When All Else Fails…Change the Bulb…

Several years ago…I moved into my cousin’s rental house…it was an old farmhouse…actually belonged to my Great Aunt and Uncle during my growing up years…but I digress…anyway…it had a few issues…as older houses usually do…one was the ceiling fan in my bedroom…it only had a single bulb…and didn’t put off that much light…

Now…I like bright light…so…for about a month…I was frustrated…every time I would turn on the bedroom light…solutions would run through my mind…the most prominent one being…buy a new fan with a larger light kit…and ask my cousin to install it…

I would have done it…but…honestly all moves take a lot of cash…so I was waiting until things settled down a bit financially…

One night…as I was whining about the bulb’s dimness…Bertha…asked me the simple question…why don’t you see about changing the bulb

Well…duh…I hadn’t thought of that…but…surely enough…it had a 40 watt bulb in place and it was rated for a 100 watt bulb…definitely a light bulb moment

Obviously…I changed out the bulb and had plenty of light…and you’d think that I would have learned my lesson…but…then again…if you’ve been reading my blog for long…you know I tend to be a slow learner when it comes to life lessons…

Case in point…

For some reason…I have two Amazon accounts…I’ve had them so long that I’m not even sure why I did it…I’m sure I had a perfectly good reason at the time…

Anyway…one account is Jane Carroll…my authorly account…the one that I use to write an occasional review or something that I want that name connected with…the other is in my legal name and I do most of my purchasing through it…and connected my Kindle to it…and that was fine…

Until…Amazon began a new practice of showing if the reviewer had actually purchased the book they were reviewing…this makes sense for a lot of reasons…but…it put me in a dilemma…if I wanted to review a book from my extensive Kindle library…I’d have to do it as my legal name…or risk having it deleted in the future by Amazon…bummer…

I called Amazon…no…I couldn’t switch the Kindle from one account to the other…bummer…

I contemplated…what could I do…I didn’t want to lose the books I already had…maybe…I could buy a second Kindle…and start downloading books to it…

And…probably would have done that…except…it was another of those financially challenged months…car battery…refrigerator service…tree removal…granddaughters’ birthdays…so I put it on the backburner…

Until yesterday…I had called Amazon about something else…and got this really helpful lady…so I thought…why not…I asked her again…could it be done…explaining why I wanted to…she said…sure…and devised a quite lengthy and complicated plan to do so…it involved closing accounts…reopening accounts…clearing my Kindle and reloading it…she was a sweetie and really worked hard on it…and sent me an email with detailed directions…

Just before I sent the email to close an account…I noticed a section on my Amazon account…to edit my information…and…yes…editing my name was an option…hmmm…

In about three seconds…I had switched my name on the accounts…the Kindle was fine…no books were lost to cyberspace…I called Amazon and got a second very helpful woman…explained what I had done…she promised to tell my first helper that it was resolved…

As I was writing this…I remembered why I opened the Jane Carroll account to begin with…it was so I could do a review under that name…hmmm…

Bertha…is now laughing and shaking her head…saying something about a light bulb shy of a chandelier…hmmm…

Jane

Going For the Gold…

Okay…years of training…have led…Bertha…to the Olympic Village…that’s right…she’s about to participate in the little known…three-day event…Olympic Free Book Toss

Now…for those of you who may not have heard of this sport…don’t feel bad…it’s only been around for a short time…the rules are simple…beginning at midnight August 1st…Wednesday morning and continuing until midnight Friday night…August 3rd…Bertha…will be tossing a free Kindle copy of…Bertha-Size Your Life! to any and everyone who simply clicks the…Buy Now With One Click…button on her Amazon site…

As you might imagine…Bertha…has undergone extensive training to ensure that she can continue to toss thousands of free books for the entire 72 hour period…without so much as a potty break…you should see the definition of her upper arms…so…feel free to click that button…and share it with your friends…

Bertha is up for the challenge…and…she wants to bring home the GOLD…and…unlike other Olympians…she is participating for both…the United States…and…the United Kingdom…and will toss books in both directions at the same time…not sure how she does that…but…she is…Bertha…after all…

Jane

Dont’ forget the dates…August 1st through August 3rd…