually buy this set. I’ve found where to buy the set, and there’s also a set of bowls.

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