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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

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Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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You cannot quote quotes on kboards, otherwise I would have quoted it so you were reminded directly that Anarchist quoted Sarah talking about a relationship with another woman. Erasing women loving women relationships is what my British millennial colleagues would find Jurassic with the term heteronormative thrown around at lot.

But was Sarah's post in the context of a romantic female/female relationship? I thought not, but maybe I missed something.

This all seems to be a bit of a thread derailment to me, though, so I'll stop with this line of discussion.

See, and I read it as a man saying that's how women are with respect to dating.

In which case the joke becomes, "Women, amirite? Always leading guys on to get money/goods/services out of us." Which isn't really less sexist, because it still portrays dating in the light of a competition whereby one person (or both) is manipulating/deceiving the other for personal gain, regardless of that behavior's effect on the other person. Which is--typically, though by no means universally--a male way of looking at it.

I should clarify, in case it wasn't clear from my earlier post, that I think this behavior is wrong no matter who the people involved are or what their point of difference is (gender, ethnicity, nationality, income, veteran status, sexual preference, etc.--most especially because it seems to usually be something that people on at least one side feel strongly about). But this discussion has mostly been focused on it from a male-female angle, which I think makes sense, as that was what the original example given was about. But yes, deceiving people for your own gain is wrong regardless of who you are or who the other person is.

which Puddleduck then rewrites as a man manipulating a woman.

Because it was extremely obvious from context that the guy who posted it and the guy who thought it was funny were seeing it that way.

I'm a millennial, BTW. So saying, as a non-millennial, that you think millennials would disapprove of my comment isn't going to hold much water with me. Your implication that the younger a generation is, the more accurate their opinions on inter-personal issues are, also doesn't get far with me, though I suspect that's an entirely different discussion. But it is funny to me how often I see baby boomers say that millennials they know would agree with them (speaking for us, thanks) as a way of trying to legitimize their opinions. And also, of course, the prevailing attitude that all people born within certain years hold the same opinions, which is a whole other type of insulting.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do I need to use a pseudonym for different genres?
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:51:20 AM »
For all the reasons you gave in your first post, Gregg, I've decided not to use different pen names for different genres. I don't want to deal with the hassle, I want the freedom to write in whatever genre I want without feeling like doing so would require the bother of creating a whole new pen name, and I plan to make sure the cover conveys the genre clearly. I haven't put it completely off the table forever, but it would only be if, say, I wanted to start writing straight erotica, or if I wanted to try an experiment with a new series that was written to market, or something more extreme like that. I think readers are still used to different pen names for different genres because of tradpub tradition, but I think that as indies like us choose not to do that (because no publisher is forcing us to in order to protect the publisher's brand), readers will get used to relying more on the actual book cover/description/categories to know what the genre is and won't feel like they can necessarily use the author name itself as a way of knowing exactly what the book will contain.

Nothing wrong with different pen names for different genres if that's what an author wants to do, but I don't think any of us should feel like we have to if we don't want to. Even DWS, who seems to have been for different pen names a few years ago, now appears to be in favor of a single pen name. I think single pen name authors with multiple genres will become more and more common as time goes on, and readers will adapt.

I feel like the fact that men apparently think it's funny/true/appropriate that "dating = a man pretending to care about a woman to get sex from her" kiiiiind of underlines the entire problem at the core of this discussion.

I'm kinda surprised this thread is still open, but since it is, I may as well weigh in. Frankly, at this point, I think anyone who's still arguing that this behavior is totally fine is never going to change his mind and is only doing that justification thing that we humans are very good at when we know we're doing something wrong but want to continue to pretend it's not because there's some benefit to us.

So many posts I want to quote, but the thread's long and that would take too much time. But I agree 100% with the person that pointed out how a man impersonating a woman is totally not the same thing as a woman impersonating a man because of the society we live in and the long, long history of men using women for their own personal gain.

