As you may know, my new non-fiction publication The Swedish Fish, Deflating the Scuba Diver and Working the Rabbit's Foot is out now!
From the publishers description:
Ever wonder if there was compelling proof for the existence of God? If so, what would it look like and how would it be presented? Do you believe Christianity is true or do you take the skeptical view that all religions are man-made? What does human consciousness have to do with God? What's the difference between agnosticism and atheism? How does culture and how we are raised impact our religious and spiritual beliefs?
Skeptic and best selling author Tristan Vick covers a full range of subjects, from philosophy to psychology to sociology, history, and science as he consider's the the arguments for the existence of God, belief in the historical Jesus, and whether or not things like the soul, and heaven and hell exist. Then one by one he systematically deconstructs the arguments as presented by Christian apologist Randal Rauser and presents a more skeptical view.
Although Mr. Vick doesn't have a theology degree, as The Great Agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll once said, even the layman can know just as much about God as any theologian. This may certainly be the case with Tristan Vick and his detailed, well researched, rebuttal to Christian apologist Randal Rauser.
Tristan Vick (a Christian turned atheist) takes on Rauser's popular brand of Evangelical Christianity and offers a worthy critique from a different school of thought. But this book comes with a warning to those that buy into Randal's form of contemporary Christianity: reading this book might just be hazardous to your faith.
Meanwhile, I just finished formatting a new book that collects some of my personal favorite essays that I wrote for my philosophy and religion blog The Advocatus Atheist in a book by the same name. The E-book should be ready for a March 1st release and then shortly followed by a paperback version later in the month. Here is the preview of the cover.
Admittedly, I'm rather bad at keeping a schedule. I simply have too much to do. Which is why, I suppose, it's vitally necessary that I do keep a schedule!
I keep a little desk calendar, one I can set next to my computer as I write. It has all the deadlines marked on it, what dates I set for minor goals, and other important stuff like my daughter's school play or when I have to have certain bills paid.
Without it I'd literally be running on "Indian Time".
Another thing that is important is that you should have a daily schedule you try to stick to. Not every day will be the same as the next, there are unforeseen events and detours, but as a rule of thumb it helps to find a steady rhythm.
A better reason to keep a daily schedule is to force yourself to keep writing. Some days it is just hard to find the time, so you have to make the time.
As for me personally I tend to sacrifice my sleeping hours for relaxation and writing time. My daily schedule is pretty wild actually. Here's a typical break down.
5:30 am alarm goes off.
5:45 am second alarm goes off. I get up and take a shower.
6:00 am Get dressed, make a cup of tea. Check the news, weather, etc. Iron any shirts or clothes that need ironing.
6:15 am Get dressed.
6: 20 am Gather my school things (teaching supplies, materials, games, etc). Check emails on phone for any important messages I might need to read before leaving the house.
6:30 am Leave for work. The commute is just over an hour by car.
7:45 am Stop off at Seven Eleven for a bite to eat and a coffee booster. (I usually just eat a salad and maybe an onigiri -- Japanese rice-ball wrapped in dried seaweed.)
8:10 am Arrive at school.
8:45 am Classes begin.
Then work, work, work.
12:30 pm Lunch with my students.
Then work, work, work.
4:00 pm Finish work. (I get to leave early because, well, I have to drive all the way back into town). Drive home.
5:00 pm Pick up daughter from piano, ballet, swimming, abacus, etc.
5:15 pm Arrive home. Get dinner ready (unless wife has already done so). Get bath ready. Play with kids.
5:30 pm Eat dinner.
6:00 pm Wash dishes.
6:30 pm Give kids bath. (They're still young, so we take baths together -- it's our fun time!)
7:15 pm Get ready for bed. Brush teeth. Put on body lotion, take medicine, etc. Wife puts baby to bed.
7:30 pm Television time / or reading time (for Dad -- although daughter often helps watch).
8:30 pm Get daughter in bed.
9:00 pm Get yelled at by wife for letting daughter stay up and watch TV with Dad.
9:30 pm Read daughter a story. Finally get daughter to sleep. Watch more TV or read more.
10:00 pm Write some.
11:00 pm Decide whether to stop writing or keep going.
12:00 am Tell yourself you're going to bed but keep writing anyway.
1:00 am Finally, go to sleep.
3:00 am Wake up to pee. Go back to sleep.
5:30 am (Next Day) Wake up, rinse, and repeat.
So there you have it, my insane daily schedule. One which I've been on for about 4 years now.
People ask me how I get so much writing done with a family and all the books or shows I go through.
Some days I choose to go to be early, around 10 or 11 pm, but other times not. If I have a deadline, or a lot of editing to do, I will usually stay awake.
But if you want to write and remain productive, and not fall behind, then I strongly urge you to work out a schedule that works for you. With that said, good luck, and keep writing!
My latest non-fiction book The Swedish Fish, Deflating the Scuba Diver and Working the Rabbit's Foot is a response to Christian apologist Randal Rauser and his book The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails.
I was especially honored to have my book edited by the NT historian (and theologian) Robert M. Price!
Check it out!
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By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.