fresh new start, fresh new space

Kind readers,

so I began the year by redesigning my work space. It needed an upgrade to suit my current needs better.

I’ll be writing about fresh starts in Atheist Tiki Hour and The Rollicking Adventures of an Unrepentant Tomboy; a fresh space was required. It was imperative.

I headed for IKEA.

I’m always unsure when I make big changes like this, but I have to say that once it was done, I was ecstatically happy I’d gone ahead with it. I felt as though I’d lost excess baggage; my work space felt a thousand pounds lighter, and it was a lot more cheerful.

Also, it was way more functional. And my desk setup is much more ergonomic.

The new setup emphasized that there’s more to my life than work. I’m not my work; I matter too. In addition, the internet no longer dominates my life. My existence has a great deal more balance.

I replaced my computer desk and writing desk with a smaller computer desk, and I added a nice comfy chair where I’ll write, relax, think, rest. I lost some storage areas, but I gained a lot more than I lost with this reorganization. I still had plenty of room for books and my journal collection near the comfy chair, I shuffled a few pieces around, I cleaned and sorted my cupboard and the drawers where I keep office supplies… It took me almost two weeks to get it all done, but boy, I was happy with the results!

I’ll be taking new photos of my refuge soon, with my good camera, but in the meantime here are some snaps I took with my smart phone:

fortreorg3

fortreorg

fortreorg1

fortreorg9

I love my toys. Here’s a new girlfriend, exquisite candy doll Sweet Style Jade.

fortreorg10

And look what my awesome friend, versatile author and badass skateboarder Carl D. Smith, is going to send me! What a guy 🙂

CarlPeeWeedoll

I’d been wanting one of those Pee-wee dolls so much. Wee!

The rest of winter and spring will be all about writing Tiki Hour and Unrepentant Tomboy. I’m keeping outside commitments to a minimum because I just can’t do it anymore. It wipes me out.

I will be seeing Professor Coyne at the end of February when he gives his talk at the Center For Inquiry in Ottawa, though! Very exciting.

Otherwise, my days are tranquil, and I’m most grateful for this. Life hasn’t been this peaceful for me in a long time. I’m nurturing and safeguarding this tranquility. I’ve been more forceful about respecting my boundaries and establishing my priorities.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

Advertisements

I was on the Godless Spellchecker podcast! No foolin’!

Kind readers,

today is my 46th birthday, and I’m having a banner day… It’s been a banner year, in fact 🙂

Right now, I’m still slowly waking up from a crabcake and fish, red wine, and chocolate buttercream cake coma.

I treated myself to a bunch of toys this week, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse on Blu-ray. In keeping with this theme, I’ve got vintage cartoons playing in the background as I type this.

This week, I also received my copy of Faith Vs. Fact, which I’d asked Professor Coyne to sign. Note the fabulous cat drawing.

Also, I was immensely honored to be a guest on the Godless Spellchecker podcast! My mind still reels at the thought that this truly did happen; it’s overwhelming. I’m still amazed that he asked me in the first place, because who the hell am I? Stephen is an incredibly sweet, funny, and knowledgeable fellow, and it was such a pure joy to chat with him. I’m tremendously grateful for his gracious invitation to be on his podcast.

Click on the image below if you’d like to listen to the episode:

And here’s yet another wonderful and most appreciated review of Hula Girl:

All of this is so encouraging to me as I get set to write my next book, Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast.

And the Non-Conference keeps getting closer…

In conclusion, have some chocolate erasers.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor