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

My Name Is, playful atheism, and ukuleles

Kind readers,

it’s a bright, beautiful autumn day here, and everything is tranquil. I’d been in need of tranquility and recuperation.

I’m still having a fantastic amount of fun playing the ukulele, so much so that I got a second one, and I’ve been taking classes. Won’t this uke look great with my Pee-wee suit and red bow tie? I’d really love to be able to busk a little next summer…

I’ve also pretty much finished revamping my writing refuge, and it’s all toys and colors and joy. I still have many, many Professor Snape collectibles, because Professor Snape is ♥, as well as jars and curiosities (especially in my potions cabinet, as I call it), but I’ve diversified, let’s say. My work/rest cocoon has become the ultimate toy room and happy place.

New carpet, even! I love it.

I’ll be taking a crapload of new photos for you soon.

In other news, I got a nice new mug yesterday so I can celebrate the fact that I’m a godless heathen all year round. Because apparently, if you don’t have a snowflake on your festive mug, it’s an all-out war on the One True Religion, goddammit.

As I wrote on Twitter, nothing says love thy neighbour like forcing people to say Merry Christmas, “for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

I plan to drink from that mug when I’m working on Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast.

And speaking of godly godliness™, the other day I saw an article that gave me yet another reason to be glad I left the Orthodox circus behind years ago. There’s an All-Pure internet out there now, for all your “we’re on the correct side” needs: “only information that religious leaders decide does not ‘disturb believers’ feelings’ will be accessible”! No gay “propaganda” or any of the nasty stuff that has anything to do with, say, rationality and freedom. Step right up for “correct values,” e.g. “traditional morality” and “nationalism”.

My feelings can be resumed as follows:

And like this:

I discussed why I left the Orthodox Church and Christianity (and woo in general) in There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard. I’ll be expanding on this in Atheist Tiki Hour.

It was more like escaping than leaving, really.

I’ve never felt happier, freer, more content, more grateful, more whole, than I do now.

When I go to cafés to work on Tiki Hour, I’ll put my pens and notebooks in this bag, which sums it all up:

And I’ll scribble with this, one of my favorite pens.

You can now find me on Tsu, too. Because Facebook sucks and they will never be my identity overlords.

My name is Logospilgrim. My friends call me Logos. Or “professor” as a term of endearment basically.

Many years ago, that name had religious connotations, but I kept the words and gave them new definitions, secular meanings.

Logos: Greek lógos—a word, saying, speech, discourse, thought, proportion, ratio, reckoning, akin to légein to choose, gather, recount, tell over, speak.

I am one who speaks, who communicates.

Pilgrim: any wayfarer; a traveler, especially on foot. A wanderer, one who journeys.

In many ways, these two words sum up my life. But I also like the way these words look and sound. It’s my name. These days, I don’t even think of it as requiring any kind of deep meaning… I’ve chosen it, I just like it, and that’s it.

Logospilgrim, or Logos Pilgrim, is my chosen name. I don’t have to justify this any more than I have to justify my gender identity or asexuality. Those who respect me respect my name and address me by that name. My chosen name is linked to matters that center around identity, gender, personal history and evolution. It’s not “less real” than or somehow not as “authentic” as my legal name, which to me is about equivalent to a social security number. My so-called legal name is a bureaucratic technicality.

You like your legal name? Great! That’s fine; good for you! I don’t care for mine.

It exasperates me when I’m asked why I use a name I’ve chosen and not my “real” name. Who asks Bono why he calls himself Bono? Or Moby? “Bono? What’s Bono? Why Bono?” As if that sort of choice is reserved for the rich and famous; then it isn’t “suspect,” because only people like that have the privilege of calling themselves what they want. Only people like that can differ from the norm.

Nope.

My name is Logospilgrim.

And now, how about a bacon and egg pen? Sunny side up!

I hope you’re having a fabulous week, and that your life is filled with as much joy as possible 🙂 I’ll be keeping everyone up on my Tiki Hour progress!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

let’s pretend

Kind readers,

I’ve been puttering quietly these days. Things had been pretty intense since last May, and I think I ran out of steam finally. But I’ll be getting back to work on Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast before the month is over!

I gave a talk at the Center For Inquiry in Ottawa last month, and it went very well. As usual, I was tense and stressed out before I began speaking, and very relieved after it was over.

Before the talk:

“Help.”

Here’s a picture Diane (the branch manager of CFI Ottawa) took of me after my talk. I was wearing a CFI cap, and I’d had a nice complimentary glass of rum. I was glowing 😉

Many people came to talk with me that evening, and they told me very kind, encouraging words. Diane told me that everyone had been “enraptured” by my talk, which, goodness, was most uplifting. One of those who were there (Joan), had this to say: “the messages were thought-provoking and the speaker has a beautiful gift for telling her life stories…”

So yes, it went well 🙂

I thought I’d speak at Skepticamp 15 next month, and had begun discussing this with the organizers, but then I decided against it. The conference focuses more around the topics of skepticism, critical thinking, and science, as opposed to secular humanism, and I felt awkward… Also, I felt exhausted. Drained and reclusive. But, the merch table will have copies of There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard, and I’ll be attending the conference. I’m looking forward to all the interesting presentations.

I should be on Life After God at some point, but I’m not sure when. There was a matter of conflicting schedules, Ryan was ill, I had my talk… I’ll let you know if/when it happens.

Autumn is here. Best time of the year. Today, I wore my new green sweater. I love that thing.

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In other fun news, I’ve begun learning to play the ukulele. Here’s my uke! It’s happy!

I can play Yellow Submarine, You Are My Sunshine, the Banana Boat song, Don’t Worry Be Happy, and I’m currently mastering The Chipmunk Song (me, I want a hula hoop…).

More gloriously joyful news:

I’m still collecting toys like a big carefree kid. I recently fell in love with Ever After High dolls. So beautiful, with a 70s vibe to them… I can’t resist them.

Here’s my lovely Blondie Lockes with her Three Bears Lolita dress (it has small bowls of porridge on it <3):

I could stare at this doll for hours. I have three different versions of her, and she’s got a number of friends with her on that shelf now.

I’ll be sharing new photos of my refuge soon.

Rubber Clown Car’s latest album, Let’s Pretend, is my current “on repeat while driving” CD. It’s fan-freaking-tastic. It’s gritty and rock and roll, yet also smooth like the best 80s New Wave, and fun and poignant at the same time. How can you lose with songs like “Vampire Polo Hat”, “Laser Tattoo Removal”, and “My Kinda Weird”? And let’s not forget how beautiful and evocative the cover is (click on it to get your own copy!). It fully captures the spirit of the album. And that photo really speaks to me, I must say.

Let’s see, what else… How about a photo of my cat, Potion?

I think I’ll be going to Chapters tomorrow to get myself a holiday sweater wearing Monchhichi.

Tralala!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

today’s secret word is…

Kind readers,

next week, I’ll be interviewed by Ryan Bell for his podcast Life After God! I’m honored and excited.

A few days later, I’ll be giving my talk at the Center For Inquiry in Ottawa.

*breathing in a bag*

A kind person at CFI, Pat, created this wonderful banner:

I’m grateful to everyone at CFI for this opportunity (especially Diane Bruce), and I’ll be doing my best to give an interesting and inspiring talk! If you’re in the area and would like to hear me speak, do drop by. I’ll be signing copies of There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard as well.

In other news, I finally got around to cosplaying Pee-wee Herman last week. Naturally, I took some photos. Here are a few of them for your amusement 🙂

I have more secret words in store, and I plan to write a series of blog posts that will center around each of them.

I’ll have to take new photos of my office soon too—I’ve been moving a few things around to accommodate my ever growing collection of toys!

I got this on eBay yesterday… It was one of my very favorite toys when I was a kid. A picnic basket! Bears! What’s not to love?

And I’ll be making room for this sweet and delicious looking ode to cake and fun come Festivus!

It pushes all of my happy buttons. I adore those Lalaloopsy toys… The big dolls, the Littles, the Minis, the Tinies, the houses… I can’t get enough of the darn things.

And today, I learned that Shopkins is about to release little dolls. Be still my beating heart.

Food-themed little dolls—yes please!

For some reason, I enjoy cosplaying Pee-wee. Imagine that! 😉

I do plan on cosplaying Professor Snape again this fall (hopefully). I ordered a wig that has the messy, curly, flouncy style he had in Deathly Hallows 2, and I’ll be wearing this on top of my head:

The photos will capture the essence of my upcoming book of essays, Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human. They’ll celebrate the dignity and majesty of being human, simply human. I will be bringing the wig, crown and robes with me to Leviosa, along with my Pee-wee outfit, and my Silverheart costume.

There’s so much in store for 2016! Join me for the wild ride.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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