Category Archives: Writing: What Not to Do

All About Being Hacked, Cont.

So the fun just went on, and it didn’t stop here. >:[ This WP blog wasn’t the ONLY thing that was hacked. Yahoo mail and Facebook were hacked too, and I’m not exactly sure what else. (looks at long, long, long list of sites I have a password for.) These should all be changed. ICK.

There are some morals to this story, almost all of which came from advice given by a very good computer tech I know at Portland Computerworks (hi, Joseph!)

  • Do NOT use the same password (or almost the same password) for everything. Yes, you have a lot of company if you do this– it’s what most people do– but it’s a terrible idea.

    If this happens to you, change as many passwords as possible. I’m not going to change every single ONE, such as the cute cat group, but I’m going to change as many as I can. (Amazon and Gmail, for instance.)

    If your domain is hosted by Dreamhost, send an email to them, and they will help you.

    Do not panic.

    Avoid running around in circles and screaming incoherently.

    Try this site: All you have to do is remember one password (theirs), and they then keep track of passwords on all your other accounts. (Or almost all– I don’t think that sites like Bank of America are good for this.)

    Oh, while we’re on the subject– change your online banking password. If you don’t remember your pin number because you never use it, do not get upset over how long you have to wait in the lobby in order to change this. Bring something to read, or you’ll be stuck with back editions of the Tigard Penny Saver.

  • So far, it looks like the problem is under control. 🙂 (Finds a lot of wood to knock on.) There will be much more actual content here soon!

    Top 10 Reasons Why ANTM 19 Is A Massive Writing Fail: Reason 2

    Feed Me!!!

    Last night’s episode was really a grab bag of problems, so many that it’s hard to even put them in order. They do relate to each other, and we’ll see why in the next post.

    Where to start…

    Continue reading Top 10 Reasons Why ANTM 19 Is A Massive Writing Fail: Reason 2

    Slouching Past Depravity: Season 4 of Jersey Shore, Part 1

    Doing Their Bit to Make America Dumber, One Season At a Time
    Doing Their Bit to Make America Dumber, One Season At a Time

    And now it’s time for yet another round of “Just How Far Has Our IQ Dropped From Watching Reality TV?” Yay! Is everybody ready? Do you have your wetsuit and chemical goggles on? Then let’s go.
    Continue reading Slouching Past Depravity: Season 4 of Jersey Shore, Part 1

    The Portland Mercury Article is UP!!

    Read this paper! 🙂

    There are times when justice prevails, and when the sheer goodness of humanity shines through. One of those beautiful moments occurred when someone was giving out free chocolate at the Tuesday night writers’ meetup, of course. But another one came today, and it was sweet, sweet victory. The Portland Mercury published the article about our writers’ group.

    There’s something about these glowing moments of honesty and righteousness that makes us proud to be human– it’s very similar to when you save a baby sparrow, or work in a soup kitchen, or find the perfect death-by-chocolate recipe. (Hint: I have it.;) And that’s how we all felt today. So rejoice with me now by reading Ben Coleman’s fabulous, wonderful, amazing article about our group!!!

    And Justice TRIUMPHS Over the Very Un-nice Powers of Evil!!

    Truth, Justice, and the American Way– Enlist the Media On Your Side!

    HA! YAY to the ultimate power! (That’s now my new phrase. It is officially a thing. Others can feel free to use it:)

    Ben Coleman from the Portland Mercury just sent me an advance copy of the upcoming article about our writers’ group! Our fics were analyzed! Fair things were said! The guilty were punished; the innocent rewarded! IN YOUR FACE, Laurie Notaro and the nasty mean old Willamette Weekly!!!

    (runs around throwing confetti and screeching incoherently)

    (trips over something, falls, scares cat)

    Anyway. 🙂 I’ll post a link to the article once it’s up.

    A Nasty Article Was Written About Our Writers’ Group!!!

    Dishonest fraud.

    So…

    Wow. Let’s see if I can explain what happened here.

    I run a writers’ group in Portland. Last week, a woman came to a meeting who represented herself as a writer looking for feedback and critique. But she did not tell us the truth about her real motives. She joined our meetup group with a fake name and a fake background, and she pretended to be an unpublished author (that’s where the legal definitions of “dishonest” and “fraud” come in, you see.) She had been recruited as a reporter for the Willamette Weekly. An article came out this week that presented us as freaks and our work as… well, it’s all in the article (and yes, fanfic was involved. This isn’t the first nasty article that paper has written about NC-17 fanfics, either.) I’m trying to get the word out so that other writers’ groups know what happened. For all we know, this is a new trend, and we’ll be seeing more of it.

    Here’s a link to the article by Laurie Notaro:
    Mean and Unkind

    However, there’s ONE good thing about it (I guess)… the FIRST sentence is:

    I have read Harry Potter erotica. Sometimes, life is like that. One moment, you’re getting ready to read what you think will be a fun short story about a magic girl and boy, and in the next, Ginny and Draco are getting it on during a study session. Three days later, you’re sitting at a small table in a cafeteria surrounded by strangers and it’s your turn to say something about it to the person who wrote it.

    (I’m the “person who wrote it”, you see.)

    So, um… D/G smut is being promoted, anyway! (Again, I guess.)
    I’ll post my letter to the editor tomorrow.