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A place for all of us godless writers to discuss writing, language, and literature. Feel free to post your poetry, short stories, or anything else you'd like to share with the community.

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Started by Shine. Last reply by James Cox May 21. 58 Replies

Anyone dabble in poetry? Although I began writing a bit of verse last spring, I have rarely worked up the nerve to show the results to anyone. I guess I am wondering if anyone would be interested in…Continue

My new novel, POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

Started by Don. Last reply by Susan K. Perry Mar 21. 6 Replies

I am very pleased to announce that my new novel, a young adult fantasy set in a future America in the oppressive grip of Christian fundamentalists (who are the story's villains), will be brought out…Continue

my first, somewhat "spontaneous" output (but with added thought)

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Pope Beanie Mar 14. 5 Replies

Big Pictures of Small OnesThere's that bad boy persona/attraction; he's just being himself, embedded in a ginormous crystal with flaws and visible but blurry histories.Mindfulness and mindfullness…Continue

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Do Writers Write? Not As Much As Most People Think.

Started by Don. Last reply by a spears Aug 13, 2012. 9 Replies

Most people who don't write themselves or who don't know any full-time writers imagine that when writers spend five or six (or eight or ten) hours in their attics or garages or studies every day they…Continue

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Comment by Timothy Docster on March 28, 2011 at 10:37pm
Hi, I don't know if anyone remembers me but I started this group a couple years ago before being booted off by my religious parents. Just wanted to say I'm back:)
Comment by Ken Hughes on March 18, 2011 at 9:50pm
G'Day Don,  Thank you and it is part of my living will.  I told my true-believer bride for soon to be 45-years that if my wishes for a non-theistic wake or whatever are not honored and I'm being sent away with a standard bible belt ceremony, and there's a minister speaking over my atheist carcass they will think it's the second coming, as if there was ever a first, because I'll get up and walk the hell out of there.
Comment by Don on March 18, 2011 at 8:45pm
Thanks, Ken--a poignant sentiment, no question.  There is an appealing simplicity and grandeur, too, in a burial at sea.
Comment by Ken Hughes on March 18, 2011 at 10:49am

Been writing both prose and poetry for a long time, and one day in my career in Physical Oceanography, sitting on a research vessel's deck in the high northern Atlantic SSW of Iceland, as I normally do I slipped into a pensive mood.  As a non-participant in any religion I got to thinking about the elaborate religious-themed funerals I had been forced to endure over my past then 37-years.  I had been watching those very cold waves and rollers and thinking of the Battle of the Atlantic and the great many Merchant Marine and other sailors lost on those waters and as happened many times the first line of a poem zipped through my mind and quickly wrote it down to finish it later in my stateroom, ergo;

 

My Final Passage

 

I want to go to the ocean,

I need to go to the sea.

I want to be around water,

I need water to be around me.

 

For my last passage across the bar,

Make not my grave a landlubber’s chore.

Slip me across the starboard fore-quarter,

Find me a place far, far from shore.

 

Allow not a single parson to speak,

Nor a choir to sing sad songs over me.

Remember me as I once was

Make my monument the eternal sea.

 

In the sea I can rest,

Be it calm or storm-tossed.

In the sea I can rest,

In the sea I’ll never be lost.

 

No flowers bloom on a mariner’s tomb

Down in the deep blue sea.

When I’m laid to rest down among the rest,

Fret ye not about flowers for me.

 

When fog rolls in and foghorns keen,

May there be one keening for me.

My spirit will forever seek another passage

In my eternal voyage from sea to sea.

 

Ken Hughes

North Atlantic, 1982

Comment by Eddie Miles III on December 20, 2010 at 2:26am

@ George Sterpka

 

I thought of doing a spoof of the Bible. I thought it would be great to rewrite it as a comedy and with each character being represented by current celebrities. Unfortunately, I was too short on time to work on it and eventually, I lost my notes and forgot about it. The moral of this story is that if there's any book worthy of a spoof, it's the bible...

 

-Eddie Miles

www.theeverydayskeptic.com

Comment by Don on December 18, 2010 at 3:42pm

As a loyal member here and as an atheist writer of fiction, I hope you will forgive my suggestion that holiday gift-givers consider one of my mystery/suspense novels as a treat for anyone who likes to read.  Hector Bellevance, the sleuth-hero in my series, is a staunch atheist himself, although he doesn't make anything of it, really, in the stories.

