interviews and news, news, news

Kind readers,

a week after the Non-Conference, I was waylaid by a rather nasty stomach virus. I wasn’t too surprised (well, sort of), considering I’d been juggling a number of things and feeling exhausted.

Fortunately, I managed to have a lovely time with Sean McGuire earlier that day! If you’d like to hear the interview—episode 7 of My Secret Atheist Podcast—click on the image below:

It was a blast, chatting with Sean (@GodlessPoutine on Twitter), who’s a wonderful interviewer. We talked about all sorts of things, such as whether or not I really do have a hula girl on my dashboard, and he asked me about my upcoming book. He even concluded the episode with terrifically cheesy Tiki music, and needless to say, this went straight to my heart. Cocktails in Space for the win!

My next podcast interview will take place this week: I’ll be on Ryan Bell’s Life After God.

And, it’s official: I’ll be speaking at the Center for Inquiry in Ottawa on the evening of October 4th.

In other magnificent news, There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard is now on the Book Club forum at Atheist Republic:

I’m extremely grateful to Armin Navabi for his kindness and support. Speaking of Armin, he recently asked me to “consider publishing [your] next book with Atheist Republic!” After I recovered from my minor heart attack, I sent him a few questions, and in his reply, he told me that he was “very excited about this book” (Atheist Tiki Hour), and he put me in touch with the person who’s in charge of his publication team. I was quite overwhelmed and in a daze… I could have wept.

This will be the first time I have a promotional team. It boggles my mind. By publishing with them I’ll be contributing to Armin’s important work, which is yet another reason I immediately agreed to have the Atheist Republic logo on the cover of my book.

So, well, unless the book is terrible (which I’m hoping is probably somewhat unlikely), Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast will be published with Atheist Republic. And I will be drinking champagne when this happens. I’m devoting the coming months to the book; I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year.

In other news, I submitted two fifty minute lectures (I may have gone out of my mind) for Leviosa, and both have been accepted. See you in Las Vegas next summer, eh?

Leviosa lecture #1—”From Professor Snape to Kristopher Silverheart: An Exploration of Genderqueerness and Bi-Romantic Asexuality in Original Fiction”

In this presentation, Logospilgrim will discuss how Professor Snape was a source of inspiration for her character Kristopher Silverheart, the relentlessly driven protagonist in her Outlaw series. She will talk about Silverheart’s genderqueerness and delve into the deeply sensual, asexual relationship between Kristopher and her mysterious partner, Heaven. Logospilgrim will also share how writing this story helped her understand and celebrate her own asexual, bi-romantic, and genderqueer identity.

Leviosa lecture #2—”No Redemption Required: Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human”

In this presentation, Logospilgrim will argue that Professor Snape doesn’t need to be “redeemed” from anything, certainly not in the sense of having to “be delivered from sin or spiritual death.” Drawing from her own life changes and operating from a secular humanist perspective, she’ll demonstrate how Snape’s example was the source of a another transformative personal discovery: it’s all right to be human. Not “just” human, but human, period. No superhuman qualities are necessary.

Remember: drinking and Pee-wee Herman cosplay at Frankie’s Tiki Room, too. So come to Leviosa!

Let’s see, what else… Ah yes, I’ve registered for MISTI-Con 2017.

Also, I need to add some nice, kitschy tropical ties to my collection. Call me the Joyful Tiki Atheist 😉

And of course, I’m still happily collecting toys.

For someone who doesn’t cook much, I absolutely can’t resist food related toys!

Okay. Time to gad about and rest a bit.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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countdown to the Non-Conference

Kind readers,

the Non-Conference is almost upon us! Mercy.

My box of books is all good to go… If you’re going to the conference, please don’t hesitate to come to my table to say hello.

The conference organizer was kind enough to tweet this amazing thing that took my breath away:

I’m nervous, but I think I’ll be okay!

In other news, I recently had the honor of being interviewed by the awesome Intellectual Saviors.

You can listen to the interview here: Episode 132, There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard with Logospilgrim

They’ve very kindly invited me to return once Atheist Tiki Hour has been published.

After the conference, I’ll be a guest on Sean McGuire’s brand-new My Secret Atheist Podcast, and I’ll be returning to The Godless Spellchecker podcast again as well—I’ll be letting everyone know in each case when this happens.

In sillier news, I got Playhouse, baby. Here’s the toy kitchen set, fully loaded with play food. This thing is giving me joy like you wouldn’t believe 😉

And yes, I’ve already played with it.

In related news, after the Non-Conference, I’ll be taking and sharing my first set of Pee-wee cosplay photos, so get ready!

Basically, after this conference, I’ll be

a) writing (this fall, Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast. Crossing my fingers I’ll also be able to write the first draft of Outlaw in the Outer Reaches), & promoting my books

b) taking Pee-wee cosplay photos

c) writing

d) playing quietly with my toys

e) writing

f) speaking at the Center For Inquiry in Ottawa & probably Toronto

g) writing

h) preparing for Leviosa (I’m already on a panel, & I may submit two lectures. I’ll be writing Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human this winter, so that it’s ready in time for this convention)

In a nutshell, writing, promoting, speaking; otherwise, being as quiet as possible.

So there you go 🙂

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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