Monday, January 01, 2007
  Bragging Rights
I've just received checks in the mail for a poem I had published in Star*Line (available now at and for a political blog I post on occassionally ( (My column on Eid and Consumerism that was published last year is up there now for those who haven't had a chance to read it.)

Which gives me bragging rights as a paid poet and a paid blogger. I've had lots of poetry published here and there, and have won several contests that had decent prizes, but this is the first paid publication of a poem. Similarly with blogging... I blog here and have contributed to other blogs once in a while, but this is the first time I've been paid for my blogging.

Of course, the two checks put together would probably buy my husband and me dinner at a moderately nice restaurant... there's a reason we're called starving artists...

Ah well, still a nice way to start the year, with hopes of more and better in 2007!

Happy New Year to All! May all your dreams come true!
Congratulations!! Join the line of underpaid artists in the family. Sometimes I got so little that I was not sure my expenses were covered, especially after I became addicted to coffee mochas.

another note: I think you have to be smart to read the letters that make up the word verification. Maybe my brain just does not work visually the way other people's do. Where have I heard that before!
Hi Mom! Those letters are awful. I usually have to try two or three times when I want to leave comments because I can't read them, all distorted as they are. That's why I didn't turn on that function at first. Odd scam comments for wierd religious groups, medicines to give you incredible erections, and links to porns sites have made it necessary to get people to take a bit of effort to post a comment.

Yes, well, a significant portion of my earnings went to buy a set of small teaspoons (the little demitasse teaspoons that I so like). All my other ones had gotten chewed up in the garbage disposal or bent by kids trying to use them to pry something open...
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What I'm reading now

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

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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.

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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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