An Update on the High School Atheist Book!

Since some of you have been asking, the book is about halfway done! (Which is good since I have a month left before school starts back up again…)

I think I have all the research I need for the rest of it. A few friends have read the different chapters so far, so I’m getting useful feedback from different places. I have a title. I love the title. I’m not telling you the title.

Random note: I have no idea how other bloggers write books. I’ve found it virtually impossible to write during the day because there are too many distractions and other emails to address. I could leave my house, but then I’d have to put on pants. I could disconnect from the Internet, but I need to get online to do research and look things up, so that’s not really an option. I suppose I could find the willpower to just disconnect from Gmail… but we all know that’s not happening.

So I’ve been writing most of this book late at night when everybody else seems to be sleeping. Fewer distractions. Lots of time to concentrate. I’m better able to focus. And then I just pass out when the sun comes up. (Ah, the joys of being a teacher on break.)

But seriously. I don’t know how other people do it. Especially when they have real jobs and kids and lives.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K22PAXIQWBRJ7F4SMPYFHRFJUY Doug Philips

    That’s how I wrote when I was younger (probably your age), single, and kid-free. All-nighters galore. Now that I’m old, kid-laden, and … um … old, I have to write early in the morning.

    Can’t wait to read the book! I’m sure it will be a great resource for my kids when they hit High School far sooner than I want them to.

  • Gregory Lynn

    One word at a time. That’s really all it is.

  • GodlessPoutine

    I could leave my house, but then I’d have to put on pants. 
    Thanks for that mental image, Hemant.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      You love it.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I don’t know how people blog when they have jobs and kids and lives.  Although, maybe if I spent less time commenting on blogs and more on actually writing a 2nd blog post…

    • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1186107134 MarkyD

       This is the real question. I’ve tried a couple times to start my own blog, and each time I gave up after a few days. I simply had no time for it! Seems to me someone has discovered the secret to time travel, and has yet to share it with the rest of us.

  • James

    Hemant, you know that you’ll get at least a couple death threats for trying to corrupt the youth, right? Wouldn’t that be ironic if someone poisoned you with hemlock? I guess it’s all that pants-less working that’s got you thinking so radically…

  • highschoolatheist

    I’m really looking forward to your book!  It’s a great idea.  Will share with my non-religious friends at the Christian high school I go to.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Thanks! :)


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