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July 27th, 2014

The Return of a Legend in Her Own Mind

Maybe you didn’t notice, but I’ve been MIA here at FOSS Force for some time – since the first part of April to be exact. During that time I’ve basically been missing as a writer and editor and other than a couple of much appreciated articles by Ken Starks, FOSS Force has been a silent site.

Without going into too much detail, it started when I fell ill.

Nothing serious, but it zapped me of my energy. I was still able to perform my duties at my “day job” at a local university library, but left me without the energy needed to write and edit the site.

During this period, FOSS Force lost a couple of good volunteer writers who’d written articles for us but which I was unable to edit. Eventually they grew tired of waiting for me to reply to their emails and quit our site. For that, I am most sincerely sorry.

By late June I had recovered enough that I was making plans for a reboot of FOSS Force, with the idea of getting things rolling again on July 7, the first Monday in the month. Unfortunately, on July 4, I was the passenger in a car that was involved in a pretty nasty accident, which resulted in my taking only the second ambulance in my life.

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The infamous accident. I was sitting in the front passenger seat, in other words, just in front of the major impact.

Luckily, my friend who was driving wasn’t injured at all, nor was the other driver. It turned out that I suffered no serious injuries either, just some ribs that were bruised badly enough to make sleep difficult for a number of weeks. Other than that, I seem none the worse for wear.

So now I’m back. Due to some scheduling problems at the library, I won’t be able to do as much as I would like for the next couple of weeks, but after August 18th, I should be back running at full tilt boogie (for you NASA nerds – that’s 104%).

Anyway, it’s good to be back in the saddle, or in the drivers seat – or wherever in heck I’m supposed to be when working on FOSS Force.

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Christine Hall has been a journalist since 1971. In 2001, she began writing a weekly consumer computer column and started covering Linux and FOSS in 2002 after making the switch to GNU/Linux. Follow her on Twitter: @BrideOfLinux

7 comments to The Return of a Legend in Her Own Mind

  • Uncle Ed

    Glad you weren’t injured severely and certainly glad you’re back. I did the bruised ribs thing and didn’t get a bit of comfort from the physician’s telling me that it didn’t matter whether they were broken (as long as they weren’t going to puncture my innards) or just bruised, as there wasn’t anything they could do about them. Hope you and the pain part company soon and you don’t get a cold and have to sneeze or cough.

  • Abdel

    Welcome back.

  • Hello Christine. Sorry to hear that you have been ill, let alone a car crash afterwards. But it is nice to have you back.
    Kind Regards

  • Andy Cater

    Great to see you back

  • Andrew

    Holy smokes! I’m glad you’re ok, and welcome back!

  • Hi Christine,

    amenditman over at Scot’s Newsletter forums mentioned your blog in a topic about Ken Starks’ Reglue project where he mentioned one of his postings here.

    So happy to hear you are feeling so much better. Life sure has a way of wearing us out sometimes, eh? Talk about a one, two punch.

    Certainly nice to see you back!


  • Ricardo J. Barberis

    Welcome back Christine, we missed you!

    I’m sorry to hear about your illness and accident, and glad you’re OK now.