I also agree with those who say that "it makes someone feel bad, so that makes it wrong" isn't a good argument. Maybe it's because I have personal experience with a male family member who very easily will take offense to something I do or say, if I don't pay him enough attention, if I don't do something he's asked me to do, if I don't sit and let him babble at me for hours when there's stuff I need to get done. He feels disrespected. It's a very intense, personal kind of hurt, based on past childhood hurt that he's never dealt with. But his intensely hurt reaction (to me either doing nothing at all wrong or inadvertently doing something only mildly rude) causes him to get so angry that it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable, hurt, and even scared. And if feelings are a true measure of right and wrong, who's right? Him for his intense hurt feelings at what I've done, or me for my intense hurt feelings for the way he's reacting to what he thinks I've done? Feelings are not the measure of truth.

So even though I think everyone should know what we mean when we say someone's acting creepy, I'll try to avoid a feelings-based argument here, especially since when an argument comes down, more or less, to men vs. women, men have a strong tendency to dismiss any feelings-based argument a woman makes. Even if a lot of women are saying the same thing. (There's also the confusion caused by our use of "feeling" to mean both "emotion" and "intuition". I think the latter can inform us of truth much more accurately than the former, but because they get conflated, both tend to get dismissed.)

Let me try to whittle down my many thoughts and reactions about this thread to my main points...

1. To me, this isn't about how sexual or intimate the discussion between the catfishing author and his readers are. Asking for intimate details makes it worse, yes, but that doesn't mean everything's fine if everything stays platonic. It also isn't about a male pretending to be a female (though as others have pointed out, a member of a more privileged group pretending to be a member of the less privileged group makes it worse, for reasons that an older white male who's shown so little interest in other people's feelings is unable to ever grasp). This is about lying. Plain and simple.

2. Pen names, in my opinion, should be used for one of three things. First, to maintain anonymity, in which case the author should carry that anonymity through in all interactions with fans, which means keeping a distance where you just choose not to talk about personal things. Withholding information about yourself is totally fine. Making up information that isn't true is lying. Second, to differentiate your brands, while being open about what all your various pen names are and pointing them all back to you. This, again, does not involve any lying about yourself. Third, to clarify (not hide) your identity before the world. That's how I use my pen name. There are enough people with my real name that I'd actually be more anonymous posting online with my real first and last name than I would with my pen name. I created my pen name to be more unique than my real name, as unique as I could, so that someone who searched for it would get me and only me. And I show my real picture, everything I say about myself is true, and I portray my real personality in any online postings. So in summary, none of the three legitimate reasons for using a pen name involve lying about who or what you are.

3. Creating a pen name is not creating a fictional character--or at least, that's not how readers think of it. They're about giving yourself a new/different/additional name to go by, not about pretending to be someone you're not. When a reader reads fiction, they know it's fiction, and they know the character they're reading about is not real. When they talk to someone online, unless it's an obvious spoof twitter account or something like that (by which I mean something like @KyloR3n), they are interacting as if that person is real and is who they are purporting themself to be. Reading fiction involves an understanding between the reader and author that the author will tell the story as if it's true, but the reader knows it's not, so that the author doesn't constantly have to insert disclaimers about how this all just hypothetical. There is no such understanding/agreement when an author is interacting with readers regarding the author's own identity.

4. Catfishing isn't just about deception or taking advantage (though it is about those things). If a reader writes a fan e-mail to an author, and that author turns around and sells the reader's email address to spammers, that's a betrayal and taking advantage of someone for your own personal gain. What is being talked about here is those things, but it's also making a fool of people. Because when you get people to interact with you in way that you know they wouldn't if you knew who/what you were, you're tricking them into behaving in a way they would not otherwise. You're taking away their ability to make an informed choice about their own choices (their behavior). You're making a fool of them, and that's a lot of what causes the outrage when you're found out. It's not just that you've deceived them. It's that through your deception, you've caused them to act out of character. Our character, our identity, our choices--these are very deep, personal things. They're a huge part of who we are as individuals. When you manipulate that for your own personal gain (whatever 'gain' may be, whether monetary, amusement, etc.), you're striking at the very heart of what we value about ourselves.

