new book coming out soon

Kind readers,

I began the day by crying over my keyboard.

My new book, Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast, will be released by my publisher Atheist Republic on October 1 (or close to that date).

The cover will probably be a bit different than the one I originally designed.

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I can’t fully express my gratitude to Armin Navabi, who asked me last year if I’d publish my next book with Atheist Republic, the organization he founded. Immense gratitude as well to Atheist Republic’s rad editor (and talented author), Casper Rigsby.

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While I’m at it, I’d like to thank the following generous and stupendous persons, without whom I’m quite sure this wouldn’t have happened. After I published There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life, they gave me unknown me a chance and interviewed me, wrote reviews of my book, told people about it…

Sean McGuire (@GodlessPoutine)—the first atheist blogger who said, “I’d love to read your book.”

Godless Spellchecker

Godless Mom

The Intellectual Saviors

Joshua Kelly, author of O, Your God!

The Atheist Pig

Mike Gorman

I also want to thank CFI Ottawa and Diane Bruce, who asked me to give a talk and who have been so supportive.

I am deeply grateful to the organizer of the amazing Non-Conference, Spencer Lucas, without whom I wouldn’t have met Armin last summer.

I’m too grateful for words to everyone who read, enjoyed, reviewed, and told others about There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard. You have no idea how much your kindness and encouragement helped me to keep going, keep writing.

Once the book is out, I will be letting everyone know!

This is the first time I’ll be getting PR assistance from a publisher, and it’s so overwhelming, I’m so utterly grateful for this that it makes me dizzy. I’ve worked very hard for a long time. Last year, I basically started over from scratch after almost a decade of writing religious/mystical books, and leaving religion behind… I started writing books from a secular/humanist/atheist perspective.

I’m exhausted. But I’ll be getting help from Atheist Republic—lovers of freedom and intellectual integrity should support their invaluable work, incidentally—and I’m excited about my list of upcoming books.

There is a great deal of joy in my life, and I’ll continue to write about it, to share it, to spread it around.

Oh, and my Unicorn and Toast character, Old Miss Grumbly, will be a regular character in season two of Peachy Fiend‘s animated series! See the very first episode here. The episode in which Old Miss Grumbly first appears will air around October 16. Stay tuned 🙂

Here I am, wearing my awesome Unicorn and Toast t-shirt (by Reasonist Ink):

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So much excitement. I’m definitely going to need a nap this afternoon, especially since I had insomnia this week, not to mention my recent hives problem.

But first, I’m going to get some celebratory toys:

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I hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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book reviews and therapeutic toy collecting

Kind readers,

it’s been fantastically hot and humid here. Whew. Around 107º today. Fortunately, the weather will be more comfortable in the days to come.

The Non-Conference is only about three weeks away!! *breathing in a bag*

More people have been sharing very kind words about Hula Girl, such as author Joshua Kelley. I was so happy he enjoyed the book.

A new edition of his book will be available in December, and I’m really looking forward to adding it to my library.

More kind words from wonderful people. I’m tremendously grateful when people share things like this! Thank you so, so much, everyone.

Hula Girl now has an “editorial reviews” section on Amazon! Deep gratitude to Sean McGuire (@GodlessPoutine, My Secret Atheist Blog), Stephen Knight (The Godless Spellchecker podcast), and Joshua Kelly for such generous support. I’ll never forget their kindness, and enthusiasm for my work.

Sean also has a podcast now!

In other news, I’ve been devoting more time to self-care lately. More so than I have in a long time. It was time 😉 In all seriousness, it’s been good for me. If I have too much going on at once, I either break down or melt down, and one of the things I need most is a fair amount of tranquility. I need to be by myself a lot. I’ve so often tried to split myself into a thousand pieces, especially in the past (whatever I did, it was never good enough, it was never enough), and these days, I refuse to do that. I can’t cope with an overloaded schedule, too much activity. Taking care of my home (which is my refuge), writing, seeing a loved one now and then… That’s it. That’s what I can handle and remain healthy and serene. One or two conventions a year, that’s the extent of how regularly I’m able to attend social events like that. I enjoy them greatly, but then, I’m absolutely wiped out. These days, I’ve been reminding myself that I’ve managed to get shingles twice so far, and I’m only forty-six.

The more I’ve been committed to low-commotion levels, the more peaceful and relaxed I’ve been feeling. This past month has been particularly good. I’ve been honoring who I am. I’ve had to learn to respect my own humanity (if you’ve read Hula Girl, you’ll probably better understand why this has been a life-long struggle for me).

All of this is giving me much food for thought as I begin to write Atheist Tiki Hour! That book will truly be a celebration of life.

Speaking of celebration, I’ll be doing some happy Pee-wee cosplay soon. My suit has arrived, and it’s terrific. I’m still waiting for the white shoes. The cosplay photos will inspire relevant, inspirational blogging as well; you’ll see what I mean…

Tomorrow: there will be corn dogs and fries for lunch (at a cabane à patates frites, the best possible place for such delicacies), I’ll acquire a Mr. Potato Head, a tea set, and I’ll write.

Toy collecting has been a vital part of my healing from religion, actually. I will be writing about this in more detail.

This is the tea set I’ve got my eyes on (they’re holding it for me at Mrs Tiggy Winkle’s, one of my very favorite happy places): a tin cupcake tea set! How could one go wrong?

And this is on its way to me. Here’s the thing: I love eggs. I’ve always had a thing for eggs. I don’t know why, there just so happy! And delicious. Next spring, I plan to celebrate Eggster.

Note: the chicks peep when you press down on them.

Recently, I played Candy Land with one of my dolls (I adored that game when I was a kid), and it was even more fun than I’d anticipated. I was surprised by how much fun I was having. Plain, silly, frivolous fun. I felt bad when the doll lost the first game, but she won the second, so it was all good.

I hope with all my heart that you’re all having a beautiful summer!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor