My name is Nicole, and I live in the Bible Belt (specifically Indiana).
I am an author (and have a day job that also keeps me busy).
I first considered myself an atheist way back when I was 13, when I read the companion book to the Joseph Campbell PBS series The Power of Myth and realized that my "religion" had a fair bit in common with ancient classical "myths". At that time, I fell into a deep depression, considering life totally meaningless.
Since then I have ping-ponged back and forth between belief and disbelief. Finally, in my late 30s, I have come to realize that I can have a happy, fulfilling life without superstition. I am in the process of leaving a church, which has been a bit painful. I am not brave enough to fess up to them that I don't, at this point, believe in God. I'm a little too neurotic for that right now.
But I am in desperate need of community with like-minded people. I'm interested in hanging out and learning something from everyone here.