new book, devil horns, three piece suits

Kind readers,

I’m happy to say that my new book, Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast, is now available in print.

It makes me giddy just saying “my Atheist Republic book.”

Click on the cover below to get your copy.

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As ever, your reviews are extremely important and immensely appreciated. Please help me get to fifty reviews by Festivus! This number of reviews will increase the book’s visibility on Amazon (due to their logarithm doodad thingies). Even a line or two will make a huge difference.

The book has begun getting kind reviews, which goes straight to my heart.

Read The Crusty Sceptic‘s marvelous review on his blog here.

And look: eep!!

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I shared that tweet because I thought his book and mine had a couple of things in common, and it helps, apparently, when you’re promoting a book (or at least trying to promote it), to compare it to a similar book or whatever. He has so many followers that I never imagined he’d even see it, let alone reply anything at all to it! I love his work and I think he’s absolutely terrific, so I was in shock when I saw his tweet appear in my notifications. It was so kind of him to do that.

I’m better at it than I used to be, but I still find promoting my work terribly difficult and exhausting. Fortunately, I have many beautiful supporters, like the one who recently sent me a direct message on Twitter that said, “I believe in you. I REALLY do. You deserve to be read.” I started crying.

Even though I often feel like an idiot for putting my books out there (who the fuck am I, you know? What makes me think I have anything worthwhile to say bla bla bla), I do it anyway, and the encouragement I get keeps growing. So I keep going.

Today, I updated my Goodreads profile for the first time in I can’t remember how long.

As you can see, I’m very serious about what I do.

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Earlier this week, I took promotional photographs of myself.

The first day, I got going too late, but I managed to quickly snap a few neat pictures while the sun was setting.

As I wrote on Twitter, I looked like I was in a nondescript, late 60s neighbourhood on my way to bang Lana Del Rey or something.

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The next day, I got started earlier, but when I went outside, I didn’t last long because it was so cold and windy (my camera lens fogged up when I returned inside).

I was often channeling my inner Tom Waits.

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When I went back inside, I decided to take photos in my work space, which I’d never done, at least not with my good camera. And the light was great, so…

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I had a lot of fun with the red devil horns and green suit. Oh, and the cigar is a Halloween prop.

Unfortunately, I also managed to catch the bug my partner had, a nasty head cold. So this was me yesterday, with Potion the nursemaid:

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I’m starting to feel better, which is fantastic, because I hate taking cold medication.

In other news, I’ll be giving podcast interviews in the coming weeks. I’ll be keeping you updated, in the event you’d like to hear me ramble.

Speaking of which, I am now Miss Old Grumbly in Peachy Fiend‘s hilarious animated series Unicorn and Toast.

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If you want to hear me ranting like a wacky old woman, watch the episode here.

It’ll soon be time for Quietus 2016. I’m looking forward to an intimate gathering (there’s going to be a dozen of us) with wonderful people in a fantastic setting.

That being said, I’m no longer entirely sure I’ll be able to go to MISTI next year, due to issues involving logistics and, frankly, exhaustion. I really don’t know at this point.

Right now, I’ve got my mind on more books, including another Atheist Republic title next summer, possibly.

I’ll be giving another talk at the Center For Inquiry in Ottawa at the start of December.

Welp, that’s all the latest! Thanks for playing 🙂

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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e-Book edition of Atheist Tiki Hour now available

Kind readers,

although the PR and festivities will only really kick off once the print edition of Atheist Tiki Hour becomes available in a few days, the e-Book version went live last night, and I thought I’d share this with you.

Here is the first page (courtesy of a Twitter friend who loved the book), with the glorious Atheist Republic logo above my name. This does something to me that I can’t quite put into words. I am incredibly grateful to Armin and Casper for believing in my work and publishing my book.

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If you’d like a copy of the e-Book, please click on the cover below:

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If you enjoy the book, please leave a review on Amazon—even a line or two would be extremely helpful, and profoundly appreciated.

When the book hits 50 reviews, Amazon will greatly increase its visibility. This would truly be one of the most fantastic things that have ever happened to me. It would encourage me more than I can express.

Also, your kindness will support not only me, but the important organization that is Atheist Republic as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my book and telling others about it.

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I’m going to have to rest this afternoon. Fortunately, there are excellent horror films all month on Turner Classic Movies 🙂

As soon as the print edition is available, I will be letting you know!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

living, shining, writing

Kind readers,

things have been peaceful and quiet, and after the hard winter we had here, tranquility has felt so very sweet and revivifying.

As soon as I have news about when Atheist Tiki Hour will be released, I’ll let you know! I will be drinking a few celebratory beverages when this happens, I can tell you that.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a new book. It wasn’t on my list of projects, but it popped inside my head and I had to start writing it immediately.

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It’s going to be a short book, less than a hundred pages; probably around eighty.

In fact, I now have a bunch of short books on my upcoming titles list; so far, three (apart from Hit the Road), and they’ll all be around thirty-five pages. One of them is linked to my other website, Apostate Island.

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These books have a square format, which will be fun. Another one is titled Be Weird: An Oddball Manifesto. The third is going to be about celebrating a secular holiday season.

As I began writing Hit the Road, I felt more relaxed than I’d ever felt while working on a writing project. Maybe I’m starting to feel more confident, or to worry less about what the book will turn into or whether it’ll be well-received or not. You can’t make everyone happy anyway… Might as well do what you enjoy.

And then there’s this: I’m much happier now that I’m a secular, humanist, atheist person than I ever was during my religious years.

I am letting myself live, and shine. And I’m not putting up with bullshit.

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Needless to say, I’ll still be writing Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human and The Rollicking Adventures of an Unrepentant Tomboy! Indeed, Hit the Road has helped me figure out precisely what the focus of Unrepentant Tomboy will be, so yay.

In other news, it would be accurate to say that I’ve now stopped blogging on Livejournal and have moved on to Imzy, where I’ve been very happy. I’ve been reconnecting with loved ones there, and Twitter friends have been joining me there as well, and it’s so vibrant. The people at Imzy are so receptive and enthused, and they’ve been working non-stop on making the site as awesome as it can be.

I continue to collect and accumulate toys toys toys. I often share photos of new toys on Instagram.

I’ve also been reveling in my love of 70s decor and hideously magnificent 70s kitsch in general. Yesterday, I acquired this book and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it:

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So, life has been excellent!

Oh, and I’ve also begun recording the song I’ll be singing on that upcoming Rubber Clown Car I’ve told you about in previous posts. I’m going to send them several versions, and they’ll pick the one they like best. Tralala.

Next week, I’ll be getting Halloween treats for Quietus attendees.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

new book: finished

Kind readers,

so, Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast is finished.

Here I am with my latest book.

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I’ve sent the manuscript to the good people at Atheist Republic. Casper immediately let me know he’d received it and was cracking his knuckles. Hopefully, it’ll appeal to him! As usual, I’ve no idea what the hell it is I did. I wrote, you know, something.

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I’m pretty tired today.

In other news, I’ll be doing a photo shoot soon, to showcase one of my dapper new suits.

This is all I’ve got the brain power to write at the moment. In conclusion:

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Ramen.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful week 🙂

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

news news news

Kind readers,

August already. I do, however, love this time of year. August is slow and quiet and lush, summer at its height with the first hints of autumn in the air…

This weekend, I’ll be working on the second edit of Atheist Tiki Hour. Then I’ll send the book to Atheist Republic next week.

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A lot of atheist books focus on the history of religion, analyze Biblical contradictions and inaccuracies, knock down creationism, and so on, and they do so very well. I have many of those books; they’re vital. My own books focus more on religion as abusive in nature, religious faith as a relationship with an abuser. I share my own experiences to highlight this reality, and in Tiki Hour I write about how my exposure to domestic violence and the post-traumatic stress disorder I’ve suffered as a result made me extremely susceptible to the poisoned apple of faith. I write about the vulnerable, idealistic, tender-hearted believer who was traumatized into belief, as it were. It’s an awareness campaign.

I also write about the vibrant joy of godless living.

In other news, Quietus 2016!

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The room block is all set, and attendees can now make their reservations.

Also, I’m thrilled to announce our first amazing guests.

Lorrie Kim will be giving a lecture and signing copies of her beautiful and insightful brand new book:

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On Sunday afternoon, talented musician and song writer Errand of Mercy will be performing gentle Snape inspired acoustic songs for us. She’ll also have copies of her gorgeous CD.

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Quietus is set to be a special intimate gathering, which gives me a great deal of happiness.

As soon as Tiki Hour is wrapped up, I’ll start working on these books:

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The story of how Logospilgrim’s ideas about Professor Snape helped her
adjust and evolve as she went through a series of life-altering changes.

