Friday, December 29, 2006
  When it rains it pours...
Nothing like a hard drive going south to mess up your life... Yup, Sunday night my hard drive just quit working. Don't as me why; I was just working on my computer as usual and off it went.

Of course, we were leaving for Muslim Family Camp the next morning, so we ended up taking it a Best Buy halfway between home and camp in the hopes that they would be able to locate a missing driver and reload it and voila my work would be back. And my computer would be functional for the camp where I am in charge of the newletter, and supposed to use my computer to facilitate that.

Of course, that wasn't the case. The hard drive was toast. So the geek squad in Dayton put in a new one, and set it up for me using the recovery disks that I just happened to think to bring along. (Score one for me!)

But... now, several days later, I have a new hard drive, most of my software is reinstalled, except for the serial numbers, and passwords that are sitting at home in the Toshiba box. (erase that point...) I, of course, am not at home, and so will have to wait several days to get my computer back up and running at full speed. It wouldn't be a big problem except that one of the programs I can't use right now is my Office program - the very program that I need to use at camp.

The other problem is that after our move to Cincinnati, I haven't kept up my usual routine of backing up every night. The last back up was a good three weeks earlier. Ugh. Most of the lost work can be emailed back to me, but some of it is gone for good. :( Of course, the most important stuff is the stuff that had not been emailed to anyone. Of course.

Sigh. So now I have to start all over from the beginning of the editing job I was working on. Not good. It's hard enough to concentrate the first time around, the second time around is going to require a lot of methodical plodding if I don't want to miss a bunch of typos or comma errors that my eyes like to slide over.
Why don't you just let word edit the misspellings?
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Progressive Muslim, feminist, mom, writer, mystic, lover of the universe and Doug Schmidt, cellist, theologian and imam.

What I'm reading now

Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

To see an archive of all the books I've read (well the ones I've read and review since I started the blog) with comments, please click here

Causes Worth Supporting

This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

Blogs Worth Reading

Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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