 

The most recent novel (of three) in the series, THE ERRAND BOY, came out last fall:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Errand-Boy-Novel-Don-Bredes/dp/0307237435

 

 

Comment by Jonel Burge on December 17, 2010 at 11:48am
Hey!
This is actually the main reason I joined Think Atheist...I have friends who are writers, most of them are Christian or not-so-active creatively. I am hoping to find some people that I can basically converse with--bounce ideas off of, etc, I perform this exact function for a few different people and will do likewise, I swear I'm crazy creative and I'm online all the time on AIM(which is posted on my profile), and for some examples of my writing style I shall point thee hence:
http://ixchel-boronaq.deviantart.com/
Comment by George Sterpka on December 17, 2010 at 6:24am

OK, here goes.
I had been working on writing a spoof on the Bible, and read a book on writing that recommended trying different formats. I decided to try a personal letter.
This is rather short and not as risqué as some of my other material.
I also have a letter from Cain, answering his father.

Email Letter to Cain from his father Adam.

Dear Cain,

How are you?
It’s been so long since we saw you.
Your mother and I are doing well.
We would like you to know that you have seven new brothers and I think as many sisters, though the ones that left home had us swear not to reveal their address, and under the circumstances, I think you understand.
Don’t ask me their names either. You’ll have to ask your mother since she named them. Besides, I don’t have time to remember names. I am too busy working in the fields to provide food for all these mouths.

Have you heard from God?
We have not received one word since we were expelled from Eden, so I guess he is still pissed. He must hold a grudge forever.
Haven’t seen the talking snake either.

Of course your mother and I have forgiven you for killing your brother Abel. Who knew killing was wrong and that he would eventually smell so bad? Your mother came up with a word for Abel’s condition. He’s officially “dead“.

God never said anything about such things, so how was anyone to know?
We certainly wouldn’t judge you. Abel was such a kiss ass anyway, and your new brothers and sisters were so easy and fun to make. I am sure your mother and I will make more, just as soon as her headache goes away.

I have considered making babies on your sisters, especially the older ones. I will have to move fast though since several of their brothers seem interested too.

I suspect that some of the younger ones may not be mine, but I can’t prove anything.  Of course your mother and brothers deny it. Not that I would hold it against her. Actually, I held it against her so many times, I had to add several bedrooms to the house. LOL.

I also had to knock out a wall in the kitchen, since there wasn’t enough room for  all of us to sit down to a meal.

Are you living alone, or have you found someone?

I suppose that is a silly question. I can’t imagine who or what your might have found, since as far as I know your mother and I were the only ones of our species. Well, until you and your bother came along, which was a real surprise.

Maybe god has provided for you?
I hope you find some one or something as pretty as your mother. Hopefully she at least walks on two legs. LOL

I personally haven’t had any luck with the four legged creatures yet. Not for lack of trying, but I have gotten older and they run too fast. Let me know if you have and if you think it worth the effort. Please be specific as to which ones to try.

Well, now that we have the internet, please don’t be a stranger. Let us know how you are doing.

Your mother and I both send our love, and if you are ever back this way, please let us know a day or two in advance, so we can hide your siblings.

Best wishes, Your Loving Father (That I am at least sure of, LOL)
Adam (The Very First)

P.S. If you hear from God get his email address.
I have a few things that I would like to say to him.

Comment by George Sterpka on December 17, 2010 at 6:00am

I guess I am just as shy as the rest. I have a suggestion.
What if we post our writing to another site: I have my own web pages and can hide them.
Describe the writing briefly, then leave a link here for people to download the story?
I am writing a spoof on the Bible, not a small undertaking, and some of it is rather suggestive, so I hesitate to publish, for fear of being banned.
It's not what I would call pornographic, but very descriptive.

Comment by Phenom Won on November 8, 2010 at 12:50pm
i relate,
church to business.
depending how deep your pockets are,
you receive the forgiveness.
there i said it, and let it, stay embedded in your mind and i don't regret it.
a myriad of wars are based on religion,
because prayer to god gave them permission
pillage a village,
murder the men,
take their virgins, and molest their children
meanwhile pay them tithe
so every corner will have their erected buildings.
scare you with fallacy
pastor says the scientists are wrong,
but visits his doctor for signs of a malady.
religion a folly that's expensive, but yet they don't get taxed
honestly what kind of bullshit is that?!!!!!!
 

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