I hope to have this book ready in time for Quietus, but we’ll see! I will be rambling on Saturday afternoon.

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Eat penny candy while sitting on the sidewalk, and do your own damn thing.

Be your kind of happy.

Needless to say, I’ll be letting you know when Atheist Tiki Hour is released as soon as I have that information.

Otherwise, I’m relaxing, enjoying tranquil summer days, and adding more toys to my collection.

I hope you’re having a marvelous summer too.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

Atheist Tiki Hour: it is written

Kind readers,

well, it’s been a busy month for me over here.

First of all, I finished writing Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast two days ago.

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I’m going to start editing and proofreading it this weekend. In a couple of weeks or so, I’ll send the manuscript to the editor at Atheist Republic, and hopefully he’ll like it.

I’ve been adding more toys to my collection. Check out my Instagram! Here’s one set I got for my birthday with a gift card that a loved one sent me:

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The accordion playing Pony is named Cheese Sandwich. This set is a whole other level of awesome.

And here’s a set I scored last week, the Grossery Gang Yucky Mart. This thing is beyond hilarious.

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The Quietus venue is officially booked. Please visit the website for all the latest information.

In related news, I finally trimmed the lace off my flouncy lace front Snape wig and took this quick test shot of it:

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Dramatic Half-Blood Prince is dramatic.

Today, the awesome Rubber Clown Car lads sent me a demo version of the original song they asked me to sing for them. It’s amazing. It’ll be on one of their upcoming albums; naturally, I’ll be keeping you up to date on this.

In the meantime, you should buy their fabulous latest album, “Let’s Go Bowling”. Click on the picture below to get your copy:

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Here’s something else you should get immediately: The Atheist Pig’s biting and insightful cartoon collection Evolution.

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Once I’ve finished editing Atheist Tiki Hour, I’ll start writing my next book. Not sure if it’ll be Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human or The Rollicking Adventures of an Unrepentant Tomboy. We’ll see.

It’s been beastly hot here. What with my book writing and the weather, I haven’t even bothered to put the lawn chairs and table out this year. I kind of don’t care.

Well, that’s all for now 🙂

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Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

you can find me in the bar

Kind readers,

I’ve been quite busy, but I’m not rushed or feeling overwhelmed.

Which is good 🙂

I’m a lot smarter about not treating myself like garbage these days.

Atheist Tiki Hour will be finished at the start of July. I’m three quarters through the book.

In a couple of days, I’ll be giving the down payment for the Quietus 2016 event room. I’m very much looking forward to this intimate gathering of friends.

I’m tweeting a lot.

I just put a new website together, and I’ll be spending a lot of time blogging there:

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New photos of my refurbished office here. Finally got around to doing that, though I used my smart phone.

I want to see The Conjuring 2 because it looks hilarious. They’re already saying that a spinoff featuring the “demonic nun” character will be made, and that sounds even more hilarious.

In conclusion:

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In the very depths of my mind, I’m toying, ever so slightly, with the notion of doing an Apostate Island podcast in the distant future.

I probably need to get completely drunk so this notion is erased from my mind forever.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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Kind readers,

I’m full steam ahead working on Atheist Tiki Hour. Here’s a small excerpt from chapter one:

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As far as the weather goes, we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel over here. Summer-like weather next week… Oh please, oh please. I need it so bad.

“Writer at work on a cold day, being comforted by Rob Zombie.”

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Speaking of next week, I’m meeting with the event organizer at the Quietus 2016 venue.

Yes, the wheels are officially in motion, and registration is imminent! I’ll be operating with a guest list registration system. If you’d like to come, email me and I’ll add your name to the list. Once registration goes live, you’ll be contacted first.

For all the latest information, please visit the Quietus website.

Based on the feedback I’ve been getting, it’s already safe to say that Quietus will take place on the weekend of November 5 and 6.

It’s also very likely that Quietus will have a limit of thirty or forty attendees. I’ll make my decision once I’ve had my meeting with the event organizer. I’m keeping things simple so I don’t wind up stressing myself out when this is meant to be a pleasant, intimate gathering.

The venue will be the idyllic Ramada Ottawa On The Rideau. Note: they’re not taking reservations yet! I’ll be letting everyone know when it’s possible to make hotel reservations.

I recently participated in a hilarious podcast episode of Share a Slice with Sean that featured half of the inimitable absurdist Super Pee Pee Time podcast comedy team, Jeff Mac. There was much merriment.

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In conclusion, I close my eyes and I drift away.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor