As yet another Ian who writes and is an atheist, I'll add my unsuperstitious good luck wishes to those already offered. And what is the worst butchering anyone has managed of our name? I gave someone my address in Tennessee and got back a letter addressed to "E.N." Some people deserve to believe in God.
Cheers, Ian in SC
Objectivism is not for "idealogues" or those given over to a non- reasoned aproach to existence. You need reason and metaphysics and you can't be a second hander slucing along behind someone elses ski threads (idea of a life) if you would apply Objectivism to your own life or if you intend to live an authentic life.
Most readers of Ayn Rand seem to read more for entertainment than for ideas. It's like saying " well I'm so cool now that I know what a stolen concept is! Now I can go back to my soap opera." Once her Ideas sink in though- now your seeing beyond that pile of societal dibris. How many ever get there?