CJ Bernstein

CJ Bernstein

The Ackerly Green Book Shop

Alright, so this is… weird.

I’ve spent the past 24 hours on calls and email with Instagram, support threads on a tech security forum, and I even paid a guy $20 on a freelance site to try and explain how this could happen if someone didn’t hack my account.

Sorry, backing up…

This photo:



I didn’t post this photo. I posted the first one, the quote. That’s taken in our office. But not the Oz book.


Instagram says there was no suspicious activity on the account. No weird sign-ins.


After the bio changed to “The Ackerly Green Book Shop” last week I added two-factor authentication to make sure nobody was messing around with the account. So I should’ve gotten a text on my phone. Never did. Support at Instagram said that it had similar hashtags to my previous post so I should check to see if someone else in my company had posted it (they are unaware that I and Dev are the company at the moment.) So where did it come from? Listen, if it was one of the Mounties, I don’t mind AT ALL. I just want to know because this, combined with the bio, and some other weird things that have been going on lately (will post about soon) it’s got me all kinds of sort of freaked out.


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  1. …Aaaaand now I’m imagining the Council trying to decide what filter has the best magimystical properties to show off their morning inter-dimensional Starbucks. :joy: But yeah, good point.

  2. Okay, it’s almost creepier knowing the series is your favorite? Like, some rando posting pics of old books to a publishing bookshop’s Instagram is one thing, but if it’s personal to you, that seems…a lot sketchier. Or, you just happen to have exceedingly magiqal taste in books, and it has nothing to do with your tastes and someone wants AG’s Instagram followers to see this book for completely different reasons, which we also don’t know.
    Cool. Awesome. (At least we know it’s not the Storm possessing us to steal our memories/selves, right? Heh. Hehehe.)

  3. Typically from what we’ve seen magiq works in multiples of 6, but the first magiqal reference to 4 that I can think of was unlocking the Book of Briars, itself. Four phases, four fragments per phase - Fragment 4 itself was divided into 4 parts? Anyway, that gave us four plants (flora), animals (fauna), and constellations (cosmos). I don’t remember whether we got a Book/Age on the last fragment?

    And, of course…tetrahedrons have four sides. (Please don’t kill me for reminding everyone!)

  4. Deyavi says:

    Also: Way to go mysterious Ackerly Green instahacker for the amazing color choices in this photo! I’m a big fan of your composition.

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