Archive for October, 2011
SLS Kenya – the writing seminar I was planning to attend in Nairobi and Lamu in December – has just informed me they are cancelling the program due to safety and security concerns in Kenya.
The news is quite a blow, since I’ve been reorganizing much of my life in order to make this trip. So…after serious consideration, I have decided to continue with the trip to Kenya on my own.
I am now in the process of figuring out transportation, accommodations, and other arrangements, and I will post details as they get finalized here and on my IndieGoGo site, where you can check my “Updates” section for more details. You can link to it here.
My plan now is to spend less time in Nairobi, no time in Lamu (where the danger seems to be greatest), more time in Kisumu, and most of the month at Kaimosi Mission, which is actually where I most want to be and where I will have more time for research and writing. I’m now working on arranging someplace to stay in both Nairobi and Kisumu, plus figuring out transportation out to Kaimosi Mission, which is all looking quite promising and I hope to have definite news on that front soon.
Stay tuned…and thanks to all who have expressed such strong support and understanding!
The big news today on my “Road to Busara Road” is that I’ve booked my airline tickets to Kenya! I’ve also booked my ticket from Nairobi to Kisumu after the SLS program. Haven’t yet figured out how I’m going to get from Kisumu out to Kaimosi Mission. Was thinking of renting a car, but my agent at the Mennonite Travel Service gently guided me away from making that drive alone, especially late in the day (“The roads are pretty interesting out there,” he said).
Today I leave for another writing sojourn at Pendle Hill, trying to get some kind of a draft written all the way to the end of the novel before I leave for Kenya. The weather forecast is for clear, sunny, and warm days ahead. Perfect fall weather to enjoy Pendle Hill’s beautiful campus – too bad I’ll be in my room with the shades drawn!
And finally, on the computer front – just to wrap up this lousy story line – I’ve decided, after a third failed attempt at salvaging something from the hard drive and a third costly estimate on a “clean room” recovery, that I’m going to just give up and reconstruct what files I can from old flash and Zip drives, plus old printouts. I do want to give a shout-out to Computer Troubleshooters here in Philadelphia. They put considerable time and effort into working on my computer, and then they didn’t charge me a cent because ultimately they weren’t able to recover my data. So I’ve given them the old machine, which they’ll fix up with a new drive and donate to a nearby zoo – a somewhat happy ending to this sad techno-saga.
Now it’s onward with the work ahead. As ever, thanks to all who have been such wonderful support!