You've been attending Guild meetings regularly, either in-person or virtual. You have some ideas on the direction you'd like to see the Guild take. Now is your chance! April's meeting is SCWG'S Annual Business Meeting, where the next 12 months are charted out.
Nearly all the Board positions are up for a vote. Some board members are required to retire, due to term limits. Others are able to run again.
Please refer to Joanne's email, which all members receive, for full details. If you are a member, current with your dues, and are not receiving her emails, check your Junk or Spam folder. Otherwise, please fill out the Contact form.
What is phishing? (Not fishing!) Phishing is a type of email sent out by scammers to obtain personal, private information about you. They could be looking for login information and passwords. They might be trying to get your bank or credit card information. Or, it could be your address, date of birth, or Social Security number. In any case, we have to be ever-vigilant, whenever we open any email sent to us.
I consider myself to be very astute in determining phishing emails. I seem to get at least one per day at one of my email addresses. However, I’ve almost succumbed to a few. One that particularly sticks in my mind happened a couple years ago. I got an email from PayPal (or so it seemed). The email proceeded to tell me that the username and password they had on file for my financial institution was not working, and they needed me to verify it. Now, I should have known right away that it was a scam. First, had I looked at the return email address, it would not have been @paypal.com. It might’ve been @paypal.email.com, or @pay.pal.com, or something similar. However, I didn’t check that on this particular email. The second clue was that, even though I’d had a PayPal account at one time, it was closed by the time I received the email.
So, I gladly fed them the information they were looking for. Immediately after I clicked the Send button, I got this awful feeling in my gut. I immediately logged on to my account at my bank’s website and changed my password. A day or two later, I entered my user name and password combination. I was locked out. The scammers used my logon with the password I had given them (which no longer was the right one), and had tried it enough times that the bank locked my account. Had I not gotten that feeling in the pit of my stomach, my account probably would have been emptied!
Google, in conjunction with Stanford University, recently studied over a billion malicious emails that targeted Gmail users. Here are some of their conclusions.
How can you protect yourself?
All the best,
Dan Fisher, Webmaster
Beware of the phishing email
Our President, Joanne Fisher, was contacted by the Palm Bay Public Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, and asked if the Guild would be interested in being showcased in the library's display case. Of course, Joanne jumped on the opportunity, placing many books from the Guild and members into the display case. Please visit the display, which runs from now until the end of February.
The vaccines have finally arrived, offering us a way out of this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, the coronavirus is still surging worldwide, so now it’s a race between infections and injections. We all hope that science will ultimately prevail.
When enough people have received the jab, and we start approaching herd immunity, what will the world look like? Will we reset our “new normal” back to the way it was, or has society fundamentally changed? When will we stop using masks? When will social distancing become a thing of the past? How will your daily habits change?
The forthcoming anthology, AFTERMATH, is a direct sequel to PANDEMIC. It is a collection of stories about people’s expectations for life after COVID-19. The Black Death gave rise to many structural changes in European society in the 14th century. The Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 led to the Roaring 20s. What will the end of COVID-19 bring to us? What lessons have we learned to prepare ourselves for the next inevitable pandemic? How will we deal with the avalanche of long-term mental health issues? When will the economy recover? What will happen to education and the students who lost so much with remote learning?
• One submission per person (fiction, non-fiction, essays), no longer than 8,000 words. The submission cannot be previously published or currently under review elsewhere. Submissions must be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Images must be in JPG or PNG format at 300dpi and sent as separate email attachments.
• Authors must include a 75-word biography and a 1”x1” digital headshot.
• There is NO FEE to submit your work. We’re all in this together.
• The publisher reserves the right to edit or decline submissions.
• Contributors maintain copyright on their submission, but the overall copyright of the anthology rests with the publisher.
• AFTERMATH will be published by Anthology Alliance and distributed through Amazon.com in Kindle and print formats by July 2021.
• Authors selected to appear in AFTERMATH will receive a free copy of the print version of the book.
Important Dates: Submit your work by Friday, April 30, 2021, for consideration.
For More information: Contact the editor, Scott Tilley, at email@example.com
NOTE: This anthology is sponsored by Scott Tilley, Ph.D., and is not a Space Coast Writers' Guild activity.
Scott Tilley is president and founder of Precious Publishing, an emeritus professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, president and founder of the Center for Technology & Society, president and co-founder of Big Data Florida, Senior Fellow at the American Security Council Foundation, past president of INCOSE Space Coast, and a Space Coast Writers’ Guild Fellow. His recent books include Systems Analysis & Design (Cengage, 2020), Perspectives on Systems Engineering from Florida’s Space Coast (CTS Press, 2020), and PANDEMIC (Anthology Alliance, 2020). He wrote the “Technology Today” column for FLORIDA TODAY from 2010 to 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Victoria (1995). Visit his author website at http://www.amazon.com/author/stilley. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
On December 20, 2020, Joanne and Dan went to Walmart with the SCWG card and purchased just under $250 worth of books and toys for the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and dropped them off at the main collection site. Joanne left a SCWG business card, so that they know who donated.
Jaimie has published more than a dozen books, and helped nearly 80 authors polish their manuscripts for publication. Email your query to Jaimie at email@example.com, with your first three pages, total word count, and total page count for a complimentary edit sample and bid price.