MISTI-Con, Silverheart and Heaven, Hula Girl, Tiki

Kind readers,

well, MISTI-Con 2015 is over, and what a wonderful convention it was! I was pretty exhausted that weekend, and I’m still recovering I think, but nevertheless I’m already looking forward to MISTI-Con 2017.

Here’s the table where I did my book signing… That’s beautiful lake Winnipesaukee behind the tent.

And here I was, dressed in my stunning Kristopher Silverheart costume, with dear fellow author C.A. Allen who was cosplaying Silverheart’s beloved companion, Heaven. We were rehearsing our Costuming Showcase kiss.

Theirs is a passionate love story. A story about freedom and hope. About mavericks and outcasts who battle against religious oppression.

Here you can see the costume in more detail. My friend Nezumi is an extraordinary seamstress.

Not long before I gave my lecture (which went well, I’m told)…

In other news, There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard is now available on Nook, as well as iTunes and Kobo. Kindle should be next soon, I hope! You can also get the e-Book here.

And here are more kind words about Hula Girl, courtesy of Tweet Ones!

Thank you so much, Letha and Sean! Sean will be writing a review of Hula Girl on My Secret Atheist Blog soon. And I’m about to write a guest post for him—it’s very exciting, and it’s an honor 🙂 I’ll be touching on issues around atheism and gender identity.

And Godless Mom is looking forward to reading Hula Girl too! This gave me so much joy.

If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, please feel free to share a few words about it on Amazon! And if the book helped you or encouraged you, please tell your friends—it would mean a lot. This is how more people will find out about Hula Girl—I’m small fry—and what it contains may encourage them too.

Right now, I’ve got my sights set on The Non-Conference in August. I can’t wait to attend this event! And I’ll have a table there, too. Also, I’ll be spending June and July working on my next book, Atheist Tiki Hour.

I’ve got the appropriate beverage mugs all ready to go:

Again, deep gratitude to all who are supporting and encouraging me. Many people have been telling me how much There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life has touched, inspired, and comforted them, and this gives me the strength to keep writing, to keep sharing my heart and experiences, to reach out to those who have been wounded by religious dogma and who are looking for another worldview and way of life. Once, I thought I was alone; I want them to know they’re not alone.

Atheist Tiki Hour will be about life beyond religion.

It’s good.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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not in Kansas anymore

Kind readers,

I am hard at work on the second draft of Outlaw in the Land of Perfection, and it is going well. I want this draft finished by the middle of April, at which point I shall place it in my editor’s competent hands. I am set to publish the book by early summer; it will be available as a print edition, and a Kindle edition (I shall be asking someone to format it for me).

Nezumi is coloring the cover illustration… Here is the inked version:

She has captured the bond between Heaven and Silverheart perfectly. This image makes me so happy. It is magical.

I am still counting the days until spring. Mercy! But, in the middle of January, I was told the most amazing and excellent and encouraging of news, and it made our harsh winter much less terrible all of a sudden. At the start of May, I shall be going to Ottawa Comic Con, where an old dream of mine will at last finds its fulfillment: I shall have the chance to meet a man I have admired and frankly adored since I was fifteen years old, the inimitable, lovely and wonderful Robert Englund.

In 1987, I participated in a writing contest held by Fangoria Magazine, and to my great astonishment, not to mention my unending delight, won the first prize… The red and green sweater he wore in the first three Nightmare films:

I was also sent an autographed photo…

I have two more autographed photos of him, one that he sent me when I was fifteen, and another that he sent me when I was at university in the early 90s. You can read more about this here. He is such a sweet man; the thought that I shall be able to thank him face to face for being so kind is a bit overwhelming.

Yes, I shall be bringing the sweater with me, and I shall be wearing it. Wee!

I also intend to do some cosplaying, and I have got my sights set on a role he played in The Moleman of Belmont Avenue, Mr. Confab. Spirit gum, here I come 😉

And needless to say, I shall have some ink for him.

Even more fantastic news: he is coming back to Canada in September, to Montreal Comic Con, and I am going to go to that convention too. I want to give him a copy of Outlaw there… I just want to give him a copy, without expecting him to read it or anything. I shall be ecstatic just seeing him holding it in his hands.

So, these days, when I am not writing, I am busy catching up with his filmography!

Oh, and here is a picture of me sporting a beautiful red tie.

Two more haircuts or so, and my hair will be gleaming with silver amidst what’s left of my light brown color. I can hardly wait to see that. I want to do real photo sessions, but I am waiting until I have finished growing out the black dye.

I want to cosplay Silverheart when I go to Montreal. I shall definitely be cosplaying her at MISTI 15.

Many good things in store!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor