A writer must “know and have an ever-present consciousness that this world is a world of fools and rogues… tormented with envy, consumed with vanity; selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions… He should free himself of all doctrines, theories, etiquettes, politics…” —Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). “The nobility of the writer's occupation lies in resisting oppression, thus in accepting isolation” —Albert Camus (1913-1960). “What are you gonna do” —Bertha Brown (1895-1987).
Place a Fraud Alert (from the Federal Trade Commission):
Ask 1 of the 3 credit reporting
companies to put a fraud alert on your credit report. They must tell the other
2 companies. An initial fraud alert can make it harder for an identity thief to
open more accounts in your name. The alert lasts 90 days but you can renew it.
Three national credit reporting companies keep records of your
credit history. If someone has misused your personal or financial information,
call 1 of the companies and ask for an initial fraud alert on your
credit report. A fraud alert is free. You must provide proof of your identity.
The company you call must tell the other companies about your alert.
An initial fraud alert can make it harder for an identity thief to
open more accounts in your name. When you have an alert on your report, a
business must verify your identity before it issues credit, so it may try to
contact you. The initial alert stays on your report for at least 90 days. You
can renew it after 90 days.
It allows you to order one free copy of your credit
report from each of the three credit reporting companies. Be sure the credit
reporting companies have your current contact information so they can get in
touch with you.