5. What bobfrost is describing--I can't help picturing it in reality every time he talks about it. I imagine him, some older dude, dressing up as a woman and going into some women's only group. Joining it. Pretending to be one of them. Talking to them as if he's one of them. But he's not one of them. He's a dude with a wig and a dress and make-up. And the women aren't like, "Oh, that's Bob. He likes to dress as a woman. Isn't that eccentric?" They're not, "Oh, that's Barb. She's biologically male, but identifies as female, so we accept her as one of us." They're not even like, "Oh, that's Bob. We're not sure why he's dressed like that, but he's here for marketing purposes. We're not totally comfortable with that, but he's not a bother, so we let him stay." Any of those things would be perfectly fine because the woman have given informed consent. What bobfrost is doing is exactly the same thing as dressing in drag and pretending to be one of the girls, but since it's the internet, this isn't as blatantly obvious as it would be in real life, so he gets away with the deception. And if you can picture it in real life and still not see why most people would have a strong negative reaction to a man doing that, then I kind of question how you even function in a civilized society.

6. What is legal and what is morally/ethically right is not the same thing. There are a great many things that are one but not the other. Strictly using "It's not illegal, so I can get away with it" as your basis for behavior tells me that you have no actual moral compass of your own, since you're relying on what the government says it will punish you for to determine how you act.

7. "I don't feel like I'm being creepy." "I don't feel like I'm exploiting anyone." Well, duh. If you did feel that way, you'd stop doing those things. Once again, feelings are not truth. And no one who continues to do a thing and continues to justify it in the face of opposition feels like that thing is wrong. So using that as an argument about why the action is okay is just moronic.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:40:50 AM »
This question is mere curiosity as I personally dislike stuffing as a reader, but wouldn't it make all the difference if the front cover simply added the line: Includes bonus content?

That way there would be no terms broken and no one being misled?

Just how I feel about it as a reader: No. That wouldn't be enough. Only saying "Bonus Content" would, to me, imply maybe 10 pages or so worth of like an author Q&A, maybe a short story at the end. If the "bonus content" amounted to more than 5, maybe 10 percent of the book, that little tag would do nothing at all to mitigate my displeasure. To me, even one more full book that's over 10k words or so is much more than generic bonus content. Even a short story, really, should be more specific about what it includes. If all it said was "bonus content" and not listing titles and saying whether the extra stories are novellas, novels, or whatever, I'd think it meant something other than another story. (Story snippets maybe, like an alternate ending or something, but not another full story.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Critique my cover (it's a trap)
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:59:58 AM »
The random tiny man chest killed me. I'm dead now.


Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:58:18 AM »
So this is where David and I might have a slight disagreement. If there's a box set, and it says "includes the bonus novella: SOME COOL BOOK", and that novella isn't here, there, and everywhere, I think that's okay. So sure, "bonus content." David is stricter on this than I am.

I didn't get the sense that he was saying any bonus content at all was wrong, so I'm not sure you're really disagreeing with him.

As a reader (not KU), I've decided not to get some books I was looking at because of comments essentially saying they're stuffed. It is incredibly annoying to look at something that is presented in all ways as a single novel, only to find out it's actually one short novella and one (or two or five) other, completely unrelated novellas. I look at the page count, usually, when choosing to buy a book. I like novels and don't read a lot of short works. And if I'm reading a short work, I darn sure want to know it's a short work going in, because page count gives me some idea of how intricate and meaty a story will be. So I would definitely agree that book-stuffing like this (bundling without giving any indication that a book is a bundle) makes for a poor customer experience. That it could lead to me unknowingly buying the same book twice (because it's included as a "bonus" in another book I've already bought) makes it worse. For one thing, I like to keep my library fairly streamlined, so even knowingly buying a book separately and then in a bundle (usually because of promos on boxed sets) kind of irks me, but it's something I did with full knowledge of what I was doing, so that's just something I have to deal with. From an organizational perspective, stuffed books are a huge PITA.

