Godless Mom’s beautiful review of Hula Girl

Kind readers,

the Non-Conference is less than two weeks away, and I’ve been doing everything I can to relax. So my toy collection has been growing by leaps and bounds 😉

I’ve also been turning into Tweek on a regular basis.

“I can’t take that kind of pressure!! AAH!”

Yesterday, I was left speechless by Godless Mom‘s kind and generous review of There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard. I’m not sure I’ve quite recovered from the shock of it all yet. She’s a wonderful and very active blogger, and I’m so grateful that she was willing to read my scribble. Knowing she enjoyed it the way she did is, I mean, I can barely describe how I feel. Her review of the book is still making my head spin.

You can also read it here: Every Atheist Needs There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard

She then asked me if I’d contacted Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist, about the book, and I told her that I had sent him a copy, but that, you know, he’s a busy person and everything… To my astonishment, he joined in our Twitter conversation, and the next thing I knew, he’d shared a link to Godless Mom’s review on his Facebook Page:

You can also find it here: “Sounds like a fascinating book!”

I was extremely touched and encouraged by their support, and if I may ask this, please share the links above far and wide! It would be tremendously helpful, and encourage yours truly more than words can express.

As ever, if you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, a short review on Amazon would make a vital difference; I’d appreciate it a great deal. Thank you so much for your affection and encouragement! I’ll say it again: I couldn’t do this without you. I’ve had trouble focusing on my next book, what with the Non-Conference being so near, but I will be plunging in Atheist Tiki Hour after the conference…

Okay, goodness, I need a nice cool beverage, a snack of some kind, and a nap! I’m overwhelmed.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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14 thoughts on “Godless Mom’s beautiful review of Hula Girl

  1. I would have not known about your book if it were not for Godless Mom’s review. I immediately downloaded it (iBooks) and read it through in a couple of hours. There were so many points where I related to you, both viscerally and spiritually (your attempts to locate a loving and accepting belief system) and on occasions when you discussed wanting to rebel against the suffocating dogma of the sinful human. I was also surprised when I came to your discussion of Professor Snape. I read the Harry Potter series with my children, and I remember distinctly how angry he made them. I knew instinctively, though, that he was not as he seemed, and I warned them to keep an open mind.
    When the source of Snape’s grudges and angst were revealed, I felt a kind of kinship with him. I was relentlessly bullied for years in school. I had two heroes during that time: Carrie White and the Incredible Hulk. I was so filled with the need for vengeance and anger, and held on to these for far too long, and felt like that nasty little sinful demon so much religious dogma made me out to be. I deal with PTSD as a result of my experiences, and still struggle to contain anger, flashbacks, and nightmares. I am blessed and cursed with extreme empathy. I both deeply understand the staunchly and immovably faithful and am horrified by them, largely because I could have easily remained imprisoned, benighted, and filled with guilt I did not earn or deserve.

    I want to thank you so much for your book. Even though your terrible experiences and struggle made you the person you are today, I still wish I could remove the nasty specters that undoubtedly still dog you at times. This is an abiding wish that resides in me: to remove the worst of pain from the world so that we are free to think clearly and regard each other as equals and partners in this finite journey. Good luck with your upcoming gathering. You’ll be great.

    • My dearest one,

      thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kind words, and for sharing your own experiences with me… Thank you so much for reading Hula Girl; I’m so happy that the book was a source of comfort and delight to you!

      I too suffer from PTDS (which won’t surprise you at all, I imagine!), but goodness, I’m doing a lot better than I once did. Lately I’ve been putting a lot of emphasis on self-care. It’s not always easy—you know those voices that tell you you’re lazy, you should be doing this or that, you’re bad, and so on—but I’m getting more skilled at it. Let’s just say that indulging a “silly” passion for toys helps a great deal *laughs*

      Ah my goodness, Carrie White… When I was young, that movie terrified me, but now I can’t watch it without weeping through much of it; it’s an unbearably sad (and yet hypnotizing) story. Just listening to the opening theme makes my eyes water. In some ways, I could relate to her when I began high school (my mom wasn’t like hers, but I was shy and awkward and even looked like her a little, with my long blonde hair). I didn’t seek revenge, but I was, well, very sad. Thankfully, that changed eventually! Every now and then, I’ll watch this film, because I think it’s amazing, and wish that it would have a different outcome, eh? How I wish it could have turned out differently for Carrie.

      Thank you so much for your loving encouragement! Have you ever been to a Harry Potter convention? There’s going to be a wonderful convention next summer in Las Vegas, Leviosa… I’d love to share a beverage with you there! I’ll be rambling about Professor Snape, this time from a secular humanist perspective… This is going to be extremely therapeutic 🙂

      Again, thank you so much for your beautiful words! Thank you for being here, beautiful heart; it’s a joy to have met you ❤ I'm so glad that things are better for you now too, and I wish you every good thing.

      Your devoted
      Logospilgrim

      • Have been to a few Star Trek conventions, but a long while ago. I am sure my kids would love hitting an HP convention with me, but I doubt that I could make next year’s; my husband turns 50 and my parents are planning a family trip to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, so my travel account will be sorely depleted. 🙂 I downloaded Outlaw In the Land of Perfection earlier today, and intend to start reading first thing tomorrow morning. Just reading the synopsis has me very excited to get started. It would be so fantastic to meet up some day. Any chance you’ll have the Snape talk YouTubed?

        • Oh, that’s all right! I have another friend in a similar situation (big trips and events planned that summer). But there will be more Harry Potter conventions, no doubt (to start with, MISTI-Con 2017 in New Hampshire), and hopefully I’ll have the joy of seeing you at one of them!

          And, oh my gosh, thank you so much for your interest in the first Outlaw book, and for wanting to read it! I cosplayed Silverheart at MISTI-Con 2015 (last May), and if you go here, https://logospilgrim.com/bookstore/, you’ll see a photo of it, and the illustration for the cover of the second Outlaw book as well! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for your interest in the novel—that means more than I can say ❤ By the third book, Silverheart will have a secular humanist worldview (surprise surprise *laughs*).

          The talk may well be taped! A loved one has recorded my rambles on more than one occasion (alas, my talk at MISTI 15 couldn't be shared, because something went wrong with the sound), and perhaps she'll do so again at Leviosa! I'll be letting everyone know if that's indeed the case 🙂

            • Oh, I’m sorry! The cover of the second book features a picture of Heaven holding an incapacitated Silverheart in her arms, with the moon behind them. On the cover of the first book, Silverheart has an arm wrapped protectively around Heaven’s waist, and Heaven is leaning back against Silverheart.

              I’ll be writing (hopefully!) the second book in November, and Outlaw in the Outer Reaches will come out next year, I’m not completely sure when, because I also want to write a fourth book of essays about Professor Snape this winter, so that it’s ready in time for Leviosa, which will take place in July if I remember correctly! So, as usual, I’ll kind of be driving myself into the ground a bit 😉

                • Alas, no! Outlaw was my first book to get the e-Book treatment; a good friend of mine does the formatting, as I’ve absolutely no idea how to format e-Books. But Atheist Tiki Hour, Outlaw in the Outer Reaches, and Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human will all be available as e-Books 🙂

                  • Will the latter be the book form of next summer’s talk at the convention? I look forward to it. I also look forward to the next book in the Outlaw series. I do have to say, I enjoyed it quite a lot, but there was a little too much theistic metaphor and symbolism for me!
                    I did find Christophers and heavens energy coupling, for want of a better phrase, passionately beautiful. 🙂

                    • *laughter*

                      Yes, Silverheart is still slowly untangling herself from theism at this point in the story… So the religious symbolism will give way to a secular worldview as the series progresses. It’ll be interesting to see how she comes to this understanding and adjusts to it! She’ll be in true crisis mode in the second book as even more of what she thought was real melts away like a sand castle being submerged by ocean waves. And then, there will be the discovery of who Heaven really is… (the only other person who knows, a dear friend and fellow author who cosplayed Heaven with me at MISTI, was blown away by this secret when I shared it with her). Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

                      Art of Being Human will inspire the talk without a doubt; the book will contain a lot more than what I’ll discuss during the lecture.

                    • “I did suspect that would be the case. Delighted!”

                      *cries over keyboard*

                      I can’t tell you how much that means to me ❤ Thank you so much for your loving support & interest in Silverheart's story.

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