LIfe begins after 50?! Oh yes!

Life in the 'middle ages' isn't at all what I grew up expecting. I don't have white hair (I only color once a month), my teeth haven't fallen out, I can still get into my worn old comfortable jeans ( they may have stretched a little), I can navigate through the WII Fit (because I chose a male trainer) without falling off the WII board more than twice, and my hot flashes are not so bad (during the day at least). I admit that the backsides of my thighs have those darn crinkly wrinkles from that stuff they call cellulite, but at least my bust size has increased (probably due to the new underwire wonder for saggy women).

Other than is good. My husband has a Harley and I have become a 'Harley Babe'. I even have a Harley leather jacket! Ok, I admit I found it a Goodwill, but you can barely see the worn-through spots and I used a Sharpie to correct the spelling of 'Harlay' on the back. But riding on the back of a hog is exciting and once I figured out to put my scarf on the inside of my jacket instead of tied in a bow around the neck of my coat, I stayed pretty warm and I didn't have welt marks from the scarf slapping my face. That was a plus.

I've decided to go back to college to complete a degree I started in 1976. Hurray! Online classes no less. How hard can they be? Taking 8 credit hours should be a piece of cake. After all, I have a ton of life experience to draw from, right? It only took me forty hours to setup my D2L mailbox. For some reason, my name kept appearing as Lunee instead of Laura. At least it was close. I remember my first online discussion question post. It read: "Hello everyone! Please note that my name is Laura, not Lunee as listed above. I am excited to be on this adventure with you but I must admit, I will need to burn the midnight oil to complete the work on time. I hope you all have a great class." I did not have to wait long for a response. Lynn224 replied "Wow. I didn't know those kind of lamps still existed. Where do you get the oil from?" I thought about explaining, but nah. I replied "Walmart of course."

Join me on my new BLOG adventure! This is my first BLOG and I'd love to hear from you. It's easy....Go to the lower right hand side of the page and click 'FOLLOW', then post a message and we'll chat!

TRANSPLANTED FAITH is now published and I welcome any comments you may have! Find it on my author website or in paperback and ebook formats.

Take care and BLOG soon!

Blessings on your day! Laura Hern

Living on the wild side!

Living on the wild side!
"Boss Hog"

Saturday, March 31, 2012

How do you spell "A-M-A-Z-O-N?"

Whew!!! For a first time author, launching a release on is not a task for the faint of heart!  Transplanted Faith went live on Amazon this week and the sales were beyond my expectations.  Let me say 'THANK YOU' to those who support me.  I could not have done this without you!

Now the hard part begins.....getting people to find the book!  How hard is that?  On a scale of 1-10 I's say about 99.  Why? Let's just say when I looked at Transplanted Faith's Amazon page for the first time, my palms were sweaty, my heart was beating out of my chest, and my eyes had crossed from the hundreds of times I proofed the copy!  I saw the book, the ebook, and the links!  Whoopie! I was doing the 'happy dance' all around my little 10 X 10 room where I write.  Happy, happy, happy!!!

Then I noticed my ranking (given to me by the Amazon gods of mathematics) was 1,321,589.  I strained to get my face closer to the computer screen in disbelief, tripped over the plastic floor mat my chair sits on, flung my arms out to brace my fall and knocked off every paper, pencil, computer screen, mouse, tissues, and Oreo cookie crumbs that were on the desk onto the floor!  It was the 'THUD' that was heard around the world.  Not only did I now have to spring-clean my 'office', my arms were bruised almost as much as my pride was and I had destroyed my stash of Oreos! 1,321,589?  Holy about having no place to go but up!

I know that they are at least a bazillion books on Amazon and being in the 1 millions is better than 1trillion, but it was a reality check for sure.  So, I got up and bandaged my left elbow, rebooted my computer and mouse and made a vow that I would try to get raise my 'rank' into at least the 100,000s.  I am determined to work day and night, telling every soul who will listen about my ranking plight.  Work, work, work.  When do I plan to start? As soon as I get back from Wal-Mart with a new case of Oreos!
Blessings, Laura

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