I think a small amount of clearly labeled bonus content is fine. But not too much, otherwise it inflates the page count and makes the reader think they'll be getting more of the core story than is actually there. For a lot of us, length is definitely a factor that we consider when we're looking to see if a book appears to be worth the asking price. I might pay $7 for a novel. I would almost certainly not pay $7 for a novella and a bunch of random stuff I didn't ask for and didn't know I was getting. And I know these don't usually sell that high, but the same concept applies even for cheap books. Not everyone subscribes to KU, so it's worth looking at how page-stuffed books affect readers who only buy (not borrow). Selling what are actually bundles as if they were single novels is, IMO as a reader, completely unacceptable.

And that's my response to the argument that even if it weren't against TOS there'd be nothing wrong with doing this.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:22:48 PM »
Pretty sure I won't post daily updates (since I try to stay offline on days when I don't need to be on), but here we go. My target daily wordcount is 6k (I know, I may be unrealistically ambitious), but before that, my goal is to simply sit down and write something every day. (Looked at my wordcount tracking for last year and realized that the primary thing holding me back was all the days when my wordcount was zero.)

Jan 1: 1,900
Jan 2 (so far): 2,200

Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing Fan Fiction?
« on: January 01, 2018, 10:44:35 AM »
Comp titles ("If you love...") are standard in book marketing, so that's fine. Not sure about "Inspired by".

Yeah, 50 Shades was a strange case. Twilight fanfic in general is a strange case, since probably a good majority of it is what they call All Human Alternate Universe, meaning it's a whole bunch of stories that are just like 50 Shades in that the only thing they have in common with the source material is the names and some general physical description similarities. I've heard of other fanfic authors of these AHAU fics doing the same thing, because really they've just written an original story and used the Twilight characters to gain an audience, so changing the names is really all they need to do to sell it as original. This is not the case with most fanfic.

I read a book recently that had the serial numbers filed off, but it was so very obviously a fanfic of this particular TV show even still. A lot of the reviews complain about this, basically calling it a rip-off of the show. So that's always a danger when you take a fanfic that clearly takes identifiable elements from another property and try to pass it off as original.

I used to write fanfic, and I'd like to write more, even under my regular pen name. I can't monetize it, obviously, but I'd like to use it as a way to attract new readers to my original books and to give readers of my original books something else fun to read. I'm still not sure if that would be a problem. But I am being careful, going forward, about what fandoms I pick to write fanfic in. Like others said, some authors are very anti-fanfic, and I don't want to get sued. So I'll try to stick to authors who seem to be okay with it. I'd love to do some from TV/movies, and it seems like the owners of those properties don't get as wound up about fanfic, probably because it's a different medium from the original and therefore not really competition, and also because the written word is below their notice.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Putting a "soundtrack" at the end of the book
« on: December 28, 2017, 04:09:57 PM »
Do the songs remind you of any particular character/relationship/scene? If so, I'd include that information as well. As a reader, knowing more specifically why the author thinks this is a good song for the book makes it much more interesting. Otherwise it's just a list of songs. But if you have a commentary by it like, "This song makes me think of John when he's at that low point in chapter 3" or, you know, something like that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Authors Wanted
« on: December 28, 2017, 04:01:23 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out.

Maybe you could donate them to a local library (or, as appropriate, school library) instead?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Authors Wanted
« on: December 28, 2017, 03:35:39 PM »
I just saw that after the three months, if the author doesn't renew, the books go to a discount shelf and get discounted by ten percent per week for the next four weeks, and then if the author opts not to pay shipping to have the books returned to them, they go to a freebie shelf.

"After your three-month term, you can either renew, or we can put the books on our sale shelves for one month. Each week on the sale shelf the book goes down in price 10%; thus, the second week would be 20% off, the third 30% off, the fourth 40% off. After this you can either pay for shipping for them to be returned to you or donate them to our freebie shelf."

Have you been running this business a while? Sounds like you're new, at least for the books. I'm just wondering, because if there were a store like that near me, and I frequented it, and I noticed after a while (or just read on your website) that you really don't need to wait long to get a book for a discount or possibly even free, I'm not sure I'd be as eager to pay full cover price. I'd just wait it out. I'd imagine it won't take long for your regulars to catch on to this as well. And if there are enough books on the freebie shelf, then eventually having books up for sale becomes a formality.

So ... that's another mark off, from the author's perspective. By having a freebie shelf, you're giving even less incentive for people to buy the books. I find it odd that you give away free books in your store and don't tell us anything about this "freebie shelf" that is competing with the full-priced books of the authors you're trying to attract.

I really hope you check back here after several months to share the data about how much money authors who take you up on this are making in profit from this venture.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A question to US folks about a rude word... (Answered)
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:57:35 AM »
I think of b***h as being the female equivalent of a-hole more than b*****d. I do think that b*****d is a pretty tame word here in the states, and yes, always an insult directed at a person. Usually a man, unless you're using the literal meaning. I do think most people here know what it literally means, but yeah, they don't use it that way much. I could speculate on reasons for that, but they're not relevant to this discussion.

The word is not something I'd put in the mouth of someone who never swears/cusses at all, because it's still rude language (unless used literally), and I wouldn't have it thrown around casually in polite, civilized company like a dinner party, but it's not horribly shocking for most people. I'd put it on the same level as the phrase p****d off. (Self-censoring because I'm not sure what'll get caught by the filters.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Putting a "soundtrack" at the end of the book
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:30:49 AM »
I don't think there's any problem with this, though I personally might find it more useful as a bonus on the author's website. Because then, I can at least go and search for the song and listen to it, which I can't do on my e-reader. A Spotify playlist or similar would be even better. I'll probably do something like that on my own website at some point.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fresh take on book cover
« on: December 26, 2017, 05:36:29 PM »
The biggest problem to me is that the figure in the cloak is too obviously not part of the same image as the background, because of lighting I think. It looks photoshopped, not like it goes together.

I also find that, since it's the back of a person with very little detail, and the background is kinda vague and indistinct as well, my eyes just kind of slide around the image and don't have anywhere to land. There's nothing to draw my attention. Have you tried a cloaked figure who's facing the front so we can see their face? My eyes need something more specific to connect with.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 26, 2017, 05:24:18 PM »
I went on a security binge after my own hacking and now I can't use the WP desktop UI to update the other plugins and have to use old fashioned FTP. Still worth it if it keeps the hackers from Lithuania, Czechia, Luhansk, and San Jose, CA (!) from getting in. Over 2000 log entries and I'm a nobody. I'd hate to see how many hacks a day a somebody gets.

I know! I have barely anything even on my site, and I get hacked. I really wonder what the people who do this kind of thing are thinking. Are their lives really *that* dull? As far as I can tell, all the hacker did was insert a malicious file into a theme that I have installed but am not using and make some modifications to my website backup plugin. I just deleted the plugin because I couldn't figure out what they'd modified.

I just really don't get why hackers would bother hacking into little nothing, unimportant websites that basically no one even goes to.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Authors Wanted
« on: December 26, 2017, 05:15:37 PM »
I'm not really understanding (from the author's perspective, not yours) why you're charging for shelf space and taking a cut of the sale price. Its a slim margin for the author even without the shelf rental charge. With it, and it's kind of ... well, silly. Just seems like throwing money away.

Do you have any stats you can share of specific authors doing this and making a certain amount of money (meaning profit, after all these costs)?

I mean, this isn't how retail businesses really run, is it? You're kind of asking the author to take all the risk, aren't you? You get the guaranteed money from the shelf space rental, so you don't actually have to sell any of those books, and the author just eats the cost of you running your business. Especially when it sounds like you're only allowing authors to stock 3 of their books at a time with you, but they have to send you at least 12 copies of each? What if someone has a 4 or more book series? Unless you can prove to us that this has resulted in non-negligible profit for a fair number of authors, I just don't understand why you think anyone would go for this? It's just not adding up for me, so much so that I wonder why you think this would appeal to any authors.

Three titles maximum for $75. So, that's roughly one inch of shelf space for $25 (x3), plus a cut of the already slim margin on the actual sale of the book. Nope, I just don't get it. I mean, from your perspective, yes, it allows you to run a store by renting out shelf space instead of actually having to make decisions about what to stock based on what you think you can sell, so it gives you some security there if you can get enough authors to buy into it. But ... yeah, no. For all of us authors, I don't see how that's in the least bit a good deal.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 26, 2017, 02:40:00 PM »
The root is were your install is. If you're in the root you can see your Content, Admin, etc folders and files. There may be an .htaccess file there already. If so, open it and add the above to block everyone but yourself. But remember, this isn't fun if your IP changes all time, or if you login from a variety of places. If the file doesn't exist, you can create one. Open NotePad ++ or whatever text editor comes with your computer. Add the above, then save as a txt file as ".htaccess" Exactly that, without the quotes. Then upload to your root, where your admin, content, wp-config, etc are.

Okay, I tried it. It doesn't seem to have broken anything, so I guess I'll watch and see if it's having the effect I want. (Still not sure I managed to do it right.) Thanks for the tip!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone use wordpress?
« on: December 26, 2017, 01:41:17 PM »
I'm planning to update (overhaul, really) my WP site soon. I think I got a little too complicated, even though I was trying to keep it straightforward. When my mom couldn't find something she was looking for on the site, that was a good sign I'd made things too hard to actually get to. (We do tend to overcomplicate things in our efforts to make sure everything we want is there, don't we?) So my goal for my new site theme will be something simple and straightfoward and very easy to navigate.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 26, 2017, 01:37:05 PM »
You don't need to pay anything to do that. You can block logins to your site using your .htaccess file.

I have a fairly static IP, so I have mine blocked to every IP address except my own. If I go to log into my site and I'm locked out, I know my IP has changed--it happens maybe once a year--so I just update my .htaccess. If your IP changes frequently, you can also block entire countries from login, using the IP range of that country. 

Blocking everyone looks like this:

<Files wp-login.php>
 Order Deny,Allow
 Deny from All
 Allow from x.x.x.x

Allow from will be your own IP address. This goes in an .htaccess file in the root of your WP install. I also have something similar in an .htaccess file in the Admin directory, blocking everyone but me from getting into my WP admin.

I still use a security plugin, those are just added measures I use to protect my sites.

That sounds great! How do I get to the root? I'm in the file manager (through my hosting company), which is what I went through to delete the malicious file the scan showed. Sorry, I'm not a computer programming person, but if someone can give me clear instructions, I can usually get it done.

Writers' Cafe / Re: movies about writers (writers as protags)
« on: December 26, 2017, 12:41:15 PM »
I really like "Stranger Than Fiction" as a writer movie. Has Wil Ferrel and Dustin Hoffman in it, and Emma Thompson as the writer.

Seconded. I've only seen it once, a while ago, but I really liked it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 26, 2017, 12:39:19 PM »
It also made me think I should pay for the upgraded WordFence, which I believe lets you limit what countries login attempts can come from. It won't stop all hackers, but limiting it to only those within the US still cuts out a lot of them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:34:15 AM »
*sigh* Just noticed my site got hacked. I tried to log in and my password didn't work, and I clicked on the 'forgot password' and then got a notification from WordFence that the password recovery email got sent to some email address I've never heard of. I'd first noticed it because WordFence sent me an email saying someone had logged into my admin account from Indonesia. I don't know why Wordpress doesn't give you the simple option to location-lock your login so that only someone from the country you live in can log in.

I got on help chat with my hosting provider (bluehost), and they were able to help me recover access and change the email address & password (I went with the randomly generated one this time; I'd thought my password was pretty strong before, but apparently not). Now they're running a scan to see if there's malware or anything.

Oh well. I needed to do a revamp on my website anyway. I just hope I'm able to catch and correct anything the hacker messed with.

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