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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Let it be (Beatles cover)

Here is one of my all time favorite song covers done to my favorite Beatles song.

A Message from a "Loving" Christian



A person who hides behind the pseudonym Smokey McBongwater sent me this lovely message today:

"Tristan Vick you are these things:

Filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.

In fact you rejoice the fact that one of your fellow Atheists murdered three innocent Muslims.

In truth you support the Atheist called the Chapel Hill Shooter because you support this sin of murder that he committed because not only will you do the same, but you take pleasure in him that did this evil as well."

***For the record, I have made no public comment at all about the Chapel Hill shooting / tragedy.

I'll let the petty, spiteful, hate-filled, demeaning, and judgmental attitude of this person's words speak for themselves.

***UPDATE***




After reading some more responses (screen-cap above), I am beginning to seriously worry that Smokey McBongwater (whoever he is) is suffering from a real mental illness and I honestly hope this person gets the professional help that he obviously needs.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The People Have Spoken! (The Advocatus Atheist book cover winner)

Edward T. Babinski, Mike Doolittle (aka The A-Unicornist) and a hand full of other friends were critiquing my book cover designs over on Facebook as I posted them.

They all agreed that a personal cover that would signify atheism isn't just some cold and detached philosophical view but a personal and relatable ideology was in order. Atheists are people too, after all.

So, finally I made one using my big ugly mug--and they loved it.

I guess its looking as though this will be the cover (it won the informal voting contest I held on FB). When a dozen or so people all vote for it and none of my other covers get a vote... that says something to me about which cover people will most likely stop to look at on the store shelf. And if I want to sell books, well, I better listen to what the people want.

The people have spoken.

But.... wait.... for it.




UPDATE!

This morning a got a message from a higher authority. In this case, a professional artist.

He said stick with the boat.

So, I am effectively vetoing the cover with me on it (hey, I didn't want to be on a book cover anyway). And I am going with the boat cover! It will look very nice pressed into a matte cover.




Never satisfied #2: The Advocatus Atheist Book (Update)


It was suggested by a couple of people that the bridge image was too busy and a little jittery for the eyes. Although I personally liked it, I could see how some would definitely find it too much. So I went and scrounged up another, softer image. Hey, don't say I never listen to constructive criticism.

Now, as I compare the two images side by side, I see they were right. This image is much softer, much nicer on the eyes, and would look beautiful as a paperback book on a shelf.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Never Satisfied! (Re-did The Swedish Fish cover)


I wasn't entirely satisfied with the Swedish Fish cover. Something about the balance, the resolution, the font choices... whatever it was... it just wasn't clicking in my mind. Every time I looked at it, I thought, it's almost something good. But it didn't have that little extra oomph needed to make it pop. So I tried some things, tweaked it, played with it a bit, and presto, poof, a much nicer cover!

Now We're Talking! (Advocatus Atheist: The Book)

I am going to have the E-book ready for a March 1st release. Stay tuned for updates on that and the eventual paperback release!


Friday, February 20, 2015

A New Book ... Already?!



I was browsing through the few years of blog posts here at The Advocatus Atheist and felt they dovetailed nicely in terms of tone and style. 

The subject matter is less about religious criticism and more about being self reflective. It reads somewhat as a memoir and something like a personal journal of my thoughts and opinions regarding a full range of topics. 

Naturally, I thought it would be fun to put the best of the best over the past 3 years into a book and publish it just for the hell of it. Here's the mock cover I whipped up. I kind of like it.

As for which essays and articles I chose to include, they are as follows:

  1. Preface
  2. Why Are Atheists So Angry? 
  3. Why I Ran Away from Christian Apologetics 
  4. Answering an Agnostic in Crisis 
  5. On Pro-Choice: Why It’s the Only Moral Choice 
  6. Belief Doth Compel Thee 
  7. Questions About God 
  8. On the Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, and Sam Harris Debate (Debacle) 
  9. To Whom It Offends 
  10. Ignosticism: A Short Recap (What do you mean by “God”?) 
  11. A Frightening Epidemic: America’s Obsession with Religion 
  12. Why Advocate (Promote) Atheism? 
  13. Authenticity: Reflections on Why I Lied to Myself 
  14. Why I changed My Mind About Marriage and Monogamy 
  15. Corporal Punishment is Wrong 
  16. Christian Spammer Girl 
  17. Happy Draw Muhammad Day! (May 20th) 
  18. Book Banning Gets My Goat 
  19. Jesus the Corn King 
  20. If You Don’t Have Faith: Then What Do You Believe In?


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